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Nigeria: Army denies reports of missing soldiers after Boko Haram attacks

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FOCUS

Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

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ENCORE!

Beatmaker & singer Estère brings her musical melting pot to Afropunk Paris

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THE OBSERVERS

Iran water shortages, street art in Yemen, and more

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TALKING EUROPE

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

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BUSINESS DAILY

FIFA takes home revenue of over €5 billion from World Cup

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IN THE PRESS

Les Bleus 2018: The new 'tsars' of world football

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TALKING EUROPE

Eurogroup chief Centeno: ‘We need to an end what seems to be a trade war’

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MEDIAWATCH

Trump rocks the boat in UK

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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 : 2017-05-24

Meeting 'cultural activist' and soprano Dima Bawab

This week, we introduce you to soprano Dima Bawab. A Jordanian citizen born to Palestinian parents, she has been singing since the tender age of four. Dima is now putting her vocal skills to good use by taking workshops and concerts to Palestinian people in the West Bank. The self-confessed cultural activist tells us more about her passion and her role through music.

Also, at a time when controversies were swirling at home, US President Donald Trump embarked on a tour of the Middle East. The trip was aimed at bolstering partnerships in the region - we take a closer look.

Plus, two years into Yemen's brutal conflict, we bring you rare footage of Riyadh's indiscriminate bombing campaign.

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

Archives

2018-07-12 Jeanne LAVENANT

Battle for Deraa: Hundreds of Syrians stranded near Jordanian border

The Syrian city of Deraa is where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some seven years ago. But the current battle over this hotspot between rebels and...

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2018-07-04 Sanam SHANTYAEI

Actress Fatima Al-Banawi on the wind of change for women in Saudi Arabia

As Saudi women finally receive the green light to get behind the wheel legally, we focus on women being at the forefront of change in Saudi Arabia. Artist and actress Fatima...

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2018-06-28 Jeanne LAVENANT

Behind the wheel: Saudi women can now legally drive

For the first time in Saudi Arabia's history, women got behind the wheel legally this week. Until now, women in the kingdom had to rely on drivers or male relatives to get...

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2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

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2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

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