Saudi authorities behead a Yemeni convicted of promoting drugs in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where executions have surged this year, the interior ministry says
Israel advances plans for largest Palestinian housing project
An Israeli committee approves controversial plans for eventual construction of 2,200 Palestinian homes in occupied east Jerusalem, a spokeswoman says
Kenya protests Lebanon maid ad
Kenya has lodged a complaint through its Beirut consulate against a controversial Mothers’ Day maid ad for "special offers" on Kenyans, causing an uproar on social...
Migrating storks spotted over Baalbek
A flock of storks passed over the skies of Baalbek Wednesday as the birds’ annual migration season begins.
US targets overseas cyber attackers with sanctions
The Obama administration launches the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious...
More than 30 jihadi groups support ISIS: monitoring center
More than 20 jihadi groups have pledged their allegiance to ISIS and 10 others have voiced their support for the extremist organization, according to US monitoring body...
Yemen FM calls for coalition to send ground troops
Yemen's FM calls for a Saudi-led military coalition targeting Shiite rebels in his country to send ground troops
Netanyahu, Boehner hail 'strong' US, Israel ties
US House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hails the 'strong' ties between their nations, amid tensions between Netanyahu and the Obama...
Kenya has lodged a complaint through its Beirut consulate against a controversial Mothers’ Day maid ad for "special offers" on Kenyans, causing an uproar on social media last month.
Gunfire heard as family tries to free Arsal abductee
Gunshots were heard Wednesday in the northeastern border town of Arsal as relatives of Hussein Seifeddine attempted to free him after he was abducted by Syrian...
Army post near Sidon camp pelted with stones
A Lebanese Army checkpoint near the southern city of Sidon came under attack Wednesday by unknown stone-throwing assailants from the Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp.
Australian convicted for marrying off 12-year-old to Lebanese
An Australian father has been found guilty of marrying off his 12-year-old daughter to a Lebanese man more than twice her age, local media said Wednesday.
The Obama administration launches the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber attacks
Merkel says hopes for compromise today in Iran nuclear talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes a compromise would be reached later in talks between six world powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program
Obama congratulates President-elect Buhari of Nigeria
President Barack Obama is congratulating the president-elect of Nigeria, saying the election there has 'shown the world the strength' of the African country's...
EU urges Ukraine to accept Russian gas offer
The EU urges Ukraine to accept Russia's offer to extend the current gas deal with Kiev by another three months, saying it bodes well for an agreement for next winter
S.Korea to pay about $380,000 for each student killed in ferry disaster
The South Korean government says it will pay about 420 million won ($380,000) as compensation for each of the 250 students who died or remain missing from last year's...
Fewer than 100 protesters answered a call by the Union Coordination Committee to stage a sit-in in front of Education Ministry building Tuesday to press for the immediate endorsement of the long awaited salary hike for public and private school teachers and civil servants.
S&P maintains Lebanon’s ‘stable’ ratings outlook
International rating agency Standard & Poor’s maintained Lebanon’s long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings at “B-/B” and maintained its...
Loopholes could limit impact of Saudi land tax
A planned tax on undeveloped urban land may transform Saudi Arabia's real estate market, but potential loopholes could dilute the impact.
Saudi Aramco signs $10 billion dual-currency loan
Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s state oil giant, has signed a $10 billion loan with 27 financial institutions, it said Monday, taking advantage of favorable market...
Strong case for June rates liftoff: Fed’s Lacker
The Federal Reserve will have a “strong” case to hike U.S. interest rates in June, a hawkish Fed official said Tuesday, dismissing recently weak economic data as...
Salameh: no Lebanese ISIS accounts
Central Bank governor Riad Salameh promised that it is difficult for terrorist groups like ISIS to hold bank accounts in Lebanon but admitted challenges in verifying if...
Endeavor Lebanon giving startups a hand
Lebanese startup companies have benefited in recent years from an increasingly supportive ecosystem driven mainly by the Central Bank’s determination to foster a...
Canadian firm to upgrade Beirut airport radars
Lebanon signed a contract Friday with a Canadian company to upgrade the radar system at Beirut’s international airport, Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter announced,...
Saudi stocks lead rally after kings Yemen vow
Saudi Arabian stocks jumped the most in six weeks, leading a rally in Arab equity markets, after the country’s king pledged to restore stability in Yemen.
Gulf markets end off lows after panic over Yemen
Most Middle East stock markets fell Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region launched airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi militia, but they came well off...
EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran freight firms
The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an...
The Federal Reserve will have a “strong” case to hike U.S. interest rates in June, a hawkish Fed official said Tuesday, dismissing recently weak economic data as transitory and perhaps due to unseasonable weather.
Even with free money, Merkel reluctant to spend
In Germany there’s no such thing as guilt-free borrowing.
Iran riches coveted by Big Oil
Outside the boardroom of BP Plc’s headquarters on London’s swanky St. James’s Square, a display case houses the geological data from Masjid-i-Solaiman, Iran’s first oil...
Bank of England to test for slump scenario
Britain’s seven biggest lenders will have to show they can cope with a global economic slump triggered by a sharp slowdown in China and a crash in the eurozone in this...
Fund managers start to capitulate on oil prices
Last fall, when the price of oil started dropping, fund manager Craig Hodges figured crude would rebound in 2015 and began buying shares of companies he thought would...
When the United Kingdom announced earlier last month that it had agreed to become a founding member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, most of the headlines focused not on the news itself, but on the friction the decision had caused between the U.K. and the U.S.
Merger of factions in Syria to contain Nusra
On March 22, the Syrian insurgency witnessed the latest in a series of mergers, when the Islamist Suqour al-Sham faction effectively subsumed itself into one of the...
A stronger Japan would help stabilize Asia
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore “animal spirits” in the long-moribund Japanese economy.
Yemen’s war reflects a new regional era
Analysts and ideologues will actively and inconclusively long debate the actual reasons and possible consequences of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, until the passage of a...
Chance for diplomacy
Iran’s nuclear talks have reached a point where a final deal appears inevitable, whether it comes in June or is delayed by a few more weeks or months.
Arab parties may alter Israeli politics
A close look at the results of this Israeli parliamentary election in comparison to the 2013 election reveals no significant movement on the balance of power between...
Blindly backing Arab autocrats isn’t a solution
Yemen’s descent into chaos – with jihadi groups jumping in to fill the vacuum of authority – has startled many observers.
SKorean-Japanese conciliation is needed
American diplomats like to portray their country’s allies in glowing terms.
The reasons for our Arab wars lie deep
The latest war in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen to prevent the Houthi movement from taking full control of the country, has triggered a...
Tikrit is the first sign of Iran’s overreach
The battle for Tikrit has produced an important turnabout in the Iraqi campaign against extremists: Iranian-backed Shiite militias appear to have stalled there after...
Breaking free in the great Syrian prison
In an interview in 2004, the Syrian intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh described the last of his 16 years spent in Hafez Assad’s prisons for being a member of the...
Detached from reality
In speaking to the U.S. news program “60 Minutes” this weekend, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he knew he had the support of the Syrian people because he was in...
Vehemence by proxy
Friday’s televised address by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah contained a heavy dose of vehement criticism directed at Saudi Arabia, matched only by the heavy dose of...
Sworn to violence
Two recent interviews with Bashar Assad contain the leader’s views on relations with Russia and the U.S., as well as an expected categorical denial that Syrian forces...
Military intervention by a coalition of regional countries in crisis-ridden Yemen might appear like a sudden, dramatic shift in the conflict, but it shouldn’t have come...
The Netherlands once again proved too good for an under-par Spain as goals from Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaasen handed the hosts a 2-0 friendly win in Amsterdam Tuesday.
Townsend outshines Kane, England hold Italy
Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend came off the bench to steal the limelight from club-mate Harry Kane with a late leveler in a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin...
Grizzlies down Kings to end losing streak
Mike Conley scored 18 points and Jeff Green had 16 as the Memphis Grizzlies ended a three-game losing streak and moved back into the second spot in the Western...
Westbrook scores 33 as Thunder hold off Suns
Russell Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97 Sunday and...
Djokovic, Williams sisters advance at Miami
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic moved closer to a possible fourth Miami Open trophy Monday by defeating Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 to reach the fourth round.
More even split of CL funds to come
Champions League and Europa League revenue will be distributed more evenly next season, the European Clubs Association and UEFA said Tuesday.
Johansson predicts easy win for old foe Blatter
It is 17 years since Lennart Johansson lost an acrimonious FIFA presidential election to Sepp Blatter and he has a stark message to the three men standing against his...
England have regained fear factor: Rooney
England have regained the fear factor following a run of “aggressive” wins since the World Cup last summer, skipper Wayne Rooney has said.
Mike Conley scored 18 points and Jeff Green had 16 as the Memphis Grizzlies ended a three-game losing streak and moved back into the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race with a 97-83 win over the Sacramento Kings Tuesday.
Champville defeat Sagesse as regular season ends
The regular season of the Lebanese Basketball League came to an end Sunday after Group B rankings were settled in the final round of the group stages, paving the way...
Hornets beat Hawks backups 115-100
Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat an Atlanta Hawks team missing all five starters, 115-100 in the NBA Saturday night.
Mouttahed seal second spot despite loss
Mouttahed secured third spot in Group A of the Lebanese Basketball League’s second round, despite losing to rivals Homenetmen 85-84 Friday in Mezher.
Verdasco upsets Nadal; Serena, Murray win
Fernando Verdasco upset second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Sunday in a third-round matchup of Spaniards to advance at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.
Djokovic overcomes wobble to win Miami opener
Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Miami Open repeat bids in contrasting style Saturday, Djokovic battling past Martin Klizan as...
Sharapova shocked by Gavrilova in Miami
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Miami Open hard court tennis tournament Thursday, ambushed by 97th-ranked Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Serena to fight through knee pain at Miami
World No. 1 Serena Williams is prepared to fight through pain to get onto the court Friday and begin defending her title at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.
One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
Hamilton ready for new contract
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year.
Vettel win a relief for all except Mercedes
An ebullient Sebastian Vettel spoke at length about the importance of his first win for Ferrari when addressing reporters after his Malaysian Grand Prix triumph Sunday,...
Mercedes bemoan strategy in surprise loss
World champions Mercedes conceded the better car won when they were usurped by a resurgent Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday but felt...
Ferrari’s Vettel storms to Malaysia win
Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four-time world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for...
Long-serving New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori called time on his international career Tuesday, saying the World Cup final was his last appearance for the Black Caps.
Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup
The ICC hailed the 11th Cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday’s final, there is no doubt...
Tiger Woods drops out of world top 100
Former No. 1 Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form.
Russell stops Gonzalez for featherweight title
American Gary Russell dominated Jhonny Gonzalez en route to a fourth-round technical knockout Saturday to seize the Mexican’s World Boxing Council featherweight world...
Inspectors laud Beijing on Winter Games bid
IOC inspectors left Beijing Sunday after offering praise for the Chinese capital’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to...
The idea of a matrimonial agency was so foreign to Lebanon that initially owner and founder of Pom d’Amour, Solange Sraih, found herself monitored by a confused and curious General Security.
Electrifying concert by young drummers at Metro
Hamra’s Metro al-Madina theater was pulsating with the cheers and applause of proud parents and friends Sunday as children from Drumsens studio performed a range of...
Scientists find shield for potato blight
Scientists Monday said they have found a gene to help protect potatoes from a blight that unleashed a devastating famine in Ireland in the 19th century.
Bolivians flash wealth with colorful mansions
Splashed in bright colors, sporting swank ballrooms and lavish apartments, new mansions are popping up in poor neighborhoods in the Bolivian highlands, built by the...
A7 augments Audi refinement with raw sex appeal
In today’s car market, offering a product that’s truly unlike anything else available is a feat only a few manufacturers can pull off, and Audi happens to rank among...
Strong women inspire soft designs of Marcella M
At the age of 4, Marcella Mouawad would make sketches of her mother’s clothing. When she got her hands on a needle and thread, she began making outfits for her dolls.
Masters in the art of getting over it
Nowadays, I take my first coffee of the day with an extra shot of catastrophe.
Tabbah: From silk printers to jewelry craftsmen
In the 19th century, the Lebanese Tabbah family, based then in Zahle, specialized in engraving wooden blocks for silk printing. That was the start of the family’s long...
Oliver regrets heating up Ramsay food feud
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as...
Early morning dance parties take off in U.S.
Partying before breakfast? It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
American, Russian leaving Earth for year
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year.
In today’s car market, offering a product that’s truly unlike anything else available is a feat only a few manufacturers can pull off, and Audi happens to rank among those select few.
Make sure your car keeps its cool in the heat
Whenever winter rolls around, people – some of them anyway – remember to get their cars ready for the harsh cold months that can test the resilience of their vehicles....
BBC drops 'Top Gear' host Clarkson over producer attack
The BBC announces that it is dropping one of its most popular presenters, 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, after he verbally and physically attacked a producer
Self-driving cars in Lebanon: a future disaster
Whenever word of new technologies in development reaches the general public, their reaction tends to be characterized by awe, with a bit of impatience thrown in until...
Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile road trip
Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.
Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony’s own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games.
YouTube debuts videos for second music awards
YouTube premiered videos from 14 musicians as it tried a new, virtual-only format for the second edition of its music awards.
Are you willing to pay to watch video online?
Would you pay to see some of the Internet’s best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet...
New tool to foretell risk of heart attack, stroke
Over the age of 40? Want to know your risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years? Read on.
Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers
Facebook is turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication.
It’s high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan’s biggest tourist draw.
Antarctica tourists: Be prepared for the wild
They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a...
Selfie spot for ‘Mad Men’ fans: Don Draper bench
“Mad Men” fans can now take a selfie with Don Draper, thanks to a bench unveiled Monday featuring the fictional adman’s silhouette.
‘World’s most beautiful boulevard’ turns 150
In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary’s wealth,...
Morikami Japanese Gardens in south Florida
Like a lot of folks who live in places with long stretches of gray and chilly weather, I occasionally head to Florida for sunshine and relaxation.
With Easter on its way, my mind has turned to scalloped potatoes, always a big hit at a holiday feast. And really, what’s not to love?
A meringue inspired coconut cake and cream
It’s just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it’s a classic southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg.
The resilience and wonder of German riesling
Chance sometimes introduces us to wines in ways that make life seem extraordinary. While in Berlin recently I dined with a group of friends at an ordinary Turkish cafe....
Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer risk
Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie said she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother...
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: Women's Wear Daily reports
Marc Jacobs plans to end its separate entry-level Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women's Wear...
Groundbreaking musician Joni Mitchell, one of the stars of the Woodstock era, was "in good spirits" at a hospital in California on Tuesday after being found unconscious at her home, her official website said.
Trevor Noah, Comedy Central defend past jokes after backlash
Trevor Noah, the newly announced successor to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's late-night news parody "The Daily Show," defended himself against a backlash arising from...
South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart
The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” advances a new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly...
'General Hospital' leads Daytime Emmy nominations
ABC's "General Hospital" earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress.
The Rolling Stones return to U.S. with 15-city 'Zip Code' tour
British veteran rockers The Rolling Stones are bringing their classic rock'n'roll to the United States in a 15-city tour beginning in May, the band said on Tuesday.
Justin Bieber attends mediation session over alleged assault
Pop star Justin Bieber attended a mediation session Tuesday in Miami over a lawsuit against him in which a photographer alleges that one of the star's bodyguards...
Jamie Foxx criticized by LGBT group for Bruce Jenner jibes
Actor-singer Jamie Foxx came under fire on Monday from LGBT-youth group The Trevor Project for "insensitive comments" he made at an awards show about reality star Bruce...
New Zayn Malik demo prompts One Direction row
A demo of a new song by former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been posted online, sparking a row between its producer and one of Malik's former bandmates Tuesday.
The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” advances a new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective.
'Furious 7' drives hard with action, laughs, tribute
Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.
'A.D. The Bible Continues' goes beyond the biblical epic
The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations - and now to make matters worse,...
Long-awaited "Mad Max" comeback closer with new trailer
Movie fans got an adrenaline-filled glimpse of the much-anticipated rebooted version of the "Mad Max" series, with the release of a full theatrical trailer less than...
Ringo Starr taps friends for 'Postcards,' reflects on music world
Despite a struggling music industry and a less-than-favorable relationship with online streaming music platforms, former Beatle Ringo Starr is still insistent on making...
'X Files' actor David Duchovny to release 1st album in May
"X Files" actor David Duchovny is releasing his first music album.
Chris Martin, Rihanna back new Jay Z streaming music service
Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which...
Composer Zimmer brings 'Interstellar' score to life in London
Film music composer Hans Zimmer gave fans of his movie scores a rare glimpse of himself at work on Monday when he took the stage to lead an orchestra in a live...
“When he makes a film set in Chicago, a filmmaker doesn’t take you on a tour of Chicago, but clearly that’s where you are.
Vienna showcases shock ‘Actionist’ art movement
As artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in mud, blood and other intimate fluids. Vienna’s famed “Actionists,” whose avant-garde movement is among the most radical...
BIPOD’s new, intimate incarnation
Last year, Beirut’s International Platform of Dance, BIPOD, celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Aidan Gillen of 'Game of Thrones' narrating 'The Art of War'
A new audiobook recording of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" will soon be available with the perfect narrator - the scheming royal adviser Littlefinger from "Game of Thrones.
Belgian coalfield shows where Van Gogh emerged
It is fitting tribute to the role the Belgian coalfield around Mons played in Van Gogh’s emergence as an artist that the city has made a rare show of his early works a...