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In-depth: Madrid - currently the seventh-largest arms exporter in the world - seeks to close a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh, much to the alarm of rights groups.
Catholic Christians attend a special mass in Jordan on Friday to mark an annual pilgrimage to the Jordanian side of the Jordan River where many say Jesus was baptised.
Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran. The heavyweight politician will be buried inside the crypt of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in south Tehran.
Heavy snow blanketed Istanbul for a second day, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and more disruption for thousands of travellers.
The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and other religious holidays according to the Julian calendar. Christians across the Middle East marked the special day on Saturday, 7 January.
Horses and jockeys in action during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.