Palestinians wait for Mohammed Assaf, the first Palestinian winner of the Arab Idol contest, in front of his family home in the southern Gaza Strip last Tuesday. The cheering for Assaf crossed political and ideological divides. Adel Hana/AP hide caption

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Pretend Leaders Excite Palestinians' Democratic Spirit
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Retired Marine General Target Of Leak Investigation
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Israeli Political Leaders Disagree On 2-State Peace Solution
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Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon
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Palestinians dance with pictures of singer Mohammed Assaf as they celebrate his Arab Idol victory along the streets of Gaza City Saturday. Adel Hana/AP hide caption

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'The Attack' Depicts Opposing Sides In Middle East Violence
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Ali Suliman, noted for his role in the Oscar-nominated film Paradise Now, plays Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli surgeon whose world is rocked in the wake of a Tel Aviv bombing. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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Kerry Heads Back To Mideast To Reboot Peace Talks
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Iranians celebrate the victory of moderate presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani (portrait) at Vanak square in northern Tehran on Saturday. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy Was Key In Iranian Election
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American-Israeli solar entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz, aka Captain Sunshine, speaks during a rally of electric car owners in Israel. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Can Captain Sunshine Save The Israeli Electric Car Dream?
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What's what? In Israel, the shape of a boureka pastry traditionally tells you what's inside. Now the country's chief rabbis want the shapes to get a lot more specific to help people keep kosher. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Syrian Government Limits Humanitarian Aid To Qusair
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Palestinian performer Mohammad Assaf is a finalist on Arab Idol, which is filmed in the Lebanese city of Jounieh north of the capital Beirut. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Arab Idol' Finalist Delivers Sweet Music, Palestinian Pride
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