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President Robert Mugabe emerges from house arrest

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Harassment and hypocrisy in Washington

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Military pressures Robert Mugabe to step down, Macron mediates Lebanon crisis

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FRANCE IN FOCUS

France raises a glass to tourism

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France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

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#THE 51%

Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

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The future of surgery

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The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

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Director Joachim Trier: True horror is a 'lack of self-acceptance'

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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 : 2017-09-06

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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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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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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