In the cafés of Turkey, a beer and unease

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR160606aa003.jpegA few weeks ago, Ozan Vural, 32, sat down at a half-full bar on Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s main pedestrian drag, to smoke a cigarette and nurse a beer – even though it was Ramadan.

Turkish Muslims who are fasting usually avoid eating and drinking in public out of courtesy for the pious during the holy month.

“Now, I find myself not only not giving a damn about it,” he said. “It’s as if drinking in public is an act of resistance, a form of self-expression.”

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France calls up 12K police reserves to beef up security

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA130121AA001.jpegNICE, France — France's interior minister announced a tightening of security measures nationwide Saturday, including the call-up of 12,000 police reserves, "because of the terrorist threat" in the wake of the deadly Bastille Day melee in Nice.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the reserves would beef up the 120,000-strong force of police and soldiers already deployed around the country.

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Sleepless in Istanbul: Turks take to street to resist, cheer coup attempt

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130607aa002.jpegISTANBUL — It was a sleepless night for Turks around the country as they poured into the streets to protest a military coup or watched television to learn if the attempted takeover succeeded in ousting the government of President Recep Erdogan.

Thousands here heeded Erdogan's call to take to the streets, many waving Turkish flags, to resist the coup plotters, who had earlier declared curfews and martial law. Residents reported roads blocked by tanks, military helicopters flying low over the sprawling city and occasional gunfire.

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France: 12K police reserves to beef up security

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA130226AA001.jpegNICE, France — France's interior minister announced a tightening of security measures nationwide Saturday, including the call-up of 12,000 police reserves, "because of the terrorist threat" in the wake of the deadly Bastille Day melee in Nice.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the reserves would beef up the 120,000-strong force of police and soldiers already deployed around the country.

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80 dead, 18 critically hurt in Nice, France, truck attack

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA151119AA001.jpegEighty people were killed and another 50 hurt in Nice, France, Thursday night after a truck filled with grenades and weapons plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the resort town, according to French authorities.

Eighteen people were hurt critically, the Associated Press reported.

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Nice attack: 'All I could do was cover the dead'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU150401aa003.jpegNice, France - For Toufik Laoubi, what was supposed to be a joyful celebration of France's national day will remain forever a painful, indelible memory.

The industrial worker from Chambery, in the French Alps, was spending Bastille Day in Nice with his sister and narrowly escaped death in the attack that killed 84 people and injured many more on Thursday.

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Bastille Day attack in France: What we know

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA14231aa001.jpegPARIS - Another terrorist attack hit France as a truck plowed into a crowd watching Bastille Day festivities in Nice on Thursday, killing at least 84 people and injuring 50 others, French officials say.

French authorities are still gathering information about the horrific incident. Multiple witnesses and officials described the chaotic scene in detail as people were celebrating the festive holiday in French Riviera.

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French President Francois Hollande spends $11K a month -- on his hair

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA14231aa001.jpegPARIS — As if the threat of terrorism, the aftermath of Brexit and dwindling popularity ratings weren’t enough, French President François Hollande is grappling with another headache: his hairstylist's excessive salary.

The Socialist leader's personal stylist earned $11,000 a month, the investigative weekly newspaper, Le Canard Enchainé, revealed this week. That salary is on par with Cabinet ministers and a third less than the president’s take-home pay. Per capita income in France is less than $3,500 a month.

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Refugees in Europe say they fear terrorists are among them

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA150315AA001.jpegBERLIN — Saif Ali grew nervous when he met his six Syrian bunkmates in a Munich refugee camp after finally making it to Germany late last year.

“They were strong supporters of the Nusra Front,” said the Iraqi refugee, referring to the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group fighting in the Syrian conflict. “I was praying five times a day, to hide my beliefs from them. They did not force me to, but I did not feel secure.”

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Tales of official excess, now on social media, spur popular fury in Russia

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_RUS140320aa001.jpegMOSCOW — As millions of ordinary Russians struggle to make ends meet, the unashamedly opulent lifestyles of wealthy government officials are sparking increasing anger and resentment. And social media is bringing to light examples of high living once shielded by high gates and shaded car windows.

Much of the recent popular fury is directed at First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, the country’s third-most-powerful politician behind President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Austria to take ownership of house where Hitler was born

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU130827AA001.jpegBERLIN — Austria announced Tuesday it would take over and possibly destroy the house where Adolf Hitler was born to prevent right-wing extremists from using it as a pilgrimage site.

"The decision is necessary because Austria would like to prevent this house from becoming a 'cult site' for neo-Nazis in any way. It has been used repeatedly for this in the past, when people gathered there to shout (Nazi) slogans," Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said.

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Britain backed Brexit - now Greeks eye 'Grexit'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GEN12112AA001.jpegATHENS - At a petrol station in Ayia Paraskevi, an upscale Athens neighborhood, Vasiliki Tryfonopoulou, 30, said that fuel taxes had risen by 30% amidst Greece's ongoing financial crisis. This, coupled with a new levy on car owners imposed by the government, has forced many Greeks to leave their vehicles at home.

"We used to be nine employees here. Now we're five," she said, as her co-workers pumped gas and washed cars outside.

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Italians to Americans: Beware of Trump-like candidates

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_USA160101aa001.jpegROME — Speaking from hard-earned experience, Italians offer a warning to American voters: Think twice before electing Donald Trump.

That advice is based on the fact that Italy chose a Trump-like leader — and many later came to regret it.

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Austrian court overturns presidential election result

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_AUS141122aa001.jpegVIENNA — Austria’s highest court on Friday overturned the result of the May presidential election and called for a rerun, a legal victory for the far-right candidate who lost by a razor-thin margin.

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy. This decision makes no one a winner or loser, it serves to strengthen the trust,” Constitutional Court head Gerhart Holzinger said.

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Turkey’s cratering tourism industry sinks further

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR160606aa003.jpegISTANBUL — Turkey’s cratering tourism industry has prompted hotel operators and shopkeepers to file for bankruptcy, others to demonstrate against the government and some to offer "tourism prayers" at mosques in hopes of a miraculous turnaround.

More likely, tourism will sink even further after Tuesday’s terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport, the latest in a string of bombings in Turkey over the past year that has scared away cruise ships, tour groups and other foreign visitors.

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Istanbul too numb to be shocked by airport attack

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR0160606aa002.jpegISTANBUL — Some avoid the subways, others the main squares. But many Turks in this sprawling metropolis say such precautions are useless after this week's suicide bombing at Ataturk airport because it's only a matter of time until the next terrorist attack.

Previous attacks here, in Brussels and in Paris drew huge crowds onto the streets in solidarity against terrorism. But after Tuesday's bombing, which killed 44 and wounded hundreds, the response in Istanbul was noticeably muted.

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Routine night of Istanbul airport duty, then horror and death

b_160_0_16777215_00_images_TUN130207AA001.jpegYusuf Haznedaroğlu had finished a work shift at the Istanbul airport Tuesday night and was waiting for a shuttle. He was to be married in 10 days. Taxi driver Mustafa Biyikli was ready for another fare. Translator Ertan Tan, whose wife is six months pregnant, had just dropped off tourists.

Nisreen Melham, 28, a Palestinian woman living in Saudi Arabia, had just arrived in Turkey for a vacation with her husband and 3-year-old daughter.

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Voices: A savage attack in a much-changed Turkey

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130607aa004.jpegIt was seven years ago that I first visited Turkey. The country I encountered no longer exists.

The country’s leader, then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was being held up as a democratic reformer. Turkey’s economy was booming, especially when compared with Europe, which was still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis.

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Officials: Early airport security helped disrupt Istanbul attack

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130614aa004.jpegISTANBUL — A new security regimen at Ataturk airport apparently helped disrupt the plans of three terrorists looking to penetrate deeper into the terminal and wreak more havoc, Turkey's prime minister said Wednesday.

The attackers' suicide bombs killed 42 people, but the death toll was likely lower after an encounter with guards at the terminal's doorway forced them to split up and set off the explosives earlier than planned.

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40 killed in suicide attack at Istanbul airport

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR160606aa001.jpegPARIS — A bloody day in the heart of the City of Light left some of France’s best-known journalists dead and police tracking down the native Islamist terrorists suspected of carrying out the murders to avenge what they said were insults to the founder of their faith. One suspect surrendered and two others were missing.

The well-coordinated early-morning attack on the editorial offices of the Charlie Hebdo targeted the editor of the bitingly satiric weekly, Stephane Charbonnier, nine colleagues and a security guard, all murdered in cold blood by masked assailants who reportedly called out the names of their victims as they were shot.

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41 killed in suicide attack at Istanbul airport

tur130301AA001ISTANBUL — At least 41 people died and dozens more were injured late Tuesday after three suspected Islamic State terrorists blew themselves up at Ataturk International Airport, according to Turkish officials.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three suicide bombers were responsible for the attack and all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.

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Istanbul airport: A scene of gunfire, bombs and sirens

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130614aa004.jpegA terrorist attack at Turkey's Istanbul Ataturk airport began with gunfire followed by explosions and the wail of ambulance sirens.

When it was over, at least 41 people were dead, more than 230 were wounded and hundreds of travelers and people waiting for them were reeling from the aftermath. Turkish officials said the dead included 13 foreigners.

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Brexit realities begin to sink in for stunned Britons, Europeans

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_Currency.jpegBERLIN — Lorraine Jacobs-Hyde is glad she applied for a German passport before the Brexit vote last week. “I’ve put in all my papers, and I’m waiting for it,” said the British housewife who has lived in Germany for 15 years. “Things might change being a British citizen here. I’ll start needing visas.”

A native of Brighton on England’s southern coast, Ms. Jacobs-Hyde and her German husband have been raising their two children in Germany. Neither of her children has passports for the United Kingdom. She never imagined until recently that they would need them. Now, given the stunning vote that will soon take her native country out of the European Union, she is not sure.

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After Brexit, could there be Grexit?

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GRC130306AA001.jpegAthens, Greece - Eleni Peck and her British husband, Paul Peck, both 46, chose to raise their children in Greece rather than the United Kingdom. The idea of Brexit wasn't strange to them. Both of their countries' potential EU departures have been in the news for a long time.

Brexit dominated the Greek media on Friday. After so much drama over Greece's potential exit from the EU and its heroic efforts to remain in the bloc, it was British voters who elected to leave.

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Europeans shocked, worried over 'Brexit'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GBR130318AA001.jpegBERLIN — Europeans reacted with a mixture of shock, worry and disbelief to the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. The reaction ranged from practical concerns about visas and travel to worries about the future of Europe.

"It's absolutely horrendous, devastating," said Martin Suss, 25, a graphic designer from Stuttgart who lives in Berlin. "I didn't fully think it was possible. What now?"

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