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Turkish Women Protest Deputy PMs No Laughter Quip

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party members at the parliament, a week after he has announced he is running for president, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. After more than a decade in power, Erdogan dominates Turkish politics like a one-man-show. He has defanged the once supreme military, reshaped the judiciary and cowed the press. Now, at the peak of his power, he has announced he is running for president — a role he intends to shape into the most powerful job in Turkey. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ISTANBUL—Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country’s deputy prime minister that “women should not laugh aloud in...

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  • View of central Israel seen from Tel Aviv as an Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from the Gaza Strip, Israel, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported more than a dozen of people killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe and Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

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  • This Sunday July 6, 2014 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows weapons that SANA says were captured by Syrian government forces in the Sheikh Najjar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces last week seized the Sheikh Najjar neighborhood and a key industrial area, allowing them to choke off rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Syrian troops advanced inside and near northern Aleppo on Monday in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to rebel-held parts of the country's largest city, activist said Monday. (AP Photo/SANA)

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  • An Afghan soldier stands guard during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 28, 2014. Eid al-Fitr prayer marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.(AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

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  • Flames engulf the fuel tanks of the only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip after it was hit by overnight Israeli shelling, on July 29, 2014, in the south of Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Palestinian relatives mourn in the morgue of Shifa hospital following an explosion killing 10 people Monday, nine of them children, in an explosion at park at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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  • Iraqi displaced families, who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, gather at Khazer refugee camp near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on July 27, 2014. Thousands of Christians and other minorities have fled the northern city of Mosul and other areas after a jihadist onslaught led by Islamic State insurgents swept swathes of Iraq's north and west the month before. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

    France Offers Asylum to Christians of North Iraq

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  • Family and friends mourn over the grave of Captain Liad Lavi during his funeral in the military cemetery section in the village of Meitar, southern Israel, Monday, July 28, 2014. Lavi, 22, was injured during fighting in Gaza and died from his wounds two day later. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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  • Smoke fills the skyline following Israeli shelling in Gaza City, Monday, July 28, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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  • FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2009 file photo, residents walk past the al-Hadba minaret in a busy market area in Mosul, Iraq. The fear, anger and sadness was palpable across Mosul on Saturday, July 26, 2014 as rumors made their way across Iraq’s second-largest city. The militants who had taken over and purged it of some of its most cherished landmarks were eyeing their next target: al-Hadba minaret, an 842-year old tower that leans, like Italy’s Tower of Pisa _ one of the country’s most famous structures which decorates the 10,000 dinar bill until today.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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  • This photo provided by an anti-government activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show Syrian rebels standing next to a tank that was captured from the Syrian government forces at the al-Dahman checkpoint, in southern Idlib, northern Syria, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Syrian rebels rampaged through a Sunni village in the central province of Hama Wednesday, firing indiscriminately at civilians and killing more than a dozen of people, including seven women, state media and opposition activists said. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

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  • A Palestinian woman visits the graves of relatives marking the first day of Eid al-Fitr in a cemetery in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014.  Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims usually start the day with dawn prayers and visiting cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead, with children getting new clothes, shoes and haircuts, and families visiting each other. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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  • The U.N. Security Council convenes on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, Monday, July 28, 2014. The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight Monday morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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