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One Saudi woman's desperate plea for asylum

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, a young Saudi woman, was stopped in Thailand as she tried to escape her "abusive" family while on holiday in Kuwait. She has since been sending out desperate pleas for help on social media and is now reported to be receiving assistance from the UN refugee agency. We speak to Mona Eltahawy, a commentator on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She has been campaigning on behalf of Rahaf and has been in close contact with her.


Meanwhile, Egypt opens the Middle East's largest cathedral, near Cairo. It’s a symbolic message of tolerance in the predominantly Muslim nation, where Christians are targeted by Islamist militants.

And we watch the second episode of the animated TV series "Flavours of Iraq", by Franco-Iraqi journalist Feurat Alani. In "The Cowboy of Fallujah", we discover his childhood holidays and his parents' home country.

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