AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Dec 01, 2014 3:01 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East this week, many watched as an Egyptian court dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three decades in power.

Tensions flared soon after and some 2,000 people protested the verdict near Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising, before police broke it up.

Across town in the Cairo suburb of Matariya, an eight-story building collapsed, killing at least 17 people.

In Lebanon, police broke up a protest by family members of soldiers kidnapped by militants fighting in Syria, beating several protesters and journalists covering the event.

In the Syrian border town of Kobani, long under siege by extremists from the Islamic State group, Kurdish fighters backed by small numbers of Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels battled the militants.

In Iran, at least a thousand Jews visited a shrine in an ancient Persian city, a sign of the faith's continued presence in the country as the government of President Hassan Rouhani backs away from the harsh denunciations of the faith made by the Islamic Republic's former leaders.

And many mourned the death of iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, who died at the age of 87.

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AP photo editor Nariman El-Mofty in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nmofty .