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Protecting heritage land against mining companies

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South African musician Bongeziwe Mabandla on his 'urban African folk'

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Reshuffle and a televised act of contrition for Macron

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Macron malaise: Can the French president reverse his plummeting popularity?

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Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy on the red carpet in Paris

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The dictator hunter: Reed Brody on bringing despots to justice

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France explores alternatives to prison

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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 : 2015-11-11

Egypt: Spotlight on security in the Sinai peninsula

This week, security in Egypt's Sinai peninsula is in the spotlight after the Metrojet plane crash. The Islamic State group claims it was behind the disaster which killed all 224 people on board, most of them Russian. If confirmed by investigators, this would have enormous implications for Egypt’s economy and government.

Next, we see how the Syrian army is resorting to trench warfare to defend the capital Damascus, using tactics from a century ago.

Finally, we find out why people are staying away from the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, one of the seven wonders of the world.

By Halla MOHIEDDEEN , Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia PATRICELLI

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2018-10-10 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

'Age old cities' exhibition: A virtual tour of the Middle East's landmarks

Ancient cities destroyed by war are brought back to life, thanks to state-of-the art virtual reality. A new exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris shines a spotlight on...

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2018-10-03 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri released by Israel

This week in Israel saw the release of Franco-Palestinian activist Salah Hamouri, a lawyer by training. The 33-year-old had been held in prison without charge for 13 months and...

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2018-09-27 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Anger and mourning in Iran after military parade attack

In Iran, at least 25 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade on Saturday. Iran's Supreme Leader...

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2018-09-19 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapper I-NZ's 'This is Iraq': When music gets political

This week, we meet Dubai-based Iraqi rapper I-NZ. Earlier this summer, he released a song about what has happened to his country since the US-led invasion in 2003. "This is...

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2018-09-12 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

War in Syria: Hezbollah's secret soldiers

Since it began seven years ago, Syria's civil conflict has drawn in multiple foreign powers. Among them are Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah forces, who have helped prop up the...

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