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'France has underinvested in early childhood education for many years'

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'Badass': Accolades pour in for Southwest pilot who landed plane after engine failure

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Emmanuel Macron in Berlin: Will Europe's superhero succeed?

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Violence in DR Congo's Ituri Province forces thousands to live in camps

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Trains, schools & power plants: Latest French strikes cause disruption

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Fakes, lies and videotape

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Cuba without a Castro: A new country on the horizon?

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

The beekeeper who helped save Sinjar women

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Film show: 'Nico, 1988', 'Escobar' and Amir Naderi retrospective

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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 : 2014-08-27

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

This week, US journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released after 22 months in captivity in Syria. But the joy of his freedom was dampened by the horrific beheading of another American reporter just days before. Next, the Mosul dam area may have been taken back from Islamic State fighters, but the jihadists have left a deadly minefield behind them. And in Yemen, Shia rebels in the capital say they won't give up their standoff unless the government meets their demands.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Stéphane BERNSTEIN

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2018-04-17 Iraq

The beekeeper who helped save Sinjar women

Our guest this week is Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi writer who's just released a book about Yazidi women held captive by the Islamic State group. She joins us from New York to talk...

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2018-04-10 Prince Salman of Saudia Arabia

Prince charming? Mohammed bin Salman strengthens ties with France

This week, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman travelled to the French capital. On the agenda with French President Emmanuel Macron were war and crisis in the Middle...

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2018-04-03 landmines

The lethal legacy of landmines in Iraq

According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia's Initiative, is pushing for the...

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2018-03-27 Egypt

Egypt election: Sisi's troubling human right record

First we head to Egypt, where the incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for a second term. Ahead of the vote, Egyptian authorities carried out a string of arbitrary...

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2018-03-20 Egypt

Egypt: Supporters of President Sisi make their voices heard

In Egypt, polls will soon open in a presidential election that's widely seen as a guaranteed win for the incumbent leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The former army chief's only...

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