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Maha al-Ali, 4, sits in a tent with a relative in Qab Elias, Thursday, April 24, 2014.
This combo shows Journalist Ibrahim Amin, left, and deputy news director at al-Jadeed TV Karma Khayyat.
Beset by war, social upheaval, and economic depression, the Levant's exoticism has been overshadowed in recent years by horrendous TV images that kept tourists away.
U.N. Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly, left, meets with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
President Michel Sleiman, center, meets with German's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen along with a German and Lebanese delegations at Baabda Palace on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with non-governmental organisations in Moscow on April 11, 2014.
Lebanese member of parliament Sethrida Geagea , wife of presidential candidate Samir Geagea, leaves a parliament session after voting for the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 23, 2014.
Lebanese soldiers inspect Red Cross ambulances April 22, 2014 as they return from a relief mission to the village of Tufayl in eastern Lebanon which is under threat of an incursion by the Syrian army.
An artisan in Sidon listens to a TV broadcast of the session to elect a president as he works on assembling a chair.
File - Refugees who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, stand outside their tents at the border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley March 20, 2014.
BEIRUT: Nadine Moussa, Lebanon's first female candidate for the presidency, insists that Lebanon needs a "new social contract," with women holding half of all parliamentary and governmental posts.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 23, 2014.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam arrives at the presidential palace in Baabda, Sunday, March 30, 2014.
As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.
Dr. Maryam Ghandour, AUB's career and placement services director, speaks during an interview in Beirut, Monday, April 21, 2014.
BEIRUT: History seems to be repeating itself with regard to the presidential election stalemate more than four decades ago.