A Kenyan maid was badly injured Monday after a rope she was using to escape from her employer's third floor apartment snapped.
Kahwaji holds talks with UNIFIL commander
Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwaji was holding talks with UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano at the UN peacekeeping force’s headquarters in Naqoura in...
Palestinian man arrested after foiled attack
The Israel military says a Palestinian man has been arrested after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank.
Germany plans trauma centre for ISIS victims
A German government minister said Monday Berlin aimed to set up a trauma center for victims of a mass rape campaign by ISIS.
Construction to begin on disputed Nicaragua canal
The construction of Nicaragua's controversial $50-billion canal linking the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean begins Monday, with workers breaking ground on the secretive...
Italian Senate leader arrives in Lebanon for 2-day visit
President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso arrived in Lebanon Monday for a two-day visit, a source close to Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said.
Gunfight over poster wounds 2 in Tripoli
Two people were wounded in a gunfight that erupted in the northern city of Tripoli after citizens tore down a poster showing Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi together with...
Captors gave 'serious offer' to end crisis: Jumblatt
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said Islamist militants holding 25 Lebanese service hostage have made a serious offer that will likely end the...
ISIS arrests four accused of plot against group
ISIS has claimed the arrests of four jihadis it classified as "extremists" accused of plotting against the organization in areas of Iraq and Syria under its control.
Libyan forces, Islamist fighters clash in Benghazi
At least five people were killed and 35 wounded in clashes between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist fighters in Benghazi, medics and military officials said.
US Navy chopper crashes in Kuwait, minor injuries
A US Navy helicopter has crashed during a training mission in the Gulf state of Kuwait, slightly injuring three crew members, the Bahrain-based Naval Forces Central...
The construction of Nicaragua's controversial $50-billion canal linking the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean begins Monday, with workers breaking ground on the secretive project that is opposed by some farmers and native peoples.
Afghan forces launch operation in border areas
Afghan security forces have launched an operation against militants in an eastern province seen as a rear base for the Pakistani Taliban which carried out a school...
Bomb in northeast Nigeria bus station kills 15
A bomb blast at a bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe Monday killed at least 15 people and wounded 21, an official from the emergency services said.
Air China orders 60 Boeing 737s for more than $6B
US airplane maker Boeing said Monday that Air China has ordered 60 of its 737 jets, including some from the fuel-efficient 737 MAX series, valued at more than $6 billion.
Princess Cristina to be tried on tax fraud charges
Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of tax fraud, the High Court of the Balearic Islands said Monday
The International Monetary Fund’s Middle East Technical Assistance Center indicated that Lebanon accounted for 23 percent of its overall allocation of technical assistance delivery during the fiscal year that ended in June 2014.
Economists project 2 pct GDP growth
Economists are projecting around 2 percent GDP growth in Lebanon for 2015, while citing several factors that may push it higher despite long-standing political and...
Saudi may raise output if new clients emerge
Saudi Arabia is prepared to increase its oil output and claim a bigger market share to meet the demands of any new customers, Monday's edition of the Saudi-owned...
Iraq to work on final oil deal with Kurdish region soon
Iraq's Kurdish region will continue to export its own crude oil under an initial deal with Baghdad until a comprehensive deal is reached, with work on a final agreement...
2014: Man vs. machine for hedge funds
Critics, as Oscar Wilde once remarked, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
U.N. asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856M
The U.N. General Assembly Friday asked Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million as compensation for the oil slick the Jewish state caused during the July 2006 war.
Luring oil firms to bid a daunting task
Lebanon will face challenges persuading international oil compaines to bid in the upcoming offshore gas licensing round, despite the Cabinet’s determination to swiftly...
Tourists increase over Christmas, New Year’s
Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport is expected to total nearly 7 million by the end of the year due the expected arrival of large numbers...
Saudi Arabia is prepared to increase its oil output and claim a bigger market share to meet the demands of any new customers, Monday's edition of the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper quoted the kingdom's oil minister as saying.
Analysts: Dubai property can ride out falling oil
The plunge in oil prices may take more of the froth off Dubai’s booming real estate market, but broad-based demand for property is likely to prevent any crash.
UAE oil minister slams 'irresponsible' non-OPEC producers
One of the biggest reasons for the slide of oil prices is the "irresponsible" supply from producers outside OPEC, the United Arab Emirates oil minister said in a speech...
Ex-Bank of Cyprus execs to face trial
Two ex-chairmen and three other former top executives of the Bank of Cyprus have been charged in connection with the economic meltdown that forced Nicosia to seek a...
Moscow to subsidize struggling ruble-hit airlines
Moscow is to set to step in to support troubled Russian airlines badly hit by the collapse of the ruble and falling passenger numbers.
A falling oil price is good for the world economy
Lower oil prices are not a good thing for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president: that much is clear.
Scheduling time at work to ‘think’ is brainless
How much of their time should managers spend thinking? Tim Armstrong believes the correct answer is 10 percent – and has instructed all his underlings at AOL to spend...
Western companies scramble amid ruble crisis
Western companies are curtailing investments in Russia, repatriating funds and talking with their banks about currency hedges to protect profits from the falling ruble...
The upcoming launch of dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah has been preceded by a wave of speculation and analysis, with many observers emphasizing that several thorny issues will be off the agenda.
Judging by the White House’s policy on battling ISIS militants, one might conclude that U.S. officials believe that the Middle East has been afflicted with mass amnesia.
Ignatius: Obama has found foreign policy groove
The nadir for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy was probably in April.
How fares the global war on terror?
Is the global war on terror (GWOT) that the United States launched in 2011 after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks succeeding or failing?
U.S. a beacon of failure on children’s rights
Children, it has long been recognized, are a special group.
Money talks, ideals walk
The historic development in U.S.-Cuba relations this week shows that ultimately the superpowers of the world are motivated not by ideology but by economics, and this...
EU coal in Israel’s sock
The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.
Losing moral high ground
Iran has influence in Arab states, stretching from Yemen to Lebanon.
Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege...
What Future and Hezbollah should discuss
So great are the worries that Sunni-Shiite relations may deteriorate in Lebanon, that everyone embraces the impending dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah.
After the tensions, a modest Sino-American reset
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a...
Egypt youth embracing radicalization
After a long wait, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – a group active in northern Sinai – has moved from the stage of sympathizing with ISIS to being a part of the international...
Iran can’t scare America, but North Korea does
Now that U.S. intelligence officials believe that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the discussion has finally moved away from...
School slaughter may boost Afghan-Pakistani ties
On Dec. 16, the Taliban attacked an army school in Peshawar and killed more than 130 children.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws frequently cover abuse
Recently in Kot Radha Kishan, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a young Christian couple, Saima and Shahzad, had their legs broken and were beaten nearly to death before...
Liverpool’s heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel headed a goal deep in stoppage time to spared them another deflating Premier League defeat as they snatched a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal Sunday.
Messi double, Suarez goal fire Barca rout
Lionel Messi scored two late goals and Luis Suarez got his first in La Liga as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 Saturday to finish the year a point behind...
F1 delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s...
Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who won 11 Grands Prix for Mercedes in 2014, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year against the odds Sunday.
Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and...
Batshuayi ensures Marseille finish year top
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi scored the deciding goal on his first Ligue 1 start as Marseille beat Lille 2-1 Sunday to ensure that they will top the table at...
Patched-up Man City leave Pellegrini purring
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are finally performing like champions, even though there is no immediate end in sight to their chronic...
Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe
Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans...
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s hall of fame as a double world champion.
Ecclestone: Pact could derail Qatar race bid
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the presence of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi on the sport’s circuit means Qatar is unlikely to stage a Grand Prix in the future.
F1 principals snub Rosberg in best driver poll
Formua One team principals have snubbed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in a best driver poll, rating the German only fifth in a list headed by his title-winning teammate...
Alonso’s unfinished business at McLaren
“Never say never” has always been a popular saying in Formula One and Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren proves the point.
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Tennis great Navratilova to coach Pole
Legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced.
Anyone for fast tennis? Welcome to IPTL
It’s tennis, but not as we know it.
Sharapova tormented by shot-clock in IPTL play
Maria Sharapova expressed mock disgust Saturday at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament’s beeping shot-clock, part of a novel experiment...
Ivanovic off to winning start in IPTL debut
Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in an impressive International Premier Tennis League debut Friday, but said it was “hard to imagine” the game evolving to...
Sagesse made it four from four after they downed Hoops 88-68 at Murr Stadium in the fourth round of the Lebanese Basketball League Sunday, remaining level with Riyadi in first place.
Sagesse come from behind to beat UBA
Sagesse recovered a seven-point deficit at halftime to beat UBA 81-73 at home in round three of the Lebanese basketball league Friday, staying level with archrivals...
Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson
In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a...
Bryant passes Jordan for third on scoring list
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Riyadi ease past Tadamon for perfect three
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut won their third straight game Sunday, with Egyptian-Lebanese star Ismael Ahmad nearly having a triple-double with 21 points, nine...
A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love.
No mega events but plenty on menu in 2015
The lack of an Olympics or a football World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough...
Muhammad Ali hospitalized with 'mild' pneumonia
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for three decades, was in stable condition after being hospitalized with a "mild" case of...
Germany voted Reuters team of 2014
Football World Cup winners Germany have been voted Reuters team of the year after a poll of the news agency’s sports journalists from around the world.
Rory’s the story in golf after stellar year
Rory McIlroy dominated golf in 2014, winning two majors, recapturing the world No. 1 spot and starring in Europe’s latest Ryder Cup triumph.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout Lebanon.
House of Today bares all for Christmas event
The House of Today collaborative design platform at Zaitunay Bay’s Le Yacht Club is exactly what you might expect from an art exhibition at such a location: glamorous...
Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh
Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?
Chicken thighs with Paddington bear
Reunion – the volcanic jewel of the Indian Ocean
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now...
Sarah’s Bag gets a logo makeover
Popular handbag label Sarah’s Bag is getting a logo makeover, a befitting way to celebrate over a decade of success.
Honoring the muse of Yves St. Laurent
Every year Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrates Christmas early with an event in its Beirut boutique, giving the Lebanese designer an opportunity to showcase some of the...
Christmas given crystal makeover at Four Seasons
This time of year is all about Christmas decorations, with every shopping mall, leisure center, hotel and public space competing to put up the best display in town.
Pet fashion hits the mainstream
These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit – as well as where to put the poo bags.
Sauternes growers fear train line will sour wine
Producers of Sauternes, France’s world-famous sweet wine, are up in arms about a proposed high-speed train line they fear could sour their tipple.
China’s hermits seek a highway to heaven
His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy.
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now dormant volcano.
Quality Portuguese table wines on the rise
Australian Peter Bright has been making wine in Portugal since 1982, and is one of a handful of people responsible for the significant rise in the quality of table...
Reading between the lines in Venice
If you find the crowds that swirl around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type of...
Falcons to go jet set on Lufthansa
They may not get their favorite mice and small birds on a tray, but falcons – the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern hunting enthusiasts – are soon to be allowed in...
Floating football pitch saves Thai tourism
With its stunning limestone cliffs towering over stilt houses surrounded by azure waters, the island of Panyee is a typical Thai paradise. But it’s not mother nature...
Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year.
Rare northern white rhino dies in US zoo
A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
LHC to turn back on at record power in March
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous...
Pirate Bay offline after raid on Swedish server
Swedish police have seized the computer servers hosting file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, taking the notorious website offline, the Swedish Prosecution Authority says.
A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test.
Olive oil apocalypse as fly drives up price
New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life.
Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused
It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world's largest animal...
Scientists find why male smokers may run even higher health risks
Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many...
Doctors Without Borders: Ebola response too slow
The international response to Ebola is still too slow and piecemeal, Doctors Without Borders warns, as officials said the disease is crippling the economies of three...
British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year.
China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offense
China's state prosecutor said on Monday it had formally charged Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, with a drugs offense, meaning he is almost certain...
Final 'Hobbit' film draws holiday season crowds at box office
The last movie of Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films rode to the top of U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of...
Jettisoned The Interview deserves to be screened
That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in.
A look back at the top 10 movies of the year
The top 10 films of 2014, according to Jake Coyle:1. “Ida” – Where did this perfect little gem come from?
AC/DC drummer says he wants to keep his job
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd described allegations he tried to hire a hitman as "ludicrous" Monday and said he wanted to keep his job with the top-selling rock band.
Madonna speaks of 'crazy times' after songs leaked
Madonna and Sony Pictures both were separately torpedoed by major hacks this month, in what the pop icon called "crazy times.
Brazil's Coelho offers $100,000 for N. Korea parody film
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to "The Interview," protesting the company's decision to scrap the North Korean parody...
The last movie of Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films rode to the top of U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of tickets and boosting the holiday movie season that is crucial to Hollywood.
Colbert trades Report for Late Show
After nine years, Stephen Colbert has left the Comedy Central satirical-news show “The Colbert Report,” retiring the mythical character who served as host – a pompous,...
Forget the politics, Sony executives say North Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny'
The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to...
Stars fill the stage as Stephen Colbert closes his 'Report'
Stephen Colbert filed his final "Colbert Report" on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show with the help of scores of celebrities who crowded...
'School of Rock - The Musical' to open on Broadway in 2015
The stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film "School of Rock," about a wannabe rock star who works as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will...
2014 in books: Diversity, youth, getting personal
Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.
Churchill paintings sold in landmark auction
A collection of paintings by Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off Wednesday in the largest ever sale of artwork by the statesman and...
The beautiful agony of survival
A brace of pheasants hangs from two thick leather straps, fastened around the birds’ necks.
The winner of Britain's "X-factor" TV talent show, 29-year-old Ben Haenow, claimed the coveted Christmas number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.
Bon Iver frontman to curate new festival
The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.
Aerosmith sings through decades of tensions
The rock music world is notorious for its bickering, but Aerosmith belongs to another category altogether – a band with constant and open tensions that has nonetheless...
An R&B Jesus? D'Angelo challenges with 'Black Messiah'
- After a wait of nearly 15 years, D'Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with "Black Messiah," a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges...
Grammys to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder
The Grammys will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder with a special performance after the music industry's annual award night.