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Hard bargaining: Lebanon prime minister returns and suspends resignation

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Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

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Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

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Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

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Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

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Film show: 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Jupiter’s Moon', 'Reinventing Marvin'

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Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

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UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

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Celebrations erupt in the streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

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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 : 2017-02-01

Egypt: Alexandria's fading cosmopolitan image

This week, we take you to Alexandria, Egypt's second city and once considered the jewel of the Mediterranean. A large port city, it was home to a diverse blend of locals and foreign nationals and became the birthplace of Arab cinema. But after several consecutive autocratic regimes and the Arab Spring uprising, the city has lost some of its lustre. So what's left of the once-great city? Our reporters went to meet its inhabitants and artists.

But first, we focus on Donald Trump's contentious executive order. Dubbed the Muslim Ban, it temporarily halts the entire US refugee programme and refuses entry to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. The decree has set off massive protests across the United States, as well as drawing condemnation from several of the targeted nations. Alexander Hurst tells us more.

Finally, as the World Bank releases a new report entitled "Governance and the Law", we're joined on set by the organisation's chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa Region, Shanta Devarajan. We ask him how better governance and more effective policies can support the Middle East, as the region faces the most dire challenges, including the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

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

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2017-11-22 Social Media

Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 16-year-old Saudi national, is behind a mini revolution in the emoji world. Last year, she submitted a proposal for a hijab emoji, in order to represent women...

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2017-11-14 refugees

Charity or business? When big companies provide jobs for Syrian refugees

Some 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan, where up until last year, they were denied the right to work for a living. But now, from NGOs to the private sector, hundreds...

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2017-11-07 Middle East

Building peace in the Middle East through social and economic projects

We're joined in the studio by Huda Abuarqoub, who's the regional director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. It works with a network of some 110 organisations that promote...

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2017-10-31 Middle East

Amrou Al-Kadhi: The Iraqi-British drag performer making waves

Until the age of 11, Amrou Al-Kadhi was an Iraqi living in the UAE and Bahrain - immersed in religion, Arab morality and an obligation to "keep up appearances". It was a...

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2017-10-24 Jordan

Dana Soumbouloglou: One woman's bodybuilding dream in Jordan

Bulging muscles and glistening sweat can be desirable traits in a man. But in a woman, they tend to spark a little more debate, especially in deeply conservative societies in the...

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