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Latest update : 2017-09-06

Why some Iranian women are defying hijab rules in the car

The hijab debate is heating up in Iran. Wearing it has been compulsory for women in public since 1979. But today, a growing number of them are refusing to comply with the rule while driving. The big question is whether a car is a private space where women can dress more freely. And according to authorities in the Islamic Republic, that is not the case. Our correspondent Reza Sayah reports from Tehran.

But first, a stand-off between the residents of al-Warraq Island and police forces is underway in Cairo. Egyptian authorities have ordered the demolishment of some 700 houses. Our correspondents speak to inhabitants on the ground.

And the latest app taking the internet by storm hails from Saudi Arabia. The anonymous messaging tool Sarahah, which means "honesty" in Arabic, has 18 million users. While some say it's practical for interacting with acquaintances, critics have raised the alarm about trolling.

By Sanam SHANTYAEI , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2018-01-16 UNHCR

War in Syria: UN refugee agency denounces rape of men and boys

It's perhaps the darkest secret of Syria's civil war. According to a study by the UN refugee agency, sexual violence against men and boys has been used as a weapon of war. Some...

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2018-01-11 Yemen

An eye on war-torn Yemen through the lens of Thana Faroq

Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq escaped the conflict in her country two years ago. Now living in the Netherlands, she is working on "The Passport", a project that documents the...

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2017-12-22 Syria

The rise and fall of IS group in the Middle East

The year of 2017 was marked by the demise of the Islamic State (IS) group after US-led coalition forces ousted the group from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Iraq has...

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2017-12-22 Syria

A look back at the best of Middle East Matters in 2017

In this special edition, we take a look back at some of the best Middle East Matters stories of 2017. Among them are the collapse of the Islamic State group in Syria, a...

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2017-12-19 Syria

Post-war Syria: Rebuilding Jarablus with Turkish help

In northern Syria, locals in the city of Jarablus have been rebuilding their lives after their community was freed from the grip of the Islamic State group. That liberation was...

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