The streets of Ras Baalbek, in northeast Lebanon, were eerily calm, intercepted at times by the sounds of the Lebanese Army’s military vehicles cruising by, the four-by-fours of Hezbollah’s Resistance Brigades not far behind.
Lebanese Army bolsters positions in east
Lebanese Army troops reinforced their positions in east Lebanon Sunday to repulse new possible attacks by Syria-based jihadis as the military vowed to eradicate...
Opposition backs Geneva communiqué
Representatives of Syrian opposition factions meeting in Cairo over the weekend endorsed a 10-point document that emphasizes the Geneva communiqué of 2012 as a starting...
Japan stunned by video of alleged hostage death
From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of ISIS had been killed.
Malaysia Air site hacked by 'ISIS sympathizers'
Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group.
Saudi policy toward Lebanon unchanged
Saudi Arabia’s policy toward Lebanon will not change under King Salman, both Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri...
Israel pursuing new equation: Hezbollah
The Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria’s Golan Heights last week was an attempt by the Jewish state to impose a “new equation” in the conflict between the...
Political parties sweep school teachers vote
A list supported by the rival March 8 and March 14 coalitions won the majority of seats in the elections of the League of Public Secondary School Teachers Sunday.
Representatives of Syrian opposition factions meeting in Cairo over the weekend endorsed a 10-point document that emphasizes the Geneva communiqué of 2012 as a starting point for talks with the regime, just ahead of this week meetings on the Syrian crisis in Moscow.
ISIS demands release of failed female bomber
Sajida al-Rishawi, whose release is demanded by ISIS, is a would-be Iraqi female suicide bomber on death row in Jordan.
At least 17 killed as Egypt marks uprising
At least 17 were killed in anti-government protests in Egypt Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said.
Tunisia new govt faces opposition from Islamists
Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahda, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament, said Sunday it would reject a government proposed last week by Prime...
Greek radical left wins elections
A radical left-wing party that is demanding an end to Greece’s painful austerity measures won Sunday’s parliamentary elections, threatening renewed turmoil in global...
Obama declares nuclear breakthrough on India trip
In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a deal aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade, a...
Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city, kills dozens
In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern...
Russians urged to go without for Putin
Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God.
Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said Saturday.
Swiss private banks fight for survival
The sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc has intensified pressure on Switzerland’s private banks, raising the prospect of job cuts and bankruptcies.
Retreat of Russian shoppers fails to dent DSF
Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at...
New Saudi king to focus economic policy on jobs
Saudi Arabia’s new king is expected to focus economic policy on creating jobs and multibillion dollar infrastructure projects to prevent tumbling oil prices from...
Lebanon’s trade deficit widens in 2014
A fall in exports caused Lebanon’s trade deficit in 2014 to widen to 83.834 percent compared to 81.51 percent in 2013, the Customs Department said Friday.
U.S. high-yield bonds running on empty
Almost four-fifths of active fund managers in the U.S. high-yield bond market failed to beat the benchmark last year, as the sharp fall in oil prices weighed heavily on...
Gold becomes the ultimate hedge
Lenin, the implacable Russian revolutionary, despised gold.
Russia faces $40B battle to stave off bank crisis
Russia may have to spend more than $40 billion this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession threatens to pile extra costs on a...
Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at the annual retail bonanza.
IMF: Gulf set to go into deficit as oil falls
The oil-rich nations of the Gulf are set to post budget deficits this year after a plunge in crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said.
Gulf stocks mixed on Q4 results
Gulf stock markets were mixed Thursday, coming under pressure from some negative earnings reports but supported by stronger oil, while Egypt established a clear break...
In Gaza, an IT company has Google-sized aims
His company may not rival Google or German software-maker SAP yet, but Gaza-based IT entrepreneur Saady Lozon has plans to change that.
Euro depreciation to reduce import bill
The European Central Bank’s decision to pump hundreds of billions of euros into the eurozone economy will have a positive impact on Lebanon, a senior economist told The...
Squandering Lebanon’s oil and gas future
Lebanon’s chances of building a successful oil and gas industry in the near term have taken a massive turn for the worse.
Hotel reservations take hit after strike
Many tourists have canceled their hotel reservations in Beirut following the Israeli airstrike in the Syrian town of Qunaitra that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an...
Lebanon to issue $1 billion Eurobond
Lebanese banks and foreign investors will be able to bid for $1 billion in sovereign Eurobonds in the coming weeks, financial industry sources said Wednesday.
As promised, a Syrian rebel militia leader fired a wave of rockets and mortar bombs at Damascus Sunday.
Continuing the vision
The smooth course of events in Saudi Arabia after the passing of King Abdullah is working to quash speculation, made in some quarters, that the kingdom would face...
In Davos, signs of profound economic worries
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this...
Will Europeans get anti-terrorism right?
The recent terror attacks in Paris and the killing or arrest of suspected terrorists in Belgium have clarified the dangerous reality of thousands of European radicals...
Less humanitarian aid can create security crises
The murder and mayhem caused by ISIS and other terrorist groups ruin the lives of those who must flee in more ways than one.
Great loss for Lebanon
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will be remembered as a friend of Lebanon and a champion of moderation in a turbulent region.
The word “coup” is being used quite a bit to describe the events underway in Yemen, although “surrender” might be more accurate.
Paper tiger in Syria
In the wake of this weekend’s Israeli strike in the Golan Heights, which killed Hezbollah operatives and an Iranian general, Sunday’s comments by Syria’s information...
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” – meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years.
America’s Syria plan is bound to fail
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned Syria only twice.
The foreign policy lens shifts away from Obama
President Barack Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president.
Hezbollah response will reflect itsmultiple roles
The Israeli attack Sunday in the Syrian Golan Heights that killed Hezbollah and Iranian officials has understandably generated much speculation primarily about whether,...
Only Muslims can defeat the terrorists
The conversation at Davos is often dominated by economics, and this year it’s no different.
Sino-Russian alliance cant challenge the West
Some analysts believe that 2014 ushered in a new era of Cold War-style geopolitics.
Humanitarian aid in a world of crisis
Never in the 64-year history of the United Nations Refugee Agency has it had to address so much human misery.
Allow Arabs to get on with their lives
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was not speaking metaphorically when he said that France is at war with radical Islam.
Premier League’s Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham United reached the fifth round of the FA Cup as calm returned to the competition Sunday, ending a weekend which reminded spectators that David can beat Goliath.
Hosts win through to Cup of Nations quarters
Hosts Equatorial Guinea advanced to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations amid emotional scenes Sunday as second-half goals by Javier Balboa and Iban Edu...
Agonizing wait for Schumachers and Bianchis
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition...
Ferrari, McLaren take a hit from Marussia collapse
Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse of the Marussia Formula One team, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins thriller
Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarterfinals at the...
Fatigue factor kicks in as Iraq take on S.Korea
Asked Thursday whether he would prefer to play Iran or Iraq in the last four of the Asian Cup, South Korea coach Uli Stielike said only that he hoped their quarterfinal...
Pogba inspires Juve, Inter stunned at home
Paul Pogba scored a typically majestic goal to set Serie A leaders Juventus on the way to a 2-0 win over Chievo while troubled Inter Milan were booed off by their own...
Valencia down Sevilla to move into fourth
Valencia leapfrogged Sevilla into fourth in La Liga with a 3-1 win over the Andalusians in a match filled with controversy and three penalties Sunday.
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition a closely guarded secret.
Christmas provides food for thought at Ferrari
The winds of change have swept through Ferrari and even Christmas has a different feel now.
The future is Clear for Ferrari
Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the...
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...
Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open Sunday.
Sharapova surges in Australian Open
Resurgent second seed Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open campaign kicked into overdrive Sunday as young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep scraped into the...
Bouchard: time to stop talking about Twirlgate
Eugenie Bouchard – the unwitting protagonist of an Australian Open saga that has been dubbed “Twirlgate” – would prefer if people just focused on her tennis.
Federer on way home, Nadal back on track
Roger Federer made his earliest exit from the Australian Open in 14 years as Rafael Nadal recovered from problems to reach the fourth round Friday.
Sharapova bounces back as rivals struggle
Second seed Maria Sharapova sparked her flatlining Australian Open campaign back to life Friday, as rivals Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep limped into the fourth round.
Riyadi were crowned champions of the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Tournament after clinching an epic 120-118 double overtime victory against arch-rivals Sagesse Saturday.
Aldridge puts off surgery, leads Blazers to win
Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge reversed his previous decision to have thumb surgery and turned out for the Trail Blazers Saturday, helping them to a 103-96 win against...
Sagesse, Riyadi set up all-Lebanese final
Lebanese basketball heavyweights Riyadi and Sagesse set up an exciting final at the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Championship after edging out...
Riyadi, Sagesse progress into Dubai semis
Riyadi and Sagesse reached the semifinals of the 26th edition of Dubai International Basketball Tournament Thursday after winning in their quarterfinal fixtures.
Riyadi, Sagesse on Dubai final collision course
The 26th Dubai International Tournament reaches its decisive stage when the quarterfinals get underway Thursday, as Lebanese champions Riyadi face the UAE’s Shabab club...
Lindsey Vonn added a 64th jewel to her World Cup crown when she won a Super-G in St. Moritz Sunday, her last race before the world championships at home in Beaver Creek next week.
Seahawks, Patriots book Super Bowl showdown
Super Bowl champions Seattle stunned Green Bay 28-22 in overtime Sunday to book a return to the NFL showcase, where they’ll face the New England Patriots.
Wilder takes Stiverne’s heavyweight crown
Deontay Wilder claimed the World Boxing Council heavyweight title with a dominating 12-round decision over Bermane Stiverne, becoming the first American to hold a major...
Stal seals unlikely Abu Dhabi win
France’s Gary Stal dispatched a final round 65 to snatch an unlikely victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Sunday as overnight leader Martin Kaymer blew a...
Muhammad Ali released from hospital after urinary infection
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the...
There was a subdued atmosphere at the first day of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows – which began in earnest following the French capital’s worst terror attacks in decades.
Citrus caviar: France discovers exotic condiment
French wholesaler Alain Cohen is the gastronomic equivalent of a gold digger, constantly on the lookout for new culinary treasures.
Tech barons paint rosy future at Davos
Technological advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the Internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite Wednesday, but also warned...
Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices
Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people’s...
Sand dunes, camels and clay castles in Morocco
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing...
It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at a Tokyo cafe
In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it.
Swiss watchmakers mull price hike on hiking franc
Switzerland’s luxury watchmakers are considering raising prices on their timepieces in the eurozone by up to 7 percent due to the ballooning franc, but they are in no...
Meet the calligrapher to the fashion world
His hand is steady and sure as it delicately traces the contours of the biggest names in the world of style: the celebrities, the magazine editors, the clients.
Technological advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the Internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite Wednesday, but also warned that security threats this year would be worse than ever.
WhatsApp adds messaging from Web
The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday for sending messages from a...
Microsoft pull back the curtain on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people's lives.
Japan selling talking robots that won't try to make sense
The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations.
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing road warning.
Recent blasts response to failure to sow rift: Berri
A weekend twin suicide bombing that struck the predominantly-Alawite northern neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen was a response to failure to spread Sunni-Shiite discord,...
Downton Abbey destinations for fans of series
Fans of the popular British period drama “Downton Abbey” can visit a number of sites depicted in the television series about life among the upper crust early last...
Etihad Airways unveils glamorous couture uniforms
Etihad Airways revealed this month new uniforms at a spectacular show in Abu Dhabi, paving the way for a new age of glamorous and sophisticated flying.
Destinations for 2015: Milan, Cuba, Queens …
See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to...
It was 9:30 a.m. when the course was starting and four boys and eight girls wearing nametags all swiveled nervously in their chairs lined in a “U” shape.
Dora’s Pirate Adventure – comes to Lebanon in Feb
Much-loved cartoon character Dora the Explorer and her friends are on their way to Lebanon.
Food for Thought: snapshots of Lebanese culinar
With food safety being a topic du jour in Lebanon and food insecurity threatening the Arab region in light of ongoing turmoil, a conference of food and food production...
Why the Lebanese can’t queue
Have you ever wondered why the Lebanese abroad can stand patiently in line whenever they’re required to do so, but suddenly lose that ability – and all notion of what a...
Vogue: Mar Mikhael staircase among world’s best
The colorful steps in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood have been featured among the nine most creative staircases around the world by Vogue magazine.
For many of us, our cars are practically members of the family. And for some, they’re even akin to love interests.
Chevy’s reborn Impala breeds sea change in style
Names matter. We can try all we want not to prejudge a person by his or her name, but if all the people you’ve met in your life who were named say, Joe, have been...
Test driving a car requires a game plan
Whenever people decide to buy a car, new or used, more often than not they forego taking it for a test drive, and even when they do they just end up motoring around and...
Honda Accord ready for new age but still familiar
The ninth generation of the Honda Accord succeeds in retaining cues that clearly identify it as an Accord.
Mazda’s flirty 3 blends passion, common sense
In the crowded compact car segment, the Mazda 3 is definitely one of the offerings that stand out from among their peers.
The 2012 premier crus from Burgundy’s Chablis region are almost all on the market now, their quality testament to the ever-increasing amount of effort being put into the vineyards in this climatically marginal region.
A chicken dish that’s special - and simple
Fifteen years ago, I made the first of what would become thousands of meals for my husband, Philippe.
No new polio cases in Syria reported for a year
Syria has gone a year without a reported polio case, the World Health Organization says, after a massive immunization campaign triggered by the disease's appearance in...
Tethered to treadmills? Try the ignored machines
Gym goers seeking to boost their workouts might do well to aim for the less-used equipment beyond the busy rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that dominate the...
Life in the slow lane: Walking groups boost health
PJoining a walking group is one of the easiest ways to boost health and morale, according to an investigation published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Debbie Reynolds, the peppy star of enduring Hollywood musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday with a few parting words after more than six decades on screen.
Anne Hathaway on 'Song One,' producing and Catwoman
After winning an Oscar in 2013 for best supporting actress in the musical "Les Miserables," Anne Hathaway is taking on a new challenge as a producer.
‘Wise’ Bob Dylan gives album free to seniors
Bob Dylan is giving away his latest album for free to select seniors as the 73-year-old rock legend says he is at peace with getting older.
Rihanna goes for acoustic sound with Paul McCartney
Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney.
Actors endorse showbiz satire 'Birdman' in march toward Oscars
"Birdman," a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving world of show business, won top honors from Hollywood's actors on Sunday in an important show of support for...
Clive Davis to be honored with Hasty Pudding award
Music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clive Davis is this year's winner of the highest honor awarded by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Institute of...
Comedian Jay Leno voices support for Cosby accusers
Former NBC late night host Jay Leno voiced his support on Wednesday for the women who have come forward claiming they were sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby.
Pop star Rihanna wins legal battle with UK's Topshop
Pop star Rihanna's victory in a legal case against Topshop over the use of her image has been upheld by Britain's Court of Appeal, which backed an earlier judgment...
John Legend performs tribute set at Sundance premiere
The opening-night documentary at the Sundance Film Festival closed with a superstar concert.
Meghan Trainor steals Swift's spot atop Billboard album chart
Pop singer Meghan Trainor's debut album "Title" knocked Taylor Swift from her three-week perch atop the weekly Billboard album chart on Wednesday.
Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys
One sings about being "Happy," the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month.
"Birdman," a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving world of show business, won top honors from Hollywood's actors on Sunday in an important show of support for its march toward the best picture Oscar.
Filmmakers showcase virtual reality at Sundance
Whether putting moviegoers inside the yurt of a Mongolian tribe, in the studio with a musician or in the path of an oncoming train, filmmakers are blurring the lines of...
Nina Simone documentary a powerful portrait of the artist
Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again - still enigmatic but more easily...
Martin Scorsese documentary on Bill Clinton shelved
A documentary on former President Bill Clinton by veteran director Martin Scorsese has been indefinitely shelved after the sides disagreed on control of the film, the...
American Sniper triggers angry debate
Clint Eastwood’s hit film “American Sniper” has reignited a bitter debate about the U.S. invasion of Iraq and one of its most famous warriors, with conservatives...
Danuta Roman is channeling her inner Vincent van Gogh.
A glamour-free Aniston stars in a drab Cake
Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation – a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of...
King Tut’s beard hastily glued back on with epoxy
The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed Pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during...
The Children of Uzaï - film as texture
The Narcissus tale is among those shards of ancient Mediterranean mythology that still ornament contemporary consciousness.
Bridging cultural borders at Photomed
At Wednesday’s news conference announcing the launch of the second edition of the Lebanese iteration of French annual photography festival Photomed, much was made of...