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Islamist fighters demonstrate with their weapons during their graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus...Islamist fighters demonstrate with their weapons during their graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 28, 2013. The newly graduated fighters, who went through military training, will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Picture taken November 28. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din

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Islamist fighters show off their weapons skills at a graduation ceremony at a military training camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. The fighters will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Read more

Soliders From Army's 3rd Brigade Return Home From Afghanistan To Fort Knox...FORT KNOX, KY - NOVEMBER 20: Spc. Michael Fashion of the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his daughter Malia Banks, 5, following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Fort Knox, Ky. The 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan's Zabul Province.

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SPC Michael Fashion of the US Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his daughter Malia Banks after a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox early on Wednesday morning. 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in AfghanistanRead more

World War Two veteran Harry Marrington, from Portsmouth, England, leans down to pick up a paper poppy during an Armistice Day ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The Menin Gate Memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are not known.

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World War Two veteran Harry Marrington, from Portsmouth, England, leans down to pick up a paper poppy during an Armistice Day ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The Menin Gate Memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are not known.

Mourners and family members weep during ...Mourners and family members weep during the funeral of 22-year-old, Ahmad Tazazaa, at the Qabatya village near the West Bank City of Jenin, on October 31, 2013. Israeli troops shot dead a 22-year-old Palestinian during a raid near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian medics and security officials said.

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Mourners and family members weep during the funeral of 22-year-old, Ahmad Tazazaa, at the Qabatya village near the West Bank City of Jenin. Israeli troops shot dead a 22-year-old Palestinian during a raid near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian medics and security officials said. Read more

Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia October 29, 2013.

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Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia on Tuesday.

Taliban militants surrender their weapons in Herat...epa03920206 Former Taliban militants stand behind an rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty program, in Herat, Afghanistan, 23 October 2013. Hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government under an amnesty program launched by Afghan President Hamid Karzai back in 2004. Taliban-led militants have been waging a bloody war against Afghan and NATO forces for a decade, often infiltrating Afghan security forces and carrying out deadly attacks on NATO and Afghan forces.  EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

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Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president. Read more

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Free Syrian Army rebels gather inside a cave in Idlib, northwest Syria. A fatwa allowing people to eat cats and dogs has been issued in rebel-held areas of southern Damascus, residents say, underscoring the plight of citizens as the civil war rages a short drive from the centre of the Syrian capital, where UN chemical weapons inspectors are staying. Read more

Shinto priests walk out from Torii gate after they administer a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai" on the first day of the four-day autumn festival at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on October 17, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.

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Shinto priests leave the Torii gate of the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, after administering the rite of Kiyoharai on the first day of the four-day autumn festival, on Thursday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.

An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armoured Corps Exercise on October 16, 2013. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

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An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade armoured corps exercise on Wednesday. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

Syria's soccer squad warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore...Syria's soccer squad warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore October 14, 2013. Mentally scarred by the turmoil at home after two-and-half-years of civil war, Syria's national football team are hoping continued success on the pitch can give their compatriots small reason to cheer. Syria, who beat Iraq to win the West Asian Championships for the first time in December, take on Singapore on Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifying match as they attempt to reach the finals of the region's premier tournament in Australia in 2015.  REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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Syria’s soccer team warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Syria, who beat Iraq to win the West Asian Championships for the first time in December, take on Singapore on Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifying match as they attempt to reach the finals of the region’s premier tournament, to be held in Australia in 2015. Read more