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Turkey Cat Culture
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Turkey Cat Culture
FILE - In this Aug 18, 2010 file photo a cat sits on top of a table in a cafe in Istanbul, Turkey. Many a visitor to Turkey has noted the abundance of stray cats in the old imperial capital of Istanbul. They amble and lounge around some mosques and have the run of a couple of universities. Facebook campaigns gather supplies for them, and it's easy to spot nibbles and plastic containers of water left discreetly on sidewalks for the felines. This month, cats will get a publicity boost when the world basketball championships begin in Istanbul and three other Turkish cities. The official mascot is "Bascat," a white cat with one blue eye and one green eye, similar to an unusual breed native to the eastern city of Van. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta/File)