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Amnesty warns of 'horrific' violence in Cameroon's anglophone regions

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Syria: Russia and Israel seek to avoid spiral over plane downing

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Mexico's seaweed invasion: Disaster or opportunity?

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Joaquin Phoenix: 'Jacques Audiard is unique, even among French directors'

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Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

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Should supermodels' catwalk strut be protected by copyright?

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Child development: Inside a child's incredible brain

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US hits China with trade tariffs on $200bn of goods

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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 : 2017-02-01

Egypt: Alexandria's fading cosmopolitan image

This week, we take you to Alexandria, Egypt's second city and once considered the jewel of the Mediterranean. A large port city, it was home to a diverse blend of locals and foreign nationals and became the birthplace of Arab cinema. But after several consecutive autocratic regimes and the Arab Spring uprising, the city has lost some of its lustre. So what's left of the once-great city? Our reporters went to meet its inhabitants and artists.

But first, we focus on Donald Trump's contentious executive order. Dubbed the Muslim Ban, it temporarily halts the entire US refugee programme and refuses entry to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. The decree has set off massive protests across the United States, as well as drawing condemnation from several of the targeted nations. Alexander Hurst tells us more.

Finally, as the World Bank releases a new report entitled "Governance and the Law", we're joined on set by the organisation's chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa Region, Shanta Devarajan. We ask him how better governance and more effective policies can support the Middle East, as the region faces the most dire challenges, including the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

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

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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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2018-08-14 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

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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