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Editor's Picks 15 Aug 2012
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
14 Aug 2012

Since the attacks, clashes, and ongoing raids in search of suspected gunmen in the Sinai, Egypt closed off the smuggling tunnels and opened up the Rafah border to Gaza on Tuesday, August 14. Many Palestinians from Gaza cross into Egypt seeking medical attention, while pilgrims returning from Mecca are headed home. At the same time, the Egyptian military continues with their campaign to secure the North Sinai region, unearthing "suspected terrorists."

A separate incident near the Al Arish airport occurred when an oil truck exploded, killing the driver and injuring two others.

Upon signing a $200 million USD loan from the World Bank to Egypt, Prime Minister Kandil also revealed that World Bank representatives will arrive the following week to discuss further loans in the amount of $3.2 billion USD. The loans will be directed at economic recovery in Egypt, creating jobs and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, President Morsi is seeing mixed reactions to the dissolution of the Complementary Constitutional Declaration as well as his unexpected decision to replace Tantawi as head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Several who support the decision remain skeptical to the long-term impact while some fear the decisions could be a step toward handing the Muslim Brotherhood more power.

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Editor's Picks 14 Aug 2012
Saraqeb, Idlib, Syria
By Editor's Picks
13 Aug 2012

This small city of 40.000 people in the north of Syria was one of the first to join the uprising against Bashar All Assad. Since March last year their lives have turned upside down, they have been victims of brutal atrocities and until now, every single day they are targeted by the forces of the current regime or suffer by the confrontations of the army and the rebel free Syrian Army.

Videos follow citizens through the rubble of the village of Saraqeb, Syria, showing destroyed homes where families still live. Also included is footage of interviews with members of the Free Syrian Army, during which shelling outside can be heard close by.

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Kurdish Communities In Syria
Derik, Syria
By Editor's Picks
13 Aug 2012

Thousands join a Kurdish rally in the city of Qamishlo, where recent clashes occurred between Kurdish fighters and Assad's forces, for a Kurdish autonomy region inside the Syrian borders.

More than 1.000 Kurdish protesters waving Kurdish flags and demanding human rights, staged a rally against the Assad regime in the northeastern city of Girke Lege in Syria. They waved flags in the Kurdish colors demanding basic rights for the Kurdish people in Syria.

The people of the Kurdish village Bestastos in Northeast Syria attend a ceremony for the opening of a Kurdish cultural center. Under the rule of Assad teaching Kurdish culture and language was forbidden and teachers faced up to 10 years in prison. With the liberation of their cities from Assad, the Kurdish civil movement built up new language schools. But now in many Kurdish dominated parts in Syria the Regime forces where driven out by non violent actions.

Kurdish fighters, both female and male, from the Kurdish YPG self defense army, took control of the outskirts of Derik, a Kurdish dominated city in Northeast Syria. Battle broke out in the city center, where around 80 Syrian Army soldiers would not surrender. One YPG fighter got killed, several Syrian Army soldiers wounded.

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Sinai Collection August 2012
Rafah, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
12 Aug 2012

Collection of videos from ongoing events in the Sinai, Egypt. Starting with coverage about the 16 border guards killed, reactions of the Egyptian military, President Morsi, people of the region, and Gaza, as well as events that followed.

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Editor's Picks for 13 Aug 2012: Sinai...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
12 Aug 2012

Includes video footage of the aftermath of the military retaliation on suspected attackers in Sinai, archive footage of goods being moved through Gaza/Rafah tunnels, the new Defense Minister & Vice President taking oaths in front of Morsi, and the public's reaction in Tahrir Square to Tantawi leaving.

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Editor's Picks for 10 Aug 2012
Sinai, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
10 Aug 2012

Video Footage from the Sinai showing tunnels and the Egyptian military heading to seal them off.

Photo collection from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, showing refugee families from Syria.

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Syrian Refugees In Bekaa Valley
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
By Editor's Picks
08 Aug 2012

Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Thousands of Syrians have been crossing into the Bekaa Valley situated along the border with Syria. We managed to reach some families in hiding in villages of Saad Neyil and Arsel.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
06 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the caskets of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Editor's Picks for 7 Aug 2012
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Aug 2012

Accused 93 Year Old Australian Child Abuser Caught In Burma
Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, was apprehended in Myanmar's Karen state on Tuesday, July 24 and transported back to the Thai border to be handed over to Thailand police. Krause had skipped bail in December 2011 for charges of raping 4 underage girls in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai. The four sisters ranged in age from 5 - 12 at the time of the alleged offenses. Kraus reportedly lured the young Thai sisters to his house, promising them chocolates and English lessons. Kraus was born in Berlin and migrated to Australia, working as a railway worker, until his retirement.

Lebanon Declines Iran's Invitation to Conference On Syrian Crisis
After meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday, August 6 in Beirut, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told reporters that Lebanon declined an invitation to attend a conference in Iran addressing the crisis in Syria. During the meeting, talks focused on the Syrian crisis with Jalili asserting that cooperation is in the best interest of Muslim nations and countries in the region. After consulting, President Suleiman, PM Mikati and Speaker Berri declined due to Lebanon's policy of not associating with other countries' internal affairs.

Mourning 16 Soldiers Killed At Rafah Border
Egypt’s Presidency announced Monday, August 6, a three-day mourning nationwide honoring the 16 soldiers killed by unknown gunmen at the bordering town of Rafah in Sinai Sunday evening. Eyewitnesses among the residents of Rafah said the gunmen launched a fierce attack on the border guard soldiers and seized two armored vehicles, taking one of them and heading to the Israeli territories. The residents call on President Mohamed Morsi and Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to intensify security at the bordering areas in Sinai.

Interviews With Family Of Soldier Killed By RPG
Interviews with family, forensic report, and death certificate of Egyptian soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed Abdallah, killed on May 2, 2012 by a rocket propelled grenade in the Sinai.

Military Funeral Of Rafah Border Victims

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Morsi's First Weeks In Office
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
02 Aug 2012

Since taking office on June 30, 2012, Morsi has met with officials from several nations including defense secretaries, foreign ministers, and presidents, discussing Egypt's post-revolution diplomatic relationships and current developments in the Middle East. This is a collection of videos from many of his meetings.

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Glimpses Of Ramadan In Different Coun...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
02 Aug 2012

Collection of videos and photos depicting Ramadan experiences in different locations.

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Our Contributor In Syria - Samples Fr...
Syria
By Editor's Picks
28 Jul 2012

From our contributor, currently on the ground in Syria, these photos depict Libyan youth throughout the revolution and the aftermath of violence in Syria. Our contributor is able to get HD footage for feature stories, video packages, or documentary features as well as high quality photos from the front lines.

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Fishermen in the Nile Delta
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
29 Jun 2012

The delta in Egypt used to be a perfect location for fishing before it became the main destination for the country's sewage. The polluted waters threaten both the fisherman's wallet and his health.