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From Turkey to Iran: (re)inventing kebab

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

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Zimbabwe: Chamisa's lawyers contest election results in court

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

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

Latest update : 2018-05-30

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 Lari, who's had to fight her way into the ring. Against all odds, the 31-year-old became the first Iranian woman to win the World Kickboxing Championships. She tells us more about the challenges she's faced.

Also, almost a year after the Islamic State group was defeated in its stronghold of Mosul, volunteers are still removing the corpses of civilians and fighters from the rubble.

And Turkey's election campaign kicks off amid tremours in the economy, presenting a potential threat to Recep Tayyip Erdogan's re-election bid.

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

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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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