1. 25 Years

    Thousands Rally for Hamas Anniversary

    Supporters of Hamas gather during a rallys to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement, in Gaza on December 8, 2012. Hamas leader in exile Khaled Meshaal made his first visit to Gaza, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Islamist movement's founding. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tens of thousands attended a rally near Gaza City Saturday morning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas. The group's leader, Khaled Meshaal, was present to address the gathering in his first-ever visit to the area. The centerpiece of the rally is a giant replica of the type of rocket Hamas fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during last month's conflict with Israel. The event is allegedly intended to be a show of power for Hamas, which enjoys support in Gaza and hopes to reconcile with its rival group Fatah, which has more control in the West Bank.

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