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Latest update : 2017-01-11

Meeting Omar Kamal, the Palestinian Frank Sinatra

This week, we introduce you to Palestine's answer to Frank Sinatra. Omar Kamal, a young Palestinian from Ramallah, sounds just like one of the most iconic crooners of our times. Omar has secured a record label with Sony and his new album is out this week in Dubai. He met up with our correspondents in Ramallah and sang for them in both English and French.

But first, we focus on the farewell to Iran's revolutionary father. Some 2.5 million people are reported to have flocked to the streets of Tehran for the funeral procession of the former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. We look back at the legacy of a man who in life divided Iran's political elite, but in death has brought them together.

And in Syria, water shortages have become the latest bone of contention. The regime and rebels have traded accusations over who is responsible. This as the UN warns that the crisis, facing some 5.5 million people in the war-torn country, may constitute a war crime.

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

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2017-03-21 Iran

The hidden collection: Iran exhibits contemporary art masterpieces

This week, we take you to Iran to see one of the most important contemporary art collections outside Europe and the United States. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, these...

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2017-03-14 Syria

Syria: Normal life slowly resumes amid ruins of Aleppo

This Wednesday marks a sad anniversary: it's now been six years since the start of the Syrian civil war. The northern city of Aleppo has been a key battleground and suffered from...

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2017-03-07 Iran

Artists launch campaign as HIV doubles in Iran

In Iran, the number of people infected with HIV through unprotected sex has doubled over the past decade, according to the country's health ministry. To draw attention to the...

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2017-02-28 Egypt

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi: putting arab art in the spotlight

This week, we focus on one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art from the Arab world, showing as of February 28 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. The...

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2017-02-21 Lebanon

Preaching coexistence: Avant-garde mosque opens in Lebanon's Druze heartland

This week, we head to Lebanon and discover a newly-opened mosque in an old building in the Druze heartland. The decision of the head of Lebanon's Druze community to commission...

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