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Latest update : 2014-06-18

Iraq crisis: The reasons behind the sectarian divide

This week, Sunni militants led by the Islamist group ISIS make rapid territorial gains in Iraq, sparking renewed fears of an all-out sectarian war. In the absence of Iraqi troops, fighters from the autonomous region of Kurdistan keep order in a number of areas, fuelling more talk of independence for the region. Also, we take you to Egypt to meet an all-female police unit, created a year ago to stem the rise in sexual harassment of women in the country.

By Emilie COCHAUD , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Tom BURGES WATSON

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2016-11-29 Iraq

Discovering the new wave of Egyptian musical talent

This week, we introduce you to the new wave of Egyptian musical talent. A type of music called Mahraganat has surged onto Egypt's underground scene in recent years. It has become...

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2016-11-22 Syria

War in Syria: Photojournalism at any cost

This week, with foreign journalists no longer covering the siege of Aleppo for security reasons, ordinary Syrians are risking their lives to document the war with their own...

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2016-11-15 Iraq

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi army tries to win over locals

This week, we see how defeating the Islamic State group is only half the battle. Our special correspondents report on how the Iraqi army is trying to regain the trust of the...

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2016-11-08 Yemen

War in Yemen: Saada, a city in ruins

This week, we take you to Yemen, where more than 7,000 people have been killed and another 21 million are in urgent need of health assistance. We focus on Saada, a city reduced...

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2016-11-01 Jerusalem

Battle for Mosul: IS group jihadists use civilians as human shields

This week, Iraqi civilians recount their terrifying experiences at the hands of the Islamic State group, this as Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in on Mosul. We also introduce you...

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