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Syrian artist Moaffak Makhoul poses near his decorated wall after it won the Guinness World Records award for the largest mural made from recycled material, on March 31, 2014 in Damascus
Syrian artist Moaffak Makhoul poses near his decorated wall after it won the Guinness World Records award for the largest mural made from recycled material, on March 31, 2014 in Damascus © Louai Beshara - AFP
A Syrian young boy holds an old rifle as he helps fighters in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province, on June 13, 2013
A Syrian young boy holds an old rifle as he helps fighters in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province, on June 13, 2013 © Daniel Leal-Olivas - AFP/File
This photo went viral as showing a Syria refugee child who had lost his family. Thousands of retweets later it turned out to be wrong.
A photo of a four-year-old Syrian refugee has gone viral on social media after claims he was wandering the desert in search of his family when he was really just metres behind them. © Andrew Harper / Twitter
Pro-regime fighters (R) speak with a rebel fighter in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement on February 17, 2014
Pro-regime fighters (R) speak with a rebel fighter in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement on February 17, 2014 © Louai Beshara - AFP
Djerba – “where the air is so mild it prevents you from dying”
Sunset on the northern coastline. © Christine Petré
Instagramming Doha
An unusual passenger on the Dubai-Doha flight © Arabian Lord
A Palestinian man prepares to throw a snowball outside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem, on January 10, 2013.
A Palestinian man prepares to throw a snowball outside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem, on January 10, 2013. © Ahmad Gharabli/AFP
Photos from the #StreetsOfMENA
Iran. © Javid Tafazoli
Corruption in the Middle East – the whos and whys
© Transparency International
ARTWORKS: Pieces that caught our eye at Abu Dhabi Art
"Dog" by Joana Vasconcelos. © Badar Salem
Russia’s comeback in the Middle East
"As long as the US continues to waver under war fatigue and sick public finances, the Russian east wind may prevail over the west wind in the Middle East." © Zapiro 2013 (All rights reserved). Printed with permission from www.zapiro.com. For more Zapiro cart
Dubai police car
The latest edition to the world’s undisputedly most extravagant police car fleet is a 700-horsepower Brabus B63S – 700 Widestar is based on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG sport-utility. © Brabus
Emirati policemen patrol in an especially modified Lamborghini Aventador in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on April 16, 2013
Emirati policemen patrol in an especially modified Lamborghini Aventador in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on April 16, 2013 © Karim Sahib - AFP/File
Palestinian celebration of prisoner release
Palestinian families and friends celebrate as they gather outside the headquarters of president Mahmud Abbas for the release of some 26 prisoners from Israeli jails in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 29, 2013. © Ahmad Daghlas
The mix of cultural influences
© Johannes Makar
Children of Atmeh
© John Wreford www.johnwreford.com
Colonnade and Arcade
As you continue north along the Colonnade and Arcade, have a look to the left into the tomb-chamber of Palestinian national heroes. © Stephen Rubin
Iranian football fans celebrate at Vanak square in northern Tehran on June 18, 2013
Iranian football fans celebrate at Vanak square in northern Tehran on June 18, 2013 after Iran won their 2014 World Cup Asian zone group A qualifying football match against South Korea. Hundreds of joyous Iranians flooded the streets of Tehran after the national team beat Asia power house South Korea 1-0 in an away game to qualify for the 2014 Brazil World Cup. © Atta Kenare - AFP
Abdul Raheem Yassir comments on the Venice Biennale
"Bringing in artists from within Iraq is a real achievement. Many have never participated in such a large-scale exhibition. It is a great opportunity for them to see new work and connect with other artists from different cultures. Ruya has invested in the artistic future of Iraq, a country that has missed out on so many opportunities in the past." © Courtesy of the artist and RUYA Foundation
Grosvenor House Dubai
"Efficient and attentive staff, a glamorous and sophisticated crowd and a plate of restaurants to die for. " © Grosvenor House
Chefchaouen
In Chefchaouen’s old town, almost every other house is coloured a shade of bright blue, creating an astonishing effect, a sea of blue — in addition to the charms of wandering the narrow streets and twisting alleys of any old Moroccan town. © SangHee Kim
Leptis Magna temple remains
Leptis Magna, on the Libyan coast, about 120 km to the east of the capital Tripoli, is today one of the least known Roman city sites — but also one of the most striking. Spanning a large area - and remarkably well-preserved in parts - one of Leptis Magna’s greatest assets is its anonymity. You’ll rarely find throngs of tourists here. © Ben Sutherland
Quality of news reporting has improved in the Arab world
© Northwestern Qatar
Mural in Montreal by Tunisian calligraffitist El Seed © El Seed
A changing reality for Alexandria's fishermen
The fishing industry of the harbor has served as a source of income for many fishermen for generations. Yet according to many, it has drastically changed over the years. © Yara Ahmed / Your Middle East
Young Iranians seen in Laleh Park, Tehran
Courtesy of the Humans of Tehran Facebook page © Omid Iranmehr
Building schools for Morocco's rural poor
“What we are doing is very little, but at least we can feel and see the impact of it" © Teach4Morocco
A local’s guide on foot through Alexandria
Used books treasure hunt at Nabi Daniel Street. © Nermeen Hegazi
Ayman Yossri Daydban – But Animals Don’t Understand Poetry
© Courtesy Athr Gallery
A man and his camels walk along the beach in the resort town of Hammamet
Two years after the Arab Spring uprisings, Tunisia and Egypt are trying to win back holidaymakers in a lifeblood sector for both countries which are gripped by renewed political crisis. © Martin Bureau - AFP/File
A young streetdancer surprises his audience in downtown Tunis
An initiative of young Tunisians now reclaims the streets. Their weapon is dance. © ArtSolution
Fashion from Tunisian designer Salah Barka
"What I love about the revolution is that Tunisian artists are now emerging from everywhere!" © Salah Barka
A moped ride in Tunisia
© Simon Blackley
Photo by Javid Tafazoli
Shot in Iran. © Javid Tafazoli
Ameena coaching boys in Lebanon's Tripoli the art of skateboarding
"In my view, Ameena is a champion. Is being a veiled skater enough to earn that title? Or coaching a huge number of teenage boys in skateboarding?" © Natheer Halawani
Om Ezzine, 53-year-old Tunisian cleaner
She has no regrets about the revolution and is delighted to have a voice today. She feels important and taken into account individually – even if nothing has changed for her. © Sophia Baraket
Thank you for reading - The Archive, Dubai
Two new libraries in in Dubai and Abu Dhabi provide a meeting point for the creative, the curious and the studious. They also show that grand cultural strategies are beginning to trickle down to street level. © The Archive
A young girl at the Health and Hope Oasis in Egypt
The number of cancer cases in Egypt is growing. The causes are several: the population is becoming older and the country is going through a “Westernisation” in terms of lifestyle and food habits. Among children, leukaemia is the most common diagnosis, followed by Hodgkin’s disease and brain tumours. © http://www.davidpolberger.se
A traditional sight
Kites and minarets, Mardin © Kira Walker
Smartphone picture from ABC Mall in Beirut
"Santa would be mighty thrilled with Lebanon’s Christmas spirit. For a country that is not entirely Christian, one would be surprised by its over-the-top presentation. And the majority of the nation joins in on the fun." © Bana Bissat
Restaurants serving the cut-open carp are seeing a boom in Iraq
An Iraqi street vendor grills carp used in Iraq's signature dish "masgoof" in the capital Baghdad. Thanks to a drop in the once-rampant levels of violence across the nation ravaged by years of war, sales of the national meal are soaring. © Ali al-Saadi - AFP
An Egyptian woman has her photo taken in front of graffiti portraying Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
An Egyptian woman has her photo taken in front of graffiti portraying Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during demonstrations outside the presidential palace. Morsi overreached by giving himself broad powers and trying to ram through a new constitution without sufficient consultation, analysts say. © Patrick Baz - AFP
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Wonder Beirut #13
Modern Beirut, International Centre of Water-Skiing, from the series Wonder Beirut, 1997-2006. © Courtesy of the artists and CRG Gallery, New York and In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris.
The Wall at TEDxBeirut
Attendees were invited to help contribute to the "all we need is" wall - crowdsourcing ideas from the public. © Nadim Kamel
Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem
Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, 3 Israeli citizens and over 80 Palestinians have died. © Tania de Ildefonso Ocampos
Night view of Jerusalem
"Jerusalem, a couple of hours inland from Tel Aviv, feels a very long way from the liberal, modern coastal towns. The old city is nothing short of living history, thriving with pilgrims, tourists and religious scholars of all three Abrahamic religions." © ProtoplasmaKid
The Saudi capital
A general view shows the bustling Saudi capital Riyadh. © Hassan Ammar - AFP/File
Lebanon's youth care
The organisers of the White March in Beirut on Oct. 25 sought to find an alternative to the March 8 and 14 movements that currently dominate Lebanon’s political scene. © Nadim Kamel
A young saudi man attending the graduation at King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
In Saudi Arabia it is often joked that the most popular sport is football, followed by texting. To be sure, Twitter usage is about to catch up. © William Bauer
iPhone photo from the afterparty at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012
One of the festival’s goals is to support films from the region and help them gain international recognition © Besik Turazashvili
Beirut in turmoil
Lebanese police fired in the air and used tear gas on Sunday to repel protesters trying to storm the premier's office in Beirut, amid calls for him to quit after a top security official was killed by a car bomb blamed on Syria. © Alexander Lerche
Peace I miss You...
Syrian youths walk past graffiti in the rebel-held Syrian city of Minbej. Rebels drove the much-feared Syrian security forces out of the northern city of Minbej in July, and are now slowly rebuilding its police force to combat a rise in crime © Tauseef Mustafa - AFP
San Saravan together with Bozo
Bozo was a little bear cub of three months when he was sold at a pet shop last July in Sulemanya, Northern Iraq. Sitting in a tiny cage on the street outside the shop, he caught the eye of Iraqi film maker San Saravan. © Tebeen Muhamad & San Saravan
Painting by Mehrdad Mohebali
Mehrdad Mohebali's painting The Last Supper II (From Mr. Passive exhibition). © Mehrdad Mohebali
Iran's rial has lost around half its value this year
An Iraqi money dealer counts Iranian rial bank notes bearing a portrait of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at an exchange office in Baghdad. Iran's currency has slid to a new record low against the dollar, with the central bank saying it was trying to manage the plunge amid an "economic war with the world." © Ali al-Saadi - AFP/File
Syrian rebel carrying his dead brother in Aleppo
A Syrian rebel (R) covers a fellow fighter carrying the body of his brother and comrade, killed during a battle in the Saif al-Dawla district of Syria's northern city of Aleppo, amid heavy street fighting between opposition and government forces on August 29, 2012. © Zac Baillie - AFP
Standard & Poor's has removed Egypt from CreditWatch
A street vendor carries bread on his head in Tahrir Square. Egypt's central bank reserves which have plunged from $36 bn at the start of January 2011 to $14.4 bn, threatening Egypt's ability to import basic goods such as wheat and refined oil products. © Mohammed Abed - AFP
Israelis protest in Tel Aviv this month against attacking Iran
Israelis protest in Tel Aviv against Israel mounting a military strike on Iran. A high-volume public debate in Israel over a possible imminent military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is designed to pressure Washington to back its ally more firmly, experts say. © Menahem Kahana - AFP/File
A Syrian man rides a motorcycle past an army tank on which children play, parked along a street in Azaz, Syria
Syrians joined prayers and staged demonstrations for Eid, taking place for the second year under the shadow of a conflict the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says has now claimed 23,000 lives while the UN gives a death toll of 17,000. © Phil Moore - AFP
Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar competes in the women's 800m heats at the London Olympics on August 8. After limping home a distant last in her 800m heat, the US-born Attar called it the "hugest honor to be here to represent the women of Saudi Arabia". © Franck Fife - AFP/File
The rial has lost around half of its value from last year, following the announcement of new US and EU sanctions
Iran's currency has plunged five percent in street trading after the central bank announced an imminent decision to revise upwards its official fixed exchange rate used as a market reference. © Behrouz Mehri - AFP
Kurdish peshmerga are commanded by the autonomous Kurdish administration of northern Iraq
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters take part in a military parade in Arbil. A high-ranking Iraqi official says security agencies have uncovered a secret weapons deal between the autonomous Kurdistan region and an unnamed foreign country. © Safin Hamed - AFP/File
The Citadel of Aleppo, seen in the background, is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world
The Citadel of Aleppo, seen in the background, is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. UN heritage agency UNESCO has urged forces fighting in Syria to avoid damage to historically important cultural sites, in particular in the country's second-largest city Aleppo. © Patrick Kovarik - AFP/File
A historical TV drama about Omar Ibn al-Khattab, a close companion of Prophet Mohammed, has caused a stir
Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in June 2012. A television series depicting a revered Islamic figure has caused a stir in the Arab world with thousands saying the show must be stopped because they believe such depictions are forbidden by Islam. © Fayez Nureldine - AFP/File
Iraqis jet ski on the lake of Habbaniyah
Iraqis jet ski on the lake of Habbaniyah, west of Baghdad, in June 2012. The resort just west of Baghdad is an oasis of relative calm that offers escape from bombs, shootings and political squabbling. © Azhar Shallal - AFP/File
Saudi special forces perform during a parade.
A prominent Shiite cleric and critic of the Saudi government, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, was arrested in the Sunni-ruled kingdom's eastern province on Sunday, a Saudi official said. © Fayez Nureldine - AFP/File
Journey through an unexpected Iran.
Tehran's "gritty flavour was addictive. At first the capital seemed hostile and overwhelming to the clueless tourist but after some exploration the concrete jungle yielded to reveal its intimate sanctuaries," writes Grace Nicholls. © Milad Mosapoor / The Commons
Fireworks light up the sky as Egyptians celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Fireworks light up the sky as Egyptians celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The election of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi comes after 18 months of a tumultuous military-led transition from Hosni Mubarak's rule, marked by political upheaval and bloodshed © Khaled Desouki - AFP
Libyan striker Ahmed Zuway (R) vies with Cameroon's defender Georges Mandjek (L)
Libyan striker Ahmed Zuway (R) vies with Cameroon's defender Georges Mandjek (L) at Taieb Mhiri stadium, in Sfax, during their Africa Zone qualifying match for the World Cup 2014 football championships. Cameroon, whose six World Cup appearances is a record for an African country, suffered a dramatic 2-1 loss in Group I against Libya. © Fethi Belaid - AFP
An Iraqi policeman guards a checkpoint during a heavy dust storm in Baghdad.
A suicide attacker detonated an explosives-packed car on June 4 at the headquarters of Iraq's Shiite religious endowment in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people, medics said. © Ahmad al-Rubaye - AFP/File
Syrians listen to the televised speech of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrians listen to the televised speech of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a store in Damascus. Assad on Sunday dismissed allegations that his government had a hand in the Houla massacre and accused foreign-backed forces of plotting to destroy Syria. © Louai Beshara - AFP
An Iraqi official shows a broken archaeological piece at a pre-Islamic Christian monastery in the central city of Najaf
An Iraqi excavation official shows a broken archaeological piece at a pre-Islamic Christian monastery in the central city of Najaf. Christianity entered Iraq through Najaf but Christian archaeological sites in the city continue being neglected. © Qassem Zein - AFP
A Tunisian Islamist waves a Salafist flag reading 'there is only one God' during a rally
A Tunisian Islamist waves a Salafist flag reading 'there is only one God' during a rally on May 20 in Kairouan. Tunisian Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri threatened Monday to punish Salafist Muslims who push their views on others too hard, after radical Islamists forced a series of bars to close. © Fethi Belaid - AFP/File
A Palestinian protestor holds a banner and a photo of a relative
Demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails outside the Massiyahu Prison in Ramle, near Tel Aviv, May 3. Israel has so far rejected all appeals lodged by the hunger strikers. © Ahmad Gharabli - AFP/File
A Syrian flag flutters outside a barracks in the devastated Bab Amro neighbourhood of the central restive city of Homs on May 2.
A terrorist haven in the eyes of the Syrian regime but "heart of the revolution" for its foes, Baba Amr is now a ghost town where residents move silently among the rubble of their homes. © Joseph Eid - AFP
Girl flashing the V sign for victory during an anti-regime demonstration in Talbisseh, Homs province
Picture from the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, April 20, shows a girl flashing "V" sign for victory during an anti-regime demonstration in Talbisseh, Homs province. AFP is using pictures from alternative sources as it was not authorised to cover this event and is not responsible for any alterations that cannot be independently verified. © - AFP/Shaam News Network/File
Tensions in Bahrain have been mounting in the run-up to Sunday's Grand Prix
Graffiti is scrawled in the Bahraini village of Barbar on April 9, 2012. Bahraini security forces have arrested some 80 leading pro-democracy activists in an attempt to contain the daily anti-government protests ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix race, a local rights group said Wednesday. © - AFP/File
Destruction in the restive Syrian city of Hama
A Hama Revolution 2011 photo allegedly shows destruction in the restive city of Hama on April 6, 2012. The truce plan has been under a cloud for days since Damascus said it would keep its side of the bargain only if rebels gave written guarantees they would also stop fighting, a condition rejected out of hand by the rebels. © - AFP/Hama Revolution/Ho
Graffiti on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in Cairo
"Unlike the calligraphy decorating the walls of Egypt’s mosques, the icons in churches or the hieroglyphs in a pharaoh’s tomb, this is a space of constant transformation and evolution. After the authorities painted over the original graffiti, the artist-activists came back, rendering new images more beautiful and more defiant than before." © Eliot Benman
Pope Shenuda died at the age of 88 and will be buried at St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun in the Nile Delta
Egyptian Coptic priests gather around the body of Pope Shenuda III, the spiritual leader of the Middle East's largest Christian minority, sitting dressed in formal robes on a wooden throne at the Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district on March 19, 2012. © Gianluigi Guercia - AFP
A Libyan girl in traditional tribal costume
A Libyan girl in traditional tribal costume flashes the V-sign for victory as families parade in their cars through the streets of Tripoli, February 2012. Tripoli will elect its local council by May 5 in its first poll since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi, the deputy chairman of the Tripoli council announced on Sunday. © Mahmud Turkia - AFP/File
Banker carries money at a bank in Damascus
The slide in the value of the Syrian pound has crippled purchasing power. The dollar, which traded at 46.50 pounds a year ago, was buying 74 pounds on March 3rd, representing a fall of 62% for the pound. © Anwar Amro - AFP
Allies in Arms
Undeterred by international pressure, Russia continues to supply weapons to the Syrian regime. © 2012 Zapiro (All rights reserved). Printed with permission from www.zapiro.com. For more Zapiro cart
An Egyptian protester flashes the the
An Egyptian protester flashes the "victory" sign as he stands in a cloud of tear gas during clashes with riot police near the central Tahrir square in Cairo on February 5, 2012. © Mahmud Hams - AFP
A man points to a Facebook page featuring pictures of people allegedly killed during the 1982 Hama massacre
A man points to a Facebook page featuring pictures of people allegedly killed during the 1982 Hama massacre. Anti-regime activists have called for Syrians to take to the streets in their "millions" to commemorate 30 years since government forces killed thousands in a crackdown on Hama. © Joseph Eid - AFP
Egypt's newly-elected parliament meets for its first session
Egypt's newly-elected parliament meets for its first session in Cairo on January 23, 2012. Islamist MPs took centre stage as Egypt's parliament met for the first time since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak, while their supporters massed outside to cheer the historic event. © Asmaa Waguih - AFP/Pool/File
Kuwaiti riot police use teargas to disperse a protest of stateless Arabs
Kuwaiti riot police use teargas to disperse a protest of stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, to demand citizenship and other basic rights in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on January 13. Kuwait's security forces were right to suppress protesters demanding citizenship rights, the cabinet said Sunday, after recent demonstrations by the so-called "stateless" turned violent. © Yasser al-Zayyat - AFP/File
Hosni Mubarak is wheeled on a stretcher into court
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is wheeled on a stretcher into court for his murder trial in Cairo on January 5. Lawyers for victims' families in the trial of Mubarak charged that Egyptian police were ordered to use lethal fire against protesters in the revolt which brought him down. © - - AFP/File
Iran's navy conducting war games in the Strait of Hormuz
Iranian navy fires a Mehrab missile during the "Velayat-90" naval war games in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. Iran's navy says it is to test two 200-kilometre (120-mile) range missiles and one shorter range missile during its war games. © Ebrahim Noroozi - AFP
A worshipper prays in the Church of Nativity
A worshipper prays in the Church of Nativity, the site widely believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. © Musa al-Shaer - AFP
Bahraini anti-government protesters
Bahraini anti-government protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police in the Shiite village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, on December 16. Bahraini riot police on Tuesday dispersed several hundred Shiite demonstrators who gathered on a highway leading to Manama in one of increasingly frequent anti-regime protests. © - AFP/File
Hamas 24th anniversary celebrations
A Palestinian boy appears behind flags of the Islamist movement Hamas during celebrations for the 24th anniversary of its foundation in Gaza City. The Islamist Hamas movement on Wednesday marked its 24rd anniversary, with its prime minister Ismail Haniya vowing to continue the "resistance" until the end of Israel's occupation. © Said Khatib - AFP
Protesters storming the British Embassy
Iranian riot policemen (background) try to prevent hardline protesters from approaching the British Embassy during a protest in Tehran. Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran, removing the mission's flag and ransacking offices. © Atta Kenare - AFP
Anti-US mural in Tehran
An Iranian walks past an anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on November 19, 2011. Western powers responded to a damning UN report about Iran's nuclear program with a fresh batch of sanctions, targeting the country's central bank and the vital energy sector. © Atta Kenare - AFP/File
The 12th Dubai Airshow
People visit the opening day of the 12th Dubai Airshow on November 13 in Dubai. Plane manufacturers forecast a boom in demand from the Middle East. © - AFP
Bakery in Cairo
Employees at work in a bakery in the Egyptian capital, where an uncertain transition to civilian rule, labour unrest and sporadic violence that scares off tourists are aggravating Egypt's economic slump almost nine months after president Hosni Mubarak's overthrow, © Mahmud Hams - AFP
Cairo street art
The caricature is saying “60 years of humiliation” © John Wreford
Part of the wall has been painted with Egypt's national colours: black, white and red
The Egyptian authorities are erecting a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo as relations between the two neighbours who signed a peace treaty in 1979 are at a delicate phase. © Mohammed Hossam - AFP
Austrian conductor Roberto Paternostro conducts an Israeli orchestra
Austrian conductor Roberto Paternostro conducts an Israeli orchestra during a concert in the southern German town of Bayreuth. The Israeli orchestra made history Tuesday by performing a concert in Bayreuth, the spiritual home of Hitler's favourite composer Richard Wagner, and received a standing ovation. © Andreas Tuerk - AFP
Libyan rebels armed with a 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun monitor Kadhafi loyalist forces
Libyan rebels armed with a 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun monitor Kadhafi loyalist forces at the desert outpost of Twama, 30km south-east of the western stronghold of Zintan. Libya's rebels have claimed control of Brega, as most pro-Kadhafi troops retreated westward leaving around 150-200 loyalist fighters pinned down inside the oil town, a spokesman said. © Marco Longari - AFP
Players of Iran's women national football team warm up in 2009
Players of Iran's women national football team warm up in 2009. Iran will lodge a formal complaint to the world football body after its women's team were barred from playing in an Olympic qualifier for wearing the traditional Islamic headscarf, media reports said Monday. © Amir Poormand - AFP/ISNA/File
Libyan boys hold fake bullets during school time
Libyan boys hold fake bullets as they play at a school run by volunteers to keep children engaged in activities far from fighting between rebels and loyalists to Moamer Kadhafi in the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi on June 1. Rebel children, in a rebel bastion, are seeking ways to find a new life as they await Moamer Kadhafi's fall. © Saeed Khan - AFP
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