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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: End to Syrian civil war could be in sight, while confusion circulates around Lebanon

Naser Al Wasmi discusses Assad's meeting in Russia with Mina Al Droubi, and the latest developments surrounding Saad Al Hariri's resignation as Lebanese premier

Russian president Vladimir Putin, left, embraces Syrian president Bashar Al Assad after a meeting in Sochi. Mikhail Klimentyev /, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
Russian president Vladimir Putin, left, embraces Syrian president Bashar Al Assad after a meeting in Sochi. Mikhail Klimentyev /, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Talks in Sochi, Riyadh and in Geneva could finally spell an end to the Syrian civil war, where millions have been displaced and hundreds of thousands killed. The country has been spinning out of control Syrians demanded the resignation of their heavy-handed ruler, Bashar Al Assad, during the Arab Spring in 2011. Mina Al Droubi, a reporter on the foreign desk, tells us how the meetings could be another chance at a peace.

In Lebanon, the resignation of Saad Al Hariri has sparked rumours to run rampant in the media, but Dana Moukhlallati, an editor on the foreign desk, explains the regional implications of the move that shocked Beirut last week.

Finally, after 47 years in operation, the iconic Eldorado Cinema shuttered its doors in downtown Abu Dhabi. We have the origin story of the theatre told by one of the people who helped build the cinema older than the country itself.