The Islamist group Gamaa al-Islamiya recently agreed to handle security during a strike by police in the city of Assiut; the police returned to work the next day. But the group says it will continue to provide services such as trash pickup, reflecting the larger problem of a deteriorating Egyptian government.
There are now more than one million Syrians seeking refuge in camps and towns in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Many arrive without access to basic amenities, such as adequate shelter and clean water. Over two years of conflict has also left them with the mental scars of war.
The Jews of Ribadavia, a small medieval town in the north of Spain, are long gone. But no matter: The town's plan to host its first Passover Seder in centuries is aimed at tourists. Like many cities across Spain, Ribadavia hopes reclaiming its Jewish history will also boost its economy.
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