More than 130 wildfires have been burning in Turkey over the last week.
"For the first time in the history of the Republic, we are changing our ruling system through civil politics."
UPDATE: Istanbul has suffered a second night of chaos after police fired tear gas on anti-government protesters following
There have been fresh anti-government protests in Turkey, with some of the most violent clashes since the trouble started
Out of tragedy, community is often born. Turkey realised that in 1999 when successive earthquakes here and in Greece prompted mutual outpourings of aid and led to reconciliation between the arch enemies. The earthquake in Van offers Turkey another chance at such "earthquake diplomacy," this time inviting it to make peace with its own citizens.