Politics in Lebanon are like a never-ending play, and while spectators are accustomed to witnessing the drama unfold on television via interviews and speeches, a new stage has emerged.
Suspect confesses to executing hostage soldier
A judge demanded Friday the death sentence for Syrian national Ali Ahmad Lakkis who had confessed to executing a Lebanese Army soldier taken hostage in the 2014 Arsal...
Why Obama, gun control advocates own gun stocks
Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry.
Assange calls on U.K. to let him walk free
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after a U.N. panel ruled he had been...
Gitmo prisoner numbers dwindle
Empty cells outnumber occupied ones.
Cop honored 43 years after confronting Israelis
After more than 40 years, a member of the Internal Security Forces was honored for his part in a deadly confrontation with an Israeli commando force in Beirut’s Verdun...
U.S. pledges up to $400M in aid to Army
U.S. officials have pledged further military aid to Lebanon worth up to $400 million during a visit to Washington this week by Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi,...
Civil society to protest against trash crisis
Civil society activists plan to rally Saturday to protest the ongoing garbage crisis and the government’s attempts at solving it.
Zimbabwe declares drought a disaster
Thin like their owners, cattle wander in a parched riverbed.
Pope, Patriarch to heal 1,000-year split in Cuba
Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the...
After criticism, Brazil to transfer Zika samples
Brazil says it’s sending a set of Zika samples to U.S. health authorities following complaints over the South American nation’s hoarding of data and biological material...
Airline battle brews in Gulf as Iran eyes role
An economic battle is likely for dominance of the skies over the Gulf after Iran decided to invest $27 billion in an airline fleet capable of taking on the Middle East...
Palestinian throws petrol bomb, is shot dead
A Palestinian teenager threw a petrol bomb at Israeli soldiers in the south of the occupied West Bank and was shot dead Friday, the Israeli military said.
Travel agency in Gaza recalls golden ’50s
Nabil Shurafa’s travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world.
Ankara to invest $9B in war-torn southeast Turkey
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised Friday to invest the equivalent of $9 billion in the country’s Kurdish-dominated southeast, which has been battered by...
The amount of passengers traveling through Beirut airport rose by 8.94 percent in January 2016, up from 501,766 passengers the same time last year.
Retail, personal loans still going strong: Torbey
Retail and personal loans in Lebanon valued over $17 billion at the end of 2015, up 3.25 percent from a year earlier, a leading banker said Thursday.
Just 0.1 pct of oil output halted due to prices
After a year of low oil prices, only 0.1 percent of global production has been curtailed because it’s unprofitable, according to a report from consultants Wood...
Emaar chairman leads investors buying Americana
A Dubai-based investor group led by Emaar Properties PJSC Chairman Mohamed Alabbar plans to take a 69 percent stake in Middle East fast-food operator Kuwait Food Co....
Europe’s economic outlook darkens
Hints of investor optimism in Europe were snuffed out this week, as the darkening economic outlook registered across the continent and sent stocks and credit markets...
Consumer confidence in Lebanon dropping
Only 2.5 percent of surveyed Lebanese feel that consumer confidence picked up in the second half of 2015, the lowest rate since the same Byblos Bank and American...
Lebanon’s business conditions worsen, just: PMI
Business conditions worsened yet again in January, but the rate of deterioration slowed, according to the monthly BLOM Purchasing Managers’ Index, released Wednesday by...
2016 likely to see slow economic growth: Salameh
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Tuesday that Lebanon’s economic growth in 2016 will most likely be similar to 2015 – estimated between 0 and 1 percent.
After a year of low oil prices, only 0.1 percent of global production has been curtailed because it’s unprofitable, according to a report from consultants Wood Mackenzie Ltd. that highlights the industry’s resilience.
Iran calls on U.S. to reassure European banks
Iran Thursday called on the United States to make a clear public pledge that it would not penalize European banks for legitimate trade with the Islamic Republic.
Morocco launches first solar power plant
King Mohammad VI Thursday inaugurated Morocco’s first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.
Qatar Airways open to high-potential deals
Qatar Airways said it’s open to taking stakes in airlines that require investment to realize their full potential.
Hints of investor optimism in Europe were snuffed out this week, as the darkening economic outlook registered across the continent and sent stocks and credit markets sliding.
Activist investors swoop in on U.S. banks
Activist investors are putting the U.S. banking sector in their crosshairs, betting that headwinds whipping through the industry will accelerate consolidation among...
U.S. added just 151,000 jobs in January
The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January, a slowdown from recent months but still a sign of a solid job market.
LinkedIn falls hard on weak forecast
LinkedIn shares plunged more than 40 percent on Friday after a weak outlook from the career-focused social network fueled fears of a slowdown.
Toshiba closes at more than 36-year low as Tokyo shares fall
Toshiba shares dived to a more than 36-year low Friday after the scandal-hit firm widened its annual loss forecast to a whopping $6.0 billion, while a strong yen...
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.
With the news that $10 billion has been pledged by nations to ease the spiraling Syrian refugee crisis, countries such as Lebanon have been handed a vital show of...
Some good may come out of the debate over Brexit
On a gray and rain-sodden London day at the beginning of 2016, it can be tough to find reason for optimism.
Xi of Arabia adopts a more active foreign policy
Those who have criticized China’s cautious foreign policy need to reconsider their position, following President Xi Jinping’s just-completed visit to Saudi Arabia and...
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.
A strategy of poison
Before the United Nations-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva kicked off this week, doubts and fears shrouded the initiative.
Raptors hold off Pistons to stretch record streak to 11 wins
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a...
Our right to know
Lebanese reading the news of battles between Daesh (ISIS) and the Nusra Front in Lebanon’s region of Qalamoun can be forgiven for being confused.
Is Obama’s war against Daesh legal?
Last Dec. 6, President Barack Obama spoke to millions of Americans in a nationally televised address on the progress that has been made in the war against Daesh (ISIS)...
We are seeing the rise of the ‘Angry Quarter’
Something seems to have gone wrong with politics in the West.
Protests haven’t really ended in Egypt
On the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution, empty streets and the absence of people, protests or even official commemorations have been commentators’ dominant...
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 solution in Palestine is key to the region
It was more than a coincidence last week that both the French government and the United Nations secretary-general called for serious and urgent international action to...
Iowa imposes a needed, if disruptive, dialogue
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest...
Can Aoun avoid clashing with Hezbollah?
If there were doubts about Hezbollah’s true intentions with regard to Michel Aoun, they were dispelled last week by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in his speech on the...
Maria Sharapova remained on course for the Rio Olympics as the five-time Grand Slam champion was Friday named in Russia's doubles team for their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands in Moscow this weekend
Federer out for a month with torn meniscus
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer underwent “successful” surgery on his knee Wednesday and will be ruled out of action for one month, his agent said.
Multitasking no problem for Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has shrugged off suggestions of a potential conflict of interest after signing with Premier League’s Manchester City for next season,...
Zaza set to pay on Juve trip to Frosinone
Emerging Italy striker Simone Zaza could pay for a moment of midweek madness when champions Juventus travel to Frosinone Sunday looking to extend a new club record in a...
Riyadi trounce Sagesse in 100th derby
Riyadi Beirut triumphed in the 100th derby against archrivals Sagesse 99-80 Friday at Manara in round 8 of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Federer out for month after knee surgery
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer underwent "successful" surgery on his knee Wednesday and will be ruled out of action for one month, his agent said.
French Open in Djokovic’s path to greatness
He is the tennis version of the Terminator and he’ll definitely be back at the French Open in May, but for Novak Djokovic his exploits at the clay court major could...
Kerber plunges into unknown full of confidence
Angelique Kerber leapt into murky surroundings Sunday, just hours after she became the first German since 1999 to win a Grand Slam tennis title by defeating world No. 1...
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has shrugged off suggestions of a potential conflict of interest after signing with Premier League’s Manchester City for next season, saying he was quite capable of multitasking.
PSG bid to extend unbeaten run at Marseille
Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to extend their Ligue 1 unbeaten streak at bitter rivals Marseille Sunday as the hosts bid to end their own record winless run at...
Shakhtar’s Teixeira seals big-money move to China
Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira has agreed to join Chinese side Jiangsu Suning for a fee of 50 million euros ($56 million), the Ukrainian club said...
Neville on brink of sack, Barcelona history
Gary Neville could take charge of Valencia for the final time should he fail to deliver a league win at the ninth attempt when his side travel to fellow strugglers Real...
Byblos, Louaize grab rare wins
Byblos maintained their recent revival and grabbed their second successive win against Champville 87-81 Thursday in round eight of the Lebanese basketball league.
Curry nets 51 as Warriors beat Wizards 134-121
Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121...
Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors past Trail Blazers
Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 59 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-103 at the Moda Center Thursday
Brewer lights touchpaper to fire Rockets over Suns
Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer had a season-high 24 points and made two three-pointers in the final two minutes to lead his team to a 111-105 victory over the...
Five storylines to watch for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers: MANNING’S LAST RIDE?
Five players who could win the game
Five players who could have a game-changing impact in Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos: CAM NEWTON The Carolina Panthers quarterback...
Broncos, Panthers set for Super Bowl 50
The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are primed to provide a grand finish worthy of a landmark Super Bowl 50 Sunday and cap a season of celebration by the National...
Super Bowl facts and figures
Facts and figures about Super Bowl 50, to be played Sunday in Santa Clara, California.
Noren heads Dubai, McIlroy and Els lurk
Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els, the two most successful players in the history of the Dubai Desert Classic, made good starts once again, but Sweden’s Alex Noren took the...
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
Joseph Fiennes has defended his decision to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy, despite a furore over the casting of a white British actor in the role of a black American superstar.
Super Bowl halftime didn’t always have big names
Warren Duncan has something in common with Madonna, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.
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...
Picture giving birth in prison
Palestine has been depicted to be a prison for Palestinians, a condition connected to the state of Israel’s settler-colonial policies.
Vatican disputes film claim; pontiff is no actor
The Vatican is disputing a U.S. film studio’s claim that the pope is making his motion picture debut, saying no scenes were shot for the venture and that the head of...
A monetary magician of dirty tricks in Madoff
Don’t look to actor Richard Dreyfuss to defend Bernie Madoff, though he is playing the rapacious investment guru in ABC’s miniseries “Madoff.”
An accidental Hollywood success
Looking at Chris Pine’s career, it’s hard to imagine that he hadn’t always harbored a lifelong passion to be an actor.
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.
As Blackstar sales soar, Bowie’s legacy secure
Sales of David Bowie’s last album – released two days before his death from cancer – soared Monday along with downloads of his hits, testimony to the powerful appeal of...
Kanye West signals new album out next month
Rap superstar Kanye West has hinted that his long-awaited next album "Swish" will come out next month.
"Swish February 11 16," West wrote on Twitter late Friday...
The Assassin leads nominees at Asian awards
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s cinematic kung fu masterpiece “The Assassin” may have missed out on an Oscar nod, but it tops nominees at the Asian Film Awards.
Shakespeare staged in Calais’ squalid camp
“This, above all, to thine own self be true.”
Bryson tours UK in The Road To Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson loves Britain.
Body of mystic monk in crystal coffin on the road
The body of one of the most popular Roman Catholic saints, the mystic monk Padre Piobegan, began overland journey in a crystal coffin Wednesday, destined to go on...
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, the supermodel Iman, according to his will filed Friday in Manhattan
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.
A brother of Celine Dion dead of cancer, days after her husband died
Days after her husband and manager died of cancer, Canadian singer Celine Dion has lost a brother also to cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday.
US rapper Mos Def arrested at South African airport
The American entertainer commonly known as Mos Def has 14 days to leave South Africa after he was arrested for violating local immigration laws while trying to leave...
Could “Manolos” come to the high street?
Love beyond barriers in ethnically split Cyprus
They met though social media, inspired by their love of music.
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
Fair shows couples how to tie knot in style
Flowers, cakes, tulle and sparkles. Everything that brides can dream of for a perfect wedding, the Wedding Folies Fair has to offer.
You can buy a Czech castle for $13,000
The Libejovice chateau looks like something out of a 19th-century romantic novel: an elegant, mustard-hued Renaissance palace with tall windows and elaborate balcony...
Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy
Running concierges, a minibar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room.
Scientists solve biological brain twister
The deep folds that give the adult human brain its wrinkled walnut appearance were Nature’s solution to fitting a large, powerful processor into a small skull.
Spacewalkers collect experiment, toss flash drive overboard
Two Russians are taking a spacewalk to install fresh experiments outside the International Space Station and gather old ones.
Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey...
Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers as CEO tries to save her own job
Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.
Genes show why bedbugs are tough suckers to kill
Bedbugs, the notorious bloodthirsty critters which tormented the residents of New York City some years ago, have become genetically wired to resist pesticides, experts...
Makeup off the runways
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...
Lebanese CEO leads music revolution
Since its official launch in December 2015, the major music sharing platform Muzeit has expanded its presence in some 155 countries with hundreds of thousands of...
New app offers carpooling for students
Not having your own car can be frustrating, but a new carpooling app that is gaining ground with Lebanon’s students is trying to make that a thing of the past
The Clue Club, a mystery waiting to be unraveled
“This is much better than going out for a drink,” my team agreed after 60 nerve-wracking minutes at the Clue Club, a new live-action escape game which recently opened...
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...
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 becoming less and less tolerant of anything that feels remotely old-school.
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
Infiniti Q70 flagship offers enticing alternative
For several decades the executive sedan market has arguably been dominated by European marques, and to some degree American brands.
Nissan Juke: An exercise in unfettered creativity
Of the myriad things that get me frustrated when it comes to Lebanon, the main one happens to be that I can’t simply walk into a store and find the exact item I want,...
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 monitoring pregnant women for Zika and preventing sexual transmission of the virus
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...
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization...