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3 JANUARY

BRITISH AND FRENCH IN SECRET AGREEMENT TO DIVIDE THE MIDDLE EAST

[ 3 January 1916 ]

Today in 1916, during the First World War, a line was drawn on the map from Acre on the coast of Palestine to Kirkuk in northern Iraq, dividing much of the Middle East into what were planned as post-war British and French spheres of control.

FIRST EVER BBC ARABIC NEWS – ARAB EXECUTED FOR POSSESSING A RIFLE

[ 3 January 1938 ]

At 6 pm on 3 January 1938, BBC Radio broadcast its first fifteen minute news bulletin in Arabic.  The chimes of Big Ben and ‘This is London’ were broadcast across the Middle East. Then several short news items followed,

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