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'If the missing AirAsia plane crashed, 2014 was one of deadliest years in almost a decade'

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Video: The 'tender' revolution of Pope Francis

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DR Congo: Saving the gorillas of Virunga

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Web users in shock after AirAsia flight disappeareance

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The World This Year (part 2)

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Fashion: Highlights of 2014

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Providing internet to rural areas

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Search for AirAsia jet continues

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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. We also give you the perspective of a journalist from FRANCE 24’s Arabic desk. Every Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Latest update : 2010-07-19

Bashar al-Assad, 10 years in power

In Syria, Bashar al Assad celebrates ten years in power. One decade on, Syria has slowly come out of its international isolation. But it treads a fine line between its ties to Iran, and a fragile thaw with Western powers. In Iran, authorities suspend the execution Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. The woman convicted for adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. And in Egypt, smoking is very common among its population, and the government is now trying to introduce a smoking ban in Alexandria.

Programme prepared by Laure Manent and Gregory White

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2014-12-23 Turkey

Turkey: Inside the Alevi community

This month, the European Court of Human Rights condemned Turkey for religious discrimination against the Alevis, a muslim minority in the country. They are fighting for their...

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2014-12-16 cinema

Egypt: Gay community fears government crackdown

This week, homosexuals in Egypt are once again being targeted. A recent raid on a city centre hamam saw more than 30 men arrested. Next, we look at how relations soured between...

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2014-12-10 Syria

Syrian crisis: Where does Israel stand?

This week, Syria denounces what it says were two Israeli air strikes this weekend, one of them on Damascus airport. Next, we get a glimpse of life in Egypt's North Sinai region,...

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2014-12-02 Egypt

Egypt: The trial of Hosni Mubarak

This week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been cleared over the killing of protestors during 2011's uprising. Then, the world food programme says a shortage of funds means...

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2014-11-25 Jerusalem

Israel: Business is booming in gun shops

This week, Jerusalem's gun ranges see a spike in business after a spate of deadly attacks in the city. Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Security has offered one possible...

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