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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-04-05

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 treating the wounded in makeshift hospitals. They were recently profiled in an Oscar-winning documentary. A growing number of women are now joining the task force, putting their lives at risk to help their fellow citizens.

But first, we focus on Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's meeting in Washington this week. It was the first official visit of the Egyptian president since he took power three years ago, but human rights was left off the agenda.

Plus, the Islamic State group have been using drones to drop bombs on Iraqi troops. We see how Iraqi government forces have now adopted their tactics in response.

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

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2017-12-12 culture

'Looking for Oum Kulthum': Breaking the glass ceiling in the art world

If you're familiar with Iranian artists, you'll know the name Shirin Neshat. Her "Women of Allah" photographs catapulted the New Yorker to international acclaim in the 1990s. She...

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2017-12-05 Islamic State (IS) group

Mosul: Growing up under Islamic State group rule

For three years, Iraqi teen Ferah was trapped in her room, as Mosul was taken over by the Islamic State group. That's where she kept a Facebook journal, expressing her fears and...

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2017-11-28 Egypt

'Lost in Lebanon': Scott sisters tackle Syrian refugee crisis

Over one million Syrians have fled to Lebanon since the civil war broke out in their homeland six years ago. As refugees, they are increasingly being met with hostility, however....

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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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