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Breakthrough In Pyongyang? Kim promises to visit Seoul and dismantle nuclear sites

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Rapper I-NZ's 'This is Iraq': When music gets political

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Even in Kenya, exiled Burundians fear for their lives

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Film show: 'The Sisters Brothers' and 'Leave No Trace'

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IN THE PRESS

Stormy Daniels's X-rated book attacks Trump's presidency - and manhood

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Polar explorer Sebastian Copeland on the 'urgency' of climate change awareness

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BUSINESS DAILY

US-China trade war deepens as Beijing calls for global support

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EYE ON AFRICA

Amnesty warns of 'horrific' violence in Cameroon's anglophone regions

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Maduro: Let them eat steak

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-03-21

Egypt: Supporters of President Sisi make their voices heard

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.

By Stéphanie CHEVAL , Jeanne LAVENANT , Mariam SAAB

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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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