Afaf Shini, a host on the Palestine 48 TV channel, holds a reading card with the satellite channel's logo during a morning broadcast in Ramallah in July. Israel shut down operations just days after the launch. Nasser Nasser/AP hide caption

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Customers try out cellphones and tablets in a store in Tehran, in 2012. Financial sanctions make it difficult for U.S. firms to do business in Iran, analysts say. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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In the video "Does Islam Encourage Violence?" Imam Omar Atia (left) and Zac Parsons discuss modern perceptions of Islam. Screenshot/Reclamation Studios via Youtube hide caption

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Syrian refugees live in makeshift shelters in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, just a few miles west of the Syrian border. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during his meeting with the heads and members of public organizations and professional associations in Damascus, on Sunday. Assad acknowledged that the fight against rebels had suffered setbacks, but vowed to win against insurgents. SANA/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Israeli artist Matan Pinkas sits in the "Iranian Embassy in Jerusalem," a cultural project in the works by the Jerusalem art collective Hamabul. Daniel Estrin hide caption

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Civil defense workers wear gas masks near damaged ground in a village near the Syrian city of Idlib in May. Activists said there had been a chlorine attack. Abed Kontar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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