Middle East matters

12,000-year-old Turkish town to disappear under water

After decades of legal wrangling, Turkish authorities have begun flooding a 12,000-year-old town as part of a dam project to power the region. Hasankeyf is one of the oldest sites of continuous human settlement on Earth. Its some 3,000 residents say they are devastated about leaving both their legacy and livelihood behind. FRANCE 24's correspondents Shona Bhattacharyya and Ludovic de Foucaud report.


Meanwhile, in Lebanon, protesters paralysed the capital Beirut on Sunday as they gathered near parliament, set tyres alight on major roads and chanted "Down with capitalism". The deteriorating economic situation has sparked increasing tensions between the ruling and working classes. We take a closer look.

And the International Association of Athletics Federations comes under fire as competitors complain of unbearable temperatures at the World Championships in Doha. Exhausted by the relentless heat, a number of top competitors have dropped out of their races. Competitors who, more often than not, looked out onto near-empty stands - a fact widely mocked on social media.

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