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Egypt election: Sisi's troubling human right record

First we head to Egypt, where the incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for a second term. Ahead of the vote, Egyptian authorities carried out a string of arbitrary arrests as part of a crackdown on the opposition and human rights activists. Leslie Piquemal of the ‎Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies gives us her analysis on the climate in Egypt as the elections are underway.

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And Turkey is seeking to bolster its military operation in Syria's northwestern region in a bid to oust Kurdish fighters. This includes the city of Manbij, prompting fears over a possible confrontation with nearby US troops.

Finally, we go to Lebanon where we report on the country’s long-festering garbage crisis which peaked three years ago. The heaps of rubbish that are piling up have raised concerns about public health and sparked a protest movement. Our team on the ground takes a look at a problem that seems to have no solution in sight.

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