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25 years of independence in Eritrea : Thousands continue to flee the repressive regime

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MEDIAWATCH

Petrol shortages in France and free hugs in Britain

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MEDIAWATCH

Petrol shortages in France and #HugABrit

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THE DEBATE

Obama in Vietnam: Just how close can Washington and Hanoi become? (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

Fuel on the fire: French unions block refineries to protest labour reform (part 2)

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ENCORE!

Music show: Judith Owen, Eric Clapton and Ariana Grande

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FOCUS

Video: Christian NGO brings Syrian refugees to Italy

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IN THE PAPERS

'Near miss' for Austria and the EU

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IN THE PAPERS

#hugabrit

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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Latest update : 2011-12-12

Syria's deserters hiding in Lebanon

First, Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, speaks to ABC news and denies ever ordering a crackdown on protesters. We also meet up with Syrian army deserters hiding out in neighbouring Lebanon. Next, Egypt's young, liberal revolutionaries are bitter after a very poor showing in the parliamentary elections. Finally, we discover the top Twitter trend of the year: "Egypt" was the most tweeted word of 2011.

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2016-05-17 Iran

Can France relaunch the Middle East peace process?

This week, we focus on France's efforts to breathe new life into the Middle East peace process. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault travelled to the region this week to...

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2016-05-10 Syria

War in Syria: Russia combines military action with propaganda

This week, we head to Syria where the Russian military is maintaining a hefty presence in the country and wants to show the world it's a legitimate player in Syria's...

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2016-05-03 Iraq

Iraq: Who is Moqtada al-Sadr?

This week, after his supporters storm Iraq's parliament, we bring you a profile of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Also, our correspondents in Lebanon report on how a new...

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2016-04-26 Syria

Battle for Shaddadi: Interethnic coalition takes on IS group in Syria

This week, we bring you an excerpt from our exclusive documentary filmed in northern Syria. Our reporters gained access to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish...

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2016-04-19 Syria

Syria: Refugees recount life under IS group

In this week’s edition: The fight continues to oust Islamic State group jihadists from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital. We meet some of the people who have...

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