Nine Angolan soldiers were killed and 14 wounded in a flareup of fighting with rebels in the country's oil-producing Cabinda enclave, the separatist guerrilla group said Friday.
Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl
An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages...
US general denies involvement in Turkish coup attempt
The commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said on Friday that any claims that he was involved in a failed coup attempt in Turkey were incorrect,...
Turkey warns Kazakhstan over Gulen-linked schools
Turkey's ambassador to Kazakhstan Friday warned the Central Asian country over its schools linked to U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government...
Police arrest man, 20, for 'indecent act' with girl, 13, in north Lebanon
Police in the northern district of Koura have arrested a 20-year-old man for “committing an indecent act with a minor” in the presence of her mother.
Pope visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive 'so much cruelty'
Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God's...
Tanzania's president threatens crackdown on opposition protesters
Tanzania's President John Magufuli said Friday he would crack down on troublemakers "without mercy," a day after the opposition called for anti-government...
Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory
A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina voter ID law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked.
The commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said on Friday that any claims that he was involved in a failed coup attempt in Turkey were incorrect, according to a statement released by the U.S. military.
US worries Russian humanitarian operation in Syria may be 'ruse'
The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, adding that...
Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers
Spain asked the Constitutional Court Friday to nullify a text approved by Catalonia's parliament urging the region to push ahead with its independence drive, warning...
Turkish cleric supporters in Netherlands report assaults, death threats
Supporters of Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen living in the Netherlands fear for their safety after dozens of death threats in the wake of a failed coup...
Lebanon minister says monitoring gas cylinder safety
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Friday said his ministry was implementing strict measures regarding the safety of gas cylinders.
Arsonists torch car of Future member in Chouf
Arsonists overnight torched the car of a Future Movement member in the Chouf district, the state-run National News Agency reported Friday.
All sand quarries near the Litani halted
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk promised Thursday to halt all licensed and unlicensed sand quarries near the Litani River in West Bekaa until the damage they have...
South Lebanon looks to the sea to boost tourism
Perched atop a mound, meters from the shore, is a beached wooden ship that looks like it would be more at home on the high seas.
2016 has been labeled as a “roller coaster” advertising year, as observers anticipated that the global economic slump caused by the drop in oil prices and the regional wars that were carrying on in many places around the world, coupled with the floods of refugees that were landing in Europe, were going to collectively freeze the advertising spending figures at their 2015 level, not allowing – even – the long-established 5 percent annual increase pattern to be maintained.
Azzi calls for minimum wage hike
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi urged the state to reconsider the country’s minimum wage, calling for a LL525,000 ($350) per month increase.
Egypt to start eurobond sale process
Egypt will approach investment banks next week for a potential eurobond sale, a senior official said, part of the government’s efforts to shore up reserves and finance...
Abu Dhabi's Mubadala to buy 20 percent of Investcorp
Abu Dhabi's government-backed Mubadala Development Company has agreed to buy a 20-percent stake in Bahraini investment firm Investcorp.
Italian banks under glare as EU stress tests results due
The spotlight is on Italy's troubled banks as regulators prepare to release the results Friday of stress tests of EU lenders that will show how much money the country's...
Bank Audi profits up 11.7 pct in H1 2016
Bank Audi, one of the top two banks in Lebanon, announced Thursday that its net profits for the first six months of 2016 climbed 11.7 percent over a year prior to $226...
Khalil: World not doing enough to help Lebanon
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Thursday that the international community is not doing enough to help Lebanon cope with the large influx of Syrian refugees,...
World Bank total Lebanon pledges to hit $1.5B
The World Bank renewed its commitment to support Lebanon over the next three years as the amount of grants and loans earmarked to this country will reach over $1.5...
Egypt will approach investment banks next week for a potential eurobond sale, a senior official said, part of the government’s efforts to shore up reserves and finance – an economic program that will mainly rely on a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
A year after Iran deal, oil flows but money stuck
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to...
Turkish central bank maintains inflation outlook
Turkish central bank Gov. Murat Cetinkaya kept his estimates for year-end inflation unchanged from April and said lower-than-predicted food prices will offset the...
Aramex founder said to sell stake
Aramex PJSC founder and Vice Chairman Fadi Ghandour sold his entire 9.9 percent stake in the logistics company to Gulf investors including Emaar Properties PJSC...
The spotlight is on Italy's troubled banks as regulators prepare to release the results Friday of stress tests of EU lenders that will show how much money the country's financial sector, the most troubled in the region, needs to avoid rekindling a eurozone crisis
Sony warns over falling sales, clings to profit
Sony Friday cut its sales forecast for the current fiscal year, citing the impact of a surging yen and slower smartphone sales, as net profit also took a hit
BA owner IAG lowers 2016 profit outlook
British Airways-owner IAG posted a lower than expected quarterly operating profit and said it expected 2016 profit to rise by a "low double digit" percent after...
Facebook profits drive shares to record high
The social networking giant beat market expectations for profit and revenue yet again in the latest quarter, pushing up its shares to a record high Thursday and...
Lloyds to cut 3,000 jobs, close more branches
Lloyds Banking Group said Thursday it would step up its cost cutting plans to help to offset a more testing economic environment caused by Britain’s vote to quit the...
Just when you think that Aleppo has seen it all – weeks of bloodshed, bombings and crippling siege – a new kind of punishment has befallen the city.
Terror spares no religion
After an attack as symbolic as that on a church and its priest in a quiet corner of Normandy, it is not surprising, though it is disheartening, to hear the shrill...
Besieged Syrians innovate to defy hunger, death
Thousands of Syrians in besieged areas across the country from all sides of the conflict fight daily to secure a livelihood and fulfill their basic needs using...
Cyberspace: The 21st-century battlefield
President Barak Obama’s recent decision to issue a color-coded response plan for the U.S. federal government to deter major cyberattacks, underscores the increasing...
Can a rebuked China manage its anger?
China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals:...
American paper tiger
In the high-stakes game of Middle East diplomacy, it’s advisable to keep your cards close to your chest.
Usually corruption sees individuals or groups benefit themselves at the expense of taxpayers, utilizing illegal means to take advantage of their positions for money or...
For decades, in fact ever since the 1950s when the first Arab Summit was held in Egypt and then resumed in the 1960s to eventually become an institution, it has proved...
Thousands of Syrians in besieged areas across the country from all sides of the conflict fight daily to secure a livelihood and fulfill their basic needs using makeshift means, some which stand out for their spirit of innovation.
In search of an Islamic counternarrative
Few today will doubt that since Sept. 11, 2001, Islam has had a very bad name in the West.
Turkish democracy’s secret weapon, mobilization!
The recent failed coup attempt in Turkey highlights the country’s continuing vulnerability to military takeover.
Civil society against terrorism
After the terror attacks in Paris last November – a carefully coordinated series of assaults carried out by multiple attackers, resulting in 130 deaths – there was...
China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals: They’re making angry statements but taking little action while they assess the situation.
Arab summits and frivolous governance
The sad spectacle of the truncated “summit” of Arab leaders in the Mauritanian capital Monday was even more embarrassing than usual for this recurring event.
Lew heads to China to rebut Trump’s globalization attacks
After a week of relentless Republican attacks on trade deals and globalization, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is heading to a meeting in China that he hopes will steady...
America presents itself as a banana republic
Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his...
Syria becomes ever more complicated
The failed military coup in Turkey and the country’s many links with key regional actors in Syria, Russia, Iran, NATO and clarify how difficult it has become to achieve...
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain offered an olive branch to disgruntled Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri and well as fans of the club amid claims his controversial move to the Turin giants was money motivated.
Guardiola interested in Stones and Sane
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed he is interested in Everton’s young center-back John Stones, who has been linked with a 50 million pounds ($65.72...
Wawrinka tested in two-hour Youzhny tussle
Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny for a third-round berth at the...
Federer to miss Olympics and rest of season
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” after...
Duncan thanks team-mates in open letter
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the...
Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from Germany duty
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger Friday announced his retirement from international duty with immediate effect
Sturridge hopes intense pre-season will stave off injury
Daniel Sturridge has said manager Juergen Klopp has put the Liverpool squad through the "most intense" pre-season of his career with the England striker pushing himself...
Conte urges Chelsea to carry aggression into new season
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his players to retain the aggressiveness they have shown during the pre-season, saying that the combative nature of the game...
Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny for a third-round berth at the Toronto Masters.
Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hard court surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and said he will miss the rest of the season as he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" following knee surgery earlier...
Rejuvenated Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World number one Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hardcourt surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the Spurs website
College player in alleged assault released by team
A U.S. college football player, who alleges he was struck by Golden State Warrior star Draymond Green, has been released by his school, the coach said Wednesday night
Duncan’s retirement latest in summer of goodbyes
Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a...
Silver wants more balance after Durant move
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league might look at ways of maintaining competitive balance following Kevin Durant's blockbuster move to join the...
Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan
San Antonio Spurs long time coach Gregg Popovich described five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan Tuesday as the best example of a leader any coach in the NBA could hope for
A riot during the Olympic torch relay cast a shadow over the Rio Games starting in just over a week Thursday, marking a new low in a ritual that had been meant to unite Brazil.
IAAF confirms Russia’s athletes ban
The global governing body for athletics Wednesday stood behind its ban on Russia’s track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, effectively leaving all...
IOC’s Bach confident Rio will solve problems
The head of the International Olympic Committee Wednesday played down problems with unfinished accommodations at the Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, saying he...
Illness, fatigue weigh on Day title defense
Top-ranked Jason Day is sick and tired after a trip to the hospital with his wife and unfamiliar with the formidable Baltusrol layout where he defends his first major...
Olympic organizers suspect 'isolated' sabotage at village
Rio Olympic organizers say water and gas leaks, blocked toilets, and electrical faults that have slowed teams from moving into the Athletes Village may have been caused...
Nico Rosberg can banish the disappointment of losing to Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton in Hungary last weekend by winning in Germany Sunday and taking back the overall points lead.
Rosberg back on top in first practice
An in-form Nico Rosberg dominated Friday's opening free practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, clocking the fastest lap ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
Ecclestone’s mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil
The mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($36.5 million) in ransom,...
Hamilton on top, surrounded by flag controversies
Lewis Hamilton departed Budapest Monday as the beaming new leader of this year’s world championship and at the center of a trio of controversies in the wake of his...
Hamilton wins in Hungary to take overall lead
Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday to seize the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this...
Saleh Barakat stepped onto the city’s art exhibition stage in 1991, when he opened Ras Beirut’s Agial Gallery.
A digital dragnet tightens about Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne, as played by Matt Damon across four movies, is forever disappearing off the grid only to reluctantly resurface years later and again menace the CIA.
Most of ‘Trainspotting’ cast reunited in sequel
Some 20 years after “Trainspotting” delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland’s heroin subculture, fans have been given a sneak peek...
‘Blair Witch’ sequel unveiled at Comic-Con
Participants at Comic-Con that went into a screening for upcoming horror movie “The Woods” last week were surprised to come out from the movie having watched the sequel...
Taylor Swift world’s highest-paid celebrity
At the tender age of 26, Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity, pulling in a whopping $170 million over the past year, Forbes magazine said Monday.
Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film
It’s been five years since “Harry Potter” fans said goodbye to the boy wizard, but efforts are afoot to recast his spell.
Fuqua’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ to open TIFF
Lupita Nyong’o, Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington and Emma Stone are among the stars with films headed to the Toronto festival this year.
Egypt’s neorealist, Mohamed Khan dies at 73
Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career of engaged filmmaking. State-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported that...
Some 20 years after “Trainspotting” delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland’s heroin subculture, fans have been given a sneak peek of the hotly anticipated sequel.
Thrones cast tight-lipped on final season
Jon Snow isn’t dead, but he was missed.When the cast of “Game of Thrones” gathered at Comic-Con it was minus a few key figures – including Kit Harrington, George R. R....
Marvel returns to Comic-Con with showstopper
Coogler said it was an emotional experience being at the
convention once again
A touch of humor invades Star Trek Beyond
In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs.
Drummer Steven Adler rejoins Guns N' Roses on summer tour
Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N' Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century.
Mustang Sally composer Sir Mack Rice dead at 82
Mack Rice, the composer of ’60s hit “Mustang Sally” and co-writer of the Staple Singers’ landmark “Respect Yourself” has died in Detroit.
Italian stylist and fashion muse Marta Marzotto has died following a brief illness at the age of 85.
Mahashweta Devi, Indian writer, social activist, dies at 90
Mahashweta Devi, a well-known Indian writer and social activist, who used her writing to give voice to the oppressed poor tribal and forest dwellers, has died. She was...
Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy dies aged 66
Hungarian novelist Peter Esterhazy, widely regarded as one of the leading figures of 20th century Hungarian literature, died aged 66 Thursday after a long battle with...
Aerosmith's Joe Perry collapses in concert
Aerosmith's hard-rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York and was said Monday to be in stable condition at a hospital.
Sophia Loren becomes honorary citizen of Naples
Sophia Loren has been made an honorary citizen of Naples, the city that formed her and became the backdrop of many of her films.
Sparkling Mediterranean beaches, expensive restaurants and state-of-the-art health clubs do not readily spring to mind when it comes to the Gaza Strip.
Saudi snow city tests kingdom’s capacity for fun
At a shopping mall in southern Riyadh, a woman shrouded in black robes and bulgy black coat throws snowballs at her young son, giggling underneath a face covering.
'Pokemon Go' creators working to be 'respectful' of reality
The creators of "Pokemon Go" say they're working to remove real-world locations that don't wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation.
Donkey whisperer translates their ee-awws
A self-proclaimed “donkey whisperer” is encouraging people in London to use technology to help them understand donkeys’ emotions and mannerisms.
Striking styles: Makeup for the season
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...
He's a skydiver working with a net – but no parachute
He's made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world's most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for "Ironman 3."
Whey to go: 17th-century cheese found in Baltic wreck
Divers searching the wreck of an 17th-century Swedish warship on the bed of the Baltic say they have found de Brie.
Remains of Spanish fort found on S.Carolina coast
Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida.
Study finds cosmic rays increased heart risks among Apollo astronauts
Apollo astronauts who ventured to the moon are at five times greater risk of dying from heart disease than shuttle astronauts, U.S. researchers said on Thursday, citing...
Healthy clones: Dolly the sheep's heirs reach ripe old age
The heirs of Dolly the sheep are enjoying a healthy old age, proving cloned animals can live normal lives and offering reassurance to scientists hoping to use cloned...
Farewell Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe
Earth bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae Wednesday, severing communications after a year-long silence from the pioneering probe hurtling through space on a comet.
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.
Who’s Next hits Beirut
Saab brings New York glam to the catwalk
Chakra’s star shines in bright Paris Fashion Week
Life’s a peach: Bikfaya brings people together
Winding past bars and restaurants late Friday through the busy Beirut streets balancing a box of 24 peaches with the name Bikfaya splashed across, someone calls out...
The skies were clouding over as I strode briskly across that famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, ready for a productive day checking off Florentine must-sees.
Man-made hills on NYC island offer great views
Four new hills built on New York City’s Governors Island offer sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, unique places to hike and climb, and massive...
Bucharest a showcase of eclectic architecture
Bucharest was once known as “Little Paris of the East.” But English, not French, is the preferred foreign language in Romania’s capital city, and 96 percent of its...
What color is paella? A chef’s answer
Of course we are familiar with the Spanish rice dish paella, we say. It is the color of a Mediterranean sunrise, a coral red or saffron yellow. Chef Rosa Camprodon...
A culinary expedition with Peru's top chef
As a teenager on the streets of Lima, Virgilio Martinez aspired to a life of extremes, hoping to become a professional skateboarder.
There are all manner of ways to broach the topic of cars, and most of them revolve around fuel economy, performance, space and reliability.
Years on, Toyota Yaris sliding on former glory
For a country afflicted with a creaky infrastructure, especially on the transportation and energy fronts, and a society which for the most part is as much concerned...
Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla into trucks, buses and car sharing
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy...
BWW 4-Series car world’s answer to couture
I think carmakers are deliberately trying to mess with me, especially the two marques that for some reason I find myself helplessly drawn to.
Finland auctions Soviet cars abandoned by migrants
Collectors with a penchant for old Soviet cars will head to the Arctic this weekend where the Finnish customs will auction dozens of cars abandoned by migrants crossing...
Scientists in Germany have discovered a bacteria hiding out in peoples' noses that produces an antibiotic compound that can kill several dangerous pathogens, including the superbug MRSA.
To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk
If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk – just make sure you can spare at least an hour.
Sliver of hope seen in Alzheimer's drug trial
Efforts to find a drug that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease saw a glimmer of hope this week in a small trial using an experimental treatment.
Ice Bucket Challenge credited with ALS breakthrough
The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease...
Chicken scent offers hope for malaria prevention
Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills...