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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2016-12-21

Syria's one-time commercial hub of Aleppo now a ghost town

This week, Aleppo has been in the spotlight again after repeated attempts to evacuate civilians from Syria's one-time economic hub. With the armed rebel opposition losing control of the city, we take a look at how four years of civil war have changed Aleppo. The former commercial hub is unrecognisable, as Luke Shrago reports.

We also focus on the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition in Ankara. The gunman was an off-duty policeman, who shouted "don't forget Aleppo" as he pulled the trigger, and vowed to wage jihad. Laurent Berstecher and Anca Ulea explain.

Meanwhile, Julia Sieger tells us what's been trending across the region on social media. And finally, Luke Brown tells us more about a series of projects starting in the West Bank, and being run from Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. 

By Halla MOHIEDDEEN , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL

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2018-07-18 Jeanne LAVENANT

'Nation-state' bill sparks controversy in Israel

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a controversial "nation-state" bill will pass into law in the coming days. The bill has sparked intense debate, with critics...

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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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