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From Turkey to Iran: (re)inventing kebab

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THE INTERVIEW

Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara: ‘Dinosaurs were the last great champions’

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THE INTERVIEW

Alan Turing's nephew: ‘A Shakespearean tragedy surrounded his life’

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EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwe: Chamisa's lawyers contest election results in court

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

New US sanctions on Iran: Trump ups pressure after exiting nuclear deal

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IN THE PRESS

‘Space Farce’? Alternative logos for new US military branch flood social media

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EYE ON AFRICA

Zambia accused of illegal handover of Zimbabwean opposition figure

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MEDIAWATCH

#MyCameraIsMyWeapon campaign takes on Iran's mandatory hijab law

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THE DEBATE

Headed for war? Israel-Gaza conflict flares despite truce talks

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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 : 2018-01-18

War in Syria: UN refugee agency denounces rape of men and boys

It's perhaps the darkest secret of Syria's civil war. According to a study by the UN refugee agency, sexual violence against men and boys has been used as a weapon of war. Some of the victims are as young as 10, the oldest over 80. Celine Schmitt, the UNHCR spokesperson in France, tells us more about the harrowing 82-page report.

Also, six months ago, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State group forces in Mosul. In the eastern part of the city, life is slowly returning to normal, as residents reopen shops and move freely around their neighbourhoods. In the west, however, all that remains is a crumpled landscape, with hardly a single building intact.

Finally, we'll take you to the southeastern corner of Turkey, near the border with Iraq. In the mountainous Hakkari district, authorities are offering ski lessons to children from underprivileged families. The aim is to provide a happy distraction and prevent them from being recruited by Kurdish militants. Our correspondents Fatma Kizilboga and Hussein Asad report.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Anne POUZARGUES , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Camille FEVRIER , Stéphanie CHEVAL

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2018-08-14 Jeanne LAVENANT

From Turkey to Iran: (re)inventing kebab

In this special edition, we bring you all things kebab, a dish that dates back some 790,000 years. And when it comes to the region where it has its roots, there is a moutwatering...

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2018-08-08 Jeanne LAVENANT

Water: an issue of national security and foreign policy

This week, we shine the spotlight on the water crisis in the region. The shortages are a result of many factors, including rising temperatures, damaged infrastructure and even...

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2018-08-01 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian caricaturist Nasrin Sheykhi talks about her American experience

This week we meet Iranian artist, Nasrin Sheykhi, who received an ‘Einstein visa’ to the US, despite the Muslim travel ban. The visa is often given to famous people whom the...

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2018-07-26 Jeanne LAVENANT

Designer Nadia Atique on modest fashion and football

In this edition our guest is Nadia Atique, a British designer of Yemeni origin who's living every fashion-obsessed 30-year-old's dream. She's already been profiled by Vogue...

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2018-07-18 Jeanne LAVENANT

'Nation-state' bill sparks controversy in Israel

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a controversial "nation-state" bill will pass into law in the coming days. The bill has sparked intense debate, with critics...

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