Muslim women raise their arms upon seeing a relic of Prophet Mohammed during Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, Indian-Administered Kashmir, in June 2013.
A model smiles as she gets a ride at the back of a police motorcycle during an event to promote works of local fashion designers in central Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday.
A week-old baby gorilla is seen with its mother N'Yaounda at the Budapest Zoo in Hungary on Thursday. The newborn gorilla is the first offspring for its mother.
Israel's finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, said on Sunday that Israel could do without loan guarantees after US envoy George Mitchell told PBS last week that the US could consider withholding the guarantees if Israel doesn't stop settlement construction.
A young Palestinian woman paints a mural to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli offensive in Gaza on Dec. 29. Israel launched the three-week long offensive on Dec. 27, 2008, to end years of rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli border towns. About 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians, along with 13 Israelis.
Indian Muslims stretch their hands out for refreshments during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Mumbai, India, on Monday. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th-century battle of Kerbala.
The Gaza Christians allowed to travel to Bethlehem starting Thursday make up less than half of the 750 who applied for permits, with Israel strictly limiting travel out of the Hamas-run territory.
In rare easing of Israel’s Gaza blockade, flower farmers will export their entire harvest – some 35 million roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums – for the first time since Hamas took over in 2007.
Israel has closed the Nahal Oz crossing into Gaza for security reasons. Host to the sole oil and gas terminal serving Gaza, it's also the site of several recent militant attacks.
Hamas appears to be trying to boost its Islamic credentials at home through restrictions on women's dress and men walking with women who are not family.