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SELCUK, Turkey -- Black-eyed Nirvana and Mr. Isa, two male camels from the western Aydin province of Turkey and wearing colorful saddles, circled the grounds with their owners and then wrestled fiercely as thousands cheered.They were competing as part of 80 pairs or 160 camels in the Efes Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival, the biggest and most prestigious festival of its kind, which celebrated its 40th run Sunday.

The wrestling grounds is a few miles away from Ephesus, the site of ancient Greek ruins. Smaller festivals are held across Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean provinces.The games take place during the camels’ mating season.

Because the males are more aggressive during this time, especially when they are withheld from mating, they are primed to fight.The score system is complicated for outsiders but a camel who gets its opponent to scream, flee, fall or push its embroidered saddle to the ground wins.Spectators and fans enjoyed a cold, sunny day of music, traditional dances, barbecue, with camel sausage and meat, as they imbibed “lion’s milk,” Turkey’s anise-flavored spirit raki.The day before, camels were paraded in a beauty pageant, decked out with colorful beaded muzzles, fabrics, pompoms, bells and Turkish flags. A jury judged them as they strutted through the town.The Federation for Camel Culture and Camel Wrestling says there is no exact date for when the tradition began in Anatolia but it is thought to date back to the 19th century among competing nomadic groups.Animals rights groups say camel wrestling should be banned and amounts to abuse.

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SELCUK, Turkey -- Black-eyed Nirvana and Mr. Isa, two male camels from the western Aydin province of Turkey and wearing colorful saddles, circled the grounds with their owners and then wrestled fiercely as thousands cheered.They were competing as part of 80 pairs or 160 camels in the Efes Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival, the biggest and most prestigious festival of its kind, which celebrated its 40th run Sunday.
Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey were among a number of celebrities who took to social media Monday to pay tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day.The stars took part in marking what would have been King's 93rd birthday Saturday, posting photos and quotations from the late civil rights icon.Keys shared a quote from civil rights leader Valarie Kaur that read, 'Revolutionary love is the call of our time,' with shots of herself and husband Swizz Beatz (along with a shot of King and late wife Coretta Scott King) underscored to her song Love When You Call My Name.

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