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Iranian singer Sepideh Jandaghi: The trapped voice

This week, we cross to Tehran to speak to Sepideh Jandaghi, a singer with 12 years of training in traditional Iranian music. Despite gaining thousands of followers on social media, Sepideh feels her career has hit a dead end. That's because Iranian women have been banned from singing or playing musical instruments solo since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. She tells us more about the challenges she faces.


Also, more than six months after Iraq proclaimed the defeat of the Islamic State group, the country is on a path to rebuild. In a conference held in Kuwait earlier this month, some $30 billion were pledged by international donors to reconstruct the war-torn country. That's only a third of what Baghdad estimates it will need in the long term. Our reporters Oriane Verdier and Simona Foltyn have been to one Iraqi city, which has now been liberated for years but remains largely in ruins.

Finally, it's not quite a declaration of war but the threats are getting increasingly vocal. Israel has said it's prepared to take on Iran and Hezbollah in the ongoing Syrian conflict. For Tehran, this is yet another war of words, with Tel Aviv using "aggression as a policy against its neighbours." We take a closer look.

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