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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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#MyCameraIsMyWeapon campaign takes on Iran's mandatory hijab law

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

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Legal highs: the pros and cons of legalising cannabis

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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 : 2018-01-24

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 closest Lebanese town to the border, has reached 30,000. Earlier this year, Lebanese President Michel Aoun asked the international community to help them return home safely. But do these refugees want to go back? FRANCE 24's Julie Dungelhoeff reports from Qaa.

Also this week, Turkey launched an air and ground campaign in Syria's northwestern province of Afrin. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now hopes to prevent the collective Kurdish forces from forming a united front along the Turkish border. We take a look at those different Kurdish armed groups, and what they each stand for.

Finally, we tell you about Ahed Tamimi, the new face of Palestinian resistance in the digital age. Footage of the 16-year-old confronting armed forces in the occupied West Bank has gone viral, leading to her arrest. However, the young activist could face up to seven years behind bars.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Mariam SAAB , Tamara PAVAN , Anne POUZARGUES

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2018-08-08 Jeanne LAVENANT

Water: an issue of national security and foreign policy

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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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2018-07-12 Jeanne LAVENANT

Battle for Deraa: Hundreds of Syrians stranded near Jordanian border

The Syrian city of Deraa is where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some seven years ago. But the current battle over this hotspot between rebels and...

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