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Madrid takes control of Catalan public broadcaster

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Seoul: 'Time running out to prevent a nuclear N. Korea'

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THE DEBATE

City power: The growing clout of big urban areas

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Was Chilean poet Pablo Neruda murdered?

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Music show: To 'Joon Moon' and back

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BUSINESS DAILY

Japan's stocks on record winning streak after Abe's election victory

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The pine cone line: A train ride through rural Provence

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TALKING EUROPE

David McAllister: 'EU involvement in Catalonia could set a precedent'

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TALKING EUROPE

Glyphosate: Should the EU re-authorise the weedkiller chemical?

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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 : 2017-06-28

How drones are transforming the battleground in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pushing ahead with their mission to oust the Islamic State (IS) group from its de facto capital, Raqqa, making key gains in the east of the city. Yet as our reporters on the ground found out, the SDF are now contending with a new threat from the jihadist fighters: small, agile drones that are hampering the US-backed airstrikes. Specialist researcher Edouard Pflimlin tells us how these commercial-grade weapons have become part of the conflict.

We also take a look at how the economic and diplomatic crisis in Qatar could have consequences elsewhere in the region, as Palestinians in Gaza fear they'll be abandoned by Doha.

And we learn about the colourful coral reef in Israel that could provide scientists with important answers, as marine life struggles to survive rising sea temperatures across the globe.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR

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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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