Middle East

Fifth anniversary of the three week Israeli war against the Hamas movement...epa04019067 Hamas soldiers take part in a parade of Hamas forces in Gaza City, 13 January 2014. Reports state that the Hamas Interior Ministry is marking the fifth anniversary of the three week Israeli war against the Hamas movement in Gaza strip in which more than a thousand Palestinians were killed between the late 2008 and early 2009.  EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

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Hamas soldiers take part in a parade of Hamas forces in Gaza City. Reports state that the Hamas Interior Ministry is marking the fifth anniversary of the three-week Israeli war against the Hamas movement in Gaza strip in which more than a thousand Palestinians were killed between late 2008 and early 2009. Read more

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood makes the Rabaa four-fingered gesture in front of a burning police vehicle in Cairo January 10, 2014. The four-fingered "Rabaa" sign is in reference to the police clearing of the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp on August 14 last year that killed hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi who were camped out in Cairo.

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A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood makes the Rabaa four-fingered gesture in front of a burning police vehicle in Cairo on Friday. The gesture has become a symbol of protest and refers to the clearing of the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp by security forces on August 14 last year that killed scores of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Troops of the Interior Ministry take part in a parade during a ceremony marking the Iraqi Police's 92nd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad...Troops of the Interior Ministry take part in a parade during a ceremony marking the Iraqi Police's 92nd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad January 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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Troops of the Interior Ministry take part in a parade to mark the 92nd anniversary of the Iraqi police force at a police academy in Baghdad Read more

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi block a street during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Nasr City, Cairo on January 8, 2014. An Egyptian court adjourned the murder trial of deposed president  Morsi to February 1, citing "weather conditions" that prevented the Islamist's transport to court from prison.

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Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi block a street during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Nasr City, Cairo, on Wednesday. An Egyptian court adjourned the murder trial of Mr Morsi to February 1, citing “weather conditions” that prevented the Islamist’s transport to court from prison.

Mona, an Iranian girl, sells fortune papers in a subway in Tehran, Iran, 07 January 2014. International sanctions against Iran in connection with the country's controversial nuclear programmes have led the country into an economic crisis, forcing even children helping out their families as street vendors.

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Mona sells fortune papers in a subway in Tehran, Iran. The country’s economic crisis has forced many children into work to help their families

Illegal Immigrants Rally In Tel Aviv...TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JANUARY 06:   (ISRAEL OUT) Thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the American embassy on January 6, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers are protesting against a law allowing authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until the resolution of their asylum requests are granted or they are deported or volunteered to leave the country.

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Thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv in protest against a law that allows the Israeli authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until their asylum requests are resolved Read more

   49th anniversary of the formation of the Fatah movement...epa04006024 Palestinians wave Palestinian flags during a rally to mark  the 49th anniversary of the formation of the Fatah movement in the West Bank City of  Nablus  , 02 January 2014.

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Palestinians wave flags during a rally to mark the 49th anniversary of the formation of the Fatah movement in the West Bank City of Nablus. Read more

A visitor places a burning candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2013.

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A visitor places a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Monday

A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad     REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem. Read more

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at  the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during a snowstorm.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during a snowstorm.