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Nijmeh Square still far cry from glory days

After restrictions on pedestrian access to Nijmeh Square were lifted Jan. 3, hopes ran high that new life would be brought to an area that for years was closer to a ghost town than a city center. The Daily Star >> Live News

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Strategists still eye year-end U.S. stock gains

The 4.5 percent drop in the benchmark S&P 500 over the last five days has not dented strategists’ expectations for mild to moderate gains in the U.S. stock market by the end of the year, with corporate earnings and interest rates not expected to derail equities. The Daily Star >> Live News

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4 years on, ancient heart of Homs still abandoned ruins

Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent’s apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city. The Daily Star >> Live News

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