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Norwegian melancholy

Norwegian melancholy

Bergen is the rainiest town in Europe. Is that why it has brought forth so many famous writers? Tomas Espedal is from there; Karl Ove Knausgard, his most famous student, spent years there. We visit Norway, the special guest at the Frankfurt Book F...
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Maldives: Building boom in marine paradise

Maldives: Building boom in marine paradise

The Maldives are on a construction drive, aimed at boosting tourism. New airports, artificial islands and luxury resorts are springing up everywhere, exacting a huge toll on the environment and the lives of the local people.
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Deutsche Welle
Uganda: Living in fear

Uganda: Living in fear

Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in Uganda means living in fear. The church says homosexuality is immoral. Now the government is said to be considering plans to introduce the death penalty for gay sex.
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Deutsche Welle
Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef: “Nobody should be above satire”

Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef: “Nobody should be above satire”

Since he burst upon the comedic scene in Egypt back in 2011, political satirist, author and stand-up star Bassem Youssef, has been endlessly compared to The Daily Show’s former host, John Stewart.
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Euronews
Picture power: Middle East photographers focus on people behind the news

Picture power: Middle East photographers focus on people behind the news

Capturing someone’s life story in a single moment is what Oslo-based photographer Afshin Ismaeli does for a living.
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Euronews
How Tunisia’s tech start-ups are changing the entrepreneurial ecosystem

How Tunisia’s tech start-ups are changing the entrepreneurial ecosystem

With more than one-third of Tunisia’s graduates unemployed, many young nationals are taking matters into their own hands by creating their own tech companies.
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Euronews
How to reach consumers through social media? GITEX experts answer

How to reach consumers through social media? GITEX experts answer

As the number of people on social media increases, using online platforms to reach consumers is a growing trend for brands around the world.
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Euronews
Can MENA horror films to go mainstream? Yes, says Emirati filmmaker

Can MENA horror films to go mainstream? Yes, says Emirati filmmaker

The genre of horror has not been much explored by filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa to date, nor achieved mainstream success.
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Euronews
What were the highlights of El Gouna Film Festival’s third edition?

What were the highlights of El Gouna Film Festival’s third edition?

The third edition of the El Gouna Film Festival came to a close on September 27.
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Euronews
Action man Steven Seagal & actress Hend Sabry attend El Gouna Film Festival

Action man Steven Seagal & actress Hend Sabry attend El Gouna Film Festival

During the 9-day run of Egypt’s 3rd edition of the El Gouna Film Festival, Hollywood actors rubbed shoulders with regional movie stars.
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Euronews
Kenya: Cleaning up the Nairobi River

Kenya: Cleaning up the Nairobi River

The river that runs through the Kenyan capital once teemed with life. Today it's the most polluted waterway in the country. Together with young residents from the city's informal settlements, Frederick Okinda is working to change that.
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Deutsche Welle
A plant's best friend - the importance of pollinators

A plant's best friend - the importance of pollinators

Many plants need help with pollination and propagation. Insects are by far the most important pollinators, but birds and even lemurs can also transport pollen from one plant to another.
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Deutsche Welle
Sir Bani Yas Church and Monastery: UAE’s oldest Christian site opens to the public

Sir Bani Yas Church and Monastery: UAE’s oldest Christian site opens to the public

Located around 200 kilometers from the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, on the eastern coast of Sir Bani Yas Island, lies the country’s oldest Christian site.
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Euronews
Local communities help UNESCO restore war-torn MENA heritage sites

Local communities help UNESCO restore war-torn MENA heritage sites

A consequence of war and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades, has been the destruction of some of the region’s most ancient, treasured and culturally important monuments.
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Euronews
Global Living Rooms: Quito, Ecuador

Global Living Rooms: Quito, Ecuador

Artists Reyna Franco and Gerald Espinoza come from Venezuela but they live in Quito, Ecuador. DW visits them at home.
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Deutsche Welle
Tortoise protection in Cambodia

Tortoise protection in Cambodia

Some 60 percent of all turtles worldwide are threatened, endangered or critically endangered. At the ACCB in Cambodia - where turtles are eaten and also used in traditional medicine - conservationists are working to protect endangered tortoise spe...
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Deutsche Welle
Boosting inclusion with wheelchairs

Boosting inclusion with wheelchairs

An estimated three million people in South Africa have disabilities and struggle to lead normal lives. Her daughter's disabilities inspired Shona McDonald to set up an NGO that makes wheelchairs.
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Deutsche Welle
Global Teen: Football-crazy in Jordan

Global Teen: Football-crazy in Jordan

15-year-old Saeed Yassen is football-crazy. He's a big fan of Real Madrid and less enthusiastic about Arabic class in school.
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Deutsche Welle
Energy “Trilemma” Debated at World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi

Energy “Trilemma” Debated at World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi

The World Energy Congress, an event and a council which represents more than 150 countries, was established in London in 1924.
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Euronews
Global Teen Peru

Global Teen Peru

Gonzalo Palomino Cruz is 13 years old and lives in Ollantaytambo, near Cusco in Peru. He is worried about climate change and that there is hardly any water in so many places in the world.
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Deutsche Welle
France: learning the art of peaceful protest

France: learning the art of peaceful protest

The "Fridays for Future" demonstrations have brought young people onto the streets around the world to finally spur politicians into action on the environment. In a training camp for activists, they learn how to peacefully fight for a cause.
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Deutsche Welle
Mexico: promoting solar thermal energy

Mexico: promoting solar thermal energy

Renewable energies are the key in the fight against climate change. A startup in Mexico develops solar thermal energy for companies. Parabolic mirrors heat liquids up to 260 degrees Celsius - without generating greenhouse gases.
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Deutsche Welle
Manila: fleeing rising water levels

Manila: fleeing rising water levels

Many slum dwellers in Manila live in constant fear of flooding. Their homes are often right at the water's edge. Rising sea levels make the problem worse. Now they are being relocated.
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Deutsche Welle
How is Women As Partners In Progress promoting gender equality in the MENA region?

How is Women As Partners In Progress promoting gender equality in the MENA region?

The Women As Partners In Progress International Conference in Jordan showcased key initiatives for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region.
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Euronews
Politician Paula Yacoubian says she risks her life fighting Lebanese corruption and garbage crisis

Politician Paula Yacoubian says she risks her life fighting Lebanese corruption and garbage crisis

Paula Yacoubian represents what some hope is the future of Lebanese politics.
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Euronews
Inspire Middle East : rencontre avec la députée libanaise Paula Yacoubian

Inspire Middle East : rencontre avec la députée libanaise Paula Yacoubian

Elle est l'une des rares femmes députées du pays, et n'hésite pas à dénoncer les travers du système politique libanais.
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Euronews
Tanzania: A divided river

Tanzania: A divided river

The Mara River flows 400 kilometers from Kenya to Tanzania, and also helps feed the Nile. A water management project will hopefully stop this precious resource from being a source of conflict between the countries.
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Deutsche Welle
Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed

Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed

Dubai-based fashion designer Rami Al Ali, who launched his eponymous label in 2000, is best known for dressing celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren and Nancy Ajram.
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Euronews
Lebanon’s Qasr Moussa: The story of the man who built his own castle

Lebanon’s Qasr Moussa: The story of the man who built his own castle

In the Lebanese mountains, the site of Qasr Moussa - or Moussa Castle - tells the story of a common man who pursued the dream of building his own castle.
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Euronews
The Greening of Armenia

The Greening of Armenia

Environmental protection is costly. An Armenian NGO advises companies on how to make production more sustainable while keeping costs down.
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Deutsche Welle
Mozambique: Protection from cyclones

Mozambique: Protection from cyclones

Cyclone Idai flooded large areas of northern Mozambique earlier this year, washing away homes and destroying crops. But the devastation could have been even worse, had it not been for the nearby Gorongosa National Park with its intact ecosystem.
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Deutsche Welle
Music and Freedom

Music and Freedom

At the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bochabela String Orchestra performed "Long Way to Freedom", a programme which paid hommage to Nelson Mandela. The orchestra's musicians hail from South Africa's townships. Arts.21 went to go see them.
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Deutsche Welle
It's not all bad news!

It's not all bad news!

According to a group of young Oxford University researchers, it's your own fault if you think life is getting worse. In terms of poverty, life expectancy and infant mortality, global statistics show positive improvement.
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Deutsche Welle
Massai women work as rangers in Kenya

Massai women work as rangers in Kenya

Traditionally, the Maasai people's women don't hold jobs - least of all as wildlife conservationists. But now several Maasai women are being trained as park rangers in Amboseli National Park.
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Deutsche Welle
A living room in Iceland

A living room in Iceland

Soffia Theodorsdottir lives in a typical Icelandic home in the south of the country. She campaigns against water in plastic bottles, and in her spare time she likes to play on her old Bluthner piano.
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Deutsche Welle
Morocco: Recognizing the importance of insects

Morocco: Recognizing the importance of insects

Scientists and farmers in northern Morocco are measuring the number of remaining insects. Populations of butterflies, wild bees and flies have fallen, which could have a dramatic impact on food production.
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Deutsche Welle
Iraq: Saving the Persian leopard

Iraq: Saving the Persian leopard

Kurdish biologist Hana Raza was worried the Persian leopard hadn't survived the wars in Northern Iraq. But her fears were put to rest when the animal was spotted in the mountains in 2011. Since then she's been campaigning for a reserve for them.
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Deutsche Welle
Khalil Gibran musical The Broken Wings makes regional debut at Lebanon's Beiteddine Art Festival

Khalil Gibran musical The Broken Wings makes regional debut at Lebanon's Beiteddine Art Festival

Lebanon’s iconic 19th century palace of Beiteddine, was the setting for the regional debut of The Broken Wings musical at the annual Beiteddine Art Festival.
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Euronews
How is the Beitedinne Art Festival bringing tradition and youth culture together?

How is the Beitedinne Art Festival bringing tradition and youth culture together?

The Beiteddine Art Festival is one of the most prestigious annual music festivals in the Middle East.
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Euronews
Jordanian community rallies to support local theatre to promote the arts in Amman

Jordanian community rallies to support local theatre to promote the arts in Amman

A passion for the performing arts, and a desire to bolster his country’s cultural scene, saw Dr. Abdelsalam Qubailat set up the Al Shams Theatre in Amman three years ago.
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Pune tries to tame its traffic

Pune tries to tame its traffic

The Indian city is growing fast but public transportation isn't keeping pace. Congestion and pollution are problems. A green transport policy is in the works to make the city cleaner and more liveable.
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Deutsche Welle
Here’s what is pushing the right buttons with MENA gaming developers

Here’s what is pushing the right buttons with MENA gaming developers

The Middle East and North Africa gaming market is one of the least developed worldwide, but that’s changing fast as promoters and developers are taking it to the next level.
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Euronews
Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell launches new game

Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell launches new game

Being the co-founder of Atari, and the inventor of the smash-hit 1970’s arcade game Pong, earned Nolan Bushnell the nickname of, “the father of video-gaming”.
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Record breakers are rising in the Middle East and North Africa

Record breakers are rising in the Middle East and North Africa

The Guinness World Records is a benchmarking institution best-known for having authenticated and catalogued feats of human endeavour since 1955.
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Record breaking Egyptian mountaineer Omar Samra talks triumphs and tragedy

Record breaking Egyptian mountaineer Omar Samra talks triumphs and tragedy

Sixteen years ago, Egyptian adventurer Omar Samra turned his back on a successful career in finance to pursue his love of the great outdoors.
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How is Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi using music to fight terrorism?

How is Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi using music to fight terrorism?

Iraqi musician & conductor Karim Wasfi is working to bring music to war-torn countries.
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Euronews
License to influence: UAE law regulates social media players

License to influence: UAE law regulates social media players

In a bid to regulate the social media marketing industry, the UAE has made licenses for commercialised influencers mandatory.
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Euronews
North Africa’s first tattoo school revives an old tradition in Tunisia

North Africa’s first tattoo school revives an old tradition in Tunisia

The National School of Tattooing, which opened its doors in Tunisia in January, is the only one of its kind in North Africa.
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