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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 : 2017-04-26

Lebanon: Activists ramp up pressure over rape law

In Lebanon, an archaic law currently allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim. But a motion was proposed last year to get rid of the measure. Now, ahead of a May 15 vote in parliament, activists are ramping up the pressure. As part of the mobilisation, eerie wedding dresses have been hung from nooses along Beirut's famous seafront.

Also, we discover how the region's press has been covering France's closely-watched presidential election, which will pit far-right candidate Marine Le Pen against independent centrist Emmanuel Macron in a run-off.

Finally, on the Lebanese border with Israel, Hezbollah recently offered a rare tour of Israel's defensive measures, in preparation for any future conflict. Our correspondent was there.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphane BERNSTEIN

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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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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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