Australia's largest ever private trade delegation is due to arrive in China Sunday, just over a week after 18 employees from Australian gaming giant Crown Resorts Ltd were detained there for alleged gambling crimes
Lithuania's opposition eyes power in run-off election
Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labor exodus from their Baltic eurozone state began voting Sunday in a run-off election expected to dislodge the leftist...
Iraq parliament in surprise vote to ban alcohol
Iraq's parliament Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential...
Over 35,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe: minister
Turkey has arrested more than 35,000 people over alleged links to the group run by the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for the failed July coup,...
Police detain con artists impersonating cleric
Police detained two people suspected of impersonating a cleric in order to defraud people in the Kesrouan district north of Beirut.
Wealthy Australian families make counter-bid for cattle empire
An all-Australian consortium comprising some of the country's richest grazier families made a counter-offer Sunday for one of the world's largest cattle estates,...
French police chief promises change after sixth night of protests: TV
France's national police chief has promised to upgrade equipment and improve working conditions for the country's police, who staged a sixth night of protests across...
Duterte hopes Philippine fishermen can return to China-controlled shoal
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope Sunday that fishermen would be able to return to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in the next...
Iraq's parliament Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties
UN urges renewal of Yemen truce as fighting rages
The U.N. envoy for Yemen called Saturday for the renewal of a 72-hour ceasefire in the country, though fighting has raged on between Shiite rebels and government forces...
US condemns Assad's 'defiance' on chemical weapons
The White House Saturday condemned the Assad government's "defiance" of international norms after United Nations experts found the Syrian army had conducted three...
Iran's president criticizes US presidential candidates
Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has criticized the U.S. presidential candidates' behavior during their debates
Jumblatt’s bloc tackles upcoming presidential session
The Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc Saturday decided to take next week a final stance from the upcoming presidential election session.
Investigation into death of girl clears south Lebanon hospital, doctor
An investigation report released earlier this week over the death of a young girl in south Lebanon following medical treatment said that the hospital and attending...
Amal official says party to extend hand to all factions
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Saturday that the Amal Movement extends its hand to all Lebanese factions in an effort to achieve a real partnership.
FPM chief hopes Berri will support Aoun for presidency
Free Patriotic Movement chief Gebran Bassil has expressed hope that Speaker Nabih Berri will be part of a political consensus on the presidential crisis.
The high cost of transportation, fierce competition and the economic slowdown in some Arab countries have led to a further drop in Lebanese industrial exports, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said Friday.
Solidere shares see slight dip after upsurge
After four days of upsurge in the prices of Solidere shares, the stocks of the real estate company fell slightly Friday.
Western insurers rebuild business ties with Iran
Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multibillion-dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking...
Tunisian lawyers strike over new taxes
Thousands of Tunisian lawyers went on strike Friday to protest at new taxes and tighter fiscal controls on their profession, extending a series of demonstrations...
$47B offer could create biggest tobacco company
British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal.
Bankmed profits rise in first half of year
Bankmed reported an increase in its net profits to $77.1 million in the first half of 2016 from $75.4 million during the same period last year.
Beirut bourse enjoys marked upswing
For this first time in many years, Beirut bourse has seen an unusual upward activity as the chances of electing a president grow stronger every day.
Consumer confidence hits rock bottom
Consumer confidence in Lebanon remained stagnant in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting the gloomy mood of consumers, a new survey showed Thursday.
Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multibillion-dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking restrictions 10 months on from the lifting of international sanctions.
Gulf assets buoy emerging markets
Saudi Arabia’s record debt sale boosted assets in the Gulf, helping to offset concern in emerging markets about the future path of global stimulus that has supported...
Saudi Arabia starts contractor repayments
Saudi Arabia is repaying debts to contractors after long delays that squeezed company finances and hurt investor sentiment.
Investors still foggy on Iran oil tender terms
Two years after Iran pledged to open up its oil industry in anticipation of the lifting of sanctions, foreign companies say they still have little information about...
Luxury for less: Tourists win in pound’s drop
Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it – and could get 20 percent off.
Twitter faces tough solo choices
The apparent lack of interest in Twitter Inc. by potential suitors may force the social media company to consider a route anathema to aspiring tech startups: a major...
Trump vows to weaken US media 'power structure' if elected
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised Saturday to foil a proposed deal for AT&T Inc to buy Time Warner Inc if he wins the Nov. 8 election,...
European stock rally loses steam
European stocks lost momentum on the final day of their best week in a month amid mixed earnings reports.
When patriotic figures such as Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan leave us, Lebanon misses them bitterly.
Your move, Hezbollah
“It is a great political risk, but I am ready to take risks on myself, my popularity and my political future a thousand times to protect you all, and am not ready to...
Empower, engage and educate her: Why girls matter
Nearly five years ago, in December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared Oct. 11 the “International Day of the Girl Child.”
Letter to the editor from Pakistani ambassador
The following clarification is a response from the Pakistani ambassador to Lebanon regarding a syndicated opinion piece by Bahma Chellaney titled “The Pakistani mecca...
Trump treats foreign policy like ‘Survivor’
Reality TV is about winning.
He’s done it. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has jolted the political scene on every level and drawn attention to the crucial stage Lebanon is passing through.
Long hard road ahead
The penny has finally dropped and politicians are realizing the severity and precarious state of the country, with every political engine working full throttle to pull...
Finally a decision has been made to vanquish Daesh (ISIS). Since its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” while he stood in Mosul’s Great Mosque,...
How to change course in the Middle East
Many American policymakers attempting to respond to the conflicts embroiling the Middle East tend to have a ruefully ahistorical perspective on the region, particularly...
Syria’s darkest hour: What road to peace?
The conflict in Syria becomes more complex every day that it continues, and the country’s prospects have gotten only worse.
Now is not the time for trade fundamentalism
“One of the crucial challenges” of our era “is to maintain an open and expanding international trade system.”
As election nears, the world holds its breath
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton...
Struggling to deal with the North Korean danger
When South Korean officials talk about the growing nuclear challenge from the North, they use red-alert phrases like “existential threat,” “imminent danger” and “dagger...
The end of the Republican Party
Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal.
Trump, the symptom of world’s coarsening climate
Watching Donald Trump skulking behind Hillary Clinton on the debate stage Sunday night, muttering about locking her up if he wins, was a reminder that we are drifting...
Arsene Wenger bemoaned the absence of Santi Cazorla after Arsenal were held to a drab goalless draw by struggling Middlesbrough
Klopp keen to get Gerrard back to Anfield
Jurgen Klopp will hold talks with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after the 36-year-old midfielder appeared to announce his departure from the LA Galaxy at the...
Kerber seeks reversal of fortunes in Singapore
Angelique Kerber showed more passion in the media center than on the court when she crashed out of last year's WTA Finals, the German angered by the format and...
Radwanska hoping for luck and pluck in WTA Finals defence
Agnieszka Radwanska returns to the scene of her greatest triumph next week when she opens the defense of her WTA Finals title and the 27-year-old Pole is the first to...
Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings
Messi penalty snatches thrilling Barca win
Lionel Messi's 94th-minute penalty moved Barcelona top of La Liga in dramatic fashion in a pulsating 3-2 win at Valencia Saturday.
Sevilla can join Atletico in challenging Real and Barca, says Simeone
Sevilla are among the top four sides in Spain and can realistically challenge historical heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid for trophies, Atletico Madrid coach...
Arsenal, Spurs fire blanks in pursuit of Man City
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were both held to goalless draws Saturday, handing Manchester City the initiative in the nascent Premier League title...
Angelique Kerber showed more passion in the media center than on the court when she crashed out of last year's WTA Finals, the German angered by the format and frustrated by her inability to win the set off an eliminated opponent she needed to advance
Kyrgios shows sports’ misplaced faith in talent
In “Narcos,” the television drama based on the life and crimes of Pablo Escobar, the now long-dead Colombian cocaine trafficker is shown making a roaring bonfire of...
Sharapova to face Muruguza in Madrid exhibition
Banned five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will face French Open winner Garbine Muguruza on a half clay-half grass court exhibition in Madrid Dec. 2.
Nadal ends 2016 season, eyes 2017 assault
Former world No. 1 and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal shut down his season Thursday to concentrate on recovering for a fresh trophy assault in 2017.
Durant stars as Warriors rout Clippers in pre-season
Kevin Durant scored 21 points on his home debut as the Golden State Warriors demolished the Los Angeles Clippers 120-75 in a pre-season game Tuesday.
NBA star 'King' James endorses Clinton for president
NBA superstar LeBron James is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president of the United States in a move that could carry a lot of weight with voters in the pivotal state...
Raptors launch pre-season with a protest, and a win over Warriors
The NBA pre-season tipped off Saturday with the Toronto Raptors making a statement before handing the Golden State Warriors a 97-93 defeat in Vancouver
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Justin Thomas fired a final round eight-under-par 64 to overturn a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and successfully defend his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia Sunday
Woods dreams of eclipsing Nicklaus’ record
Tiger Woods says he still believes he will surpass the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, even though the former world No. 1 has been sidelined from...
Simone Schaller, Olympic hurdler in '32 and '36, dies at 104
Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She was 104.
Russian weightlifter loses 2012 Olympic silver
Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov was stripped of his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics Tuesday after testing positive for steroids in a reanalysis of his...
Froome and Bardet eye 2017 Tour mountain duel
Chris Froome said the 2017 Tour de France champion will be decided in the mountains as he looked forward to a new duel with his biggest challenger this year, Romain...
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton powered to pole position for the United States Grand Prix when he out-paced Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg with a blistering lap in Saturday's tense qualifying session
British first as Crutchlow holds off Rossi in Australia
Cal Crutchlow comfortably held off Valentino Rossi over 18 laps at Phillip Island Sunday to claim his second career MotoGP victory and become the first British winner...
Rosberg on top after first day of practice
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton limbered up for their U.S. Grand Prix duel Friday, each setting the...
Marquez grabs pole for Australian MotoGP
Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez's gamble on using slick tires paid off when he stormed to pole position for this weekend's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island...
Duty calls for combative Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton will be starring in the next “Call of Duty” video game due out in November but the Formula One world champion has a real and more immediate fight on his...
A photo is a reproduction of what the human eye sees, yet it’s sometimes challenging to capture the size of what’s been photographed.
Jack Reacher sequel worse than 2012 original
It’s not the acting or the action that makes “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” inferior to the original 2012 hit.
Cumberbatch joins the Marvel universe
British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his...
TV programmers to rethink damaging princess shows
The Disney princess may not be dead yet, but children’s television programmers are under pressure to create more adventurous female characters as fears grow over the...
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
Belgian author creates stir with tale of revenge
Why would a traumatized young woman return to her hometown with a block of ice in her car?
Johansson to run Paris popcorn shop
It isn’t – until you think about it – an obvious career move for a movie star.
Eminem re-emerges to savage Trump
Rap superstar Eminem has re-emerged, launching a loaded, lyrical attack on Donald Trump in the form of an eight-minute song.
British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his latest movie outing, “Doctor Strange.”
Schmoozing with stars poses pitfalls for media
Kiss up or shut up?
Irvine Welsh adapting ‘Crime’ for TV
“Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh is adapting his acclaimed novel “Crime” for television, the first time one of the controversial Scottish writer’s books will make...
CBS' Colbert to do election night special on Showtime
CBS News will be in election night coverage mode on Nov. 8, but that won't stop Stephen Colbert from trying to find something funny about the day's events.
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go electric.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Hollywood legend Julie Andrews is making her first television series in more than a decade to teach children how to put on a show, its producers said Sunday
Steve McQueen: bringing art to the silver screen
Director Steve McQueen, whose poetic visual style helped secure a best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave", brings a sensibility to his films even when tackling...
Bound and gagged Kardashian Halloween costume pulled
An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that made light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West.
Damon and Affleck resurrect 'Good Will Hunting' roles
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck resurrected their "Good Will Hunting" roles, not to mention their Boston accents, in a special one night only live read from the script...
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' on hold after robbery
The E! Network has shut down production on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" since Kim Kardashian West was held up in Paris
“It is not a job. It’s a passion, a real sickness!”
French show robust interest in roe-deer hunting
Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying renewed interest in France.
Monkeys break new ground on stone tool theory
The creation of primitive stone tools has long been hailed as a landmark in the human odyssey – but should our species’ much-trumpeted smartness take all the credit?
New Milky Way map to help show how galaxies form
A new superdetailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form, Australian and German scientists behind the project said Thursday.
Karoline Lang International: Lebanon’s latest fashion export
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...
Pets at work may help atmosphere
When a conference call turns tedious, Brent Robertson can still count on getting a smile from watching Gus rolling around on the floor.
Meow-sician claws to the top of the charts with album for cats
An album created specifically for cats is being lapped up by humans too, and has topped two classical music charts.
Lagerfeld checks into the hotel business
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld announced Monday he planned to launch his own hotel chain, with the first property set to open in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau in 2018.
European Mars lander's fate still uncertain: ESA
European scientists are still not certain whether a space lander that reached Mars Wednesday touched down on the Red Planet in good working condition, the European...
Google’s Pixel: Not much, still a standout
Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new.
Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA
Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with...
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.
I love Beirut ... DBeirut
Paris Fashion Week and the new visions
Elie Saab brings back the age of disco glam
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
I can think of very few things I hate as much as having to wake up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, an undertaking that is made ever more abhorrent considering my very late work hours.
Mazda CX-9 proves SUVs can be mesmerizing
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that of all the cars I’ve test-driven, SUVs consistently emerge as the car of choice when it comes to...
Jeep has scored a winner and its name is Renegade
As the world’s most renowned maker of SUVs, it was inevitable that Jeep would venture into the subcompact crossover at some point.
2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS: A classic in its prime
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent outbreaks of preventable diseases.
Scan for horses can hold promise for humans
Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still...
Devils’ milk could fight superbugs: scientists
Mother’s milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly “superbugs” which resist antibiotics, Australian...
World's first three-parent IVF baby birth 'revolutionary': doctor
A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a "three-parent" in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the...
WHO urges countries to raise tax on sugary drinks
The U.N. health agency Tuesday recommended countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.