Middle East

Tourists visit Karnak temple in Luxor, a town 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on June 11, 2015. The ancient temple was open as usual despite a foiled suicide and gun attack on the world-famous site that police said would have been a "massacre".

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Tourists visit Karnak temple in Luxor, a town 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday. The ancient temple was open as usual despite a foiled suicide and gun attack on the world-famous site

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan chats with students during a graduation ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, June 11, 2015. President Erdogan on Thursday urged the country's political parties to work quickly to form a new government, saying egos should be left aside and that history would judge anyone who left Turkey in limbo. In his first public appearance since Sunday's parliamentary election, Erdogan said no political development should be allowed to threaten Turkey's gains. He said he would do his part in finding a solution with the powers given to him by the constitution

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Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan chats with students during a graduation ceremony in Ankara, Turkey. President Erdogan on Thursday urged the country’s political parties to work quickly to form a new government

Members of Palestinian national security forces loyal to Hamas demonstrate their skills during a military graduation ceremony in the northern Gaza Strip ...Members of Palestinian national security forces loyal to Hamas demonstrate their skills during a military graduation ceremony in the northern Gaza Strip, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Members of Palestinian national security forces loyal to Hamas demonstrate their skills during a military graduation ceremony in the northern Gaza Strip 

Houthi militants stand in front of the Defence Ministry compound after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa...Houthi militants stand in front of the Defence Ministry compound after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa June 10, 2015

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Houthi militants stand in front of the Defence Ministry compound after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Wednesday

The Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria shows Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing near Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, south-eastern Turkey, 10 June 2015. More than 320,000 people are likely to have been killed in Syria's civil war, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on 09 June. The organization said said it had been able to document the deaths of 230,618 people, including 69,494 civilians of whom more than 7,000 were children. The crisis in Syria started in March 2011 with peaceful demonstrations calling for more freedom from the repressive al-Assad regime, but quickly degenerated into violence after deadly crackdowns by security forces

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The Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria shows Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing near Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, south-eastern Turkey on Wednesday

An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation force holds his weapon as he keeps position during a battle against jihadists from the Islamic State group to retake the strategic town Baiji, north of Tikrit, on Monday

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An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation force holds his weapon as he keeps position during a battle against jihadists from the Islamic State group to retake the strategic town Baiji, north of Tikrit, on Monday

A member of the civil defence sleeps on the street in the rebel-held side of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on June 8, 2015. Arabic graffiti in blue reads: "Those looking for life under the rubble of death". A couple and their five children were killed overnight in Aleppo province in strikes by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, a monitor said

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A member of the civil defence sleeps on the street in the rebel-held side of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Monday. Arabic graffiti in blue reads: “Those looking for life under the rubble of death”

A young supporter of former Egyptian pre...A young supporter of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (2nd L) is beaten up by an anti-Mubarak crowd outside the Court of Cassation in Cairo on June 4, 2015. An Egyptian appeals court will retry former president Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising, after annulling a decision to drop murder charges against the former strongman.

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A young supporter of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is surrounded by an anti-Mubarak crowd outside the Court of Cassation in Cairo, Egypt

Displaced children, who fled the ancient city of Palmyra after Islamic State fighters took control of the area, stand by their tent in Gazaleh town, north of Homs ...Displaced children, who fled the ancient city of Palmyra after Islamic State fighters took control of the area, stand by their tent in Gazaleh town, north of Homs June 3, 2015. The government has lost large areas of land in the last two months to insurgents including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and the Islamic State group that last month seized the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs province

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Displaced children, who fled the ancient city of Palmyra after Isis fighters took control of the area, stand by their tent in Gazaleh town, north of Homs

People gather on the rubble of houses destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike near Yemen's capital Sanaa June 3, 2015. Air strikes by a Saudi-led Arab alliance shook Yemen's capital Sanaa on Wednesday, mainly targeting military bases aligned with the dominant Houthi group, residents said

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People gather on the rubble of houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike near Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Wednesday

Palestinian girl stands near residential buildings that witnesses said were heavily damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip

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A Palestinian girl stands near residential buildings that witnesses said were heavily damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in Beit Lahiya town

A Palestinian boy rests on an old armcha...A Palestinian boy rests on an old armchair in front of a dilapidated house on May 22, 2015 in Gaza City

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A Palestinian boy rests on an old armchair in front of a dilapidated house on Friday in Gaza City

Supporters of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) wait for the appearance Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the party to deliver an election campaign speech during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, May 21, 2015, before Turkey's general election on June 7.  The ADP is a small party, but if it gains 10 percent of the vote it will enter parliament as a party, and could change the face of the country's politics

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Supporters of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) wait for the appearance Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the party to deliver an election campaign speech during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes as Islamic State (IS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad, on May 20, 2015. Taking control of Ramadi would constitute the group's most important victory this year in Iraq, and would give the jihadists control of the capitals of two of its largest provinces

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Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes as Islamic State (IS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad, on Wednesday

A Syrian man carries a body after it was removed from the rubble of buildings following a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on the Qadi Askar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 20, 2015.

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A Syrian man carries a body after it was removed from the rubble of buildings following a barrel bomb attack by government forces on the Qadi Askar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday

A man workouts in a gym, frequented by both residents and rebel fighters, in Aleppo's al-Fardous district

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A man workouts in a gym, frequented by both residents and rebel fighters, in Aleppo’s al-Fardous district

Iraqi soldiers fire towards Islamic State (IS) group positions in the Garma district of Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Tuesday. Iraq's army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Anbar's provincial capital Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences

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Iraqi soldiers fire towards Islamic State (IS) group positions in the Garma district of Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Tuesday. Iraq’s army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences

 A solider watches smoke rising as they take part in joint Jordan-US maneuvers during the "Eager Lion" military exercises, in  Mudawwara, near the border with Saudi Arabia, on May 18, 2015. The annual "Eager Lion" exercises includes the participation of 10,000 troops from at least 18 countries, and incorporates scenarios including disaster relief and air defense.

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A solider watches smoke rising as they take part in joint Jordan-US maneuvers during the “Eager Lion” military exercises, in Mudawwara, near the border with Saudi Arabia, on Monday

Labourers work at a traditional bricks factory in Arab Mesad district of Helwan, northeast of Cairo

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Labourers work at a traditional brick factory in the Arab Mesad district of Helwan, northeast of Cairo

Children walk over rubble carrying a bag of bread after what activists said were airstrikes by warplanes loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta...Children walk over rubble carrying a bag of bread after what activists said were airstrikes by warplanes loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta May 15, 2015

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Children walk over rubble carrying a bag of bread after airstrikes by warplanes loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Friday