The Syrian regime likely decided to execute Rafik Hariri after a tense meeting between the former prime minister and Bashar Assad in August 2004, Walid Jumblatt told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Tuesday.
Body of missing man found in well
The body of a 20-year-old man who went missing 10 days ago was found in a well in a southern Lebanese village Wednesday, the National News Agency said.
Shelling from Yemen kills 5 in Saudi border city
Shells fired from Yemen killed five people in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a second day of cross-border bombing blamed on Houthi rebels, civil defense authorities said.
Houthis enter Hadi stronghold in Aden: residents
Yemen's Houthi fighters on Wednesday entered Aden's al-Tawahi district, one of the last strongholds of supporters of President Abd-Rabbou Mansour Hadi, despite...
Over 50 Thai police punished over links to human trafficking
More than 50 Thai police officers have been punished over suspected links to human trafficking networks, the police chief said on Thursday, after the prime minister...
Jihadis as dangerous as Israel: Kahwagi
Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi Wednesday said that Syria-based jihadis and Israel essentially posed the same threat.
Sanaa and Qalamoun not on Lebanon’s map: Geagea
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Wednesday criticized Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah over his pledge one day earlier to fight jihadi groups in Syria's...
400 kg of narcotics found in north Lebanon cave
Judicial police Wednesday found 400 kilograms of narcotic pills during a raid on a cave in Jdeidet al-Qaiteh in the northern province of Akkar.
3 gunmen killed in Egypt's Sinai: security
The Egyptian military Wednesday shot dead three Palestinian gunmen who infiltrated through a smuggling tunnel in the Sinai town of Rafah on the border with Gaza,...
Saudi beheads 79th convict this year
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded one of its nationals convicted of drug trafficking, bringing to 79 the number of executions this year.
Tunisia hosts Jewish pilgrimage under tight security
Hundreds of Jews were flocking to the Tunisian island of Djerba Wednesday for an annual pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue with security tightened after the Bardo...
More than 50 Thai police officers have been punished over suspected links to human trafficking networks, the police chief said on Thursday, after the prime minister ordered a probe into the discovery of trafficking camps near the Malaysian border.
Texas gunman encouraged by ISIS supporter: experts
One of the gunmen who attacked a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition in Texas was in repeated contact with an American supporter of the Islamic State group, terror...
Autopsies: 2 of 3 Chapel Hill students shot with gun held to head
A man charged with killing three Muslim college students appears to have held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in...
Missile kills husband, wife in Saudi border region
A husband and wife were killed as a missile struck a Saudi border region across from war-torn Yemen, official media said on Wednesday.
Bosnian police launch raids against Islamic extremism
Bosnian Serb authorities say they detained several people linked to radical Islamic movements and suspected of recruiting potential fighters for the Islamic State group.
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Tuesday urged the implementation of policies to curb the import of certain products to Lebanon, warning that a number of local industries were at risk of closure if no action is taken.
Bassil deems Arab growth rate unacceptable
It is unacceptable to have low average growth rates ranging between 3.2 percent and 3.8 percent in 2015-2016 in Arab countries, said Francois Bassil, president of the...
Gulf oil exporters should cut spending, diversify
Gulf oil exporters must reduce spending, including subsidies, and diversify their economies to cope with lower revenues caused by the sharp drop in crude prices, the...
Emirates airline vows to ‘sledgehammer’ US report
Dubai carrier Emirates will deliver a “sledgehammer” response to a report compiled by U.S. carriers accusing major Gulf airlines of receiving more than $40 billion in...
EU regulators press banks to revamp models
Some banks must change their business models to make themselves more sustainably profitable in a era of low interest rates and tougher regulation, European Union...
Cost of sending remittances to Lebanon rises
The cost of sending $500 in remittances from the United States to Lebanon reached 5.29 percent in the first quarter of 2015, increasing from 5.26 percent in the fourth...
Lebanon launches ‘tech hub’ to boost startups
“I seem to have mislaid my speech, is there anyone in the tech hub who can help me with this?”
Lebanon freezes 13 suspect bank accounts
The Lebanese authorities lifted the banking secrecy on 13 bank accounts for suspicion of money laundering, terrorism funding and financial embezzlement in 2014 and are...
Gulf oil exporters must reduce spending, including subsidies, and diversify their economies to cope with lower revenues caused by the sharp drop in crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said.
Emirates to revamp first class with privacy focus
Emirates is overhauling its first-class cabins that will twin a sense of privacy with what the airline called a commercially reasonable price point, following the...
Saudi funds offer foreigners IPO access
A regulatory drive to reduce the volatility around initial public offers of shares is bolstering the Saudi funds sector and also creating an opportunity for...
France, Saudi discussing multi-billion-euro projects: Fabius
France and Saudi Arabia are discussing economic projects worth tens of billions of euros, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday.
Some banks must change their business models to make themselves more sustainably profitable in a era of low interest rates and tougher regulation, European Union regulators said Tuesday.
Greek drop leads European stocks down
A slide in Greek shares led European stocks to their lowest level in two months on concern that debt negotiations will fail to secure funding in time to prevent the...
EU raises eurozone growth outlook
The European Commission raised its eurozone growth forecast as the impact of a weaker euro and unprecedented monetary stimulus help the economy overcome pressure on...
India to sign port deal with Iran, ignoring US warning against haste
India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with...
Oil price slips after hitting 2015 high above $67
Oil eased toward $66 a barrel Monday after reaching a 2015 high, as ample current supplies and weak Chinese factory activity countered expectations of a tighter supply...
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a relatively subdued televised address Tuesday, but unlike the change in tone, there was little change in content.
Last week’s meeting between the leaders of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement was heralded in some quarters as an “exceptional” event, as Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah...
U.S. drone strikes are killing civilians
Yemen’s recent descent into crisis has prompted debate about whether U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration erred in calling its counterterrorism strategy in the...
Turkey’s revival comes from admitting the truth
One hundred years last April 24, officials of the Ottoman Empire rounded up some 250 Armenian leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople and prepared them for...
Rule of lawlessness makes Arabs rise up
It is tempting but difficult to identify a single dynamic at the level of state and society that explains the many different conflicts across the Arab world.
Anbar deserves justice, help
Iraq’s Anbar province in the last dozen years has provided a textbook case of bad policy, both by local authorities and supposedly well-meaning outsiders.
The momentous decision reached in Cabinet Wednesday to build a new prison is good news not just for inmates, but for the Lebanese society as a whole.
The crown is slipping
The regime of President Bashar Assad, for many people living in government-controlled areas, appears to be entering its final phases – and even some staunch allies of...
Yemen’s recent descent into crisis has prompted debate about whether U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration erred in calling its counterterrorism strategy in the country – centered on drone strikes – a success.
In the U.S., the accused have fewer rights
Reading about the short, troubled life of Freddie Gray – who suffered lead poisoning as a child, was arrested for drug offenses more than a dozen times, and eventually...
Tunisia’s Salafist threat is urgent
Tunisia has always seemed an unlikely stronghold for radical jihadism, but four years after the Arab Spring the threat from Salafist violence is more urgent than ever.
Britain’s voters are facing a wall of falsehoods
Democratic elections cannot be described as competitions aimed at revealing which candidates tell the unvarnished truth.
Tehran must prove its goodwill to the Arabs
U.S. and Iranian officials have been insisting the last several years that they wanted to resolve the nuclear issue before discussing the sectarian wars that are raging...
The beginning of the end in Syria
President Bashar Assad’s regime is beginning to crumble despite assistance from Iran and its allies.
Obama’s Pacific partnership faces real obstacles
It may not have been obvious during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choreographed visit to Washington this week, but he’s a study in contradictions.
A good time to hold Israel accountable
What happens when chronic violence and brutal aggression go unchecked for decades on end?
Two late moments of Lionel Messi magic and a goal from Neymar helped Barcelona break the resistance of Bayern Munich in a pulsating 3-0 victory in their Champions League semifinal first leg at the Nou Camp Wednesday.
Ancelotti needs rethink after Ramos experiment fails
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to rethink his tactics ahead of the Champions League return leg after Sergio Ramos came unstuck in an experimental midfield...
UBA sweep Sagesse to reach first finals
UBA made history after reaching the finals of the Lebanese Basketball League for the first time, sweeping a struggling Sagesse 4-0 in the best-of-seven series following...
Griffin scores 26 to lead Clippers to win
Blake Griffin had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lift the Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-101 victory over...
Murray snaps first clay court title in Munich
Andy Murray’s preparations for the French Open gathered momentum as he claimed his first clay court title with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) win over twice champion Philipp...
Morata, Tevez strike as Juve stun Real
Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez struck a goal apiece as Juventus boosted their Champions League final chances with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in their first leg...
Guardiola looks to outwit old friends in Barca
Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou with the away side for the first time Wednesday as Barcelona’s most successful coach takes Bayern Munich to the Catalan...
Spanish federation agrees to suspend competition
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) decides to indefinitely suspend all domestic competition from May 16 over a spat with the government on issues including a new...
UBA made history after reaching the finals of the Lebanese Basketball League for the first time, sweeping a struggling Sagesse 4-0 in the best-of-seven series following an 84-80 win in game four Tuesday.
Grizzlies and Hawks win to square both series at 1-1
Memphis' Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to lead the Grizzlies to a rare 97-90 win at Golden State Tuesday to square their NBA Western...
Warriors, Wizards remain unbeaten in NBA playoffs
Stephen Curry burnished his NBA Most Valuable Player credentials by scoring 22 points and adding seven assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 101-86 win over...
Paul lifts Clippers past Spurs in Game 7
Chris Paul banked in a shot with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a thrilling 111-109 victory over San Antonio in Game 7 Saturday that eliminated the...
Andy Murray’s preparations for the French Open gathered momentum as he claimed his first clay court title with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) win over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final Monday.
Federer downs Cuevas to take Istanbul title
Top seed Roger Federer Sunday won the Istanbul Open with a superb display of clay court tennis to defeat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in straight sets.
Wimbledon richest slam, prize pot rises slow
The acceleration in the size of the prize money pot at Wimbledon continues to slow but the grass court championships remain the richest of the four grand slams.
Nishikori better than Djokovic: mentor
Japan’s Kei Nishikori has the ability to reach the summit of men’s tennis and is technically already better than world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, according to his former...
Federer still fears ‘difficult to beat’ Nadal
Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favorite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish...
Growing rumors of Lewis Hamilton’s potential move to Ferrari are being fed by the fact that the defending F1 champion has yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes.
Lorenzo celebrates birthday early with MotoGP win
Jorge Lorenzo celebrated being kept on by Yamaha for next season by winning the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez Sunday in commanding style to also give himself a special...
Hamilton still has work to do in Europe
After winning three out of four races and taking a 27-point lead in the standings, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has a new challenge as he and Mercedes prepare...
Ferrari revived, but Mercedes retain control
Buoyed by the a revitalized driver pairing and a much-improved power unit, Ferrari have breathed new life into Formula One’s world championship battle this year – and...
Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant
Qatar’s hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add...
Stuart Bingham won the 2015 World Championship final, beating Shaun Murphy 18-15 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre Monday to take snooker’s most prestigious title for the first time in his 20-year professional career.
Injured Pacquiao faces possible sanctions
The fallout from the “Fight of the Century” became murkier Monday with possible lawsuits in the works and Manny Pacquiao likely to face disciplinary action for failing...
Still an asterisk over Mayweather’s legacy
Heading into the much-hyped “Fight of the Century,” Floyd Mayweather Jr. repeatedly said his welterweight showdown with Manny Pacquiao was all about defining his legacy...
Bolt makes Relays debut
While the eyes of the sporting world were fixed on boxing’s much-touted “fight of the century” in Las Vegas, the two fastest men on the planet renewed a rivalry which...
Back in spotlight, boxers fighting to stay there
Boxing was back in the headlines Sunday, basking in the buzz generated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s win over Manny Pacquiao in a title fight watched ringside by A-listers...
China’s march toward global ascendancy has taken another leap forward – at least when it comes to New York high society and its most glittering fashion extravaganza, the Met Ball.
Beyonce shuts down Met Gala in peekaboo Givenchy
Rihanna shut down the Met Gala’s red carpet in a regal yellow coat.
Youth project revitalizes Sidon suburb
Hundreds of citizens headed to the Sidon suburb of Boustan al-Kabir to join a project to rehabilitate the area.
Traveling back to the future
Spring took its sweet time before making a full and committed appearance in the air.
Sumptuous MB E250 Cabrio is all about the journey
As I drove around Beirut in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E250 Cabriolet last week, I couldn’t help but observe that this automobile upholds all the values that gave the...
Ireland’s ‘Singing Priest’ becomes sensation
From an improvised studio in his house in a rural corner of Ireland, Father Ray Kelly has become a global singing sensation and fans now mingle with longtime...
Extreme surfers chill with Arctic waves
The water is icy cold, it’s windy and it’s drizzling out, but the intrepid group dives in: Far from California’s sunny beaches, die-hard surfers flock here year-round...
Art of the Japanese company apology
Imagine you’re the head of a U.S. fast-food chain in Japan that has been scandalized by a tooth-in-french-fries disaster.
Want a beach body? Start early
After a seemingly endless winter and a healthy dose of April showers, it appears as if we’re finally turning the corner and approaching the summer.
Follow our 2 step plan for a perfect bikini body
Eat healthy and exercise regularly. Yes that’s it. No really that’s the plan. What were you expecting, some miracle pill? A three-week diet regimen?
All things woman at your fingertips this weekend
If you’re looking for all things woman, the first-ever exhibition for Lebanese women is the event to attend this weekend.
As I drove around Beirut in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E250 Cabriolet last week, I couldn’t help but observe that this automobile upholds all the values that gave the German marque its reputation.
Traffic law showing results, but we can do better
For as long as I can remember, driving in Beirut has been like playing Russian roulette – you knew that eventually your luck would run out and some lunatic would crash...
Toyota beats VW, GM for top place in sales
Toyota Motor Corp. is still at the top in global vehicle sales after the first quarter, selling 2.52 million vehicles around the world, outpacing rivals Volkswagen and...
Satisfying China’s demand for urban 4x4s
Car manufacturers are targeting the Chinese appetite for “crossover” vehicles, 4x4s suitable for urban terrain being snapped up by status-conscious consumers as...
Ford unveils new Taurus influenced by China
With its newest Taurus, Ford is joining the race to appeal to Chinese business buyers by offering bigger, more luxurious backseats.
A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
Tattoo snafu irks inked Apple Watch wearers
Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc.’s first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos.
Sony plays to strengths in games, sensors
Once at the leading edge of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. is now more lumbering giant than trend-setter after falling behind competitors such as Samsung Electronics...
Microsoft makes its case for Windows 10
Microsoft hopes to lure more people to use its new Windows 10 software on a variety of computers and gadgets by making it easy to use many of the same apps they’re...
Conde Nast eyes digital view with virtual reality
Conde Nast may best be known as the publisher of fashion, culture and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, but it is hoping to draw new consumers and...
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.
Hard-earned peace on Arizona canyon hike
Framed by pitch-black canyon walls rising monumentally on either side of the rushing, rain-swollen Havasu Creek, the night sky burst with snow-white stars and Milky Way...
Italy looks to Milan Expo for taste of recovery
Italy is having a party, the whole world is invited and, yes, there will be food, lots of it.
Street art and shopping in Miami’s Wynwood
There are two must-have selfies for any visitor to show off from Miami: One on the sands of South Beach, and one against the bold murals of Wynwood.
The Black Forest: dark woods and fungi
The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight.
As kitchen wisdom goes, I often think the best tricks are the simplest. One-pan cooking, for example. The ability to cook an entire meal on a single rimmed sheet pan – an act that leaves you with nothing but that one pan to clean when dinner’s over – to me is nothing short of magic.
Learn to love the flavor of roses
When it comes to romance, there can be no better floral answer than the rose. The bold red petals entice the eyes from across the room, while that intoxicating...
Dynamic, delicious wines of Sicily’s Mount Etna
The wine world is abuzz about the quality of wines coming from the Mount Etna area of Sicily. A thoroughly modern dynamism is evident across the whole island of Sicily.
Swimming lessons help autistic kids stay afloat
“Ian, Ian, Ian,” squeals 8-year-old Anna as she spots her friend across a pool in the South Bronx. She splashes with excitement until he gingerly joins her in the...
How to make pill-taking less yucky for kids
Many sick kids can’t or won’t swallow pills – and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says.
Star Wars stand-alone film loses its director
The rebooted “Star Wars” franchise hit a bump Friday as filmmaker Josh Trank, who was selected to direct one of the upcoming stand-alone films, said he would be...
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...
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...
Witherspoon, Vergara team up in Hot Pursuit
Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon teams up with “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara in “Hot Pursuit,” a female-driven comedy directed, produced and led by a strong...
Elizabeth Banks takes director's chair in "Pitch Perfect 2"
"The Hunger Games" actress Elizabeth Banks makes her debut as a feature film director in the musical comedy "Pitch Perfect 2" and hopes to inspire more women to get...
Scorsese says movie 'Silence' inspired by religion
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the historic-drama "Silence" was inspired by his religious childhood, despite the Hollywood...
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 created before separating.
Kim Kardashian pledges support for stepfather Bruce Jenner
Reality television star Kim Kardashian pledged her full support on Monday for her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who said last week that he identifies...
Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality
In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about...
Gunshots fired at rapper Lil Wayne's tour buses on Georgia highway
Multiple gunshots were fired early Sunday into two buses carrying Grammy-winning rap music star Lil Wayne and his entourage on a Georgia highway following a performance...
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 judge Monday.
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.
Gerhaher and Harteros top singers at International Opera Awards
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera...
The Los Angeles art scene is exploding, thanks to a wave of artists and galleries escaping New York, which has become over-crowded and too expensive for young creative types.
Lauryn Hill cancels Israel concert
R&B star Lauryn Hill canceled a concert in Israel Monday, just a few days away, saying she had tried unsuccessfully to perform in the Palestinian territories as well.
Celebrating art and freedom of speech
A group of six glowing figures light up Samir Kassir Square.
Fate of Nepal cultural heritage unclear
Perched on a hilltop, the blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu’s gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city nestled in the Himalayan...
Tunisia’s youth find their voice in hip-hop, rap
On the roof of a concrete building in an impoverished Tunis neighborhood, hip hop beats pound out from a PC hooked up to cheap speakers.