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Construction crews work at the site of Palestinian security forces facilities Thursday in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' state-building measures include forming police and security forces to help keep order in the territory. Saif Dahlah/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian couples celebrate during a mass wedding organized by a charity organization in Cairo in December 2009. A housing shortage is driving the exorbitant price of marriage, which means weddings are often delayed for years. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (center) receives Saudi King Abdullah (left) and Syrian President Bashar Assad upon their arrival at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, on Friday. The leaders of Syria and Saudi Arabia launched an unprecedented effort Friday to defuse fears of violence over upcoming indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Bilal Hussein/AP hide caption

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Women wear the niqab, a face-covering veil, as they shop in Damascus' oldest market on Monday. The Syrian Education Ministry's ban on the veil comes as similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims. Bassem Tellawi/AP hide caption

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