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Jordan's Wadi Rum desert: Hollywood's new place to film


Its breathtaking landscapes seem out of this world. Jordan has been the setting for dozens of Hollywood blockbusters. The splendid archaeological city of Petra was the setting for Indiana Jones, while more recently the Wadi Rum desert welcomed the crew of Star Wars. We tell you why it's not just all about the scenery but also down to money.


Meanwhile, in Idlib province, Syrian troops are continuing their northwest offensive, causing many casualties and the mass displacement of civilians. We bring you a rare report from an area cut off from the rest of the world.

And conservatives are set to cruise to victory in Iran's parliamentary elections. This as thousands of moderate and reformist candidates are banned from running in the ballot.

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