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Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the Gaza Strip, on November 14, 2014, in Khan Yunis' Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. The 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants killed at least 2,143 Palestinians, nearly 70 percent of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side.

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Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the Gaza Strip, on Friday, in Khan Yunis’ Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border

A Palestinian carries his belonging as he walks past a badly damaged residential building after returning to Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip...A Palestinian carries his belonging as he walks past a badly damaged residential building after returning to Beit Lahiya town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 5, 2014. Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and began a 72-hour truce with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,834 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8, after a surge in Palestinian rocket launches.

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A Palestinian carries his belonging as he walks past a badly damaged residential building after returning to Beit Lahiya, which was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israel pulled its ground forces out of the area on Tuesday and began a 72-hour truce with Hamas mediated by Egypt.

A Syrian woman carries bags in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs, some 162 kilometres north of the capital Damascus. Syrians have been streaming back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs since May 10, 2014, picking through the remains of their homes and trying to come to terms with the destruction.

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A woman carries bags in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs, some 162km north of the capital Damascus. Syrians have been streaming back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs since opposition forces pulled out

A priest stands on February 21, 2014 in the ruins of Kiev's Trade Union building. Ukraine's parliament on February 21 voted to return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president's powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers. The constitutional change was supported by 386 deputies in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada shortly after President Viktor Yanukovych and top opposition leaders signed a deal to end the country's three-month political crisis.

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A priest stands in the ruins of Kiev’s Trade Union building. Ukraine’s parliament on Friday voted to return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president’s powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers