Middle East

Palestinians run to take cover after Israeli security forces fires tear gas during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday after the funeral of Palestinian Malek Shahin in the Dheisheh refugee camp. Malek Shahin, 19, was killed early morning at Deheisheh refugee camp during clashes during an Israeli operation to arrest people.

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Palestinians run to take cover after Israeli security forces fires tear gas during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday after the funeral of Palestinian Malek Shahin in the Dheisheh refugee camp

A woman reacts as she attends the funeral of the governor of Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Tuesday. The governor of Yemen's Aden province Jaafar Mohammed Saad was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his car into the governor's convoy in the western part of Aden city

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A woman reacts as she attends the funeral of the governor of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Tuesday. The governor of Yemen’s Aden province Jaafar Mohammed Saad was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his car into the governor’s convoy in the western part of Aden city

Palestinians try to get in a bus to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip December 4, 2015. Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Thursday for two days to allow Palestinians on humanitarian grounds to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip, officials said.

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Palestinians try to get in a bus to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on Friday. Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Thursday for two days to allow Palestinians on humanitarian grounds to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip

Members of the pro-government Popular Committees militia man a checkpoint at an entrance of Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Thursday. Al Qaeda militants who fought their way into the southern Yemeni town of Jaar on Wednesday have withdrawn and police are back in control, although the Islamist fighters remain in the nearby town of Zinjibar, residents said on Thursday

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Members of the pro-government Popular Committees militia man a checkpoint at an entrance of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Thursday

Cars drive past during the first snowfal...Cars drive past during the first snowfall of the season in Ankara on December 2, 2015.

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Cars drive past during the first snowfall of the season in Ankara on Wednesday

A Lebanese policeman who was kidnapped by Nusra Front, waves as he carried by his relatives upon his arrival at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. The Nusra Front Syria's al-Qaida branch on Tuesday released a group of Lebanese troops held captive for over a year as part of a Qatar-brokered swap that involved Lebanon setting free at least 11 prisoners wanted by the militants, including a former wife of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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A Lebanese policeman who was kidnapped by Nusra Front, waves as he carried by his relatives upon his arrival at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday

A Palestinian youth demonstrates his parkour skills at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, on Friday.

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A Palestinian youth demonstrates his parkour skills at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, on Friday

Protesters shout slogans and hold a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "Putin, killer!" during a demonstration against Russia on November 27, 2015, in Fatih district in Istanbul. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on November 27 said that Ankara has crossed the line by shooting down a Russian warplane this week and warned the incident could severely undermine Turkey's interests

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Protesters shout slogans and hold a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading “Putin, killer!” during a demonstration against Russia on Friday, in Fatih district in Istanbul

Palestinian women mourn as they take the last look at the body of Yahya Taha, 21, who was killed during clashes with Israeli troops following an Israeli army raid, at the family house during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qattana, near Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. The two-month wave of violence has killed 19 Israelis. At least 93 Palestinian have died, including 59 said by Israel to be attackers.

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Palestinian women mourn as they take the last look at the body of Yahya Taha, 21, who was killed during clashes with Israeli troops following an Israeli army raid, at the family house during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qattana, near Ramallah, Thursday

A masked Palestinian demonstrator flashes the "V" for victory sign during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Palestinian town of al-Bireh on the outskirts of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on Tuesday

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A masked Palestinian demonstrator flashes the “V” for victory sign during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Palestinian town of al-Bireh on the outskirts of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on Tuesday

An Egyptian woman waits for an election worker to check her identification card inside a polling center during the second phase of the parliamentary election, in the Maadi district of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

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An Egyptian woman waits for an election worker to check her identification card inside a polling center during the second phase of the parliamentary election, in the Maadi district of Cairo, Egypt, Monday

clashes...epa05034434 Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes followed the funeral of Shadi Arafeh, in the West Bank city of Hebron 20 November 2015. According to reports, three people were killed, including Arafeh, on 19 November when a Palestinian opened fire on an Israeli car in the West Bank, near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, before hitting his vehicle onto walkers.  EPA/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN

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Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes followed the funeral of Shadi Arafeh, in the West Bank city of Hebron 

An elderly Yazidi man poses for a photograph in the town of Sinjar...An elderly Yazidi man poses for a photograph in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims - both Sunni and Shi'ite - as well as Christians and Yazidis, a faith that combines elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Now the town is largely deserted. But in a row of houses used by Islamic State fighters, there were signs of recent occupation: a smell of rotting food, and foam mattresses and pillows laid on the floor. .

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An elderly Yazidi man walks through the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims, as well as Christians and Yazidis

Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi flash their guns in the Dabab district in Taez province on. According to analysts recapturing the strategic province of Taez would help Yemeni pro-government forces in securing the unstable south and pave the way to the north, including the capital Sanaa

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Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi flash their guns in the Dabab district in Taez province

Syrian children walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus

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Syrian children walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus

Iranian soldiers participate in military manoeuvres on the outskirts of the northeastern Iranian town of Torbat-E-Jam, near Mashhad, on November 17, 2015. Iran started military manoeuvres to respond to possible attacks by armed groups, such as the Islamic State (IS) group, a military commander said according to ISNA.

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Iranian soldiers participate in military manoeuvres on the outskirts of the northeastern Iranian town of Torbat-E-Jam, near Mashhad, on Tuesday. Iran started military manoeuvres to respond to possible attacks by armed groups, such as the Islamic State (IS) group

An Afghan refugee girl peers through the curtain of her temporary home on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

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An Afghan refugee girl peers through the curtain of her temporary home on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan today.

A Palestinian stone thrower stands near burning tyres during clashes with the Israeli army near the Israeli settlement of Beit El, neighboring Ramallah on Monday. Clashes erupted following the funeral of two Palestinians killed by Israeli armed forces during an operation in Qalandia refugee camp to demolish the home of Mohammed Abu Shahin, accused of killing an Israeli hiker in June 2015.

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A Palestinian stone thrower stands near burning tyres during clashes with the Israeli army near the Israeli settlement of Beit El, neighboring Ramallah on Monday

TOPSHOTS Residents inspect a house demol...TOPSHOTS Residents inspect a house demolished by Israeli  troops in Qalandia between the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah and East Jerusalem on November 16, 2015. The Israeli army reported that troops had "hit" three Palestinians in an exchange of fire which occurred during the demolition of the house of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli in the West Bank on June 19.  PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANIABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents inspect a house demolished by Israeli troops in Qalandia between the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah and East Jerusalem 

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Beit El, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Friday. According to reports, 22 Palestinians were injured during the clashes.

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A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Beit El, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Friday