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.
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.
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 Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Damascus on Saturday for his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hariri's press office said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turkey's top diplomat is shuttling between Baghdad and Damascus Monday, in an effort patch up differences between its two neighbors, Syria and Iraq.
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.
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.
"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?"
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.
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.
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.
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 says it has approved the first ambassador to Beirut from Syria, the country which occupied Lebanon for decades.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Thousands of Syrians protest a deadly U.S. raid near the Iraqi border.
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
Damascus' ire over a U.S. raid on its territory may be going through the motions. The raid's real impact is ambiguous
The decision to mount a cross-border raid may have been primarily military, but the proximity of the U.S. elections inevitably arouses suspicions
At the prodding of Iran, whose support is critical to the survival of the Assad regime, Damascus can be expected to beef up Hizballah
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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.
A car bomb went off near a security complex in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday
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.
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
While the US and its allies have long sought to isolate Damascus, isolating Tehran may be a higher priority
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 assassination of a top general close to President Assad may be a sign of internal rifts within the regime
Severe thunderstorms in Oklahoma that brought at least two tornadoes and massive hail caused some damage.
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.
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
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
The investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister continues to roil the Middle East
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
Jordan, Iraq and Yemen announced at the last minute Friday that their top leaders will not attend this weekend's Arab summit in Damascus
CNN's Brent Sadler reports on the troubling war rhetoric playing out on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon.
Assassinated in Syria, Imad Mughniyah had links to Iran, al-Sadr in Iraq and perhaps even bin Laden
Explosion in Beirut suburb kills Lebanese intelligence officer. CNN's Anthony Mills reports.
Syria convenes a conference of rejectionists demanding an end to peace talks with Israel
Archaeologists in northeast Syria have unearthed a 3rd century cemetery in the shape of a cross, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday
France is the latest country to lose patience with Syria, the country that holds the key to ending Lebanon's political impasse
A heroic send-off for an assassinated Lebanese Army general. CNN's Brent Sadler reports.
Lebanon's pro-Western and pro-Syrian alliances have settled on a compromise presidential candidate, Gen. Michel Suleiman. Can he help broker peace?
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.
The mission has revived fears of war between Israel and Syria. But the Israelis are keeping an uncharacteristic silence
Syrian air defenses opened fire on Israeli aircraft that violated Syrian airspace, a Syrian military spokesman said Thursday.
Iraq's prime minister makes his first official visit to Damascus to make deals on security and oil
Syria cancels a summit of Iraqi insurgents but the attendees talk anyway about their country post-America.
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Lebanon prepared to bury anti-Syrian parliament member Walid Eido on Thursday, a day after a bomb killed him and nine others in Beirut.
A member of the Lebanese parliament died in a Beirut bomb blast Wednesday -- the latest anti-Syrian politician to be killed in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
As nations scrambled to ferry their citizens out of Lebanon, one group of people has been all but forgotten -- the Lebanese.
President Bush called on Syria Saturday to exert its influence on Hezbollah militants so they will "lay down their arms."
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Syrian government has halted all cooperation with the United States in sharing information about the war on terror, Syria's ambassador said Tuesday.
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.
Syria's ambassador to the United States said his government is planning a quick withdrawal of troops from Lebanon, likely before summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon's opposition says it holds Syria and the pro-Damascus Lebanese government responsible for the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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.
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.
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.
The United States has placed tough sanctions on Syria, charging Damascus with supporting terrorist groups.
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.
Israel's president invited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Jerusalem for peace talks Monday, but a Syrian official dismissed the offer.
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