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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5:45pm Paris time.

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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5:45pm Paris time.

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    Iraqi Kurdistan under attack as Iran targets Kurdish opposition groups

    Iraqi Kurdistan under attack as Iran targets Kurdish opposition groups

    For decades, Iranian Kurdish opposition groups have sought refuge in neighbouring Iraq. But in recent weeks, they have been targeted by dozens of missile and drone attacks launched by Tehran. Authorities there accuse them of supporting anti-government protests that have swept across Iran since the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. The campaign comes as Turkey steps up its cross-border operations against Kurdish groups in both Iraq and Syria. Our correspondents Yasmine Mosimann and Marie-Charlotte Roupie have been meeting civilians caught up in the violence in Iraqi Kurdistan.

    • 11 min
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    World Cup in Qatar: Football as political leverage for Iran

    World Cup in Qatar: Football as political leverage for Iran

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has become a focal point for geopolitics. Iran's team refused to sing their national anthem before their first match, in a gesture of support for protesters. Some Iranian visitors also took the opportunity to support the anti-government protests back home with signs and chants outside the stadium in Doha. Meanwhile, Tehran is blaming protests for the stinging defeat of its team against England. FRANCE 24's Jean-Emile Jammine tells us more.

    • 12 min
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    Istanbul blast: PKK denies involvement after Turkey points finger

    Istanbul blast: PKK denies involvement after Turkey points finger

    Turkey says it plans to pursue targets in northern Syria following the blast that killed six people and injured more than 80 others in Istanbul on November 13. Ankara blames Kurdish militants for the attack and has detained a Syrian woman they believe to be the suspected bomber. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and both the Turkish PKK and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces deny any involvement. For more, we talk to Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of the independent news website Ahval.

    • 12 min
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    Middle East climate crisis: Region warming almost twice as fast as global average

    Middle East climate crisis: Region warming almost twice as fast as global average

    As leaders from 120 nations meet for the COP27 conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, we bring you a special programme on how climate change is already impacting countries in the wider region. With extreme temperatures, rising sea levels and prolonged drought, the Middle East is warming almost twice as fast as the global average. More than 400 million people in the region face potentially devastating consequences. 

    • 13 min
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    Countdown to Qatar 2022: A football tournament full of controversy

    Countdown to Qatar 2022: A football tournament full of controversy

    Unpaid wages, under-reporting of migrant worker deaths and an eye-watering carbon footprint are just some of the concerns being expressed by human rights groups and environmentalists as Qatar prepares to host one of the planet's biggest sporting events. Just weeks before the opening match, we bring you a special edition on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    • 12 min
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    New PM named in Iraq: Iraqis hope for change after year of political deadlock

    New PM named in Iraq: Iraqis hope for change after year of political deadlock

    After a year of political gridlock and instability, Iraq is finally on the verge of forming a government as Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia al-Sudani assembles his cabinet. But three years after a mass protest movement over corruption, unemployment and a lack of basic services upended the country's political system, many Iraqis remain sceptical that change is on the way. Our correspondents Marie-Charlotte Roupie and Yasmine Mosimann report from Baghdad. 

    • 10 min

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