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One is not enough: China to encourage people to have more children

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Trajectory': Richard Russo on writing small town America

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Hacking the body, and the mind: The future of connected humanity

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Britain’s Labour Party: No home for Jews?

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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 : 2017-10-25

Dana Soumbouloglou: One woman's bodybuilding dream in Jordan

Bulging muscles and glistening sweat can be desirable traits in a man. But in a woman, they tend to spark a little more debate, especially in deeply conservative societies in the Middle East. One woman in Jordan is however trying to muscle her way into the world of bodybuilding. Dana Soumbouloglou, a 23-year-old student, joins us from Amman to talk about the daily challenges that she faces.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory in Raqqa last week. The black flags have been taken down and the Islamic State group fighters have gone, but the city is in pieces. Our colleagues at France 2 television report from what is now a ghost town.

And in Gaza, local residents are giving the world a glimpse into their lifestyle. Although they themselves require permission from Israeli or Egyptian officials to leave the Strip, they say that their photos don't. Some Gazans are now making a name for themselves on Instagram.

By Agnès LE COSSEC , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sanam SHANTYAEI

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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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