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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

October 31, 2015

This week, Mother Nature brought extreme weather to the Middle East and a powerful earthquake to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. Hundreds were killed.

As world leaders prepared to gather in Europe to once again tackle the crisis in Syria, refugees from Syria are bracing for colder weather in camps in Lebanon and Jordan. An early winter storm knocked out communications in Beirut and caused mass flooding in Alexandria, Egypt.

Elsewhere, Egyptians voted in a runoff to the first round of parliamentary elections, though the turnout was as lackluster as the initial vote.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians continued unabated in Jerusalem with frequent clashes and near-daily stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians.


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AP Middle East regional photo editor Maya Alleruzzo in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mayaalleruzzo

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