Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday. Shortly afterward, Kerry announced a "basis" for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations. Fadi Arouri/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the phone at Mafraq Air Base before boarding a helicopter to Amman on Thursday. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians dance with pictures of singer Mohammed Assaf as they celebrate his Arab Idol victory along the streets of Gaza City Saturday. Adel Hana/AP hide caption

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Yusra Hammed, 15, puts the finishing touches on a drawing on a wall inside her family's home in Silwad, a village in the West Bank. Hammed says, like many Palestinian girls, she does not throw rocks at Israeli soldiers; but she expresses her opposition through alternate channels, such as art. Emiliy Harris/NPR hide caption

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Palestinian Girls Look For Ways To Protest, Without Stones

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Ibrahim Shomali, a Palestinian priest, offers Communion under the olive trees of the Cremisan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. This is part of a regular protest against Israeli plans to build a section of its West Bank barrier here, which would separate Palestinians from their agricultural lands. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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A Decade In The Making, West Bank Barrier Is Nearly Complete

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Tarik al-Nakib (left) says Gaza Strip police officers picked him up on the street and forced him to get his hair cut recently. He's growing it out again in a style similar to that of his friend Mohammad Abu Ramadan. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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British cosmologist Stephen Hawking gives a talk to workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 9. Eric Reed/Cedars-Sinai/AP hide caption

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Members of the Zeitun Women's Cooperative prepare a meal. These women take catering orders for special events, using the proceeds to help support their families in an area with "nearly universal male under- and unemployment," the authors of The Gaza Kitchen write. Courtesy of Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt hide caption

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A worker emerges from one of hundreds of smuggling tunnels that connect the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Paolo Pellegrin/National Geographic hide caption

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The Israelis and Palestinians have clashed repeatedly over the Gaza Strip, but the recent upheavals in the Middle East have changed the dynamics this time. Here, a Palestinian woman is helped after being injured in an Israeli strike in Gaza City on Monday. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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Palestinian militants fire a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Thursday. For the past decade, Palestinians in Gaza have been shooting short-range rockets into southern Israel. But Palestinians fired a much longer range rocket that landed just outside Jerusalem on Friday, a move seen as a major escalation. Oliver Weiken/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Palestinians try to extinguish fire following an Israeli air strike on Wednesday in Gaza City. Mohammed Abed /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Greg Myre And Andy Carvin Talk To Michel Martin

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