Lebanese divisions over the 2019 Arab Economic and Social Development Summit that ended in Beirut Sunday are expected to burst out into the open this week, pitting the Free Patriotic Movement against Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement and overshadowing the stalled Cabinet formation attempts, political sources said.
Celebrated TV presenter, author Menassa dies
The celebrated author, art critic and first female Lebanese television presenter May Menassa died in Beirut Saturday at the age of 80, after a short illness.
Spain efforts to reach toddler in well hit hudles
Diggers trying to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a deep well in southern Spain a week ago saw their progress slowed by harder rock Sunday, though experts held out...
Oldest man, 113, dies at his home in Japan
The world’s oldest man has died at his home - a hot springs inn - in northern Japan at the age of 113.
Israel, Chad renew ties as Netanyahu visits
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the majority-Muslim nation of Chad Sunday for what he called a “historic” trip, as the two countries restored...
Single female voice at summit: It was strange
Despite their divergent political opinions, the 20 Arab delegates who spoke at the main event of the Arab economic summit Sunday had one thing in common: They were all...
Arab officials bask in Beirut’s ‘beauty’
Arab officials attending the economic summit in Beirut, members of their delegations and reporters expressed their surprise at the “beauty” of Lebanon over the weekend.
Aoun 'regrets absence of brotherly kings, presidents who have their excuses for not showing up' to summit
Aoun 'regrets absence of brotherly kings, presidents who have their excuses for not showing up' to summit
Diggers trying to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a deep well in southern Spain a week ago saw their progress slowed by harder rock Sunday, though experts held out hope he could still be alive.
Prayer with the pope a click away with new app
Pope Francis swiped a tablet Sunday to launch a new app allowing the faithful to pray with him, and expressed his pain over the car bomb blast in Colombia and the...
Death toll at 79 in Mexico fuel pipe fire horror
They were warned to stay away from the geyser of gasoline gushing from the illegally tapped pipeline in central Mexico, but Gerardo Perez says he and his son joined...
Trump says no amnesty for ‘Dreamers’
President Donald Trump said Sunday his proposed immigration deal to end a 30-day partial government shutdown would not lead to amnesty for “Dreamers,” but appeared to...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the majority-Muslim nation of Chad Sunday for what he called a “historic” trip, as the two countries restored diplomatic ties after a decadeslong break.
Iraqi PM makes first visit to protest-hit Basra
Iraqi premier Adel Abdel-Mahdi visited Basra Sunday, his first trip as prime minister to the southern province where lagging services spawned a water crisis and deadly...
Arab coalition launches airstrikes in Sanaa
The Arab coalition has launched a series of airstrikes against targets in Yemen’s rebel-held capital, including a military base and drones facility located at the...
Sudan police confront protesters in march
Sudanese police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters planning to march on Parliament Sunday, as President Omar al-Bashir insisted demonstrators who died in...
Iraqi archaeologist, museums champion, dies at 80
An Iraqi archaeologist, who lent her expertise to rebuild the collection at the National Museum after it was looted in 2003, has died.
Carlos Ghosn improperly received $9 million in compensation from a joint venture between Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, the Japanese automakers said Friday, raising the possibility of their ousted chairman facing a fresh charge of embezzlement.
AESD summit to focus on ‘needs of Arab people’
The Saudi ambassador to Arab League said Thursday that the Arab economic summit to be held over the weekend in Beirut would mainly focus on the welfare and economic...
Saudi bonds to join JPMorgan in $119B addition
Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf nations will join JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s emerging-market bond indexes this month, potentially paving the way for billions of dollars in...
Brazil's farm minister worried about Israel embassy move
Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said Friday the farm sector is worried that President Jair Bolsonaro's plan to move Brazil's embassy in Israel to...
Ghosn ethics may be dubious: committee
The co-chair of a committee set up by Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. to examine the root cause of alleged financial misconduct by ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn said...
How pressing are Lebanon’s financial challenges?
Financial strains in Lebanon have been brought into focus by turbulence on markets where its dollar-denominated sovereign bonds suffered a heavy sell-off last week...
Dollar deposits up slightly in 2018: Salameh
Dollar accounts in Lebanon represented 70 percent of total customer deposits in 2018, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Wednesday, a slight increase from the previous...
Debt restructuring off table, Eurobonds rise
The prices of Lebanese Eurobonds bounced back again Monday after officials reiterated that there was no intention to restructure the public debt.
Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf nations will join JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s emerging-market bond indexes this month, potentially paving the way for billions of dollars in inflows into the securities.
Booming Qatar-Turkey trade to hit $2B in 2018
Trade between Qatar and Turkey is expected to have hit $2 billion in 2018, a Turkish official said, up 54 percent from the previous year and underscoring Ankara’s...
Erdogan gets emergency powers if economy at risk
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted emergency powers that give him broad authority to act when Turkey’s financial stability is deemed to be under threat....
Turkish home sales to foreigners surged in 2018
Turkish home sales to foreigners last year surged at more than triple the pace in 2017 as buyers flocked to benefit from a weaker lira.
The co-chair of a committee set up by Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. to examine the root cause of alleged financial misconduct by ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn said he believed the embattle executive may have had questionable ethical standards.
China set to post slowest growth in 28 years
China is expected to report Monday that economic growth cooled to its slowest in 28 years in 2018 amid weakening domestic demand and bruising U.S. tariffs, adding...
Has Davos made the world better?
Klaus Schwab, who founded the World Economic Forum, has said his childhood during World War II inspired him to build an organization that would make the world a better...
France pushes Japan to accept Renault-Nissan merger
Japanese media reported Sunday that France wants a merger between Renault and Nissan following the arrest of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, but according to...
Trump-Deutsche links in sights of investigators
Democrats now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives are working out which House panels will take the lead in investigating President Donald Trump’s business...
International meetings such as the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit are the pinnacle of public relations events. For countries that have the honor of hosting, they are a chance to showcase their hospitality, security and organizational skills, and for their leaders to connect with peers and iron out differences.
Take the civil route
Musa Sadr is a national icon revered by Muslims, Christians and peace-loving Lebanese of all sects.
Saving adolescents from having unplanned children
My country is overwhelmed with teen pregnancies.
America must face reality on China
The agreement in Buenos Aires last December between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping led many to assume that the two countries’ trade...
The EU is a great idea that has gone awry
As we watch Britain going through the paroxysms relating to Brexit, it is easy to view its decision to leave the European Union as an act of foolishness, a...
Chance of a lifetime
Since the advent of the 1975-90 Civil War, Lebanon has had a reputation as a cauldron of conflict for much of the world that doesn’t truly know the country.
The clock is ticking
The Lebanese have always prided themselves on being the only democracy in a jungle of dictatorships.
All the shuttle diplomacy, horse-trading, conditions and disputes over ministerial seats and portfolios may seem to keep the political scene in Lebanon active, but the...
Making every development dollar count
In 2017, $146 billion was spent on aid and development. Even this large sum remains a fraction of what would be needed to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable...
The human-rights movement needs America
These are disheartening times for international human-rights advocates.
Trump’s brain drain
America’s high-quality universities are among the key sources of its greatness. Every year, top students from all over the world vie for access to graduate and...
As we watch Britain going through the paroxysms relating to Brexit, it is easy to view its decision to leave the European Union as an act of foolishness, a self-inflicted wound that will impoverish Britons for years to come.
What Americans are fighting for in Manbij
If you wonder what the four Americans who were killed Wednesday in Manbij, Syria, were doing there, let me describe a few images from a visit to that city last February...
Trump lost the chance his populist campaign gave
Donald Trump is giving an unintentional gift to the burgeoning field of Democratic presidential candidates: He is teaching them how they can win.
It’s time for Congress to curb president’s powers
HWatching the struggle over funding for a border wall, I am struck by the way in which, in one sense, Donald Trump has already achieved success.
Life without the steadying hand of Mattis
At home and abroad, people are now asking a question they’ve dreaded for nearly two years: How will the erratic presidency of Donald Trump function without the...
WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed flashes of his past brilliance as he delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas Saturday.
Vietnam beat Jordan on penalties, reach quarters
Vietnam’s young guns guaranteed another night of frenzied celebrations back home when they beat Jordan 4-2 on penalties to reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup...
Federer, Kerber stunned as Nadal through
Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by fiery Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who ended his bid for a record seventh Australian Open Sunday on a day of upsets that...
Federer knocked out by Greek wunderkind Tsitsipas
Roger Federer's bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed Sunday as Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master and become his...
Sagesse get another Champville thrashing
Champville inflicted another damaging defeat on past rivals Sagesse Sunday, trouncing the fallen giants 99-66 for their fifth win in six in the Lebanese Basketball...
Spurs find goal hero in Winks despite injuries
With Tottenham’s attacking options getting increasingly thin amid a striker crisis, Mauricio Pochettino is going to need goals from unlikely sources to keep alive his...
Jahanbakhsh on target as Iran ease past Oman
Three-time champions Iran came through an early scare before marching confidently into the Asian Cup quarterfinals for the 13th time in 14 attempts with a 2-0 victory...
China fight back Thailand to reach last eight
Coach Marcello Lippi hailed China’s fightback Sunday after they staged a second-half revival to beat Thailand 2-1 and reach the Asian Cup quarterfinals.
Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by fiery Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who ended his bid for a record seventh Australian Open Sunday on a day of upsets that also saw second seed Angelique Kerber crash out.
Birthday boy Tiafoe topples Dimitrov to reach quarters
Unseeded American Frances Tiafoe gifted himself the perfect 21st birthday present by stunning Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6(6) 6-7(1) 7-5 in the fourth round of...
'Agitated' Djokovic regrets meltdown in floodlight fury
Top seed Novak Djokovic admitted he should have "known better" than to let a floodlight row get to him after copping a code violation during a mini-meltdown in the...
Sharapova stuns Wozniacki, Nadal, Federer roll on
Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice men Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who...
Champville inflicted another damaging defeat on past rivals Sagesse Sunday, trouncing the fallen giants 99-66 for their fifth win in six in the Lebanese Basketball League.
Siakam lifts Raptors over Suns, Embiid shines for Sixers
Pascal Siakam banked in the winning shot at the final buzzer as the Toronto Raptors won their eighth consecutive home game with a 111-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns...
Curry and Warriors outgun Pelicans, Harden sizzles in loss
Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the New Orleans...
Warriors score record 51 points in 1st quarter in win over Nuggets
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors amassed an NBA record 51 first-quarter points Tuesday on the way to a 142-111 win over Denver in a duel for the Western...
Haidar stars as Beirut trounce Atlas
Ali Haidar finished with a game-high 21 points as Beirut Club bounced back from three straight losses with a 97-72 rout of Atlas in the Lebanese Basketball League at...
Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound title in New York.
Old guard v young guns in NFL conference clashes
Two generations of quarterback talent go head-to-head Sunday as the battle for Super Bowl berths reaches its climax with the most eagerly anticipated Conference...
Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in championships
Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes.
Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships
The NFL's highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday.
Rams oust Cowboys, Chiefs down Colts to advance in NFL playoffs
A record-setting rushing performance sparked the Los Angeles Rams over Dallas and into the NFL playoff semifinals Saturday alongside with Kansas City Chiefs, whose...
Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher turned 50 Thursday with Formula One and his fans paying tribute to the sport’s most successful driver with a mixture of celebration and sorrow.
Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the center of efforts to put the reclusive kingdom on the tourism map.
PBS film highlights Native American links to rock
As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina.
Lady Gaga wins best original song at Golden Globes
Lady Gaga's songwriting chops have won her the second Golden Globe of her career.
Majida el-Roumi serenades Saudi historical ruins
Renowned Lebanese soprano Majida el-Roumi performed at the Winter at Tantoura festival in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula province Friday night, marking the stars first...
First Thai cave rescue film due out on mission anniversary
A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the "Wild Boars" football team says his focus is on authenticity and...
‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is an impressive marvel
Director Peter Jackson is up front about what audiences should not expect from his unconventional World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
Theft of church painting baffles Belgian police
It’s probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn’t stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves.
Banksy 'snow' pollution mural sold for over $130,000
A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over 100,000...
A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the "Wild Boars" football team says his focus is on authenticity and the mission's "unsung" heroes, with book publishers and Hollywood studios jostling to make their versions of the saga.
Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV
Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV...
'Game of Thrones' final season to debut on April 14
"Game of Thrones" fans, get ready.
Alfonso Cuaron wins Golden Globe for best director
Auteur Alfonso Cuaron picked up the third Golden Globe of his career Sunday for directing "Roma," his deeply evocative, semi-autobiographical paean to growing up in...
Netflix pulls comedy show episode in Saudi Arabia: media
Netfilx pulled an episode of the comedy show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" from its Internet streaming service in Saudi Arabia after kingdom officials complained,...
British actor Hugh Grant has a plea for the thief who broke into his car: Please return the script that was inside.
Kevin Spacey charged with indecent assault in groping case
Kevin Spacey was formally charged Monday with the indecent assault of a teenager who alleged the U.S. actor groped him at a bar in Massachusetts in 2016.
Many had thought it as good as dead, destined for a place in fashion oblivion next to plus fours.
Dior pulls the stars in conveyor-belt show
The black box construction branded “DIOR” was so big that it had even obscured the view of the Eiffel Tower.
What the latest dieting studies tell us
Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among...
Starving to obese: Nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for change
With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is...
Japan launches satellite for artificial meteors
A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower blasted into space Friday, Japanese scientists said.
Thom Browne goes for spectacle at Paris show
Thom Browne provided the biggest spectacle on a relatively quiet day at Paris Fashion Week as some fashion houses decided to switch presentation dates or showing times...
Divers swim with giant great white off Oahu
An enormous great white shark - believed to be one of the biggest on record - has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii by divers who took a swim with the predator.
Vuitton’s Abloh celebrates King of Pop in Paris
Louis Vuitton’s designer Virgil Abloh transported celebrity guests at Paris Fashion Week to the streets of New York in a dramatic menswear ode to Michael Jackson.
Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year. Two major studies last year provided more fuel for a particularly polarizing topic - the role carbs play in making us fat.
South African jazz artist plays guitar during brain surgery
South African jazz artist Musa Manzini has played his music all over the world, but one performance stands out – strumming his guitar while surgeons operated on his...
China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night
A cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China's historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two...
Chinese seed from lunar lander sprouts on moon
A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said Tuesday.
The right to human relevance
Artificial Intelligence is the new rising technology that is affecting every aspect of our daily lives, evolution of societies and governance of institutions.
Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades
It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating...
Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter.
SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.
Designed for the track, developed for the road
Acknowledged as a pioneer of race driven technology, McLaren finally decided to build a sports car to be driven every day of the week.
In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.