Palestinians enjoy the Mediterranean Sea at a Hamas-run beach resort in Gaza City. Ventures such as beach clubs, wedding halls and a shopping center are one way the militant Islamist group is strengthening its rule over the Gaza Strip. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Hamas Faces New Threats As It Tightens Grip On Gaza

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4 Israelis Killed On Eve Of Mideast Peace Talks

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What's Different About These Mideast Peace Talks

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Mideast Talks To Test Clinton's Negotiating Skills

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In the Gaza Strip, many homes remain in ruins after Israel's military incursion at the end of 2008 crippled the territory. The war destroyed thousands of buildings, but the Israeli government won't allow construction materials in even though there is a dire need. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Life Amid The Ruins: Gazans Still Feel Under Siege

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Blogging And Tweeting, Egyptians Push For Change

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In New Mideast Talks, A Small Victory For U.S.

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Israel, Palestinians To Resume Peace Talks

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, delivering a speech on Aug. 4, 2010 in Hamadan, Iran.  Iranian President's Office/Getty Images hide caption

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On Iran Today: 'After The Crackdown' To 'The Point Of No Return'

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Israel Removes Wall, Palestinians Remain Wary

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In Iran, Green Movement Has 'Ceased To Exist'

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Egyptian couples celebrate during a mass wedding organized by a charity organization in Cairo in December 2009. A housing shortage is driving the exorbitant price of marriage, which means weddings are often delayed for years. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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In Egypt, Carrie Bradshaw In A Headscarf

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