Two pro-reform Iranian women attend the funeral ceremony of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, as they wear green headbands, the symbolic color of Iranian opposition, in the holy city of Qom, 125 km (78 mi) south of the capital Tehran, Iran on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Montazeri, who died Sunday at the age of 87, was a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later accused his fellow clerical leaders of imposing dictatorship in the name of Islam.
A Palestinian woman prepares to release a bunch of balloons with foreign peace activists, including Israeli leftists, across Israel's separation barrier above the settlement of Givat Zeev during a Nakba rally in the West Bank town of al-Ram, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on May 6. The Palestinians mark on May 15 the "Nakba", or "Catastrophe", which commemorates the expulsion and fleeing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from British-mandate Palestine as a result of the 1948 war that led to the creation of the state of Israel.
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READY TO BOX: A young woman paused while hitting a punching bag during a boxing training session at a stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Women were banned from the sport under Taliban rule.
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