Middle East

ranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) del...Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) delivers a speech during a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2014. The 35th anniversary of the revolution that ousted the US-backed shah, comes as Tehran rides the wave of a landmark nuclear deal with major powers.

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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech on Tuesday during a rally in Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution

35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran...epa04068394 Iranian students show their fingers painted with Iran's national flags during a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, 11 February 2014. The event mark the 35th 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.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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Iran students show their fingers painted with Iran’s national flag during a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran, Iran. The event mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, which came ten days after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s return from exile in Paris, toppling the monarchy and forming the Islamic republic Read more

Cyclists start the Sport Stage of the 2nd day of Dubai Tour in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

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Cyclists start the sport stage of the 2nd day of the Dubai Tour on Thursday

African asylum seekers, who entered Isra...African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, use blankets to protect themselves from the cold during a continuing protest in Tel Aviv's Levinski Park on February 5, 2014. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are protesting to call for help in the face of Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status. Last month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers.  AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, use blankets to protect themselves from the cold during a continuing protest in Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are calling for help in the face of Israel’s refusal to grant them refugee status. Last month, the UN refugee agency warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers. Read more

A Palestinian Hamas policeman takes part in a graduation ceremony at the Arafat Police Academy in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Arabic writing on the wall reads, "the chains must be broken."

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A Palestinian Hamas policeman takes part in a graduation ceremony at the Arafat Police Academy in Gaza City. The Arabic writing on the wall reads, “The chains must be broken”.

Palestinian children play with concrete pipes in Gaza City, on January 28, 2014.

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Palestinian children play with concrete pipes in Gaza City on Tuesday.

Yemeni female followers of the Shiite Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana'a, Yemen, 23 January 2014. Reports state thousands of followers of the Shiite Houthi movement took to the streets to demand the dismissal of the government two days after unidentified gunmen killed Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, a representative of the Shiite Houthi movement in Yemen's national dialogue talks.

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Female followers of the Shia Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shia leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana’a, Yemen.

Family members run away from tear gas during clashes between Egypt's security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Morsi supporters held sporadic protests against this week's constitutional referendum as authorities said there was a deadly clash.

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Family members run away from tear gas during clashes between Egypt’s security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt

Palestinian youths check a destroyed building following overnight Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on January 16, 2014. Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip against training camps used by the armed wing of the territory's Hamas rulers left four children and a woman wounded, Palestinian medical sources said.

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Palestinian youths check a destroyed building after overnight Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. Air strikes in the Gaza Strip against training camps used by the armed wing of the territory’s Hamas rulers left four children and a woman wounded, Palestinian medical sources said Read more

Members of the Egyptian security forces stand guard outside a polling station near The Saladin Citadel (background) on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo during the second day of voting on a new constitution on January 15, 2014. Egyptians resumed voting in the constitutional referendum, with turnout expected to hold the key to a likely presidential bid by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after clashes killed nine the previous day.

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Members of the Egyptian security forces stand guard outside a polling station near the Saladin Citadel on Mokattam hill near the centre of Cairo during the second day of voting on a new constitution on Wednesday.