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UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea after nine years

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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 : 2017-01-11

Meeting Omar Kamal, the Palestinian Frank Sinatra

This week, we introduce you to Palestine's answer to Frank Sinatra. Omar Kamal, a young Palestinian from Ramallah, sounds just like one of the most iconic crooners of our times. Omar has secured a record label with Sony and his new album is out this week in Dubai. He met up with our correspondents in Ramallah and sang for them in both English and French.

But first, we focus on the farewell to Iran's revolutionary father. Some 2.5 million people are reported to have flocked to the streets of Tehran for the funeral procession of the former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. We look back at the legacy of a man who in life divided Iran's political elite, but in death has brought them together.

And in Syria, water shortages have become the latest bone of contention. The regime and rebels have traded accusations over who is responsible. This as the UN warns that the crisis, facing some 5.5 million people in the war-torn country, may constitute a war crime.

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

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2018-11-14 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Secret screenings: Director Sam Abbas brings LGBTQ film to Middle Eastern audience

While the majority of the world has legalised homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East. The subject remains contentious in the...

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2018-11-07 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapping with reason: Mona Haydar's music tackles racism and Islamophobia

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist. She raps about Islam, her decision to wear the hijab, and racism in the US, among a host of other polarising issues. And while some have...

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2018-11-01 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tech in the Middle East: Roxanne Varza, the Iranian-American start-up queen

This week we're joined by the Director of Station F, the world's largest start-up incubator, based here in Paris. Roxanne Varza is an Iranian-American dual national. She tells us...

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2018-10-24 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Khashoggi’s editor: His personal and professional battle

This week we speak to Karen Attiah, Jamal Khashoggi's editor at The Washington Post, as questions continue to linger over the Saudi journalist's murder. Khashoggi was one of the...

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2018-10-17 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

This week, we're drawing attention to the women who are fighting to assert their influence in the Arab world. We're joined by one man who's doing exactly that: Franco-Lebanese...

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