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Hard Brexit, here we come: UK to leave EU common market (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

Hard Brexit, here we come: The blowback against globalisationt (part 2)

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ENCORE!

Art on the wire and online: Jean-Hubert Martin on curating in cyberspace

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Inside China's answer to Silicon Valley

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Behind the scenes at China's Harbin snow festival

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THE INTERVIEW

'Donald Trump is a great friend of Israel'

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BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2017: World Economic Forum wary of post-Brexit future

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IN THE PAPERS

'Great Brexpectations'

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IN THE PAPERS

Trump's anti-European 'attack'

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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 : 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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2017-01-03 Turkey

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,...

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2016-12-27 Israeli settlements

Israeli settlements: Israel, alone but determined

This week we take a look at Israel, which has lashed out at the UN Security Council for passing a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction. We also go to a monastery...

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2016-12-21 Syria

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...

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2016-12-13 Syria

Doctor recounts horrors of war in Syria

As horrific attacks continue in Syria, we speak to a French medic who's been training doctors there in much-needed emergency medicine. Just back from the region, French doctor...

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