Middle East

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