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Tillerson Calls Out Key Persian Gulf Allies In Religious Freedom Report

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White Helmets Rescuer Among Several Killed In Syria Attack

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In Turkey, Syrian Workers Struggle To Obtain Official Employment

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Drivers maneuver through floodwater after a torrential rain in Alexandria, Egypt. Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

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Unearthed Canaanite Graves Shed Light On Descendants In Lebanon

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Syrians arriving last month from Jarablus, in Aleppo province, to their old neighborhood of al-Waer, in Homs, Syria. They left their homes to escape the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and now they are going back. AP hide caption

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Smugglers Throw Nearly 280 Migrants Overboard Near Yemen

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Ruth Pfau, seen here at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi in 2010, led a charity fighting leprosy and blindness in the country for decades. Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Melanie Shurka dedicates hours to make the Iraqi and Kurdish dumpling soup kubeh. It has become a beloved dish in Israel and a defining food of Mizrachi cookery, or the food of the Jews who settled in the Middle East. Rebecca Fondren hide caption

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Syrian Activist Loans Scraps Of Fabric With Prisoners' Names To Museum

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