The 9-year-old Iraqi boy was playing football on a patch of wasteground during a lull in the battle for Mosul when a mortar round fired by Daesh (ISIS) militants landed nearby.
Egypt: Fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 dead
Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a militant hideout early Thursday,...
London attack: Alarm for post-Brexit cooperation
Hours before Wednesday’s attack in London, the head of the European Union police agency Europol warned that a large group of radicalized individuals posed a constant...
Eerie silence in Westminster after terror attack
A bloodied rag lay on the cobbles as two forensic officers worked in a blue tent nearby. But it was the silence Thursday that was the most poignant reminder of the...
Draft marriage age law to go to Parliament
A draft law to establish the legal age of marriage in Lebanon at 18 will be presented to Cabinet next week, following a workshop on the prevention of child marriage...
Worst to come as 400,000 trapped in Mosul: U.N.
About 400,000 Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Daesh- (ISIS) held Old City of western Mosul, short of food and basic needs as the battle between militants and...
Jordanian blast planner denied U.S. extradition
A Hamas activist on the FBI’s list of “most wanted terrorists” said she is relieved Jordan’s highest court has blocked her extradition to the U.S., where she faces...
In Gaza, water pollution behind health woes
More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the United Nations says could...
Hours before Wednesday’s attack in London, the head of the European Union police agency Europol warned that a large group of radicalized individuals posed a constant threat to Britain and Europe.
Britain’s Parliament: Difficult to defend
It is one of the most famous buildings in the world, a proud symbol of Britain’s heritage, yet events have shown it to be surprisingly vulnerable.
Defiant U.K. Parliament resumes work
Lawmakers and lords, researchers and reporters, cleaners and catering staff returned to Britain’s Parliament Thursday as the U.K.’s seat of government shook off its...
WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple computers
The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to...
A draft law to establish the legal age of marriage in Lebanon at 18 will be presented to Cabinet next week, following a workshop on the prevention of child marriage held Thursday at Parliament.
Can quinoa save Lebanon’s farmers?
With 70 percent of Middle Eastern agricultural production dependent on rain, the sector is highly vulnerable to the temperature fluctuations and the drop in annual...
STL defense focuses on cellphone data gaps
Defense counselor Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse pressed the issue of gaps in cellphone data Thursday while cross-examining expert witness Gary Platt at the Special...
Protesters vow to keep up anti-graft rallies
Representatives of nationwide protest groups and student movements vowed Thursday to continue holding power to account by extending their anti-corruption demonstrations.
Fattoush to push on with cement factory
Pierre Fattoush vowed Thursday to continue with plans to establish a cement factory in the Mount Lebanon town of Ain Dara, despite controversy surrounding the project.
The Regie raised the prices of tobacco in anticipation of the government’s decision to impose taxes on this commodity in the aim of controlling the market and protecting the state’s revenues from this sector, said Regie General Manager Nassif Seklawi.
Replacing Salameh would be risky, experts say
The debate has intensified in the past few weeks over whether Riad Salameh should remain at the helm of the prestigious Central Bank for another six years at a time...
Only one kind of trader doing well in Egypt
Since Egypt devalued its currency, life in Cairo has gotten a lot easier if you sell stocks for a living – and a lot harder if you sell fruit.
Turkey freezes plan to sell $10B in seized firms
Turkey put on hold a plan to sell almost 600 companies worth about $10 billion that were seized in the aftermath of a failed military coup, according to two people with...
Bulgaria’s economy: A tale of extremes
Bent over the machines for hours with headphones to block out the whirring noise, textile workers in Bulgaria, which holds elections Sunday, earn a pittance even after...
Demand for properties rose 4.9 pct in 2016: study
A study said the demand for real estate in Lebanon showed some improvement in 2016 compared to 2015 but this growth was still lower the annual averages for 2010-2015.
Hariri: Eliminate all trade obstacles with Egypt
Trade between Lebanon and Egypt should be boosted and all obstacles must be removed to facilitate import and export activities between the two countries, Prime Minister...
A threat to globalism
The G-20 convened its first summit during the global financial crisis in 2008, sending a signal to the world that emerging markets deserved a greater role in global...
Saudi Arabia rating cut by Fitch
Saudi Arabia’s creditworthiness was cut a level by Fitch Ratings, which said low oil prices were worsening public and external finances.
Israel-Turkey gas talks may wrap up in summer
Talks between government officials on building a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey may end as early as this summer, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said...
Saudi Arabia to tighten curbs on foreign workers
Saudi Arabia plans to tighten restrictions on foreign workers to pressure companies into hiring more Saudi citizens and reduce unemployment among Saudis, government...
Bent over the machines for hours with headphones to block out the whirring noise, textile workers in Bulgaria, which holds elections Sunday, earn a pittance even after 10 years of EU membership.
Fraud probe may hit Credit Suisse
Swiss prosecutors are pursuing emails and other documents that may lead them to expand a fraud investigation into a defunct Geneva-based asset manager to include Credit...
Greek banks bleed deposits again
Greek deposit outflows resumed, prompting the country’s central bank to raise the ceiling of emergency liquidity available to lenders, as a deadlock in bailout talks...
Canada to tax ride-sharing providers like Uber
Canada is targeting ride-sharing providers like Uber by levying taxes on the companies for the first time.
Sears has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future
Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open.
One cannot but condemn Wednesday’s attack in Westminster, the heart of London.
The Syrian cauldron
Two things were made clear by the U.S. exploits in Syria Wednesday.
Trump the destroyer, a lack of leadership
With all the skill of an experienced arsonist, U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing America for a firestorm.
Who’s really threatening Europe?
Opponents of immigration into the EU typically make one or more of four arguments: immigrants are weakening Christian values, undermining liberal democratic...
Mattis, Tillerson: secretaries of stabilization
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the...
A solution fair for all
When future generations study Lebanese history, they will have to pick through the 100 different suggestions for an electoral law that vary from the sectarian to...
Transparency wins the day
For some 25 years corruption has flourished in Lebanon, thanks mostly to the Syrian occupation and its lackeys who milked the country mercilessly in ways that could...
Demonstrations represent the highest form of democratic exercise, whether in protest, celebration or any of a plethora of other reasons.
Nationalists and globalists
The Dutch election was the first bright spot in a while for people in Europe and the United States who are deeply worried that the backlash against globalization will...
The EU’s road to Rome
At the end of this month, European Union leaders (except for British Prime Minister Theresa May) will gather in Italy to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of...
America’s confidence economy, make it or break it
Financial markets seem convinced that the recent surge in business and consumer confidence in the U.S. economy will soon be reflected in “hard” data, such as GDP...
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world.
Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the baton to China
We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The next big threat: War in space
Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane.
Hacking is the digital world’s oldest profession
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange’s revelation last week of the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools had a misplaced tone of surprise, a bit like Claude Rains’ famous line in...
Cyberwarfare is the real menace to America
Last week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war.
Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.
Coleman backs Republic to shut down Bale
Seamus Coleman has warned Wales star Gareth Bale that the Republic of Ireland are capable of shutting him down in Friday's vital World Cup qualifier.
Federer, Nishikori missing from Monte Carlo line-up
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori were the only members of the world top 10 missing from the entry list for the Monte Carlo Masters which was released on Thursday.
No. 1 Kerber looks for Miami boost
Germany’s Angelique Kerber heads into this week’s Miami Open in the unusual position of having regained the world No. 1 ranking despite a disappointing start to the...
Westbrook's 35th triple double powers Thunder win
NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook unleashed his 35th triple double of the season Wednesday, powering the Oklahoma City Thunder over visiting Philadelphia 122-97 and...
Yu header boosts China's slim World Cup hopes
China beat South Korea 1-0 on Thursday to keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup with only their second ever win over their Asian rivals.
Southgate happy with new England system
Gareth Southgate's desire to break England free of the shackles that have held them back for so long proved a qualified success in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Germany...
Werner joins Germany's growing injury list
Striker Timo Werner is the latest Germany star ruled out of Sunday's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Azerbaijan after tearing his thigh.
Raonic back to avenge Queen's defeat
Canadian tennis ace Milos Raonic warned Tuesday he was determined to avenge last year's final defeat to Andy Murray in the key Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Queen's...
Federer in full flight heading into Miami
Roger Federer keeps saying he’s still on the comeback trail, but he’s covering ground faster than he ever imagined.
Federer beats Wawrinka for tying 5th Indian Wells title
Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back. He defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title in an all-Swiss final Sunday to...
NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook unleashed his 35th triple double of the season Wednesday, powering the Oklahoma City Thunder over visiting Philadelphia 122-97 and moving closer to league history.
Ibaka, Lopez get one-game bans for swinging punches
Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for exchanging punches during...
Raptors end 11-game losing streak against Bulls
DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors ended an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win Tuesday.
Popovich, coaches searching for answers on rest issue
As the godfather of the NBA's modern player rest movement, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has long championed the importance of limiting the wear and tear on...
DeRozan's 42 helps Raptors gore Bulls
DeMar DeRozan had 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors ended an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win on Tuesday.
Cycling's Tour de France will stage a Shanghai criterium featuring top riders this year as it bids to attract a following in China, organizers said on Thursday.
McIlroy, Spieth suffer upsets at WGC Match Play
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth suffered upset defeats as underdogs bared their teeth on the opening day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play Wednesday.
European athletics chief wants Fredericks to step down
The head of European athletics has called on Frank Fredericks to step down from the world athletics' (IAAF) federation council pending an investigation into allegations...
Johnson going for a World Golf Championships sweep
Dustin Johnson is one victory away from something not even Tiger Woods has accomplished: a sweep of the four World Golf Championships.
Bellator turns up the heat with big New York card
Bellator is stepping up to Madison Square Garden and back onto pay-per-view.
Lewis Hamilton said Thursday he wanted a seasonlong world title joust with Sebastian Vettel and declared Ferrari as the team to beat in this weekend’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
New owners steer F1 into fast lane
Formula One ventures into the unknown zone of a long-awaited revamped and high-speed era under new American ownership this weekend when the engines roar into life at...
Faster F1 cars means bigger, stronger drivers for 2017
Renault driver Niko Hulkenberg has the kind of name that sounds like big could be his thing
Ricciardo tipping much faster Red Bull in 2017
Daniel Ricciardo is confident his Red Bull is faster than the car he drove to third place in the Formula One drivers’ championship last season.
Italian stallion has a spring in its step
The Italian stallion has a spring in its step as Ferrari, Formula One’s oldest and most successful team, start a new season with fresh hope of returning to the top in...
The play “Plain Secret” was performed in Baalbeck’s Bacchus temple in October, 2016.
Chamber music spring welcome
Chamber music ensemble Quatour Musique del Tempo chose to welcome spring Wednesday night, performing the organized cacophony of Johan Sebastian Bach’s “Concert for Two...
Gyllenhaal brings ‘Life’ to alien invasion genre
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with...
‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris passes away
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show,” has passed away.
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance
Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in...
Abstracting opera’s naked essence
Known for painting realistic nudes in tribute to the female form, Mouna Rebeiz’s latest series is more abstract.
Salloukh’s ‘Read Nael’ a memoir, a history
“Read Nael: The Story of a Village in the History of a Nation” is the latest book by onetime Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh.
Art world horrified by Trump push to end funding
The art world is voicing horror at President Donald Trump’s push to eliminate U.S. cultural funding entirely, saying that poor and rural Americans will be hardest hit.
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with extraterrestrial life.
Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning tribute
Renowned World War II entertainer and patriot Vera Lynn celebrated turning 100 years old with a special tribute, Monday.
Kuwait bans 'Beauty and the Beast' hit movie
The Kuwait National Cinema Company said on Tuesday it has decided to ban Disney's hit movie "Beauty and the Beast," citing its "responsibilities" despite it already...
'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown uncut in Malaysia
Disney's hit movie "Beauty and the Beast", under fire from Malaysian conservatives for a "gay moment", will be released in the Muslim-majority country without any cuts,...
Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country.
Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France
Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros ($324,000), found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed...
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that...
Afghan Star: Rap, stilettos and a musical revolution
Smokey-eyed Zulala Hashemi, standing tall in four-inch gold heels, wants to sing for women. The 18-year-old has become the first girl to reach the final of popular...
Music provides haven for 'Refugees of Rap'
Staccato lyrics may be no match for Bashar Assad's military firepower, but two brothers, who fled to Paris from Syria and perform as "Refugees of Rap", find sniping...
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87
George Clooney pays surprise visit to devoted UK fan
Actor George Clooney has startled an 87-year-old fan in Britain by showing up at her assisted living facility with flowers and a card to wish her a happy birthday
Roman Polanski wants 1977 rape case over, attorney tells LA judge
Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski will have to wait up to three months to hear whether he can resolve his four-decade-old rape case without serving more jail time...
President Trump's son Eric to become father
President Donald Trump is about to become a grandfather for a ninth time.
Trump's son Eric announced on Twitter Monday that he and his wife Lara are expecting their...
TV's Kardashian says she's 'much better' person after Paris robbery
Reality television star Kim Kardashian has finally given a first-hand account of being robbed at gunpoint in Paris last year, an experience she said has helped her grow...
On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America’s most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry.
HUAWEI Mate 9 Pro, a gift worthy of Mother’s Day
When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, it’s hard for many to think outside the box.
Scientists uproot dinosaur family tree
For 130 years, dinosaurs have been classified as either bird- or reptile-hipped – the first and all-important split in the trunk of an intricate family tree.
German scientists test artificial sun
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun” and which they hope will help shed light on new ways...
Tawlet’s soup kitchen, hoping to help
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated...
Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza
The young Palestinian women don baseball caps on top of their Islamic headscarves and field tennis balls with fabric gloves, giving a decidedly local feel to the great...
In a warehouse, clues about Jesus’ life and death
In a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus.
Who’s happy, who’s not – Does money matter?
If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash.
Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter
The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.
Uber vows to change direction, become more humane
Uber is vowing to head down a new road and become a more humane company following a wave of ugly developments, including allegations of rampant sexual harassment and a...
Using ‘satnav’ switches off parts of brain
If you have long feared that using a “satnav” navigation system to get to your destination is making you worse at finding the way alone, research now suggests you may...
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many “soup kitchen” dinner parties.
What’s in a whisky? Generations of hard work
Ian Colluim is living out his dream job.
Winemaker serves up utterly tasty experience
World-renowned winemaker Fabrice Guiberteau treated guests this week to four different Chateau Kefraya wines with an impassioned talk on the art of drinking.
Lebanese fashion blogger struts her stuff
“Hard work pays off, consistency is key and we should always keep dreaming,” Lebanese fashion blogger and entrepreneur Lana El Sahely said as she reflected on her...
New Beirut tech hub looks to the future
While co-working spaces have mushroomed in Beirut in recent years, a new concept tailored to the independent workforce is currently being pioneered by a tech hub in the...
At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.
In the wilds of Mongolia: Horses, sand dunes and stargazing
I'm a city girl. I did not grow up camping, have never pitched a tent and know nothing of the Girl Scouts beyond Thin Mints or Samoa cookies. Certainly no one would use...
Myanmar's ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory
On the stairway rising to Moulmein's great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the...
Air India claims record with all-female round-world flight
India's national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women
What to look for when you're booking a photo safari
Shopping for a wildlife safari is like taking a multiple-choice exam.
If someone asks me about my favorite decade for music, it would be the ’80s hands down.
Revolutionary Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1
Revolutions in the auto industry are few and far between these days, especially as we’ve grown to expect that cars will feature performance, styling and technologies...
Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics
Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian...
Peugeot’s 504: The enduring workhorse and spy car
I’ve often heard it said that in the event of a nuclear explosion, the only things that would survive are taxes and cockroaches.
Hum of optimism as Geneva car show hits the road
Gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva for Europe’s biggest annual car show, leading automakers expressed cautious optimism Tuesday about the industry’s prospects for...
It's easy to jump directly to "crazy cat lady" or poke fun at "stay-at-home dog moms" when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets.
Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal.
Short, white men more likely to go bald: study
Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent, according to a new study.
Vaccine for Ebola-ravaged chimps
Scientists said Thursday they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild...
Scientists develop 'Trojan horse' molecule to fight crop fungus linked to cancer
Scientists said on Friday they had developed a new method to neutralize a dangerous fungal toxin affecting crops that can lead to cancer, childhood stunting and other...