Natacha Yazbeck

Syria leader dashes hopes of end to emergency rule

President Bashar al-Assad dashed hopes of an end to decades of emergency rule on Wednesday in his first speech since protests erupted in Syria.

Syrian premier resigns, reappointed as caretaker

Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri on Tuesday tendered his government's resignation and was promptly reappointed caretaker premier.

Sleepless in Beirut, sin city of the Middle East

From nudist beach parties and wild bashes to gay clubs, gambling and showgirls, Beirut is rapidly earning a reputation as sin city of the Middle East.

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