The following story will move Sunday as this week’s Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
BEIRUT _ Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved closer to being readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he brutally crushed a years-long uprising against him. Gulf Arab countries, once the main supporters of rebels trying to topple him, are now lining up to reopen their embassies in Syria, driven by concerns about leaving the country at the heart of the Arab world to rivals Iran and Turkey, and missing out on lucrative reconstruction projects. Relations with the West will be harder to mend. By Zeina Karam. UPCOMING: 970 words, photos by 9 a.m. Sunday.