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Controversial or creative? A chef gets lobsters high before boiling them so they don't suffer

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Breakthrough in Pyongyang? Kim promises to visit Seoul, dismantle nuclear sites

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

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

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Film show: 'The Sisters Brothers' and 'Leave No Trace'

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IN THE PRESS

Stormy Daniels's X-rated book attacks Trump's presidency - and manhood

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Polar explorer Sebastian Copeland on the 'urgency' of climate change awareness

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BUSINESS DAILY

US-China trade war deepens as Beijing calls for global support

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

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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 : 2017-03-01

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi: putting arab art in the spotlight

This week, we focus on one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art from the Arab world, showing as of February 28 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. The works, predominantly by Iraqi and Egyptian artists, are from the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative based in the United Arab Emirates. We meet Sultan al Qassemi, the man behind the foundation, who is not just an art aficionado, but also a commentator on Arab affairs.

But first, the Islamic State group has called on its fighters to target Coptic Christians living in Egypt. Amid a new wave of violence in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Christian families are now fleeing towards the city of Ismailia. Our journalists on the ground bring us a report about one of the country’s most vulnerable minorities.

And, the Turkish government fired over 2,500 Education Ministry staff, including teachers, because of suspected ties to alleged terrorists earlier in February. Some of them have since taken their classes outside to parks, teaching for free, as a way of protesting against their dismissal as Turkey continues to crack down on dissent.

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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