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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


2018-03-13 Yemen

Inside Yemen's 'forgotten war'

Years of conflict have left Yemen ravaged by violence, famine and disease - with little media coverage. But earlier this month, a FRANCE 24 team managed to travel to Aden to...

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2018-03-06 Eastern Ghouta

Residents of Syria's Eastern Ghouta share footage of daily bombings

A bloody battle has been raging in Syria's Eastern Ghouta since mid-February, with 400,000 civilians caught in the crossfire. One young Syrian, 15-year-old Muhammad Najem, has...

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2018-02-27 Bashar al-Assad

Humanitarian disaster in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

In Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a dire humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Regime forces, propped up by Russia, have been bombing the rebel-held enclave on a daily basis. Hundreds of...

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2018-02-20 Iran

Iranian singer Sepideh Jandaghi: The trapped voice

This week, we cross to Tehran to speak to Sepideh Jandaghi, a singer with 12 years of training in traditional Iranian music. Despite gaining thousands of followers on social...

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2018-02-13 gastronomy

Alan Geaam: From dishwasher to Michelin-starred chef

Alan Geamm arrived in Paris two decades ago. In the beginning, he found himself sleeping rough in the streets of the capital and unable to speak any French. Now, without any...

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