The Future Movement poured cold water Sunday on MP Michel Aoun’s invitation to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to engage in a live televised debate aimed at breaking the 14-month-old presidential deadlock.
Heat wave exacerbated by power outages
People across the country struggled to cope with high temperatures over the weekend as the shutdown of Lebanon’s second largest power plant led to power-rationing...
Iran bans newspaper of nuclear deal critic, warns others
Iran banned a weekly newspaper owned by a critic of its nuclear deal Monday and issued a formal warning to the country's leading conservative daily for alleged breaches...
Saudi beheads murderer in 110th execution in 2015
Saudi Arabia Monday beheaded one of its citizens convicted of murder, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.
Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence to stop migrants
Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union
Italian defense minister in Beirut for official visit
Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti arrived in Beirut Monday for a two-day official visit for talks with senior officials.
Moqbel meets Siniora over security appointments
Defense Minister Samir Moqbel met with Future Bloc chief Fouad Siniora Monday as he pushed on with a series of meetings to discuss the controversial issue of security...
Moqbel set to extend Army chief of staff’s term
The Cabinet is expected this week to fail to appoint a new Army chief of staff due to a lack of consensus among ministers, prompting Defense Minister Samir Moqbel to...
Iran banned a weekly newspaper owned by a critic of its nuclear deal Monday and issued a formal warning to the country's leading conservative daily for alleged breaches of reporting guidelines.
Israel says allows harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects
srael will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, and possibly let security services violently shake detainees, following a deadly West Bank arson...
German ex-jihadi says he'll tell 'truth' on ISIS
A 26-year-old German ex-jihadi says he plans to reveal details about the inner workings of ISIS "so that the world knows the truth."
Yemeni refugees flee to Djibouti
Djibouti appeals for aid after hundreds of Yemeni refugees fleeing civil war arrived in the Horn of African nation, adding to thousands already being supported
Mauritius joins hunt for MH370 debris
Mauritius said Monday it would do all it can to search in its Indian Ocean waters for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines missing flight MH370, after wreckage washed...
Russia says security forces kill 14 Islamist militants
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) forces killed eight ISIS militants Sunday and six other Islamist rebels Monday in the North Caucasus, the national...
Four killed ahead of new Ukraine peace talks
Ukraine reports the death of four soldiers in widespread clashes with pro-Russian rebels that came only hours ahead of fresh talks on ending the 15-month separatist...
10 soldiers killed in attack on Mali camp: military
At least 10 soldiers were killed in a 'terrorist' attack on their camp in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali, military sources say
The Central Bank is willing to facilitate mergers or acquisitions among banks if they desire to do so in a bid to contain the mounting financial cost of compliance, Governor Riad Salameh said, reiterating, however, his rejection of any mergers between the country’s top leading banks.
Bank of Beirut profits rise by 13.84 percent
Bank of Beirut, one of the leading banks in Lebanon, recorded a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 13.84 percent compared to the...
Greek stock market bloodbath as exchange reopens
Greece's stock market plunged over 22 percent as it reopens after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since late June to react to the...
Greeces stock market to reopen
Greece’s government announced that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen Monday, a big step toward normalcy as talks with international creditors shifted into high gear.
Iran wants to buy 90 planes a year
Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its ageing fleet, media reported Sunday, quoting a civil...
Tourism in Lebanon unhurt by trash crisis
Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, denied claims that the trash crisis in Lebanon has discouraged tourists from coming to the...
Turning social media into a tool for profit
Social media leaders Thursday provided insight on how investment, engagement and influence in the sector can transform and create great returns for businesses.
Banks show interest in Jammal Trust
Several Lebanese banks have approached Jammal Trust Bank to explore the prospects of acquisition or consolidation, the chairman of the bank said Wednesday.
Greece's stock market plunged over 22 percent as it reopens after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since late June to react to the country's latest economic crisis
Capital outflows reignite debate in China
China’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped for four straight quarters, leading to a fresh round of warnings about capital outflows.
South Korea posts record current account surplus
South Korea Monday posted a record current account surplus for the first half of this year as slumping oil prices helped offset the impact of shrinking exports.
London real estates
Property sales in London are generating nearly half of all stamp duty revenue raised in England and Wales, according to data that show the impact of last year’s hike in...
Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its ageing fleet, media reported Sunday, quoting a civil aviation official.
Egypt: Over half of summit pledges done deals
Egypt has turned more than half of initial agreements signed at a March investor conference into investment projects, the planning minister said, as Cairo tries to...
Libya turmoil disrupts food imports
Imports of food, including wheat, are dropping sharply to Libya, which has the highest per capita bread consumption in the world, as foreign shippers run scared of...
China state firms to start pumping new Iran oil
China’s state oil giants are set to start pumping a combined 160,000 barrels a day at two projects in southwestern Iran from around October, company sources said,...
UAE bonds gain as fuel-subsidy halt spurs coffers
The United Arab Emirates just ended fuel subsidies, and investors in OPEC’s third-biggest oil producer are rewarding the move.
State-sponsored terrorism has long been the norm in Israel and the occupied territories, but we are now seeing an increase in individual terror networks, emboldened by government officials’ racist and inflammatory words against Palestinians.
Lion’s share of attention
Outrage has erupted recently over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.
Trump’s win would mean a Republican downfall
At this point in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the noble, elusive stag of political rhetoric is pretty much road kill.
Do economics trump politics in the new Europe?
The negotiations leading up to the recent tentative deal on Greece’s debt brought into relief two competing visions of the European Union: the flexible, humane and...
Discovering myself through novel reading
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating...
All talk, no action
When the Lebanese Cabinet convenes, average people – who feel like they’re sinking – might pay attention hoping they will be thrown some sort of lifeline, no matter how...
Stuck in a vicious cycle
The violence that has flared up in Ain al-Hilweh recently is a sad reminder of the total disconnect with Palestine that afflicts the refugee population there.
End the trash talk
Anyone who has followed the saga of Lebanon’s trash crisis should be aware of the dysfunction, bankruptcy and level of harm that threatens the country – thanks to the...
Iraqi Shiite militias are gaining power
The fall of Ramadi on May 17 has had two key repercussions, neither of which will be reversed by simply retaking lost ground.
Lax gun control laws mean carnage in America
Since 9/11, America has responded aggressively to the danger of terrorism, taking extraordinary measures, invading two countries, launching military operations in many...
Prioritize goals to fight poverty
In 1950, people in South Korea and Pakistan earned roughly the same amount of money annually.
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating world of fiction.
‘Syria is history,’ Bashar tells us
President Bashar Assad’s address last weekend, in which he admitted that the Syrian armed forces were losing territory because they were suffering from “manpower”...
Will the U.S. and Turkey help Syria?
The historic developments this week along the western portion of the Turkish-Syrian border pack more drama than a hundred Turkish television soap operas.
The lone-wolf era will put America to the test
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the...
EU moves may raise the heat on Israel
Events related to the Iran nuclear agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against ISIS tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days.
Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield Sunday, securing the first trophy of the new English season and setting the stage for the start of the Premier League next weekend.
Wolfsburg stun Bayern to win German Super Cup
German Cup winners Wolfsburg upset Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first domestic Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena Saturday.
IOC to test Rio’s water venues for viruses
The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will begin testing for disease causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next...
Rousey crushes Correia to defend her title
It’s not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey some extra motivation.
Mercedes need to sort out their starts
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world...
Di Maria on verge of PSG medical, reports British media
Manchester United's Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is set to have a medical ahead of a proposed transfer to French champions Paris St-Germain a year after arriving at...
PSG beats Lyon 2-0 in French league curtain raiser
Paris Saint-Germain won the Trophee des Champions for the second straight year 2-0 over Lyon
Iraq's new football coach leaves country after a day
The contract and press conference were ready but Bosnian coach Dzemal Hadziabdic left Iraq a day after flying in to take over the national football squad, the...
The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will begin testing for disease causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.
Ledecky, Sun power to 400 freestyle gold
Katie Ledecky of the U.S. opened an ambitious program at the world swimming championships with an easy victory in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday night.
Myanmar youngster swims alone in personal best
A 12-year-old swimmer from Myanmar was forced to swim alone in the heats of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the world championships, before being roared home by an...
South Sudan joins Olympics family
South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family Sunday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the...
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world champions even more to think about.
Revenge comes hot, spicy for Ferrari’s Arrivabene
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but hot and spicy is tastier for Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari
German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic...
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian...
Hamilton on top again as Kvyat surprises
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian...
Spaniard Rafa Nadal turned the tables on Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open Sunday and claim his 67th career title – winning 7-5, 7-5 on the red clay.
Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni.
Nadal sets up Seppi semifinal clash in Hamburg
Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday to set up a Hamburg semifinal clash against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.
Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open Tuesday.
Karlovic beats Stepanek, reaches semis in Colombia
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro...
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Wenger beats Mourinho at last
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0...
Cedars get serious as Asia Championship looms
The Lebanese national basketball team is set to start serious preparations for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship which is due to take place from Sept. 23 until Oct. 3...
Cedars look to naturalize American Holman
Lebanon have set their sights on naturalizing Riyadi’s former American center Elijah Holman to boost the national squad, which will take part in the Asian Championship...
LeBron James agrees two-year deal with Cavs
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports...
There aren’t many great performers with lifelong musical careers.
Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State building
A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling...
Downton producer open to big-screen film
With “Downton Abbey” coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility.
Maisie Williams has 'significant role' on 'Doctor Who'
When viewers see Maisie Williams on the new season of "Doctor Who," she'll be a brand-new character, not someone from the Doctor's past.
Lynn Anderson, singer of “Rose Garden,” dies
Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” has died. She was 67.
Detroit, Bethlehem Banksys to sell in California
A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to $400,000...
Syrian Kurdish forces claim to be targeted by Turkey
A Kurdish militia fighting ISIS in Syria accused Turkey Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week and called on U.S-led forces to "clarify" their...
A moist evening with Juan and Joyce
The sounds were a little delayed Wednesday evening. Informed that there had been road closures in Beirut – related to the city’s Ayyam al-Zabayleh (Garbage Days), as...
Hollywood’s female superhero problem
Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
Three more 'Game of Thrones' seasons likely, HBO says
HBO's most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he...
Mission accomplished for Cruise in new MI
There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” about the element of luck.
Family, friends expected for private Bobbi Kristina funeral
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, was born and raised in the shadow of her famous parents' hugely public life.
Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian customs carrying $422,000
Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.
Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'
Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his...
Actor Depardieu banned from Ukraine for stance on Russia
Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service says, apparently for making comments that...
Rap mogul Dr. Dre will release his first album in nearly 16 years to accompany a film on his former band N.W.A. and hinted the record would be his last.
'Rose Garden' country singer Lynn Anderson dead at 67
Grammy-winning country legend Lynn Anderson, who sprang to international stardom with her 1970s hit "Rose Garden," has died at the age of 67, news reports said Saturday.
U2 welcomes the Clintons, Springsteen at New York show
For its last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden and the finale to its North American tour, U2 welcomed some very famous guests.
Mariah Carey to receive star on Walk of Fame
Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.
Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.
The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets.
No new contact with comet lander, scientists say
European scientists says that had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain reliable communication link since...
Jon Stewart quits fake newscast for real
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung...
Child expert urges intuitive parenting
Parents should lose the flash cards, learning apps and other educational gadgets and strategies de jour, advises Stephen Camarata, a child development researcher and...
So funny it hurts
Here in Lebanon nothing draws a crowd like food, fun and catastrophe.
Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'
A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issue a stern warning against the development of...
YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
NASA says new earth-like planet discovered
Scientists using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope find a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.
Clarkson, Top Gear team sign with Amazon
Sacked BBC “Top Gear,” host Jeremy Clarkson has signed a deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show alongside his former co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.
Pygmies’ stunted growth explains human success
The pygmies of West Africa evolved their short stature independently, and very differently, from their cousins in east Africa, French researchers said Tuesday.
Hermes to probe cruelty to crocs used for bags
Hermes said Wednesday it was probing claims of cruelty at crocodile and alligator farms that supply the fashion house with skins for its luxury handbags and accessories.
‘Beit’ project creates home away from home
In 2004, Kamal Mouzawak founded Souk El Tayeb, the first market in Lebanon to promote local organic produce and support small-scale farmers, working to endorse a sense...
Turning phobia into art: Rami Kadi’s Lucioles
At Paris Fashion Week Lebanese designer Rami Kadi faced his fears head on, transforming his phobia for insects into glamorous pieces of clothing.
New concept store caters to the dynamic woman
Lebanon’s fashion-loving women will be able to shop for American apparel and accessories at One Melrose, a modern concept store that just opened its doors at Beirut...
A life on the beach
With temperatures rising by the day, beachgoers scramble to find excuses to spend as much time as possible enjoying the cool breeze at the beach.
In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday.
Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction
Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.
SUVs: They’re big and bad so handle with care
Besides a perpetual political crisis that seems to characterize Lebanon, one thing you can always count on in this country is the sight of swarms of sports utility...
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Ask pretty much anyone today what they think of the Dodge Charger and “cop car” will probably be the first words they utter.
Old muscle cars ruled then, and they still rule now
If there’s one thing that’s hard to argue with it’s that American muscle cars of today are vastly more powerful than those produced in the latter half of the 20th...
Mercedes-Benz slam dunks a winner with A-Class
Some facts are simply too well-established to be challenged.
Why a hatchback has your back
When it comes to buying cars, convenience usually tops people’s list of criteria so it’s no wonder that hatchbacks have grown increasingly popular over the decades.
Tahoe affords effortless, luxurious experience
I’ve never been particularly fond of big SUVs, a fact that I suppose is peculiar considering most everyone in Lebanon seems to think they’re the best thing since sliced...
Defective or “leaky” vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans.
Lilly says drug slows Alzheimer’s
Patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease who took Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive...
American gymnast shares secret: mate herbal tea
American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday, and he’s almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now...
Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie upset Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight...