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Erdogan Almighty: Turkey elections hand president enhanced powers

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L'Impératrice: The empress of Parisian pop music

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East Germany's stolen babies

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PERSPECTIVE

Turkey's ambassador to France reacts to Erdogan's re-election

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'Two thirds of victims of human trafficking in Europe are EU nationals'

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TALKING EUROPE

A new stance on immigration? Europe's latest tussle over migrants

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Meet Zsa Zsa the English bulldog, the world's ugliest dog

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'Turkey is a very weak state which looks very strong'

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The Moroccan teacher improving his pupils' lives; and Turkey's violent crackdown on students

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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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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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