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Fertile Crescent

Monument to replace statue of Hussein that was torn down

Nearly a decade after Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down in an iconic moment seen globally, Baghdad will finally replace it with new artwork to mark its selection as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture.

Monday, 10 September, 2012, 9:26am

Syria hand-wringing shows up West's decline

Syria's agony has generated a variety of unproductive responses: condemnation of the excesses of President Bashar al-Assad's regime; disagreements about the wisdom of armed intervention; and all-around confusion about a viable long-term solution. Worse, in this sorry state of affairs, the world may be getting a glimpse of a very ugly future.

29 Aug 2012 - 2:22am

Syria's Bashar al-Assad appears - without Farouk al-Shara

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed Eid prayers in a Damascus mosque yesterday, in his first appearance in public since a July bombing in the Syrian capital that killed four top security officials.

20 Aug 2012 - 4:42am

China steps up diplomacy in Syria crisis

China said yesterday that it would host an envoy of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and consider another visit by members of the opposition, as Beijing steps up its diplomacy to help resolve the crisis gripping the Middle Eastern country.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

Clinton, Turkish FM say no-fly zone among possible measures to help rebels

Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said yesterday.

Abdelbasset Sida, head of the Syrian National Council, said the US had realised the absence of a no-fly zone to counter Assad's air superiority hindered rebel movements.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:51am

Everyone wants a piece of Middle East as region moves towards democracy

A street hawker's self-immolation in Tunis changed the course of history in North Africa and the Middle East. Western-styled electoral systems are likely to be institutionalised in the region, while traditional authoritarianism is on the wane. However, the process is going to be a long one.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

US and Russia are best hope for Syria

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's peace mission to end the bloody conflict in Syria always had only the slimmest chance of success. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plainly does not want to negotiate with his opponents, preferring to answer those who want him to give sway to democratic rule with guns.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Syrian massacre

What?

More than 100 people died, most of them women and children, during a massacre in the Syrian city of Houla last week.

Why?

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland firm using my name illegally, says Jordan

Retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan has filed a lawsuit on the mainland against a Chinese sportswear and shoes firm for the unauthorised use of his name.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Take the bath less travelled at King Herod's secret spa

The Evason Ma'In Hot Springs resort near the Dead Sea is not only located in one of the longest-used springs, but it's also one of Jordan's most luxurious off-the-beaten-path destinations. Tourists are lured by nearby attractions - the rose-red city of Petra and Wadi Rum, the photogenic sandstone canyon used as a backdrop for the cinematic classic Lawrence of Arabia.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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