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Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

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Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

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Film show: 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Jupiter’s Moon', 'Reinventing Marvin'

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Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

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UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

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Celebrations erupt in the streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

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Zimbabwe's end of an era

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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 : 2017-08-30

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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2017-11-22 Social Media

Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 16-year-old Saudi national, is behind a mini revolution in the emoji world. Last year, she submitted a proposal for a hijab emoji, in order to represent women...

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2017-11-14 refugees

Charity or business? When big companies provide jobs for Syrian refugees

Some 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan, where up until last year, they were denied the right to work for a living. But now, from NGOs to the private sector, hundreds...

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2017-11-07 Middle East

Building peace in the Middle East through social and economic projects

We're joined in the studio by Huda Abuarqoub, who's the regional director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. It works with a network of some 110 organisations that promote...

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2017-10-31 Middle East

Amrou Al-Kadhi: The Iraqi-British drag performer making waves

Until the age of 11, Amrou Al-Kadhi was an Iraqi living in the UAE and Bahrain - immersed in religion, Arab morality and an obligation to "keep up appearances". It was a...

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2017-10-24 Jordan

Dana Soumbouloglou: One woman's bodybuilding dream in Jordan

Bulging muscles and glistening sweat can be desirable traits in a man. But in a woman, they tend to spark a little more debate, especially in deeply conservative societies in the...

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