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Latest update : 2017-10-11

'Women Wage Peace': Israeli and Palestinian women march side by side

In Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Jewish and Arab women have joined forces in a bid to put peace back on top of the political agenda. Over the weekend, some 30,000 of them took part in a rally in Jerusalem. Now they have to find a way of uniting their leaders so that they return to the negotiating table. Our correspondent Irris Makler reports.

Meanwhile, in Yemen, the fighting between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president - backed by a Saudi-led coalition - and Houthi rebels has left thousands of people dead. Today, neighbouring Riyadh is finding it increasingly challenging to prevent a conflict that it backs from spilling over its borders. Catherine Viette explains.

Finally, we bring you the story of a group of young Syrian activists who built a secret library in a hidden basement in a suburb south of Damascus. Their goal was to save the books of Daraya, which they rescued from abandoned houses, destroyed offices and ravaged mosques. One woman followed their journey and compiled it in a book. Delphine Minoui is an award-winning Franco-Iranian journalist for Le Figaro. She joins us in the studio to tell us more.

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2017-12-12 culture

'Looking for Oum Kulthum': Breaking the glass ceiling in the art world

If you're familiar with Iranian artists, you'll know the name Shirin Neshat. Her "Women of Allah" photographs catapulted the New Yorker to international acclaim in the 1990s. She...

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2017-12-05 Islamic State (IS) group

Mosul: Growing up under Islamic State group rule

For three years, Iraqi teen Ferah was trapped in her room, as Mosul was taken over by the Islamic State group. That's where she kept a Facebook journal, expressing her fears and...

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2017-11-28 Egypt

'Lost in Lebanon': Scott sisters tackle Syrian refugee crisis

Over one million Syrians have fled to Lebanon since the civil war broke out in their homeland six years ago. As refugees, they are increasingly being met with hostility, however....

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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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