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Syria Bombs and Ballots: Presidential Election Announced as Civil War Rages On

Four French hostages are now back in France after 10 months in captivity in Syria. Edouard Elias, Didier François, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were welcomed back on the tarmac of a military airport near Paris by French President François Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. On the ground in Syria, meanwhile, the date for the next presidential election has been announced. But exactly who will be able, or allowed, to vote in the middle of a 4-year-old civil war?

By Mark OWEN

Our guests

Emma SULEIMAN

Former spokesperson for the Syrian National Council

Ayssar MIDANI

Board member, Coordination for the Defence of the National Syrian Sovereignty

Myriam BENRAAD

Research Associate, CERI Science Po

Jonathan PARIS

Middle East Analyst and Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council of the United States

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2018-01-17 Europe

Poland's existential struggle: Abortion debate spurs protests over right-wing shift

Women across Poland have taken to the streets wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights, which they say are under threat from the ruling conservative Law...

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2018-01-16 Emmanuel Macron

Macron on migration: Humanity or closed-border policy?

Emmanuel Macron has made his first visit to Calais as French leader. After talking with some migrants and listening to their stories, Macron said he would not allow another...

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2018-01-15 Africa

Tunisia's revolutionary fire: Fresh protests, seven years after Arab Spring

It's been seven years since the uprising that saw a wind of change blow across North Africa. The Arab Spring began with the exit of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Nine...

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2018-01-11 Europe

Merkel's last chance? German chancellor in crunch coalition talks

Germany has been in a holding pattern since September 24, when citizens voted in a general election where the big centre-right and centre-left blocs underperformed badly. And...

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2018-01-10 Emmanuel Macron

Conspiracy theories: How to sort truth from fiction?

Long before there was the internet, there were conspiracy theories: neatly-bundled stories to explain events that are hard to swallow. So why does a new survey show that a...

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