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Alan Geaam: From dishwasher to Michelin-starred chef

Alan Geamm arrived in Paris two decades ago. In the beginning, he found himself sleeping rough in the streets of the capital and unable to speak any French. Now, without any formal training, the Lebanese chef has managed to bag himself a sought-after Michelin star. He tells us his incredible story.

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Also, Kuwait is holding a donor conference aimed at raising funds for the reconstruction of Iraq following the onslaught of the Islamic State group. Authorities estimate the nation needs some $88 billion. That covers 157 projects across multiple sectors including transport, energy and agriculture.

And women in Saudi Arabia still have a long way to go in order to be completely free. But every little step counts. First, the conservative kingdom agreed to let women drive. Then football stadiums started to welcome them. Now, one senior cleric is calling for a more relaxed dress code for Saudi women.

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