Across the Middle East this past week, Shiite Muslims commemorated Ashoura, recalling how a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad was killed in a seventh-century battle along with his extended family in Karbala in present day Iraq.
In Egypt, a court convicted eight men and sentenced them each to three years in prison for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an online video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat.
In the Egyptian town of Rafah, soldiers demolished homes along its border with the Gaza Strip after the military ordered residents out to make way for a buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers.
In neighboring Libya, government soldiers fought Islamic militias in the restive city of Benghazi.
Clashes also broke out between Palestinians and Israeli border police in east Jerusalem after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station, killing an Israeli border police officer and wounding more than a dozen people before being shot dead. Druze women later mourned the officer's death.
And in the shadow of a medieval aqueduct in Cairo, Middle East regional photo editor Maya Alleruzzo documented the life of a donkey barber who is teaching his young son the trade in a photo essay.
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AP photo editor Thomas Hartwell in Cairo curated this gallery.