Decades of Western pressure and sanctions on Iran have inflamed sectarian tensions across the region, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said.
Army arrests seven including terror suspect
The Lebanese Army said Saturday it arrested seven people including Syrias and Lebanese for arms possession in the Metn region.
Yazidis cheer Kurds for breaking ISIS siege
Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis...
US says delivered 10 Apaches to Egypt
The United States has delivered 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt in recent weeks after lifting part of a freeze on aid to the north African nation, a US official said...
Gunman kills two NYC police officers
A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have...
Former French prime minister meets Salam, Derian
François Fillon, a former French prime minister, met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian in Beirut.
Minister slams random waste dumping by municipalities
Lebanese municipalities lack a waste management strategy to organize trash in their districts, prompting some to collect and dump their waste in other regions,...
Beirut airport in 'safe hands': minister
Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said Saturday that the Beirut airport remained in safe hands and that security there was intact.
Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.
Roadside bomb kills seven civilians in Afghanistan
At least seven people including children were killed when a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, the latest civilian casualties...
Jordan hangs 11 men convicted of murder
Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder by hanging on Sunday, the interior ministry said, as it ended an informal eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.
Israel arrests 4 from Jewish extremist group
Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Palestinian-Jewish coexistence.
A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
Afghan journalist wounded in French center attack dies
An Afghan journalist who was seriously injured during a suicide attack on a French cultural center died of his wounds in hospital on Sunday, officials said.
US dismisses N. Korea hacking probe offer
The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from...
Afghan Taliban decry UN report on civilian casualties
Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians...
Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India
Police say an explosion in the parking lot of a bus station has killed three people and wounded five others in northeastern India.
The U.N. General Assembly Friday asked Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million as compensation for the oil slick the Jewish state caused during the July 2006 war.
Luring oil firms to bid a daunting task
Lebanon will face challenges persuading international oil compaines to bid in the upcoming offshore gas licensing round, despite the Cabinet’s determination to swiftly...
UAE oil minister slams 'irresponsible' non-OPEC producers
One of the biggest reasons for the slide of oil prices is the "irresponsible" supply from producers outside OPEC, the United Arab Emirates oil minister said in a speech...
Ex-Bank of Cyprus execs to face trial
Two ex-chairmen and three other former top executives of the Bank of Cyprus have been charged in connection with the economic meltdown that forced Nicosia to seek a...
Western companies scramble amid ruble crisis
Western companies are curtailing investments in Russia, repatriating funds and talking with their banks about currency hedges to protect profits from the falling ruble...
Tourists increase over Christmas, New Year’s
Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport is expected to total nearly 7 million by the end of the year due the expected arrival of large numbers...
Analysts play down Moody’s downgrade
Moody’s downgrading of the long-term deposits of Lebanon’s top three banks will have little impact on their performance, but may diminish foreign investment in Lebanese...
China extends 10-year interest-free loan to CDR
China extended an interest-free $8 million loan to Lebanon’s Council for Development and Reconstruction during a signing ceremony Thursday.
One of the biggest reasons for the slide of oil prices is the "irresponsible" supply from producers outside OPEC, the United Arab Emirates oil minister said in a speech on Sunday.
'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output
Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output, the kingdom's oil minister say despite plunging prices.
IMF says Gulf can cope with cheaper oil
The energy-exporting states of the Gulf can cope comfortably with sliding oil prices, an International Monetary Fund official said Tuesday, as a plunge in regional...
Qatar says oil price decline hitting gas
The sharp drop in global oil prices has caused the value of natural gas to also depreciate, the Qatari energy minister said Tuesday.
Western companies are curtailing investments in Russia, repatriating funds and talking with their banks about currency hedges to protect profits from the falling ruble and worsening growth outlook.
Russia rushes through bill boosting bank capital
Russia’s lower house of parliament hastily approved a draft law Friday that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion rubles ($16.5 billion).
Oil crash exposes risks for U.S. shale drillers
Tumbling oil prices have exposed a weakness in the insurance that some U.S. shale drillers bought to protect themselves against a crash.
Oil up on pre-holiday short covering
Oil rose higher Friday as selling pressure from a six-month price rout eased for a second time this week on short covering, helped by fresh buying in U.S. crude before...
China offers enhanced cooperation as Russia ails
China offered enhanced economic ties with Russia at a regional summit this week as its northern neighbor struggled to contain a currency crisis.
Judging by the White House’s policy on battling ISIS militants, one might conclude that U.S. officials believe that the Middle East has been afflicted with mass amnesia.
Money talks, ideals walk
The historic development in U.S.-Cuba relations this week shows that ultimately the superpowers of the world are motivated not by ideology but by economics, and this...
How fares the global war on terror?
Is the global war on terror (GWOT) that the United States launched in 2011 after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks succeeding or failing?
Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege...
School slaughter may boost Afghan-Pakistani ties
On Dec. 16, the Taliban attacked an army school in Peshawar and killed more than 130 children.
EU coal in Israel’s sock
The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.
Losing moral high ground
Iran has influence in Arab states, stretching from Yemen to Lebanon.
Singled out for vilification
Despite nothing being known about the Sydney hostage-taker Monday apart from the fact a flag of the shahada had been seen, media and spectators around the world were...
What Future and Hezbollah should discuss
So great are the worries that Sunni-Shiite relations may deteriorate in Lebanon, that everyone embraces the impending dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah.
After the tensions, a modest Sino-American reset
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a...
Arabs are trapped between heroism and deviance
We have learned much about the Arab world in the last four years, including the combination of heroism and criminal deviance dwelling deep within our societies.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws frequently cover abuse
Recently in Kot Radha Kishan, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a young Christian couple, Saima and Shahzad, had their legs broken and were beaten nearly to death before...
Why has Iran produced few biographies?
In a seminar last month at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, the author and professor Abbas Milani mused over why the Middle East,...
The equality versus efficiency tradeoff is wrong
In the pantheon of economic theories, the tradeoff between equality and efficiency used to occupy an exalted position.
All the baby boomers are officially ‘old’
Carlos Barientos III was born at 6:45 on the evening of Dec. 31, 1964, a few miles northwest of Honolulu.
Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale after being forced into a scrap by the feisty South Americans.
FIFA to publish report in appropriate form
FIFA’s executive committee has unanimously agreed to allow the publication “in an appropriate form” of the report on the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups,...
F1 delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s...
Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who won 11 Grands Prix for Mercedes in 2014, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year against the odds Sunday.
Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and...
Bayern claim new league records in Mainz win
Bayern Munich claimed two Bundesliga records Friday as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored in their 2-1 comeback win at Mainz which left them 14 points clear.
San Lorenzo dare to dream big
San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions...
Barca hope to finish on Madrid coattails
Barcelona’s star strikers will need to rediscover their scoring touch to stay in the title race in La Liga as the Catalan outfit host struggling Cordoba Saturday.
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s hall of fame as a double world champion.
Ecclestone: Pact could derail Qatar race bid
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the presence of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi on the sport’s circuit means Qatar is unlikely to stage a Grand Prix in the future.
F1 principals snub Rosberg in best driver poll
Formua One team principals have snubbed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in a best driver poll, rating the German only fifth in a list headed by his title-winning teammate...
Alonso’s unfinished business at McLaren
“Never say never” has always been a popular saying in Formula One and Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren proves the point.
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Tennis great Navratilova to coach Pole
Legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced.
Anyone for fast tennis? Welcome to IPTL
It’s tennis, but not as we know it.
Sharapova tormented by shot-clock in IPTL play
Maria Sharapova expressed mock disgust Saturday at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament’s beeping shot-clock, part of a novel experiment...
Ivanovic off to winning start in IPTL debut
Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in an impressive International Premier Tennis League debut Friday, but said it was “hard to imagine” the game evolving to...
Sagesse recovered a seven-point deficit at halftime to beat UBA 81-73 at home in round three of the Lebanese basketball league Friday, staying level with archrivals Riyadi Beirut in first place with 3-0.
Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson
In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a...
Bryant passes Jordan for third on scoring list
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Riyadi ease past Tadamon for perfect three
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut won their third straight game Sunday, with Egyptian-Lebanese star Ismael Ahmad nearly having a triple-double with 21 points, nine...
Ibrahim shines as Riyadi rout Champville
Ahmad Ibrahim starred for Riyadi with 26 points as they defeated a demoralized Champville 86-76 in Manara Friday to join Sagesse at the top of the Lebanese Basketball...
Football World Cup winners Germany have been voted Reuters team of the year after a poll of the news agency’s sports journalists from around the world.
Rory’s the story in golf after stellar year
Rory McIlroy dominated golf in 2014, winning two majors, recapturing the world No. 1 spot and starring in Europe’s latest Ryder Cup triumph.
Mayweather must stop dodging Pacquiao fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career – and made a fortune – by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents.
Track and field under the spotlight
Track and field goes into the New Year in turmoil amid claims of institutionalized doping, notably in Russia, after a season that saw very little of Jamaican sprint...
Two Kenyan long-distance runners fail drugs tests
Kenyan long-distance runners Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo have failed drugs tests and will be banned for two years, Athletics Kenya said Monday,...
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout Lebanon.
House of Today bares all for Christmas event
The House of Today collaborative design platform at Zaitunay Bay’s Le Yacht Club is exactly what you might expect from an art exhibition at such a location: glamorous...
Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh
Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?
Chicken thighs with Paddington bear
Reunion – the volcanic jewel of the Indian Ocean
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now...
Sarah’s Bag gets a logo makeover
Popular handbag label Sarah’s Bag is getting a logo makeover, a befitting way to celebrate over a decade of success.
Honoring the muse of Yves St. Laurent
Every year Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrates Christmas early with an event in its Beirut boutique, giving the Lebanese designer an opportunity to showcase some of the...
Christmas given crystal makeover at Four Seasons
This time of year is all about Christmas decorations, with every shopping mall, leisure center, hotel and public space competing to put up the best display in town.
Pet fashion hits the mainstream
These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit – as well as where to put the poo bags.
Sauternes growers fear train line will sour wine
Producers of Sauternes, France’s world-famous sweet wine, are up in arms about a proposed high-speed train line they fear could sour their tipple.
China’s hermits seek a highway to heaven
His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy.
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now dormant volcano.
Quality Portuguese table wines on the rise
Australian Peter Bright has been making wine in Portugal since 1982, and is one of a handful of people responsible for the significant rise in the quality of table...
Reading between the lines in Venice
If you find the crowds that swirl around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type of...
Falcons to go jet set on Lufthansa
They may not get their favorite mice and small birds on a tray, but falcons – the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern hunting enthusiasts – are soon to be allowed in...
Floating football pitch saves Thai tourism
With its stunning limestone cliffs towering over stilt houses surrounded by azure waters, the island of Panyee is a typical Thai paradise. But it’s not mother nature...
Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year.
Rare northern white rhino dies in US zoo
A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
LHC to turn back on at record power in March
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous...
Prep your car for winter, make motoring a breeze
Every time winter rolls around it’s always the same routine: We break out our winter wardrobe, roll out the rugs and put blankets on the bed, while those of us lucky...
A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test.
Olive oil apocalypse as fly drives up price
New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life.
Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused
It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world's largest animal...
Scientists find why male smokers may run even higher health risks
Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many...
Doctors Without Borders: Ebola response too slow
The international response to Ebola is still too slow and piecemeal, Doctors Without Borders warns, as officials said the disease is crippling the economies of three...
After nine years, Stephen Colbert has left the Comedy Central satirical-news show “The Colbert Report,” retiring the mythical character who served as host – a pompous, conservative scold also known as Stephen Colbert.
Forget the politics, Sony executives say North Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny'
The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to...
Brazil's Coelho offers $100,000 for N. Korea parody film
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to "The Interview," protesting the company's decision to scrap the North Korean parody...
Young Oscar-tipped director's Hollywood dream comes true
Writer-director Damien Chazelle is only 29, but he is already living his dream of the Hollywood big-time.
'School of Rock - The Musical' to open on Broadway in 2015
The stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film "School of Rock," about a wannabe rock star who works as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will...
Stars fill the stage as Stephen Colbert closes his 'Report'
Stephen Colbert filed his final "Colbert Report" on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show with the help of scores of celebrities who crowded...
U.S. racial justice quest comes full circle in film 'Selma'
When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr. movie "Selma," she was nervous how the story of a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights would...
NKorea-linked hack may be costliest ever
The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel the release of the North...
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to "The Interview," protesting the company's decision to scrap the North Korean parody film amid chilling threats from hackers.
How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'
A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.
Bill Cosby's youngest daughter defends her embattled dad
A day after Camille Cosby released a statement in defense of her embattled husband, one of the comedian's four daughters is defending her father.
Bill Cosby's wife defends him from sex assault claims
Camille Cosby, the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, on Monday defended her husband from weeks-long accusations brought by more than a dozen women alleging that the...
The stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film "School of Rock," about a wannabe rock star who works as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will open on Broadway next year, its producers said on Thursday.
Churchill paintings sold in landmark auction
A collection of paintings by Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off Wednesday in the largest ever sale of artwork by the statesman and...
The beautiful agony of survival
A brace of pheasants hangs from two thick leather straps, fastened around the birds’ necks.
2014 in books: Diversity, youth, getting personal
Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.
Julianne Moore portrays descent into Alzheimers
Early in the film “Still Alice,” the Columbia University professor played by Julianne Moore is the picture of health, taking a jog through campus, until she realizes...
The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.
Aerosmith sings through decades of tensions
The rock music world is notorious for its bickering, but Aerosmith belongs to another category altogether – a band with constant and open tensions that has nonetheless...
An R&B Jesus? D'Angelo challenges with 'Black Messiah'
- After a wait of nearly 15 years, D'Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with "Black Messiah," a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges...
Grammys to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder
The Grammys will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder with a special performance after the music industry's annual award night.
Syrian Arab Idol winner keeps clear of politics
A 21-year-old Syrian was declared the winner of this year’s “Arab Idol” at the grand finale of the gruelling four-month singing competition in Beirut Saturday.