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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 : 2017-05-03

Egypt opens the door to women preachers

In Egypt, women are breaking the stained glass ceiling with pulpits open to Muslim female preachers for the first time. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Religious Endowments officially appointed 144 female preachers to lecture congregations made up exclusively of women. It's part of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's broader campaign to combat radicalisation. A promising first step, but there's still a long way to go to achieve gender equality within the country's religious ranks.

But first, along the shifting frontlines of northern Syria, US-backed Kurdish fighters engage extremists in violent clashes as they close in on Raqqa, the Islamic State group's stronghold.

And green power is set to light up five percent of Israel. We take you on a tour of the world's tallest solar tower, which is being built in the desert.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Mariam SAAB , 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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