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Winter in France's Burgundy vineyards

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How French cyber police are patrolling the 'Dark Web'

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Marseille mon amour: Mediterranean city celebrates love

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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Is France's new immigration bill 'firm but fair'?

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#THE 51%

Poland divided over abortion ban

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BUSINESS DAILY

French farmers on edge ahead of Agriculture Show

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EYE ON AFRICA

Officials say missing Nigerian schoolgirls not rescued after all

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IN THE PRESS

A plan to get rid of radical Islam in France

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IN THE PRESS

'NRA’s Answer to Guns: More Guns'

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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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2018-02-20 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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2018-02-06 Israel

Israel gives ultimatum to African asylum seekers

Israel has begun issuing deportation notices to African asylum seekers, demanding they leave the country with 3,500 dollars, or else face forceful deportation or even...

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2018-01-30 football

Football: Palestinian Honey Thaljieh plays by her own rules

This week we meet Honey Thaljieh, a young Palestinian woman who has overcome numerous social and political obstacles through playing football. As the first ever captain of the...

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2018-01-23 Lebanon

As Lebanon pushes for Syrian refugees to return home, dilemma remains

The Qaa border crossing between Lebanon and Syria reopened in December after being closed for some five years. Since the war in Syria began, the number of refugees in Qaa, the...

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