Spain's Socialists will vote against the government of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a confidence vote Wednesday, party leader Pedro Sanchez told parliament, potentially triggering the countdown to a third national election in a year
Singapore urges tests for pregnant women with Zika signs
Singapore urged all pregnant women showing symptoms of fever or rashes to have themselves tested for the Zika virus Wednesday after the number of cases in the...
Russia questions report blaming Syria govt for gas attacks
Russia Tuesday questioned the findings of a U.N.-led investigation that blamed the Syrian government for chemical attacks, saying they were not conclusive enough to...
U.S. lauds Turkish-Kurdish respite in Syria
The United States welcomed an apparent pause in fighting between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish militia fighters in Syria Tuesday, both of them members of the...
Puppets against drugs
Putting the final touches on her puppet, 17-year-old Louzan Hamzeh works quickly before beginning practice for a puppet show aimed at raising awareness about drugs.
Maiden US-Cuba commercial flight set for takeoff
Cuba and the United States open their newest chapter in relations Wednesday with the first regular commercial flight from America to the communist-ruled island in more...
Uzbek president's daughter thanks well-wishers for support for ill father
The younger daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov Wednesday thanked well-wishers for their support for her father, who suffered a brain hemorrhage Saturday, saying...
FBI to release documents on Clinton email probe
The FBI is expected to release documents soon related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server, a law enforcement official said...
Russia Tuesday questioned the findings of a U.N.-led investigation that blamed the Syrian government for chemical attacks, saying they were not conclusive enough to trigger sanctions
Turkish tanks crushing Kurds’ dream of Rojava
At first trumpeted as an operation against Daesh (ISIS), analysts say Turkey’s incursion into Syria increasingly looks directed toward Kurdish forces – putting their...
Daesh buried thousands in 72 mass graves
Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.
Settlements ‘biggest obstacle’ to peace
Israel Tuesday said remarks by the U.N. Mideast envoy “distort history” after he declared that Israel’s settlement building is a main obstacle to peace with the...
ICRC Hosts International Day of the Disappeared
An auditorium at Université Saint Joseph Tuesday was filled with mourning families, some carrying photos of their loved ones who were forcibly disappeared during the...
FPM hints at quitting dialogue after boycott
The Free Patriotic Movement Tuesday ramped up its campaign against the government, vowing to challenge all Cabinet decrees passed in the absence of its ministers, while...
Ministry orders removal of trash near hospital
The Health Ministry Tuesday ordered the removal of mounds of trash dumped near a hospital in Mount Lebanon, days after garbage collectors suspended work due to an...
U.N. warns of Israel-Lebanon war
The U.N. Security Council is warning that violations of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict “that none of the parties...
A senior Ericsson executive said there are good business opportunities in Lebanon’s telecom sector.
Khalil: Accountability at land offices
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil pledged to “clean” the ministry’s real estate departments from corrupt officials who have abused their positions for personal gains...
Egypt agrees to introduce value-added tax
Egypt’s parliament has agreed to establish a value-added tax of 13 percent, in a move authorities hope will generate much-needed state revenue and advance a reform...
OPEC likely to compete, not freeze output
Iran’s plan to keep boosting crude production until it regains its OPEC market share is dimming prospects of collective action by major producers to freeze output,...
UK house prices rise, consumers regain some confidence after Brexit hit
British house price rises picked up speed in August and households recovered some confidence which had plunged after June's Brexit vote, according to surveys that added...
EDL threatens contract workers with legal action
Electricite du Liban Monday gave contract workers less than 24 hours to open the customer service gate at the company’s headquarters in Beirut before filing a lawsuit.
Fine raised for wrongfully sacking Lebanese
Lebanon’s Labor Ministry Monday announced a steeper penalty for companies and institutions that fire Lebanese employees in favor of foreigners working under false titles.
BMI predicts higher growth in health insurance
A London-based research group predicted bigger demand for health insurance in Lebanon due to the aging population.
Egypt’s parliament has agreed to establish a value-added tax of 13 percent, in a move authorities hope will generate much-needed state revenue and advance a reform program supported by loans from the International Monetary Fund.
Egypt fungus-wheat ban fuels confusion
Egypt will no longer accept imported wheat containing any traces of the ergot fungus, the Agriculture Ministry said, sowing fresh confusion that has hampered shipments...
S.Sudan seeks $300 million to support budget
South Sudan’s government wants $300 million in aid and loans to support its next budget, as it seeks to stabilize the country, which has been scarred by civil conflict...
Empty chairs greet Dubai ruler on spot check
A bad day to turn up late: Dubai’s ruler encountered a lot of empty chairs Sunday when he decided to do a surprise spot check on two ordinarily busy government offices.
British house price rises picked up speed in August and households recovered some confidence which had plunged after June's Brexit vote, according to surveys that added to signs of calm among consumers after the unexpected referendum result
London financial groups look to Dublin
Ireland says the Brexit vote has led to a jump in enquiries from London firms considering opening offices in Dublin, one of a handful of European cities trying to draw...
France urges halt to EU-US trade talks
Trade talks between the European Union and the United States should be halted and a new set started, France’s trade minister said Tuesday, adding his voice to calls...
Why the EU’s tax probe of Apple is raising US ire
The European Union’s crackdown on corporate tax avoidance has landed on Apple; its antitrust regulator is demanding that the U.S. tech giant pay Ireland up to 13...
Geneva proposes cutting corporate tax rate
Geneva proposed cutting its corporate tax rate as the Swiss canton that’s home to almost 1,000 multinationals bids to increase its allure in the face of European Union...
Those Lebanese who are the nostalgic types will fondly remember the good old days of the ’60s, when the charts were topped by Dalida’s “Paroles, paroles.”
A culture of anarchy
Lebanon has given birth to a new culture that has risen to become a science, rarely experienced anywhere from Ouagadougou to the smallest village in Mongolia.
Trump’s train wreck
Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential nominee, has again shaken up his campaign organization.
Europe’s last chance in project of unification
Most of Europe’s history has been marked by conflict.
Statecraft lessons from northern Syria
The unprecedented combination of political chaos, cross-cutting military confrontations and strategic contradictions in northern Syria reached a record-setting point...
Deluded and debased
Just when we think the Free Patriotic Movement has exhausted every kind of innuendo, insinuation, misinformation and fabrication, it appears to have developed its...
Dashed by geopolitics
For the past two weeks, following their victory in Manbij and encouraged by a tacit nod from the U.S., the Kurds have clung to the dream that they would take control of...
The Kurdish dream lives
As things stand now Daesh (ISIS) will be defeated, sooner or later.
Reviving Lebanon as the ‘State for Knowledge’
Lebanon has long been known for its intellectuals, even before its creation as a state.
The burqa and French values
Many Western media outlets were highly critical of France’s 2010 law banning face coverings, such as burqas that cover a woman’s face and entire body, and local decrees...
Press freedom isn’t free
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is cracking down on Turkish civil society following the failed coup in July.
The unprecedented combination of political chaos, cross-cutting military confrontations and strategic contradictions in northern Syria reached a record-setting point two days ago.
Australia seeks balance on China’s influence
Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the U.S., even if it upsets Beijing.
Israelis, Palestinians: seeking leadership
Amazing as it may sound to many skeptics who have watched the Israeli-Palestinian conflict become increasingly violent, a new joint poll by Israeli and Palestinian...
Fleeing fighters could spur ‘boomerang effect’
Daesh (ISIS) hasn’t had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.
Trump and the politics of cultural despair
For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well.
The cashed-up English Premier League led a record-breaking raid by Europe's top clubs before the transfer window slams shut Wednesday, with Arsenal alone paying more than 60 million euros for German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez
Ecstatic Torino fans welcome England ’keeper Hart
England goalkeeper Joe Hart was given a rousing welcome by ecstatic Torino fans Tuesday as he held up the team’s jersey ahead of signing a seasonlong loan with the...
Wawrinka through as Ivanovic stunned
Two-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka dealt Fernando Verdasco a rare first-round loss at the U.S. Open, sweeping aside the Spaniard in straight sets Tuesday.
New concerns rise over Djokovic’s fitness
Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his U.S. Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz Monday, but the labored performance gave rise to fresh...
U.S. NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in...
Man City’s Aguero charged with violent conduct
Man City striker Sergio Aguero is in danger of missing the Manchester derby after he was charged with violent conduct by England’s Football Association Tuesday.
Rooney to end England career after 2018
Wayne Rooney announced Tuesday that the campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be his last as an England player.
Allardyce sends Rooney back up front
Wayne Rooney’s midfield experiment with England is over, with the Manchester United captain set to revert to playing as a deep-lying forward for the national team under...
Kerber breezes in U.S. Open, Gasquet stunned
Angelique Kerber needed just over 30 minutes to get her pursuit of a first U.S. Open off to a winning start Monday as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepared to make...
Serena takes burden of history at U.S. Open
Serena Williams once again arrives at Flushing Meadows poised to rewrite the tennis record books – if her own troublesome right shoulder and increasingly emboldened...
‘Best yet’ Murray poised to pounce at U.S. Open
Andy Murray admits he’s playing his best ever tennis as he looks to capitalize on the growing frailties of his rivals and capture a second U.S. Open title.
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s final.
NBA stars bring curtain down on Rio
The United States' NBA superstars bring the curtain down on the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday as the last 12 gold medals are decided
Bilic backs Conte to succeed at Chelsea
West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic is backing Antonio Conte to make a big impact at Chelsea, but is confident his side can cause problems for their London rivals when...
Turkish star 'disowned by family' over Gulen support
The family of one of the most prominent Turkish basketball players in the NBA Tuesday publicly disowned him after he openly supported the U.S.-based preacher who Ankara...
Senegal gets Rio mugging from U.S.
Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began...
Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by Europe captain Darren Clarke as wildcard picks Tuesday to complete his Ryder Cup team.
Ryan Lochte to dance with stars, says Rio scandal overblown
Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the "Dancing With the Stars" cast, ABC television announced on Tuesday, as the gold medalist said he thought reaction...
IOC ‘strongly condemns’ Kuwait sports clampdown
The International Olympic Committee Monday strongly condemned the Kuwait authorities for using police to seize the headquarters of two key sports bodies as part of a...
Jebet breaks world record,wins 3,000 steeplechase
Olympic champion Ruth Jebet broke the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase world record by six seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Paris Saturday Meanwhile, Kendra...
Maia stops Condit in Vancouver
Demian Maia backed up his calls for a welterweight title shot with an early submission victory over Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC Fight Night at Rogers Arena...
He’s very fast, very young and very confident.
Rosberg surprised by Hamilton podium
A victorious Nico Rosberg had no idea where his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had finished in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix until he studied the results after...
Rosberg wins but Hamilton fights back
Nico Rosberg rekindled his world championship ambitions with victory in Sunday’s chaotic crash-hit Belgian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton staged an astonishing fightback...
Rosberg tops session, Hamilton takes penalties
Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday morning's opening free practice for this weekend's...
F1 driver Rio Haryanto replaced by Esteban Ocon: Manor
British motor racing team Manor announced Wednesday it was dropping Indonesian Formula One driver Rio Haryanto and replacing him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Sales are down compared to the past five years, Saleh Barakat observed.
Internet star sings of Gaza cat and ‘My Trousers’
Mobbed by fans, Adel Meshoukhi is the kind of singer that perhaps only Gaza could produce – an internet sensation who depends on a stipend from Hamas.
Vikander, Fassbender’s love powers new film
What’s a better bet than a Hollywood weepie based on a best-selling book?
Alan Menken looks to put the E in EGOT
With eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony vying for space on his mantelpiece, Alan Menken’s bill for dry-cleaning tuxedos might match the box-office of most Off-Broadway...
Hundreds bid farewell to Belgian jazz legend Thielemans
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career...
In Gene Wilder’s madcap roles, a magical mania
Gene Wilder was terrific when he was calm.
Beyonce proves she’s in a lane of her own
Beyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna...
Iraq’s youth orchestra: A dream that shattered
For nearly six years, young Iraqis defied the war, coming from all over the country to play in an orchestra, but the emergence of Daesh has dashed their dream of making...
Don’t Breathe is a well-plotted, thrilling trap
Detroit-area robbery crews, be warned. It’s not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big, and final, score. Take our word for it, walk away. It sounds...
At last! Spears biopic coming to TV
The turbulent life of Britney Spears – who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder – is becoming a television biopic.
Lawrence tops best paid actress list, again
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world’s highest-paid actress for the second year Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career spanning seven decades.
Frank Ocean releases second album 'Blonde'
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released...
Canada celebrates, mourns as rockers Tragically Hip say good-bye
The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on...
Japan's long-running, all-male pop group SMAP to break up
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will go their separate...
Bennett turns 90, seeks new collaboration
Crooner Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, declaring himself in great health and ready for a new collaboration.
Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
Jon Stewart gives heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore
Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run
Austria charges US rapper Freddie Gibbs with sexual assault
U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been charged in Austria with sexually assaulting a woman while on tour last year in Vienna, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home
"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane...
Duke of Westminster, British billionaire landowner, dies at 64
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a...
An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
Newspaper says it uncovered KFC's secret recipe
Is the secret KFC recipe a secret no more?
A US newspaper says it may have inadvertently stumbled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the...
No Man’s Sky: To boldly shoot rocks … that’s it
The allure was irresistible: more than 18 quintillion unique undiscovered planets to explore, a starship to do it in, and virtually no loading times.
'Strong signal' stirs interest in hunt for alien life
A "strong signal" detected by a radio telescope in Russia that is scanning the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life has stirred interest among the scientific...
Trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Claw law: Legislator targets arcade favorite
It’s an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base.
Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can
Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers...
Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo
It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.
Robot baby schemes may increase teen pregnancy
Electronic dolls designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy do not work, a new study has found, and may even raise the number of babies born to young moms.
Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of...
‘Baby, it’s hot outside’: Why birds sing to eggs
Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world,...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Go on, ‘Donate Your Running Shoes’
Jeweler celebrates 130th anniversary of Tiffany
Massive summer sales and new colors for fall
A compass on the smartphone screen points toward Red Square.
High in Bolivia, a tour of Aymara sacred sites
At a gasp-inducing 4,000 meters-plus above sea level, a post marks the spot where Andean gods are said to dwell at the foot of towering, snow-covered peaks.
Thailand’s tiger tourism expands
Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found...
Tourists learn alongside locals on safaris
It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
A night behind bars in Slovenian prison-turned-hostel
Fancy spending the night in a former military prison that is now a youth hostel with an artistic twist?
There’s a sweet spot in automotive manufacturing that arises when all aspects of a car come together so harmoniously that the final product is nothing less than stellar.
3-Series sets benchmark for compact sedans
At long last, after nearly two years of reviewing scores of automobiles from numerous different marques, I finally get to review the one car that started it all for me.
2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.
718 Boxster S a testament to Porsche ingenuity
How can anyone pass up the opportunity to gloat? Can you? I know I can’t – I’m not that noble.
Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show
Mercedes-Benz gave a sneak preview of a new ultra luxury coupe on Thursday in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns...
They’re young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital … or worse, dead.
Study in mice shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new...
Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos
With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country’s web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.
Organ network mapping a path to more fair liver transplants in U.S.
The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die...
Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble save lives
They have proven their worth in detecting land mines but Africa’s giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation – saving lives by speeding up...