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Zeina Karam, veteran AP correspondent in the Middle East , to lead coverage of Syria war

Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria.The appointment was announced on Tuesday by Ian Phillips, AP's Middle East news director, and Dan Perry, who heads AP's text coverage of the region.Karam, 41, replaces Elizabeth Kennedy, who is now South Asia news director, based in New Delhi."Zeina was one of the first reporters to get into Syria after Arab Spring protests in 2011 — and her knowledge of the country will continue to enrich AP's report," said Phillips. "As a native of Lebanon, she is also keenly aware of the effects the Syrian war is having on its troubled neighbor."A native of Lebanon, Karam takes up her new role at a crucial time for the region, largely because of an increasingly bloody civil war that threatens to destabilize neighboring countries and the growing inf...

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