An Armed Forces of Malta ship carrying rescued migrants arrives at an AFM base in Valletta last October. The number of migrants trying to make their way from the North African coast to European waters has ballooned in recent years. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Over a decade ago, rumors spread in South Africa that sex with a virgin could cure HIV/AIDS. In 2001, 150 people gathered in Cape Town to protest the rape of children and even babies, allegedly as a result of belief in this canard. Anna Zieminski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Palestinian boy, hoping to cross into Egypt with his family, is held by his mother as they wait at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas held for a second day Tuesday as officials from both sides held indirect talks in Egypt. Ramadan el-Agha/APA /Landov hide caption

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Palestinian women walk past the rubble of their homes in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Monday. An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo. Hatem Moussa/AP hide caption

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It took more than superstition to build Egypt's famous pyramids. It took some very clever engineering to move the heavy stones used in construction across the area's shifting sands. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptians gather at a petrol station in Cairo as the government drastically raised fuel prices to tackle a bloated subsidy system on July 5. Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Australian journalist Peter Greste (left) of Al-Jazeera news channel and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (center) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, listen to the verdict inside the defendants' cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk before a meeting at the Presidential Palace on Sunday in Cairo. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A picture taken in Cairo shows ballots sitting on a table as polling station officials count votes in the country's presidential election. Former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is projected to be the overwhelming winner. Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Relatives of defendants gather outside the courthouse in the central Egyptian city of Minya on Tuesday. Some 700 Islamists charged with deadly rioting were on trial. The day before, the court sentenced 529 men to death for killing a policeman. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Alaa Abdel Fattah (center), a prominent activist and a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, is welcomed by his wife after he was released from the main central security office in Cairo on Sunday. Roger Anis/AP hide caption

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