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Melania’s jacket: What did it mean?

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South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

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THE DEBATE

Zero Tolerance: Does Border Security Trump Compassion?

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FRANCE IN FOCUS

Let's become French!

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Taking sides: The dual-nationality footballers playing at the World Cup

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Dior trots out Cruise collection at Chantilly stables

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France's Pelagos sanctuary, a haven for whales and dolphins

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Developing a code of their own: Are women leading the tech revolution in Paris?

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Motorsport innovation

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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 : 2017-11-22

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 who wear the Islamic headscarf. Her suggestion was accepted by the tech giant Apple, and finally unveiled last month. The young woman behind this new emoji tells us more about her initiative and talks us through the creative process. She's been dubbed "one of the most influential teenagers of 2017".

But first, we head to eastern Syria, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been retaking territory from the Islamic State group. In these mostly Arab villages, the SDF is seen as a Kurdish force and it’s difficult to build trust among residents. FRANCE 24's James Andre and Abdallah Malkawi bring us an exclusive report from the ground.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, construction is under way for a new financial and administrative capital. On the agenda are futuristic skyscrapers, an international airport, a large government quarter and universities. But many fear this ambitious project may be putting the country's resources to the test. Nadia Blétry, Claire Williot and Eric de Lavarène report.

Finally, in Yemen, the impoverished country's honey industry - one of its prized exports - has been hit hard by the ongoing civil war. Catherine Clifford tells us more.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Sonia BARITELLO , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Tamara PAVAN

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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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