Contract workers at the Tyre branch of Electricite du Liban held a strike Monday in solidarity with their colleagues sacked by an EDL contractor in Mount Lebanon.
Lebanon probes illegal import of spoiled shrimp
Lebanon’s Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil asked the prosecutor general to investigate allegations of embezzlement and tax evasion in the import of large quantities...
516 arrested in Egypt anniversary unrest
Egyptian police arrested 516 supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood during violence that erupted as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its January...
Attacks in and around Baghdad kill 8
Iraqi officials say bombings in and around the capital, Baghdad, have killed eight people.
NATO chief: Putin comment on Ukraine is nonsense
Stoltenberg dismisses as "nonsense" allegations made by Putin that a NATO legion is fighting alongside Ukraine government troops in the east of the country.
Labor Ministry rejects maids union proposal
Lebanon’s Labor Ministry flatly rejected Monday a proposal calling for the creation of a union for migrant domestic workers.
Army launches preemptive strikes on Syria border
The Lebanese Army has been bombing the outskirts of the northeastern Bekaa Valley to ward off any anticipated attacks by Islamist militants deployed on the border with...
Hezbollah exploiting Army's anti-jihad campaign: Rifi
Future Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi accused Hezbollah of exploiting the Lebanese Army’s relentless fight against jihadi terrorism in order to revive the three-way...
Egyptian police arrested 516 supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood during violence that erupted as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its January 25 uprising.
ISIS affiliate in Egypt claims police officer killing
ISIS' Egyptian affiliate, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claims the killing of a police officer whose body was found almost two weeks ago.
Japan seeks Jordan's help over ISIS hostage
A Japanese diplomat emerges from talks in Jordan with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by ISIS.
Saudis seek greater US role in Mideast
King Salman is expected to use Obama's stopover to push for greater US involvement in resolving Middle East crises, analysts say.
ISIS calls for more attacks in the West
The spokesman for ISIS is calling on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of...
Over 100 people died in fight for Nigeria's Maiduguri
More than 100 people, mainly insurgents, died fighting for Nigeria's Maiduguri, a local journalist counting bodies at the biggest morgue says.
Tsipras sworn in as new Greek prime minister
Radical left leader Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as Greece's new prime minister after forming a surprise alliance with a small right-wing nationalist party Independent...
FBI arrests alleged Russian spy in New York
FBI agents arrested an alleged Russian spy in the Bronx in New York on Monday on charges of trying to collect economic intelligence and recruit sources, officials said.
The euro struck an 11-year low versus the dollar after anti-austerity party Syriza won Greece's elections, sparking fears that the country could end up exiting the eurozone.
ECB shifts onus to leaders to boost economy
Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment...
Retreat of Russian shoppers fails to dent DSF
Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at...
New Saudi king to focus economic policy on jobs
Saudi Arabia’s new king is expected to focus economic policy on creating jobs and multibillion dollar infrastructure projects to prevent tumbling oil prices from...
World Bank urges haste on dam approval
The World Bank’s country director for the Middle East has urged the Lebanese Parliament to speed up the approval of the construction of the Bisri dam, a $612 million...
Swiss private banks fight for survival
The sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc has intensified pressure on Switzerland’s private banks, raising the prospect of job cuts and bankruptcies.
U.S. high-yield bonds running on empty
Almost four-fifths of active fund managers in the U.S. high-yield bond market failed to beat the benchmark last year, as the sharp fall in oil prices weighed heavily on...
Gold becomes the ultimate hedge
Lenin, the implacable Russian revolutionary, despised gold.
Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at the annual retail bonanza.
IMF: Gulf set to go into deficit as oil falls
The oil-rich nations of the Gulf are set to post budget deficits this year after a plunge in crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said.
Gulf stocks mixed on Q4 results
Gulf stock markets were mixed Thursday, coming under pressure from some negative earnings reports but supported by stronger oil, while Egypt established a clear break...
In Gaza, an IT company has Google-sized aims
His company may not rival Google or German software-maker SAP yet, but Gaza-based IT entrepreneur Saady Lozon has plans to change that.
The World Bank’s country director for the Middle East has urged the Lebanese Parliament to speed up the approval of the construction of the Bisri dam, a $612 million project financed by the World Bank and the Islamic Bank.
Lebanon’s trade deficit widens in 2014
A fall in exports caused Lebanon’s trade deficit in 2014 to widen to 83.834 percent compared to 81.51 percent in 2013, the Customs Department said Friday.
Euro depreciation to reduce import bill
The European Central Bank’s decision to pump hundreds of billions of euros into the eurozone economy will have a positive impact on Lebanon, a senior economist told The...
Squandering Lebanon’s oil and gas future
Lebanon’s chances of building a successful oil and gas industry in the near term have taken a massive turn for the worse.
Hotel reservations take hit after strike
Many tourists have canceled their hotel reservations in Beirut following the Israeli airstrike in the Syrian town of Qunaitra that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an...
As promised, a Syrian rebel militia leader fired a wave of rockets and mortar bombs at Damascus Sunday.
Continuing the vision
The smooth course of events in Saudi Arabia after the passing of King Abdullah is working to quash speculation, made in some quarters, that the kingdom would face...
In Davos, signs of profound economic worries
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this...
Will Europeans get anti-terrorism right?
The recent terror attacks in Paris and the killing or arrest of suspected terrorists in Belgium have clarified the dangerous reality of thousands of European radicals...
Less humanitarian aid can create security crises
The murder and mayhem caused by ISIS and other terrorist groups ruin the lives of those who must flee in more ways than one.
Great loss for Lebanon
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will be remembered as a friend of Lebanon and a champion of moderation in a turbulent region.
The word “coup” is being used quite a bit to describe the events underway in Yemen, although “surrender” might be more accurate.
Paper tiger in Syria
In the wake of this weekend’s Israeli strike in the Golan Heights, which killed Hezbollah operatives and an Iranian general, Sunday’s comments by Syria’s information...
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” – meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years.
America’s Syria plan is bound to fail
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned Syria only twice.
The foreign policy lens shifts away from Obama
President Barack Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president.
Hezbollah response will reflect itsmultiple roles
The Israeli attack Sunday in the Syrian Golan Heights that killed Hezbollah and Iranian officials has understandably generated much speculation primarily about whether,...
Only Muslims can defeat the terrorists
The conversation at Davos is often dominated by economics, and this year it’s no different.
Sino-Russian alliance cant challenge the West
Some analysts believe that 2014 ushered in a new era of Cold War-style geopolitics.
Humanitarian aid in a world of crisis
Never in the 64-year history of the United Nations Refugee Agency has it had to address so much human misery.
Allow Arabs to get on with their lives
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was not speaking metaphorically when he said that France is at war with radical Islam.
South Korea moved a step closer to burying their 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they grabbed a goal in each half to beat Iraq 2-0 and set up a final against Australia or United Arab Emirates.
Arsenal progress as Cup shocks dry up
Premier League’s Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham United reached the fifth round of the FA Cup as calm returned to the competition Sunday, ending a weekend which...
Agonizing wait for Schumachers and Bianchis
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition...
Ferrari, McLaren take a hit from Marussia collapse
Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse of the Marussia Formula One team, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins thriller
Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarterfinals at the...
Hosts win through to Cup of Nations quarters
Hosts Equatorial Guinea advanced to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations amid emotional scenes Sunday as second-half goals by Javier Balboa and Iban Edu...
Fatigue factor kicks in as Iraq take on S.Korea
Asked Thursday whether he would prefer to play Iran or Iraq in the last four of the Asian Cup, South Korea coach Uli Stielike said only that he hoped their quarterfinal...
Pogba inspires Juve, Inter stunned at home
Paul Pogba scored a typically majestic goal to set Serie A leaders Juventus on the way to a 2-0 win over Chievo while troubled Inter Milan were booed off by their own...
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition a closely guarded secret.
Christmas provides food for thought at Ferrari
The winds of change have swept through Ferrari and even Christmas has a different feel now.
The future is Clear for Ferrari
Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the...
F1 delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s...
Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open Sunday.
Sharapova surges in Australian Open
Resurgent second seed Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open campaign kicked into overdrive Sunday as young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep scraped into the...
Bouchard: time to stop talking about Twirlgate
Eugenie Bouchard – the unwitting protagonist of an Australian Open saga that has been dubbed “Twirlgate” – would prefer if people just focused on her tennis.
Federer on way home, Nadal back on track
Roger Federer made his earliest exit from the Australian Open in 14 years as Rafael Nadal recovered from problems to reach the fourth round Friday.
Sharapova bounces back as rivals struggle
Second seed Maria Sharapova sparked her flatlining Australian Open campaign back to life Friday, as rivals Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep limped into the fourth round.
Riyadi were crowned champions of the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Tournament after clinching an epic 120-118 double overtime victory against arch-rivals Sagesse Saturday.
Aldridge puts off surgery, leads Blazers to win
Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge reversed his previous decision to have thumb surgery and turned out for the Trail Blazers Saturday, helping them to a 103-96 win against...
Sagesse, Riyadi set up all-Lebanese final
Lebanese basketball heavyweights Riyadi and Sagesse set up an exciting final at the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Championship after edging out...
Riyadi, Sagesse progress into Dubai semis
Riyadi and Sagesse reached the semifinals of the 26th edition of Dubai International Basketball Tournament Thursday after winning in their quarterfinal fixtures.
Riyadi, Sagesse on Dubai final collision course
The 26th Dubai International Tournament reaches its decisive stage when the quarterfinals get underway Thursday, as Lebanese champions Riyadi face the UAE’s Shabab club...
Lindsey Vonn added a 64th jewel to her World Cup crown when she won a Super-G in St. Moritz Sunday, her last race before the world championships at home in Beaver Creek next week.
Seahawks, Patriots book Super Bowl showdown
Super Bowl champions Seattle stunned Green Bay 28-22 in overtime Sunday to book a return to the NFL showcase, where they’ll face the New England Patriots.
Wilder takes Stiverne’s heavyweight crown
Deontay Wilder claimed the World Boxing Council heavyweight title with a dominating 12-round decision over Bermane Stiverne, becoming the first American to hold a major...
Stal seals unlikely Abu Dhabi win
France’s Gary Stal dispatched a final round 65 to snatch an unlikely victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Sunday as overnight leader Martin Kaymer blew a...
Muhammad Ali released from hospital after urinary infection
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the...
There was a subdued atmosphere at the first day of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows – which began in earnest following the French capital’s worst terror attacks in decades.
Citrus caviar: France discovers exotic condiment
French wholesaler Alain Cohen is the gastronomic equivalent of a gold digger, constantly on the lookout for new culinary treasures.
Tech barons paint rosy future at Davos
Technological advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the Internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite Wednesday, but also warned...
Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices
Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people’s...
Sand dunes, camels and clay castles in Morocco
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing...
It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at a Tokyo cafe
In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it.
Swiss watchmakers mull price hike on hiking franc
Switzerland’s luxury watchmakers are considering raising prices on their timepieces in the eurozone by up to 7 percent due to the ballooning franc, but they are in no...
Meet the calligrapher to the fashion world
His hand is steady and sure as it delicately traces the contours of the biggest names in the world of style: the celebrities, the magazine editors, the clients.
Technological advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the Internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite Wednesday, but also warned that security threats this year would be worse than ever.
WhatsApp adds messaging from Web
The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday for sending messages from a...
Microsoft pull back the curtain on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people's lives.
Japan selling talking robots that won't try to make sense
The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations.
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing road warning.
Recent blasts response to failure to sow rift: Berri
A weekend twin suicide bombing that struck the predominantly-Alawite northern neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen was a response to failure to spread Sunni-Shiite discord,...
Downton Abbey destinations for fans of series
Fans of the popular British period drama “Downton Abbey” can visit a number of sites depicted in the television series about life among the upper crust early last...
Etihad Airways unveils glamorous couture uniforms
Etihad Airways revealed this month new uniforms at a spectacular show in Abu Dhabi, paving the way for a new age of glamorous and sophisticated flying.
Destinations for 2015: Milan, Cuba, Queens …
See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to...
It was 9:30 a.m. when the course was starting and four boys and eight girls wearing nametags all swiveled nervously in their chairs lined in a “U” shape.
Dora’s Pirate Adventure – comes to Lebanon in Feb
Much-loved cartoon character Dora the Explorer and her friends are on their way to Lebanon.
Food for Thought: snapshots of Lebanese culinar
With food safety being a topic du jour in Lebanon and food insecurity threatening the Arab region in light of ongoing turmoil, a conference of food and food production...
Why the Lebanese can’t queue
Have you ever wondered why the Lebanese abroad can stand patiently in line whenever they’re required to do so, but suddenly lose that ability – and all notion of what a...
Vogue: Mar Mikhael staircase among world’s best
The colorful steps in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood have been featured among the nine most creative staircases around the world by Vogue magazine.
For many of us, our cars are practically members of the family. And for some, they’re even akin to love interests.
Chevy’s reborn Impala breeds sea change in style
Names matter. We can try all we want not to prejudge a person by his or her name, but if all the people you’ve met in your life who were named say, Joe, have been...
Test driving a car requires a game plan
Whenever people decide to buy a car, new or used, more often than not they forego taking it for a test drive, and even when they do they just end up motoring around and...
Honda Accord ready for new age but still familiar
The ninth generation of the Honda Accord succeeds in retaining cues that clearly identify it as an Accord.
Mazda’s flirty 3 blends passion, common sense
In the crowded compact car segment, the Mazda 3 is definitely one of the offerings that stand out from among their peers.
The 2012 premier crus from Burgundy’s Chablis region are almost all on the market now, their quality testament to the ever-increasing amount of effort being put into the vineyards in this climatically marginal region.
A chicken dish that’s special - and simple
Fifteen years ago, I made the first of what would become thousands of meals for my husband, Philippe.
No new polio cases in Syria reported for a year
Syria has gone a year without a reported polio case, the World Health Organization says, after a massive immunization campaign triggered by the disease's appearance in...
Tethered to treadmills? Try the ignored machines
Gym goers seeking to boost their workouts might do well to aim for the less-used equipment beyond the busy rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that dominate the...
Life in the slow lane: Walking groups boost health
PJoining a walking group is one of the easiest ways to boost health and morale, according to an investigation published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
"Birdman," a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving world of show business, won top honors from Hollywood's actors on Sunday in an important show of support for its march toward the best picture Oscar.
James Franco finds his most despicable character in 'True Story'
Killing an exaggerated version of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Sony's controversial comedy "The Interview" wasn't a problem for actor James Franco but he found...
Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.
Debbie Reynolds, with SAG lifetime award, says she 'ain't down yet'
Debbie Reynolds, the peppy star of enduring Hollywood musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday...
‘Wise’ Bob Dylan gives album free to seniors
Bob Dylan is giving away his latest album for free to select seniors as the 73-year-old rock legend says he is at peace with getting older.
'American Sniper' continues as U.S. box office juggernaut
Oscar-nominated war film "American Sniper" continued to punish the competition at U.S. and Canadian box offices over the weekend, selling a whopping $64.4 million in...
Courtney Love, Frances Bean appear together at Sundance
Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean made a rare public appearance together at the premiere of the documentary, "Cobain: Montage of Heck," at the Sundance Film...
Filmmakers showcase virtual reality at Sundance
Whether putting moviegoers inside the yurt of a Mongolian tribe, in the studio with a musician or in the path of an oncoming train, filmmakers are blurring the lines of...
TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin dies at 88
TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin, who interviewed thousands of people from a dancing dentist to Academy Award winning actors in a far from glamorous New York studio...
Anne Hathaway on 'Song One,' producing and Catwoman
After winning an Oscar in 2013 for best supporting actress in the musical "Les Miserables," Anne Hathaway is taking on a new challenge as a producer.
Clive Davis to be honored with Hasty Pudding award
Music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clive Davis is this year's winner of the highest honor awarded by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Institute of...
Rihanna goes for acoustic sound with Paul McCartney
Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney.
John Legend performs tribute set at Sundance premiere
The opening-night documentary at the Sundance Film Festival closed with a superstar concert.
Meghan Trainor steals Swift's spot atop Billboard album chart
Pop singer Meghan Trainor's debut album "Title" knocked Taylor Swift from her three-week perch atop the weekly Billboard album chart on Wednesday.
Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys
One sings about being "Happy," the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month.
Danuta Roman is channeling her inner Vincent van Gogh.
A glamour-free Aniston stars in a drab Cake
Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation – a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of...
King Tut’s beard hastily glued back on with epoxy
The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed Pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during...
The Children of Uzaï - film as texture
The Narcissus tale is among those shards of ancient Mediterranean mythology that still ornament contemporary consciousness.
Bridging cultural borders at Photomed
At Wednesday’s news conference announcing the launch of the second edition of the Lebanese iteration of French annual photography festival Photomed, much was made of...