Middle East

School children from Belgium sit on a tank on display as they listen to an Israeli soldier speaks about Israel's wars, near the wall of names of fallen soldiers, at the Armored Corps memorial, before a ceremony marking the annual Memorial Day for soldiers and civilians killed in more than a century of conflict between Jews and Arabs, in Latrun near Jerusalem, Israel, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Israel came to a standstill on Wednesday as sirens wailed across the country on its annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

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School children from Belgium sit on a tank on display listening to an Israeli soldier speaking about Israel’s wars, at the Armoured Corps memorial. A ceremony was held in Latrun near Jerusalem, Israel, on Wednesday to mark the annual Memorial Day for soldiers and civilians killed in more than a century of conflict between Jews and Arabs

A 67-year old man from Canada and a 40-year old from the UK, nick-named by Kurdish fighters as Hewal Zinar (L) and Hewal Cudi train on the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, north of Hasakeh, near the border with Turkey, as they fight alongside People Protection Unit (YPG) fighters under the commanders, Sider and Gerzan. International fighters, some of whom are former members of the military and others with zero combat experience came to Syria to help Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Since very few YPG fighters speak English, the foreign fighters are mostly assigned together in troops.

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A 67-year-old man from Canada and a 40-year-old from the UK, nick-named by Kurdish fighters as Hewal Zinar and Hewal Cudi, train on the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, north of Hasakeh, near the border with Turkey, as they fight alongside People Protection Unit (YPG) fighters under the commanders, Sider and Gerzan

Egyptian policemen secure Egypt s national police academy, where an Egyptian criminal court sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and 12 Brotherhood leaders and Islamist supporters to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The ruling, which can be appealed, reflects the dramatic downfall of Morsi and the drastic challenges facing Egypt since its 2011 uprising that forced longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power

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Egyptian policemen secure Egypt’s national police academy, where on Tuesday an Egyptian criminal court sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and 12 Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Islamist supporters to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012 in Cairo.

Palestinian fishermen rest after arriving back from a fishing trip at the port of Gaza City on April 21, 2015.

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Palestinian fishermen rest after arriving back from a fishing trip at the port of Gaza City on Tuesday

An armed member of the Houthi militia calls for help near a house allegedly destroyed in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting two military bases controlled by Houthi fighters in Sana a, Yemen, 20 April 2015. A huge explosion rocked Sana'a as airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition hit what witnesses said was a base used by a missile brigade of the Yemeni army, but is now controlled by the Houthis, the explosions damaging nearby civilian housing

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An armed member of the Houthi militia calls for help near a house destroyed in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting two military bases controlled by Houthi fighters in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday

A man searches for belongings in a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Thawra neighborhood in Idlib city today

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A man searches for belongings in a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces of Syria’s President Assad, at al-Thawra neighborhood in Idlib city, Syria today

 Palestinian refugees reviewing their Parkour skills at Al-Namssawi neighborhood, south of Khan Younis town, southern Gaza Strip

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Palestinian refugees reviewing their Parkour skills at Al-Namssawi neighborhood, south of Khan Younis town, southern Gaza Strip

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbis wear burlap sacks as a sign of mourning and blowing the Shofar  during a demonstration Prayer in Beit Shemesh, Israel, 16 April 2015. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against the construction of new housing units, believing they would be built at the site of ancient Jewish graves.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbis wear burlap sacks as a sign of mourning and blowing the Shofar during a demonstration Prayer in Beit Shemesh, Israel on Thursday. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against the construction of new housing units, believing they would be built at the site of ancient Jewish graves

Palestinian Hussein Al-Najjar, 14-years-old, fills a donkey-pulled cart with recyclable waste and other items he collected, in hope to be able to sell them, at a garbage dump in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 16, 2015.

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Palestinian Hussein Al-Najjar, 14-years-old, fills a donkey-pulled cart with recyclable waste and other items he collected, in hope to be able to sell them, at a garbage dump in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday

Palestinian girls walk past rubble of heavily damaged buildings on Wednesday in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014.

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Palestinian girls walk past rubble of heavily damaged buildings on Wednesday in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills during Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City.

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The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills during Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City.

A surfer paddles in a peaceful and quiet Mediterranean sea near Beit Yanai, Israel, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, during the Passover holiday on a warm spring day. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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A surfer paddles in the Mediterranean sea during the Passover holiday on a warm spring day in Beit Yanai, Israel 

Al Marmoon Heritage Festival Camel Racing...DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 02: Camels race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 2, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Camels race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

US Secretary of State John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Palestinian artist paints an artwork during an activity marking Land Day in Gaza City...A Palestinian artist paints an artwork during an activity marking Land Day in Gaza City March 30, 2015. Palestinians mark Land Day on March 30, the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel's appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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A Palestinian woman paints during activities to mark Land Day in Gaza City on Monday. Land Day is the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel’s appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee 

A Palestinian child runs past a water tank

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A Palestinian child runs past a water tank that was destroyed in Israeli bombing 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 Thursday.

A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.

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A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.

An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, part of the Zahraa Brigade, poses for a picture under a sign which reads in Arabic "Lions of Najaf" during a training exercise in the central Iraqi city of Kufa, some 160 kms south of Baghdad, on March 23, 2015.

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An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, part of the Zahraa Brigade, poses for a picture under a sign which reads in Arabic “Lions of Najaf” during a training exercise in the central Iraqi city of Kufa, some 160 kms south of Baghdad, on Monday

A Syrian woman carries water with her children in a refugee camp in Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. Turkey has one of the largest populations of Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing civil war with official estimates currently at 1.6 million. Border towns such as Suruc have received a large number of refugees though other refugees have settled as far afield as Istanbul

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A Syrian woman carries water with her children in a refugee camp in Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa, Turkey

Kurdish men sit near bonfire ne...TOPSHOTS Kurdish men sit near bonfire near a destroyed building, in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/YASIN AKGULYASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

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Kurdish men sit by a bonfire near a destroyed building in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab.