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Tanzanian President dismisses almost 10,000 public servants over forged college certificates

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French Election: Abstention, Anger & Apathy

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Macron vs. Le Pen: France's bitter presidential run-off race (part 1)

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REPORTERS

The booming business of cannabis in Spain

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump's First 100 Days, The Pope in Egypt (part 2)

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Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

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How one NGO is using 3D printers to improve disaster relief

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REVISITED

What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

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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 : 2017-03-01

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 works, predominantly by Iraqi and Egyptian artists, are from the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative based in the United Arab Emirates. We meet Sultan al Qassemi, the man behind the foundation, who is not just an art aficionado, but also a commentator on Arab affairs.

But first, the Islamic State group has called on its fighters to target Coptic Christians living in Egypt. Amid a new wave of violence in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Christian families are now fleeing towards the city of Ismailia. Our journalists on the ground bring us a report about one of the country’s most vulnerable minorities.

And, the Turkish government fired over 2,500 Education Ministry staff, including teachers, because of suspected ties to alleged terrorists earlier in February. Some of them have since taken their classes outside to parks, teaching for free, as a way of protesting against their dismissal as Turkey continues to crack down on dissent.

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

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2017-04-25 Lebanon

Lebanon: Activists ramp up pressure over rape law

In Lebanon, an archaic law currently allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim. But a motion was proposed last year to get rid of the measure. Now, ahead of...

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2017-04-18 Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey referendum: What does the 'yes' vote really mean?

This week, we focus on the disputed referendum in Turkey that will significantly expand President Erdogan's powers. The "yes" result approves 18 constitutional amendments to...

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2017-04-11 Turkey

Turkey: Is Erdogan an unstoppable power-grabbing force?

This week, we bring you a special programme focusing on the referendum that could drastically change Turkey's political system. If Recep Tayyip Erdogan secures the April 16 vote,...

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2017-04-04 Syria

White Helmets: The women volunteers making a difference in Syria

This week, we meet a woman who is one of the White Helmets in Syria. The volunteers came to prominence for their work rescuing those trapped under the rubble in Syria and...

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2017-03-28 Syria

Refugees of rap: Using music to speak out about the Syrian war

This week, we bring you the story of two brothers, who grew up officially stateless in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, before they escaped for a new life in France back in...

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