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Latest update : 2014-06-04

Assad's Election: Damascus Stages Vote Amidst Civil War

Last week it was Egypt, today it's Syria where the established order is staging a presidential election. There's precious little doubt of an overwhelming landslide in favour of Bashar al Assad. His supporters argue that even in a fair fight where the whole of that war-torn country could cast ballots, he would still win. The opposition meanwhile claims that this is simple invention, with Assad directly responsible for bombing his own people from the air. What will today's election change?

By François PICARD

Our guests

Ammar ABD RABBO

Franco-Syrian photojournalist

Julien THÉRON

Middle East specialist, University of Versailles

Fahed Ibrahim BACHA

Member of the Union of Syrian Democrats

Mimi AL LAHAM

National Union of Syrian Students

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2015-01-28 Hassan Nasrallah

New escalation: Cross-border shelling between Israel and Lebanon (part 2)

There's another fire to put out in the Middle East. Israel has responded to a Hezbollah rocket attack that hit a convoy by firing at least 50 artillery shells into Lebanon....

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2015-01-28 Lebanon

New escalation: Cross-border shelling between Israel and Lebanon (part 1)

There's another fire to put out in the Middle East. Israel has responded to a Hezbollah rocket attack that hit a convoy by firing at least 50 artillery shells into Lebanon....

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2015-01-27 Barack Obama

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Oil diplomacy triumphs in face of human rights abuses (part 2)

Barack Obama has cut short a three-day trip to India to pay respects to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia after the death of King Abdullah. The high-powered delegation includes a...

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2015-01-27 oil

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Oil diplomacy triumphs in face of human rights abuses (part 1)

Barack Obama has cut short a three-day trip to India to pay respects to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia after the death of King Abdullah. The high-powered delegation includes a...

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2015-01-26 eurozone

Greece takes on Europe: Historic elections rock status quo (part 1)

An historic election for Greece, a pivotal moment for Europe. Alex Tsipras's far-left Syriza party has blown open the mainstream parties' decades-long lock on power. Despite...

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