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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 : 2017-10-25

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 Middle East. One woman in Jordan is however trying to muscle her way into the world of bodybuilding. Dana Soumbouloglou, a 23-year-old student, joins us from Amman to talk about the daily challenges that she faces.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory in Raqqa last week. The black flags have been taken down and the Islamic State group fighters have gone, but the city is in pieces. Our colleagues at France 2 television report from what is now a ghost town.

And in Gaza, local residents are giving the world a glimpse into their lifestyle. Although they themselves require permission from Israeli or Egyptian officials to leave the Strip, they say that their photos don't. Some Gazans are now making a name for themselves on Instagram.

By Agnès LE COSSEC , 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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2017-10-17 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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