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Egypt: Supporters of President Sisi make their voices heard

By: Jeanne LAVENANT | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Mariam SAAB
2 min

In Egypt, polls will soon open in a presidential election that's widely seen as a guaranteed win for the incumbent leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The former army chief's only challenger is Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who's in fact one of his staunchest supporters. Our correspondents Nadia Blétry, Claire Williot and Ruth Michaelson went to meet supporters of the president in Cairo.


Also, after Turkish troops and their allies captured Afrin from Kurdish YPG fighters, Turkey says it's ready to take the fight beyond the Syrian city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to expand the country's military offensive to other Kurdish-held areas across northern Syria.

Meanwhile, an ancient tradition has been resurrected in Jerusalem to solve a modern crisis: a shortage of places to bury the dead. A massive network of catacombs excavated beneath a mountain over the past two years will provide enough space for 22,000 burial plots. Our correspondents Irris Makler and Antoine Mariotti report.

Finally, we take you to the workshop of a group of designers and models from Mosul. The woman are on a mission to prove that life under Islamic State group control did little to cramp their sense of style. These Iraqi refugees resettled in Jordan, where they're stitching up the seams of a life threatened by terror.

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