London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke out against the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit in France as he headed to Paris Thursday for talks with his French counterpart
Japan holds live fire drills at Mt Fuji
Japan's military on Thursday began four days of live-fire drills near Mount Fuji, an annual exercise that comes this year the day after North Korea test-fired a...
Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after US warship incident
Iran's defense minister says his country's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering its territorial waters after an incident this week involving a...
China military says it is providing medical training for Syria
China's Defense Ministry said on Thursday it has been providing medical training for Syria, following a visit to the war-ravaged country last week by a senior Chinese...
Salam vows to stay in office
Despite deep differences among ministers that had threatened the fate of his Cabinet, Prime Minister Tammam Salam vowed Wednesday to stay in office, ruling out the...
Russia frees Japanese man held on disputed island
Russia has released a Japanese citizen detained on a disputed island claimed by both countries, Tokyo's foreign ministry said Thursday, ahead of diplomatic talks on the...
UN Security Council must act over Syria chemical use: France
France's foreign minister said Thursday the Security Council had to respond firmly after a U.N. probe found that Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic...
French burkini bans face legal challenge as tension mounts
France's highest administrative authority is studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns about police forcing Muslim...
Iran's defense minister says his country's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering its territorial waters after an incident this week involving a U.S. warship
US tells Turkey Syrian Kurdish YPG moving back to east of Euphrates
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters were retreating to the east of the...
Biden seeks to ease Turkey tensions over Gulen
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a preacher it blames for July’s failed coup, saying...
Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study
The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health,...
Despite deep differences among ministers that had threatened the fate of his Cabinet, Prime Minister Tammam Salam vowed Wednesday to stay in office, ruling out the possibility of the government’s collapse amid a political impasse that has left the country without a president for over two years.
Uncle of Lebanon's ISIS leader arrested in Bekaa Valley
Internal Security Forces arrested a man in the Bekaa Valley, said to be one of Lebanon’s ISIS leaders, local media said late Wednesday
8 people rescued off Lebanon coast after boat broke down
The Civil Defense rescued eight people Wednesday evening stranded at sea after their yacht broke down south of Beirut
Berri calls for joint committees session to discuss decentralization
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Thursday called for a joint committees session next week to discuss administrative decentralization
Beirut will be a disability-friendly city: Mayor
Mayor Jamal Itani announced Wednesday his intention to make Beirut a disability-friendly city as part of the “Beirut 2020” project.
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Wednesday appealed to ministers and lawmakers to discuss and approve the 2017 draft budget he intends to submit to the Cabinet within the next 48 hours.
Lawsuit filed against LCB’s auditing firm
A shareholding company in the defunct Lebanese-Canadian Bank is suing Deloitte & Touche’s Middle East operation and its managing partner Joseph al-Fadl for what it...
Qatari fund buys stake in Empire State Building
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has made an iconic purchase in the United States – a stake in the company that owns New York’s Empire State Building.
Yemen govt risks disaster to cut off central bank
In Yemen’s war of attrition, the Saudi-backed exiled government has now decided that the central bank is an easier target than the capital, shielded from its troops by...
EU warns Greece statistics row ‘dangerous’
The European Union called on Greece Wednesday to quash what Brussels said were false accusations the Greek statistics agency rigged data to help foreign creditors and...
Retail sales plunge more than 5 percent in Q2
Retail activity in the second quarter of 2016 plunged 4.68 percent as the purchasing power of the Lebanese shrinks, according to a recently released report.
Middle East shows luxury goods growth potential
Deloitte said Monday that there was still great potential for growth in global luxury goods in the Middle East and most notably in the Arab Gulf states.
Another push for $60 a barrel as meeting looms
The pendulum in the oil market has clearly swung in favor of the producers. OPEC members have never pumped so much crude, ditto for Russia, but prices zoomed to a...
Saudi prince to discuss reforms in China visit
Saudi Arabia’s powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will discuss the kingdom’s drive to cut its reliance on oil exports in visits to China and Japan that...
Saudi Arabia isn’t flooding oil market
Saudi Arabia’s oil production hit a record in July, according to published statistics, and is likely to hit another in August, according to industry sources.
Egypt readies for tough reforms
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt would end its dollar exchange rate problem within months because it can’t put off tough measures to revive the economy, amid...
The European Union called on Greece Wednesday to quash what Brussels said were false accusations the Greek statistics agency rigged data to help foreign creditors and warned that the row posed risks to Athens’ current bailout program.
How to stay rich in Europe: Inherit money for 700
Lamberto Frescobaldi sets two wine glasses atop a wooden barrel in the spacious cellar of his company’s winery in a 1,000-year-old castle not far from Florence.
Banks lead European stock rally
European equities climbed for a third day, with investor confidence slowly coming back amid the calmest market in more than a year.
Qatari state fund buys stake in NY's Empire State Building
Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has made an iconic purchase in America – a stake in the company that owns New York's Empire State Building.
Investors skeptical of Fed’s rate policy
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen may struggle later this week to convince financial markets she can steer a divided U.S. central bank to raise interest rates at least...
For the past two weeks, following their victory in Manbij and encouraged by a tacit nod from the U.S., the Kurds have clung to the dream that they would take control of territory right up to the borders with Turkey.
The Kurdish dream lives
As things stand now Daesh (ISIS) will be defeated, sooner or later.
Syria: Will a child lead?
As Aleppo writhes in torment under bombs dropped by Russian aircraft launched from an Iranian air base, one wonders if it occurs to anyone in the White House that...
The politics of negative interest rates
Objects of desire come at a cost.
Australia seeks balance on China’s influence
Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the U.S., even if it upsets Beijing.
The spirit of sport
Although the Olympic Games closing ceremony was certainly a fusion of samba, spectacle, smiles and sport, it was also an intoxicating mix of emotions.
Sexism mars Rio coverage
It’s an undeniable fact that the media thrives on scandal and jumps at every opportunity to cover hot-button issues including gender-based discrimination.
For the past few months the FPM has exploited every occasion – in front of every microphone, camera, tape recorder, conference as well as on Twitter, Facebook and every...
As Aleppo writhes in torment under bombs dropped by Russian aircraft launched from an Iranian air base, one wonders if it occurs to anyone in the White House that something has gone horribly wrong.
Unlocking urban power
“If the 20th century belonged to national states, then the 21st will be owned by cities,” explained Muggah and Zapata-Garesche from Rockefeller Foundation’s 100...
The Rouhani presidency at 3
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani swept into office in August 2013 with a slim majority built on a message of “hope and prudence” and an election campaign that promised...
An OPEC for migrant labor?
In September 1960, delegates from Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela met in Baghdad to form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Israelis, Palestinians: seeking leadership
Amazing as it may sound to many skeptics who have watched the Israeli-Palestinian conflict become increasingly violent, a new joint poll by Israeli and Palestinian...
Fleeing fighters could spur ‘boomerang effect’
Daesh (ISIS) hasn’t had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.
Trump and the politics of cultural despair
For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well.
Omran’s picture elicits anger … and fear
The pictures of 5-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sitting dazed and bloodied Wednesday in the back of an ambulance have rightly sparked worldwide anger and sympathy.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he didn’t believe his country could win Euro 2016 and said that last season was probably the best of his entire glittering career.
Blatter in one last battle against FIFA ban
Sepp Blatter will mount his final challenge against his six-year FIFA ban Thursday, following more than a year of scandal that saw him thrown out of football in disgrace.
Nadal to play in Australia ahead of Open for first time
World number five Rafael Nadal will play in the Brisbane International next year, organizers said Wednesday, the first time the Spaniard has kicked off his season in...
Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final
Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati...
U.S. NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in...
Ancelotti defends ‘ticking time-bomb’ Ribery
Bayern Munich’s new coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended veteran winger Franck Ribery, who has been dubbed “a ticking time-bomb” in the German media for a string of...
Wales manager Coleman questions Arsenal decision to play Ramsey
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's injury could have been prevented, Wales manager Chris Coleman has said, adding he was surprised the Euro 2016 semi-finalist was rushed...
Liverpool's Sturridge frustrated with wide role under Klopp
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has urged manager Juergen Klopp to deploy him in his favored center forward position, where he operates on "autopilot"
World number five Rafael Nadal will play in the Brisbane International next year, organizers said Wednesday, the first time the Spaniard has kicked off his season in Australia.
Kerber going for women’s No. 1 in Cincinnati
Angelique Kerber has a chance to become No. 1 at the Western & Southern Open. The men’s bracket is wide open, too, providing an opportunity for someone outside the Big...
Sharapova could return in January: tennis chief
Five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova, banned in June for two years for doping offenses, may be allowed to return in January, according to Russian Tennis...
Murray advances to final to defend London gold
Britain's Andy Murray advanced to the men's Olympic final with a straight sets victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori on Saturday, securing a chance to defend his title and...
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s final.
NBA stars bring curtain down on Rio
The United States' NBA superstars bring the curtain down on the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday as the last 12 gold medals are decided
Bilic backs Conte to succeed at Chelsea
West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic is backing Antonio Conte to make a big impact at Chelsea, but is confident his side can cause problems for their London rivals when...
Turkish star 'disowned by family' over Gulen support
The family of one of the most prominent Turkish basketball players in the NBA Tuesday publicly disowned him after he openly supported the U.S.-based preacher who Ankara...
Senegal gets Rio mugging from U.S.
Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began...
As Usain Bolt parties in London, around 30 Olympic medalists, including nine champions, have headed to Switzerland for the first major track and field meeting since the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Weightlifting medalists fail doping retests
Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the...
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo
The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo Wednesday as Japan’s capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio’s sometimes shaky 2016...
Five things to know about the next Olympics
The countdown to the 2020 Olympics began Wednesday with the arrival of the Olympic flag in Tokyo from Rio de Janeiro.
Jordan's first Olympic medalist comes home to royal welcome
Jordan's first Olympic champion, taekwondo gold medal winner Ahmad Abughaush, has returned home to a royal welcome.
British motor racing team Manor announced Wednesday it was dropping Indonesian Formula One driver Rio Haryanto and replacing him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Advantage Hamilton as F1 breaks for summer
Triple champion Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to speed but the rapid turnaround in his title prospects has left even the blindingly quick Briton stunned, as he heads...
Police rescue Ecclestone’s mother-in-law
Brazilian police said they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of British Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone unharmed after more than a week in captivity and arrested...
Happy Hamilton revels in German success
Lewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised at his own good fortune Sunday after winning the German Grand Prix to take a clear championship lead into Formula One’s annual...
Rosberg tops the times on home soil
Nico Rosberg reveled in his return to home soil by topping the times ahead of his championship-leading Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday’s free practice for...
Published in 2014, Joumana Haddad’s tragicomic novel “Kafas” (Cage) suggests that the gender divide is a more complex thing than “haves” and “have nots,” and that it is not only women who live in cages.
Painting not work of artist Doig, judge rules
A U.S. judge has agreed that a celebrated artist didn’t paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker.
Lawrence tops best paid actress list, again
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world’s highest-paid actress for the second year Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.
Another off-kilter role for Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul loves playing a dad, however flawed that dad might be.
Frank Ocean releases second album 'Blonde'
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released...
Hillbilly Elegy traces America’s downcast
For pundits and politicos baffled by the appeal of a wealthy New York businessman to the struggling white working class in Appalachia and Rust Belt mill towns, J.D....
Was painting by famed artist? Judge to decide
A federal judge in Chicago is set to issue a verdict in a peculiar civil trial over a celebrated Scottish-born artist’s insistence that he did not paint a landscape...
Banksy mural destroyed by building work
A mural by British street artist Banksy which mocked government surveillance has been destroyed during building works on the house on which it appeared in 2014. It has...
Lohan requests a meeting with Putin
Troubled U.S. star Lindsay Lohan has demanded a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in return for appearing on a Russian chat show, its host said, confirming U.S....
Obamas’ first date inspires romantic movie
We’ve heard their playlists, watched them dance together, and now Americans can see Barack and Michelle Obama on their first date – in a film that follows the future...
Amy Schumer is taking a break from her Comedy Central show
Amy Schumer says she won't be working on her Comedy Central series, "Inside Amy Schumer," for "the foreseeable future."
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released "Blonde"
Canada celebrates, mourns as rockers Tragically Hip say good-bye
The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on...
Japan's long-running, all-male pop group SMAP to break up
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will go their separate...
Bennett turns 90, seeks new collaboration
Crooner Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, declaring himself in great health and ready for a new collaboration.
Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run
Austria charges US rapper Freddie Gibbs with sexual assault
U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been charged in Austria with sexually assaulting a woman while on tour last year in Vienna, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home
"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane...
Duke of Westminster, British billionaire landowner, dies at 64
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a...
Ernst Neizvestny, sculptor who confronted Khrushchev, dies at 91
Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian-born sculptor who publicly debated modern art with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and went on to create his final memorial, died in the...
An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
Newspaper says it uncovered KFC's secret recipe
Is the secret KFC recipe a secret no more?
A US newspaper says it may have inadvertently stumbled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the...
Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of...
‘Baby, it’s hot outside’: Why birds sing to eggs
Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world,...
Trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Claw law: Legislator targets arcade favorite
It’s an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base.
Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can
Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers...
Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo
It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.
China launches world first quantum satellite
China launched the world's first quantum satellite Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system...
Great balls of fire! Prepare for meteor outburst
Northern Hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat Thursday night with a rare shooting star “outburst,” which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a...
Ancient ice reveals vital clues about Earth's past climate
Inside a huge walk-in freezer in suburban Denver, a college student in a thick parka shoots a jolt of electricity through a yard-long column of ice extracted from...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Go on, ‘Donate Your Running Shoes’
Jeweler celebrates 130th anniversary of Tiffany
Massive summer sales and new colors for fall
Striking styles: Makeup for the season
A compass on the smartphone screen points toward Red Square.
High in Bolivia, a tour of Aymara sacred sites
At a gasp-inducing 4,000 meters-plus above sea level, a post marks the spot where Andean gods are said to dwell at the foot of towering, snow-covered peaks.
Thailand’s tiger tourism expands
Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found...
Tourists learn alongside locals on safaris
It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
Tourists learn alongside locals on guide-training safaris
It's not just a safari. It's a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
At long last, after nearly two years of reviewing scores of automobiles from numerous different marques, I finally get to review the one car that started it all for me.
2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.
718 Boxster S a testament to Porsche ingenuity
How can anyone pass up the opportunity to gloat? Can you? I know I can’t – I’m not that noble.
Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show
Mercedes-Benz gave a sneak preview of a new ultra luxury coupe on Thursday in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns...
Mercedes-Benz’s C180 Coupe is a stylistic triumph
It would seem like a pretty straightforward task: Take a sleek four-door sedan, remove the rear doors, make the front doors longer and the result is a sexy coupe.
They’re young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital … or worse, dead.
Study in mice shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new...
Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos
With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country’s web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.
Organ network mapping a path to more fair liver transplants in U.S.
The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die...
Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble save lives
They have proven their worth in detecting land mines but Africa’s giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation – saving lives by speeding up...