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Enslaved in Libya:

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Seal on his new album 'Standards' and why he doesn't like texting

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Video: Fate of transgender soldiers in US military remains uncertain

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'The End of German Stability'

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IN THE PAPERS

'Bad news for Merkel is bad news for Europe'

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EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwean MPs set to start impeachment proceedings against Mugabe

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BUSINESS DAILY

US government sues to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Manson: Murder, mythology and mistaken identity

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THE INTERVIEW

Turkish adviser warns US forces may stay in Syria

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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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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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