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Lyon, France—Marine Le Pen, the head of France’s far-right National Front party and a leading candidate in this year’s presidential election, holds a rally on February 26. Some have compared her to Donald Trump because of her populist stances on immigration and globalization. Polls suggest Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron will advance to a runoff in May. The prospect of a Le Pen presidency has alarmed a number of French politicians, including President François Hollande, who said his “ultimate duty” is to make sure she doesn’t win. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Ofra, West Bank—Protesters appeared by the hundreds, standing on the rooftops and blocking the streets, after an Israeli court ruled that eight homes in this Jewish settlement had been built on Palestinian land and needed to be evacuated. The families agreed to leave after speaking to the authorities, but the protesters—like this one being dragged by a border policeman on February 28—continued to demonstrate against the move, forming circles and singing religious songs over loudspeakers. Weeks before, similar protests turned violent near Ramallah, as settlers threw rocks and set fires to stop Israeli security forces. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters Arbin, Syria—A man waters herbs on his roof in this rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus, on March 3. It’s been six years since Syria’s civil war began—a conflict that started as a series of nonviolent protests but quickly morphed into an international crisis that’s killed hundreds of thousands and left much of the country in ruins. Recently, Amnesty International reported that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad hung thousands of people after a series of quick sham trials. Assad has long said his soldiers treat detainees lawfully, but the report offered more evidence of mass killings by the regime. AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty

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