Middle East

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in Cairo...Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in Cairo November 28, 2014. Security was stepped up across Egypt on Friday (November 28), ahead of expected protests that were feared to escalate into violence. Egypt's ultra-conservative Islamist Salafi Front group called on supporters to demonstrate while carrying the Koran to defend what they say is the nation's 'Islamic identity'.

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in Cairo. Security was stepped up across Egypt on Friday, ahead of expected protests that were feared to escalate into violence

A Syrian refugee girl stands near her tent at a refugee camp in Zahle in the Bekaa valley November 27, 2014.

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A Syrian refugee girl stands near her tent at a refugee camp in Zahle in the Bekaa valley on Thursday

Palestinian men try to prevent flood water from entering shops in the old city of Hebron on November 27, 2014 as a fierce winter storm which has been battering the region for the past four days.

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Palestinian men try to prevent flood water from entering shops in the old city of Hebron on Thursday as a fierce winter storm which has been battering the region for the past four days

A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on November 26, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years. The tension and violence on the streets of the city is threatening to further isolate communities and to encourage extremist politicians to exploit the situation.

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A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years

A Palestinian boy stands outside a mosque, that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a winter day in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip, November 25, 2014.

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A Palestinian boy stands outside a mosque, that was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a winter day in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip

A relative mourns over the grave of a YPG fighter, who was killed during previous clashes with Islamic State fighters, inside a cemetery in the countryside of the town of Derbasiyeh...A relative mourns over the grave of a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter, who was killed during previous clashes with Islamic State fighters,  inside a cemetery in the countryside of the town of Derbasiyeh, west of the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

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A relative mourns over the grave of a fighter from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units killed during clashes with Isis fighters near the town of Derbasiyeh, west of the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

Rescue workers and civilians search for survivors in the rubble of an eight-story building that collapsed in the Cairo suburb of Matariya, early Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Police officials say several people were killed. Building collapses are common in Egypt, where shoddy construction is widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighbourhoods and rural areas.

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Rescue workers and civilians search for survivors in the rubble of an eight-story building that collapsed in the Cairo suburb of Matariya, early Tuesday. Police officials say several people were killed

Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo...Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo November 24, 2014.

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Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo on Monday

A child sits amongst top high school students during an annual award ceremony organized by Yemen's Education Ministry in Sanaa November 24, 2014. Forty-seven highest-scoring graduates of high schools nationwide were honoured by the government on Monday, and awarded with medals and cash prizes.

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A child sits among school students at an annual ceremony organised by Yemen’s Education Ministry in Sanaa. About 47 of the highest-scoring graduates from schools nationwide were given medals and cash by the government on Monday.

A Palestinian school girl holds an umbrella as she walks near the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City...A Palestinian school girl holds an umbrella as she walks near the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City November 24, 2014.

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A Palestinian girl walks near the ruins of houses that were destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City.