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Female protesters on the frontline in Lebanon

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
MIDDLE EAST MATTERS FRANCE 24

This week, we focus on Lebanon, where Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned after nationwide rallies brought the country to a virtual standstill. The protesters want a complete overhaul of an establishment that they call corrupt. Our correspondent Leila Molana-Allen reports on how women have taken an active role in the protests.

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Also this week, the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, blew himself up as US troops closed in on him during a raid in northern Syria. But many observers believe this does spell the end for the terrorist organisation. They say the underlying reasons for the jihadist group's existence remain.

And we speak to Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid about exile and the struggles with cultural identity. In his latest movie, "Synonyms", he tells the story of a young Israeli man who has just arrived in France. 

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