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Lebanon's parliament abolishes controversial rape law

In Lebanon, lawmakers voted earlier this month to abolish a law that had allowed rapists to evade punishment by marrying their accusers. The move comes after other nations in the region - namely Jordan and Tunisia - passed similar legislation. But rights groups say it doesn't go far enough. Lina Abirafeh, director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, gives us her point of view.


But first, in Saudi Arabia, some two million Muslims converge on Mecca for the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. It comes at a time when the region is embroiled in its worst ever political crisis.

And in Syria, as the food crisis deepens, one NGO may have found the answer to alternative nutrition in the war-torn country, which is facing food shortages.

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