The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn arrived in Beirut Friday for talks with Lebanese officials.
2 tons of rotten fish seized near Beirut
Officers with the Health Ministry seized Friday 2 tons of fish that was either rotten or past its consumption date in a warehouse in the Beirut suburb of Bir Hasan, a...
Clashes in Egypt's Sinai after jihadists kill 30
Egypt's army and jihadists clashed in Sinai Friday, leaving two children dead, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi flew home early from an African summit after militant...
Al-Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy
The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.
Greek defense minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets
Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompts Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly...
Snowfall traps 50 vehicles on mountain road
Civil Defense teams rescued motorists who were trapped by snow in at least 50 vehicles on a road in east Lebanon Friday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Syria envoy hails Hezbollah's Shebaa attack
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali Friday praised Hezbollah’s Wednesday attack against an Israeli convoy in south Lebanon which killed two soldiers,...
Siniora: Dialogue tackles Resistance Brigades
Talks between Hezbollah and the Future Movement have begun touching on the issue of the Hezbollah-linked Resistance Brigades, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said...
Egypt's army and jihadists clashed in Sinai Friday, leaving two children dead, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi flew home early from an African summit after militant attacks killed at least 30 people.
Outspoken prince to launch pan-Arab news channel
An outspoken, billionaire Saudi prince will launch a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region.
Ex-Gaza strongman granted Serbian citizenship: report
Exiled Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a rival of President Mahmoud Abbas, has been granted Serbian citizenship
UN: Destruction of Syria chemical weapons facilities begins
International investigators say the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production facilities has begun.
Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompts Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996.
Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town
Canada gives spy agency new anti-terror powers
Canada's spy agency will be granted new powers to thwart terror plots in a security overhaul precipitated by twin jihadi attacks three months ago
Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk kills at least 12 civilians, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.
Attacker opens fire at Istanbul police post, no casualties: Turkish TV
A woman armed with a machine gun opened fire on a police post in Istanbul's central Taksim Square
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi failed to end the standoff between Casino du Liban and striking employees over the expulsion of 191 workers, the head of a casino union said Thursday.
Industrial exports down in 10 months of 2014
Lebanon’s industrial exports in the first 10 months of 2014 dropped by 7.5 percent compared to the same period in 2013, the Industry Ministry said Friday.
Samsung loses battle of big phones
Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple’s copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.
Zuckerberg spends big even with growth slowing
Mark Zuckerberg is spending faster to chase opportunities in messaging and mobile advertising as sales growth slows at Facebook Inc.’s main social-networking service.
Saudi king reshuffles cabinet but keeps oil, finance posts
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman ordered a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday but kept in place veteran Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf and Foreign...
Egypt boosts BLOM’s profits in 2014: Azhari
The improved performance of BLOM’s subsidiaries in the Middle East region has boosted the bank’s net profits in 2014, its chairman said Thursday.
Casino du Liban to review layoffs
Casino du Liban’s board of directors is reassessing its decision to lay off 191 employees, according to Jack Khoueiry, head of the Casino Games Employees Union.
MEA yet to resume flights to Baghdad
Lebanon’s national carrier Middle East Airlines has yet to resume flights to and from Baghdad after suspending Tuesday its trips to the Iraqi capital due to security...
Greek banks are ticking time bombs
Investors are trashing Greek stocks and bonds in the aftermath of Alexis Tsipras’ election.
Oil tumbles, U.S. crude prices near six-year low
Oil slumped Wednesday, with U.S. crude prices at near six-year lows, after the government reported record-high inventories in the United States that raised anxieties...
Apple announces record iPhone sales
Apple Inc. rose the most in nine months after posting the biggest sales increase in three years last quarter on an array of new products and a forecast of further growth.
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman ordered a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday but kept in place veteran Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.
Iraq oil surge to fan OPEC rivalry
The battle for customers among OPEC members that helped trigger oil’s collapse is about to escalate.
Shell signs $11 bln petrochemical deal in Iraq
Royal Dutch Shell signs a deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra.
Dubai becomes busiest international air hub
Dubai ended London Heathrow Airport’s decades of dominance as the world’s top international air hub last year, buoyed by surging passenger numbers at local carrier...
For Saudis, falling oil demand biggest concern
As the world’s oil producers wring their hands over a global glut that’s pushing down prices, evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is more concerned about shrinking...
There were expectations that this week’s “Moscow forum” of meetings on the Syrian crisis would be a resounding failure.
Don’t invite disaster
Hezbollah’s reaction to Israel’s targeting of its convoy in Syria less than two weeks ago came as no big surprise Wednesday, as the resistance party was being pushed –...
Counterterrorism takes a hit as Yemen collapses
What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against Al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate?
Obama refuses to adapt in the Mideast
These days whenever criticism is leveled at the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, one finds sympathetic voices in the United States defending President Barack...
Europe must look at itself as it fights jihadism
He came from Algeria seeking a better life, anticipating an escape from poverty, oppression and hopelessness.
Leading by example
Some international news media were speaking Tuesday about President Barack Obama’s “heavyweight” delegation that he brought with him to Saudi Arabia, where he offered...
An empty initiative
Nearly four years after a popular uprising erupted in Syria, followed by a brutal crackdown that degenerated into all-out war and generated the worst humanitarian...
As promised, a Syrian rebel militia leader fired a wave of rockets and mortar bombs at Damascus Sunday.
Regional dynamics will challenge Saudi Arabia
Perhaps the most dramatic aspect of the succession in Saudi Arabia last week was how undramatic it was.
In Davos, signs of profound economic worries
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this...
Will Europeans get anti-terrorism right?
The recent terror attacks in Paris and the killing or arrest of suspected terrorists in Belgium have clarified the dangerous reality of thousands of European radicals...
Turkey, Iran ties built on compromise
A Turkish diplomat in Tehran once told me the ambassador’s residence had several centuries earlier been a dowry gift of a princess in a dynastic marriage linking the...
The Middle East still faces public health risks
Despite modest growth and reduction in poverty, some important gains in the health status of the population have been achieved in the Middle East, thanks to...
ISIS hostages show Japan’s vulnerabilities
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on a six-day tour of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, when ISIS posted a video online threatening to murder two...
Passing the hat on refugee children’s education
In an ideal world, whenever children need help, they would get it. When girls and boys are forced from their homes or classrooms because of war, natural disaster or...
The United Arab Emirates overcame a 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-placed playoff
Football: Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian final
Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup's stingiest defense when they meet South Korea in a blockbuster final
Ricciardo gets into top gear for F1 title battle
Daniel Ricciardo reckons he can take one title off Lewis Hamilton this year – and mount a proper crack at the Briton’s Formula One crown as well – after being best of...
'F1 in Schools' a class act for budding boffins
When John Surtees was a boy, his motorcycle dealer father came home one evening with news that would change his life.
Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final
Novak Djokovic beats defending champion to reach his fifth Australian Open final.
UAE after golden boot in playoff
Sharpshooter Ali Mabkhout can win a tight race for the Asian Cup’s golden boot when the United Arab Emirates face Iraq for the consolation prize of finishing third...
Ribery out as Bayern take on Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich will be without Franck Ribery when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break with the champions taking on second-placed VfL Wolfsburg Friday.
Guinea win AFC lottery
Guinea will play in the African Nations Cup quarterfinals after qualifying instead of Mali by the drawing of lots at a ceremony in Malabo Thursday.
Daniel Ricciardo reckons he can take one title off Lewis Hamilton this year – and mount a proper crack at the Briton’s Formula One crown as well – after being best of the rest to Mercedes in 2014.
New Ferrari F1 car takes SF15-T designation
The car Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel hope will revive their Formula One fortunes this season will be called the SF15-T, the team said.
Agonizing wait for Schumachers and Bianchis
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition...
Ferrari, McLaren take a hit from Marussia collapse
Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse of the Marussia Formula One team, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
Serena awaits Sharapova in grudge Aussie final
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a grudge Australian Open final between the world’s top two players Thursday, with the Russian desperate to break 10-year jinx...
Murray grinds down Berdych, makes final
Britain’s Andy Murray will play in his fourth Australian Open final in six years after a commanding and tension-filled four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych Thursday.
Tennis-Murray books fourth final, Serena to face Sharapova
After three heart-breaking trips to the final, Andy Murray secures another shot at Australian Open glory
Djokovic ready for another epic with Wawrinka
After booking a much-anticipated semifinal with his Australian Open title usurper Stan Wawrinka Wednesday, Novak Djokovic wasted little time reminding the Swiss of the...
Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.
Rose OT basket gives Bulls victory
Chicago’s Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with seven seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bulls a thrilling 113-111 win against Golden State Tuesday, ending...
Riyadi defeat Sagesse 120-118 in epic final
Riyadi were crowned champions of the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Tournament after clinching an epic 120-118 double overtime victory against...
Aldridge puts off surgery, leads Blazers to win
Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge reversed his previous decision to have thumb surgery and turned out for the Trail Blazers Saturday, helping them to a 103-96 win against...
Sagesse, Riyadi set up all-Lebanese final
Lebanese basketball heavyweights Riyadi and Sagesse set up an exciting final at the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Championship after edging out...
Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka announced Wednesday he is running for the presidency of world athletics body IAAF, taking on Briton Sebastian Coe in a battle between two of the sport’s greats.
Mayweather, Pacquiao trade numbers at Heat game
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally met - in person.
Irrepressible Vonn adds 64th jewel to crown
Lindsey Vonn added a 64th jewel to her World Cup crown when she won a Super-G in St. Moritz Sunday, her last race before the world championships at home in Beaver Creek...
Seahawks, Patriots book Super Bowl showdown
Super Bowl champions Seattle stunned Green Bay 28-22 in overtime Sunday to book a return to the NFL showcase, where they’ll face the New England Patriots.
Wilder takes Stiverne’s heavyweight crown
Deontay Wilder claimed the World Boxing Council heavyweight title with a dominating 12-round decision over Bermane Stiverne, becoming the first American to hold a major...
An American food critic has put France's famed restaurant bible, the Michelin guide, to the test -- and found most of its top Paris listings not worth their exorbitant prices, with lesser-known upstart eateries offering far better value.
Naomi Campbell steals show at Paris couture
Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week...
Asteroid that buzzed Earth has a plus one
The mountain-sized asteroid that made a close pass by Earth Monday has a small moon in tow, images released by NASA show.
Commercial space rides for U.S. to save millions
Fla. The U.S. space program should save more than $12 million a seat flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station on commercial space taxis rather than...
Saucy and scandalous? It’s so Brighton
Briefly it was a hit on YouTube: a clip of chubby comedian Matt Whistler sliding down a snowy city street on a tray, naked and cheered on by his neighbors.
Snails slither into Thailand’s spa scene
The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter.
Choosing shoes for your first long hike
A big, bad pair of hiking boots and the bloody injuries they inflicted on Cheryl Strayed’s feet were co-stars in her book “Wild,” as they were for Reese Witherspoon in...
Stewart, Wright hit politically minded fashion
“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart stunned crowds at Chanel’s Paris couture show Tuesday, revealing an edgy bob in a white Chanel sleeveless minidress that showed the...
Boeing 747-8 picked for next Air Force One
The U.S. military said Wednesday it has chosen Boeing’s 747-8 aircraft for a new fleet of Air Force One presidential planes, opting against an airliner made by Airbus.
Bones exhumed in hunt for Cervantes’ grave
Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have started what they hope will be the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of where the...
Tech barons paint rosy future at Davos
Technological advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the Internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite Wednesday, but also warned...
From ocean to ocean, through the Panama Canal
Nina and Fred Fenton have gone on 40 cruises, including five times through the Panama Canal since 1998, but they keep coming back.
Sand dunes, camels and clay castles in Morocco
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing...
Recent blasts response to failure to sow rift: Berri
A weekend twin suicide bombing that struck the predominantly-Alawite northern neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen was a response to failure to spread Sunni-Shiite discord,...
Downton Abbey destinations for fans of series
Fans of the popular British period drama “Downton Abbey” can visit a number of sites depicted in the television series about life among the upper crust early last...
When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon stood in front of Beaufort Castle and, addressing his soldiers, said the edifice had secured a front for his men.
Mar Mikhael’s residents, artists unite in event
Like other neighborhoods in Beirut, Mar Mikhael is changing while its inhabitants continue to enjoy, or sometimes struggle to enjoy, its traditional characteristics.
Pause Couture classes prove fashion inspiration
Tucked away in an old building in Amir Omar Street in Clemenceau, Sabrina Cesari, a fashion designer and founder of Pause Couture, which provides sewing classes for...
New initiative teaches students about road safety
“How many of your parents speed?” an instructor from New Health Concept asked a class of students. The hands of every child in the classroom at College Ahlia instantly...
Les Petits Diplomates: etiquette for kids
It was 9:30 a.m. when the course was starting and four boys and eight girls wearing nametags all swiveled nervously in their chairs lined in a “U” shape.
For many of us, our cars are practically members of the family. And for some, they’re even akin to love interests.
Chevy’s reborn Impala breeds sea change in style
Names matter. We can try all we want not to prejudge a person by his or her name, but if all the people you’ve met in your life who were named say, Joe, have been...
Honda Accord ready for new age but still familiar
The ninth generation of the Honda Accord succeeds in retaining cues that clearly identify it as an Accord.
Test driving a car requires a game plan
Whenever people decide to buy a car, new or used, more often than not they forego taking it for a test drive, and even when they do they just end up motoring around and...
Mazda’s flirty 3 blends passion, common sense
In the crowded compact car segment, the Mazda 3 is definitely one of the offerings that stand out from among their peers.
Want to wow your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? One of the ways I spell romance is with a roasted rack of lamb for two. Most of us never get to enjoy this wonderful dish outside fine restaurants, but there’s no reason not to make it at home.
The inexpensive but quality wines from Italy
Italy offers the world the greatest variety of quality wine, even though France has the world’s most sought-after and expensive wine. That is the considered opinion of...
Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery
Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola...
The Chablis region offers increasingly promising wines
The 2012 premier crus from Burgundy’s Chablis region are almost all on the market now, their quality testament to the ever-increasing amount of effort being put into...
A chicken dish that’s special - and simple
Fifteen years ago, I made the first of what would become thousands of meals for my husband, Philippe.
Colombian pop star Shakira has given birth to a baby boy, named Sasha, her second child with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique
New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death
Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there...
Something’s missing from the deck in Wild Card
It becomes quickly clear in “Wild Card,” the latest vehicle for the hunky, brooding British action star Jason Statham, that his character doesn’t need a gun to maim or...
Franco finds his most despicable character
Killing an exaggerated version of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Sony’s controversial comedy “The Interview” wasn’t a problem for actor James Franco but he found...
‘Wise’ Bob Dylan gives album free to seniors
Bob Dylan is giving away his latest album for free to select seniors as the 73-year-old rock legend says he is at peace with getting older.
Sean Penn to get French cinema honour
Sean Penn is to get an honorary French film award in a Paris ceremony next month in recognition of him being a cinema "living legend", the organisers said in a statement.
Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors 'colored'
Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "colored.
Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.
It becomes quickly clear in “Wild Card,” the latest vehicle for the hunky, brooding British action star Jason Statham, that his character doesn’t need a gun to maim or kill.
Why Ryan Reynolds is ‘dangerous’ at poker
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn ventured deep into the heart of America to film the gambling drama “Mississippi Grind.”
'Selma' director DuVernay to make Hurricane Katrina feature film
Ava DuVernay, the director behind the Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma," will write, produce and direct a feature film set in the time of Hurricane...
‘Boy Next Door’ is way too predictable
No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies.
Rihanna goes for acoustic sound with Paul McCartney
Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney.
John Legend performs tribute set at Sundance premiere
The opening-night documentary at the Sundance Film Festival closed with a superstar concert.
Meghan Trainor steals Swift's spot atop Billboard album chart
Pop singer Meghan Trainor's debut album "Title" knocked Taylor Swift from her three-week perch atop the weekly Billboard album chart on Wednesday.
Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys
One sings about being "Happy," the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month.
The type of news item is all too familiar: U.S. authorities have foiled a plot to blow up an airliner, or bomb the Capitol, or kidnap the president. Something along those lines.
Smithsonian working on deal for London site
As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States.
William Blake – a multimedia revolutionary
Visionary, radical thinker, lunatic – English poet and painter William Blake has been called all of these, and a new exhibition presenting his works as he intended...
Spacey skips award shows to help Arab actors
Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on “House of Cards,” to watch 34 young actors from across the...
Larger-than-life singer Demis Roussos dies at 69
Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Athens on the weekend at age 69, the private hospital that had been...