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Hacking the body, and the mind: The future of connected humanity

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Britain’s Labour Party: No home for Jews?

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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 : 2018-02-28

Humanitarian disaster in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

In Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a dire humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Regime forces, propped up by Russia, have been bombing the rebel-held enclave on a daily basis. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and the death toll continues to rise. The UN says nearly 400,000 people are trapped and the ongoing fighting has made it impossible to bring in aid or rescue the wounded. Catherine Viette explains.

Staying in Syria, some 400,000 lives have been lost and many more wounded since the start of the seven-year conflict. Doctors in the northern province of Idlib are now turning to sport to help boost the morale of those with permanent scars. One hospital has even set up a football team for war amputees, with some promising results. James Franey has more.

Finally, we discover Iran’s godfather of surrealist art. Ali Akbar Sadeghi's work is currently on display at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Despite his long career spanning over 60 years, the artist remains little known outside of the Islamic Republic. Our correspondent Reza Sayah went to meet him.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER , Stéphane BERNSTEIN

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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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