Middle East

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.

Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock mosque at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 21, 2014. Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque Friday, after Israeli eased age restrictions on entry for a second straight week despite high tension after a wave of violence.

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Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem

Supporters of Tunisian Presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi, shout slogans and wave flags on Bourguiba avenue during an election campaign in the capital, Tunis, on November 21, 2014, ahead of the upcoming presidential elections on November 23. Secularist Essebsi is seen as the frontrunner for the elections after his party won milestone parliamentary polls.

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Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi shout slogans and wave flags on Bourguiba Avenue during an election campaign in the capital, Tunis, on Friday. Tunisia votes for a new president on Sunday

Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 20, 2014. Sigd marks the community's longing to return to Jerusalem, where they see their biblical roots.

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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem on Thursday. Sigd marks the community’s longing to return to Jerusalem, where they see their biblical roots

.A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 20, 2014.

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A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad November 19, 2014.

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Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad on Wednesday

A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, walks inside his family home after it was raised by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood on Wednesday, as Israel speeds up the application of a controversial demolition policy.  The demolition came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a harsh response to a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue yesterdat, the city's bloodiest in year. Home demolitions have long been used as a deterrent punishment in the occupied West Bank but it is the first time that they have been adopted as a matter of policy in annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

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A relative of Abdel-Rahman Shaludi, the Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, walks through the destroyed home in Silwan, east Jerusalem, after it was razed by Israeli authorities on Wednesday. The demolition came a day after an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in which five people were killed

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn during a eulogy ahead of the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky in Jerusalem. Rabbi Twersky was one of four Jewish victims killed in an attack on a synagogue in the city by two Palestinian men from East Jerusalem

A group of female spectators leave as another group follows a debate of the Iranian parliament on a vote of confidence for nominee for the post of science minister Fakhroddin Ahamadi Danesh Ashtiani proposed by the President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Iran's parliament rejected Rouhani's nominee for the post of science minister over his pro-reform tendencies. In October the parliament rejected Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, another nominee for the same post; the same body dismissed former-Science Minister Reza Faraji Dana in August over similar allegations.

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A group of female spectators leaves as another group listen to a debate in the Iranian parliament. Fakhroddin Ahamadi Danesh Ashtiani was proposed by President Hassan Rouhani for the post of science minister, but was rejected.

A Kurdish refugee boy from Kobani looks out from the window of a tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 18, 2014

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A Kurdish refugee boy from Kobani looks out from the window of a tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Syria

Palestinian protesters burn tyres in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem. A Palestinian bus driver, whose family lives in Abu Dis, was found hanged in his vehicle in west Jerusalem overnight, in what Israeli police said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.

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Palestinian protesters burn tyres in front of Israel’s barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 17, 2014.

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Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province