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Latest update : 2017-08-30

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 region - namely Jordan and Tunisia - passed similar legislation. But rights groups say it doesn't go far enough. Lina Abirafeh, director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, gives us her point of view.

But first, in Saudi Arabia, some two million Muslims converge on Mecca for the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. It comes at a time when the region is embroiled in its worst ever political crisis.

And in Syria, as the food crisis deepens, one NGO may have found the answer to alternative nutrition in the war-torn country, which is facing food shortages.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL

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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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