AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 6:38 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East this past week, mourners marked the 10th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death. The anniversary came amid heightened tensions surrounding Jerusalem's hilltop complex that is revered by Muslims and Jews.

The collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks, Israel's war last summer in the Gaza Strip against the Islamic militant group Hamas, and continued Israeli settlement construction in east Jerusalem have added to the distrust and sparked violent protests and attacks, including one that burned a West Bank mosque.

In Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State group raged on and in Bafuka, a member of a newly formed Christian militia paused for a moment at a church to reload his machine gun.

In Beirut, athletes in wheelchairs competed in the Beirut Marathon, which saw racers speed through the 42-kilometer (26-mile) course.

And in Pakistan, Christians protested after a Muslim mob killed a Christian couple and burned their bodies in a brick kiln where the man and his wife worked, claiming they had allegedly desecrated the Quran. Such blasphemy allegations often are used to target minorities involved in personal disputes in the country.

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AP photo editor Thomas Hartwell in Cairo curated this gallery.