Chef Lao Wei Xiong cooks up a carry-out order for foreign reporters in the kitchen at al Maida restaurant in Tripoli. NPR hide caption

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Volunteer Ibtisam Saadeddin, who wears a khaki uniform and a badge and pins with photos of Moammar Gadhafi, says she patrols the line at the women-only gas station to make sure no fights break out. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Yosif A. Shakeir is host of Ashem al-Watan (or "Hope of the Nation"), which is seen on the Libyan state TV channel. The show is using the airwaves in Libya to keep hope for Moammar Gadhafi's regime alive. Johnathan Blakley/NPR hide caption

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A Palestinian family waits to cross from the Gaza Strip into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing on Saturday. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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The newly founded Egyptian news channel 25TV broadcasts online at In this image from a show called Hashtag, the host discusses the Twitter hashtag #FreeTarekShalaby, which began after Shalaby, an Egyptian activist, was arrested during protests outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. He was later released. 25TV hide caption

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Saudi Arabia's oil wealth has contributed to its rapid economic growth and a reputation of extravagance. But the government and Saudi society are reluctant to acknowledge poverty in the kingdom. Ayman Aljammaz/flickr hide caption

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A Saudi woman crosses in front of several automobiles in a marketplace on Sept. 16, 1990, in Dammam. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive, have little say in matters of marriage and divorce, and cannot travel without a letter of permission from their male guardian. David Longstreath/AP hide caption

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Christian landlord Ayman Dimitry, shown with his 5-year-old daughter, Juliena, says his ear was cut off by men who accused him of renting an apartment to Muslim prostitutes. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Women chant slogans and wave the Egyptian flag during a rally March 11 to support national unity of Muslims and Christians in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the focal point of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Hisham Haddad (left) stands with his brother, Hani, at the so-called Hyde Park in Suez, Egypt, while talking about the city's problems since the revolution. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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An Egyptian soldier argues with protesters during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square in March against proposed constitutional amendments. Many in Egypt now say that the military, once embraced by anti-government protesters who forced President Hosni Mubarak from office, is bypassing civilian laws and courts. Grace Kassab/AP hide caption

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Iman al-Obeidi, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya, and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody, shouted as she told her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday (March 26, 2011). Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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A soldier stands guard next to Tutankhamen's gold mask inside the Egyptian Museum on Feb. 16. Looters broke into the museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square in late January. Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A young woman sells Egyptian flags in central Cairo on Monday. Voters are scheduled to go to the polls on Saturday for a referendum on proposed constitutional amendments. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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