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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 : 2017-06-07

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


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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