Tensions soared in Jerusalem this week after a grisly attack on a synagogue, an Egyptian doctor was acquitted in the country's first female genital mutilation trial, and Lebanese demanded the release of family members captured by militants.
The attack in Jerusalem saw two Palestinians kill five people with guns and meat cleavers. It was the deadliest attack in the city since 2008 and the latest in a wave of violence linked to a dispute over a holy site sacred to Jews and Muslims.
In Egypt, a court acquitted a doctor in the death of a 13-year-old girl in the country's first female genital mutilation trial. Survivors of the practice came forward to tell their stories in a portrait series by Cairo-based photographer Nariman El-Mofty.
In Lebanon, families of soldiers captured by Islamic militants pressed the government to take action.
But amid all the turmoil there were moments of levity in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thousands of families have flocked to Kabul's first amusement park — a refuge in a country blighted by war and poverty. In Baghdad, the School of Music and Ballet has managed to survive decades of turmoil, a feat that speaks to the resilience of the city's residents.
And British driver Lewis Hamilton sealed his second Formula One title in style at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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