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An Afghan man pushes his cart at Shuhada...An Afghan man pushes his cart at Shuhada Lake in Kabul on February 10, 2014.   Afghanistan's economy is recovering from decades of conflict but despite the significant improvement in the last decade it is extremely poor, landlocked, and highly dependent on foreign aid.   AFP PHOTO/ Wakil KohsarWAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan man pushes his cart along the shore of Shuhada lake in Kabul, Afghanistan

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo...Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo February 5, 2014. Picture taken February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

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Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo Read more

ALTERNATE CROP - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, laiba Hazrat, 6, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the worldís largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.ís refugee agency.

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Afghan refugee, laiba Hazrat, 6, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities of hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the wars and fighting in their country. Read more

An Afghan child plays in the outskirts o...An Afghan child plays in the outskirts of Herat on January 23, 2014. Economic development is considered a vital weapon to stop the country from sinking back into civil war and to stem Islamist extremism after 100,000 international combat troops pull out.

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A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out Read more

A Syrian girl attends classes at a make-...A Syrian girl attends classes at a make-shift school in the largest Bulgarian camp in the town of Harmanli on January 21, 2014. Tonnes of humanitarian aid -- including clothes, food and hygiene materials -- has started trickling in from non-governmental groups in the country and abroad to the camps in EU's poorest country after the UN raised alarm over a "human emergency" on the EU's southern fringe.     AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian girl attends classes at a makeshift school in the largest Bulgarian camp in the southern town of Harmanli. Humanitarian aid, including clothes, food and hygiene materials, has started trickling in from non-governmental groups in the country and abroad to the camps in the EU’s poorest country after the UN expressed alarm over a ‘human emergency’ on the EU’s southern fringe. Read more

Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Or...Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), holds a press conference in Rome on January 16, 2014. Uzumcu voiced concern about reports from the Syrian government of attacks on two chemical facilities but said they could not be independently verified. A United Nations-backed plan to destroy Syria's 1,290-tonne declared chemical weapons arsenal has been delayed by the fighting raging across the country. Uzumcu said that talks were ongoing for "temporary truces" to allow the safe passage of chemical arms convoys to the Syrian port of Latakia for loading. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Get

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Ahmet Uzümcü, director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, holds a press conference in Rome. Mr Uzümcü voiced concern about reports from the Syrian government of attacks on two chemical facilities but said they could not be independently verified. A UN-backed plan to destroy Syria‘s 1,290-tonne declared chemical weapons arsenal has been delayed by the fighting raging across the country

A soldier kisses goodbye during the depa...A soldier kisses goodbye during the departure of over 90 troops from the Eindhoven airbase near Eindhoven, on January 14, 2014, to Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan. They will replace the already stationed Dutch F-16's Air Task Force in Kunduz.   AFP PHOTO / ANP / KOEN VAN WEEL   **

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A soldier kisses goodbye as more than 90 Dutch troops depart from Eindhoven airbase for Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, to replace forces stationed in Kunduz.

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

   SYR29  Residents carry an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo.

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Residents carry an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo.

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up position inside a room in Aleppo...A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up position inside a room as he aims his weapon behind sandbags in the old city of Aleppo November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo

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A Free Syrian Army fighter, surrounded by sandbags, takes up position as he aims his weapon into the old city of Aleppo, Syria