Lebanon

Politics

A Sri Lankan girl living in Lebanon isn't really a citizen of either country

Rainey’s parents came to Lebanon from Sri Lanka 20 years ago to get away from their country’s civil war. In fact, Lebanon has become something of a haven for a quarter million migrant workers from Asia and Africa, who tend to be employed as maids, trash collectors, and gas station attendants. They come to escape economic and political hardship back home.

Global Scan

'Magic' mushrooms to treat depression? Some researchers think so

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are one potential treatment for depression. Another is hip hop music — it seems the dark lyrics might reach those who feel equally hopeless. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to the rescue of China's first lady and his gallant act gets erased by Chinese censors. And in Pakistan, a group of schools hold an "I am not Malala" Day. All that and more in today's Global Scan.

Development & Education

Turkey faces a daunting challenge in trying to educate hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees

Inside Syria, almost six million children have been affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and millions more have fled the country to find safety in refugee camps. Turkey, for example, has opened its doors to about a million-and-a-half Syrian refugees since spring 2011. But as the war drags on, Turkey is finding itself with a long-term humanitarian and education problem.

Conflict & Justice

Beirut refugees

Many people who live in Beirut have fled to the mountains outside the city, and The World's Aaron Schachter reports on how hotels and restaurants in that area are dealing with the influx.

Politics

Mideast avoids financial crisis

The Middle East has so far seemed to escape the financial crisis plaguing the rest of the world. As The World's Aaron Schachter reports, this is in large part due to inherent wariness and a banking and real estate boom of its own.

Politics

Tensions rise over water shortages

The Middle East has had several years of drought. Across the region, from Israel to Iraq, there's more use of water and less water available and that's exacerbating the political tensions and problems. Linda Gradstein reports.

Politics

Murder mystery in the Middle East

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a military commander of Hamas, was killed in Dubai. Hamas blamed Israel. Dubai police released names, photos, and passport numbers of 11 members of an alleged hit-squad. We hear from Ronen Bergman, correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth.