Syrian Youth Unprepared For Market-Driven Economy

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iPhone App Monitors Israeli Settlement Building

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Mahmoud Jamal (right) sits with a student at Jerusalem Kindergarten. Rick Davis for NPR hide caption

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In East Jerusalem, A School Where Kids Can Be Kids

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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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Palestinians Make Strides In West Bank Security

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New Media Strain Government Tolerance In Syria

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Palestinians, Israelis Say Expectations Are Low

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Israeli Foreign Minister Touts Settlement Building

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Blogging And Tweeting, Egyptians Push For Change

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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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In Egypt, Carrie Bradshaw In A Headscarf

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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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In Rare Summit, Arab Rivals Try To Ease Tension

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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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In Syria, Ban On Veil Raises Few Eyebrows

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Iraqis follow a June 14 parliamentary session on local TV at a barbershop in Baghdad. Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kyrgyz City Osh Rocked By Ethnic Violence

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Uzbeks Flee Ethnic Rioting In Kyrgyzstan

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New Oil Estimates Show Spill Rate Much Higher

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