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Collusion? Backlash after Trump praises Putin in Helsinki

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Is French oak under threat?

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Questions of gender take centre stage at Avignon’s theatre festival

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Street party, not a wake: Croatian football fans welcome home team

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UK looks to calm Brexit fears at Farnborough Airshow

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Nigeria: Army denies reports of missing soldiers after Boko Haram attacks

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Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

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Beatmaker & singer Estère brings her musical melting pot to Afropunk Paris

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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 : 2016-05-04

Iraq: Who is Moqtada al-Sadr?

This week, after his supporters storm Iraq's parliament, we bring you a profile of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Also, our correspondents in Lebanon report on how a new citizen movement is hoping to change the face of the country's politics ahead of local elections there. Finally, we look at Qatar's efforts to hold the number one spot in camel racing.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Rochelle FERGUSON-BOUYAHI , Stéphanie CHEVAL

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2018-07-12 Jeanne LAVENANT

Battle for Deraa: Hundreds of Syrians stranded near Jordanian border

The Syrian city of Deraa is where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some seven years ago. But the current battle over this hotspot between rebels and...

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2018-07-04 Sanam SHANTYAEI

Actress Fatima Al-Banawi on the wind of change for women in Saudi Arabia

As Saudi women finally receive the green light to get behind the wheel legally, we focus on women being at the forefront of change in Saudi Arabia. Artist and actress Fatima...

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2018-06-28 Jeanne LAVENANT

Behind the wheel: Saudi women can now legally drive

For the first time in Saudi Arabia's history, women got behind the wheel legally this week. Until now, women in the kingdom had to rely on drivers or male relatives to get...

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2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

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2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

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