In this image taken from a video provided by Adnkronos International, Ali Agca stands in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Saturday. Agca, who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, laid flowers at the late pontiff's tomb. AP hide caption

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Turkish demonstrators hold a banner with a photo of Mehmet Emin Altunses, who was released from jail Friday, two days after his arrest. The 16-year-old was accused of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey's new presidential palace in the capital, Ankara, has an official price tag of $615 million and more than 1,000 rooms. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ak Saray, or the White Palace, is not his palace, but that of Turkey. But not everyone is so sure. Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Down to the oldest plowed fields in the world, the Cilician Plain of southeastern Turkey. Paul Salopek/National Geographic hide caption

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Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Zaman, salutes cheering supporters as he is detained outside his office in Istanbul, on Sunday. Dumanli was one of two dozen people, including many journalists, detained in what is being described as a purge against anti-government figures. AP hide caption

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A group of wild turkeys surrounds Joanna Tierno on Mason Avenue in Staten Island. She loves to see the birds roaming the streets of her neighborhood. Courtesy of David Karopkin hide caption

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NPR producer Olly Dearden is a fan of most classic Thanksgiving dishes, but calls sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows a "culinary abomination." Stephen Little/Flickr hide caption

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An explosion following an airstrike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani from near the Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern town of Suruc, in Turkey's Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The site at Gobekli Tepe, or "Potbelly Hill," on the Urfa plain in southeastern Turkey is believed by some to be the world's first place of worship. This would upend the conventional thought that religion developed as a byproduct of human settlements. Vincent J. Musi/National Geographic Society/Corbis hide caption

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Thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, while fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, as seen from Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border on Wednesday. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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Smoke rises after a U.S.-led coalition airstrike on Kobani, Syria, Monday, as seen from the Turkish side of the border. Kurdish fighters say they're making progress against ISIS in the area. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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