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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


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In Lebanon, there's no legal minimum age for marriage. Some laws allow girls younger than 15 to marry. According to UNICEF, 6 percent of girls in the country get married before...

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2017-09-05 Iran

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2017-08-29 Lebanon

Lebanon's parliament abolishes controversial rape law

In Lebanon, lawmakers voted earlier this month to abolish a law that had allowed rapists to evade punishment by marrying their accusers. The move comes after other nations in the...

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2017-08-22 Yemen

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A US summer camp brings two sides together

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2017-08-03 Middle East

Tourism in the Middle East: which countries are the least and most popular?

This week, we take a special look at tourism in the Middle East. While some travelers may have been put off, others are still keen to explore the region's mystery and riches. We...

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