An Egyptian man casts his vote Sunday in parliamentary elections at a polling station in Cairo. Allegations of widespread fraud and voter intimidation have marred the polls. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Volunteers packed into a room during a petition-drive training session in Cairo. Mohamed ElBaradei's National Association for Change movement has gathered 900,000 signatures on a petition to amend the constitution and end the stranglehold President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party has over elections. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Maliha, a Bedouin mother of four, at her home in Nuweiba, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Aida Abdel-Fattah doesn't believe it when promises are made about making life better in the Cairo slum where she lives. By Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Aida Abdel-Fattah stands in front of her home in the Duweika area of Cairo. Abdel-Fattah's home was damaged two years ago in a landslide that killed scores of her neighbors. She and others are still waiting to be resettled by the government, as their homes crumble around them. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Lebanese wave their national flag as they attend a rally marking the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri in downtown Beirut on February 14, 2010. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to the crowds from the sunroof of his SUV upon his arrival in Beirut on Wednesday. Thousands of cheering Lebanese welcomed Ahmadinejad to Lebanon, throwing rose petals and sweets at his motorcade at the start of a visit that underscores a growing recognition of Iran as a power broker in the region. Mahmoud Tawil/AP hide caption

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In Jalalabad, women walk past posters of candidates running in Saturday's parliamentary elections. Officials are seeking to reassure wary Afghans that it will be safe to vote, despite threats from the Taliban warning people not to leave their homes. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Afghans walk past a branch of Kabul Bank in the capital on Wednesday. Shareholders met this week to decide the fate of the bank after suspected irregularities raised concerns over the country's biggest private financial institution. Ahmad Massoud/AP hide caption

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