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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 : 2017-11-15

Charity or business? When big companies provide jobs for Syrian refugees

Some 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan, where up until last year, they were denied the right to work for a living. But now, from NGOs to the private sector, hundreds of Syrians have found jobs - a lifeline for those stuck in limbo and struggling for a better life. But as our correspondents in Amman report, those companies hiring refugees have come up against some unexpected challenges.

Meanwhile, Saad Hariri says he's headed back to Lebanon. It comes after he stepped down as the country's prime minister in a shock announcement from Saudi Arabia earlier this month. Beirut claims the resignation was forced by Riyadh. The political crisis is pushing to the forefront a regional power struggle between long-time enemies Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Finally, we meet Dr Amir Khalil, from the animal welfare group Four Paws, who rescues animals from disaster areas and war zones. He led a daring, high-risk operation to save the last animals at Magic World, a theme park in Aleppo that was severely damaged by the Syrian conflict. It was a gruelling mission that required months of planning and diplomacy.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Anne POUZARGUES , Rochelle FERGUSON-BOUYAHI

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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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