Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing traditional fur hats, attend a religious wedding celebration in the heart of Jerusalem in 2009. The hats, known as shtreimel or spodik, could still be worn under a proposed bill to ban fur in Israel, but the ultra-Orthodox community fears the legislation poses a threat to its religious identity. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki raises his hands with members of his State of Law coalition after addressing supporters at Al-Mina Stadium during a visit to Basra, in southern Iraq, this month. Iraq is due to hold general elections on March 7, and the incumbent faces strong competition from an alliance of Iranian-backed parties. hide caption

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