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Melania’s jacket: What did it mean?

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South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

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THE DEBATE

Zero Tolerance: Does Border Security Trump Compassion?

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FRANCE IN FOCUS

Let's become French!

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Taking sides: The dual-nationality footballers playing at the World Cup

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Dior trots out Cruise collection at Chantilly stables

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France's Pelagos sanctuary, a haven for whales and dolphins

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Developing a code of their own: Are women leading the tech revolution in Paris?

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Motorsport innovation

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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 : 2017-06-07

Egypt: The success of TV series during Ramadan

Muslims around the world are fasting from sunrise to sunset as part of the holy month of Ramadan. To offer some distraction, some people trade in food for a daily diet of must-watch television. Fuelled by a ratings spike, networks across the Muslim world are fleshing out their grid with special Ramadan series. Egypt is at the centre of the boom, with 33 series filmed there for this year's Ramadan. Our correspondents were able to go behind the scenes of one of them.

But first, the Persian Gulf grapples with its biggest diplomatic crisis in years with Qatar isolated over its alleged support for Islamist groups.

And a Yazidi woman who was taken captive by the Islamic State group and escaped to become a UN ambassador makes an emotional return to her village, now liberated by Iraqi coalition forces. 

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

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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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2018-06-06 Jeanne LAVENANT

Israel's targeted assassinations: Revealing the Mossad's methods

This week our special guest is Ronen Bergman. He joins us from Tel Aviv to talk about his book, "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations". The...

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2018-05-30 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian female kickboxer Farinaz Lari on conquering the ring

Boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are among the world's most famous athletes. But can you name a female boxer off the top of your head? Joining us from Vancouver is Farinaz...

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2018-05-23 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iraq: Children of Fallujah try to rebuild their lives

In Iraq, the Islamic State group has been run out of Fallujah, a city which it ruled with an iron fist for two-and-a-half years. Fallujah was the scene of some of the fiercest...

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