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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 : 2017-12-27

A look back at the best of Middle East Matters in 2017

In this special edition, we take a look back at some of the best Middle East Matters stories of 2017. Among them are the collapse of the Islamic State group in Syria, a life-changing 3D printing prosthetics project in Jordan and the grandiose opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

In this retrospective we revisit eastern Syria, where our team covered the collapse of the Islamic State group. James André and Abdallah Malkawi show us how Syrian pro-government forces now have to contend with a security vacuum.

It has now been four years since a team of young engineers in Jordan embarked on a project to make 3D prosthetics for war victims. Today, they are backed by the French NGO Doctors Without Borders. The project has become an example of how 3D technology can increase access to prosthetics, which are difficult to procure in many countries around the world. Sylvain Lepetit met the team behind the life-changing project.

Finally, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors in November. The multi-million-dollar project took a decade to complete. Our culture team headed to the desert and took a look at the inaugural collection.

By William HILDERBRANDT , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO , Tamara PAVAN

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2018-10-10 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

'Age old cities' exhibition: A virtual tour of the Middle East's landmarks

Ancient cities destroyed by war are brought back to life, thanks to state-of-the art virtual reality. A new exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris shines a spotlight on...

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2018-10-03 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri released by Israel

This week in Israel saw the release of Franco-Palestinian activist Salah Hamouri, a lawyer by training. The 33-year-old had been held in prison without charge for 13 months and...

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2018-09-27 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Anger and mourning in Iran after military parade attack

In Iran, at least 25 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade on Saturday. Iran's Supreme Leader...

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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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