October 21, 2013 Syria used to have one of the highest rates of polio vaccinations in the region. But since the civil war began, rates have plummeted. Now the crippling virus has likely returned to the country, health officials say. Initial tests indicate that polio has paralyzed at least two children.
September 10, 2013 Also: A sort of poetic renaissance in Syria; former President Jimmy Carter is writing a book about women's lives; advice for fans of J.D. Salinger.
July 9, 2013 The highly lucrative Syrian television industry continues to turn out programs — largely from neighboring Lebanon — as the country's civil war continues. The shows are evolving to reflect current events, as envisioned by the government.
July 1, 2013 Amid the turbulent Middle East, Jordan remains stable — for now. But internal and external pressures are mounting. From within, a faltering economy and a popular demand for a say in how the country is governed. And from without, a flood of refugees from Syria that are straining resources.
April 8, 2013 A major blast inside what's known as the "Square of Security" in the Syrian capital today is the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the capital. The instability has grown so quickly in the past month or so that many die-hard Damascenes are fleeing.
March 25, 2013 The attack on the Syrian capital appeared to be one of, if not the most intense to date. The United Nations says it's moving part of its staff in Damascus for security reasons.
March 20, 2013 More than 8,000 Syrians cross the border into neighboring countries each day. Lebanon has the biggest urban refugee population in the region, and the highest number of unregistered Syrians. The U.N. says despite its best efforts, Syrian refugees in Lebanon can still expect to wait at least four months before receiving help.
March 18, 2013 Syria's political opposition is meeting in Istanbul this week to choose a rebel government, despite opposition from the Obama administration. The vote has been postponed twice because of internal tensions over naming a rival government to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.