Iran is ready to offer the Lebanese government the support it needs in a number of different areas, from services to development, a visiting senior Iranian official said Tuesday, adding that Lebanon and Iran agreed on the need to combat terror.
Protesters defiant as sit-in quashed
Riot police, using batons, cleared “You Stink” campaign protesters from the Environment Ministry in Downtown Beirut Tuesday night, ending some nine hours of blockade by...
Turkish warplanes attack PKK targets after soldier killed in attack
Turkish F-16 warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) firing positions in southeast Turkey after the militants killed a soldier in the area, Turkey's armed...
UN envoy notes 'tangible results' in talks with Libya envoys
The U.N. special envoy for Libya has met with leaders of the Tripoli-based government and says he hopes a draft agreement aimed at forming a national unity government...
Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda goes on trial at ICC
A Congo militia leader known as The Terminator pleaded innocent Wednesday to 18 charges, including murder, rape and sexual slavery, as his long-awaited trial started at...
Armed group kills Syrian in Arsal
Gummen kill a Syrian national in the northeastern border town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reports
UN to hold emergency meeting on Lebanon: report
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Lebanon, following a wave of anti-government protests in the country, An-Nahar newspaper says
New York professor sees meaning in garbage
New York’s sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the biggest city in the U.S. as...
Turkish F-16 warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) firing positions in southeast Turkey after the militants killed a soldier in the area, Turkey's armed forces say
Qatar to enforce key labor reform from November
World Cup 2022 host Qatar will begin enforcing a law that ensures migrant workers get paid on time from November, labor ministry officials say
HRW condemns 'serious abuses' of detainees in Yemen
Warring parties in south Yemen have committed "serious abuses" against civilians and fighters in their custody, including summary executions, Human Rights Watch says
Kuwait charges 24 suspects ‘linked to Hezbollah’
Kuwait Tuesday charged 24 people suspected of links to Hezbollah and Iran with plotting attacks against the Gulf state, a statement by the public prosecutor said.
A Congo militia leader known as The Terminator pleaded innocent Wednesday to 18 charges, including murder, rape and sexual slavery, as his long-awaited trial started at the International Criminal Court
'At least 50 dead' in Shebab attack on AU base: Western sources
At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Shebab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia,...
Suspected US drone strike kills 6 in northwest Pakistan
Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike targeting a militant hideout killed six men in a northwestern tribal region along Afghan border
Eleven migrants drown heading from Turkey to Greek island: media
At least 11 migrants believed to be Syrians drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos, Turkey's Dogan news agency reports
Thai police say closer to cracking Bangkok bomb case
Police claim significant progress towards finding the mastermind of Thailand's deadliest attack after an arrested man admitted being near the Aug. 17 shrine blast and...
Real estate giant Solidere recorded a loss of $28.7 million in the first half of this year as the company allocated higher provisions due to the loss from previous sales contracts, FFA Private Bank said Tuesday.
Credit Libanais net profits up 30 pct
Credit Libanais, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, posted net profits of $35.4 million in the first half of 2015 compared to $27.2 million in the same period of...
Egypt mandarins object to lower pay
Amina Mostafa voted for Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi last year, seeing a “strong man” who could take Egypt forward.
Dubai property prices see largest fall globally
Dubai property prices fell by 12.2 percent during the past year, the largest drop in the world, according to real estate consultancy Knight Frank.
U.S. sees slowest factory growth since 2013
A strong dollar and China’s economic slowdown dragged growth at U.S. factories to the lowest level since May 2013.
Lebanese firms spent $7.2B on greenfield projects abroad
The cumulative value of outward greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) from Lebanon totaled $7.2 billion between January 2003 and May 2015, according to figures...
Compliance costs crimp region’s economies
The high cost of compliance is straining the ability of Lebanese and Arab banks to finance the economies in the region in a proper way, the secretary-general of the...
Cabinet authorizes $1.3B eurobond swap
The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Finance Ministry to swap $1.3 billion eurobonds that mature in January 2016 and agreed to transfer cash from the reserves to pay the...
Massive gas find to ease Egypt’s fuel crisis
The discovery of a huge gas field off Egypt’s coast promises to ease a long-running fuel crisis and boost the economy after years of unrest, but it will take years to...
Turkey’s G-20 presidency casualty of turmoil
When Turkey took over the helm of the G-20 this year, it hoped to promote an image of an emerging economic power forging a strategy to tackle sluggish global growth and...
Americas to take brunt of any oil output cuts
The Americas will take the brunt of any cuts in oil production as Iran increases output once international sanctions are lifted, according to a report by A.T. Kearney...
No letup in Europe stocks sell-off
The plunge that led Europe’s equities to their biggest monthly losses since 2011 is showing no signs of easing.
Greece revives privatizations with more time
For a lesson in why Greece’s attempts to sell billions of euros of assets have foundered, look no further than the New Acropolis Museum in central Athens.
EU shares slide to worst performance since 2011
European shares suffered their worst monthly performance in four years Monday, as concerns over a Chinese economic slowdown and a possible U.S. interest rate rise hit...
Venture capital cash surfers may see waves recede
The waves of cash surfed relentlessly by some of Silicon Valley’s largest venture-backed businesses are showing signs of receding amid concern the companies may already...
When activists protesting the failure of the government to resolve the trash crisis stormed the Environment Ministry, they were raising the bar in a 10-day standoff with the government.
Dialogue needs results
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s call for dialogue among all party heads is a good step forward, and should be carried out with complete commitment, but it is by no...
Francis’ visit to US has makings of an epic event
It’s a dollar to a cent that Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. in September will be one of the biggest news stories of 2015.
Kim Jong Un’s reign is on a road map to nowhere
Negotiators from the two Koreas appear to have resolved this month’s crisis, in which South Korea’s use of loudspeakers to broadcast messages across the demilitarized...
A historic moment for Lebanon’s citizens
The month of August marked a dramatic moment in modern Lebanese history, when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens broke free from their sectarian political anchorage...
All listen carefully
Saturday’s You Stink demonstration, whose aims are now much wider than merely the garbage crisis, drew crowds of tens of thousands, many of whom had last protested 10...
Diatribe on the rocks
In his speech Friday, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun managed to be at once arrogant, patronizing and hypocritical, telling protesters it was about time they...
The street protests, initially focusing on the trash crisis, have exposed just how corrupt the entire system is, and how shocking it is that politicians got away with...
On migrants, Europe is forgetting its own past
For many centuries, Europe was a continent plagued by wars, famines and poverty.
Who might fill a Syrian ISIS-free zone?
The ISIS attack on Marea on Aug. 11 closely resembled the group’s offensive in northern Aleppo two months prior.
Intellectual leadership of the U.N. has declined
This year the United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The month of August marked a dramatic moment in modern Lebanese history, when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens broke free from their sectarian political anchorage and challenged the state to perform more efficiently and equitably.
The U.S. shows it will defend allies in Syria
The Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the United States launched drone attacks last month to defend a...
Why the Lebanese are in the streets
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues...
Clinton erred, but she won’t be taken to court
Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server?
Is Hezbollah planning a new coup?
The political crisis in Lebanon has raised many questions about the intentions of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement with regard to the government. While...
A 12-member committee set up by FIFA to draw up far-reaching reforms to the organization in the wake of a corruption scandal meets for the first time in Bern
United headline deadline day with Martial move
Man United completed a staggering transfer deadline-day deal for French teenager Anthony Martial Tuesday, but David De Gea remained at Old Trafford after his move to...
Top seeds in a rush on day of U.S. Open upsets
World No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style Monday, while Kei Nishikori’s hopes of making another magical run...
Nadal flashes old form in first-round win over Coric
Rafa Nadal showed flashes of his top form under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium to beat young Croat Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 and close Day One at the U.S. Open...
Tokyo 2020 scraps logo in blow to reputation
Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers Tuesday scrapped the Games logo over accusations of plagiarism, maintaining that it was not copied but saying too many doubts had been...
Real blame United for failed De Gea transfer
Real Madrid have blamed Manchester United for their failure to sign Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before Monday’s midnight transfer deadline and said they did...
FIFA scandal becomes exhibit in Las Vegas
Al Capone, with raised eyebrows, appeared to be taking a curious sideways glance at the two-minute video of football playing and talk about corruption and crooks.
Martial completes shock Man United transfer
Manchester United sign 19-year-old French striker Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year contract with an option for a further year, the two clubs announce
World No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style Monday, while Kei Nishikori’s hopes of making another magical run to the final came to a shuddering halt.
Serena chases historic calendar Grand Slam
World No. 1 Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the U.S. Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women’s...
Federer, Nadal at U.S. Open crossroads
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 31 major titles between them, head for the U.S. Open with their Grand Slam careers at crossroads.
Djokovic confident despite run-up losses to foes
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost to rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the finals of U.S. Open warmup events but the Serb insists those defeats have aided his...
Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers Tuesday scrapped the Games logo over accusations of plagiarism, maintaining that it was not copied but saying too many doubts had been raised for it to be usable.
Rio chief pledges to address water pollution problem
The president of the organizing committee for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro vowed Tuesday to address concerns about water pollution at a sailing venue.
Five stars of the world championships
Five top performers who lit up the world athletics championships in Beijing:1) USAIN BOLT (Jamaica)Was it ever in doubt?
Dawning of a ‘new’ Day in pursuit of No. 1
Jason Day had made a habit of getting close to the big victory, but now that the Australian is closing the deal on the golf course he has joined Rory McIlroy and Jordan...
Doping in spotlight despite Beijing fireworks
A thrilling world athletics championships in Beijing failed to silence growing questions about doping, giving the sport’s new boss Sebastian Coe much to ponder as he...
German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Force India until the end of the 2017 season, the Silverstone-based team said Tuesday.
‘Il Dottore’ looks to fix Silverstone win jinx
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with...
Wilson’s death triggers calls for IndyCar review
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed...
Recent deaths at North American open wheel races
Factbox on driver fatalities in open wheel races on North American circuits since 1996 in the wake of Briton Justin Wilson’s death Monday after being hit by debris from...
Formula One counts its lucky stars
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.
Title hopefuls Byblos add Bawji and Vogel
Byblos made a bold statement about their title aspirations for the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League after adding significant pieces to their already...
Woods naturalized for Asian Championship
Giant American center Loren Woods is set to make a return to the court after the Lebanese basketball federation officially naturalized the former Riyadi player so he...
Cedars’ youngsters look to make mark
Eight of the 15 players who have been drafted by Lebanon national team head coach Veselin Matic for the first training camp, which will take place in Serbia, have never...
Privacy has become a luxury.
Netflix flexes muscles at Venice festival
Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world’s oldest film festival.
Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards
Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new...
Narcos blurs line between cartels, agents
Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix’s dark drug drama “Narcos,” a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine...
Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby
Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
Staging conflict at Masrah al-Madina
Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual.
Horror movie master director Wes Craven dies
It’s hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.
China welcomes Sudan's war crime-accused leader as 'old friend'
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend" Tuesday, as China's foreign ministry defended...
Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new album for free.
‘We Are Your Friends’ an entertaining musical rom
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a...
Redford takes a walk through his buddy roles
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson’s memoir “A Walk in the Woods,” he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking...
Time for black or gay 007, Brosnan says
The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.
Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered...
KISS star's home searched in child porn probe: report
Rock star Gene Simmons' home in California was searched by police in a child porn investigation, but the KISS frontman and his family are not suspects in the case,...
Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash
Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that...
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found
Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home Tuesday.
Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.
One Direction ‘to take indefinite break’
British pop phenomenon One Direction are to take an indefinite break from next year, according to a media report Monday that has left fans devastated.
Book calls Kanye West music, pop culture changer
Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Egyptian heir takes on Jay Z in Big Pimpin’ trial
The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic “Big Pimpin.’”
Seiji Ozawa cancels Japan concerts after fracturing hip
Former Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa has canceled three performances in Japan after fracturing his hip.
Boxing gloves raised, two orangutans enter a ring at a Thai zoo, a spectacle that fascinates locals and foreigners alike but sits increasingly at odds in a nation slowly embracing animal welfare.
Wedding bells growing quieter in Las Vegas
At the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, an Elvis impersonator in a black jumpsuit croons as a couple walks down the aisle.
Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts launches towards ISS
A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts successfully launches towards the International Space Station, marking the 500th manned launch in space travel history
'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82
An author and neurologist who explored the wonders of the human brain in books like "Awakenings" has died. Dr. Oliver Sacks was 82.
One Lebanon gives Army $10,000
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said...
Cure for Chernobyl kids: Clean air in Portugal
Anya wasn’t even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the...
Ashley Madison site still adding users after hack
Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after hackers...
Lights out for Tokyo’s Hotel Okura
Tokyo’s ’60s-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turns off the lights Monday, more than a...
Ten carmakers sued over keyless ignition deaths
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million...
Want a diamond in just 10 weeks? Use a microwave
The 2.62-carat diamond Calvin Mills bought his fiancee in November is a stunner. Pear-shaped and canary-yellow, the gem cost $22,000. A bargain.
Facebook adds assistant to Messenger app
Facebook Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the...
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said Monday.
High-tech trailers link customers, companies
Already a popular concept in the U.S. and Europe, mobile venues have finally arrived in Lebanon.
L’Atelier du Miel’s sweet and sticky surprises
Nestled within the splendor of the Chouf mountains, there lies a sweet and sticky surprise. Marc Bou Nassif, along with his brother Ralph and their partner Rabih...
How do you fix a broken country like Lebanon?
Twenty years of the Old Souk at Zouk Mikael
Celebrating tradition and the old way of doing things has become something of a tradition in itself, as the Nights of the Old Souk return for its 20th outing at the...
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Warsaw essentials from the newest to classics
Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw.
A room with a view: Hotel Versailles plan
Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.
Airbnb gives Paris luxury hoteliers a fright
Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris.
Conducting test-drives is kind of like sampling several types of cakes.
Elantra delivers a lesson in value to car market
My friends, co-workers and family members keep telling me that in my selection of cars for these weekly reviews I may be going a bit overboard with the number of models...
State can do more to reduce road fatalities
Road fatalities and the traffic law have played prominently in the news in recent months.
Cadillac ATS Coupe a threat to Euro rivals
Many moons ago when I was still a teenager, whenever the subject of Cadillac came up the only model that sprung to mind was the Fleetwood.
Captur dazzles with looks, impresses with gear
Compact SUVs, or crossovers, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for a good reason: They make sense, especially when people’s lifestyles demand...
One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people’s weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but when.
FDA approves first pill to boost female libido
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry...
U.S. scientists grow nearly complete human brain
An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a U.S. lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a...
Music eases pain after surgery, new study says
Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.
The pitfalls of exercise extremes
With challenging workouts from ultramarathons to endurance events on obstacle courses all the rage, fitness experts say more and more weekend warriors are leaping into...