Italy and Lebanon are jointly committed to fighting terrorism and extremism, Italian Defense Minister Senator Roberta Pinotti said Tuesday following talks with senior Lebanese officials.
Hezbollah calls for landfills in every district
Hezbollah Tuesday called for each district – except for the capital and its suburbs – to open its own landfill in order to solve the lingering waste crisis posing...
Turkish raids raise Iraqi Kurd leadership stakes
Turkey’s airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the U.S.-led anti-militant war but faces...
Turkey journalists face jail over images
Turkish prosecutors Tuesday asked for jail sentences of up to seven and a half years for 18 journalists on charges of making propaganda for a terrorist group after...
Russia files U.N. claim over vast swath of Arctic
Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometers of Arctic shelf, an area of escalating international tension.
ISF, OMT begin issuing fines by SMS, phone call
Lebanese drivers will now be informed of speeding violations with an SMS or phone call, part of a new agreement between the Internal Security Forces and OMT, according...
Rafei urges fast tracking jailed Islamists’ cases
A Committee of Muslim Scholars delegation, headed by Sheikh Salem Rafei, called for fast-tracking cases of Islamists in Roumieh Prison Tuesday.
Work on Janna Dam to be temporarily frozen
Work on the controversial Janna Dam project will be temporarily halted, officials decided at a meeting Tuesday.
Turkey’s airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the U.S.-led anti-militant war but faces an uncertain political future.
EU, U.S. urge Turkey to restrain PKK onslaught
Europe and the United States urged Turkey Tuesday to show a “proportionate response” in the face of daily attacks by Kurdish militants amid growing concern over the...
Life under two masters in Syria’s Hassakeh
Life in the Syrian city of Hassakeh, divided between allied Kurdish and regime forces, comes at a price: two lots of military service and double the taxes.
Over 1,500 schools damaged or destroyed in Anbar
More than 1,500 schools have been damaged or destroyed as a result of the conflict in Iraq’s troubled Anbar province alone, a spokesman said Monday.Anbar is Iraq’s...
U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments
Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of...
German media treason probe sparks rift
A clash between Germany’s chief prosecutor and the justice minister burst into the open Tuesday, sparked by a treason probe into a blog that had published classified...
Top Taliban official quits under new leader
A top Taliban official announced his resignation Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader...
Taliban deny ‘propaganda’ about succession crisis
Afghanistan’s Taliban Tuesday urged followers to disregard “enemy propaganda” about internal fractures in their movement following the death of longtime leader Mullah...
Fransabank Group, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, said its net profit in the first half of 2015 surged by 16 percent to $86.1 million, compared to $74.2 million in the same period of 2014.
BLOM, Audi, Byblos profits at $462.54M
Lebanon’s three leading banks achieved reasonable profits in the first half of 2015 thanks to cautious lending policy and good results from foreign subsidiaries, a BLOM...
Greece upbeat about deal, sees one within 2 weeks
Greece expects to conclude a multibillion-euro deal with international lenders within two weeks, officials said Tuesday, and its finance minister said talks were going...
How to get Greek economy going again
After so much pain, Greece must now figure out how to get its economy back on its feet.
Egypt seeks cash, prestige with new Suez Canal
Egypt Thursday inaugurates a “new Suez Canal” waterway touted as an achievement rivaling the digging of the original, as it seeks to boost both its economy and...
Let private firms run e-government: expert
An executive at a leading international consulting firm underscored the ability of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to boost the economy and push Lebanon forward,...
Salameh: We will help banks seeking consolidation
The Central Bank is willing to facilitate mergers or acquisitions among banks if they desire to do so in a bid to contain the mounting financial cost of compliance,...
Bank of Beirut profits rise by 13.84 percent
Bank of Beirut, one of the leading banks in Lebanon, recorded a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 13.84 percent compared to the...
Greece expects to conclude a multibillion-euro deal with international lenders within two weeks, officials said Tuesday, and its finance minister said talks were going better than expected.
Samsung fights to save mobile market share
For four years Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has basked in the success of its Galaxy smartphones, making billions of dollars competing with Apple Inc in the premium mobile...
Win or lose, U.S. stocks get earnings bang
Investors in U.S. stocks are rediscovering the power of earnings.
China’s slowdown threatens eurozone core
Few parts of the world will remain unscathed by the plunging stock markets and economic slowdown rocking China, but the companies of Europe’s soft underbelly may...
Egypt Thursday inaugurates a “new Suez Canal” waterway touted as an achievement rivaling the digging of the original, as it seeks to boost both its economy and international standing.
Unruffled Saudis stick with stocks as oil tumbles
The Saudi stock market is showing its mettle in the face of the latest oil rout that drove Brent into a bear market in July.
Saudi Arabia’s mobily slumps to six-year low
Etihad Etisalat Co. shares fell to the lowest level in more than six years as the Saudi phone operator resumed trading following a two-month suspension.
Iran oil output to rise a week after sanctions
Iran can boost oil production in one week after international sanctions are lifted, and OPEC’s refusal to accommodate Iran in export markets would result in lower crude...
Oil price slump slows UAE recruitment market
Lower oil prices have hit the job market in the United Arab Emirates, as expatriates look beyond the Gulf finance hub for employment, a survey showed.
Despite its myriad financial, political and military interests in the Middle East, for some years now the U.S. has seemed a gaping hole where its foreign policy should be.
Can Iran let Assad go?
It seems that more than four years down the line, the international community appears finally to be working on a political solution to the war in Syria.
The blowback from America’s Mideast wars
Earlier this month, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen of Middle Eastern descent, opened fire at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee,...
Other than lives, Yemen is losing its heritage
The recent damage in Yemen to three out of four United Nations World Heritage Sites is one more of the unfortunate consequences of a war that has already killed over...
Is a Syrian endgame in the works?
The old adage that “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” must now be updated in Middle Eastern diplomatic terms to read, “where Saudi Arabian, American and Russian...
How to fight Israeli terror
State-sponsored terrorism has long been the norm in Israel and the occupied territories, but we are now seeing an increase in individual terror networks, emboldened by...
Lion’s share of attention
Outrage has erupted recently over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.
All talk, no action
When the Lebanese Cabinet convenes, average people – who feel like they’re sinking – might pay attention hoping they will be thrown some sort of lifeline, no matter how...
Earlier this month, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen of Middle Eastern descent, opened fire at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five.
Iran, North Korea and nuclear deals
It didn’t take long, but according to the Korea Central News Agency, the North Koreans are underwhelmed by the Iran nuclear deal – and thus unlikely to follow suit.
The paths toward a defeat of ISIS
We know where ISIS comes from, but we don’t know what it is, other than resembling as close as possible a political monster.
Security reform is a way out of Yemen’s crises
Yemen’s security sector, much like the country’s political system, has historically reflected the niche interests of its ruling elite, thriving on a system of patronage...
The old adage that “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” must now be updated in Middle Eastern diplomatic terms to read, “where Saudi Arabian, American and Russian foreign ministers meet to discuss Syria, there’s Syrian smoke.”
Discovering myself through novel reading
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating...
‘Syria is history,’ Bashar tells us
President Bashar Assad’s address last weekend, in which he admitted that the Syrian armed forces were losing territory because they were suffering from “manpower”...
Will the U.S. and Turkey help Syria?
The historic developments this week along the western portion of the Turkish-Syrian border pack more drama than a hundred Turkish television soap operas.
The lone-wolf era will put America to the test
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the...
Lebanon manager Miodrag Radulovic believes beating South Korea will be a difficult but not-impossible task as the Cedars began preparations Tuesday ahead of next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier against the Asian giants.
Di Maria passes PSG medical in Doha
Argentine international Angel Di Maria’s proposed move from Manchester United to Paris St. Germain has moved closer after the winger passed a medical with the French...
Guy eclipses Sun as records tumble
Britain’s James Guy held off a host of Olympic champions to win his first world title, the men’s 200-meter freestyle, at the world championships Tuesday.
Simpson wins high diving gold at worlds
The judges made them wait, but it was job done for the U.S. divers.
Van Gaal faces many questions as season looms
Manchester United’s fourth place in last season’s Premier League was regarded as a qualified success but more importantly the launch pad to return the club to former...
River coach Gallardo defiant ahead of final
River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo has vowed to stand alongside his team in Wednesday’s Libertadores Cup final second leg, even though he was sent off during the first...
Adidas defend Man Utd women’s shirt
Manchester United kit-maker Adidas has been forced to defend its controversial new shirt designed specifically for female fans of the Premier League club.
West Bank team to play in Gaza
A Palestinian team from the Gaza Strip will host West Bank opposition for the first time in 15 years Thursday after Israel gave the visitors permission to cross its...
IAAF: Mass doping allegations ‘sensationalist’
The IAAF dismissed Tuesday as “sensationalist and confusing” allegations of mass doping that have rocked the world of athletics in the buildup to this month’s world...
IAAF denies allegations of not following up suspicious tests
The ruling body of world athletics strongly rejects suggestions that it failed to follow up on suspicious blood test results involving thousands of athletes over more...
Sjostrom, Hosszu set records at swim championship
The women are getting it done at the world swimming championships.
Manchester United’s fourth place in last season’s Premier League was regarded as a qualified success but more importantly the launch pad to return the club to former glory.
Mercedes need to sort out their starts
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world...
Revenge comes hot, spicy for Ferrari’s Arrivabene
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but hot and spicy is tastier for Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari
German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic...
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian...
Spaniard Rafa Nadal turned the tables on Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open Sunday and claim his 67th career title – winning 7-5, 7-5 on the red clay.
Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni.
Nadal sets up Seppi semifinal clash in Hamburg
Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday to set up a Hamburg semifinal clash against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.
Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open Tuesday.
Karlovic beats Stepanek, reaches semis in Colombia
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro...
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Wenger beats Mourinho at last
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0...
Cedars get serious as Asia Championship looms
The Lebanese national basketball team is set to start serious preparations for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship which is due to take place from Sept. 23 until Oct. 3...
Cedars look to naturalize American Holman
Lebanon have set their sights on naturalizing Riyadi’s former American center Elijah Holman to boost the national squad, which will take part in the Asian Championship...
LeBron James agrees two-year deal with Cavs
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports...
“Sherlock” fans have grown familiar with the waiting game between TV seasons, but they may be encouraged that show-runner Steven Moffat says he could see it “going on for a long while.”
Downton producer open to big-screen film
With “Downton Abbey” coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility.
Iraq digitizes national library
The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings;...
Glancing again at a Lebanese classic
Countries sometimes embrace a visual artist whose work has come to be seen as somehow definitive. It’s not that there’s any critical consensus that the work of these...
Will Smith takes to Facebook to deny divorce
“Men in Black” star Will Smith took the unusual step Monday of publicly shooting down a report that he and his actor wife of 17 years had decided to divorce.
Maisie Williams has 'significant role' on 'Doctor Who'
When viewers see Maisie Williams on the new season of "Doctor Who," she'll be a brand-new character, not someone from the Doctor's past.
Hollywood’s female superhero problem
Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
Three more 'Game of Thrones' seasons likely, HBO says
HBO's most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he...
The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace.
Thank the ancient Romans for ‘street food’
Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move?
Batroun opens to songs of immortal Aznavour
There aren’t many great performers with lifelong musical careers.
Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State building
A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling...
Lynn Anderson, singer of “Rose Garden,” dies
Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” has died. She was 67.
Family, friends expected for private Bobbi Kristina funeral
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, was born and raised in the shadow of her famous parents' hugely public life.
Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian customs carrying $422,000
Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.
Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'
Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his...
One Direction has proved it is still going strong without Zayn Malik, with the boy band’s new song breaking streaming records.
Dr. Dre ready with 'final' album after 16 years
Rap mogul Dr. Dre will release his first album in nearly 16 years to accompany a film on his former band N.W.A. and hinted the record would be his last.
'Rose Garden' country singer Lynn Anderson dead at 67
Grammy-winning country legend Lynn Anderson, who sprang to international stardom with her 1970s hit "Rose Garden," has died at the age of 67, news reports said Saturday.
U2 welcomes the Clintons, Springsteen at New York show
For its last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden and the finale to its North American tour, U2 welcomed some very famous guests.
Mariah Carey to receive star on Walk of Fame
Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
Vatican skeptical about close encounters of the third kind
The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets.
Remembering, and saving, A-bomb’s legacy
On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped atomic bombs, one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used in war.
Welsh village catches a break with surf lagoon
The last giant wave to rock the tiny Welsh village of Dolgarrog struck in 1925 when two overflowing dams gave way, sending a wall of boulder-strewn water down the...
Cedars International a serious festival contender
The opening night of the Cedars International Festival was such a huge success that it sent chills down the spine of the organizers of other local festivals, who sensed...
No new contact with comet lander, scientists say
European scientists says that had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain reliable communication link since...
Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'
A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issue a stern warning against the development of...
YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
Reinventing Spain’s ageless art of flamenco
Stamping her heels to the strumming of a guitar, Merche Esmeralda, 68, twirls her black shawl in the sunshine as the Madrid traffic streams by a roundabout behind her.
Exhibition traces changing face of Russias dolls
From cheery peasant girls in Tsarist times to Soviet-era cosmonauts to today’s Pussy Riots, the changing face of Russia’s matryoshka nesting dolls reflects the...
Hitchhiking robot’s trip across U.S. ends abruptly
A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.
The opening night of the Cedars International Festival was such a huge success that it sent chills down the spine of the organizers of other local festivals, who sensed serious competition coming from the festivities that were relaunched this year.
MySchoolPulse concludes race for cancer patients
MySchoolPulse, a nonprofit organization helping to provide education to child cancer patients, held its sixth annual Pulse5K race over the weekend to fund its...
So funny it hurts
Here in Lebanon nothing draws a crowd like food, fun and catastrophe.
Flashback brings Broummana back
The first ever edition of “Flashback,” a summer exhibition of Lebanese designers and concept stores, is being held in Broummana over the weekend.
‘Beit’ project creates home away from home
In 2004, Kamal Mouzawak founded Souk El Tayeb, the first market in Lebanon to promote local organic produce and support small-scale farmers, working to endorse a sense...
In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday.
Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction
Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.
SUVs: They’re big and bad so handle with care
Besides a perpetual political crisis that seems to characterize Lebanon, one thing you can always count on in this country is the sight of swarms of sports utility...
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Ask pretty much anyone today what they think of the Dodge Charger and “cop car” will probably be the first words they utter.
Old muscle cars ruled then, and they still rule now
If there’s one thing that’s hard to argue with it’s that American muscle cars of today are vastly more powerful than those produced in the latter half of the 20th...
Mercedes-Benz slam dunks a winner with A-Class
Some facts are simply too well-established to be challenged.
Why a hatchback has your back
When it comes to buying cars, convenience usually tops people’s list of criteria so it’s no wonder that hatchbacks have grown increasingly popular over the decades.
Tahoe affords effortless, luxurious experience
I’ve never been particularly fond of big SUVs, a fact that I suppose is peculiar considering most everyone in Lebanon seems to think they’re the best thing since sliced...
First-time dads in their early 20s may have the energy and agility to keep up with their young children, but a new study shows early fatherhood can pose perils later in life.
‘Leaky’ vaccines may strengthen viruses: study
Defective or “leaky” vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans.
Lilly says drug slows Alzheimer’s
Patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease who took Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive...
American gymnast shares secret: mate herbal tea
American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday, and he’s almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now...