The Rafic Hariri International Airport played host to a diplomatic extravaganza Monday, as the first installment in a Saudi-funded $3 billion arms deal arrived in Lebanon from France in ceremonious fashion.
Police launch fresh sweep of Roumieh Prison
Police launched a “wide-scale search operation” early Monday in Lebanon’s notorious Roumieh Prison following a weekend riot by Islamist inmates during which they...
Libya condemns 'death smugglers' after migrant shipwreck
The foreign minister of Libya's internationally recognised government on Tuesday condemns 'death smugglers' who organized the doomed voyage to Europe that left an...
ISIS beheads opposition fighters in Damascus suburb
ISIS beheaded overnight two opposition fighters accused of fighting the extremist group in a southern Damascus suburb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor...
Amnesty International condemns US failure to act on torture report
Amnesty International accuses President Barack Obama's administration of granting 'de facto amnesty' to people involved in a CIA program that detained and tortured...
STL hears head of courts Beirut registry
Anthony Lodge, who manages the registry at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Beirut Office, testified before the court today in the contempt case against Al-Jadeed and...
Group urges Lebanon not to observe Armenian genocide
A coalition of Sunni organizations in Beirut Tuesday condemned a decision by Education Minister Elias Bou Saab to close private and public schools on April 24 in...
Three arrested over 2011 Lebanon Army attack
The Lebanese Army arrested in the Beirut area of Jnah Thursday three people suspected of shooting at soldiers in 2011, the military announced in a statement.
The foreign minister of Libya's internationally recognised government on Tuesday condemns 'death smugglers' who organized the doomed voyage to Europe that left an estimated 800 dead in a shipwreck
Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure
A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for 'terrorist activities,' a...
Egypt's Brotherhood will show resilience after Morsi trial: senior figure
The Muslim Brotherhood has brought in many new leaders and will remain a powerful force following the sentencing of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to 20 years...
Israel court jails Belgian for spying for Iran
An Israeli court sentences an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison after convicting him of spying for Tehran
Amnesty International accuses President Barack Obama's administration of granting 'de facto amnesty' to people involved in a CIA program that detained and tortured militants captured after the Sept 11 attacks on the US
South Africa deploys army to curb anti-immigrant violence
South Africa deploys the army in 'volatile areas' to curb a wave of anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least seven people this month, the defense minister says
Ukraine soldier killed in rebel east: army
A Ukrainian soldier was killed on the frontline in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east, the army says
UN urges Europe to put asylum at center of Mediterranean debate
The United Nations refugee agency calls on European leaders to put asylum and protection issues at the forefront of their summit talks aimed at easing the migrant...
At least 10 killed by car bomb at Mogadishu restaurant
At least 10 people were killed and about a dozen wounded when a car rammed into a busy restaurant and exploded in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, police say
U.S. authorities are deeply concerned about the financial capabilities of ISIS and are pressing Arab banks to prevent the jihadi group from channeling funds through their systems, the secretary-general of the Union of Arab Banks said Monday.
Bank Audi’s profits surge 17 percent in Q1
Bank Audi, Lebanon’s largest bank in terms of assets and deposits, saw its net profits in the first quarter of 2015 surge by 17 percent to $100 million, 52 percent of...
HSBC banned from taking on assets at Saudi unit
HSBC Holdings Plc is blocked from taking on new funds at its Saudi Arabian asset management business after the regulator found that it breached local regulations,...
Saudi Arabian stocks up on bourse opening boost
Saudi Arabian stocks rose the most in more than two months after the kingdom said foreigners will be able to access its stock market directly from mid-June and as Saudi...
Oil’s going up? Then you’re better off not buying
Oil bulls may be better off buying stocks and currencies, according to Societe Generale SA.
Airport passenger traffic rises by 10 percent
Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport increased by nearly 10 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year,...
Experts see weaknesses in 2015 draft budget
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil’s 2015 draft budget is not expected to be ratified by Cabinet or Parliament unless the bill is totally revised or amended to make it...
Special economic zone offers hope for Tripoli
The recent appointment of members of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone Authority was a glimmer of hope for the impoverished and neglected northern city.
HSBC Holdings Plc is blocked from taking on new funds at its Saudi Arabian asset management business after the regulator found that it breached local regulations, according to five people with knowledge of the matter.
Tunisia seeks to save tourist season
Still smarting from a jihadi attack that killed 21 foreign tourists last month, Tunisia is hoping to save the summer season with new security measures and an ad...
Dubai poised as bridge for Iran investment
When a Dubai-based financier tried to entice a US food manufacturer to set up a joint venture to produce and distribute products in Iran months ago, the company...
Algeria sees power vacuum in face of oil crisis
When Abdelaziz Bouteflika ran for a fourth term as Algeria’s president a year ago, the opposition cautioned that he would be too sick to govern.
China, Pakistan launch $46B corridor plan
China and Pakistan launched a plan Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, linking their economies and underscoring China’s...
Alitalia may be next to quit AEA
Alitalia SpA may follow British Airways parent IAG in quitting the Association of European Airlines as a rift widens over the competitive threat from Gulf carriers,...
Britain’s tax jump risks pushing banks away
HSBC and Standard Chartered are looking at the viability of quitting London for a new home in Asia because a big jump in a tax on U.K. banks makes staying in Britain...
Dubai airport chief backs Heathrow expansion
The head of Heathrow’s biggest rival has criticized the political deadlock over building another runway in Britain’s southeast, condemning the failure to expand the...
The tragedies in the Mediterranean over the weekend have shocked Europe and the rest of the world.
A welcome lifeline
As the first shipment of arms bought with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion gift to Lebanon arrives Monday, it’s worth remembering how much the kingdom has done for this country.
America’s prison system requires urgent reform
U.S. President Barack Obama recently issued sentence commutations for 22 people serving lengthy prison terms for drug offenses in the United States.
Judicial reform irks Tunisian judges
Tunisia is gearing up for profound reforms as it approaches constitutional deadlines to overhaul its entire judiciary system, which has been reluctant to reform.
The perils of our hopeless Arab youth
If there is one reason above all others that helps explain the many situations of armed conflict, political violence and state collapse across the Arab world, it must...
Friday’s address by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, focusing on developments in Yemen, was a model of consistency – as in consistent double standards.
Opportunity for Yemen
Nearly a month into the coalition air campaign in Yemen, a glimmer of hope has appeared with the passing of a U.N. Security Council resolution that demands a withdrawal...
Education black hole
The release of a report this week on conditions in the Middle East is unlikely to gain much attention from global media outlets – probably because the words “extremism”...
The world must care more for Syrian refugees
Over the past four years, Syria has been the scene of terrible suffering and savagery.
Egyptians are promised a new capital
Cairo is to be replaced as Egypt’s capital by a vast, hypermodern city situated in the eastern desert at the halfway point to the Suez Canal hub – a military-led...
Forget the Mideast, Obama, focus on Asia
The Obama administration’s foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East – negotiating the Iran deal, sending special forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi...
If there is one reason above all others that helps explain the many situations of armed conflict, political violence and state collapse across the Arab world, it must be that tens of millions of hopeless young men are wandering through their own societies like ghosts, unable to enjoy either satisfying employment or meaningful citizenship.
The Middle East shows no signs of recovering soon
Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today?
A tribunal on the road to Damascus?
The remarks Tuesday by Hezbollah parliamentarian Hasan Fadlallah, deriding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon “as a scandalous breach of Lebanese sovereignty,” were...
For Hillary Clinton, much empty space to fill
Hey, “everyday Americans,” what are you getting ready for?
Abadi’s moment of opportunity
The current visit to Washington by Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi comes at a decisive moment for his country and the entire region.
Pep Guardiola admits Tuesday’s European quarterfinal, second-leg, tie against Porto is effectively a “final” for Bayern with the injury-hit Bavarians staring down the barrel of a Champions League exit.
Old meets new in fitting FA cup final
Old masters Aston Villa will play holders Arsenal, the modern kings of the FA Cup, at Wembley next month in the finale of one of the most exciting competitions for years.
Big 3 lead Cavs past Celtics, Clippers down Spurs
Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut and LeBron James added 20 in his first postseason game with Cleveland in five years as the Cavaliers opened a run...
Warriors, Rockets open playoffs with wins
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets won their opening games in the NBA playoffs with relative ease Saturday, while the Washington Wizards pulled off an upset...
Nadal set on further improvement in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal has a return to winning ways on clay in his sights as he targets a ninth title at the Barcelona Open this week.
Guardiola pledges next season to Bayern
Pep Guardiola insists he will remain Bayern Munich’s coach next season amid reports he is set to take over at Manchester City when his current contract expires in June...
Direct Barcelona have to stand firm against PSG
Barcelona’s lethal attack has put them on course for a seventh Champions League semifinal place in eight years but their shaky defense gives Paris Saint-Germain a...
I was nervous about playing for Barca: Suarez
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted he was nervous at the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar when he joined the club.
Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut and LeBron James added 20 in his first postseason game with Cleveland in five years as the Cavaliers opened a run toward an NBA title with a 113-100 win over Boston Celtics Sunday.
Sagesse face UBA after laboring past Homenetmen
Sagesse became the latest team to sneak into the final four after overcoming Homenetmen 3-1 in the best-of-five quarterfinal series Saturday to set up a mouthwatering...
Sagesse grind win through stifling defense
Sagesse scraped past Homenetmen 70-64 in Game 3 Friday of their quarterfinal series to lead 2-1, with Game 4 set to take place Saturday at Mezher.
Warriors, Cavaliers favored in NBA playoffs
Regular season heroes will rise and fall, rivalries will be renewed and the dark horses will get their chance when the National Basketball Association playoffs begin...
Djokovic beats Berdych to set ATP record
Novak Djokovic set another career record Sunday with his second Monte Carlo title, as the Serb became the first man to win the opening three Masters 1000 events in a...
Djokovic crushes Cilic for Monaco semis spot
Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 Friday to move into the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Federer and holder Wawrinka stunned in Monte Carlo
Roger Federer joined holder Stan Wawrinka as an upset victim at the Monte Carlo Masters Thursday as the 2014 finalist lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to France’s Gael Monfils.
Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka win in Monte Carlo
Finalist Roger Federer and holder Stan Wawrinka rolled to quick-fire opening wins at the Monte Carlo Masters Wednesday as clay king Rafael Nadal also joined the Swiss...
Buoyed by the a revitalized driver pairing and a much-improved power unit, Ferrari have breathed new life into Formula One’s world championship battle this year – and appear ready to make it stick.
Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant
Qatar’s hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add...
Hamilton wins again under Bahrain floodlights
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny...
Hamilton and Rosberg back at scene of battle
Just days after their latest spat following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg return this weekend to the scene of one of their most dramatic...
Marquez aiming for Argentina encore
World champion Marc Marquez arrives in Argentina for Sunday’s third leg of the MotoGP championship with a spring in his step after dominating last weekend’s Grand Prix...
Luke Rockhold staked his claim in New Jersey as the top middleweight contender in UFC.Up next, Rockhold wants a title shot and a shot at MMA history in New York.
Phelps caps comeback meet with 100m free win
Olympic superstar Michael Phelps’ legendary racing instincts kicked in Saturday as he capped his latest comeback meet with a storming 100m freestyle win.
World champion Selby survives first-round scare
Mark Selby kept the “Curse of the Crucible” at bay but only just as he launched the defense of his World Championship title with a dramatic 10-9 first-round win over...
Determined Bolt aims to beat his own world record
Usain Bolt has a few goals left before he retires: He wants to break his own 200-meter world record and do it by running under 19 seconds.
Reckless means ‘entertaining’ for Pacquiao
Appearing relaxed and confident, Manny Pacquiao embraced suggestions he was “a reckless fighter” when he held a workout for the media Wednesday ahead of his heavily...
France has many restaurants claiming the “bio” label, but only one has earned a star in the fabled Michelin Guide: Elsa, a Riviera eatery run by an Italian chef, Paolo Sari.
Can you rock a jumpsuit?
Awards nights are usually reserved for showstopping gowns, but it one swoop, Robin Wright resisted the norm in a backless Ralph Lauren custom jumpsuit done in ivory as...
The real Lebanese traffic code
I’m a grown woman who doesn’t drive.
Fitness and self-defense for little superheroes
Eight girls chatted excitedly outside the gymnastics room of the Genesis Health Club in Verdun, waiting for their Radkidz class to start.
Genesis Coupe revives historic sports car lore
When I review cars, more often than not I find myself selecting cars that I find intriguing or appealing, which makes it all the more surprising that over the past...
Gisele Bundchen makes teary last catwalk turn
There were tears, hugs, and a standing ovation as supermodel Gisele Bundchen strode the catwalk one last time on her home turf in Brazil Wednesday.
What’s in a hotel name? Deciphering the mystery
Today’s traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names.
Gisele’s farewell during Sao Paulo summer shows
Sao Paulo Fashion Week was off and running Monday focused on the summer 2016 season, as well as this week’s last turn on the catwalk for local girl-turned-supermodel...
How stray cats colonized AUB’s campus
On any given day, as students go about their lives at the American University of Beirut, attending classes, having lunch on a picnic bench or hanging out in their...
Serial kitten killer on the loose at AUB
The normally cat-friendly AUB campus has recently seen a series of sinister kitten killings close to its Issam Fares Institute.
Travel agents to facilitate France tourist visa
France’s ambassador to Lebanon announced a new partnership with four travel agencies Tuesday, in a bid to boost the number of Lebanese tourists traveling to France.
When I review cars, more often than not I find myself selecting cars that I find intriguing or appealing, which makes it all the more surprising that over the past several months I have reviewed more models from Hyundai than from any other brand.
When buying a car, timing is everything
The prospect of buying a new car can be so exciting that people often let their impatience and emotions get the best of them and as a result miss out on what could be...
A tale of torque, twists and technology
“You ride good, right?,” an organizer of a Mount Lebanon motorcycle test ride event asked as he scribbled my name on a sign-up sheet to try out a fleet of 2015 KTMs and...
Audi Q3 brings class to crossover segment
This one has been a long time coming. It’s literally taken over three months until all the planets aligned in order for me to test drive and review the Audi Q3.
Lebanon’s roads incompatible with traffic laws
As much as most of us are delighted that Lebanon is finally getting traffic laws that somewhat conform with those in the rest of the world, it seems to me that the...
With the Apple Watch expected to sell in the millions, news organizations are refocusing their efforts to become part of that tiny screen.
Robo-chef can perfectly mimic professional
A robotic chef that can whip up professional quality meals in a matter of minutes has been developed by engineers in the U.K., who call it the world’s first Automated...
Adobe PDF is great, but casual users won’t need
No doubt you’ve run across your share of PDF documents in your work and personal life. Adobe’s Portable Document Format has become a common way to publish newsletters,...
Keeping tabs on your health from your back pocket
The smartphone in your pocket could be a valuable tool for medical research – and for treating a variety of ailments.
Awesome! 'Lego Dimensions' combining bricks and franchises
The creators of the "Lego" video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise.
Saint Helena’s major claim to fame is as the place where the fallen French emperor Napoleon died in exile, but now the destiny of the tiny island is about to change with the opening of its first airport next year.
Curonian Spit, a placid refuge in Lithuania
At the edge of the Valley of Silence, the landscape changes so suddenly it’s like strolling to another continent – from a placid, fragrant pine forest to a soaring wall...
Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage
Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the...
UAE cements its status as the region’s art hub
Abu Dhabi’s branches of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums may be long overdue, but that has not stopped the United Arab Emirates, better known to some for gold-vending...
Outdoor adventure at remote lodge in Nova Scotia
Into the forest we went with a mushroom hunter and guide in search of edibles in the speckled light of a summer afternoon.
Everyone’s body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion.
Is the placebo effect in some people’s genes?
Some people may be genetically programmed to feel better after taking placebo pills, while others may only heal with real drugs, suggests a new review of existing...
The brain’s aging and ways to stay sharp
The brain ages just like the rest of a body, says a new report that urges seniors to take steps to keep sharp.
The success of the Grower Champagne movement
Emilien Allouchery from Champagne Allouchery Perseval moved back to the family’s eight-hectare Montagne de Reims estate about 10 years ago, having worked overseas for...
Snoring, apnea linked to earlier memory decline
Older people who have sleep apnea, tend to begin experiencing cognitive decline about 10 years earlier than those without the disorder or those who use a breathing...
Phil Rudd, the Australian-born drummer from world-famous rock band AC/DC, pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court on Tuesday to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs, his lawyer said.
Prognosis unclear for daughter of late singer Whitney Houston: lawyer
Bobbi Kristina Brown is expected to live a long life, but her prognosis remains unclear, an attorney for her father Bobby Brown said on Monday, clarifying the singer’s...
Stromae taps Kanye West in Coachella surprise
Belgium's Stromae brought in a fellow superstar from across the Atlantic, Kanye West, in a surprise Sunday on the final day of the Coachella festival.
Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee
Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month.
James Franco examines self in life and art
James Franco, actor, director, writer, teacher and the star of the new film, “The Adderall Diaries,” thrives on the variety of his multiple pursuits and has no plans to...
Britain's Old Vic honors Kevin Spacey for key artistic role
Stars of stage and screen have paid tribute to Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey at a special gala event as his 11-year tenure at London's The Old Vic theater comes to an end.
Affleck hid his family’s slave-owning past
Hollywood megastar Ben Affleck, also known for his support of liberal causes, asked documentary-makers to censor their discovery that one of his ancestors owned slaves,...
'Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested on public intoxication charge
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards was arrested early on Thursday on public intoxication and other charges after she refused to leave an upscale...
Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert big winners at Country Music awards
Luke Bryan won the fan-voted top prize of entertainer of the year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, which drew more than 70,000 fans to the AT&T...
Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Furious 7's Walker tops UK chart
American rapper Wiz Khalifa has scored the fastest selling single of the year, as his tribute to actor Paul Walker, "See You Again", climbed 21 places to top the...
Astronaut Hadfield to release first space album
Astronaut Chris Hadfield is taking music to intergalactic heights with the first album written and recorded in space.
James Franco, actor, director, writer, teacher and the star of the new film, “The Adderall Diaries,” thrives on the variety of his multiple pursuits and has no plans to narrow his focus.
Box Office: 'Furious 7' Out Runs 'Paul Blart 2,' 'Unfriended'
"Furious 7" ran laps around the competition, picking up $29.1 million in its third weekend of release, according to studio estimates.
Star Wars trailer delights fans
Hype surrounding the eagerly anticipated “Star Wars” reboot made the jump to light speed Thursday as the movie’s makers unveiled a trailer that delighted fans with a...
Han Solo revs up 'Star Wars' fans in new 'Force Awakens' trailer
"Chewie, we're home."
So declares Harrison Ford's Han Solo in a new trailer released on Thursday for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the much anticipated return of one...
Hardy excels but Child 44 feels like 40 movies
The best-selling novel “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40...
Emerging star Aakash Odedra offered a full house of spectators a unique fusion of classical Indian and contemporary British dance at Masrah al-Madina Saturday.
Big turnout on store day shows rebirth of vinyl
Music lovers lined up for blocks and sellers reported bumper trade on Record Store Day, a sign of the rebirth of vinyl in one bright point for the long-troubled...
Making music, making money for Syria
The pen is mightier than the sword, or so we’re led to believe. Faced with the ongoing violence and bloodshed in Syria, Hannibal Saad has resorted not to words but to...
Aspiring designers hone their craft at ESMOD
In 1841, Alexis Lavigne, inventor of the ribbon tape, couture mannequin and master tailor to French royalty, founded the world’s first fashion school. Nearly 160 years...
Iberian holy days: Wild celebrations
Smoke hung heavily over this hilly city, broken by flickering flames, when I mustered my courage, plunged into the crowd and brought down my bright-green hammer on a...