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War in Syria: On the frontline in Raqqa

By: Jeanne LAVENANT | Joanna COCKERELL | Richelle HARRISON PLESSE | Stéphanie CHEVAL
1 min

Syrian Democratic Forces are tightening the noose around Raqqa, the Islamic State group's stronghold in Syria. As the troops edge closer to recapturing the key city, we bring you rare footage of the fierce fighting going on there.

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Also, the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbours continues. But for thousands of people in the Gulf, the row is threatening to destroy livelihoods and tear families apart.

Plus, a pioneering group of female climbers from Jordan are gearing up to conquer Mount Everest. They're hoping to make history, but also to inspire other women from the region to defy conservative stereotypes.

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