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Georgian foreign minister discusses ties with EU, NATO

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

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

Latest update : 2013-10-30

Iran-USA: thaw in relations sparks hardline backlash

We take a look at how Iran regards the talks between itself and the West over its nuclear programme. Next, in Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive, dozens have defied the ban and posted videos of themselves behind the wheel online. Finally, we travel to Chile where the Palestinian winner of Arab Idol, Mohammed Assaf, has been singing to many of his fans.

By Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Joanna COCKERELL , Jeanne Lavenant

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2017-02-14 Iraq

Kurdish dandies launch Iraqi gentlemen's fashion club

Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, often makes headlines for being the backdrop to battles against Islamic State group militants. But this time, the city is in the spotlight for a group...

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2017-02-07 Donald Trump

Is there new hope for gay rights activists in Lebanon?

This week, we focus on Lebanon, where homosexuality is illegal. But a judge recently ruled that a gay couple could not be prosecuted for having sexual relations. The case could...

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2017-01-31 Donald Trump

Egypt: Alexandria's fading cosmopolitan image

This week, we take you to Alexandria, Egypt's second city and once considered the jewel of the Mediterranean. A large port city, it was home to a diverse blend of locals and...

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2017-01-25 Syria

Lebanon: On the road with the 'Ladies of Harley'

This week, we take you to Lebanon, where a group of women are defying convention. They're leather-clad, they take to the open road and they call themselves the "Ladies of...

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2017-01-17 Iraq

Iraq: On the ground with French troops in Mosul

This week, we follow French troops who are assisting Iraqi forces in Mosul. As the Iraqi and Kurdish forces consolidate areas retaken from the Islamic State group, French troops...

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