**FILE** A Somali Islamist militant patrols the streets of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab Islamic insurgents, with links to al Qaeda, last year looted two United Nations compounds in southern Somalia. The Somali capital sees almost daily attacks aimed at disrupting the weak government. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter with the Charlie Company, Task Force Talon, takes off at a forward operating base south of Marjah, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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Thousands of tents housing Muslim pilgrims (above) are crowded together in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, when the last stage of the annual hajj pilgrimage, the symbolic stoning of the devil, began.
** FILE ** Iranian clerics, who are members of the Basij militia affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, gather during a 2009 ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Basij foundation. (Associated Press)
Hip-hop singer Emmanuel Jal survived war and hunger in Sudan after being saved by the late British aid worker Emma McCune. Today, he is fasting to raise funds for a school in Sudan dedicated to his rescuer's memory. (Associated Press)
Former child soldiers, who were forced by militant Tamil Tigers to fight government forces, attend a lesson at a rehabilitation center in Sri Lanka. The government wants to ensure that the youths don't pick up arms again, offering classes in plumbing, metalwork, sewing and cooking.