Middle East

Workers put up large poster of Isaac Herzog, co-leader with Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union party, at the entrance to Jerusalem, 02 March 2015. Herzog has said that Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress is destroying US-Israeli relations at the cost of a few votes in the upcoming March 17 general elections.

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Workers put up large poster of Isaac Herzog, co-leader with Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union party, at the entrance to Jerusalem on Monday. Herzog has said that Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress is destroying US-Israeli relations at the cost of a few votes in the upcoming March 17 general elections

TOPSHOTS Palestinian children play on th...TOPSHOTS Palestinian children play on the roof of a wrecked car, next to the rubble of their home that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 26, 2015. More than 100,000 homes in the Gaza Strip were damaged or destroyed in Israeli bombardment during the 50-day conflict. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIBSAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Image

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Palestinian children play on the roof of a wrecked car, next to the rubble of their home that was destroyed in the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants last summer, in the village of Khuza’a, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip

Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Shaar neighborhood...Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Shaar neighborhood February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rami Zayat (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighbourhood. 

A Palestinian woman hangs out laundry in her home in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun on February 25, 2015, which was severely damaged in the 50-day war in the summer of 2014 between Israel and Hamas militants.

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A Palestinian woman hangs out laundry in her home in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun on Wednesday, which was severely damaged in the 50-day war in the summer of 2014 between Israel and Hamas militants

A French Navy HawkEye reconnaissance plane sit on the deck of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on Monday. The first Rafale fighter jet took off in the morning from the Charles de Gaulle as part of the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, as it sailed about 200 kilometres (120 miles) off the coast north of Bahrain in the direction of Iraq. "The integration of the Charles de Gaulle in the operation... (in Iraq) begins this morning," a member of Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's staff told AFP as his entourage made its way to the carrier.

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A Hawkeye reconnaissance plane sits on the deck of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Gulf on Monday. A Rafale fighter jet took off from the warship in the morning as part of the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis.

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall as snow falls in the old city of Jerusalem on Friday. People in Jerusalem woke up to around 25 centimetres of snow after the second major blizzard of winter swept across the hilltop Holy City.

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Jewish men pray at the Western Wall as snow falls in the old city of Jerusalem on Friday. People in Jerusalem woke up to around 25 centimetres of snow after the second major blizzard of winter swept across the hilltop Holy City

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An Iranian girl shows her hand painted with the national flag colors during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran on Wednesday. The event mark the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, which came ten days after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s return from his exile in Paris to Iran, toppling the monarchy system and forming the Islamic republic

Fishermen move a boat that had been blown inland during a storm, by the seaside in Beirut on Wednesday

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Fishermen move a boat that had been blown inland during a storm, by the seaside in Beirut on Wednesday

Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul February 11, 2015, at the start of a day's begging. The civil war, which began as a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, has killed 200,000 people and turned 3 million more into refugees. At least 3.7 million people have fled Syria's almost four-year conflict and are registered as refugees, mainly in neighbouring states. Jordan hosts 622,000 Syrian refugees, Lebanon 1.16 million, Turkey 1.6 million and Iraq 233,000, UNHCR figures show.

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Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul on Wednesday, at the start of a day’s begging. The civil war, which began as a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, has killed 200,000 people and turned 3 million more into refugees

Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province February 10, 2015. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. At least two policemen were wounded in the attack, and five suicide attackers were killed by Afghan forces, Hosseini reported.  REUTERS/Stringer (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. At least two policemen were wounded in the attack, and five suicide attackers were killed by Afghan forces.

A young female Sailor lays back one of the hundreds of Carpets  laid for the Prince of Wales' car to drive on, before he boards HMS Dauntless for a tour of the vessel which is docked in Kuwait City, on the third day of his tour to the middle east.

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A young female Sailor lays back one of the hundreds of Carpets laid for the Prince of Wales’ car to drive on, before he boards HMS Dauntless for a tour of the vessel which is docked in Kuwait City, on the third day of his tour to the middle east.

A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in Douma...A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, February 9, 2015

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A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma area of Damascus, Syria

Jordanian protesters hold up pictures of Jordan's King Abdullah and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, as they chant slogans during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman...Jordanian protesters hold up pictures of Jordan's King Abdullah and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, as they chant slogans during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman February 6, 2015. Thousands of Jordanians gathered to show their loyalty to the King and to show solidarity with the family of the pilot, Muath al-Kasasbeh, killed by Islamic State

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Jordanian protesters hold up pictures of the country’s King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, as they chant slogans during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman. Thousands of Jordanians gathered to show their loyalty to the king and to show solidarity with the family of the pilot, Muath al-Kasasbeh, who was killed by Isis.

Israeli surfers

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Israeli surfers walk out of the water after competing in a night surfing competition in the Mediterranean sea in Ashdod, southern Israel. About 40 surfers took part in the competition which started Wednesday after sundown.

A flock of starlings fly in formation near the Arab town of Rahat, southern Israel.

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A flock of starlings fly in formation near the Arab town of Rahat, southern Israel

A flock of starlings is seen as...TOPSHOTS A flock of starlings is seen as they perform their traditional dance fly before landing to sleep during the sunset near the southern Arab Israeli city of Rahat, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANAMENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

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A flock of starlings is seen as they perform their traditional dance fly before landing to sleep during the sunset near the southern Arab Israeli city of Rahat, in the northern Israeli Negev desert. 

A young settler holding a wooden rifle stands next to an Israeli soldier as he  secures a street during the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the Old City of West Bank city Hebron, 02 February 2015. Rivlin came to Hebron to inaugurate a newly developed Hebron Heritage Museum

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A young settler holding a wooden rifle stands next to an Israeli soldier as he secures a street during the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the Old City of West Bank city Hebron on Monday

A woman walks through the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built between 1996 and 2007 and features eighty-two domes. Greek and Italian white marble covers the exterior, with Islamic calligraphy decorating the inside. The Mosque is named after the founder and first President of the Unite Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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A woman walks through the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The mosque was built between 1996 and 2007 and features 82 domes.

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 30, 2015. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq.

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A fighter of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Friday. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers’ sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return anytime soon

A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza City January 29, 2015. Hamas's armed wing organized "Liberation Youths Camps" for young Palestinians aged between 15 and 21 to prepare them to "confront any possible Israeli attack", Hamas officials said. According to organizers, some 17,000 youths graduated from these camps

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A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza City on Thursday