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Saudi Arabia under pressure: Crown Prince defiant over Khashoggi disappearance

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THE OBSERVERS

Biking in Cuba, entrepreneurship in Burundi, and more

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Music show: NOLA French Connection Brass Band, Yoko Ono & Neneh Cherry

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US Supreme Court decision boosts anti-abortion activists in California

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IN THE PRESS

Beginning of the end for 'Mutti'? State election reflects Merkel's unpopularity

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TALKING EUROPE

Spain's Europe minister rules out new Catalan independence referendum

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TALKING EUROPE

Hungary's Orban: What consequences of symbolic EU vote?

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THE INTERVIEW

South Sudan: How it won the longest war but lost the peace

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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 : 2016-10-12

Aleppo, a city reduced to rubble

This week, we show you how Syria's once-thriving second city of Aleppo has been largely reduced to ruins, this amid continued air strikes by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally.

We also head to Yemen, where an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed 140 people, escalating the conflict between the Riyadh-backed government and opposition Houthi rebels.

Finally, we listen to some Iranian rap: the bad boys of music, formerly known as Zedbazi, continue to dominate download charts in the Islamic Republic. Rapper Alireza JJ joins us on the show.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL

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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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