It is unlikelythat Prime Minister Tammam Salam will call for new Cabinet sessions before disputes with ministers from the Free Patriotic Movement and their allies who boycotted Thursday’s government meeting are resolved.
Karantina: Beirut’s mouth, liver and kidney
When the garbage trucks came to dump in Karantina, what of its history did the drivers know?
Syria approves visas for U.N. workers
Syria has agreed to grant visas to 47 U.N. staff members following months of haggling that have undermined U.N. relief efforts in the war-torn country, the U.N. aid...
Six killed in Turkey in clashes with militants
Six people, including at least four civilians, were killed Thursday in ongoing clashes between Turkey’s armed forces and militants in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
The debate over labeling migrants and refugees
Are they “migrants” or “refugees”? “Clandestini” or “illegals”? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and...
Prosecution traces origins of suspect phones
The prosecution submitted a number of witness statements to The Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Solidarity protests with ‘You Stink’ worldwide
Solidarity protests for the “You Stink” campaign have been called in major cities across the globe.
HRW condemns police violence in Beirut protests
Human Rights Watch condemned in a report Thursday Lebanese police’s use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other violent deterrence methods against protesters during the...
Syria has agreed to grant visas to 47 U.N. staff members following months of haggling that have undermined U.N. relief efforts in the war-torn country, the U.N. aid chief said Thursday.
Syria pursuing corruption cases against officials
Syrian courts are hearing a series of cases against officials accused of corruption and mismanagement, a judge told a newspaper close to the government Thursday.
ISIS suicide bombing kills 2 Iraqi army generals
An ISIS suicide bomber killed two Iraqi army generals Thursday as they led forces against ISIS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad, military...
Hacker for ISIS killed in U.S. drone strike
A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for ISIS in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with...
Are they “migrants” or “refugees”? “Clandestini” or “illegals”? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically loaded question for governments and the media.
US TV station mourns slain journalists
Staff at a television station in Virginia Thursday observed a moment of silence for two co-workers shot dead the day before during a live broadcast by a disgruntled...
Austria finds migrants dead in truck
Austrian police Thursday discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 – and possibly up to 50 – migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main...
US strikes southern Afghan district seized by Taliban
U.S. forces have launched multiple airstrikes on a district in southern Afghanistan seized by the Taliban the day before, U.S. officials said Thursday.
U.S. charges Arizona man with supporting Islamic State
An Arizona man was indicted on Thursday for supporting the militant group Islamic State, U.S. authorities announced.
The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Finance Ministry to swap $1.3 billion eurobonds that mature in January 2016 and agreed to transfer cash from the reserves to pay the salaries of the civil servants.
Tobacco farmers seek government support
Tobacco farmers in Akkar called upon the government to support the sector by allowing them to expand their harvested areas while increasing the number of kgs per permit...
Iraqi Kurds vow steady payments to oil companies
Iraq’s northern Kurdish region chose the first half of September to start making regular payments to oil companies including DNO ASA and Genel Energy Plc for crude...
UAE cuts September gasoline prices
The United Arab Emirates cut gasoline and diesel prices by between 8 and 9 percent for September, the second month during which the Middle Eastern country, OPEC’s...
U.S. Q2 GDP growth revised higher to 3.7 pct
The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter on solid domestic demand, showing fairly strong momentum that could still allow the Federal...
Import bill down on euro, yuan decline
Lebanon could see its import bill decline if the euro and yuan currencies continue to depreciate due to the volatile markets, economists said Wednesday.
Fuel prices fall further as oil maintains slide
Prices of fuel in Lebanon continued to decrease Wednesday, with 95-octane and 98-octane gasoline falling by LL600 and now priced at LL23,800 and LL24,400 respectively.
Khalil says can pay salaries if Cabinet approves move
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Tuesday the treasury could pay the salaries of civil servants and military personnel from the reserves provided the Cabinet...
Iraq’s northern Kurdish region chose the first half of September to start making regular payments to oil companies including DNO ASA and Genel Energy Plc for crude exported from the semi-autonomous area.
Saudi spending cuts could help hold credit rating
If investors were looking for a sign that Saudi Arabia is doing more than just pumping oil at a record pace to shore up its finances, they may have just got it.
Mideast stocks fall as Saudi Arabia
Most Middle Eastern stock markets declined amid mounting concern the region’s largest economy will cut spending after oil prices slumped to the lowest since 2009.
Saudi Arabia breaks Gulf silence on peg
Saudi Arabia’s pledge to maintain its dollar currency peg, amid oil’s slump to a six-year low, is likely to be followed by its smaller Gulf neighbors.
The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter on solid domestic demand, showing fairly strong momentum that could still allow the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates this year.
Kiev reaches deal with creditors on $18B debt
Ukraine reached what its finance minister called a “win-win” deal with its largest group of creditors to ease repayments on its $18 billion debt.
Windows 10 spreads to over 75 million devices
Microsoft said Wednesday that Windows 10 has spread to over 75 million devices since the new operating system was released less than a month ago.
Gulf stocks join global rally to cut heavy losses
Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf states joined a global rally Thursday, reducing heavy losses from a tumultuous week that saw share prices dive.
Germany’s China exports turn into risk
Germany’s export exposure to China, for years a source of economic strength, is fast turning into a risk that raises questions about the health of other sources of...
The street protests, initially focusing on the trash crisis, have exposed just how corrupt the entire system is, and how shocking it is that politicians got away with it for so long.
There is no doubt the trash problem has sparked one of the worst political crises to rock Lebanon in the past seven years.
Time to establish a no-fly zone over Syria is now
A recent front-page photo in the New York Times of a boatload of Syrian refugees drifting on the Mediterranean Sea beneath an enormous setting sun could not have been...
In toxicology, the dose makes the poison
Since the development of the science of toxicology in the 16th century, its guiding principle has been that “the dose makes the poison.”
Is Hezbollah planning a new coup?
The political crisis in Lebanon has raised many questions about the intentions of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement with regard to the government. While...
A voice for the nation
That Sunday’s You Stink protest descended into violence and vandalism is a sad if not inevitable consequence of having thousands of protesters, including many young,...
Politicians should listen
The demonstrators who marched through Beirut’s streets over the weekend were from all walks of life, all corners of the country, all sects and all parties, for the...
For the first time since 1973, rockets launched in Syria hit the Galilee in Israel Thursday.
A recent front-page photo in the New York Times of a boatload of Syrian refugees drifting on the Mediterranean Sea beneath an enormous setting sun could not have been more apt.
The corporate governance landscape is shifting
Around the world, the corporate governance landscape is shifting, as efforts to improve business practices and policies gain support and momentum.
A positive step for Libya
The situation in Libya has reached a point of utmost gravity.
Why did the Iran deal take so long?
The nuclear deal reached in July by Iran and its international interlocutors marks an obvious turning point in the Islamic Republic’s relations with the outside world,...
The political crisis in Lebanon has raised many questions about the intentions of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement with regard to the government. While Hezbollah continues to insist that it does not seek the resignation of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, the party has done virtually everything to bring about such an outcome, most recently announcing it would participate with the Aounists in street demonstrations.
A weakened Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington
When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving,...
Saudi Arabia and Iran can agree on much
My affection and respect for my good friend and colleague from the United Arab Emirates with whom I discussed current events in the Middle East over a leisurely...
The Iranian-Saudi rivalry is overdone
During a delightful lunch in Beirut a few days ago with a good friend and colleague from the UAE during which we discussed a wide range of current developments around...
America has its Bay of Pigs moment in Syria
America’s botched effort last month to support a Syrian moderate rebel group known as “Division 30” was a chain of errors that recalls, in a small way, the 1961 Bay of...
Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favorable hands in the Champions League draw in Monaco Thursday.
Champions League draw smiles on Barca, Man Utd
Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favorable hands in the Champions League draw in Monaco
I did the best I could, says weary Justin Gatlin
After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain.
Usain Bolt does it again for Beijing sweep
Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200-meter world title Thursday and prove that when it comes to major...
Wilson’s death triggers calls for IndyCar review
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed...
Sevilla complete signing of forward Llorente from Juve
Sevilla have completed the signing of forward Fernando Llorente from Juventus and the 30-year-old former Spain international has agreed a three-year contract, the...
Balotelli blames Rodgers tactics for poor Liverpool stint
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli blames his poor Liverpool stint on manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics after completing his season-long loan move to AC Milan
Wolfsburg deny agreement with City for De Bruyne
VfL Wolfsburg denies German media reports they have agreed a transfer fee with Manchester City for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, but admit they are negotiating
Bolt wins fourth world 200m title
Jamaican Usain Bolt outstripps American rival Justin Gatlin to win his fourth consecutive world 200m title to add to the 100m gold he won at the weekend.
Positive doping tests eclipse Kenyan double
A sparkling Kenyan double at the world championships in Beijing Wednesday was overshadowed by news that two Kenyans had failed precompetition drugs tests.
FINA clears Sun over altercation at worlds
Swimming’s world governing body has cleared Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang of any wrongdoing following complaints over his behavior at this month’s world...
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed cockpits.
Recent deaths at North American open wheel races
Factbox on driver fatalities in open wheel races on North American circuits since 1996 in the wake of Briton Justin Wilson’s death Monday after being hit by debris from...
Formula One counts its lucky stars
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
IndyCar driver Wilson critical, in coma
Justin Wilson sustained severe head injuries and is in a coma in critical condition after the Briton was struck by debris from another car during the closing laps of...
Hamilton cruises to dream win in Belgium
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position Sunday to stretch his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with...
Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle.
Federer eyes U.S. Open after downing Djokovic
Roger Federer moved into pole position for a U.S. Open title run Sunday, capturing his seventh Cincinnati Masters with a dominant 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic.
Serena wins Cincinnati title
Defending champion Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tuneup in style by beating Romanian third seed Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) to win the Western & Southern...
Murray sets up revenge chance against Federer
Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.
Wawrinka unhappy over Kyrgios apology
Stan Wawrinka accused Aussie Nick Kyrgios of failing to properly apologize for his lurid outburst toward the Swiss star here Wednesday after struggling into the third...
Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.
Title hopefuls Byblos add Bawji and Vogel
Byblos made a bold statement about their title aspirations for the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League after adding significant pieces to their already...
Woods naturalized for Asian Championship
Giant American center Loren Woods is set to make a return to the court after the Lebanese basketball federation officially naturalized the former Riyadi player so he...
Cedars’ youngsters look to make mark
Eight of the 15 players who have been drafted by Lebanon national team head coach Veselin Matic for the first training camp, which will take place in Serbia, have never...
NBA’s current, former stars put on show in Africa
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Lebanon is in the midst of a museum-building frenzy, it seems.
Zachariah a drama about last 3 people on Earth
A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in “Z for Zachariah,” a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female...
Redford takes a walk through his buddy roles
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson’s memoir “A Walk in the Woods,” he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking...
Time for black or gay 007, Brosnan says
The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.
Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby
Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
A pleasant cinematic surprise
Commercial cinema consumption is all about information.
Cumberbatch’s hoodie-wearing Hamlet wows fans
Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a “Hamlet” for our time in London in a production that played to his strengths, dresses up Shakespeare for a younger crowd and had the...
How Orson Welles, John Huston attempted last film
Few great movie directors end their careers on a high note.
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson’s memoir “A Walk in the Woods,” he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking comrade: Paul Newman.
Patrick Stewart flexes his comedy muscles
Patrick Stewart never thought of himself as a funny guy.
'All in the Family' producer Bud Yorkin dies at 89
Bud Yorkin, a director and producer who helped forge a new brand of topical TV comedy with the 1970s hit "All in the Family," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said.
Tracy Morgan to host 'SNL' after car crash injuries
US actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will host 'Saturday Night Live' in October, NBC says, his first major TV performance after suffering serious injuries in a highway...
Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered...
KISS star's home searched in child porn probe: report
Rock star Gene Simmons' home in California was searched by police in a child porn investigation, but the KISS frontman and his family are not suspects in the case,...
Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash
Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that...
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found
Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home Tuesday.
British pop phenomenon One Direction are to take an indefinite break from next year, according to a media report Monday that has left fans devastated.
Book calls Kanye West music, pop culture changer
Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Egyptian heir takes on Jay Z in Big Pimpin’ trial
The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic “Big Pimpin.’”
Seiji Ozawa cancels Japan concerts after fracturing hip
Former Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa has canceled three performances in Japan after fracturing his hip.
Billy Joel headlines last concert at NY's Nassau Coliseum
Billy Joel opened his final show at the soon-to-be shuttered Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum with his 1977 hit "Movin' Out."
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai.
Japanese toilets flipping open lid on new museum
Japan’s leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water flushing model to the most cutting edge version...
Ten carmakers sued over keyless ignition deaths
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million...
Want a diamond in just 10 weeks? Use a microwave
The 2.62-carat diamond Calvin Mills bought his fiancee in November is a stunner. Pear-shaped and canary-yellow, the gem cost $22,000. A bargain.
Lasting furniture design for the artist
When Karen Chekerdjian looks at a piece of furniture, she sees all its inherent possibilities.
Tanorexia: When getting a tan is an addiction
On a warm August evening in Madrid tanned customers stream out of a tanning salon – even in sunny Spain, the need to catch some rays can become an addiction.
Smartphones creating etiquette challenges
It’s OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation.
Deafblind Poles get behind the wheel
Motor-racing is not for the faint-hearted. But when you are deaf and blind, it takes on a different dimension.
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths.
Facebook adds assistant to Messenger app
Facebook Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the...
'Smart' solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun's energy to allow people to...
Russian extends travel time to International Space Station
The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days.
Bazaza: The new designer on everyone’s radar
Hussein Bazaza has been on everyone’s radar ever since he received the Elle Style Award for Best Upcoming Middle East Designer in 2013.
One Lebanon gives Army $10,000
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said...
L’Atelier du Miel’s sweet and sticky surprises
Nestled within the splendor of the Chouf mountains, there lies a sweet and sticky surprise. Marc Bou Nassif, along with his brother Ralph and their partner Rabih...
How do you fix a broken country like Lebanon?
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Warsaw essentials from the newest to classics
Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw.
A room with a view: Hotel Versailles plan
Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.
Airbnb gives Paris luxury hoteliers a fright
Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris.
Conducting test-drives is kind of like sampling several types of cakes.
Elantra delivers a lesson in value to car market
My friends, co-workers and family members keep telling me that in my selection of cars for these weekly reviews I may be going a bit overboard with the number of models...
State can do more to reduce road fatalities
Road fatalities and the traffic law have played prominently in the news in recent months.
Cadillac ATS Coupe a threat to Euro rivals
Many moons ago when I was still a teenager, whenever the subject of Cadillac came up the only model that sprung to mind was the Fleetwood.
Captur dazzles with looks, impresses with gear
Compact SUVs, or crossovers, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for a good reason: They make sense, especially when people’s lifestyles demand...
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.
U.S. scientists grow nearly complete human brain
An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a U.S. lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a...
Music eases pain after surgery, new study says
Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.
The pitfalls of exercise extremes
With challenging workouts from ultramarathons to endurance events on obstacle courses all the rage, fitness experts say more and more weekend warriors are leaping into...
Special veg-rich diet may slow cognitive decline
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, whole grains and wine can help slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline, researchers said Tuesday.