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Despite doubts, Berri gets election ball rolling

MPs from Speaker Nabih Berri’s bloc began preparations Friday to submit their candidacies for planned parliamentary elections based on the current election law, putting the wheels in motion for nationwide polls that few believe will happen on time.

Despite doubts, Berri gets election ball rolling

MPs from Speaker Nabih Berri’s bloc began preparations Friday to submit their candidacies for planned parliamentary elections based on the current election law, putting the wheels in motion for nationwide polls that few believe will happen on time.

UN: Plight of captive peacekeepers very fluid

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, the secretary-general’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the financial hub.

Khalil: municipalities will get telecoms revenues

Lebanon’s Finance Minister pledged Friday to transfer the municipalities’ share of telecom revenues due since 2010, while casting doubt over the fate of millions in funds that should have been reserved and transferred to municipalities since 1994.

Khalil: municipalities will get telecoms revenues

Lebanon’s Finance Minister pledged Friday to transfer the municipalities’ share of telecom revenues due since 2010, while casting doubt over the fate of millions in funds that should have been reserved and transferred to municipalities since 1994.

Egypt minister downplays effects of Ethiopia dam

Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazi downplayed Friday the negative effects on Egypt’s water supply of the ongoing construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, saying the first phase of construction would not cause any tangible harm to Egypt.

Looming Scotland vote fails to derail shares

With only weeks to go before Scots vote on independence, Scotland-based stocks are reversing months of underperformance, indicating that investors are taking a sanguine stance on the impact of a potential break-up of the U.K.

Syria’s hunting season

The U.N. refugee agency Friday updated the world on refugee numbers from war-torn Syria, where half the population has either fled abroad or is internally displaced.

Syria’s hunting season

The U.N. refugee agency Friday updated the world on refugee numbers from war-torn Syria, where half the population has either fled abroad or is internally displaced.

A political coming of age in the Gulf

The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the most intriguing developments in the modern history of the Arab Gulf states.

Pursue more realistic education aims

With the deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the world is gearing up to establish a new set of goals for the next 15 years.

Italy under a cloud for Serie A kickoff

The Serie A season kicks off Saturday with Italian football at a new low following a miserable World Cup campaign and the election of a federation president embroiled in a racism row.

Italy under a cloud for Serie A kickoff

The Serie A season kicks off Saturday with Italian football at a new low following a miserable World Cup campaign and the election of a federation president embroiled in a racism row.

Rosberg apologizes, disciplined for crash

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologized for colliding with teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes team said Friday.

Bolt ends season, will not run in Zurich

World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100-meter in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich, organizers said Sunday.

DIY helps make cured salmon an everyday pleasure

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well ... a treat.Cured salmon – with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness – too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and even then mostly for special occasions.

DIY helps make cured salmon an everyday pleasure

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well ... a treat.Cured salmon – with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness – too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and even then mostly for special occasions.

Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.It’s a great idea – but it doesn’t quite work.

Zara pulls concentration camp uniform T-shirt

Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, pulled from sale Wednesday a striped children’s top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates in Nazi Germany.

Why your favorite song takes you down memory lane

Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday.

Announced or sealed tight: Celeb weddings

How’d they do it? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie managed a no-leaks wedding in France after some nine years and six kids together, and a years of speculation on when and if they’d marry.

Announced or sealed tight: Celeb weddings

How’d they do it? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie managed a no-leaks wedding in France after some nine years and six kids together, and a years of speculation on when and if they’d marry.