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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 : 2017-11-22

Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 16-year-old Saudi national, is behind a mini revolution in the emoji world. Last year, she submitted a proposal for a hijab emoji, in order to represent women who wear the Islamic headscarf. Her suggestion was accepted by the tech giant Apple, and finally unveiled last month. The young woman behind this new emoji tells us more about her initiative and talks us through the creative process. She's been dubbed "one of the most influential teenagers of 2017".

But first, we head to eastern Syria, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been retaking territory from the Islamic State group. In these mostly Arab villages, the SDF is seen as a Kurdish force and it’s difficult to build trust among residents. FRANCE 24's James Andre and Abdallah Malkawi bring us an exclusive report from the ground.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, construction is under way for a new financial and administrative capital. On the agenda are futuristic skyscrapers, an international airport, a large government quarter and universities. But many fear this ambitious project may be putting the country's resources to the test. Nadia Blétry, Claire Williot and Eric de Lavarène report.

Finally, in Yemen, the impoverished country's honey industry - one of its prized exports - has been hit hard by the ongoing civil war. Catherine Clifford tells us more.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Sonia BARITELLO , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Tamara PAVAN

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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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