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Ottoman and French gems under threat in Beirut

The Lebanese capital was once called the "Paris of the Middle East" for its stunning architecture -- but today those buildings are under threat.


"If five people walk across here at once, the floor sways," architect Nehmat Alameh tells CNN, as she moves across the upper level of the crumbling, three-story 1870s mansion, typical of Beirut's Ottoman period.

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