The heaviest punishments for traffic violations under a new law came into force last week, as road safety organizations stressed strict and continuous implementation of the new rules if they were to be effective.
Security personnel tried for taking bribes
Dozens of General Security personnel stationed at the official border crossing with Syria have been tried for accepting bribes from incoming Syrians, a senior security...
Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance in Sinjar
Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from ISIS fighters whose snipers...
Iraqi TV show makes ‘terrorists’ confront victims
Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of extremist group ISIS. Now,...
10 injured after driver plows into French fair
At least 10 people were injured Monday, two seriously, when the driver of a van plowed into a Christmas market in the western French city of Nantes before stabbing...
Lebanon publishes 'lexicon' for gender equality
Lebanon’s Social Affairs Ministry and the National Commission for Women Affairs announce the release of a "social lexicon" that states the most essential words and...
Lebanon Grand Mufti meets Saad Hariri in Riyadh
Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian visited during his trip to Saudi Arabia Monday Future Movement Leader Saad Hariri, who revealed a Saudi admiration of Derian’s...
Jumblatt reiterates call to protect historic Beirut buildings
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt warned Monday against the ongoing demolition of historical buildings in Beirut, calling for legislation to protect...
Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from ISIS fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.
Essebsi seeks ‘21st century state’ in Tunisia
Veteran politician Caid Beiji Essebsi, officially confirmed as Tunisia’s new president Monday, had been the favorite to become the new head of state of the country that...
Budget woes unlikely to halt Iran nuclear work
A big oil price slide will hurt Iran’s attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to...
Land mine blast wounds seven soldiers in Turkey
Seven Turkish soldiers including a battalion commander were wounded Monday when their armored vehicle drove over a land mine in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey, the...
At least 10 people were injured Monday, two seriously, when the driver of a van plowed into a Christmas market in the western French city of Nantes before stabbing himself, a source close to the investigation said.
China against cyberattacks, doesn’t name N.Korea
China told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the...
US police departments on alert after cop killings
Big-city police departments and union leaders around the U.S. are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social...
Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week
Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week.
Belgian prime minister shrugs off food attack
Anti-austerity protesters got close enough to Belgium's prime minister Monday to splatter him with a helping of the national dish - fries and mayo.
Lebanon’s industrial exports plunged by 9.2 percent in the first eight months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 despite the government’s ongoing efforts to open new markets for local industries, according to the Industry Ministry.
Salameh mulls licensing bourse for SMEs
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Monday that Banque Du Liban may license a stock exchange that would list SMEs and family-owned businesses, with special emphasis...
Gulf’s age of plenty over after oil price crash
The boom that adorned Gulf Arab monarchies with glittering towers, swelled their sovereign funds and kept unrest largely at bay may be over after oil prices dropped by...
Iraq to work on final oil deal with Kurdish region soon
Iraq's Kurdish region will continue to export its own crude oil under an initial deal with Baghdad until a comprehensive deal is reached, with work on a final agreement...
Russia enters full-fledged economic crisis
Russia’s government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said...
U.S. firm completes Lebanon airborne oil survey
U.S.-based NEOS GeoSolutions has completed its airborne oil and gas survey of most Lebanese territories, with the support of its local partner Petroserv, the company...
Lebanon largest recipient of IMF assistance
The International Monetary Fund’s Middle East Technical Assistance Center indicated that Lebanon accounted for 23 percent of its overall allocation of technical...
Economists project 2 pct GDP growth
Economists are projecting around 2 percent GDP growth in Lebanon for 2015, while citing several factors that may push it higher despite long-standing political and...
The boom that adorned Gulf Arab monarchies with glittering towers, swelled their sovereign funds and kept unrest largely at bay may be over after oil prices dropped by almost 50 percent in the last six months.
Saudi may raise output if new clients emerge
Saudi Arabia is prepared to increase its oil output and claim a bigger market share to meet the demands of any new customers, Monday's edition of the Saudi-owned...
Analysts: Dubai property can ride out falling oil
The plunge in oil prices may take more of the froth off Dubai’s booming real estate market, but broad-based demand for property is likely to prevent any crash.
UAE oil minister slams 'irresponsible' non-OPEC producers
One of the biggest reasons for the slide of oil prices is the "irresponsible" supply from producers outside OPEC, the United Arab Emirates oil minister said in a speech...
Russia’s government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Monday, warning the full effects would be felt next year.
Air China signs $6B Boeing deal
Air China Ltd., the largest Chinese carrier, will buy a mix of 60 current 737s and the new Max model of the jet from Boeing, with a list price of nearly $6 billion, to...
Moscow to subsidize struggling ruble-hit airlines
Moscow is to set to step in to support troubled Russian airlines badly hit by the collapse of the ruble and falling passenger numbers.
2014: Man vs. machine for hedge funds
Critics, as Oscar Wilde once remarked, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
A falling oil price is good for the world economy
Lower oil prices are not a good thing for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president: that much is clear.
The presidential election in Tunisia should be taken as a sign that not everything in this part of the world is generating violence, tension, anger and despair.
Dialogue with results
The upcoming launch of dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah has been preceded by a wave of speculation and analysis, with many observers emphasizing that...
Ignatius: Obama has found foreign policy groove
The nadir for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy was probably in April.
How fares the global war on terror?
Is the global war on terror (GWOT) that the United States launched in 2011 after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks succeeding or failing?
Hungary shows that Internet tax is bad policy
When you spark one of the largest protests in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism, you know that you have stirred up the electorate.
Judging by the White House’s policy on battling ISIS militants, one might conclude that U.S. officials believe that the Middle East has been afflicted with mass amnesia.
Money talks, ideals walk
The historic development in U.S.-Cuba relations this week shows that ultimately the superpowers of the world are motivated not by ideology but by economics, and this...
EU coal in Israel’s sock
The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.
Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege...
What Future and Hezbollah should discuss
So great are the worries that Sunni-Shiite relations may deteriorate in Lebanon, that everyone embraces the impending dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah.
After the tensions, a modest Sino-American reset
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a...
An Arab-Jewish coalition against deadlock
The recent death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ain after an altercation with Israeli soldiers came as another reminder of the senseless deadlock in the...
Condemn, but don’t prosecute, the torturers
On Dec. 9, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report about the CIA’s use of torture after the 9/11 attacks.
U.S. a beacon of failure on children’s rights
Children, it has long been recognized, are a special group.
Egypt youth embracing radicalization
After a long wait, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – a group active in northern Sinai – has moved from the stage of sympathizing with ISIS to being a part of the international...
Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 on penalties to win the Italian Super Cup Monday and deny Massimiliano Allegri a first trophy in charge of the Bianconeri.
Chelsea three clear after easing to win
John Terry’s early header and Cesc Fabregas’ second-half strike restored Chelsea’s three-point Premier League lead heading into a busy Christmas program after a 2-0 win...
The future is Clear for Ferrari
Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the...
F1 delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s...
Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and...
Ramos caps ‘best year’ with Club WC award
Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best year of my life” after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles...
Simeone wants even more from Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann has taken time to settle at Atletico Madrid but the France forward’s fine hat-trick at Athletic Bilbao at the weekend was more evidence he could be a...
Germans set 10-year plan, want to host Euro 2024
At a reception shortly before Christmas, German football federation President Wolfgang Niersbach said his plan for the holidays was to sit back on a sofa, shut off the...
Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the Italian team’s rebuilding after a dismal year.
Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who won 11 Grands Prix for Mercedes in 2014, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year against the odds Sunday.
Ecclestone: Pact could derail Qatar race bid
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the presence of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi on the sport’s circuit means Qatar is unlikely to stage a Grand Prix in the future.
F1 principals snub Rosberg in best driver poll
Formua One team principals have snubbed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in a best driver poll, rating the German only fifth in a list headed by his title-winning teammate...
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Tennis great Navratilova to coach Pole
Legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced.
Anyone for fast tennis? Welcome to IPTL
It’s tennis, but not as we know it.
Sharapova tormented by shot-clock in IPTL play
Maria Sharapova expressed mock disgust Saturday at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament’s beeping shot-clock, part of a novel experiment...
Ivanovic off to winning start in IPTL debut
Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in an impressive International Premier Tennis League debut Friday, but said it was “hard to imagine” the game evolving to...
Cleveland’s LeBron James had 25 points and 11 assists and put in a strong second-half performance to guide the Cavaliers to a 105-91 home victory over NBA Southwest Conference leader Memphis on Sunday.
Riyadi, Sagesse win to keep their copybook clean
Sagesse made it four from four after they downed Hoops 88-68 at Murr Stadium in the fourth round of the Lebanese Basketball League Sunday, remaining level with Riyadi...
Sagesse come from behind to beat UBA
Sagesse recovered a seven-point deficit at halftime to beat UBA 81-73 at home in round three of the Lebanese basketball league Friday, staying level with archrivals...
Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson
In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a...
Bryant passes Jordan for third on scoring list
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Five major sporting upsets in 2014:
Patchy All Blacks still Rugby World Cup favorites
The All Blacks again set the standard for the rest of the rugby world but performances by the chasing pack in 2014 demonstrated next year’s World Cup in England could...
Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014 in sport
A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love.
No mega events but plenty on menu in 2015
The lack of an Olympics or a football World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough...
Boxing: Ali's condition "vastly" improved
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's condition is improving and he is expected to be released from hospital soon, his spokesman said on Monday.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout Lebanon.
House of Today bares all for Christmas event
The House of Today collaborative design platform at Zaitunay Bay’s Le Yacht Club is exactly what you might expect from an art exhibition at such a location: glamorous...
Sleeping with polar bears: French zoos evolve
Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with a polar bear: beside a log fire not far from home. The only thing...
Christmas in China, with saxophones and Smurfs
Christmas – once banned in China – has exploded in the atheist nation in recent years, with marketeers using everything from saxophones and Smurfs to steam trains to...
Reunion – the volcanic jewel of the Indian Ocean
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now...
Sarah’s Bag gets a logo makeover
Popular handbag label Sarah’s Bag is getting a logo makeover, a befitting way to celebrate over a decade of success.
Honoring the muse of Yves St. Laurent
Every year Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrates Christmas early with an event in its Beirut boutique, giving the Lebanese designer an opportunity to showcase some of the...
Christmas given crystal makeover at Four Seasons
This time of year is all about Christmas decorations, with every shopping mall, leisure center, hotel and public space competing to put up the best display in town.
Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with a polar bear: beside a log fire not far from home. The only thing on ice is the champagne.
For posh airline food, the sky’s the limit
Michelin-star food and vintage Champagne: Airlines are pulling out all the stops to cater to their first-class passengers’ tastes, as they seek a larger slice of the...
Tattoos embody Afghan social revolution, but critics push back
Exposure to Western culture since 2001 has transformed Afghanistan's previously isolated society, and a love of tattoos has taken hold - despite inking parlours being...
Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh
Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now dormant volcano.
Quality Portuguese table wines on the rise
Australian Peter Bright has been making wine in Portugal since 1982, and is one of a handful of people responsible for the significant rise in the quality of table...
Reading between the lines in Venice
If you find the crowds that swirl around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type of...
Falcons to go jet set on Lufthansa
They may not get their favorite mice and small birds on a tray, but falcons – the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern hunting enthusiasts – are soon to be allowed in...
Floating football pitch saves Thai tourism
With its stunning limestone cliffs towering over stilt houses surrounded by azure waters, the island of Panyee is a typical Thai paradise. But it’s not mother nature...
Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year.
Rare northern white rhino dies in US zoo
A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
LHC to turn back on at record power in March
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous...
Pirate Bay offline after raid on Swedish server
Swedish police have seized the computer servers hosting file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, taking the notorious website offline, the Swedish Prosecution Authority says.
A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test.
Olive oil apocalypse as fly drives up price
New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life.
Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused
It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world's largest animal...
Scientists find why male smokers may run even higher health risks
Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many...
Doctors Without Borders: Ebola response too slow
The international response to Ebola is still too slow and piecemeal, Doctors Without Borders warns, as officials said the disease is crippling the economies of three...
British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year.
China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offense
China's state prosecutor said on Monday it had formally charged Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, with a drugs offense, meaning he is almost certain...
N. Korean cinema: propaganda, occasional comedy
North Korea hates “The Interview,” the recently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader.
Final 'Hobbit' film draws holiday season crowds at box office
The last movie of Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films rode to the top of U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of...
Guggenheim digs into Bilbao it saved
Bilbao locals say an art museum helped save their city from decline.
AC/DC drummer says he wants to keep his job
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd described allegations he tried to hire a hitman as "ludicrous" Monday and said he wanted to keep his job with the top-selling rock band.
Madonna speaks of 'crazy times' after songs leaked
Madonna and Sony Pictures both were separately torpedoed by major hacks this month, in what the pop icon called "crazy times.
Brazil's Coelho offers $100,000 for N. Korea parody film
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to "The Interview," protesting the company's decision to scrap the North Korean parody...
Jettisoned The Interview deserves to be screened
That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in.
Colbert trades Report for Late Show
After nine years, Stephen Colbert has left the Comedy Central satirical-news show “The Colbert Report,” retiring the mythical character who served as host – a pompous,...
Forget the politics, Sony executives say North Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny'
The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to...
Cairo street mine Sheetos committed to craft
Bright colors, unusual clothes and a face masked in white greasepaint steal the attention of people going about their business in downtown Cairo.
A look back at the top 10 movies of the year
The top 10 films of 2014, according to Jake Coyle:1. “Ida” – Where did this perfect little gem come from?
'School of Rock - The Musical' to open on Broadway in 2015
The stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film "School of Rock," about a wannabe rock star who works as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will...
Churchill paintings sold in landmark auction
A collection of paintings by Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off Wednesday in the largest ever sale of artwork by the statesman and...
The winner of Britain's "X-factor" TV talent show, 29-year-old Ben Haenow, claimed the coveted Christmas number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.
British blues legend Joe Cocker dead at 70
Joe Cocker, the legendary British singer of blues and rock behind hits such as "You Are So Beautiful," has died at age 70, his agent said Monday.
Bon Iver frontman to curate new festival
The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.
Aerosmith sings through decades of tensions
The rock music world is notorious for its bickering, but Aerosmith belongs to another category altogether – a band with constant and open tensions that has nonetheless...
An R&B Jesus? D'Angelo challenges with 'Black Messiah'
- After a wait of nearly 15 years, D'Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with "Black Messiah," a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges...