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The Murder of Boris Nemtsov: Who Killed Charismatic Opposition Figure? (part two)

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DEBATE

The Murder of Boris Nemtsov: Who Killed Charismatic Opposition Figure?

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Dealing with returning jihadists: Is de-radicalisation possible?

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Noel Gallagher, Bryce Dessner and ‘David Bowie is’ in Paris

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'Agent Storm': How a militant Islamist became a CIA spy

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China: New reform set to benefit migrants

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Caged children in Syria and dumpster diving in Ivory Coast

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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.

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2015-02-24 Syria

French journalist 'recruited' by IS group via Facebook

This week, a French journalist investigates how the Islamic State group recruits would-be jihadists online by pretending to be a young French girl who had recently converted to...

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2015-02-17 Israel

Jewish emigration to Israel: Adjusting to life in a new country

In the wake of the Paris and Copenhagen attacks, Israeli PM Netanyahu has called for "mass immigration" of Jews from Europe. Last year, record numbers of French Jews moved to...

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2015-02-10 Egypt

Egypt: when the beautiful game turns deadly

This week, a football match turns to tragedy in Cairo. Egyptian police are once again accused of strong arm tactics and of a fundamental contempt for human life. Also, in...

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2015-02-04 Syria

Meeting Syriac Christian fighters

This week, we head to northern Syria and profile the Christians fighting for their heritage as the civil war rages on. Next, we look at how Qatar is bidding for sporting glory,...

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2015-01-28 Islamic State (IS) group

Who is Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman IS group wants released?

After killing a Japanese hostage, the Islamic State group is proposing a prisoner exchange for the release of a second Japanese man, Kenji Goto: his life for the release of a...

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