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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-03-21

Egypt: Supporters of President Sisi make their voices heard

In Egypt, polls will soon open in a presidential election that's widely seen as a guaranteed win for the incumbent leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The former army chief's only challenger is Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who's in fact one of his staunchest supporters. Our correspondents Nadia Blétry, Claire Williot and Ruth Michaelson went to meet supporters of the president in Cairo.

Also, after Turkish troops and their allies captured Afrin from Kurdish YPG fighters, Turkey says it's ready to take the fight beyond the Syrian city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to expand the country's military offensive to other Kurdish-held areas across northern Syria.

Meanwhile, an ancient tradition has been resurrected in Jerusalem to solve a modern crisis: a shortage of places to bury the dead. A massive network of catacombs excavated beneath a mountain over the past two years will provide enough space for 22,000 burial plots. Our correspondents Irris Makler and Antoine Mariotti report.

Finally, we take you to the workshop of a group of designers and models from Mosul. The woman are on a mission to prove that life under Islamic State group control did little to cramp their sense of style. These Iraqi refugees resettled in Jordan, where they're stitching up the seams of a life threatened by terror.

By Stéphanie CHEVAL , Jeanne LAVENANT , Mariam SAAB


2018-04-17 Iraq

The beekeeper who helped save Sinjar women

Our guest this week is Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi writer who's just released a book about Yazidi women held captive by the Islamic State group. She joins us from New York to talk...

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2018-04-10 Prince Salman of Saudia Arabia

Prince charming? Mohammed bin Salman strengthens ties with France

This week, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman travelled to the French capital. On the agenda with French President Emmanuel Macron were war and crisis in the Middle...

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2018-04-03 landmines

The lethal legacy of landmines in Iraq

According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia's Initiative, is pushing for the...

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2018-03-27 Egypt

Egypt election: Sisi's troubling human right record

First we head to Egypt, where the incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for a second term. Ahead of the vote, Egyptian authorities carried out a string of arbitrary...

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