Lebanon will work with U.S. authorities in a bid to minimize the impact of new sanctions being drafted to target Hezbollah financing and its suspected affiliates, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Thursday.
Terrorism suspects tried to join extremist Badr
General Security forces announced Thursday the arrest of a Syrian and a Palestinian for their suspected affiliation with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly the Al-Qaeda...
Germany’s poor hold key to election
For all its economic success, Germany has a growing problem with inequality and poverty, and yet Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be deflecting the blame so far as the...
Venezuela youths mar efforts to peaceful protest
Protesters blocked a highway in Venezuela’s capital Caracas for nearly eight hours this week in an effort to show the opposition’s dedication to civil disobedience as...
Tunisian coast guard tackles high-speed smugglers
Dimming the lights on their patrol boat, Tunisian coast guards stand in silence scanning the sea for speedboats on clandestine missions to and from Italy.
Aoun, World Bank Mideast director discuss projects
The World Bank’s Middle East director Ferid Belhaj met with President Michel Aoun Thursday to discuss the organization’s projects in Lebanon.
Army shells militant positions near Arsal
The Army pounded Daesh (ISIS) positions along Lebanon’s northeast border with heavy artillery Thursday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Israeli military attempts to abduct shepherd
Israeli military units attempted to abduct a 23-year-old Lebanese shepherd Thursday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
For all its economic success, Germany has a growing problem with inequality and poverty, and yet Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be deflecting the blame so far as the battle lines are drawn for elections in September.
Le Pen uses guerrilla tactics to unsettle Macron
After “the battle of Whirlpool,” when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France’s blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the...
Knifeman arrested near May’s office
Armed British officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May’s office in London Thursday on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.
German arrested on suspicion of planning attack
Police have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee on suspicion he was planning an attack, apparently motivated by anti-foreigner sentiment, in a...
Saudis sending aid to all of Yemen
Saudi Arabia is distributing life-saving assistance throughout Yemen, including in the hard-hit areas held by Iran-allied Houthi rebels, sometimes by donkey or camel, a...
Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting electricity
With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to...
Iraq forces retake modern town of Hatra
Iraqi forces Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a...
South Sudan refugee clan begins new life
Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo...
Bank Audi, one of the largest Lebanese banks in terms of assets and deposits, said Thursday that its net profits in the first quarter of 2017 remained unchanged at $110 million.
Salameh: IT to represent 2 percent of GDP
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Thursday that the IT and technology sector has a promising future in Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia losing oil market share to Iran
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, is losing market share to Iraq and Iran as a result of OPEC’s agreement to curb supplies to bolster prices, according...
Turk Telekom’s bailout to stumble over license
A plan to bailout the majority owner of Turkey’s biggest phone operator is being hindered because the operator’s license doesn’t leave enough time for potential buyers...
Samsung flags stronger Q2
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday flagged stronger earnings and announced a cancellation of Treasury shares after posting a solid first-quarter profit boosted by...
World Bank: Growth hinges on stability, reforms
Lebanon can achieve a GDP growth of 2.5 percent in 2017 provided the political process and economic reforms proceeded smoothly, the World Bank said.
Eight more firms qualify to bid on oil and gas
Lebanon added eight companies Wednesday to its list of firms that will be allowed to bid in the country’s first offshore oil and gas licensing round, bringing the...
Salameh: Capital markets create jobs
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Wednesday that activating Lebanon’s capital market wound help create jobs as well as reducing private sector indebtedness by...
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, is losing market share to Iraq and Iran as a result of OPEC’s agreement to curb supplies to bolster prices, according to the head of research at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
HSBC, RBS Saudi ventures in merger talks
HSBC Holdings PLC and Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC’s Saudi Arabia ventures are exploring a potential merger to create the kingdom’s third-largest lender with $78...
Riyadh’s new financial hub struggling
A glitzy $10 billion financial district in Riyadh hopes to open its first phase for business this year but is struggling with red tape and uncertainty about its...
Egypt suspends fish exports to lower local prices
Egypt has halted fish exports after a surge in sales to foreign markets following last November's currency devaluation led to supply shortages locally and a spike in...
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday flagged stronger earnings and announced a cancellation of Treasury shares after posting a solid first-quarter profit boosted by the memory chip business, sending its shares to a new high.
Trump tax cut may not deliver touted boost
President Donald Trump’s team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans’ financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.
U.S. business spending likely gained momentum
New orders for U.S.-made capital goods rose less than expected in March, but a second straight monthly increase in shipments suggested business investment accelerated...
Euro falls against U.S. dollar on dovish ECB tone
The euro dipped against the U.S. dollar Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said policymakers did not discuss removing the bank’s easing bias on...
Lufthansa positive despite net loss in first quarter
German airline group Lufthansa Thursday reported a much larger net loss in the first three months of the year, but sought to play up a return to positive operating...
The quagmire of violence in Syria intensifies by the day.
Enough is enough
There are legal ways to protest in Lebanon.
Uniting against Malaria, a global initiative
As African women leading influential and impact-driven organizations – the Ecobank Foundation and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance – we are passionate about...
Asia’s American menace
U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy – based on tactics and transactions, rather than strategic vision – has produced a series of dazzling flip-flops.
National defense and a media-obsessed White House
As President Trump nears the 100-day benchmark, it’s a good moment to examine the relationship that has evolved between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in...
Blind, deaf and dumb
For the past few days events have been held across Israel and the world to mark the Holocaust, and remember that unspeakable crime.
The Lebanese today have demonstrated the highest possible level of democracy, but unfortunately the voters were dual-nationality Lebanese who were casting their ballots...
Heading off the storm
A storm was brewing in the wake of Hezbollah’s invitation to the media to tour the south in a clear challenge to the government’s policy of adhering to 1701 – the...
As African women leading influential and impact-driven organizations – the Ecobank Foundation and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance – we are passionate about building a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable African economy.
The making of Macron
Relief and pride are the main emotions many French citizens are feeling after the first round of the French presidential election, in which Emmanuel Macron finished...
What Turkey should do now?
On April 16, 2017, Turkish citizens voted and approved a very seismic and important referendum, giving their consent to adopt the new constitution.
New life for the SDR?
The rise of anti-globalization political movements and the threat of trade protectionism have led some people to wonder whether a stronger multilateral core for the...
As President Trump nears the 100-day benchmark, it’s a good moment to examine the relationship that has evolved between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in chief and his unflappable Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy
Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world.
Can young prince refashion Saudi Arabia?
Two years into his campaign as an agent of change in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be gaining confidence and...
Trump could learn from Harry Truman
The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman.
How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome
I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome – hatred of Donald Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.
Former Real Madrid and Barcelona players arrived in Lebanon Thursday, with the storied Spanish clubs set to square off in the “El Clasico of Legends” Friday at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut at 8:30 p.m.
Allardyce wants relegation talk put to bed against Burnley
Crystal Palace will need a "big, big effort" to defeat Burnley in Saturday's Premier League clash as they aim to reach the 40-point mark and put an end to relegation...
Nadal, Murray reach quarterfinals in Barcelona
Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open while Andy Murray struggled to join him Thursday.
‘Solid’ Sharapova wins second match on comeback
Russian Maria Sharapova picked up a second win in as many days on her comeback from a 15-month doping ban Thursday, beating her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova at the...
Wizards, Celtics back on top in East playoffs
The Washington Wizards regained control of their first round NBA playoff series, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 103-99 Wednesday with the help of a 27-point performance by...
Stakes high as White Hart Lane set to stage final derby
If Sunday's clash does indeed turn out to be the last north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur's historic White Hart Lane stadium, the stakes could hardly be higher for...
Moyes not quitting Sunderland despite fan chants
David Moyes is not stepping down as Sunderland manager despite the Premier League club's fans chanting for his ouster during Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough that...
Dejected Bayern out to secure last title on offer
After a season that promised so much, Bayern Munich have been sent packing from two Cup competitions in the space of eight days and Carlo Ancelotti's side are...
Sharapova reaches quarterfinals after 2nd win since return
Kristina Mladenovic of France upset two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber 6-2, 7-5 to join Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix on...
Sharapova marks comeback with win
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in...
Nadal wins, reaches Barcelona third round
Rafael Nadal saw off Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the last 16 of the Barcelona Open, while Andy Murray advanced after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew.
The Washington Wizards regained control of their first round NBA playoff series, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 103-99 Wednesday with the help of a 27-point performance by Bradley Beal.
Rockets oust Thunder, Spurs and Jazz close in
James Harden scored 34 points and the Houston Rockets withstood a furious effort from Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to oust the Thunder from the NBA playoffs...
Madrid's title credentials to be tested by visit of Valencia
Real Madrid's bid for a first La Liga title in five years will be put to test Saturday when they host Valencia, who won their earlier meeting in the season
Warriors sweep past Blazers, Raptors take control
The Golden State Warriors swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs Monday with a crushing 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry scored...
Rockets oust Westbrook's Thunder, Spurs and Jazz close in
Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan bowed out of the World Championship Wednesday after spurning a shot at a 147 break during a 13-10 quarterfinal loss to China’s Ding Junhui.
Rule change after Lexi fiasco
Golf’s governing bodies Tuesday announced sweeping rule changes to the use of video evidence in the wake of the furor that erupted after Lexi Thompson was deprived of...
Boxing not so dead after all
Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights.
Pacquiao lands Down Under, tells Horn to be ready
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao concedes his next opponent Jeff Horn is a bit of an unknown quantity but has told the Australian he needs to be in peak...
Wanjiru holds off Bekele as Keitany breaks record
Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru held off a late charge from Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to win the London Marathon Sunday in 2 hours 5 minutes 48 seconds.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.
Mercedes mull team orders to foil Ferrari
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff says he is considering introducing team orders in a bid to halt Ferrari's momentum in this year's world championship
Bottas takes first career pole position in Bahrain
Finland's Valtteri Bottas claimed a first career pole position on Saturday when he edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Rowland targets F2 title to further F1 bid
Second chances for unproven drivers are scarce in Formula One.
Revamped F1 season already living up to its hype
A pair of multiple world champions level on points, Mercedes and Ferrari neck-and-neck. This season’s revamped Formula One is already living up to the hype.
Winning a major photography competition in your home country when you’re still at photography school is a considerable achievement.
In Demme’s eclectic career, a rock’n’roll beat
Through Jonathan Demme’s freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock’n’roll beat.
Russian diplomats get ‘Mad Men’ makeover
In the opening scenes of Russia’s new series “The Optimists,” Soviets stroll past shiny U.S. appliances at the 1959 American Exhibition in Moscow, held to bring two...
'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies at 73: publicist
Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" has died at the age of 73, his publicist said on Wednesday
Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit
For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.
Genius drama is Einstein tell-all
The unparalleled brilliance and puckish wit?
Soviet avant-garde art collection comes to Moscow
Vladimir Lysenko’s painted bull stares with flat black eyes like a double-barrel shotgun, one of his horns festooned in a mosaic of bright rectangles, the tip of his...
‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’
Author Robert M. Pirsig died Monday, age 88. Though more than 100 publishers turned it down, his novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” became a...
In the opening scenes of Russia’s new series “The Optimists,” Soviets stroll past shiny U.S. appliances at the 1959 American Exhibition in Moscow, held to bring two Cold War foes closer together.
Oprah Winfrey conquers acting fears
Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a...
How to get away with writing
Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” keeps a lid on plot twists.
‘O’Reilly Factor’ not the same without Bill
Through four days of Bill O’Reilly’s enforced vacation, his show’s viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of his substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg...
Lady Gaga, sensual and acrobatic, debuts song at Coachella
Lady Gaga debuted a R&B-tinged love song Saturday as she headlined the Coachella festival, where the pop diva cast herself as sensual rather than sensational
Year of the glitch: Sound fails Radiohead at Coachella
Radiohead salvaged a headlining set at the Coachella festival from disaster Friday, following a glitch-plagued opening in which the audio system repeatedly crashed.
First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes
Afghanistan's first – and only – all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women.
Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer
Ukraine Saturday complained of "unprecedented and unacceptable" calls from the Eurovision Song Contest's organizers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia's contestant.
Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday in an Associated Press interview about her rocky road to transition and why she wrote a tell-all memoir, "The Secrets of My Life."
Maqamat dance company honors Lebanese choreography icon Abdel Halim Caracalla
Maqamat dance company paid tribute to the achievements of choreographer Abdel Halim Caracalla under the auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, state media said Sunday
Tributes and discord one year after Prince death
One year after Prince's death, the pop legend's purple-clad fans converged Friday on his estate for a festive celebration, but some found it marred by commercialism and...
Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes
Britain Friday marked Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home.
Ousted Fox host O'Reilly could get $25M
Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly will receive an exit payout of as much as $25 million after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations, according to American media...
Clouds of white smoke rise into the black sky from outdoor grills.
Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings.
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions
Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.
Samsung to update software over 'red screen' smartphone
Electronics giant Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained...
Glitterati step out for Beirut Fashion Week
Beirut Fashion Week opened early this week, ushering in what the organizers say is one of the biggest international events hosted in Lebanon and the region.
Widow of Chapeco victim rebuilds taking his job
When Sirli Freitas lost her husband in the air crash that wiped out Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, she had to rebuild her life.
World’s last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder
The world’s last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive.
Fast Arctic thaw threatens massive costs: report
The Arctic’s quickening thaw is melting the permafrost under buildings and roads from Siberia to Alaska, raising world sea levels and disrupting temperature patterns...
Researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’
It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water.
Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin
The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the...
Russian, American two-man crew blasts off to ISS
A Russian and an American blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the first two-person launch to the International Space Station in over a...
Tripoli’s new language institute offers immersion
The Levantine Institute of Tripoli – unique in its location and core mission – welcomed the local community and potential students to a rooftop event last weekend in...
Sanaa Ayoub launches sparkling fashion collection
Lebanese fashion designer Sanaa Ayoub launched her 2017 spring/summer collection earlier this week, with a range of looks best described as eveningwear flirting with...
Before last year's Brexit vote, Scott McCready was struggling to fill his holiday cabins on the coast of southwest England
Bangkok 'unique' despite street stall edict: Thai tourism boss
Bangkok's street food culture will survive a crackdown on vendors, Thailand's tourism chief vowed Thursday, assuring travelers that a city renowned for its chaotic...
Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard
In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City.”
Musicians chase fame on west Africa's musical islands
Every April, the tiny island capital of Cape Verde is taken over for a week by musicians of all stripes, trailing dreams of record deals and sold-out stadiums
Essentials of Buenos Aires: Evita, tango and pope's hometown
During Buenos Aires' heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina's agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world's richest by the...
Whenever the topic of SUVs is brought up, someone invariably mentions how they would love to own a “Range Rover” Defender.
Renault 12: The car that thrived on mediocrity
I often remind myself that to truly appreciate something old, I must judge it not by today’s standards, but according to those prevailing at the time of its conception.
Timeless Mercedes roadster that refuses to age
Pick pretty much any mass-produced car rolling off the factory floor today. It looks spiffy and smart doesn’t it, all gleaming with its new coat of paint, sprightly...
Giddy Up! Automakers raise horsepower, speed to new heights
Fred Croatti often drives his silver Dodge Charger Hellcat to the grocery store, turning heads as he rumbles through the parking lot with a supercharged 6.2-Liter...
Black Badge: The dark side beckons
Sometimes you need to tackle a topic head on, call a spade a spade if you will, and here it is: No one ever dropped several hundred thousand dollars on a Rolls-Royce...
The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities.
Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India
A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation...
Global tobacco death toll still climbing
The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has...
Orphaned bear cubs win hearts in Montenegro
Two orphaned bear cubs have captured hearts in Montenegro after a farmer rescued them from starving to death in the wild.
One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby
About one in 10 women in the United States who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant had a fetus or baby with deformities last year, U.S. government scientists...