A store owner in a Gaza City market. Israel has eased the blockade of Gaza over the past year, and more commercial goods are reaching the territory. Jonathan Levinson for NPR hide caption

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A voter casts his ballot to elect the board of the largest private medical association in the West Bank city of Hebron. Out of 14 people running, seven are backed by Fatah. There isn't a single candidate running under the Hamas banner. Jonathan Levinson/For NPR hide caption

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Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar (left) has been stamping passports in advance of a possible Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations in September. His stamp is not a valid passport mark, but a statement in support of U.N. bid. Here, he stamps a tourist's passport at the Ramallah central bus station. Jonathan Levinson /For NPR hide caption

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Libyan rebels head to the front line on the outskirts of the eastern city of Ajdabiya on May 1. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Libyan rebel fires into the air while taking part in a military parade in Benghazi. Optimism in the rebel stronghold has turned to fear for some, as the crackle of shooting — celebratory, or to settle a score — has become a constant in the city. Nasser Nasser/AP hide caption

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