Beehive houses, Syria. Middle Easterners have been beating the heat without air conditioning for centuries. Made from mud, dirt, straw and stones, beehive houses have been keeping Syrians cool since 3,700 BC! The structures are not only eco-friendly, but eye-catching, and are still in use today.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops have taken full control of a town near the highway linking the capital Damascus with Jordan, a new advance in the regime's campaign to drive rebels from the strategic south, an activist group said Monday.