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In Turkey, party goes on despite new alcohol curbs

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ISTANBUL (TURKEY) - The sun is setting but the party is only just beginning for 29-year-old Merve Kortan, one of the many young Turks who hang out in Istanbul's vibrant Beyoglu district. 

A couple kisses as they drink beers with friends near Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 29, 2014

New alcohol legislation has made it more expensive and harder to buy or sell alcohol in Turkey, with critics accusing the Islamic-rooted government of imposing a religious agenda in the mainly Muslim but officially secular nation.

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