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Angus McDowall

In Syria's Aleppo, the customers are back in the bathhouse

May 09 2019

ALEPPO, Syria Swaddled in white towels, the Mansour and Wafai families sat in an arched alcove of Aleppo's Bab al-Ahmar public bathhouse, reviving their once-weekly tradition after years of war in Syria.

Living in the ruins of Aleppo's old frontline

May 07 2019

ALEPPO, Syria When Hassan Ahmed al-Aoul looks from his balcony in the historic Syrian city of Aleppo, little meets his gaze but ruins - great mounds of rubble where his neighbors' houses used to stand near an old frontline. | Video

Syria's lost heritage stands out in Aleppo's broken minarets

May 01 2019

ALEPPO, Syria The pencil minaret of the Ottoman Adliyeh mosque in Syria's Aleppo lists to one side and is scored by an ugly gash running down its flank, the result of bombing in the war. | Video

In east Aleppo, bodies still under rubble show limits of Syria's recovery

Apr 25 2019

ALEPPO, Syria The bodies of three-year-old Malak Kasas and two neighbors still lie under a pile of rubble in Aleppo's Kalasa district more than two years after the Syrian government recaptured the area. | Video

Flowers bloom in war-torn Syria's battered cities

Apr 16 2019

ALEPPO, Syria A mantle of gold smothers Aleppo's ruins, hiding the rubble and filling the craters with wild flowers that for a moment seem to transform a landscape scarred by war, destruction and death.

Fixing Lebanon's ruinous electricity crisis

Mar 29 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's electricity crisis has pushed it to the brink of financial ruin, as power cuts hobble the economy and subsidies have racked up one of the world's largest public debt burdens.

Lebanon's new government to agree to economic reforms: Finance Minister

Feb 05 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's new government will agree to implement all the economic reforms the country promised at an international donor meeting last year, its finance minister said on Tuesday after talks to set policy.

World Bank urges new Lebanese government to reform power sector

Feb 01 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's new government should prioritize electricity reform after having spent months wrangling over the cabinet make-up, World Bank and U.N. officials said on Friday, seeking to address daily blackouts and massive costs to the state.

Israel strikes in Syria in more open assault on Iran

Jan 21 2019

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Israel struck in Syria early on Monday, the latest salvo in its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action. | Video

Divisions overshadow Lebanon's Arab summit as few leaders come to Beirut

Jan 18 2019

BEIRUT Divisions among Arab states over Syria, and internal Lebanese disputes, have overshadowed a summit to be held in Beirut this weekend, with several leaders who had planned to come now staying away.

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