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Sweating, scrubbing and socializing in Mideast's historic hammamsupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 23:45:00

For thousands of years men and women across the Middle East have retreated to their local hammams to sweat, get scrubbed and socialize with friends.

Hammams: sweating, scrubbing and socializingupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 11:03:00

For thousands of years men and women across the Middle East have retreated to their local hammams to sweat, get scrubbed and socialize with friends.

Lebanon and Syria move to thaw relationsupdated: Sun Dec 20 2009 15:58:00

The leaders of Lebanon and Syria vowed to improve cooperation between their two countries Sunday, tying up a meeting aimed at thawing frozen relations.

Lebanese leader on first trip to arch-foe Syriaupdated: Sat Dec 19 2009 10:22:00

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Damascus on Saturday for his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hariri's press office said.

Bus explosion kills, wounds dozens in Syriaupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 10:56:00

An explosion killed or wounded dozens of passengers in a bus in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Thursday morning, an official in the president's office said.

U.N. touts food vouchers sent by textupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 04:45:00

In what the World Food Programme called a first, relief workers from the U.N. aid agency are using text messages to deliver food vouchers to refugees.

Their children in Iran, 3 U.S. moms swing into actionupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 11:12:00

Laura Fattal rolls a piece of Scotch tape, attaching a picture of her son and his two friends to a cardboard box. Her calm demeanor doesn't give away the gravity of the situation and the reason why she's in a New York hotel room with two other mothers.

Turkey, Iraq and Syria in water crisis summitupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 07:48:00

Turkish, Iraqi and Syrian ministers met in Ankara on Thursday to discuss water shortages in the major Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which run through all three countries.

Turkish envoy in mission to ease Iraq-Syria tensionsupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 13:05:00

Turkey's top diplomat is shuttling between Baghdad and Damascus Monday, in an effort patch up differences between its two neighbors, Syria and Iraq.

Iraq, Syria pull ambassadors as bombing suspects soughtupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 19:41:00

Syria and Iraq each recalled their ambassadors from the other country Tuesday, after Baghdad demanded that Damascus hand over two suspects in last week's deadly bombings in the Iraqi capital.

Families plead for U.S. hikers held in Iranupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 13:54:00

The families of three American hikers detained by Iran said Thursday they don't know anything about their whereabouts or how they are after nearly three weeks.

Fortune: Change comes to Syria - slowlyupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 16:58:00

"Is it really true that you have falafel in America," an educated, English-speaking Syrian asks me at the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus. And if so, he wondered, "what do you call it there?"

Obama to send U.S. ambassador back to Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 19:31:00

President Obama has decided to send a U.S. ambassador back to Syria, a dramatic sign of reconciliation between the two countries, the State Department announced Wednesday.

U.S. to send ambassador back to Syriaupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 22:58:00

President Obama has decided to send a U.S. ambassador back to Syria, a dramatic sign of reconciliation between the two countries, senior administration officials tell CNN. The announcement is expected to be made this week.

Envoy Mitchell to visit Syriaupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 13:35:00

Syria, a country on the outs with the United States during the Bush administration, was to be U.S. envoy George Mitchell's latest stop in his trip to jump-start the idle Middle East peace process.

U.S. to hold new talks with Syriaupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 18:02:00

The Obama administration is sending two senior U.S. envoys to Syria next week, another sign of warming ties between the two countries, according to U.S. and Syrian officials briefed on the talks.

Lebanon accepts envoy from former foe Syriaupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 11:59:00

Lebanon says it has approved the first ambassador to Beirut from Syria, the country which occupied Lebanon for decades.

Analysis: Engaging Syria carries potential risks, rewardsupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 06:19:00

The practice of dealing with your enemy has a name; it's called realism. And for the Obama administration -- in the Middle East and around the world -- it rules the day.

U.S., Syria find 'common ground' in diplomatic talksupdated: Sat Mar 07 2009 12:03:00

The United States and Syria found a lot of "common ground" on which to cooperate in the Middle East, the State Department's top Middle East official said after talks in Damascus.

U.S.-Syria talks chart way forwardupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 19:26:00

The State Department's top Middle East official met Thursday with the Syrian ambassador to the United States, marking a resumption of diplomatic dialogue after nearly five years.

U.S. resumes diplomatic talks with Syriaupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 20:09:00

The State Department's top Middle East official will meet next week with the Syrian ambassador to the United States as part of what senior administration officials call a resumption of diplomatic dialogue with Damascus after nearly four years.

Thousands in Syrian capital protest U.S. cross-border strikeupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:52:00

Thousands of people demonstrated Thursday in the Syrian capital to protest a U.S. airstrike last weekend that Damascus says killed eight civilians, according to reports from Syria.

Syrian riot shuts U.S. Embassyupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:52:00

Thousands of Syrians protest a deadly U.S. raid near the Iraqi border. Syrian Riot Police Ring US Embassyupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 08:00:00

Hundreds of Syrian riot police have ringed the closed U.S. Embassy in Damascus ahead of a demonstration to protest a deadly U.S. raid near the Iraqi border Reaction to the US Raid into Syria: Only Muted Outrage updated: Wed Oct 29 2008 17:00:00

Damascus' ire over a U.S. raid on its territory may be going through the motions. The raid's real impact is ambiguous What's Behind the US Military Raid on Syria?updated: Mon Oct 27 2008 14:00:00

The decision to mount a cross-border raid may have been primarily military, but the proximity of the U.S. elections inevitably arouses suspicions Why Syria Will Keep Provoking Israelupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 15:00:00

At the prodding of Iran, whose support is critical to the survival of the Assad regime, Damascus can be expected to beef up Hizballah

History's top 5 reasons to cross-dressupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 09:23:00

Over the centuries, people have had some very good reasons to dress up like a member of the opposite sex.

U.S.-Syria talks may be step toward thawupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 20:18:00

The United States and Syria held a series of meetings this week, signaling a possible thaw between the two countries as the former seeks to peel the latter from its close ties with Iran. Car Bomb Hits Syrian Capital, 17 Killedupdated: Sat Sep 27 2008 15:00:00

A car bomb went off near a security complex in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday

Syria: Car bomb kills 17 in Damascusupdated: Sat Sep 27 2008 06:33:00

A car bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing at least 17 people and wounding about a dozen others, including women and children, according to government official. Ancient Camel Bone Unearthed in Syriaupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 17:00:00

Scientists have unearthed a camel jawbone in the Syrian desert that they think may be a previously unknown tiny species of the animal and say dates back a million years France's Fling with Syriaupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 15:05:00

While the US and its allies have long sought to isolate Damascus, isolating Tehran may be a higher priority Syria, Lebanon Establish Peace Ties updated: Wed Aug 13 2008 19:00:00

Syria and Lebanon agreed Wednesday to establish full diplomatic relations for the first time, taking a step toward healing tensions that have fueled decades of turmoil in Lebanon The Mystery Behind a Syrian Murderupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 17:00:00

The assassination of a top general close to President Assad may be a sign of internal rifts within the regime

Storm leaves path of damageupdated: Sat May 03 2008 12:40:00

Severe thunderstorms in Oklahoma that brought at least two tornadoes and massive hail caused some damage.

Seven killed in Arkansas stormsupdated: Sat May 03 2008 12:40:00

At least seven people, including three members of the same family, were killed Friday and at least 13 people were injured as severe weather swept through Arkansas, emergency officials said. Deadly Twisters Ravage Arkansasupdated: Fri May 02 2008 19:45:00

Violent storms rolling across the nation's midsection unleashed tornadoes, high winds and hail in four states and killed at least seven in Arkansas on Friday Seven Killed in Arkansas Stormupdated: Fri May 02 2008 16:10:00

Severe storms that rolled across Arkansas early Friday killed at least seven people, including a teenager crushed by a tree while she slept in her bed Syria, US at Odds Over Hariri Probeupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 20:20:00

The investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister continues to roil the Middle East A New Report on Hariri's Murderupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 16:00:00

The 10th progress report on the U.N.'s investigation into the Lebanese prime minister's assassination doesn't satisfy those who suspect Syrian involvement 3 Nations to Skip Arab Summitupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 13:55:00

Jordan, Iraq and Yemen announced at the last minute Friday that their top leaders will not attend this weekend's Arab summit in Damascus

Anger on the streets of Beirutupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:47:00

CNN's Brent Sadler reports on the troubling war rhetoric playing out on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. Who Killed Hizballah's Terror Master?updated: Wed Feb 13 2008 10:00:00

Assassinated in Syria, Imad Mughniyah had links to Iran, al-Sadr in Iraq and perhaps even bin Laden

Deadly blast in Lebanonupdated: Sat Jan 26 2008 09:12:00

Explosion in Beirut suburb kills Lebanese intelligence officer. CNN's Anthony Mills reports. Syria: Who Needs Annapolis?updated: Thu Jan 24 2008 15:00:00

Syria convenes a conference of rejectionists demanding an end to peace talks with Israel Ancient Cemetery Unearthed in Syriaupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 10:00:00

Archaeologists in northeast Syria have unearthed a 3rd century cemetery in the shape of a cross, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday Syria's Diplomatic Isolation Growsupdated: Sat Jan 05 2008 12:00:00

France is the latest country to lose patience with Syria, the country that holds the key to ending Lebanon's political impasse

Lebanon mourns slain generalupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 18:05:00

A heroic send-off for an assassinated Lebanese Army general. CNN's Brent Sadler reports. A New Player in the Middle Eastupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 12:00:00

Lebanon's pro-Western and pro-Syrian alliances have settled on a compromise presidential candidate, Gen. Michel Suleiman. Can he help broker peace?

Buses take Iraqi refugees home from Syriaupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 15:00:00

Convoys of buses carrying Iraqi refugees are heading from Damascus to Baghdad, marking the first time that some of the 1.5 million Iraqis who fled to Syria are returning home as part of an organized plan. Why Did Israeli Planes Enter Syria? updated: Mon Sep 10 2007 15:00:00

The mission has revived fears of war between Israel and Syria. But the Israelis are keeping an uncharacteristic silence

Syria returns fire on Israeli aircraft, Damascus saysupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 21:48:00

Syrian air defenses opened fire on Israeli aircraft that violated Syrian airspace, a Syrian military spokesman said Thursday.

Biography: Mark Lythgoeupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 08:12:00

Factory fitter, attack dog trainer and mountain climber -- perhaps not the typical background for a cutting edge scientist. But for Mark Lythgoe, a neurophysiologist who runs the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging at University College London, an unconventional approach has allowed him to look at the science of the brain from a fresh perspective. Maliki Goes to Syria updated: Wed Aug 22 2007 17:00:00

Iraq's prime minister makes his first official visit to Damascus to make deals on security and oil Iraqi Insurgents, Together at Poolsideupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 04:40:00

Syria cancels a summit of Iraqi insurgents but the attendees talk anyway about their country post-America. Romance, Baghdad Styleupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 16:30:00

It's not easy to find love in a conservative Muslim country torn by war. Here's how some young Iraqis are trying

Lebanon to bury slain lawmakerupdated: Thu Jun 14 2007 02:07:00

Lebanon prepared to bury anti-Syrian parliament member Walid Eido on Thursday, a day after a bomb killed him and nine others in Beirut.

Lebanese lawmaker killed in Beirut blastupdated: Wed Jun 13 2007 10:58:00

A member of the Lebanese parliament died in a Beirut bomb blast Wednesday -- the latest anti-Syrian politician to be killed in the country.

Pelosi receives warm welcome in Syriaupdated: Tue Apr 03 2007 11:49:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived Tuesday in the Syrian capital, where she is expected to tackle an issue complicating the U.S. mission in the Middle East -- Damascus' alleged support for militants in Iraq and Lebanon.

White House criticizes Pelosi's planned Syria visitupdated: Fri Mar 30 2007 16:55:00

The White House has criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plans to stop in Syria next week during a Middle East trip that began Friday.

Rice OKs talks on Iraqi refugeesupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 00:10:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she authorized the U.S. embassy in Syria to talk to Damascus about Iraqi refugees but downplayed expectations about a wider dialogue.

Lebanon mourns minister amid growing crisisupdated: Wed Nov 22 2006 08:15:00

Crowds of people snaked through the streets of Pierre Gemayel's Christian hometown to mourn the Lebanese industry minister suspected by his supporters of being assassinated by those intent on weakening Lebanon's anti-Syrian government.

U.S. lauds Syrian forces in embassy attackupdated: Tue Sep 12 2006 04:11:00

U.S. officials praised Syrian security forces for thwarting Tuesday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Damascus despite the usually tense relationship with the Middle Eastern country.

Lebanese lost in shuffle of exodusupdated: Wed Jul 19 2006 16:47:00

As nations scrambled to ferry their citizens out of Lebanon, one group of people has been all but forgotten -- the Lebanese.

Bush: Syria should press Hezbollahupdated: Sat Jul 15 2006 08:33:00

President Bush called on Syria Saturday to exert its influence on Hezbollah militants so they will "lay down their arms."

FSB: My favorite knivesupdated: Mon May 01 2006 16:58:00

Josh Smith doesn't seem like a cutting-edge guy--he wears cowboy hats and works in Frenchtown, Mont. (pop. 883), in a shop he built himself. But when it comes to crafting custom-made collectible kn...

Mass rally for Hariri anniversaryupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 02:36:00

A year after the brutal slaying of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered in Martyrs Square to celebrate his life and sustain political support for the country's so-called Cedar Revolution that swept Syrian troops out of the country last year.

Protesters burn consulate over cartoonsupdated: Sun Feb 05 2006 04:53:00

Thousands of protesters packed the streets of Beirut on Sunday, some clashing with security forces and setting the Danish Consulate on fire in anger over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Embassies torched in cartoon furyupdated: Sat Feb 04 2006 11:58:00

Muslim demonstrators in Damascus torched the Norwegian Embassy and the building housing Denmark's embassy because newspapers in those countries published what the protesters consider blasphemous depictions of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

Iran president arrives in Syriaupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 06:22:00

The presidents of Iran and Syria were meeting for talks in Damascus on Thursday -- two regional allies facing prospects of showdowns with the U.N. Security Council.

Rice: Syria on notice over Haririupdated: Wed Jan 11 2006 16:37:00

The United States has put Syria on notice, warning that further action would be taken by the U.N. Security Council if Damascus continued to obstruct the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hariri findings 'delayed by Syria'updated: Tue Dec 13 2005 18:50:00

Syria's reluctance to cooperate with U.N. investigators probing the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri may delay the findings for up to two years, the head of that investigation said Tuesday.

Business 2.0: Flying High and Lowupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 00:01:00

The airline industry is in trouble in the United States. But elsewhere, it's blue skies and big opportunity--especially for niche players in regions with only one major airline. Launching at the en...

U.N. draft demands Syrian cooperationupdated: Tue Oct 25 2005 18:06:00

A draft U.S.-French resolution being circulated Tuesday among the U.N. Security Council says Syria "must detain" Syrian officials or individuals suspected of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Bush demands Syria be 'good neighbor'updated: Wed Oct 12 2005 13:59:00

President Bush on Wednesday called on Syria's government to be a "good neighbor" in the Middle East, warning Damascus not to interfere in Lebanon, incite Palestinian militants or allow insurgents to cross into Iraq.

Syrian minister commits suicideupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 07:13:00

Syria's interior minister, who was head of the country's military intelligence in neighboring Lebanon for nearly 20 years, has committed suicide, officials said.

Syrian firefight leaves one deadupdated: Mon Jul 04 2005 20:09:00

Syrian security forces battled suspected terrorists early Monday outside of Damascus, resulting in the arrest of two members of a militant group, but leaving one member of the security force dead, Syria's official news agency (SANA) reported.

Hariri son leads Lebanese pollupdated: Mon May 30 2005 00:07:00

The opposition bloc led by a son of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has won a decisive victory in round one of Lebanon parliamentary sections.

Syria halts cooperation with U.S. updated: Tue May 24 2005 18:06:00

The Syrian government has halted all cooperation with the United States in sharing information about the war on terror, Syria's ambassador said Tuesday.

Young Syrians face uncertain future in new Mideastupdated: Thu May 05 2005 03:58:00

I land in Beirut around 4 p.m. after a pretty exhausting set of flights from Atlanta. I am immediately met by my producer and driver and whisked to a double-parked van outside the airport.

Ambassador: Syrian troops to leave Lebanon soonupdated: Wed Mar 23 2005 17:28:00

Syria's ambassador to the United States said his government is planning a quick withdrawal of troops from Lebanon, likely before summer.

Syria 'announcing troop pullback'updated: Fri Mar 04 2005 05:10:00

Syrian President Bashar Assad, facing increasing international pressure, is expected to announce a pullback of Syrian troops to eastern Lebanon, Beirut political sources have said.

Lebanon opposition lists demandsupdated: Wed Mar 02 2005 10:54:00

A meeting of Lebanese opposition leaders has ended with a list of demands calling for the immediate resignation of Lebanese security chiefs and the immediate withdrawal of Syrian troops and intelligence assets from Lebanon.

U.S. turns up heat on Syriaupdated: Wed Mar 02 2005 05:12:00

The Bush administration is stepping up its pressure on Syria, calling on it to immediately pull its troops out of Lebanon and accusing Syrian-based terrorists of planning Friday's suicide bombing in Israel.

Lebanon protesters defy banupdated: Mon Feb 28 2005 11:59:00

With Lebanon's pro-Damascus government facing a possible vote of no confidence, tens of thousands of demonstrators defied a ban and poured into Beirut's city center Monday to protest against Syria's military presence in Lebanon.

Sharon: Palestinians must crack down on terroristsupdated: Sun Feb 27 2005 01:21:00

There will be "no diplomatic progress" in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process unless the Palestinian Authority takes "vigorous action" against local terrorists, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday.

Accusations fly over Beirut blastupdated: Tue Feb 15 2005 03:39:00

Lebanon's opposition says it holds Syria and the pro-Damascus Lebanese government responsible for the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hamas member escapes Damascus attackupdated: Mon Dec 13 2004 16:22:00

A car bomb exploded Monday in a middle-class residential area in Damascus, Syria, and Palestinian sources said a member of the militant group Hamas barely escaped.

Syria under pressureupdated: Tue Sep 28 2004 17:37:00

Battling a deadly insurgency on the ground in Iraq, U.S. officials are taking a harder line at the diplomatic table and applying significant pressure to a key Middle East power.

Three indicted in alleged terror-financing schemeupdated: Fri Aug 20 2004 10:52:00

Two men in custody and a Syria-based leader of a Palestinian militant group have been indicted in a terrorism investigation involving a scheme to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hamas from Muslims in the United States.

U.S. hits Syria with sanctionsupdated: Tue May 11 2004 19:39:00

The United States has placed tough sanctions on Syria, charging Damascus with supporting terrorist groups.

CNNMoney: Bonds rise; dollar mixedupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 09:17:00

Treasury prices edged higher Tuesday despite strong economic news as security concerns following explosions in Syria and continued violence in Iraq triggered a modest bid for safe-haven securities.

Syria: Israeli peace talk offer 'not serious'updated: Mon Jan 12 2004 06:38:00

Israel's president invited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Jerusalem for peace talks Monday, but a Syrian official dismissed the offer.

Fortune: Risk managementupdated: Mon Dec 26 1994 00:01:00

Companies operating in dangerous regions need to cope with the security void left by the withdrawal of the Soviet and American empires. To stopper up the safety gap in far-flung locales from Kazakh...

Fortune: TECHNOLOGY TO WATCH BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH FLEXIBLE STEEL Warriors long ago coveted swords of Damascus steel, but making it is updated: Mon May 16 1994 00:01:00

During the Crusades, the most desirable swords were forged in Persia from Damascus steel. The secret of that process has since been lost, and warriors have moved on to other lethal weapons. But som...

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