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Amnesty International says at least 58 killed in Addis Ababa violence

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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 : 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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2018-09-19 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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2018-09-05 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Yemen in crisis: More than 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid

It's been dubbed the forgotten war, and today multiple factions are entangled in Yemen's ongoing conflict. For three years, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states have been...

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2018-08-29 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tortured Syrian cartoonist haunted by detention

Syrian artist Najah Albukai was held twice in the country's notorious detention centres, where he was tortured. His memories of war have become his art. Today, he's determined to...

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2018-08-23 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Mosul girls learn to swim a year after city’s liberation from IS group

It's been just over a year since the Iraqi city of Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State group. Some 870,000 people have since returned to their hometown in a bid to rebuild...

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