WHAT'S INSIDE: MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East encompasses nearly 20 countries. A geopolitical hotspot for several decades, the region sees much military activity in its deserts and lowland plains.
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FEATURED: MIDDLE EAST

Haifa, Israel, the nation's chief port. The city lies on the Mediterranean Sea at the northern end of Mount Carmel, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Tel Aviv.

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