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Latest update : 2017-01-04

Turkey's tourism industry reels from string of deadly attacks

This week, we focus on Turkey, where a New Year’s Eve attack by the Islamic State group on a nightclub in Istanbul concluded a bloody year for the country. Just a few years ago, Turkey was listed as the world's sixth most visited nation, with tourism representing 6% of its GDP. Catherine Clifford takes a look at how its tourism industry is now faring after a year of deadly attacks and a failed coup.

We also head to Aleppo. Although the battle for the Syrian city is at an end, the nightmare for its children is far from over. They may now be able to play in the streets, but they remain scarred by years of air strikes, shelling and street fighting. Plus they still have no access to education or basic healthcare.

Finally, we discover a monument that's been fascinating archeologists and tourists for centuries. The Abu Simbel temple has been standing for some 3,000 years and was saved from the rising waters of the Nile thanks to a UNESCO campaign. But according to experts, it's now facing a new threat.

By Sanam SHANTYAEI , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2018-01-16 UNHCR

War in Syria: UN refugee agency denounces rape of men and boys

It's perhaps the darkest secret of Syria's civil war. According to a study by the UN refugee agency, sexual violence against men and boys has been used as a weapon of war. Some...

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2018-01-11 Yemen

An eye on war-torn Yemen through the lens of Thana Faroq

Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq escaped the conflict in her country two years ago. Now living in the Netherlands, she is working on "The Passport", a project that documents the...

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2017-12-22 Syria

The rise and fall of IS group in the Middle East

The year of 2017 was marked by the demise of the Islamic State (IS) group after US-led coalition forces ousted the group from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Iraq has...

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2017-12-22 Syria

A look back at the best of Middle East Matters in 2017

In this special edition, we take a look back at some of the best Middle East Matters stories of 2017. Among them are the collapse of the Islamic State group in Syria, a...

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2017-12-19 Syria

Post-war Syria: Rebuilding Jarablus with Turkish help

In northern Syria, locals in the city of Jarablus have been rebuilding their lives after their community was freed from the grip of the Islamic State group. That liberation was...

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