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  • No women performers were included for fear of offending Hamas rulers and the high-cost of legal transport prevented animals from taking part.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 8:30 AM EST
  • In this photo released by the Jordanian Royal Palace, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

    Things are heating up for King Abdullah II, a Western-oriented monarch who has run a business-friendly, pragmatic monarchy with some trappings of democracy.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 1:00 AM EST
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at the area where Israel plans to build some 800 new housing units during his visit to the east Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Gilo, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday to continue building in a Jerusalem district days after European Union criticism because it is claimed by Palestinians.

    Israel's prime minister vowed Tuesday to continue building in a contested Jerusalem district, just days after European Union criticism of Jewish housing there.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 10, 2012, 11:30 PM EST
  • A Palestinian worker walks behind posters of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, left, and Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, in preparation for the upcoming visit to Gaza at Palestine stadium in Gaza City, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

    "Why are you staying divided?" said heik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. "There are no peace negotiations, and there is no clear strategy of resistance and liberation"

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 10, 2012, 10:30 PM EST