A Hezbollah missile ambushed a group of at least three Islamist militants in Syria’s Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday after being spotted by a drone, the party’s Al-Manar TV reported.
Siniora to STL: Hezbollah marred by meddling
Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora tore into Hezbollah during his cross-examination at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday, claiming that the resistance party...
EU extends Syria sanctions by 1 year over rights abuses
The European Union is extending sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his closest allies for another year, citing continued repression and human rights...
Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man
S.African president cleared in corruption scandal: minister
South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay any of the millions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on upgrades at his private residence, the minister of...
Lebanon orders closure of unlicensed beauty center
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Thursday ordered the closure of an unlicensed Beirut beauty center.
Lebanon arrests 2 accused of belonging to ISIS
Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawan Thursday issued arrest warrants for two Syrians accused of being ISIS members.
Salam to visit Saudi Arabia June 2
Prime Minister Tammam Salam will make an official visit to Saudi Arabia June 2-3.
The European Union is extending sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his closest allies for another year, citing continued repression and human rights abuses
Iran defends spy trial of US journalist
Iran hit back at US charges that the trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on spying charges lacked transparency, insisting its judiciary is independent
Top ISIS figure makes appearance in Ramadi: residents, expert
A top ISIS figure has made an appearance in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, residents said, and a security expert identified him as 'the blind judge' who ranks second in...
Pentagon may improve Iraqi troop training after fall of Ramadi
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Pentagon officials have begun to examine how the U.S. military could better equip and train Iraqi troops after the recent fall of the...
South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay any of the millions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on upgrades at his private residence, the minister of police announced
Hospitals overwhelmed as India heatwave deaths near 1,500
Hospitals in India battled to treat victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives in just over a week - the highest number recorded in two decades
Watchdog says 90 percent of global stockpile destroyed
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning chemical weapons watchdog has hailed a milestone in its mission to rid the world of poison gas and nerve agents, saying 90 percent of...
Cyprus leaders agree on new crossings on divided island
The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to open more crossing points and link the mobile phone and electricity networks to help restore trust between their...
Top US negotiator with Iran to leave after deadline: NYT
The top US negotiator in talks with Iran on curtailing its nuclear program will leave her post after a June 30 deadline for agreement, according to the New York Times
A 2014 study conducted by MasterCard showed that consumers in Lebanon are gradually exploring online shopping options.
Graduates mismatched with job market
Companies in Lebanon should cooperate more with universities and schools on advising students about the job market and the majors that are mostly in demand, recruiting...
Dubai debt hangover lingers as lenders fret
For all the progress made tackling Dubai’s debt, some issues refuse to go away.Creditors to Limitless LLC are trying to arrange a meeting amid speculation the...
IMF says Egypt tax delay means rich pay less
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances...
G-7 heads talk flagging growth, Greece
Little more than a gentlemen’s club in recent years, G-7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth and...
Solidere sees 144 pct rise in net profits
The net profits from real estate giant Solidere’s operations in Lebanon swelled by 144 percent to $96.9 million in 2014 compared to $39.7 million a year earlier.
Lebanon keen to boost China trade ties
Lebanon is keen on enhancing trade relations with China, Prime Minister Tammam Salam told the Arab-Chinese Businessmen Conference Tuesday, vowing that Beirut would be a...
$480M of new Beirut flats languish on market
A total of 271 new apartments in Beirut valued at $480 million remained unsold in 2014, a recent study showed, in a sign of stagnation in the real estate sector.
For all the progress made tackling Dubai’s debt, some issues refuse to go away.Creditors to Limitless LLC are trying to arrange a meeting amid speculation the Dubai-based developer sold land in Saudi Arabia, five people familiar with the matter said.
Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.
War pushes South Sudan’s economy to the brink
Soaring inflation and a likely currency collapse are adding to South Sudan’s woes after 17 months of civil war characterized by brutal attacks on civilians.
Dubai stocks decline as real estate shares drop
Real estate and construction companies dragged Dubai’s stocks to the lowest in five weeks as gauges across the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council retreated.
Little more than a gentlemen’s club in recent years, G-7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth and defuse tensions over China’s growing economic clout.
Drahi says wasn’t ready for Time Warner deal
Patrick Drahi, the billionaire owner of European telecoms group Altice, said he didn’t bid for Time Warner Cable because his company lacked management resources to...
EU-Swiss accord to end banking secrecy
The European Union and Switzerland signed a major accord Wednesday to end banking secrecy for EU residents and prevent them from stashing undeclared income in Swiss...
Stocks rise on tentative Greek debt accord
The euro stabilized in volatile trading and stocks rose Wednesday after reports that Greece and its creditors, including the European Union and IMF, had reached an...
Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable for $56B
John Malone’s Charter Communications Inc. struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., seeking to combine the third and second largest U.S. cable operators...
The response to, and the circumstances surrounding, the ISIS takeover of Iraq’s Anbar has been curious, if not provocative.
A republic of shame
Among the important anniversaries marked in Lebanon Monday were the passing of one year since President Michel Sleiman left office, in addition to 365 days of nonstop...
Narendra Modi’s failings are all too apparent
India’s Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by premier Narendra Modi, marked its first anniversary in office on May 26.
The contentious Sino-Indian relationship
China and India have a fraught relationship, characterized by festering disputes, deep mistrust and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation.
Salam’s warning cannot be ignored
On Tuesday evening, in an address marking the one-year anniversary since Lebanon has been without a president, Prime Minister Tammam Salam made a perceptive comment.
It’s time to mend fences
The liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation in May 2000 was a milestone in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Arc of interference
Iranian officials have recently made several high-profile visits to Syria, where they offered huge levels of financial and other support for the embattled regime of...
Future rests in a bunker
The leaders of dictatorial regimes are always in danger of falling deep into the “bunker mentality,” where their isolation is a prelude to a dramatic demise.
As airlines cuts costs, might pilots soon go?
The Germanwings crash earlier this year once again reminded us that human pilots are not always failsafe.
An opening for Iraq’s Shiite militias?
The fall of Ramadi on May 17 was a major setback in the fight against ISIS.
The inward turn of the United Kingdom is tragic
On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office – once held by...
Washington’s courtier culture leads to bad policy
Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges about Libya...
If Joe Biden calls, head for the hills
If I were Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, I’d be slightly worried that I received a telephone call from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday assuring continued...
Why a joint Arab force raises doubts
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military...
Most Americans live in the vanishing center
Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics – and a...
The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil Wednesday as seven powerful football figures were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.
Sevilla retain Europa League crown
Sevilla became the first side to win the Europa League four times with a thrilling 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Wednesday.
Lebanon ends exile with WABA return
Lebanon will make their much-awaited comeback to the international scene Friday when they seek to punch their ticket to 2015 FIBA Asia Championship which is to be...
LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals
The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach after Cleveland routed Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday to complete a...
Nishikori takes center stage, Halep crashes out
Roger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the...
Heysel and the death of English hooliganism
The Heysel stadium disaster was one of the blackest days in English football history, but it also prepared the ground for the sport’s spectacular rebirth in its...
Blatter chairs emergency FIFA meeting as scandal grows
FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with representatives from FIFA's six confederations following the wave of arrests of football officials...
Palestinians 'open' as Israel vote looms at FIFA
Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub appeared to soften his stance on a threatened vote at the FIFA congress to expel Israel from world football's governing body
Lebanon will make their much-awaited comeback to the international scene Friday when they seek to punch their ticket to 2015 FIBA Asia Championship which is to be staged in Changsha-Hunan, China, from September to October 3.
Platini confronts Blatter with resignation demand
UEFA president Michel Platini said he confronted FIFA leader Sepp Blatter during an emergency meeting of football chiefs and called on him to stand down because of the...
Harden helps Rockets beat Warriors 128-115
Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points while Golden State’s Stephen Curry suffered a scary fall as the Rockets led from start to finish and beat...
Curry, Golden State rout Houston to take 3-0 lead
Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the...
Roger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the shape of Japanese Kei Nishikori.
Players show no sympathy for Nadal in umpire row
Roger Federer Wednesday admitted that allowing leading players to pick and choose who umpires their matches could set a difficult precedent for tour organizers.
Nadal pursues No. 10, all seems normal
The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique – and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland...
Bouchard loses in Slam’s first round
The losses keep mounting for Eugenie Bouchard, who was so good last year and is having so much trouble nowadays.
Isner enjoying getting down and dirty in Paris
John Isner is a rare breed, a male American tennis player who enjoys getting his socks dirty on European clay courts.
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton’s chances with a needless pit stop.
Hamilton aims to deny Rosberg Monaco milestone
Lewis Hamilton hopes to be third time lucky in Monaco this weekend and take revenge on Nico Rosberg by denying his Mercedes teammate a hat-trick of wins in Formula...
Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will...
Hamilton staying at Mercedes until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
Alonso gets his points prediction in early
Undeterred by his last points prediction coming back to bite him, Fernando Alonso has said he expects his misfiring McLaren F1 team to open their account for the season...
Daniel Cormier wore the conflict on his beaming face when he got the UFC’s light heavyweight title belt strapped around his waist in the same Vegas cage where he failed to win it a few months ago.
Oliver flies past to set alight Bird’s Nest
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest...
McIlroy not satisfied without more major titles
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
Patriots owner will not appeal NFL penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will “reluctantly” accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL...
The title of the menu, “Long live Junta,” and its Hitler-like caricatures of Vladimir Putin are some of the more benign gags at a new bar in Kiev packed nightly with crowds.
Drought-hit Californians paint their lawns green
The heat is stifling, the soil dry, and a new law in drought-stricken California restricts the use of sprinklers.
Women prisoners create stylish handbags
It all started with a bag. What if every woman in prison could stitch, bead or sequin her way to a more empowered life of purpose and financial independence?
Lebanon’s Mexican wave
Hola! Am I imagining things or are the Lebanese enjoying a Mexican moment?
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
Survey says Liam Neeson is big ad man
Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can’t do much better than actor Liam Neeson.
British designer growing trees into furniture
Deep in the English countryside, there’s a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing.
Working to death in Japan
Japan’s push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country’s notoriously long working hours –...
This is a man’s world
While it would do well to be wary of anyone proclaiming to know a universal truth, the organizers of the MEN’S WORLD exhibition, launched Thursday in La Marina Joseph...
Aley: a legacy with a great view
The Mount Lebanon city of Aley boasts a legacy shaped over the decades that has made the picturesque area one of Lebanon’s most appealing spots for tourists.
Summer Fashion Week kicks off at St. Georges
High-heeled women strutted their way down the red carpet in perfect makeup and fashionable outfits past waiting cameramen.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Mazda 6 proves excellence is affordable
As much as I have a passion for cars, I can’t claim to follow every model of every marque ever produced, and in the case of Mazda, except for the 3, I really haven’t...
Common sense is as important as traffic laws
I don’t think anyone doubts that human error is the culprit behind the majority of car crashes.
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound riches that shine even brighter.
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
Italy’s Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time
Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you are on a movie set – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi coast near Naples and Venice’s lagoons come to mind.
For Dubai biz travelers, soak up the sun and souq
If you’re visiting Dubai for a long stopover or business trip, make sure to leave a little space in your bag for a bathing suit, flip-flops and souvenirs.
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
A good reason to love your grill’s warming rack
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
The rebirth of Greece’s majestic wine industry
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
Frittatas: the ultimate weeknight dinner
Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner.
A grill-friendly take on stuffed sweet potatoes
To be honest, it’s hard not to get inspired by potatoes, those deliciously crisp and creamy potatoes that are thinly sliced so they fan out accordion-style during...
Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, star of Oscar-winning classics such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, his agent has said.
Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest
Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music...
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He...
Cannes films divide critics ahead of awards
As the Cannes festival bears down on its weekend awards ceremony, a look at the movies seen so far and their reviews reveal deep divisions among the critics.
Caine, Keitel, Fonda drama sharply divides Cannes
Hollywood legends Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda premiered one of the most divisive contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, the ensemble...
Riviera gets raunchy as ‘Love’ comes to Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival got its first taste of full-blown controversy Thursday after a late-night session with director Gaspar Noe’s hyper-sexual 3-D tale, “Love.”
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, which shut Sunday, can be a blip back home.
A tribute to Lebanon’s bomb shelters
We shuffled down a flight of shallow stairs, squeezed past the sandbags piled to either side of the heavy metal doors, and filed into the darkness of the basement bomb...
Icelandic film wins Cannes ‘Regard’ prize
An Icelandic movie about two sheepfarming brothers who have not spoken in 40 years but are brought together by an outbreak of a disease that threatens their flocks won...
What's on this weekend in Beirut?
Check out the latest happenings on the agenda this weekend around Beirut.
Five female views from Beirut
A burly man straddles a motorbike, glowering at the camera. This is not your typical macho biker dude. Instead of leather boots, he’s wearing a pair of plastic...