With financial backing from UNESCO and the Nawa Foundation, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the Gaza Strip has begun restoring the historic Maqam Al-Kader ("mosque" of al-Khidr) in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
Starting March 18 the top 64 teams in women's collegiate basketball began their march towards the top, fighting for the honor to be called the best in NCAA Women's Basketball. From Connecticut to Texas, Kentucky to South Dakota, and culminating with the championship game on April 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
The week in pictures: President Obama heads to Cuba for historic visit, terror strikes at the heart of Europe, from Sweet Sixteen to Elite Eight, and two newborn giraffes remind us how innocent and pure life can be.
Christians from around the world have traveled to the Holy Land to mark Good Friday with a procession retracing the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus Christ took bearing the cross to his crucifixion, through the Old City of Jerusalem on March 25, 2016.
Starting March 15 the top 68 teams in men's collegiate basketball began their march towards the top, fighting for the honor to be called the best in NCAA Men's Basketball. From Ohio to Rhode Island, Iowa to Pennsylvania, and culminating with the championship game on April 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
A gift from Japan in 1912, Washington's cherry blossoms are the main attraction now as they reach "peak bloom," bathing the Tidal Basin in shades of white and pale pink. Begun in 1935, the National Cherry Blossom Festival which this year runs from March 20 – April 17, celebrates the close ties between the United States and Japan with parades and musical performances.
Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo recently welcomed a new generation of giraffes to the wildlife park. The calves are Adis, a 2-week-old male; and Rotem, a 1-month-old female. They are the third generation of Jerusalem-born giraffes whose grandparents were purchased in an auction in South Africa.
The day after a series of bombings killed 34 people in Brussels people gathered to observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims on the Place de la Bourse in central Brussels, on March 23, 2016. World leaders united in condemning the attacks and vowed to combat terrorism, after Islamic State claimed responsibility for the carnage at the symbolic heart of the EU.
Porsche, Maserati, Nissan, Ford, Toyota and others unveiled new models of vehicles for 2017 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, which started Wednesday, March 23, 2016. More than 1 million people are expected to tour the show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The first New York Auto Show was held in 1900 and was the first auto show ever held in North America.
President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro take in a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team in Havana on March 22, 2016. The contest was just the second with an MLB team in Cuba since 1959. The 48-hour trip to Cuba makes history with Obama being the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost 90 years.
Everyone from Vice President Joe Biden to Democratic and GOP presidential candidates spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Policy Conference (AIPAC) on March 20-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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