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...
Jet ski race launches 2015 Lebanon Water Festival
The 2015 Lebanon Water Festival kicked off its activities with an international jet ski race held in Jounieh over the weekend.
Art prodigy awarded Culture Ministry medal
Ali Tlais, a visual artist with autism, was awarded a medal by the Culture Ministry this week.
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...
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...
Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie upset Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight...
A healthy steak that keeps you in the veg aisle
Haifa Wehbe in women who shatter stereotypes list
Lebanese pop sensation and style icon Haifa Wehbe figured among Marie Claire magazine’s list of 10 Muslim women that shatter stereotypes.
Women soccer team on verge of titles
The Stars Academy for Sports’ women’s football team is poised to win the league and cup titles this year, and can clinch both with a victory against the Girls Football...
Luxury Collection enters Lebanon with Grand Hills
The Metn village of Broummana is set to revive the glory it enjoyed during the 1990s as the trendiest spot on Lebanon’s mountainside with the reopening this week of...
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 so-called killer robots
YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
NASA says new earth-like planet discovered
Scientists using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope find a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth
Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS
Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA...
Bionic eye helps UK pensioner see in world first
A partially sighted British pensioner has had most of his vision restored thanks to a “bionic eye” – a device that converts video images from a miniature camera...
Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf’s conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain and is now looking elsewhere for recognition.
EU to protect cheese from divided Cyprus
The European Union Tuesday moved to recognize halloumi, or hellim in Turkish, as a protected cheese from both sides of the Greek-Turkish divided island of Cyprus and...
Levi’s tries to adapt to the yoga pants era
At the foot of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, in a renovated grain mill with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, Bart Sights is refining his recipes for denim.
Long, pampered life for Japan prizefighter bulls
Blood-shot eyes fixed menacingly on their foe and snorting furiously, two giant bulls smash into each other with shuddering force: In Japanese bullfighting, matadors...
After ‘Goodbye Lenin,’ a Berlin resurrection
Buried and long forgotten, the head of a giant Lenin statue is set to make a comeback in the German capital a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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...
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...
Small isn’t always better on fuel consumption
Whenever people start looking at smaller cars, they’re usually basing their decisions on one or two things: budget and fuel economy.
Honda City easy on the eyes, easier on fuel
Whenever you mention Hondas, the City isn’tusually the model that springs to mind, if at all.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam is unlikely to step down due to long-simmering differences with MP Michel Aoun’s ministers over the Cabinet’s decision-making system and the appointment of military and security chiefs, political analysts said Tuesday.
Zeaiter: trash near Beirut airport threat to air travel
Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter warns that the dumping of trash near Beirut's airport poses a threat to air travel safety
Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition leader calls for halt to hostilities
The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP opposition calls for an immediate halt to hostilities on both sides after Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militants in response to...
Kurdish rebels attack Turkish government lodgings
Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish rebels have attacked police and judicial officials' lodgings with rockets in a further escalation of violence between the...
Strife between defendant, lawyers at German neo-Nazi trial
Munich court has refused to order a criminal investigation into claims by a woman accused of complicity in 10 neo-Nazi murders that her attorneys violated her privacy
Salam might suspend Cabinet sessions
Lingering differences over the decision-making system appear to be pushing Prime Minister Tammam Salam to suspend Cabinet sessions as a means of averting a much-feared...
Nasrallah tells Sunnis to soothe minorities fear
Sunnis should lead the fight against Israel, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday, adding that since they form the majority of Muslims in the world,...
Beirutis complain but do nothing about stench
Residents of the capital from Ashrafieh to Tayyouneh expressed a range of emotions, from anger to hopelessness, as Beirut’s garbage crisis dragged on for yet another day.
The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP opposition calls for an immediate halt to hostilities on both sides after Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militants in response to an increase in attacks on the security forces
Fabius says time to warm up Iran-France relations
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrives in Iran and says it is time to kickstart relations between the two countries after a nuclear deal made such a change...
Bahrain identifies suspects in Tuesday's bombings: report
Several suspects in a bombing in Bahrain that killed two policeman have been identified and some have been arrested, the state news agency BNA says
Gunmen in Egypt kill guard outside Niger embassy
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a security guard outside the embassy of Niger in Cairo, the Egyptian interior ministry says
Myanmar's democracy leader runs in Nov. 8 polls to keep seat
Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi registers for November elections to keep her seat in parliament and challenge the ruling military-backed party
8 Australian men charged with 500 sex offenses against girl
An Australian man was accused of allowing seven men to sexually abuse his 13-year-old daughter over the past two years, with police charging all eight men with more...
At least 26 dead in flash floods in western India
Flash floods triggered by torrential monsoon rain have killed at least 26 people in a west Indian state in the past 48 hours, authorities say
Car bombing kills 2 civilians in northern Afghanistan
A police official says a car bombing in northern Afghanistan has killed two civilians and wounded 11
The United Nations has provided Lebanese industrialists with equipment, technical training and all forms of support to improve production, a senior UNIDO official said Tuesday.
Central Bank working for Lebanese interests
The Central Bank is working for the interests of Lebanon despite coming under attacks, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Monday at an event in Beirut.
Gold demand weakest since 2009 in Q2
Demand for gold slid to its lowest in six years in the second quarter of this year as buyers from top consumer China poured funds into its now-troubled equities market,...
Cameron: no place for dirty money in UK property
Britain will seek more transparency from foreign firms investing in the property market in a bid to stop ill-gotten funds being laundered in the sector, Prime Minister...
UAE shifts fuel prices as the Gulf watches
The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf state to take a major step toward taming the gas-guzzling habits of its drivers, who see cheap fuel as part of their...
Byblos Bank profits reach $70.1M in first half
Byblos Bank announced Monday that its net profit in the first six months of 2015 has risen by 1.1 percent to $70.1 million compared to the same period in 2014.
Lebanon 74th largest market for U.S. exports
Lebanon has many investment strengths that have encouraged foreign companies to set up offices in the country, according to the United States Department of Commerce’s...
Harb to transfer $103M to Finance Ministry
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb issued a decision Friday to transfer $103 million to the Finance Ministry for the month of July 2015.
Demand for gold slid to its lowest in six years in the second quarter of this year as buyers from top consumer China poured funds into its now-troubled equities market, an industry report showed Tuesday.
Greek bourse to reopen with constraints
The Greek stock market will reopen Wednesday or Thursday after a monthlong shutdown but with restrictions on trading by local investors at the request of the European...
Chinese shares tumble 8.5 percent
Chinese shares slid more than 8 percent Monday as an unprecedented government rescue plan to prop up valuations ran out of steam, throwing Beijing’s efforts to stave...
IMF says ECB may need to extend money printing
Eurozone growth will be subdued over the medium term and the European Central Bank may need to extend its money-printing program for longer than planned, the...
The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf state to take a major step toward taming the gas-guzzling habits of its drivers, who see cheap fuel as part of their birthright.
Libya crude output drops as strife cuts power
Libya’s crude production dropped below 400,000 barrels a day as the conflict in the divided North African country cut electricity supply at oil fields, according to the...
Kuwait to Riyadh: resume work at oil field
Kuwait has called on Saudi Arabia to resume production at a disputed border oil field, saying its neighbor will be held responsible for revenue losses, reports said...
Iran eyes return to SWIFT system, foreign stakes
Iran expects to rejoin the international electronic payment system SWIFT three months after sanctions imposed on it are lifted and it will also become easier for...
Militant troubles weigh on Morocco’s tourism
French tourist Margot Benet thought twice before boarding her plane bound for Morocco’s city of Marrakesh.
Anyone who has followed the saga of Lebanon’s trash crisis should be aware of the dysfunction, bankruptcy and level of harm that threatens the country – thanks to the representatives of “civil society.”
During Lebanon’s recent and ongoing trash crisis, the dysfunction of the Cabinet has allowed the issue to spin out of control – the national political vacuum has been...
Only an international force can stabilize Ukraine
The recent Greek drama may have transfixed Europe, but the great crisis in Europe’s east has not gone away.
Contrasts in the Iran and Greece deals
This month’s agreements on the Greek crisis and Iran’s nuclear program are undoubtedly important achievements.
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 rising level of criticism of the government’s performance has coincided with mounting speculation that Prime Minister Tammam Salam will soon hand in his resignation.
Turkey’s double game
Violence along Turkey’s border with Syria have been building for a long time, and Ankara’s decision to intervene military in the conflict isn’t much of a surprise.
A multitude of curses
As social media erupts with young Lebanese attempting to make sense of the ever-repugnant trash crisis – is it a metaphor?
Brands can advance their interests and do good
Historically, brands participated in solving global problems through philanthropy or their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Europe would do best to look at its own pollution
European policymakers like to lecture the rest of the world on air pollution.
The Mideast needs a League of Nations
U.S. President Barack Obama this past week called on America’s Arab allies to begin a “practical conversation” with Iran to reduce sectarian divisions and address...
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...
EU moves may raise the heat on Israel
Events related to the Iran nuclear agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against ISIS tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days.
A CIA report on Iran sounds suspicious
According to the Los Angeles Times a secret CIA assessment predicts that Iran will spend most of the expected $100 billion windfall from the lifting of international...
Greece may gain from a return to the drachma
The Greek financial crisis has eased – for now.
Michel Platini, the head of European football’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters Tuesday.
Chelsea, Barca sore but ready to defend crowns
Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited Tuesday's friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they...
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.
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.
Bayern confirm Vidal switch from Juventus
Bayern Munich confirmed Tuesday that they have signed Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus on a four-year deal with Bastian Schweinsteiger’s replacement...
Once-mighty Ajax join Europe with minnows
Four-time European champions Ajax Amsterdam find themselves among the pre-qualifiers for the Champions League this year as Dutch football pays the price for its...
Tigres in old vs. new Libertadores final
The Libertadores Cup final Wednesday pits old against new as River Plate bid to win the tournament for the third time and Tigres aim to become the first Mexican side to...
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 champions even more to think about.
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...
Hamilton on top again as Kvyat surprises
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian...
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...
Murray ends Britain’s wait to make Davis semis
Andy Murray clinched Great Britain’s first Davis Cup semifinal berth for 34 years as the world No. 3’s gritty victory against Gilles Simon gave his country an...
Djokovic last man standing as Big Four falter
Novak Djokovic was once in danger of becoming tennis’ great unfulfilled talent, the smiling Serb with a racket in one hand and a sick note in the other.
Tennis body regrets Tomic Hall of Shame remark
Tennis Australia has apologized for a “clerical error” in a media release that said estranged player Bernard Tomic was playing in a “Hall of Shame” event against...
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 in late September.
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...
Jordan backs out of Mavs move, staying in LA
Deandre Jordan has pulled out of a move to join the Dallas Mavericks and has instead agreed a new four-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, US media reports said
Kings, Casspi agree to 2-year, $6 million deal
A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and swingman Omri Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand said Tuesday she was “super excited” about returning to athletics after a landmark ruling on the validity of so-called gender tests.
Special Edgbaston crowd can be our 12th man: Cook
England want to bounce back from a disastrous showing at Lord’s by playing well enough to get a special Edgbaston crowd on their side in the third Ashes test against...
Cost rise warnings were ignored: Japan designers
The firm of architects whose design for Japan’s new Olympic stadium was scrapped said the ballooning costs that doomed their plan were due partly to an uncompetitive...
IOC expects U.S. 2024 bid despite Boston pullout
The International Olympic Committee remains confident the United States will deliver a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games despite Boston’s withdrawal from the race Monday.
NFL upholds Brady's four-game suspension for role in 'Deflategate'
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game suspension given to quarterback Tom Brady for his role in a scheme to deflate the footballs in the AFC championship...
Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service says, apparently for making comments that suggested he supported Russia's annexation of Crimea last year
Jackson family patriarch hospitalized
Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson and patriarch of the musical family, suffered a stroke Monday while visiting Brazil and was hospitalized in the...
Mariah Carey to receive star on Walk of Fame
Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.
Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.
Strapped to flying Airbus, Tom Cruise muses on camera angle
Imagine this. You're strapped to the outside of a flying jetliner, thousands of feet above ground and rapidly rising. What would be going through your head?
Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub...
Cosby appeals ruling that unsealed deposition excerpts
Bill Cosby's lawyers are appealing a judge's decision to unseal court filings that quote him saying he obtained quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died
The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.
'Charged Up' Drake hits back at ghostwriting claim
Hip-hop star Drake has hit back at charges he relies on ghostwriters for his songs, releasing a new track dissing his accuser which quickly went viral online.
Brown cleared to leave Manila after complaint
Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown is finally on his way out of the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert...
Swift, Minaj tweet over MTV award snub
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj traded words on Twitter after the rapper said she was upset she didn’t earn a nomination for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Disappointing 'Pixels' falls apart before it begins
The most believable element in 'Pixels' is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet
McAdams relishes Southpaw challenges
Rachel McAdams carved a career in Hollywood’s romantic comedies with her lively girl-next-door persona, but recently, she’s developed a penchant for the darker side.
Depicting light can be a murky affair.
With Vacation, a look at laughable comedy remakes
The modern comedy remake is among the most laughable of movie genres.
Wagner descendant lauds composer’s museum
Richard Wagner’s great granddaughter Eva Wagner-Pasquier said she felt overwhelmed with emotion at the official opening in Bayreuth of a renovated museum devoted to the...
WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a...
Captivating tribute to Star of the East
As clouds of incinerated garbage lingered menacingly on the Beirut horizon Saturday evening, an entirely different scene was coalescing just north of there.