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

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Even in Kenya, exiled Burundians fear for their lives

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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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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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Maduro: Let them eat steak

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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 : 2017-08-30

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.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , 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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