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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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2018-01-16 UNHCR

War in Syria: UN refugee agency denounces rape of men and boys

It's perhaps the darkest secret of Syria's civil war. According to a study by the UN refugee agency, sexual violence against men and boys has been used as a weapon of war. Some...

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2018-01-11 Yemen

An eye on war-torn Yemen through the lens of Thana Faroq

Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq escaped the conflict in her country two years ago. Now living in the Netherlands, she is working on "The Passport", a project that documents the...

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2017-12-22 Syria

The rise and fall of IS group in the Middle East

The year of 2017 was marked by the demise of the Islamic State (IS) group after US-led coalition forces ousted the group from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Iraq has...

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2017-12-22 Syria

A look back at the best of Middle East Matters in 2017

In this special edition, we take a look back at some of the best Middle East Matters stories of 2017. Among them are the collapse of the Islamic State group in Syria, a...

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2017-12-19 Syria

Post-war Syria: Rebuilding Jarablus with Turkish help

In northern Syria, locals in the city of Jarablus have been rebuilding their lives after their community was freed from the grip of the Islamic State group. That liberation was...

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