The Lebanese Army arrested 17 Syrian nationals over suspected activities links and illegal entry into Lebanon according to statement released Sunday.
Kaag 'gravely concerned' over Ras Baalbek attack
Kaag condemns a weekend ambush that killed eight Lebanon soldiers and injured almost two dozen.
Gunmen kidnap Libya deputy foreign minister
Gunmen kidnapped a Libyan deputy foreign minister from his hotel room in the eastern city of Al-Baida where the recognized government is based, a ministry official says.
Obama defends US strategy in Yemen
Obama defended his administration's drone-based counterterrorism strategy against Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, saying the alternative would be to deploy U.S. troops,...
CAR: Militia kidnaps sports minister
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - A minister in Central African Republic's transitional government was kidnapped Sunday by armed men believed to belong to the...
US embassy cautions against travel to Lebanon
The U.S. Embassy in Beirut issued a "security message" over the weekend warning its citizens against traveling to Lebanon.
Hezbollah: Israeli airstrike directly targeted party
The Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria’s Golan Heights last week directly targeted the party, Hezbollah's deputy chief says.
Asiri: King Salman will maintain Lebanon support
Saudi Arabia's policy toward Lebanon will not change under King Salman, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri says.
Germany stops arms exports to Saudi Arabia
BERLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Germany has decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing government sources as...
Netanyahu defends US Congress address
Netanyahu defends his decision to accept a controversial invitation to address the US Congress that has sparked a bitter row with the White House.
Officials say bombings kill 10 in Baghdad
Two bombings rip through commercial areas in Iraq's capital, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding dozens, officials say.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - A minister in Central African Republic's transitional government was kidnapped Sunday by armed men believed to belong to the Christian anti-Balaka militia group, his wife said.
Truck bombing in Kabul wounds 2
A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Sunday, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks, officials said.
Nepal pushed into further political turmoil
Nepal is pushed further into political turmoil over a draft of a new constitution with an opposition alliance vowing street protests.
Rescuers fail again to lift AirAsia fuselage
The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner fails as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke.
Obama holds talks with Modi on landmark India visit
Obama holds talks with Modi at the start of a three-day India visit aimed at consolidating increasingly close ties between the world's two largest democracies.
Russia may have to spend more than $40 billion this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession threatens to pile extra costs on a sector suffering from Western sanctions and a plunge in the ruble.
EU stocks post biggest weekly advance since 2011
European stocks climbed, posting the best weekly performance since December 2011, amid optimism the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing measures will spur...
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...
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.
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.
ECB’s move offers short-term boost, but at a cost
ECB chief Mario Draghi’s 1 trillion euros of fresh money could prove the masterstroke that saves the eurozone for now, but it breaks the principle that the bloc acts as...
ECB launches program to revive euro
The European Central Bank took the ultimate policy leap Thursday, launching a government bond-buying program which will pump hundreds of billions of new money into the...
Spain sees record 65M tourist visits in 2014
Spain received a record 65 million visits from foreign tourists in 2014, nearly a quarter of them British, the government said Thursday in a fresh boost for the...
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 causing social tensions or undermining business confidence.
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.
Saudi Arabia delays $109B solar plant by 8 years
Saudi Arabia is delaying by eight years its target of completing a clean-energy program that includes a $109 billion solar power project, saying it needs more time to...
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...
Lebanon to issue $1 billion Eurobond
Lebanese banks and foreign investors will be able to bid for $1 billion in sovereign Eurobonds in the coming weeks, financial industry sources said Wednesday.
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 turbulence upon the succession of King Salman.
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.
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...
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.
Sino-Russian alliance cant challenge the West
Some analysts believe that 2014 ushered in a new era of Cold War-style geopolitics.
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 domestic strategy
Speculation and commentary continue to swirl in the wake of Sunday’s Israeli strike in the Golan Heights, particularly about the intended targets.
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 fighting with ISIS in Syria-Iraq and returning to carry out attacks in their home countries.
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,...
Is it really wise to kick over a hornet’s nest?
What’s the relationship between the Internet and the surge of jihadi violence in Paris and around the world?
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.
A new century’s new technologies
This year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, addresses threats to geopolitical stability and human life, and seeks ways to accelerate the design of...
West must fight extremism with peaceful Muslims
The Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam a little more than 10 years ago, had much in common with the satirists of Charlie...
Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea will quickly recover from their humiliating FA Cup exit against third-tier Bradford because most of his star players missed the stunning fourth round defeat.
Gyan magic gives Ghana last-gasp win over Algeria
Quadruple winners Ghana are back in contention for a berth in the African Nations Cup quarterfinals after captain Asamoah Gyan struck deep into stoppage time to earn a...
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.
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.
Luis Enrique not concerned about Suarez form
Barcelona are not concerned about Luis Suarez’s lack of goals in his first few months in Spain and are confident the Uruguay forward will rediscover his scoring touch...
Sevilla, Valencia battle for European spot
With the top three expected to win comfortably Saturday, the weekend’s standout game in La Liga is Sunday’s clash between two ambitious teams fighting to secure a...
Serie A crunch time for Roma, Milan
The Serie A ambitions of Roma and Milan face the acid test as the second half of the season begins with champions and leaders Juventus looking unstoppable in their...
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...
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.
Federer dumped from Open as Sharapova, Murray survive
A stunned Roger Federer was dumped from the Australian Open in his worst showing since 2001 as Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Eugenie Bouchard battled to stay in the...
Djokovic, Serena rush through in Melbourne
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams barely moved out of second gear while Victoria Azarenka underlined her Australian Open pedigree as players experienced the...
Lebanese basketball heavyweights Riyadi and Sagesse set up an exciting final at the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Championship after edging out Morocco’s AS Sale and USA’s And1 respectively Friday.
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...
Spurs, Thunder nab needed wins
The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, trying to reassert themselves in the NBA’s powerful Western Conference, gained needed victories Tuesday.
Hawks win 13th in row
The Atlanta Hawks won their 13th straight game, one short of equaling the team record, as Mike Scott and Paul Millsap each scored 20 points Monday in a 93-82 victory...
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.
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...
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...
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...
McIlroy mounts late birdie surge in Abu Dhabi
Rory McIlroy overcame a slow start to shoot a five-under 67 in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Thursday, three strokes behind leader Martyn...
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.
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...
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.
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...
Pop star Rihanna wins legal battle with UK's Topshop
Pop star Rihanna's victory in a legal case against Topshop over the use of her image has been upheld by Britain's Court of Appeal, which backed an earlier judgment...
Comedian Jay Leno voices support for Cosby accusers
Former NBC late night host Jay Leno voiced his support on Wednesday for the women who have come forward claiming they were sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby.
TV son tells magazine sex claims against Bill Cosby are 'painful'
Malcolm Jamal-Warner, who played Bill Cosby's son on television, has told Billboard magazine that he found it painful to hear the claims that the comedian sexually...
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.
New Kids on the Block: New boy bands can learn from us
New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school.
Bjork explores heartbreak in lush experimental album
Many a musician has addressed the raw emotions of emotional breakup. For Bjork, the occasion is not one for maudlin pop but instead for an intricate, experimental album...
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 reality for viewers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Nina Simone documentary a powerful portrait of the artist
Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again - still enigmatic but more easily...
Martin Scorsese documentary on Bill Clinton shelved
A documentary on former President Bill Clinton by veteran director Martin Scorsese has been indefinitely shelved after the sides disagreed on control of the film, the...
American Sniper triggers angry debate
Clint Eastwood’s hit film “American Sniper” has reignited a bitter debate about the U.S. invasion of Iraq and one of its most famous warriors, with conservatives...
Sam Smith, 'Imitation Game' receive GLAAD nods
British singer Sam Smith, historical thriller "The Imitation Game" and the hit TV series "Transparent," "Game of Thrones" and "Orange is the New Black" were among the...
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 sweatpants.
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...
Coen brothers to head Cannes festival jury
The Coen brothers, award-winning U.S. directors of hits like “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski,” will jointly head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, becoming...