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Are the French rude or is it a big misunderstanding?

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THE INTERVIEW

Opposition activist Evan Mawarire: Zimbabweans hope they can 'reset our future'

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IN THE PRESS

Donald Trump's cheat sheet

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IN THE PRESS

'Powerless in Syria' or 'Complicit in the bombings'?

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THE DEBATE

Tightening grip: French government unveils controversial migrant law

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BUSINESS DAILY

Ford executive ousted over misconduct

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EYE ON AFRICA

More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing after Boko Haram attack

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FOCUS

Italy helps integrate asylum seekers through training schemes

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ENCORE!

Film show: Berlinale, 'The Shape of Water' and 'I, Tonya'

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

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2018-02-20 Iran

Iranian singer Sepideh Jandaghi: The trapped voice

This week, we cross to Tehran to speak to Sepideh Jandaghi, a singer with 12 years of training in traditional Iranian music. Despite gaining thousands of followers on social...

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2018-02-13 gastronomy

Alan Geaam: From dishwasher to Michelin-starred chef

Alan Geamm arrived in Paris two decades ago. In the beginning, he found himself sleeping rough in the streets of the capital and unable to speak any French. Now, without any...

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2018-02-06 Israel

Israel gives ultimatum to African asylum seekers

Israel has begun issuing deportation notices to African asylum seekers, demanding they leave the country with 3,500 dollars, or else face forceful deportation or even...

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2018-01-30 football

Football: Palestinian Honey Thaljieh plays by her own rules

This week we meet Honey Thaljieh, a young Palestinian woman who has overcome numerous social and political obstacles through playing football. As the first ever captain of the...

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2018-01-23 Lebanon

As Lebanon pushes for Syrian refugees to return home, dilemma remains

The Qaa border crossing between Lebanon and Syria reopened in December after being closed for some five years. Since the war in Syria began, the number of refugees in Qaa, the...

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