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April 21, 2009
Posted: 755 GMT
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust national memorial in Jerusalem, on April 20, 2009. Israel began marking Remembrance Day at sundown with a ceremony to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. More than 230,000 Holocaust survivors currently live in Israel, according to estimates by advocacy groups.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust national memorial in Jerusalem, on April 20, 2009. Israel began marking Remembrance Day at sundown with a ceremony to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. More than 230,000 Holocaust survivors currently live in Israel, according to estimates by advocacy groups.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Holocaust survivors and their relatives light six torches in memory of the victims during the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust national memorial in Jerusalem, on April 20, 2009. Israel began marking Remembrance Day at sundown with a ceremony to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. More than 230,000 Holocaust survivors currently live in Israel, according to estimates by advocacy groups.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Holocaust survivors and their relatives light six torches in memory of the victims during the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust national memorial in Jerusalem, on April 20, 2009. Israel began marking Remembrance Day at sundown with a ceremony to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. More than 230,000 Holocaust survivors currently live in Israel, according to estimates by advocacy groups.
ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images. Lebanese Special Forces display their combat skills at the opening ceremony of the Security Middle East show in Beirut on April 20, 2009. The show, which ends on April 22, is a regional arms exhibition being staged in Lebanon for the first time.
ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images. Lebanese Special Forces display their combat skills at the opening ceremony of the Security Middle East show in Beirut on April 20, 2009. The show, which ends on April 22, is a regional arms exhibition being staged in Lebanon for the first time.
ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images. A member of the Lebanese Special Forces jumps off a military helicopter as he displays his combat skills at the opening ceremony of the Security Middle East show in Beirut on April 20, 2009.
ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images. A member of the Lebanese Special Forces jumps off a military helicopter as he displays his combat skills at the opening ceremony of the Security Middle East show in Beirut on April 20, 2009.

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April 20, 2009
Posted: 758 GMT
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III leads the Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 19, 2009, where according to Christian tradition Jesus Christ rose on the third day following his crucifixion. Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III leads the Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 19, 2009, where according to Christian tradition Jesus Christ rose on the third day following his crucifixion. Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III leads the Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 19, 2009.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III leads the Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 19, 2009.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. A Greek Orthodox priest throws rose petals at pilgrims in front of the church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Easter Sunday procession in Jerusalem's Old City on April 19, 2009.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. A Greek Orthodox priest throws rose petals at pilgrims in front of the church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Easter Sunday procession in Jerusalem's Old City on April 19, 2009.

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April 16, 2009
Posted: 1201 GMT

From Mohammed Tawfeeq
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This Saddam Hussein mural is still standing in the remote area of al-Iskandariya town about 40 km south of Baghdad. Although it has been Six years since the fall of Saddam¹s regime, monuments and murals of the former dictator are still seen around the country.

Mohammed Tawfeeq. This defaced mural shows Saddam Hussein holding a gun and wearing his famous suit. April 13th 2009
Mohammed Tawfeeq. This defaced mural shows Saddam Hussein holding a gun and wearing his famous suit. April 13th 2009

Inhabitants of the area say that they wanted to destroy the mural years ago but the Iskandariya local municipality asked them to
keep it as is to remind people of the dictator's wrongdoing.

The mural may also be converted to honor religious figures such as Hakim and Sistani, as was done with the murals in Baghdad.

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April 14, 2009
Posted: 746 GMT
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images. Relatives of persons missing during the Lebanese civil war gather in Beirut on April 13, 2009, to mark the 34th anniversary of the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). Over 150,000 were killed during the war, which opened up fault-lines across society that are still evident today.
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images. Relatives of persons missing during the Lebanese civil war gather in Beirut on April 13, 2009, to mark the 34th anniversary of the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). Over 150,000 were killed during the war, which opened up fault-lines across society that are still evident today.
 RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images.A Lebanese woman crosses over the religion field on her civil registry record after placing it on the spot where her hometown is located on a large map during a gathering organised by civil society associations on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), in downtown Beirut on April 13, 2009. Lebanese Interior Minister Ziad Baroud issued a memorandum in February dispensing citizens from revealing their religious affiliation on civil registry records. Rights groups have been pushing for such a measure since the end of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war when many were killed at roadblocks based on the religion noted on their ID cards.
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images.A Lebanese woman crosses over the religion field on her civil registry record after placing it on the spot where her hometown is located on a large map during a gathering organised by civil society associations on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), in downtown Beirut on April 13, 2009. Lebanese Interior Minister Ziad Baroud issued a memorandum in February dispensing citizens from revealing their religious affiliation on civil registry records. Rights groups have been pushing for such a measure since the end of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war when many were killed at roadblocks based on the religion noted on their ID cards.
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David Silverman/Getty Images. Jewish men carry Torah scrolls during morning prayers at the Western Wall on April 13, 2009 in Jerusalem's Old City.
David Silverman/Getty Images. Jewish men carry Torah scrolls during morning prayers at the Western Wall on April 13, 2009 in Jerusalem's Old City.

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April 10, 2009
Posted: 757 GMT
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Roman Catholic clergy men hold candles as they circle the aedicule during the Holy Thursday Easter procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 09, 2009. Christian believers around the world mark the solemn period of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians traditionally believe the church is built on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Roman Catholic clergy men hold candles as they circle the aedicule during the Holy Thursday Easter procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 09, 2009. Christian believers around the world mark the solemn period of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians traditionally believe the church is built on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried.
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RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images. A young Lebanese girl participates in a demonstration to demand full nationality rights for women, on April 9, 2009, outside parliament in Beirut. The protest is part of a campaign by Lebanese women married to foreign men to demand citizenship rights for their children.
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images. A young Lebanese girl participates in a demonstration to demand full nationality rights for women, on April 9, 2009, outside parliament in Beirut. The protest is part of a campaign by Lebanese women married to foreign men to demand citizenship rights for their children.
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images. A Lebanese woman holds up a banner during a demonstration to demand full nationality rights for women, on April 9, 2009, outside parliament in Beirut.
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images. A Lebanese woman holds up a banner during a demonstration to demand full nationality rights for women, on April 9, 2009, outside parliament in Beirut.

Also check out this video from CNN's Schams Elwazer on Lebanese women's fight for full citizenship rights.

Schams Elwazer reports. Click here to watch.
Schams Elwazer reports. Click here to watch.

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April 9, 2009
Posted: 741 GMT
Salma Khan Fashion House
Salma Khan Fashion House
Amir Adnan couture collection
Amir Adnan couture collection
Deborah Nsimcox collection
Deborah Nsimcox collection
Homa Qamar collection
Homa Qamar collection
Ladan Yadollah collection
Ladan Yadollah collection
Najibah Pandor collection
Najibah Pandor collection
Noelle Adam collection
Noelle Adam collection
Amber Feroz collection
Amber Feroz collection
Charu Parashar collection
Charu Parashar collection

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April 8, 2009
Posted: 702 GMT
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images. US President Barack Obama (R) greets troops during a visit to Camp Victory, just outside Baghdad, on April 7, 2009.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images. US President Barack Obama (R) greets troops during a visit to Camp Victory, just outside Baghdad, on April 7, 2009.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images. US President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images. US President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraqi President's Office via Getty Images. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (R) speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama (L) as an interpreter sits (C) April 7, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq and spoke about the transition of power to the Iraqi government.
Iraqi President's Office via Getty Images. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (R) speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama (L) as an interpreter sits (C) April 7, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq and spoke about the transition of power to the Iraqi government.
Iraqi Prime Minister office via Getty Images. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama (R) on April 7, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq and spoke about the transition of power to the Iraqi government.
Iraqi Prime Minister office via Getty Images. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama (R) on April 7, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq and spoke about the transition of power to the Iraqi government.
High-end clothing boutique, KashMIRI, took to the catwalk to showcase collections of some of the region’s leading designers that they stock in all three of their Dubai stores. Pictured, a dress from Pakistani designer, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin.
High-end clothing boutique, KashMIRI, took to the catwalk to showcase collections of some of the region’s leading designers that they stock in all three of their Dubai stores. Pictured, a dress from Pakistani designer, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin.
Another dress from the KashMIRI show.
Another dress from the KashMIRI show.
L’Oreal’s head make-up artist, Alexis Dralet, showcased the new make-up trends for Autumn/Winter 09. There were heavy brows, nude eyes and bronzed cheeks with deeply stained lips.
L’Oreal’s head make-up artist, Alexis Dralet, showcased the new make-up trends for Autumn/Winter 09. There were heavy brows, nude eyes and bronzed cheeks with deeply stained lips.
Mariam Al Mazro shifted the focus of Dubai Fashion Week A/W 09 to prints. Flamboyancy mixed with a carefree attitude was represented in her collection of panelled ankle-length dresses.
Mariam Al Mazro shifted the focus of Dubai Fashion Week A/W 09 to prints. Flamboyancy mixed with a carefree attitude was represented in her collection of panelled ankle-length dresses.

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April 6, 2009
Posted: 1421 GMT
Getty Images. US President Barack Obama (L) attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey on April 6, 2009 in Ankara, Turkey. Obama is on a two-day visit to Turkey to revitalise links between Turkey and the United States and he has vocalised his support for the country's efforts to join the European Union.
Getty Images. US President Barack Obama (L) attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey on April 6, 2009 in Ankara, Turkey. Obama is on a two-day visit to Turkey to revitalise links between Turkey and the United States and he has vocalised his support for the country's efforts to join the European Union.
Getty Images. Turkish President Abdullah Gul (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands during a welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Cankaya Presidential Palace on April 6, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Getty Images. Turkish President Abdullah Gul (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands during a welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Cankaya Presidential Palace on April 6, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.
DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images. A Turkish protestor shouts slogans and holds a banner reading 'Obama go home' during a demonstration against upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama in Istanbul on April 5, 2009.
DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images. A Turkish protestor shouts slogans and holds a banner reading 'Obama go home' during a demonstration against upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama in Istanbul on April 5, 2009.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal, leads the Palm Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 05, 2009. The ceremony is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal, leads the Palm Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on April 05, 2009. The ceremony is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Catholic clergymen take part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession from Mt. Olives to Jerusalem's old city on April 5, 2009.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Catholic clergymen take part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession from Mt. Olives to Jerusalem's old city on April 5, 2009.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.Catholic nuns take part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession from Mt. Olives to Jerusalem's old city on April 5, 2009.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.Catholic nuns take part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession from Mt. Olives to Jerusalem's old city on April 5, 2009.
MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images. Palestinian children wear Kefiyeh, traditional Arab scarf, during a rally in Gaza City to mark the Palestinian children day on April 05, 2009. Former international prosecutor Richard Goldstone will lead a broadened human rights probe into violence during Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the UN said on April 3. Israel's offensive against Hamas in Gaza, killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, nearly a third of them children, and injured 5,300 others, according to Gaza medics.
MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images. Palestinian children wear Kefiyeh, traditional Arab scarf, during a rally in Gaza City to mark the Palestinian children day on April 05, 2009. Former international prosecutor Richard Goldstone will lead a broadened human rights probe into violence during Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the UN said on April 3. Israel's offensive against Hamas in Gaza, killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, nearly a third of them children, and injured 5,300 others, according to Gaza medics.
MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images.Palestinian children attend a rally in Gaza City to mark the Palestinian children day on April 05, 2009.
MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images.Palestinian children attend a rally in Gaza City to mark the Palestinian children day on April 05, 2009.

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April 1, 2009
Posted: 1258 GMT
Khaldoon Zubeir/ Getty Images. The British military began their formal pull-out from Iraq on March 31 by handing over a military base at Basra international airport to the US army control. The remaining 4,000 British troops will complete their withdrawal in the summer of 2009.
Khaldoon Zubeir/ Getty Images. The British military began their formal pull-out from Iraq on March 31 by handing over a military base at Basra international airport to the US army control. The remaining 4,000 British troops will complete their withdrawal in the summer of 2009.
ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images. British Royal Marines lower their unit's flag as British troops launched their pullout from Iraq at Basra airport on March 31, 2009. The Royal Marines handed over Basra base to US control six years after their joint invasion. The ceremony marked the official start of a months-long process ending a role that kicked off with the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images. British Royal Marines lower their unit's flag as British troops launched their pullout from Iraq at Basra airport on March 31, 2009. The Royal Marines handed over Basra base to US control six years after their joint invasion. The ceremony marked the official start of a months-long process ending a role that kicked off with the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images. A British military woman holds an Iraqi girl while attending a handover ceremony marking the pullout of the British army from Iraq at Basra airport on March 31, 2009.
ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images. A British military woman holds an Iraqi girl while attending a handover ceremony marking the pullout of the British army from Iraq at Basra airport on March 31, 2009.
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. BAGHDAD, IRAQ, MARCH 31: Iraqi Army soldiers march while carrying a flag during a handover ceremony at Camp Rustimiyah March 31, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S Army handed over the Rustimiyah military camp back to the Iraqi army , which houses the Iraqi Military Academy and is about seven square kilometers of terrain with 200 buildings, during the ceremony.
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. BAGHDAD, IRAQ, MARCH 31: Iraqi Army soldiers march while carrying a flag during a handover ceremony at Camp Rustimiyah March 31, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S Army handed over the Rustimiyah military camp back to the Iraqi army , which houses the Iraqi Military Academy and is about seven square kilometers of terrain with 200 buildings, during the ceremony.
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. BAGHDAD, IRAQ, MARCH 31: A U.S army soldier prepares an Iraqi flag during a handover ceremony at Camp Rustimiyah March 31, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq.
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. BAGHDAD, IRAQ, MARCH 31: A U.S army soldier prepares an Iraqi flag during a handover ceremony at Camp Rustimiyah March 31, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq.
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. BAGHDAD, IRAQ, MARCH 31: An Iraqi Army officer (R) holds the hand of a U.S Army officer during a handover ceremony at Camp Rustimiyah March 31, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq.
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. BAGHDAD, IRAQ, MARCH 31: An Iraqi Army officer (R) holds the hand of a U.S Army officer during a handover ceremony at Camp Rustimiyah March 31, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq.

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March 30, 2009
Posted: 831 GMT
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.A priest walks at the Church of the Annunciation, believed to stand at the site of Mary's house where angel Gabriel appeared and announced that she would give birth to Jesus Christ, in the outskirts of the Galilee town of Nazareth in northern Israel on March 29, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to hold an open-air mass near the site during his visit to the Holy Land in May.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.A priest walks at the Church of the Annunciation, believed to stand at the site of Mary's house where angel Gabriel appeared and announced that she would give birth to Jesus Christ, in the outskirts of the Galilee town of Nazareth in northern Israel on March 29, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to hold an open-air mass near the site during his visit to the Holy Land in May.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli Arab Christians attend Sunday mass at the Church of the Annunciation. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to hold an open-air mass near the site during his visit to the Holy Land in May.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli Arab Christians attend Sunday mass at the Church of the Annunciation. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to hold an open-air mass near the site during his visit to the Holy Land in May.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Christian pilgrims take pictures at the Church of the Annunciation.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Christian pilgrims take pictures at the Church of the Annunciation.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Christian pilgrims attend Sunday mass at the grotto of the Church of the Annunciation.
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images. Christian pilgrims attend Sunday mass at the grotto of the Church of the Annunciation.

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