Middle East

TOPSHOT - Two men are sitting in front o...TOPSHOT - Two men are sitting in front of a famous graffiti of British street artist Banksy, painted on a wall of a gas station in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX / AFP / THOMAS COEXTHOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images

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Two men sitt in front of a graffiti by British street artist Banksy, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. A tenuous ceasefire is holding in Yemen despite some violations, as U.N.-brokered peace talks between the country s U.S. and Saudi-backed internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels start in Switzerland. But with both camps  positions unchanged and little sign either is ready for compromise, observers are not expecting much.

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Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday

A Syrian man escorts his injured wife following reported air strikes by regime forces on the town of al-Nashabiyah in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on December 14, 2015. United Nations aid chief Stephen OBrien said that the "indiscriminate attacks" against civilians in Damascus and the surrounding region were "unacceptable" at the end of a visit to Syria.

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A Syrian man escorts his injured wife following reported air strikes by regime forces on the town of al-Nashabiyah in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on Monday

A Palestinian woman supporting the Hamas attends a rally in Gaza City on December 14, 2015, to mark the ruling Islamist movement's 28th birthday

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A Palestinian woman supporting Hamas attends a rally in Gaza City on Monday, to mark the ruling Islamist movement’s 28th birthday

 Lebanese trecker takes a pic...TOPSHOT - A Lebanese trecker takes a picture of a cross on a hilltop in the nothern ski resort village of Laklouk, 2000 meters above sea level in the Lebanese mountains north of Beirut, on December 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZPATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A Lebanese hiker takes a picture of a cross on a hilltop in the northern ski resort village of Laklouk, 2000 meters above sea level in the Lebanese mountains north of Beirut 

Palestinian protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with Israeli soldiers that followed a protest against the Israeli settlements in Qadomem, in the Kofr Qadom village near the West Bank city of Nablus, 11 December 2015. According to local sources at least five Palestinians were injured during the clashes.

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Palestinian protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with Israeli soldiers that followed a protest against the Israeli settlements in Qadomem, in the Kofr Qadom village near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Friday

Residents walk by damage at a site hit by one of three explosive trucks, in the YPG-controlled town of Tel Tamer, Syria on Friday

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Residents walk by damage at a site hit by one of three explosive trucks, in the YPG-controlled town of Tel Tamer, Syria on Friday

A worker decorates a Christmas tree designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab in front of the Al-Amin mosque in Beirut, Lebanon

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A worker decorates a Christmas tree designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab in front of the Al-Amin mosque in Beirut, Lebanon

Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale as part of the "Dubai International Balloon Fiesta" event...Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) as part of the "Dubai International Balloon Fiesta" event, United Arab Emirates December 9, 2015

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Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) as part of the “Dubai International Balloon Fiesta” event, United Arab Emirates

Members of the Syrian government forces sit in a tower at a military base as hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebel forces began evacuating the last opposition-held district of Waer in the central city of Homs

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Members of the Syrian government forces sit in a tower at a military base, as hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebel forces began evacuating the last opposition-held district of Waer in the central city of Homs

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