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Tech in the Middle East: Roxanne Varza, the Iranian-American start-up queen

This week we're joined by the Director of Station F, the world's largest start-up incubator, based here in Paris. Roxanne Varza is an Iranian-American dual national. She tells us about the promise of the Iranian start-up scene and the impact of US sanctions.

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Also, thousands of Yazidi girls and women were abducted by the Islamic State group and sold into sexual slavery. Today, although most of the extremist fighters have been pushed out of Iraq and Syria, their nightmare continues with an agonising question: should they give up for adoption the children they bore from their captors? Or should they keep them, at the risk of being rejected by their own community?

And in Egypt, authorities have been slow to tackle organ trafficking. A law was initially passed in 2011 to ban the practice, but loopholes remain. Poverty continues to drive some Egyptians to sell their body parts in illicit transactions. Our correspondents Nadia Blétry, Éric de Lavarène, Claire Williot and Sharif Abdel-Kouddous report.

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