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A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) takes part during a celebration for the spring festival of Newroz, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) takes part during a celebration for the spring festival of Newroz, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) takes part during a celebration for the spring festival of Newroz, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Iraqi Kurdish people celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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An Afghan girl holds balloons during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan girl holds balloons during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan girl holds balloons during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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An Afghan man rides on his donkey, holding balloons for sale during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan man rides on his donkey, holding balloons for sale during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan man rides on his donkey, holding balloons for sale during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Newroz Day in Kirkuk. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Newroz Day in Kirkuk. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Newroz Day in Kirkuk. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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Iranian American volunteer Marjan Vayghan, 32, (C) dances with people on Skid Row after serving food to homeless people to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Iranian American volunteer Marjan Vayghan, 32, (C) dances with people on Skid Row after serving food to homeless people to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Iranian American volunteer Marjan Vayghan, 32, (C) dances with people on Skid Row after serving food to homeless people to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) flag flutters as people celebrate the spring festival of Newroz, in al-Darbasiyah town, on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) flag flutters as people celebrate the spring festival of Newroz, in al-Darbasiyah town, on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) flag flutters as people celebrate the spring festival of Newroz, in al-Darbasiyah town, on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Iranian American volunteer Marjan Vayghan, 32, (R) gives flowers to people on Skid Row after serving food to homeless people to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Iranian American volunteer Marjan Vayghan, 32, (R) gives flowers to people on Skid Row after serving food to homeless people to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Iranian American volunteer Marjan Vayghan, 32, (R) gives flowers to people on Skid Row after serving food to homeless people to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Newroz Day in Kirkuk, Iraq. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Newroz Day in Kirkuk, Iraq. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Newroz Day in Kirkuk, Iraq. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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A woman walks past a bonfire during a gathering celebrating Newroz in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A woman walks past a bonfire during a gathering celebrating Newroz in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A woman walks past a bonfire during a gathering celebrating Newroz in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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Afghan youth play on a swing during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan youth play on a swing during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan youth play on a swing during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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A girl carries a flag depicting jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during a celebration for the spring festival of Newroz, in al-Darbasiyah town, on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A girl carries a flag depicting jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during a celebration for the spring festival of Newroz, in al-Darbasiyah town, on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A girl carries a flag depicting jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during a celebration for the spring festival of Newroz, in al-Darbasiyah town, on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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A woman carries flowers from an Iranian American food giveaway to homeless people on Skid Row to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A woman carries flowers from an Iranian American food giveaway to homeless people on Skid Row to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A woman carries flowers from an Iranian American food giveaway to homeless people on Skid Row to celebrate Newroz in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Afghans gather during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghans gather during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghans gather during Newroz Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

People gesture during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Afghan families arrive at a shrine to celebrate Newroz in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan families arrive at a shrine to celebrate Newroz in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan families arrive at a shrine to celebrate Newroz in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day in the town of Akra, Iraq. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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