Italian Ambassador Massimo Marotti Thursday said Lebanon’s prosperity was vital to reinstituting regional stability and presenting a democratic model for surrounding countries that remain entrenched in war and political upheaval.
STL defense challenges assertions of Alfa expert
A representative of the Alfa cellular network Thursday detailed his company’s evolving infrastructure to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, illustrating the difficulties...
Frances Hollande reshuffles cabinet
French President Francois Hollande Thursday broadened his Cabinet to include the heads of two smaller left-wing parties, reaching out beyond his Socialist party in a...
Clinton struggles to win over younger women
Political “revolution” is currently trumping the idea of the first female president for the United States’ young women.
U.S.: Campaign to defeat Daesh must accelerate
The United States pressed allies Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Daesh (ISIS) that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the...
Palestinian youths leave Lebanon for Syria
News has emerged that a number of young people from the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in Sidon have been heading to Syria to join rebel groups, something...
U.S., U.K. envoys discuss ISF training assistance
U.S. and U.K. envoys discussed plans to develop and train Internal Security Forces during a visit to the ISF Academy in a Beirut suburb Thursday.
Police detain Lebanese for smuggling Syrians
Security forces Thursday detained a Lebanese national smuggling 13 Syrian adults and three children at a police checkpoint in east Lebanon.
French President Francois Hollande Thursday broadened his Cabinet to include the heads of two smaller left-wing parties, reaching out beyond his Socialist party in a bid to improve his faltering chances of re-election in 2017.
Ruling bars U.K. minister’s brother from medicine
The psychiatrist brother of Britain’s finance minister George Osborne was struck off the British medical register Thursday for having an affair with a patient and...
North expels SKoreans from industrial zone
North Korea Thursday expelled all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and placed it under military control, saying Seoul’s decision to shutter...
Cartel prison battle leaves 52 inmates dead
A brutal fight between rival drug gangs killed 52 inmates and injured 12 at a prison in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, the state governor said Thursday.
The United States pressed allies Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Daesh (ISIS) that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s civil war.
U.N. warns of hunger, lack of medical aid in Homs
A military offensive by Syrian regime and allied forces has cut off 120,000 people in the northern Homs governorate since mid-January, worsening hunger and killing...
Russia helps mediate deals with rebels in Syria
Russian mediators are helping the Syrian government to broker deals with rebels seeking to lay down their weapons or to relocate to insurgent strongholds, as Moscow...
Aleppo residents fear siege as regime advances
Shop shelves are bare and prices have doubled in Syria’s Aleppo as the threat of a blockade looms after advancing regime forces cut off the second city’s main supply...
Top Yemeni commander survives assassination
Yemeni officials say a senior military commander has survived an assassination attempt in Aden, though three of his guards were killed when Islamist militants suspected...
The Beirut Traders Association launched Friday the fifth edition of the “Grow My Business” competition aimed at helping Lebanese entrepreneurs and SME owners to develop plans in a bid to boost their businesses forward.
World Bank plans efficient public transportation
Skeptics say it is easier to solve the Middle East crisis than to end the chronic traffic jam or provide a convenient public transportation in a country that has over 2...
Iran chases billions in tourism revenue
Long seen as a destination strewn with shortcomings, Iran is making a fresh pitch for tourists, with the recent lifting of economic sanctions providing an opportunity...
Turkish mystery capital inflows at all-time high
Turkey’s capital inflows of unknown origin last year reached the highest level since the central bank began keeping records in 1975, spurring fears that the...
Fed evaluating possibility of negative rates
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed was taking another look at negative interest rates as a potential policy tool if the U.S. economy faltered, after...
Import bill drops on cheap oil, strong dollar
The sharp drop in the price of oil and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against other foreign currencies caused the value of Lebanon’s imports to drop by more than...
Ad spending flat at $190M in 2015
An annual survey of the advertising market in the Arab world shows that real advertising expenditures in Lebanon totaled $190 million in 2015, nearly unchanged from the...
Bank profits rise on surge in interest income
The combined profits of all six listed Lebanese banks jumped by 8.70 percent in 2015 to reach $1.219 billion compared to $1.121 billion in the same period of 2014.
Long seen as a destination strewn with shortcomings, Iran is making a fresh pitch for tourists, with the recent lifting of economic sanctions providing an opportunity to cash in.
India, UAE sign deals on crown prince visit
India and the United Arab Emirates Thursday signed deals in fields ranging from space technology to renewable energy during a visit to New Delhi by Abu Dhabi’s crown...
In Egypt, medicines disappear from shelves
Nahed Ibrahim has scoured Egypt in vain to find a regular supply of medication to help her mother to recover from a stroke she suffered four months ago, since then the...
Tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics
The world’s tourism map is being redrawn at lightning speed as holidaymakers switch preferences prompted by terror attacks, epidemics and migrant crises.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed was taking another look at negative interest rates as a potential policy tool if the U.S. economy faltered, after central banks in Europe were able to drive borrowing costs below zero.
Lagarde set for second term as IMF chief
IMF chief Christine Lagarde became assured Thursday of a second five-year term after the global financial institution announced there were no other candidates for the...
International student housing startup gets $60M
When Luke Nolan was living in Shanghai in the early 2000s, his Chinese friends and neighbors kept asking him to help their children who were going to study in the...
European stocks deepen rout
The relief rally that swept through Europe’s stock markets Wednesday came to an abrupt halt as shares slid for the eighth time in nine days and to hit their lowest...
Total slashes investment to face oil-price drop
French oil company Total said Thursday it had cut its investment target this year as it steps up efforts to drastically cut costs to counter a global collapse in oil...
As the U.S. presidential campaigns pick up pace and the contenders advance their platforms, Muslims and Arabs have for the first time become a burning question, especially when the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has made banning the entry of all Muslims to the U.S. part of his program.
Legacy of injustice
On a recent visit to the region, the U.S. president was quoted as saying: “When I visited the camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing the horror of war, I...
Muslims forgot their contributions to science
Muslim governments know that economic growth, military power and national security benefit greatly from technological advances.
Why violence is a serious public health problem
Physical or sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women in the world.
Aleppo’s frightening reminder of wider threats
Aleppo today is frightening almost beyond description and comprehension.
War of depopulation
The events of Monday Feb. 8, 2016, will not be remembered as great landmarks in the Syrian crisis, but they are worth exploring nonetheless.
Plaguing the country
Unlike some recently pandemic-hit parts of the world, for many decades now Lebanon has been spared the horrors of plague.
When it comes to the presidential election, Lebanon’s main political parties have been treating the race to Baabda Palace as if it were the Kentucky Derby.
Syrian dynamics are rapidly changing
The Syrian regime, backed by Russian airstrikes, severed the main overland supply route from Turkey to Aleppo on Feb. 3.
What’s next after Geneva’s failure?
For over four years an article of faith for senior Western politicians has been that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria.
Don’t allow a ‘fog of responsibility’ in Syria
The international community’s failure to bring the Syrian civil war to an end is a tragedy – especially for the country’s long-suffering people.
What America has lost under Obama
Seven years into President Barack Obama’s presidency, we now understand what his “political realism” was all about.
Do Kerry’s threats in Syria pack a punch?
Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria – in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire...
The Daesh problem is only getting worse
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against Daesh (ISIS).
A sign of things to come in Syria
This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
Paris Saint-Germain said Thursday that coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract until 2018, giving him a free rein for the tough Champions League campaign ahead.
Prince Ali condemns rivals tactics
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al Hussein condemned the tactics of his main election rivals Thursday, raising ethical questions about their efforts to...
Djokovic dominant but it’s tight at top: Henman
Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is not as inevitable as it might appear, former British number one Tim Henman believes, even if the other members of the “Big Four”...
Two umpires banned, 4 being investigated over corruption: ITF
Two tennis umpires were banned last year, one for life, for breaches of the sport's Code of Conduct for Officials, governing body the International Tennis Federation...
Kobe, LeBron share court as Cavs win 120-111
Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.One on one, despite the noise of 20,000 fans in the background.
Sun will shine for Liverpool youngsters: Klopp
Juergen Klopp predicted brighter days ahead for his Liverpool youngsters after they fell to a last-gasp strike from Angelo Ogbonna against West Ham United in their FA...
‘No truth’ in Chelsea rumors for Juve’s Allegri
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has again distanced himself from the Chelsea manager’s job amid claims he will replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the...
Sunderland sack Johnson after child sex charge admission
England International Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, the club said on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is not as inevitable as it might appear, former British number one Tim Henman believes, even if the other members of the “Big Four” will have to raise their game and hope the Serbian falters.
Multi-talented Barty's return to court a loss for cricket
Ashleigh Barty's short stint as a professional cricketer has helped the former Wimbledon junior champion refresh for the grind of the tennis tour, according to her...
Russia humiliated in Fed Cup
Russia and Italy, who have won eight of the last 12 Fed Cup titles, crashed out of this year’s tournament Sunday as defending champions Czech Republic survived to set...
Dutch defeat Russia in Fed Cup
Kiki Bertens won a decisive singles rubber in Moscow Sunday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in straight sets to lead the Netherlands into the Fed Cup semi-finals
Hawks send Bulls to fourth straight loss
The Atlanta Hawks made sure they went into the All-Star break feeling good by sending the Chicago Bulls into the schedule break with a thud
Warriors past Rockets for 42nd home win
Stephen Curry had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors put away the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter of a 123-110 victory...
Curry magic as Warriors down Rockets
Steph Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games...
Khatib returns from China, rejoins Riyadi
Lebanese basketball icon Fadi El-Khatib returned to the country late Sunday after ending his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association League with Fujian club,...
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe Thursday angrily hit back at Nestle’s move to terminate its sponsorship of the IAAF, insisting he will not accept the decision.
USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika
The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil
Kenya, others reconsidering Rio Games over Zika
Kenya caused a stir Tuesday when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw from the Rio Games because of Zika, but officials said later it was too...
Denver dons orange to welcome Broncos
Hundreds of thousands of cheering, orange-clad Denver Broncos fans lined the city’s streets Tuesday for a parade and rally to welcome home the team after their upset...
As ugly as it was, it was beautiful for Manning
A pack of Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera had seen enough.
Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch Wednesday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor.
News about Schumacher 'not good:' Montezemolo
The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said Thursday
Maldonado loses Formula One drive at Renault
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado announced Monday he had lost his Formula One drive, with the seat at Renault-owned Lotus now looking certain to be taken by Denmark's Kevin...
Lorenzo kicks off MotoGP 2016 test season on top
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding a Yamaha was fastest on day one as the 2016 test season got off to a blistering start at Malaysia's Sepang circuit...
Marussia name disappears from Formula One
The Marussia name will disappear from Formula One this season after the team owners were granted a request to change it to Manor Racing Tuesday
In one of the more elaborate spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the GOP candidate’s primary victory in New Hampshire.
Coldplay lets Beyonce, Bruno Mars upstage band
Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit. It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show.
Warner settles 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for $14M
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million...
Berlin's three main orchestras stage free concert for refugees
Three of the world's top conductors, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Ivan Fischer are teaming up for a free concert by Berlin's three main orchestras next month...
Documentary on radical Islam raises hackles
A documentary on radical Muslims has struck a nerve in France months after a devastating attack in its capital, and sparked a debate about freedom of expression.
Inarritu triumphs at DGA awards
Hollywood’s directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for “The Revenant” at a gala ceremony Saturday, helping focus the race for the Oscars.
'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend
"Kung Fu Panda 3" remained atop the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice...
Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" has opened more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, the country where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and...
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million to end a lawsuit over the song is approved by a U.S. court, it will be free for all to use as they please
Springsteen showcases new way of serving fans
Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia.
Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song
Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called "White Privilege II" - rapping about a white person's position in society with black people fighting...
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband, dies near Las Vegas
Rene Angelil was a former singer-turned-manager when he received an audiotape of a 12-year-old singer from her mother.
YouTube rolls out original programming
Michael “Burnie” Burns hears a discrepancy.Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers...
Art gallery, Sotheby’s settle fake Rothko case
Knoedler & Co., which before shutting in 2011 was New York City’s oldest art gallery, has agreed to settle a lawsuit over an $8.3 million sale of a fake Rothko...
War-scarred ruins of Syria’s Homs inspire artists
Devastated by 20 months of combat between regime forces and rebel fighters, the haunting ruins of the Old City of Homs serve as inspiration for some Syrian artists.
In ‘Hail, Caesar!’ a studio fixer’s faith is tested
In “Hail, Caesar!” the Coen canon reaches a crescendo – or rather a warped inversion of one – when the brothers assemble a quartet of religious leaders from various...
Violette Verdy, one of the ballet world's most loved ballerinas and choreographers, has died aged 82, after leading a life that inspired generations of dancers, the Paris Opera announced Tuesday
Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90
Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend...
David Bowie wanted ashes scattered in Bali
Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow,...
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit...
Saab in the spotlight at Paris Fashion Week
Mode a Paris’ Haute Couture collections, one of the most prestigious catwalk shows in the world, concluded this week in the French capital.
Saint Laurent showed its new men’s collection in Los Angeles Wednesday in front of a host of stars amid persistent rumors over the future of its artistic director Hedi Slimane.
NY’s Fashion Week opens
New York Fashion Week opens Thursday with chilly weather and perhaps an even chillier prospect: defining the purpose of the shows as brands begin trying fresh ways to...
Camera makers battle phone onslaught
High-schooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years – she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot...
Twitter to let hot tweets rise to top of timeline
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the “best” tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the...
Georges Hobeika fuses color and cut in new line
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...
A magical space-time ripple that wasn’t believed
The wave that made history snuck up on them.
Astrologers predict turbulent Year of the Monkey
As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous,...
Humor, upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl ads
From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
High-schooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years – she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot understand why anyone would bother with a separate device for photos.
Twitter lets hot tweets rise to top of timelines
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the "best" tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the...
NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month
NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said Friday
Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment
Germany: Scientists in Germany have switched on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power
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.
How to pull off the minimal catwalk look
Top 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts
For some the most awaited time of the year is just a few days away, for others it is a high-stakes, consumerist, shopping nightmare that can make or break a relationship.
Couples spoiled for choice on Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Makeup off the runways
Some visitors may be steering clear of the world’s top tourist destination after terror attacks in the French capital, but for lovers, shoppers and gourmands who dare to go, Paris will always be Paris.
Geologist says dinosaur fossils found in western India
A geologist said Saturday his team has discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils in the western Indian state of Gujarat that could be millions of years old
India’s ‘cleanest village’ clings to its serenity
In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India’s far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers – but its reputation as Asia’s cleanest village...
Context matters, especially in journalism, so I’d like to state something for the record right off the bat.
US will consider Google computer to be car's driver
The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver
Mitsubishi Lancer refuses to call it quits
As the car industry grows more sophisticated and automobiles increasingly come packed with options that used to astonish us just a few years ago, we as consumers are...
SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show despite pollution crackdown
India's flagship auto show opened its doors in New Delhi Wednesday with a new batch of diesel-guzzling SUVs on proud display, despite industry uncertainty about a...
India's Tata decides to rename 'Zica' car as virus spreads
India's biggest carmaker Tata Motors said Tuesday it would rename its new Zica hatchback as global alarm grows over an outbreak of the identical-sounding Zika virus
Travelers coming back from any outbreak zones of the Zika virus will need to wait at least 28 days before giving blood to avoid any risk of transmission, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Sunday
US doctors upgrade Zika precautions; virus found in saliva, urine
Brazilian scientists announced Friday they had found Zika in the saliva and urine of two patients, as U.S. health officials advised more stringent measures for...
Brazilian health institute says discovered Zika in saliva, urine
Brazilian government health institute Fiocruz said Friday it had discovered for the first time active Zika virus in saliva and urine samples and would investigate the...
New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras
It’s glitter season in New Orleans.
A cell’s change gives insight on cancer’s origin
Researchers have for the first time witnessed how a single cell can change and give rise to cancer, raising hopes that scientists may discover a way to stop tumors...