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Police crackdown in Turkey

Turkish police have launched a crackdown on anti-government protesters in Istanbul after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the demonstrators to evacuate in a speech at a rally in the capital Ankara.

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Kerry calls for calm as protests continue in Turkey

A man points at an armoured police vehicle with his crutch as he tries to stop it in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on all sides in the Turkey protests to avoid provocative action and said e hopes for a full investigation in to the use of force.

Mr Kerry said that America supports the right to freedom of expression, including peaceful protests.

Protesters use a huge umbrella as a shield as they clash with riot police in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

Turkish shares plummeted more than 10% after riots across the country. The Istanbul national 30 fell to its lowest level since 26th February after several days of anti-government protests.

After an earlier drop Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan played down the significance, saying, "it's the stock market, it goes down and it goes up. It can't always be stable".

A taxi driver shouts at the police after a gas canister hits his car during clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Ankara.

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