Egyptian students wearing the face-covering veil known as the niqab walk with another student in Cairo. Last week, Egypt's top Islamic cleric barred students from wearing face veils in the classrooms and dormitories of Sunni Islam's premier institute of learning, Al-Azhar. The decision appears to be part of a government campaign to crack down on overt manifestations of ultraconservative Islam in Egypt.
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade in Tehran in September 2008 to commemorate the 28th anniversary of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq. The semi-independent group has taken quietly taken over dozens of companies in the country.
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