“I think it looks great on you,” Mushfa tells a customer who is mulling over the purchase of a pair of trousers.
Fears of a blowup grow in Ain al-Hilweh
The security situation in Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon, is on the verge of collapse, after an argument between two men escalated into an...
Iran admits to 400 funerals for Syria fighters
Iran has acknowledged the deaths of at least 400 militia fighters in Syria, according to information posted on the country’s official news agency.
Turkey ponders military action in Syria
As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the militants back from...
Liberian official says corpse tests positive for Ebola
The corpse of a 17-year-old man has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, but no other cases have been reported, the country's deputy health minister said
Donations big and small help kids fight cancer
Though the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon provides free treatment for children, the organization is only able to fund its services through the continued generosity...
Hezbollah member jailed in Cyprus ammonium plot
Cyprus jailed a member of the armed wing of Hezbollah for six years Monday after he pleaded guilty to charges of stockpiling explosives to attack Jewish targets abroad.
Hezbollah prepares attack on Syria’s Zabadani
Hezbollah is set to wage an all-out offensive on one the largest towns in the Qalamoun mountain range this week, in a push to seize one of the Syrian militants’ last...
Houthis shell Aden refinery for second time
Houthi forces in Yemen shelled the oil refinery in the southern city of Aden Monday for the second time in three days, hitting an empty fuel tank with a rocket, an...
Egypt top prosecutor killed in Cairo bombing
Egypt’s state prosecutor was killed in a powerful bombing that hit his convoy in Cairo Monday following militant calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a...
Tunisia makes first arrests as UK urges fightback
Tunisia said Monday it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country’s worst...
French woman accused of poisoning four elderly men
A French woman was charged and remanded in custody accused of seducing and killing an elderly man and poisoning three others on the French Riviera
U.S. gay marriage foes cry ‘religious freedom’
Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object.
Texas flouts supreme court ruling
County clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling...
Two Uber bosses taken into custody in France
Two top Uber bosses were taken into custody in France Monday as part of a probe into their ride-booking app which has sparked violent protests from regular taxi...
Lebanon is experiencing growth in tourism despite the myriad of political problems, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon said Monday.
Hakim targets HRC to secure farmers aid
Economy Minister Alain Hakim vowed Monday to step up efforts to secure financing aimed at helping farmers to export Lebanon’s agricultural produce by a sea route.
Iran’s economic boost from deal to come slowly
Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new...
Attacks, failing Greece talks hit Saudi stocks
With the threat of militant attacks spreading across the Middle East still hanging in the air, a drop in the price of oil after Greek bailout talks collapsed has put...
Greece banks shut after snap referendum call
Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarket lines and overwhelming uncertainty Monday as a breakdown in talks with international lenders plunged their...
Lebanon ranks 65th in insurance premiums
Lebanon ranked in 65th place among 147 markets in terms of premiums generated in 2014, according to global reinsurer Swiss Re’s annual survey of the global insurance...
Francois Bassil reviews Jbeil plant plan
Byblos Bank chairman Francois Bassil met Friday with the ambassador of Finland, the Danish charge d’affaires and president of Jbeil Electricity Company to discuss the...
Alfa set to introduce 4.5G services soon
Alfa, one of the two mobile network operators in Lebanon, revealed plans late Thursday to soon introduce 4.5G services to its clients.
Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new projections by Roubini Global Economics.
‘Dark days’ for Tunisian tourism after attack
“Tunisia’s tourism is living through dark days,” said Massoud Riahi, who scratches out a living selling silver necklaces outside Bardo museum.
Mideast stocks sink on fear attacks may spread
Stocks in Dubai, the Middle East’s commercial hub, led regional declines on concern militants could target other Arab Gulf nations after Kuwait’s deadliest attack in...
Stop Africa’s $50B illicit outflow: campaigners
Africa can create jobs, improve social services and cut poverty if its governments can stem the $50 billion a year lost in illicit outflows, mainly through...
Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarket lines and overwhelming uncertainty Monday as a breakdown in talks with international lenders plunged their country deep into crisis
Global stock markets slump on Grexit fears
Global stocks slumped Monday over fears that Greece may be heading for a eurozone exit, with the single currency area’s debt-laden nations and banking equities hardest...
EU money funds spring regulatory leak
Money market fund providers in Europe are afraid impending regulation could force significant amounts of money to flee their products, potentially making it much harder...
Profits as well as costs surge for asset managers
The global asset management industry enjoyed a second successive year of record profits in 2014, but a failure to control rising costs has left many fund managers ill...
Puerto Rico governor: Island can't pay its public debt
The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt as international economists released a critical report Monday on the island's economy.
Monday’s meeting in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem was instructive.
Proposal to nowhere
Discussion of a radical proposal to end the presidential election impasse is refusing to go away, even though it seems the idea has only two principal backers.
Tunisia has become a terrorism exception
Within the last couple of weeks, the United States has announced the killing of ISIS leaders Abu Sayyaf in Syria and Ali al-Harzi in Iraq.
Don’t lose track of the Palestine-Israel conflict
The international community’s attention in the Middle East nowadays is inevitably focused on military advances of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the failed states of Yemen and...
When violence undermines legitimacy
What is the best way to achieve legitimate political goals that correspond at once to clear national interests, a domestic consensus and international legitimacy?
Terror needs serious plan
Terrorist attacks aren’t restricted to a specific place or region – they have eliminated borders and jumped from one continent to another, thanks to the relentless...
European countries have been busy creating a policy on migration – and a military force to back it up – to confront the wave of desperate people risking their lives in...
Around one year after ISIS militants made sweeping gains in Iraq and Syria, executing captives and committing other atrocities, the White House announced Wednesday that...
The U.N. shifts on the Western Sahara conflict
The U.N. Security Council’s renewal of the mandate of the U.N. Mission in Western Sahara, or MINURSO, on April 28 marked a shift in the United Nations’ approach to the...
Daily, Iraq inches closer to hunger
Every day, Iraq inches closer to hunger.
Middle Eastern states can alter the status quo
President Barack Obama’s decision to increase the number of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, and to base them in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, has sparked wide...
America is still adrift amid the rifts in Iraq
The Obama administration and ISIS both issued new manifestos for the battle in Iraq this week.
Can a ‘smart project’ alter the Mideast?
The respected Arab-American political activist and analyst Jim Zogby published a worthy article in The Huffington Post this week titled, “A Smart New Washington...
A new Shiite-Maronite pact cannot work
How were Aounists supposed to interpret the remarks of Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, Naim Qassem, Monday?
Erdogan lost because he tested Turkish democracy
The march of authoritarianism around the world has had different names over the past decade: “Neo-Ottomanism,” “Putinism,” “the Beijing Consensus.”
Chile qualify for the Copa America final after two goals from Eduardo Vargas gives them a 2-1 win over Peru in an action-packed semifinal marked by another controversial refereeing decision.
Messi bemoans scoring difficulties at Copa
World Cup runners-up Argentina came to the Copa America in Chile as favorites and were expected to put plenty of goals past their opponents.
Lebanon handed tough draw for Asia Championship
Lebanon were drawn in Group D of the FIBA-Asia Championship, which is due to be held September in Changsha, China.The final groupings were determined after the draw for...
T-Wolves take Towns, Bhamara makes history
Teen big man Karl-Anthony Towns was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first pick Thursday in the NBA draft, while Satnam Singh Bhamara made history as the...
Djokovic, Serena off to winning starts
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time women’s winner Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round Monday as organizers boosted security and weathermen...
Germany, U.S. clash in Women’s World Cup semi
Germany and the United States clash in Montreal Tuesday for the first final berth of the Women’s World Cup with champions Japan and England playing their semifinal in...
Dunga blames virus for Brazil’s Copa woe
Brazil coach Dunga blamed a mystery virus for his team’s shock Copa America exit to Paraguay Saturday as the most successful footballing nation on the planet struggled...
Pacific ‘Clasico’ as Chile face Peru
The latest installment of one of South American football’s fiercest rivalries plays out at the Copa America Monday when hosts Chile face Peru with a place in the final...
Lebanon were drawn in Group D of the FIBA-Asia Championship, which is due to be held September in Changsha, China.The final groupings were determined after the draw for the tournament was made Saturday.
Khatib will return to China with Fujian
Evergreen Lebanese basketball star Fadi El-Khatib will be back in China for the second successive season after signing with CBA side Fujian Guanzhou Bank in a deal...
T-Wolves may go to Towns with top NBA Draft pick
The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to make versatile big man Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky the top pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft where a deep pool of U.S. college...
Cleveland drought goes on but future bright
LeBron James warned Cleveland sports fans to expect a long rebuilding process when he returned to his hometown NBA club last July, then lifted them two wins shy of a...
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time women’s winner Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round Monday as organizers boosted security and weathermen ramped up warnings of a crushing heatwave.
Serena overcomes early wobble to ease through
Serena Williams dusts off a few cobwebs to power into the second round at Wimbledon, surviving an early wobble against Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan to win 6-4...
Ailing Kvitova hopes for Wimbledon tonic
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova hopes her return to the All England Club will prove the perfect tonic as she battles to recover from illness.
Ferrer withdraws from Wimbledon with elbow injury
Spain’s David Ferrer has pulled out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament because of an elbow injury, the All England Club said in a statement Sunday.
Murray gets help from psychiatrist
Andy Murray has coped magnificently with shouldering his country’s hopes at Wimbledon for the past decade but has sought some extra help this year in the shape of a...
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Rossi tops Marquez to win Dutch MotoGP
Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Rossi takes tight duel with Marquez to win Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi won a tight duel with reigning world champion Marco Marquez to win Saturday's Motul TT Assen and stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings.
Lorenzo, Rossi ready to rock the Cathedral
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s gripping world championship tussle arrives in Assen Saturday for what promises to be a no-holds barred Dutch Grand Prix at the...
Motorcycling: Oliveira storms to Dutch GP Moto3 victory
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal, riding a KTM, stormed to the second Moto3 victory of his career at the Dutch Grand Prix meeting on Saturday.
Elaine Thompson celebrated her 23rd birthday by winning the 200-meter at the Jamaican trials Sunday, signaling a possible changing of the guard in Jamaican women’s sprints.
U.S. ready to end 100-meter drought
A strong and hungry group of U.S. sprinters is ready to end a long American drought.
Gatlin makes a statement at age 33
Somehow Justin Gatlin keeps getting faster and faster.
Nibali ready for Tour, despite Achilles injury
Embattled Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has revealed an Achilles tendon injury curtailed his winter schedule but said he is ready to face his rivals when the...
Gatlin eyes double as Felix faces choice
Justin Gatlin stayed on course for a sprint double World Championships challenge Saturday, while Allyson Felix has a choice to make after a storming 400-meter triumph...
A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel.
Microsoft Office, Foursquare mayors, Amazon Echo
Android phone owners can now use an updated version of Microsoft’s Office tools for writing, spreadsheets and slideshows.
Paris menswear season ends with ode to the ’80s
Paris menswear shows reached a colorful 1980s-infused climax Sunday, the last day in the spring-summer 2016 collections that saw the City of Light glistening in a...
Google’s new self-driving cars cruising US roads
The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to...
Elie Saab collection channels West Coast living
Elie Saab says he drew inspiration from California when designing his Resort 2016 collection. Indeed, the boho-chic designs are fluid and glamorous.
UK online pioneer hopes to strike oil with new tech venture
One of the three founders of pioneering British online grocery retailer Ocado, which has warehouses but no stores, has taken control of a Silicon Valley-based firm with...
Google opens NewsLab to sharpen journalism skills
Google Monday launched an online lab where journalists can learn or sharpen Internet Age reporting skills.
Gmail gives new option of undo-send email
Google is making it easier to steer clear of the trouble that can be caused by a misdirected or inappropriate email.
Paris menswear shows reached a colorful 1980s-infused climax Sunday, the last day in the spring-summer 2016 collections that saw the City of Light glistening in a summer heat wave.
Japan startup hopes to deliver man-made meteors
Fancy a meteor shower racing across the night sky to mark your birthday?
Menswear fashion week kicks off in Paris
As the fashion spotlight moved on from Milan – things heated up in Paris menswear, but mainly due to the sweltering weather that left celebrity guests uncomfortable on...
Robert De Niro lights up Armani front row
Is it a provocation or the next big thing?
Walking the talk
Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say?
Ramadaniyat kick off at Masrah al-Madina
For many people in Lebanon, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, charity, forgiveness and other spiritual activities.
Collective photos document urban life
Since 2013, Beirut’s residents and visitors have gotten the chance to get deeply engaged in the city and its various neighborhoods through the medium of documentary...
Sofil unveils menu of epicurean delights
It’s all too often the case that the worst thing about gala and corporate dinners is, in fact, the dinner.
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The Future” film franchise.
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
In pursuit of perfection, Mazda CX5 nails it
The first time I came face to face with a Mazda CX5 a few years ago, my initial response was, “Wow!”
GM to test Cisco technology for road safety
General Motors Co. plans to begin testing new Cisco Systems Inc. technology that could allow “talking” cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi...
New Chevy Cruze gets bigger and roomier
Five years ago, General Motors revealed an all-new compact car in the U.S. that was designed to enter a market that GM ignored for decades.
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
Low-cost airlines boost green travel to Azores
No longer a pipe dream for nature lovers on a budget, travel to the Azores’ lush forests, lakes, volcanic craters and whale-watching spots has been given a major boost...
Hawaiian town deals with downside of No.1 ranking
Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S....
Essentials: NYC from classics to new attractions
If you haven’t visited New York City recently, you’ve got some catching up to do, from the observatory at One World Trade, to the new Whitney Museum, to happening...
Green-minded Paris Air Show takes off
The world's leading air show opened Monday near the French capital with a special focus on green issues alongside the traditional sales war between Airbus and Boeing.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to live longer than men.
Fast-food style vanilla-mint shake
I’m ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I’ve always had a soft spot for McDonald’s shakes.
Get it right when trying to get it al dente
What’s the one ingredient you should always have in your cupboard? Dried pasta, of course. It’s the base of a zillion easy-to-make weeknight meals and the friendly...
The thin line between price and taste
Last month a group of Vox.com colleagues undertook a blind tasting involving three different bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon at three different price points: $43, $14 and...
Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease
More than half of current and former smokers who can pass basic lung function tests may suffer from lung diseases that have gone undiagnosed, researchers said.
Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star...
Bearing witness to the chaos of Syria
At first glance onlookers may feel overwhelmed by “Untitled,” the solo exhibition of recent acrylics by Syrian painter Asma Fayoumi, now up at Ayyam Gallery.
‘Amy’ biopic gives organic picture of Winehouse
Asif Kapadia’s much-anticipated documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse hits cinemas this week amid a dispute between its makers and her father, who has...
‘Magic Mike’ teaches star about marriage
Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about...
Joni Mitchell loses speech after aneurysm: Crosby
Folk legend Joni Mitchell lost her ability to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm, fellow artist and former boyfriend David Crosby said.
Billie Joe Armstrong, Norah Jones perform rare show
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and singer Norah Jones appeared in a rare concert together Wednesday night, playing songs they recorded for an album two years...
Rap mogul Diddy arrested in Los Angeles
U.S. rap mogul Diddy was arrested in Los Angeles Monday for assault with a deadly weapon – in this case, a kettlebell.
How to make something out of nothing
The Latin term “ex nihilo” (out of nothing) often appears in conjunction with creativity.
Alamo, Champagne vineyards vie for UNESCO title
The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France’s beloved Champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting,...
Australia tightens rules on foreign ownership of farmland
Australia tightened rules on Monday requiring overseas investors to declare holdings of agricultural land in order to strengthen oversight, amid concerns that Australia...
Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about male strippers with some new theories on her own marriage.
NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired; Televisa drops pageant
NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants...
'Jurassic World' still king of N. America box office
The dinosaurs of 'Jurassic World' stayed atop the cinematic food chain this weekend, snapping up another $54.5 million to keep Pixar's 'Inside Out' in second place at...
Oscars body appoints more black and women members
Academy Award organizers have invited more than 300 new members to join the award-giving body, including a number of female and black stars after criticism that...
Common, Oyelowo diversify film academy membership
After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new...
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments insulting Mexicans, Slim's spokesman said
Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV show 'The Avengers', dead at 93
Patrick Macnee, the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at the age of 93 at his home in California, his son said on the...
'Bend It Like Beckham' stage musical scores big in London
"Bend It Like Beckham" has scored with critics in London.
Star Wars child actor arrested over car chase
The U.S. actor who played Anakin Skywalker as a child in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” was arrested in South Carolina Monday after leading police on a...
Music mogul Diddy's company: He was defending himself
Sean "Diddy" Combs' company says the hip-hop mogul was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest