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Beirut

Coolest city in the Middle East ... Beirut has a hip beach club scene.

World

Ten 'awful' cities you should still visit

David Whitley There are many cities around the world with a justifiably awful image. But here are 10 that are better than their reputation suggests.

Middle East

Rising from the rubble

A stroll past the beach clubs of the Corniche or an evening in the bars and restaurants of Gemmayze reveal more and more people creating the buzz and excitement of a new Beirut.

Lebanon's capital is fast becoming one of the most exciting cities on Earth, writes Ian Henderson.

Lebanon

Middle East meets West

Lebanese woman smoking a waterpipe, locally known as nargileh, next to the swimming pool of Beirut's bombed landmark Saint-Georges hotel

Leisa Tyler is dazzled and exhausted by Beirut's frenetic pace as the war-ravaged city is rebuilt.

Lebanon

A saga of war and wine

Rich history ... harvesting grapes in the Bekaa Valley

Leisa Tyler tastes the revival of an ancient industry, as new vineyards and optimism grow in the Bekaa Valley.

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Travellers Tips

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From dumps to jewels: greatest city comebacks

Woman, Beirut, Lebanon, pool hotel

Once deep down in the urban dumps, these cities have bounced back from the brink of becoming no-go destinations, turning tumultuous pasts into tourist drawcards.

Tips

Don't spit, have public sex or forget to flush the toilet

Topless-sunbathing

Chris Pritchard Breaking laws while on holiday in another country is easier than you think.

Map of Beirut

Travel News

Paris tourist spot overrun by 'dirty' rats

A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France.

10:13am | Hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden at Louvre, but there is just one drawback - 'dirty' rats.

Why some flights are safer than others

9:45am | Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe - roughly the population of New York City - step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely.

Stranded Air New Zealand passengers finally head home

LAURA WALTERS AND SHABNAM DASTGHEIB 9:29am | Air New Zealand passengers stranded in Honolulu since Sunday due to plane fault finally take off.

Jetstar apologises after crew member advises passengers to flush their drugs

9:20am | Jetstar has apologised after a crew member advised Splendour in the Grass festival goers to dump their drugs before landing in Sydney.

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