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Joelle Bassoul

Joelle Bassoul

    Tourism takes a beating in crisis-hit Lebanon
    Tourism takes a beating in crisis-hit Lebanon
    It was projected to be a golden year for Lebanon and one to beat all records; instead 2006, with its string of crises including a 34-day war,...
    Sea spits oil six months after Lebanon offensive
    Sea spits oil six months after Lebanon offensive
    Six months after thousands of tonnes of fuel oil spilled into the Mediterranean when Israel bombed a Lebanese power plant, the waters are still...
    Belly dance brings life to City of Dead
    Belly dance brings life to City of Dead
    In the depths of Cairo's City of the Dead, Umm Essam unveils her latest creation: a blood-red belly-dance costume, complete with golden pearls.
    Egypt train smash kills 51
    Egypt train smash kills 51
    Fifty-one people were killed on Monday when two trains travelling on the same track collided in northern Egypt in the country's deadliest rail...
    Darfur rebels under pressure to sign peace deal
    Darfur rebels under pressure to sign peace deal
    Darfur's two rebel factions came under fresh pressure on Tuesday to sign a fragile peace agreement as Khartoum and the African Union joined...
    Darfur peace still a distant prospect, experts say
    Darfur peace still a distant prospect, experts say
    The road to peace in Sudan's strife-torn western region of Darfur remains long, experts say, with deep tribal differences yet to be overcome and a...
    Bargain plastic surgery flourishes in Egypt
    Bargain plastic surgery flourishes in Egypt
    "Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed," French philosopher Blaise Pascal famously said three and half...
    Egypt's illegal organ trade thrives on poverty
    Egypt's illegal organ trade thrives on poverty
    On the back of dire poverty, legal shortcomings and religious conservatism, a new mafia is prospering in Egypt and turning the country into the...
    Egyptian colony is paradise for lepers
    Egyptian colony is paradise for lepers
    Behind a vale of trees lies the largest leper colony in the Middle East, a virtual oasis in Egypt for those who have been ostracised by society....
    Angry survivors blame crew for Egypt ferry tragedy
    Angry survivors blame crew for Egypt ferry tragedy
    Surviving passengers of an ageing Egyptian ferry that sank in the Red Sea, leaving hundreds feared dead, blamed the crew Saturday for failing to...
    Special voting starts in crucial Iraq elections
    Special voting starts in crucial Iraq elections
    Hospital patients, prison detainees and security forces were voting on Monday at the start of elections for a full-term Parliament set to restore...