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Melania’s jacket: What did it mean?

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South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

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THE DEBATE

Zero Tolerance: Does Border Security Trump Compassion?

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Let's become French!

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Taking sides: The dual-nationality footballers playing at the World Cup

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Dior trots out Cruise collection at Chantilly stables

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France's Pelagos sanctuary, a haven for whales and dolphins

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Developing a code of their own: Are women leading the tech revolution in Paris?

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Motorsport innovation

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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 : 2017-09-13

The fight to end child marriage in Lebanon

In Lebanon, there's no legal minimum age for marriage. Some laws allow girls younger than 15 to marry. According to UNICEF, 6 percent of girls in the country get married before their 18th birthday. These numbers have increased with the influx of Syrian refugees, some one million of them. Maya El Ammar from KAFA, an organisation that's fighting to bring an end to violence and exploitation of young women, joins FRANCE 24 this week.

Meanwhile in Yemen, the conflict shows no signs of abating anytime soon. A Saudi-led coalition began pounding the Houthi movement in 2015. Two and a half years later, there's been little shift in the balance of power in the country: between the Shiite militia and the authorities. Increasingly, the finger is pointed at the international community for a war that's claimed some 10,000 lives.

Finally, more than five million people have fled Syria since the civil conflict began in 2011. Yet for tens of thousands escaping bloodshed elsewhere, such as Somalia and Iraq, Syria is also a place of refuge.

 

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sanam SHANTYAEI

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2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

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2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

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2018-06-06 Jeanne LAVENANT

Israel's targeted assassinations: Revealing the Mossad's methods

This week our special guest is Ronen Bergman. He joins us from Tel Aviv to talk about his book, "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations". The...

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2018-05-30 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian female kickboxer Farinaz Lari on conquering the ring

Boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are among the world's most famous athletes. But can you name a female boxer off the top of your head? Joining us from Vancouver is Farinaz...

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2018-05-23 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iraq: Children of Fallujah try to rebuild their lives

In Iraq, the Islamic State group has been run out of Fallujah, a city which it ruled with an iron fist for two-and-a-half years. Fallujah was the scene of some of the fiercest...

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