Across the Middle East this week, the re-election of hard-line Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reverberated through ongoing nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, as well as the long conflict over Palestinians' demands for statehood.
Netanyahu's Likud party bested its liberal opponents in the parliamentary election. The election was widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has governed the country for the past six years and has an increasingly tense relationship with Israel's long-time backer, the U.S.
Meanwhile, Christians in Pakistan mourned the death of 17 people killed in twin suicide bombings on churches in the eastern city of Lahore.
In Yemen, chaos continued amid a Shiite rebel offensive as the country's embattled president pledged to take a defiant stand. Suicide bombings there targeting mosques during Friday prayers in the capital killed at least 137 people. A purported affiliate of the Islamic State group in the country claimed the assault.
Protesters also demonstrated in Kabul, the Afghan capital, after a mob beat to death a woman falsely accused of destroying a Quran.
And finally, people across the region marked World Water Day, a United Nations commemoration to remember those affected by the lack of clean water and other issues.
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