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From left, Rev. Douglas Al-Bazi, Roger Santos, Rollie Balanza and Manny Caballero.  (Filipino Reporter photo)

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MarkaVIP quickly became one of the Mideast’s largest e-commerce firms. CEO Ahmed Alkhatib stands in back (r.) at the company’s Amman, Jordan, offices.  (Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor)

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The golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel, covers the place where it is believed the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. For Jews, the Western Wall, foreground, is one of the holiest sites.  (Tyrone Beason/Seattle Times/MCT)

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Controversy: Arab-Israeli model Huda Naccache, seen here on the catwalk for Israeli designer, Michal Nagrin, caused a stir when she appeared on the cover of Arabic magazine, Lilac, in a bikini.

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Mohammed Mursi's (right) speech sparked a walkout by the Syrian delegation.  (AFP photo)

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