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Battle for Deraa: Hundreds of Syrians stranded near Jordanian border

The Syrian city of Deraa is where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some seven years ago. But the current battle over this hotspot between rebels and pro-regime forces marks a new chapter in the ongoing conflict, raising questions over the fate of the Syria-Jordan border. We take a closer look.


Also, a West Bank Bedouin village is at the eye of a diplomatic storm. This as Israeli authorities plan to destroy Khan al-Ahmar, which they claim is illegally built. Palestinians say this is another step towards expansion into the occupied territories.

Finally, Iraq is known for producing oil and textiles. But today, the country is also exporting champion weightlifters. We bring you a report from the small border town of Badra.

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