Across the Mideast this past week, protesters gathered en masse in Lebanon and Iraq.
Lebanese riot police battled in the streets of downtown Beirut for a second night Sunday after demonstrators rallied over government paralysis and an ongoing trash crisis. The clashes injured at least 44 people and 30 police officers, authorities said.
In Iraq, thousands rallied in the capital, Baghdad and a string of other cities to press demands for reforms, better services and an end to corruption — the latest in a series of peaceful gatherings over the past month to demand change. Baghdad's rally attracted up to 10,000 demonstrators, many waving Iraq's red, white and black flag and chanting the national anthem.
In Egypt, a massive car bomb claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate ripped into a national security building in a residential neighborhood in Cairo early Thursday, wounding at least 29 people and blowing the facades off nearby buildings.
The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt opened for the first time in two months, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions. Egypt has kept it mostly closed since the militant Hamas group seized control of the territory in 2007. The closure worsened after Egypt's military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, in 2013.
In Pakistan, Muslim pilgrims prepared for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by taking required vaccinations.
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