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South Korea: 'Time running out to prevent a nuclear N. Korea'

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Was Chilean poet Pablo Neruda murdered?

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Music show: To 'Joon Moon' and back

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The pine cone line: A train ride through rural Provence

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David McAllister: 'EU involvement in Catalonia could set a precedent'

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Glyphosate: Should the EU re-authorise the weedkiller chemical?

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A piece of history: Five former US presidents gather for hurricanes fundraiser

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Chic hotels and horse races: Calais tries to shed its 'Jungle' image

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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 : 2017-05-03

Egypt opens the door to women preachers

In Egypt, women are breaking the stained glass ceiling with pulpits open to Muslim female preachers for the first time. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Religious Endowments officially appointed 144 female preachers to lecture congregations made up exclusively of women. It's part of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's broader campaign to combat radicalisation. A promising first step, but there's still a long way to go to achieve gender equality within the country's religious ranks.

But first, along the shifting frontlines of northern Syria, US-backed Kurdish fighters engage extremists in violent clashes as they close in on Raqqa, the Islamic State group's stronghold.

And green power is set to light up five percent of Israel. We take you on a tour of the world's tallest solar tower, which is being built in the desert.

By Mariam SAAB , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-10-17 marathon

Meeting Mohammad Alqadi, the Palestinian marathon man

He's run 10 marathons in 19 months, each time raising the Palestinian flag to bring attention to the plight of his people. But 27-year-old Mohammad Alqadi was prevented from...

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2017-10-10 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

'Women Wage Peace': Israeli and Palestinian women march side by side

In Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Jewish and Arab women have joined forces in a bid to put peace back on top of the political agenda. Over the weekend, some 30,000 of...

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2017-10-03 Jordan

Jordan: How 3D printing is cutting the cost of prosthetics

Four years ago, several young engineers from Jordan started making 3D prosthetics for patients with war wounds. Now backed by the French NGO Doctors Without Borders, the project...

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2017-09-26 Islamic State (IS) group

Embedded with elite French forces fighting IS group

This week we head to Iraq's border with Syria, where French special forces are taking part in the fight against the Islamic State group. One French paratrooper was even killed...

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2017-09-20 Kurdistan

Kurdish independence referendum: What impact on the region?

In this special edition, we bring you exclusive reports and analysis ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum, due to take place on September 25. The 6 million-strong Kurdish...

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