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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

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    Special edition: Lebanon grapples with worst economic meltdown in years

    Special edition: Lebanon grapples with worst economic meltdown in years

    In this week's show we're turning our attention to Lebanon, a country whose economy has been pushed to the brink of collapse. The Lebanese pound has lost 85 percent of its value since anti-government protests broke out last October. Decades of government corruption and financial mismanagement has resulted in Lebanon reaching a dire situation. We take a closer look at how the crisis is affecting ordinary people.

    • 13 min
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    Special edition: Israel's contentious annexation plan for the West bank

    Special edition: Israel's contentious annexation plan for the West bank

    In this edition, we're focusing our entire programme on Israel’s planned annexation of settlements in the West Bank. The term ‘annexation’ is used when a state unilaterally incorporates another territory within its borders. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called these zones “an integral part of the historic Jewish homeland”. Palestinians say the plan is an “existential threat" and have threatened to respond with their own measures.

    • 15 min
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    'Unwelcome guests': The plight of the Afghan community in Iran

    'Unwelcome guests': The plight of the Afghan community in Iran

    As anti-racist protests continue to spread across the globe, we draw attention to the plight of the Afghan community in Iran. They are sometimes referred to as the country's "unwelcome guests". Critics say the presence of the Afghan community has frequently been used as political leverage by Iranian authorities. On top of this, there have been recent cases of violence against Afghan refugees, involving police. For more, we speak to Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan's first woman deputy speaker of parliament.

    • 12 min
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    Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée on his murder: 'We need a neutral and independent trial'

    Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée on his murder: 'We need a neutral and independent trial'

    In May, the elder son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi declared that his family had "forgiven" those responsible for the killing of their father in October 2018. The announcement would give legal reprieve to the five Saudi government agents who have been sentenced to death for the brutal murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz has since renounced that statement. 

    • 13 min
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    Lolwah al Khater on fighting Covid-19 in Qatar

    Lolwah al Khater on fighting Covid-19 in Qatar

    As many Middle Eastern countries begin to roll back restrictions against Covid-19, we examine the reasons for the relatively low death toll in the region. In Qatar, where cases climbed to almost 30,000, authorities managed to contain the death toll to under 20. We speak to foreign ministry spokeswoman, Lolwah al Khater, about Qatar's response to the virus and managing specific challenges while still under the constraints of a Saudi-led blockade. 

    • 13 min
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    Covid-19: Doctor speaks out about Iran's handling of pandemic

    Covid-19: Doctor speaks out about Iran's handling of pandemic

    We continue our coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Middle East. Iran is one of the worst-hit countries in the region – authorities there have reported more than 6,000 deaths. But observers and health experts say the numbers are in reality much higher. After weighing up economic risks against health ones, the country's leadership decided to reopen businesses in late April, followed by schools and mosques. We speak to a doctor from Tehran, who has been on the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19. He has asked for his identity to be concealed.

    • 12 min

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