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#MeToo and mixed messages

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THE DEBATE

Tunisia's revolutionary fire: 7 years after the arab spring marked by fresh protests

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Stolen medication sold on black market in Mexico

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ENCORE!

Brendan Power: The future of the harmonica

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THE INTERVIEW

Louise Arbour: Negative attitude towards migration 'completely self-defeating'

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TALKING EUROPE

Former WTO head Lamy: 'Brexit is like trying to get an egg out of an omelette'

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TALKING EUROPE

2018 begins: A happy new year for Europe?

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BUSINESS DAILY

Detroit Motor Show kicks off with trucks taking centre stage

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THE OBSERVERS DIRECT

Tunisia's fleeing youth

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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

Archives

2018-01-11 Yemen

An eye on war-torn Yemen through the lens of Thana Faroq

Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq escaped the conflict in her country two years ago. Now living in the Netherlands, she is working on "The Passport", a project that documents the...

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2017-12-22 Syria

The rise and fall of IS group in the Middle East

The year of 2017 was marked by the demise of the Islamic State (IS) group after US-led coalition forces ousted the group from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Iraq has...

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2017-12-22 Syria

A look back at the best of Middle East Matters in 2017

In this special edition, we take a look back at some of the best Middle East Matters stories of 2017. Among them are the collapse of the Islamic State group in Syria, a...

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2017-12-19 Syria

Post-war Syria: Rebuilding Jarablus with Turkish help

In northern Syria, locals in the city of Jarablus have been rebuilding their lives after their community was freed from the grip of the Islamic State group. That liberation was...

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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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