Lebanon marked half million total registered coronavirus cases since the first case was recorded in the country, with 2,460 new cases and 40 deaths Wednesday.
Hale urges Lebanese leaders to show flexibility over govt
A senior US State Department official Wednesday blasted Lebanese leaders, urging them to show flexibility toward forming a new government capable of enacting serious...
US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan
The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan...
Minnesota police chief, officer who fatally shot Black man, both resign
A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black motorist during a scuffle following a routine traffic stop and the police chief who called the slaying an...
Iran says 60% enrichment response to Israel's 'nuclear terrorism'
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday its decision to boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent was a response to Israel's "terrorism," days after an attack on...
Lebanon seeks maritime border talks with Syria
Lebanon is seeking to negotiate its northern maritime border with Syria, after Syria has granted a Russian oil and gas firm rights to explore an offshore zone.
Hale hits out at Lebanon leaders, urges new govt
Senior US State Department official David Hale urged Lebanese leaders to form a new government capable of adopting serious reforms and tackling mismanagement and...
Foreign firms vie to rebuild ravaged Beirut Port
Eight months after a massive blast ripped through Beirut port and nearby districts of the Lebanese capital, a host of foreign companies with different national...
The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal.
NATO forces will leave together from Afghanistan,US says
A coalition of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan will leave the country in coordination with a planned U.S. withdrawal by Sept. 11
Biden says 'time to end' US war in Afghanistan with total pull out
President Joe Biden announced Wednesday it's "time to end" America's longest war with the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan where they have spent two...
Russia calls U.S. 'adversary', rejects NATO call to end Ukraine build-up,
The United States called on Russia to halt a military build-up on Ukraine's border on Tuesday as Moscow, in words recalling the Cold War, said its "adversary" should...
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday its decision to boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent was a response to Israel's "terrorism," days after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility.
Iran's powerful Guard faces scrutiny after attacks
The recent sabotage at Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facility is just the latest setback for the country's Revolutionary Guard, though the paramilitary force is rarely...
Arrested Suez ship fit for onward passage, manager says
The cargo vessel that blocked global shipping in the Suez Canal and is caught in a legal dispute in Egypt is fit to sail once approval is given, its technical manager...
Saudi Arabia says it is concerned about Iran uranium enrichment
Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it was concerned about Iran's intention to start enriching uranium to 60% purity and said such a move could not be considered part of a...
Twenty killed in road accident in Egypt
Twenty people were killed and three injured in an accident involving a bus and a truck on a desert highway in Upper Egypt late on Tuesday, the health ministry said on...
Central Bank governor Riad Salameh on Wednesday reminded Caretaker Finance Minister that BDL cannot continue to subsidize products in the same patter, urging the government to come up with a new plan to ration subsidies and end waste.
Lebanese pound down against dollar
The Lebanese pound fell on the black market Wednesday, trading at LL12,550 against the dollar.
Syria devalues pound after sacking central bank governor
Syria's central bank devalued the pound on Thursday, bringing the currency's official exchange rate closer to the black market rate, two days after the government...
Syria's Assad dismisses central bank chief Karfoul
President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed Syria's Central Bank Governor Hazem Karfoul, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.
Coinbase listing marks latest step in crypto's march to the mainstream
Coinbase Global Inc, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, will list on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche...
Lebanese pound up on political movement
The Lebanese pound rose on the black market Tuesday, trading at LL12,250 against the dollar, as reports indicated renewed efforts to ease the political crisis.
A rental market out of reach for most Lebanese
The dysfunctional nature of the Lebanese economy has meant that while the US dollar cost of renting in Beirut has largely decreased due to restrictions on international...
Lebanon’s GDP to contract 9.5 percent in 2021
The World Bank projected that Lebanon’s GDP to contract by 9.5 percent in 2021 due to various political and economic factors.
Syria's central bank devalued the pound on Thursday, bringing the currency's official exchange rate closer to the black market rate, two days after the government sacked its governor.
IMF: Lebanon risks economic contraction in 2021
Lebanon, in the midst of its worst financial crisis ever, is the only economy in the Middle East at risk of further contraction this year, the International Monetary...
Saudi $7 trillion investment goal puts spotlight on oil prices
In order to wean Saudi Arabia off its dependency on crude the kingdom needs higher oil prices.
Saudi malls, supermarkets, restaurants told to increase hiring of Saudi nationals
Malls, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia must increase their percentage of local hires, the kingdom's ministry of human resources and social...
Coinbase Global Inc, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, will list on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche technology to mainstream asset.
Bitcoin hits record high before landmark Coinbase IPO
Bitcoin hit a record of $62,575 on Tuesday, extending its 2021 rally to new heights.
IMF sees slower recovery for eurozone than US
The IMF said Tuesday that the eurozone economy would expand faster than previously expected in 2021, but Europe will be slower than the US to recover from the pandemic...
OPEC+ agrees oil output rise from May, sources say, after U.S. calls Saudi
Opec+ agreed on Thursday to gradually ease its oil output cuts from May, sources said, after the new U.S. administration called on Saudi Arabia to keep energy...
Oil prices ease after Suez Canal traffic resumes
World oil prices eased on Monday as traffic resumed on the Suez Canal after a massive container ship blocking the waterway was freed.
Even before the pandemic, in many parts of the world, too many children are left behind with no access to school or resources to have appropriate learning.
An Iranian nuclear deal will usher a regional Cold War
The crippling sanctions as a result of the maximum pressure policy imposed against Iran since former president Trump’s administration pulled out of the JCPOC, have...
Is Iran and China’s new strategic partnership a game changer for the Middle East?
Despite Iran’s current weakness, Beijing sees the country as a strategic prize in the long run.
Lebanon: A fragile or failed state?
Next week, the Lebanese people will be commemorating the Civil War that erupted on April 13, 1975, and ended with Taif Agreement in 1990.
Lebanon needs more than a Cabinet: Nation building
It must hurt the national pride of every Lebanese to hear foreign officials asking them to introduce meaningful reforms and form a credible government so countries who...
The recent flurry of diplomatic activities and frequent trips by Lebanese factions to Moscow, left the impression that Russia is poised to assume a mediating role in Lebanon in an attempt to extend its influence from a war shattered Syria to a politically crippled and financially bankrupt Lebanon.
Liverpool were left to rue a host of missed chances as Real Madrid held out for a 0-0 draw at Anfield to progress to the semifinals of the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate.
Man City reach Champions League semis with win at Dortmund
Manchester City scored twice in the second half through Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Wednesday and reach the Champions League semifinals...
French Open delayed by a week in hope that more spectators can attend
The French Open was Thursday delayed by a week to May 30-June 13 in the hope that heightened Covid-19 restrictions in France will have eased by then to allow the...
Curry scores 53 to pass Chamberlain for Warriors record
Steph Curry erupted with 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain's all-time Golden State scoring record Monday as the Warriors downed the Denver Nuggets 116-107.
James injury rocks Lakers in loss to Hawks
LeBron James crashed out of the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday with a right ankle injury that will sideline the NBA superstar indefinitely.
Flick mulls future after Bayern Munich exit Champions League
Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has admitted he is considering his future after the holders were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain.
From chokers to contenders, PSG have buried Champions League ghosts
Paris St Germain dismissed their reputation as Champions League chokers to reach the semifinals of Europe's premium club competition for the second year in a row by...
Chelsea into Champions League semis for first time since 2014
Chelsea reached the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 2014 despite a 1-0 defeat against Porto in Tuesday's quarterfinal second leg in Seville.
The French Open was Thursday delayed by a week to May 30-June 13 in the hope that heightened Covid-19 restrictions in France will have eased by then to allow the maximum number of fans to attend the event.
Japan sucked in its breath as Hideki Matsuyama almost blew his chance to win the Masters but the golfer's one-shot victory at Augusta National sparked a joyous reaction back home as the country celebrated another sporting triumph in testing times.
UFC's McGregor announces third fight with Poirier
Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is set for a third fight against Dustin Poirier, who became the first man to knock out him out in January.
Francis Ngannou stops Miocic, claims UFC heavyweight title
Francis Ngannou has been the next big thing in the UFC heavyweight division for several years.
International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics
International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer's Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, organizers said Saturday, setting the...
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday after an epic, knife-edge battle with Red Bull's Max Verstappen over the final laps.
Red Bull's Verstappen grabs opening pole in Bahrain
Red Bull's Max Verstappen set himself up as favorite for the first race of the Formula One season after a perfect pole position in Bahrain Saturday.
History buffs will be able to roam the ruins of Rome's "Area Sacra," perhaps catching a glimpse of Julius Caesar's ghost, after the site becomes an open-air museum next year.
Jumping the gun: Saudis keep 'Taasheer' war dance alive
In Saudi Arabia's west, classic muzzle-loading rifles are carefully prepared for the traditional "Taasheer" war dance, a striking display of leaping and gunpowder blasts.
Italian piano maker sees craft threatened
The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the...
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenades Saudi ruin
An area roughly the size of Belgium, Al-Ula, with its Nabatean tombs and art chiselled into caramel-hued rock, is being groomed as the centrepiece of Saudi tourism...
BAFTAs pushes diversity at film awards
American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains...
World's priciest painting may be a Leonardo after all
The world's most expensive painting, the "Salvator Mundi," may be the work of Leonardo da Vinci after all, with several media reports contradicting doubts raised in a...
Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old 'lost' city near Luxor
Archaeologists Saturday showed off their finds at what they say is the "largest" ancient city ever found in Egypt, dating to a golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago.
Archaeologists unearth 'ancient Egyptian Pompeii' near Luxor
The city was built more than 3,400 years ago during the opulent reign of Amenhotep III, one of Egypt's most powerful pharaohs, said Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian...
The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the pandemic.
If Ringo wants you to sing, could you say no?
The beloved Beatle dug into his contacts for help on the chorus of ‘Here’s to the Nights,’ his most recent song written by Diane Warren, and he recruited quite a choir....
American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains open with a list of contenders that shines the spotlight on diversity.
World’s priciest painting not really da Vinci
‘The request by “MBS” was very clear: Show the Salvator Mundi next to the Mona Lisa, and present it as 100 percent a da Vinci,’ the French official says, but his...
Reality TV show sparks anger in Algeria
‘Le DZ à Dubaï’ (‘DZ’ being Arabic shorthand for ‘Algeria’ or ‘Algerian’) brings together a group of Algerian social media influencers, former models and rappers in a...
The curtain falls on Italian film censorship
The most famous victim of the Italian censor was Bernardo Bertolucci’s steamy Oscar-nominated 1972 classic ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ all copies of which were destroyed...
Review: In 'Tina,' the final word from a legendary survivor
In the opening moments of the HBO documentary "Tina," Tina Turner doesn't just command the stage as she's belting out "Ask Me How I Feel" for a giant stadium of fans.
Before arriving in Madrid, Muhammed, Ayham, Okba and Moussa honed their skills as journalists during Syria's bloody civil war and now they have opened Spain's first refugee-led digital magazine.
Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan
Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting.
Cyprus's cabinet all receive AstraZeneca shots to win over public
Cyprus's entire cabinet was inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 on Thursday in an attempt to win over a cautious public on the safety of the shots.
Europe's vaccine rollout hit by doubts over J&J, AstraZeneca shots
UPDATE 2-Arrested Suez ship fit for onward passage, manager says
Europe's choppy vaccine rollout hit more trouble on Wednesday after U.S. drugmaker Johnson & Johnson delayed its COVID-19 shot and Denmark said it would drop a similar...
UAE partners with Japan's iSpace to send rover to the moon in 2022
Lunar exploration company iSpace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion...
United Arab Emirates names 2 new astronauts, including woman
The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program Saturday, including the country's first female astronaut.
Pandemic lends modern twist to French vintage fashion sales
In Artcurial's auction house overlooking the shuttered boutiques of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, vintage fashion expert Clara Vivien is overseeing the sale of...
Say cheese! Cyprus's halloumi gets EU protected status
Cyprus is getting protected status for its prized halloumi, giving its producers the sole right to sell the rubbery cheese in the European Union.
AstraZeneca shot is good if safety issues can be overcome, Fauci says
U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine had good efficacy, but safety concerns needed to be straightened out and it might not...
US pauses J&J vaccine over rare blood clots
U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after six women under 50 who had received it developed rare...
Coronavirus pandemic 'a long way from over', WHO's Tedros says
Confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health...
Lunar exploration company iSpace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion in the space exploration business to diversify its economy.
Geneva watch expo goes digital before Shanghai switch
Geneva's international expo of fine watches opened Wednesday with an online 2021 edition before shifting next week to Shanghai, where the coronavirus is under control.
Seats filled for first all-civilian spaceflight crew
A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year...
NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years
NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid.
No cigar: Interstellar object is cookie-shaped planet shard
Our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar.
Major British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty from UK government plans for restarting international travel that were widely condemned by airlines.
Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it will start putting its hands-free highway driving technology in some of its pickup truck and Mustang models later this year.
Nissan-Renault rift at center of Japanese trial of American
The trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly in a Tokyo court is increasingly focusing on a rift between Nissan Motor Co.
UPDATE 1-Musk says Tesla would be shut down if its cars spied in China, elsewhere
Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk said on Saturday his company would be shut down if its cars were used to spy, his first comments on news that China's military has...
A fossil of a skunk-like mammal that lived during the age of dinosaurs has been discovered in Chilean Patagonia, adding further proof to recent evidence that mammals roamed that part of South America a lot earlier than previously thought.
In Tunis, flamingos wade past waste in key Africa wetlands
Hundreds of flamingos wade past waste in the murky waters of the vast Sijoumi lagoon, a critical wetland in the heart of Tunisia's capital threatened by overexpansion.
Saudi Arabia sees fields of green with major tree-planting drive
Saudi Arabia aims to plant 10 billion trees in the coming decades as part of an ambitious campaign unveiled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday to reduce...
'Alarm bells' as African elephants see sharp decline: conservationists
Decades of poaching and shrinking habitats have devastated elephant populations across Africa, conservationists said Thursday, warning that one sub-species found in...
Brazil’s military fails in key mission: halting Amazon deforestation
Two years ago, the Amazon was aflame, ravaged by arsonists and loggers.