Lawmakers are expected to meet in a crucial legislative session next week to extend Parliament’s mandate for more than two years, overriding opposition from civil organizations, in a move designed to prevent the country from descending into deeper political malaise.
Lebanese face ‘imminent’ Ebola danger
The health minister warned Monday that Lebanon faces an “imminent danger” posed by Ebola due to the country’s expat community in West Africa, and gave big private...
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad
Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attacked buses with ads promoting female worship at a Jerusalem holy site.
Bombings kill 9 people in Iraqi capital
Iraqi officials say two separate bombings have killed nine people in Baghdad, the latest victims in near-daily attacks that have targeted the country's capital.
Hong Kong leader says room for more democracy
Leung Chun-ying says there is room for the committee that selects candidates for the territory's 2017 election to be made "more democratic."
Iran ready to send Lebanon arms to battle terror
Military supplies “appropriate for ground battles against terrorists” are ready to be shipped from Iran to Lebanon, according to the Islamic Republic’s semiofficial...
No calm after storm for Dinnieh residents
The municipalities of Dinnieh worked to reopen villages’ streets by Monday, clearing roads of dirt, stones and even tree trunks that were swept away by floods during...
Three arrested in south Lebanon for hanging dog
Police arrests three people in south Lebanon for torturing and hanging a dog.
Palestinians attack new E.Jerusalem settler homes
Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police...
Head of Iran's Assembly of Experts dead at 83
Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, the head of Iran's body charged with choosing or dismissing the country's supreme leader, has died.
Missing Sydney teen resurfaces in ISIS video
A teenager who ran away from Australia to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to "not stop...
UK MP tells Cameron: Ignore 'daft' anti-Europeans
A senior Conservative lawmaker says David Cameron should ignore those "daft" enough to propose anti-immigration proposals that could hurt the British economy.
Oscar Pistorius arrives for sentencing
Oscar Pistorius was surrounded by police officers as he walked into a South African courthouse Tuesday ahead of his sentencing for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers
At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan...
U.N. group warns of food shortages
Countries hit by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus face food shortages, a U.N. body said Monday, adding that China had donated $6 million to its relief effort.
The raging war in Iraq, fierce competition and high cost of insurance premiums caused Lebanon’s industrial exports to shrink by 12.9 percent in the first five months of 2014, compared with the same period of 2013.
Beirut airport sees more travelers, fewer goods
Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport increased by 4 percent in the first three quarters of 2014 over last year, as the volume of air freight...
Egypt planning minister calls for legal review
Egypt needs an “economic revolution” to recover from damage caused by political instability as it seeks to attract billions of dollars in foreign investment and repair...
Moody’s lowers Russia’s credit rating
Russia’s ruble dropped along with sovereign bonds after the country’s credit rating was cut to the second-lowest investment grade by Moody’s Investors Service amid...
France shows U.K. grocers how to beat discounters
The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain’s “big four” grocers.
Beirut airport sees more travelers, less goods
Passenger traffic increases by 4 percent, while the movement of goods drops by 17 percent at Beirut airport in the first three quarters of the year.
Innovating a better world through diverse talent
In the face of adversity, some people run for the hills, subdued and crippled.
US blacklists Lebanese firm over Syria banknotes
The United States blacklisted Lebanese company DK Group for arranging to ship Syrian pound banknotes from Russia to the Syrian central bank, an allegation strongly...
Egypt needs an “economic revolution” to recover from damage caused by political instability as it seeks to attract billions of dollars in foreign investment and repair its state finances, Planning Minister Ashraf al-Arabi said.
Israeli firm to sell natural gas to Egypt
An Israeli firm will supply Egypt with natural gas, a company spokesman said Monday, more than two years after sabotage halted the flow of Egyptian gas to Israel.
Egypt signs with six firms to dredge new canal
Egypt signed contracts with six international firms Saturday to carry out dredging of the new Suez canal, the flagship project in President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s...
Espirito Santo unit in Dubai to be liquidated
A judge in the Dubai International Financial Center court approved Sunday an application to liquidate ES Bankers (Dubai) Ltd. (ESBD), the latest collapse of a unit of...
Lufthansa pilots’ strike to ground 1,500 flights
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-biggest airline, said the longest strike campaign in its history, which started Monday and will continue until Tuesday night,...
Lufthansa flights hit by strikes Monday and Tuesday
Pilots for Lufthansa are to hold a one-day strike Tuesday that will hit long-haul flights operated by the German carrier, Europe's largest, their union said.
Mitsubishi unveils Japan’s first passenger jet
Japan’s first passenger jet was unveiled Saturday after a delay of almost four years, with a helping hand from bullet-train specialists as test flights were set for...
Getting used to the new mediocre
Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy.
With a fatality rate of 70 percent and no certified cure, people around the world are understandably concerned about Ebola.
Practice what you preach
Lebanon’s interior minister engaged in a good deal of candor when he spoke over the weekend about responsibility for the security situation in the country.
Obama should contain, not escalate against ISIS
From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.
There’s nothing to fear but panic itself
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had...
Democracy should be given a chance
Throughout this year we have witnessed key events in emerging democracies that have resulted in counter-democratic moves.
There was something familiar in the ebb and flow of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the summer, when a steady rise in optimism about the future was...
Lebanese leaders have been publicizing the threat of extremism and the repercussions of the war in next-door Syria, sounding call after call about their urgent need for...
March of the Houthis
Yemen’s Houthis, a Shiite rebel group from the north of the country, took control of the capital Sanaa in late September, and is now marching south, having taken the...
New hair-brained ideas in the Middle East
Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the...
Palestinian refugees can crack this tough nut
The Palestinian unity technocratic government that held its first meeting in war-torn Gaza Thursday marked several significant if symbolic realities, the most important...
Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’
Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils.
Illicit financial flows impede development
One of the biggest problems affecting the world’s poor is one that few have ever heard about: illicit financial flows.
Only a coordinated strategy can fight Ebola
The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth and social integration that Liberia, Sierra...
Beheadings demand civilization’s response
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard got himself into a bit of mischief by describing the strikes as a kind of ultimate spectacle: “the...
The age of inequality in the United States
Two new studies show, once again, the magnitude of the inequality problem plaguing the United States.
An ongoing appendix problem didn’t affect Spanish former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal as he breezed through 6-2, 6-2 in his first round match with Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli at the Swiss Indoors Monday.
Blind rescues point for sloppy United
Daley Blind’s late second-half strike helped a lackluster Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League Monday.
Fittipaldi in top panel for Bianchi crash probe
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules...
Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory...
Williams, Halep enjoy opening wins
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to open the defense of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in the opening...
Schalke need Di Matteo’s touch against Sporting
Schalke 04 are hoping their freshly found discipline under new coach Robert di Matteo, coupled with his Champions League pedigree will help them beat Sporting Lisbon...
Barca must avoid Clasico obsession, focus on Ajax
Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League Tuesday.
Totti’s Roma take aim at Bayern’s defense
If anyone can breach Bayern Munich’s apparently impregnable defense, then it is AS Roma and their talismanic forward Francesco Totti.
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.
Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia
Valentino Rossi of Italy wins his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP - and first since 2005 - when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.
Montezemolo: Alonso leaving to win again
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team’s ex-chairman Luca...
Marussia hits out at false Bianchi reports
Formula One team Marussia has hit back at claims it contributed to Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by urging him to ignore yellow...
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to open the defense of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament Monday.
Serena slams Russian chief for sexist bullying
World No. 1 Serena Williams slammed Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev for making an “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comment, after he...
Murray beats Ferrer in Vienna, to win 30th title
Andy Murray continued his recent resurgence Sunday by winning his second title in three weeks at the Erste Bank Open and boosting his chances of making the cut for the...
Serena Williams hits back at Russian official
Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as "brothers" were bullying, sexist and racist.
Raonic falls to 116th-ranked qualifier
Top seed Milos Raonic suffered a setback in his hopes of qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after he was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-3 by 116th-ranked...
Riyadi wrapped up their record 14th Houssam Din al-Hariri tournament title and fourth in a row after defeating Moroccan champions AS Sale 87-66 in the finals Friday.
Riyadi face AS Sale in quest for 14th title
Lebanon’s Riyadi edged closer to title number 14 in the Houssam al-Din Hariri basketball tournament by defeating Sporting Egypt 75-61 in the semifinals Thursday to set...
Riyadi stretch unbeaten run to four
Reigning champions Riyadi finished on top of the standings of the preliminary round of the Houssam al-Hariri tournament after beating direct rivals AS Sale from Morocco...
Riyadi keep perfect record in Hariri tournament
Lebanese champions Riyadi Beirut remained unbeaten in the Houssam El-Din Hariri tournament, after registering their third victory against Sporting of Egypt 86-76 Monday.
Riyadi notch second win of Hariri tournament
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut claimed their second victory in the 24th Houssam Din Al-Hariri basketball tournament after edging Tunisia’s ESS 68-63 Sunday.
Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday night, defending his WBA middleweight title with his 18th consecutive stoppage victory.
Golovkin tries to keep KO streak alive
Gennady Golovkin puts his unbeaten record and World Boxing Association middleweight world title on the line Saturday against resilient Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio –...
Prosecutor wants 10 years in prison for Pistorius
The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial urged the judge Friday to send the Olympic athlete to prison for at least 10 years, calling it the minimum acceptable...
Pistorius faces prison hospital if given jail
Oscar Pistorius will be committed to the hospital wing of one of South Africa’s toughest prisons if the double-amputee Olympic track star is sentenced to jail time for...
Political protests that have marked sport history
The history of sport has been marked by often deadly political protests and actions.
Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said Monday.
HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own
Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.
Moscow hotel goes halal to woo Muslim visitors
No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors...
Five free things in Berlin: Cold War legacy
In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century.
Ebola: Five questions about the killer virus
The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever...
Motor Kombat: Porsche 991 Carrera vs. BMW M4
Some cars are not meant to be compared. Seriously, just the idea of putting a BMW M4 and a 911 on the same page is ludicrous, let alone pitting them against each other.
Twitter tweets start to sing
Twitter on Thursday began letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular messaging service.
‘World of Tanks’ game finds ally in ‘Fury’ film
“Fury” is rolling into “World of Tanks.” Before the World War II tank drama reaches U.S. theaters Oct. 17, video gamers can make like Brad Pitt’s character, Sgt. Don...
No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors from the Muslim world.
Chablis: the world’s purest chardonnay
The Chablis region of France produces the world’s purest expression of chardonnay.
Relics stir Queen of Sheba mythos at Smithsonian
Growing up in California in the 1950s, Merilyn Phillips Hodgson lived in awe of her big brother, a strapping young American adventurer on the trail of the biblical...
Go for the food: Cattlemen’s in Oklahoma City
I came from the land of kale and quinoa to dine in the land of meat and potatoes.
The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified.
Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex
Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about...
Under new world vines, glimpse of old world wine
With its acclaimed shiraz and other experimental varietals, the Casale del Giglio estate near Rome is at the cutting edge of Italian winemaking.
'Hidden hunger,' often overshadowed but devastating
A major international research group rings alarm bells over the scourge of hidden hunger, also known as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affects over two billion...
Baguettes start to rise to the occasion
Producing the perfect baguette has long been the ultimate test for aspiring bakers the world over.
It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.
Thin is in for grilled zucchini
Summer may be done, but the proliferation of zucchini continues. And we might as well make the most of it. Because even though zucchini is available all year, the...
Tory Burch book gives look at what inspires her
Tory Burch’s new book is all about color, a compilation of the influences that inspire her, from people to music to art to culture to travel to home design.
China crab industry feels pinch from crackdown
China’s gourmet crab industry has become the latest victim of Communist authorities’ two-year corruption crackdown after high-end spirits and luxury cars, as officials...
Tokyo Fashion opens with burst of butterflies
Fashion Week Tokyo was in full swing after it opened in a burst of color and bold prints, with butterflies, kisses, and geometric patterns dominating the first shows.
Makeup is an art mastered by few. Contrary to what many believe, it’s not the quantity or intensity of the product that enhances a woman’s beauty.
Tips to Stay fit in the fall
Fall has arrived in thunderous fashion with flooding and showers causing havoc around the country, and as people migrate back into the city from the mountains, another...
France in the heart of Mar Mikhael
The Beirut district of Mar Mikhael’s historical train station will be transformed into a platform of cultural exchange between France and Lebanon during a...
Sidon’s Nijmeh Square gets a facelift
The municipality of Sidon is now in the last stages of reconstructing its main square, as part of a bigger project of rehabilitation in the city.
Single, but not simple: Single malt Scotch
For Lebanese drinkers, Scotch is a familiar taste: warm, soothing and a bit smoky.
Monica Lewinsky said she was one of the first victims of cyber-bullying, becoming "Patient Zero" after falling in love with Bill Clinton, as the former White House intern gave her first speech in 13 years on Monday.
Che photographer Burri dies aged 81
Swiss photographer Rene Burri, celebrated for his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, died Monday in Zurich aged 81, the Magnum agency said.
'Fury' wins war at N. American box office
Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" slayed its way straight to the top of North America's box office, knocking "Gone Girl" out of first place, industry data showed Monday.
'New Girl,' 'Cosmos' win Environmental Media Award
TV's "New Girl," ''Parenthood" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" have been recognized for supporting green initiatives by the Environmental Media Association.
Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend
Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home.
'Buffy' star Nicolas Brendon apologizes for drunken arrest
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon on Monday apologized for his arrest stemming from a drunken dispute at an Idaho hotel and said he is seeking treatment...
Lucas fills in details on Chicago museum
George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San...
Prince William, Kate expecting baby in April
The second child of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office announced Monday.
Comedians honor Jay Leno with top U.S. humor prize
The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former “Tonight Show” host Sunday, when he received the top U.S. humor prize.
Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'
Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a "godsend" that brought jobs and money to...
Frears, 'Leviathan' honored at London Film Festival
Director Stephen Frears was honored with a fellowship of the British Film Institute (BFI) Saturday at a ceremony at the London Film Festival, where Russian movie...
London show celebrates aging but unbowed Rembrandt
There are few artists with a more famous face than Rembrandt. The Dutch master painted his own visage repeatedly throughout his career.
Firestorm over Met opera hits fever pitch
Some big-name politicians are joining Jewish protesters in a growing firestorm against an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.
For Rogen, Hilarity charity is serious business
Seth Rogen let out a loud laugh when asked what he had done with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader who suddenly and inexplicably dropped out of sight about six weeks...
Ayyam Gallery’s new space for experimental work
Lebanon’s cultural scene is in a constant state of ebb and flow. The reasons for this are legion, not least the lack of stable sources of funding for nonprofit...
Lorde's smash hit "Royals" is suddenly taking on a renewed significance -- and, to one set of sports fans, unwelcome -- as the Kansas City Royals head to baseball's World Series.
Pitbull to host American Music Awards
Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards.
1948 Palestinians risk arrest for Arab Idol
Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition.
Polanski opens Paris musical based on Tate film
Forty-seven years after starring in the movie "The Fearless Vampire Killers" with his wife-to-be Sharon Tate, director Roman Polanski is adapting the famous musical...
Pixies to release demos for 'Doolittle' anniversary
The Pixies are issuing never-released demos from "Doolittle" as the band marks the 25th anniversary of the aggressive but surrealist album credited with setting the...