Joyce Azzam came into the spotlight earlier this year when she became the first Lebanese woman to summit the highest peaks on all of the world’s seven continents, an accomplishment seven years in the making.
Scale of problems led to Saudi Arabia visit
Three former prime ministers recently returned from Jeddah for a visit that lasted just a few hours.
‘Appalling’ arson attack on Japan anime studio
A man shouted “die” as he doused an animation studio with fuel and set it ablaze in Japan Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said, killing at least 33 people in the...
To win in 2020, Trump leans on race
U.S. President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his re-election campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.
Israeli demolition order stokes Palestinian fear
Israeli plans to demolish Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem have drawn international criticism, amid Palestinian fears that a...
MP Musawi resigns after Hezbollah request
Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi submitted his resignation to Parliament Thursday, days after he was accused of shooting at a police station.
Ogero employees protest proposed salary cuts
Employees at state-run telecommunications company Ogero went on strike across Lebanon Thursday to oppose cuts to their salaries proposed in this year’s draft budget.
Bassil affirms close Lebanon-US relations
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Thursday affirmed Lebanon’s close relations with the United States during an event on religious freedom in Washington.
A man shouted “die” as he doused an animation studio with fuel and set it ablaze in Japan Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said, killing at least 33 people in the nation’s worst mass murder in nearly two decades.
MPs install safeguards against no-deal Brexit
British lawmakers Thursday approved proposals to make it harder for the next prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit by suspending Parliament, showing again...
Italy police deal blow to Nigerian mafia
Italian police said Thursday they had arrested 19 suspected members of a Nigerian mob, including the leaders of a clan that forged alliances with other mafias and...
Teen mum in Guinea gives birth during exam, returns to finish
Nothing – not even childbirth – deterred teenager Fatoumata Kourouma Conde from completing the exam for which she had spent the past year preparing.
Israeli plans to demolish Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem have drawn international criticism, amid Palestinian fears that a precedent would be set for other buildings along the barrier route.
Laingen, top U.S. diplomat held in Iran, dies
L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for...
Russia offers to sell fighter jets to Turkey
A top Russian official said Moscow was ready to sell fighter jets to Turkey after the United States excluded Turkey from its fighter jet program.
UN calls out Saudi Arabia, UAE for not paying Yemen aid pledges
United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock called out Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Thursday for only paying a "modest proportion" of the hundreds of millions of...
Morocco court condemns three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers
A Moroccan court Thursday condemned three suspected militants to death for the murder of two Scandinavian women beheaded while on a hiking trip in Morocco.
Banque du Liban has no intention of subscribing to Treasury bills at 1 percent interest, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Wednesday, but added that BDL would seek new alternatives to help the Finance Ministry cut the deficit.
Fitch: Lebanon banks have low vulnerability
International ratings agency Fitch said Lebanese banks had low-level potential vulnerability, similar to their peers in the United States and Germany.
Sudan turmoil drives fears of economic collapse
Sales have tumbled at Hashem Abul Fadel’s shopping centers in Sudan, where he and fellow business owners fear that months of political turmoil could bring on a...
War risk costs drag on UAE marine fuel sales
Shippers trying to minimize time in the Middle East after oil tanker attacks pushed up insurance costs are scaling back purchases of marine fuels from the United Arab...
France to search for candidate to head IMF
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier Thursday he will lead talks on finding a single European candidate to succeed Christine Lagarde as head of the...
Beirut fourth most expensive city in region
The mid-2019 Cost of Living Index produced by crowdsourced global database Numbeo ranked Beirut fourth-highest among 21 Arab cities and 157th among 377 cities around...
Lebanese Eurobonds up over reports of Saudi buy
Prices of Lebanon’s Eurobonds increased slightly Tuesday following reports that Saudi Arabia is preparing to provide some kind of assistance to help the government...
Sfeir urges govt: Implement reforms, cut deficit
The president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, Salim Sfeir, said Tuesday that lenders are willing to support the economy provided that the authorities start...
Sales have tumbled at Hashem Abul Fadel’s shopping centers in Sudan, where he and fellow business owners fear that months of political turmoil could bring on a full-scale economic collapse.
Star of Mideast stock markets seen losing sparkle
Kuwait has delivered more gains for stock investors than any other major market in the Middle East and Africa this year.
Saudi Arabia set for 24-hour commercial trading
Saudi Arabia said it will allow some businesses to stay open 24 hours a day, an announcement that triggered puzzlement over whether it was ending rules that require...
UAE plans oil trade overhaul to boost clout
The United Arab Emirates’ state-run ADNOC, long seen as one of the most conservative oil firms in the Middle East, plans an overhaul for its trading operations as it...
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier Thursday he will lead talks on finding a single European candidate to succeed Christine Lagarde as head of the International Monetary Fund.
Netflix stock plunges as U.S. customers fall
Netflix Inc. shocked investors by reporting a drop in U.S. customers and much slower growth overseas, raising fears that the streaming giant is losing momentum just as...
Negotiators agree on core of budget deal: Mnuchin
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that budget and debt negotiators had reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government’s...
G-7 urges tough Libra regulation
Digital currencies such as Facebook’s planned Libra raise serious concerns and must be regulated as tightly as possible to ensure they do not upset the world’s...
Central banks: Only way is down as rates peak
The Federal Reserve and other leading central banks are declaring the peak in global interest rates has been reached and are readying to start the march down.
The recent crackdowns on undocumented foreign labor in Lebanon which appear to target Syrian and Palestinian refugees are quite worrisome, as they raise questions about the motives behind the moves.
Criminal land theft
Israel’s recent moves in the West Bank, which all aim at annexation, expropriation and evictions, have made the purpose of the Bahrain conference very clear.
The fork is mightier than the wall
The word “migration” conjures images of war, natural disaster and severe economic distress.
We live in the age of cynical voters
We all know that politicians are cunning and cynical, but could the same now be said for the electorate?
U.S.’ immediate Gulf challenge: Maritime security
Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure Saturday of a small oil tanker about 380 kilometers northwest of Muscat: Thus far, it has brought only a...
Back to earth
In 2016, the Lebanese celebrated the election of a new president with Reform and Change as the promise the country was waiting for.
The blight of anarchy
There are many absurdities that plague Lebanon, but perhaps one of the more outrageous practices is the blocking of key conduits by burning tires whenever anyone,...
Students come first
Somewhere along the way people appear to have completely forgotten the true purpose of the Lebanese University.
Johnson and the threat to British soft power
Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of children to...
Three lessons from the Hong Kong protests
The massive protests in Hong Kong in recent weeks have demonstrated the depth of its citizens’ determination to uphold their democratic way of life - something they...
The exploitation time bomb
Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened.
Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure Saturday of a small oil tanker about 380 kilometers northwest of Muscat: Thus far, it has brought only a muted response from the United Arab Emirates, in whose waters the vessel had been operating, and from the United States, which is quietly organizing a multinational effort to protect shipping in the Gulf.
Democratic surprise: Why not get tough on Iran?
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also...
Trump played a hunch with Kim. Now what?
In dealing with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump should remember that he is a snake handler, not a snake charmer. (The same advice applies to Kim,...
Trump cannot rewrite the American story
President Donald Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail.
Trump’s weakness in showdown with Iran
Sometimes in foreign policy, the best course of action for a powerful country is the most limited, at least visibly.
Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt, one of the most coveted young players in world football, signed Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for a fee of 75 million euros ($84.2 million) plus add-ons.
Mahrez, Mane duel in Cup of Nations rematch
Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane will renew their Premier League rivalry for a second time in Egypt, with Africa Cup of Nations immortality awaiting the victor of Friday’s...
Serbia press crowns Djokovic ‘King of Tennis’
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion...
Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic
Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss threw at him to claim a fifth Wimbledon title in the...
It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcome change
There is no favorite.
Lebanon get favorable WC qualifying draw
Lebanon will be quietly confident of a successful World Cup qualification campaign, after they were handed a relatively favorable draw in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.
Sterling, Pogba shine as Manchester clubs win
Record Manchester City signing Rodri made his debut and Raheem Sterling scored twice as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat West Ham United 4-1 in...
Wolves thrash Newcastle, fans bemoan Bruce
The scale of the task facing Newcastle United’s new head coach Steve Bruce was brutally laid bare as the team were thrashed 4-0 by Premier League rivals Wolverhampton...
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion Roger Federer.
Novak: King of court but not of people’s hearts
From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place among the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both divide and...
Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic
Here’s a fact box on Novak Djokovic, who beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to win his 16th Grand Slam title Sunday.
Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy
Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set...
Clippers make their move, land Leonard, George
The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off two major acquisitions late Friday night, as ESPN and The Athletic reported that free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the...
Durant, Irving make Nets talk of the town
Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. But Sunday, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin...
Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant says he will signing with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
Tearful Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season Monday.
Britain’s Simon Yates won stage 12 of the Tour de France Thursday, beating two other survivors of a mass breakaway in the Pyrenees.
Aussie rookie Ewan wins bunch sprint in Toulouse
Australian Caleb Ewan picked up his first Tour de France stage win in a mass sprint at Toulouse Wednesday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the overall lead.
Ineos already in pole position for Tour glory
Team Ineos are already poised for a Tour de France triumph before the race even enters the high mountains after a brutal display of strength on the eve of the first...
Sweet Pea’ Whitaker killed in road accident
Ex-Olympic boxing gold medalist and four-weight world champion Pernell Whitaker has died after a traffic accident in Virginia, police confirmed Monday.
Crosswind sends Alaphilippe clear on Tour
Dutch rookie Wout van Aert won stage 10 of the Tour de France Monday as Julian Alaphilippe extended his overall lead after a blistering late charge split the peloton.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points. Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favor by handing the home favorite a free pit stop in a thrilling race.
Bottas leads Hamilton in U.K. practice
Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in practice for the Formula One leader’s home British Grand Prix Friday, with...
Decade of dominance for King of the Ring Marquez
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez kept his crown as “King of the Ring” with a 10th successive German Grand Prix victory, across all classes, Sunday to stretch his overall...
Verstappen wins in wheel-banging Austrian duel
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix and ended Formula One champions Mercedes’ streak of success, after beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in a...
Vinales wins at Assen, Marquez stretches lead
Spaniard Maverick Vinales won the Dutch TT at Assen Sunday for Yamaha’s first win of the year while Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez settled for second to extend his...
“The most absurd assignment was given to me by the director of the Sygma agency,” photographer Fouad Elkoury recalls, “who was happy to pay me a huge salary for me to stay in Tunis, where [Yasser] Arafat had actually moved to, and catch him, with a cigar, in his bathtub, in a foam bath.
‘Lion King’ back but it’s hard to feel the love
Life moves in a circle, “The Lion King” tells us, and, so does studio moviemaking.
Social media reacts to Marcel Khalife’s refusal to play national anthem at Baalbeck performance
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the...
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be performing there in the latest eye-popping announcement as the kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.
Stevie Wonder getting kidney transplant this fall
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this...
Beyonce and doc on R. Kelly get Emmy nods
Beyonce’s “Homecoming” film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations.
For Russian director, art is ‘resistance’
For Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, some one-and-a-half years of house arrest and a serious court case have been no obstacle to artistic creation.
Views of a fast-changing Oman
Jokha Alharthi, the first Arab author to win the Man Booker International Prize, has been lauded for writing a novel that delivers a cross-generational female...
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the national anthem while opening the Baalbeck International Festival.
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.
Brazilians mourn death of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto
Brazilians – most of them at least – are mourning the loss of Jo?o Gilberto, one of the inventors of bossa nova music, which gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s.
Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present?
Switzerland: Chocolate, cheese and
When foreigners think of Swiss specialities that might excite their taste buds, world-renowned chocolate and cheese likely come to mind.
Lower trust in vaccines among people in richer countries: survey
People in Europe have the lowest levels of trust in vaccines, according to a global survey of public attitudes toward health and science published Wednesday.
Different approaches to saving old buildings
“You can tell from the stuff you find here that people used to study science,”
VR gears up to go back in time at Sidon castle
Sidon’s Sea Castle is said to have stood for almost 800 years. Built by crusaders, destroyed by the Mamluks and restored by Fakhreddine
Winners happy with unfair, rigged games
When it comes to fairness and privilege, a new study finds it really is not about how you play the game.
Apollo moon rocks shed new light on Earth’s volcanoes
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more...
Americans embrace clothing rental services
Remember when you bought an expensive evening gown for an event, only to ever wear it once or twice?
Blazing the trail for Ultra running in Lebanon
“Why would you run on tarmac when you can run on beautiful trails, and why would you run on roads when you can run through Cedar reserves?”
Heavenly day at ‘Neighborhood of the Sky’
On a rugged mountain peak nearly 1,000 meters above the red-tiled roofs of Bsharri in north Lebanon, a blissful summer getaway awaits those ready to make an effort to...
Summer festivals dealing with funding challenges
Lebanon’s famous summer festivals, a staple of many communities across the country, face hardships this year with the absence of public funding.
MOSCOW: Russia's space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.
U.K. spy agency decrypts secrets in exhibition
Historic gadgets used by British spies will be revealed for the first time later this week, as one of the country’s intelligence agencies steps out the shadows to mark...
Scientists uncover how some fish can change sex as adults
New Zealand researchers are offering the first detailed view of the molecular machinery that allows some fish to change their sex.
Armstrong hometown set to mark moon landing
An Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son’s history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
Cosmic waves finding could unlock mysteries
Scientists were celebrating a groundbreaking astronomical discovery that they say could pave the way for mapping the outer reaches of the universe. An Australian-led...
The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said Monday.
Rebuilding China’s Great Wall
Nature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking - and...
Pearls of Aegean this summer’s top destination
A one-hour drive from Izmir’s airport will take you through marvelous green mountains before arriving at the small coastal town of Ozdere, which appears to be dipping...
The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch’s sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.
Antarctic ice cover in dizzying decline since 2014: study
After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record...
Everest campsite buried under tons of garbage
After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different.
Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash - mostly bags - in the...