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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 : 2018-04-18

The beekeeper who helped save Sinjar women

Our guest this week is Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi writer who's just released a book about Yazidi women held captive by the Islamic State group. She joins us from New York to talk about "The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq". She gathered the information over a period of 12 months through phone calls with a man called Abdullah, the beekeeper, who used his earnings from selling honey to put together a network of smugglers and help the women escape the terrorists' clutches.

Also, Syria was struck by the US, France and Britain this Saturday in the first coordinated attack against the Damascus regime. The 100 missiles reportedly targeted chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a suspected gas attack in the town of Douma. Reactions have been pouring in from the international community and regional experts. We've complied some of those comments for you.

And the past three Fridays have been marked by large-scale protests near the Gaza-Israel border, this despite warnings from Israeli officials to steer clear of the fence. The demonstrators' tyre-burning and stone-throwing have been met with live rounds from snipers, killing some 34 Palestinians.The protesters are demanding the right to return to their homes in what is today Israel.

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

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2018-10-17 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

This week, we're drawing attention to the women who are fighting to assert their influence in the Arab world. We're joined by one man who's doing exactly that: Franco-Lebanese...

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2018-10-10 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

'Age old cities' exhibition: A virtual tour of the Middle East's landmarks

Ancient cities destroyed by war are brought back to life, thanks to state-of-the art virtual reality. A new exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris shines a spotlight on...

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2018-10-03 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri released by Israel

This week in Israel saw the release of Franco-Palestinian activist Salah Hamouri, a lawyer by training. The 33-year-old had been held in prison without charge for 13 months and...

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2018-09-27 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Anger and mourning in Iran after military parade attack

In Iran, at least 25 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade on Saturday. Iran's Supreme Leader...

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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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