Lebanese chefs celebrate in Beirut after setting a new Guinness record for what was then the biggest tub of hummus in the world — weighing over 2 tons — in October 2009. The world record effort was part of Lebanon's bid to claim hummus as its own. Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Give Chickpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast

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Majd kept a journal about a time in her life when she was torn between getting married or going to school. Courtesy of Madj hide caption

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Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?

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A cart in the garden of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem displays produce grown in Gaza: tomatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, green onions and herbs. Like all products leaving Gaza, this shipment needed Israeli approval. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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A Tunisian woman waves her national flag as international activists gather for the World Social Forum in Tunis on March 25, 2015. Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mohammed al-Nimr is the son Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed by Saudi Arabia. Courtesy of Mohammed al-Nimr hide caption

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Shiite Sheikh Executed By Saudi Arabia Preached Against Violence, Son Says

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Kasich: 'Reasonable' To 'Pause' Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees

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Jacob LaLoush poses beside bougainvillea flowers outside his kosher restaurant in Sidi Bou Said, outside Tunis, in 2012. He says his is the only kosher restaurant left in all of Tunis. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Amid Security Threats, Tunis' Only Kosher Restaurant Shutters

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened on Feb. 26, 2008. Carved into the Arctic permafrost and filled with samples of the world's most important seeds, it's a Noah's Ark of food crops to be used in the event of a global catastrophe. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As U.S. Announces Plan To Accept More Refugees, Michigan Gets Ready

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Gargur, No'maan, Melsoon and Shams — four of the Muppet stars of Iftah Ya Simsim, the first Arabic-language version of Sesame Street. The show went off the air 25 years ago, and other Arabic-language Sesame Street spinoffs have launched since — but now, the original is debuting again. Sesame Workshop hide caption

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After 25-Year Hiatus, First Arabic-Language 'Sesame Street' Opens Again

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Dalaa al-Aydi, 4, and her family left Syria just before the start of the civil war. Her only memory of Damascus is, "Takh, takh," the sounds she makes mimicking the gunfire. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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The indictment against 24-year-old Palestinian Ayman Mahareeq says comments he posted on Facebook illegally insulted the West Bank police force and the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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In The West Bank, Facebook Posts Can Get You Arrested, Or Worse

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A dangerous nuzzle? A man in western Abu Dhabi hugs a camel brought in from Saudi Arabia for beauty contests. Middle East respiratory syndrome circulates in camels across the Arabian Peninsula. Dave Yoder/National Geographic hide caption

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Why MERS Is Likely To Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again

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Debate: Is Obama's Iran Deal Good for America?

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In this photo from 2014, passengers walk past the Middle East respiratory syndrome quarantine area at Manila's International Airport in the Phillipines. The virus is now raising public concern in South Korea. Aaron Favila/AP hide caption

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