Arab Spring: hope, heartbreak, and a slice of life
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Manoubia Bou Azizi wipes her tears during an interview at her home in Marsa district, north of Tunisia on October 22, 2011. The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian man who set himself on fire in an act of protest which inspired the Arab Spring, urged the new leaders of the country to honor her son's sacrifice by helping poor people like him.
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Tunisian protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration after the death of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, outside the Interior ministry in Tunis on February 6, 2013.
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People stand in line at a polling station as they wait to cast their vote in Tunis, October 23, 2011. The election was the first free vote in Tunisia's history.
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Hussein Niema addresses a pro-democracy rally organized by opposition parties in Muqsha, Bahrain, Oct. 11, 2012, while telling the story of his son, Ali, 17, who was shot dead by police during unrest. Pictures of those who have died in the past 19 months of antigovernment unrest in the Gulf island kingdom are seen behind him.
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Antigovernment protesters wave Bahraini flags and gesture as they participate in a rally and march on Nov. 25, 2011, that drew tens of thousands to Maqsha, Bahrain, just outside the capital of Manama. Participants in the rally, organized by several opposition societies, waved Bahraini flags along with those of Arab spring countries.
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Bahraini antigovernment protesters, one wearing a national flag, participate in a march in Diraz, Bahrain, just west of the capital of Manama, Feb. 6, 2013. The theme of the march, written on the signs, is 'impossible for us to turn back.'
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A Yemeni girl holding a balloon sits on the ground next to a member of President Ali Abdullah Saleh guards shortly before the arrival of Saleh to deliver a speech to supporters in Sanaa, Yemen, April 29, 2011.
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Pro-democracy protesters with the Yemen flag painted on their faces shout during a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of the start of their uprising against the rule of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa February 7, 2013.
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A pet bird sits in cage hung on a wall painted with the Libyan rebel flag in the rebel-held Benghazi, Libya, July 2, 2011.
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A young Yemeni soldier (c.) stands guard as protestors demanding that the relatives of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh be fired from army and police posts demonstrate in Sanaa, Yemen, July 27, 2012.
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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo, August 7, 2012.
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An Egyptian antigovernment activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo on Jan. 28, 2011.
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A supporter of President Hosni Mubarak rides a camel as he fights with anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo, Feb. 2, 2011.
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A Libyan military guard stands in front of one of the US Consulate's burnt out buildings during the visit of President Mohammed el-Megarif, not shown, to the US Consulate to express sympathy for the death of the American ambassador, Chris Stevens and his colleagues in the deadly attack on the Consulate September 11, in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 14, 2012.
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A rebel fighter fires his machine gun at a military aircraft loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi at a checkpoint in Ras Lanuf on March 7, 2011.