The COP 21 climate conference, to be held in Paris in the aftermath of the recent barbaric acts of terrorism, is a fresh opportunity for the international community to come together and show its commitment to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals as the most appropriate way to promote a fairer, safer and more inclusive world, where no one is left behind.
Francis: Africa continent of hope
Pope Francis arrived in Uganda Friday on the second leg of his Africa pilgrimage, calling Africa the “continent of hope” and honoring Uganda’s famous Christians.
Strikes pound Raqqa, killing at least eight
A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of ISIS and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people,...
U.K. Labour MPs may quit over Syria
Several senior members of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party may resign if they are forced to vote in line with their leader’s view that the country should not...
Killer of kidnapped soldier arrested
The Lebanese Army arrested Syrian terrorist Ali Ahmad Lakkis, a senior member of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front wanted for the murder of a Lebanese soldier, as he...
Questions over Boko Haram despite military claims
Nigeria repeatedly claims to have severely weakened Boko Haram and is eyeing an end to the conflict by year-end, yet the Islamists still show a capacity to launch...
Modern slavery fight struggles for definition
At first glance a foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong, a Rohingya migrant toiling on a fishing boat, a sex worker walking the streets of Mumbai and a child laborer...
Russia-Ukraine row over Crimea escalates
Russia has begun to restrict coal supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told parliament Friday, days after the Kremlin threatened to punish Kiev for...
A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of ISIS and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people, including five children, Syrian opposition groups said Friday.
Cafes, restaurants deserted as curfew hits Tunis
Police patrols roam the deserted streets of the Tunisian capital at night after the authorities imposed a curfew in response to a suicide bombing that killed 12...
Saudi women in first election bid
Segregated from male voters and unable to drive themselves to hustings, Saudi women begin their first-ever election campaign Sunday, a tentative step toward better...
Tunisia bomber arrested, freed before attack
The suicide bomber in Tunisia who blew himself up in a bus packed with presidential guards Tuesday had been arrested by police before on suspicion of extremist ties but...
The Lebanese Army arrested Syrian terrorist Ali Ahmad Lakkis, a senior member of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front wanted for the murder of a Lebanese soldier, as he attempted to leave Lebanon Friday, using a fake Syrian passport.
March 8 students win AUB elections
March 8 snatched student votes away from March 14 affiliates, attaining the majority of the votes at the American University of Beirut, against the backdrop of an...
USJ to hold first student elections in two years
Universite Saint-Joseph will hold its first student elections in two years Monday, as nationwide political tensions simmer down and pave the way for student-oriented...
Kataeb seek unified Christian stance on vote law
The Kataeb Party is seeking a unified stance by the three main Christian parties on a new electoral law that will ensure a fair representation for the Christians, a...
U.N. envoy backs bid to end vacuum
The United Nations is supportive of the ongoing efforts to break the current deadlock in Lebanon, U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag said Friday.
Ranging from hydroponic farming to obituaries, nearly a dozen tech startups competed Thursday in the third edition of Seed Stars, an international competition focused on seed-stage companies in emerging countries.
Retail sales shrink despite fall in CPI
Lebanon’s retail sector continued to suffer slow growth despite the fall in prices of some commodities in the third quarter of 2015, a report by Fransabank said Thursday.
Jordan risks wheat shortage as sellers hide
Jordan risks facing wheat shortages because the Middle Eastern nation is struggling to lure sellers just as an influx of migrants from Syria and Iraq swells the...
Turkish lira, bonds drop on tensions with Russia
The lira weakened a fourth day as Russia ratcheted up pressure on Turkey for shooting down one of its jets and traders weighed a change in wording in the government’s...
China stocks tumble most since summer slump
Chinese shares sank more than 5 percent Friday in their biggest drop since this summer’s rout after Reuters reported the stock regulator had widened its probe on...
BBAC still active in Cyprus after crisis
Lebanese and foreign banks in Cyprus have seen a quick exit of customer deposits after the Cypriot central bank lifted the ceiling of withdrawal of funds two years ago.
Gas deal: Road to growth for Cyprus?
All eyes are zeroing in on Cyprus after a major British oil company announced Monday it had agreed to buy a stake in one of the island’s offshore gas deposit in the aim...
Good news for Cyprus is better news for Lebanon
The latest headlines out of Cyprus are a welcome boost for all East Mediterranean countries hoping to become oil and gas producers, but the only thing making the front...
Jordan risks facing wheat shortages because the Middle Eastern nation is struggling to lure sellers just as an influx of migrants from Syria and Iraq swells the population.
Iran sweetens terms for oil investors
Iran will pitch more than 50 oil and natural gas projects to foreign investors at a two-day conference in Tehran starting Saturday as the Arab Gulf country prepares for...
Moscow flogs Ankara by severing business ties
Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.
Saudi net foreign assets slide to three-year low
Saudi net foreign assets dropped to $640 billion in October, the lowest level in three years as the oil rout strains state finances in the biggest Arab economy.
Chinese shares sank more than 5 percent Friday in their biggest drop since this summer’s rout after Reuters reported the stock regulator had widened its probe on brokerages to include the country’s fourth-biggest securities firm.
Analysts see Russia ostracism ending
Russia is returning from the investment wilderness after last year’s oil price collapse and Western business sanctions with funds attracted by falling interest rates...
Black Friday crowds thin in US
Crowds were thin at U.S. stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Black Friday and on Thanksgiving evening as shoppers responded to early holiday discounts with...
Acclaimed Palestinian theatre in Jerusalem faces closure
By Luke Baker
The Palestinian National Theater, which for three decades has been the leading performing arts and cultural center for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing...
Barclays fined for complacence on crime checks
Britain’s markets watchdog said on Thursday it had fined Barclays 72 million pounds ($109 million) for cutting corners on checking customers for potential financial...
For any government to function, it needs healthy institutions that operate in a harmonious and synchronized manner. Simply put, every organ must function smoothly.
Turkey’s response to Russia’s involvement along its border with Syria not only destroyed a Russian jet and an uneasy understanding between those fighting ISIS, but also...
West partly responsible for recent terror attacks
Terrorist attacks on civilians, whether the downing over Sinai of a Russian aircraft killing 224 passengers, the horrific Paris massacre claiming 130 innocent lives, or...
Iran seeks to overthrow regional balance
Inviting Iran to the recent round of talks on the Syria crisis in Vienna, Austria, had far-reaching implications.
The Palestine conflict is not a sideshow
Major developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict last week were simultaneously tragic and comic: tragic because Palestinians and Israelis have killed each other...
The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is a clear indication of further escalation of the war in Syria at a time of fraught ties between Russia and Turkey.
The forgotten innocents
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Ever since the war in Syria started there have been two mantras: Barack Obama saying any solution requires Bashar Assad’s departure, and Vladimir Putin saying any...
Terrorist attacks on civilians, whether the downing over Sinai of a Russian aircraft killing 224 passengers, the horrific Paris massacre claiming 130 innocent lives, or the tragic bombing in Ankara that killed 102 peace activists, are crimes against humanity.
Against ISIS, our love of life must prevail
Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner,...
Why did Leon’s Libya mission fail?
After a long and difficult journey in the Libyan political minefield that deeply affected both his mission and reputation, United Nations Special Representative to...
Anti-Muslim populism plays into the hands of ISIS
Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential...
Major developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict last week were simultaneously tragic and comic: tragic because Palestinians and Israelis have killed each other by the handful recently, usually on the basis of a whim; and comic because of the incompetent governments on both sides, and the failed mediation efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Three Arab heroes show us a different Middle East
If you were cringing this Thanksgiving at the homicidal youth gang that calls itself ISIS, you might consider the narratives of three young people in the Middle East...
How should world respond to ISIS threat?
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right...
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
Syria peace process a play without actors
While the world has been preoccupied with the ISIS and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna...
Surprise front-runners Leicester City will be hoping history does not repeat itself when Manchester United provide the opposition in an unlikely top-of-the-table Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium Saturday.
Liverpool will be patient with Sturridge: Klopp
Liverpool will be patient with Daniel Sturridge after the striker suffered a foot problem in training hours before Thursday’s Europa League win over French side...
Warriors crush Lakers for best start in history
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night...
Bryant sinks in his likely final season
As the Golden State Warriors steamrolled Los Angeles Lakers to a historic start Tuesday, aging star Kobe Bryant sank to a new low in a trying season expected to be his...
Batman Fury must prove he’s no joker
Tyson Fury faces the acid test of his boasts that he will end Wladimir Klitschko’s four-year reign as undisputed world heavyweight champion when the pair clash in...
Valbuena says Benzema indirectly told him to pay
Mathieu Valbuena said Friday that France international teammate Karim Benzema “indirectly” told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex tape of him with his...
Hertha look to end 38-year wait in Munich
Hertha Berlin are looking to end their 38-year wait for a win at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga when they play at the Bavarians’ Allianz Arena fortress Saturday.
PSG play first home game since Paris attacks
Paris Saint-Germain will wear shirts with the words “Je suis Paris” for their first home game since the terror attacks Saturday as Ligue 1 is played without away...
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
LeBron joins Robertson on elite list, leads Cavs
LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a...
Warriors on cusp of history
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015.
Rockets pull out OT win after firing McHale
James Harden scored 45 points, including all nine for Houston in overtime, as the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 Wednesday after firing coach Kevin...
Tyson Fury faces the acid test of his boasts that he will end Wladimir Klitschko’s four-year reign as undisputed world heavyweight champion when the pair clash in Duesseldorf Saturday.
Russia accepts ‘full’ doping ban
Russia has accepted its “full suspension” from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the International Association of Athletics...
Fury serenades Klitschko in latest stunt
Having previously dressed as Batman for a news conference, Tyson Fury employed more theatrics Wednesday by turning to song in the latest round of mind games with...
Coe denies lobbying claims over 2021 Worlds
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe has denied allegations of a conflict of interest over his ties with Nike and his role in the 2021 championships being awarded to the...
Haye announces comeback fight against De Mori
Britain’s former world heavyweight champion David Haye will make his comeback in a London fight against Australia’s Mark de Mori in January, he said Tuesday.
Britain’s Andy Murray leveled the Davis Cup final at 1-1 with a comfortable defeat of Ruben Bemelmans after David Goffin had escaped from two sets down to give Belgium the lead at the Flanders Expo Friday.
Britain counting on Murrays for Davis Cup
Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years this weekend when they take on Belgium in Ghent, although if they do succeed the Scottish town...
Belgium need baby-faced Goffin to come of age
If Belgium are to win the Davis Cup final for the first time this week then baby-faced David Goffin will have to come of age.
Murray set for Davis Cup final despite alert
Andy Murray said Tuesday he had no qualms about playing the Davis Cup final in Belgium despite the security alert, but added that he would understand if any British...
Djokovic targets Roland Garros and Rio glory
Novak Djokovic has set his sights on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to have eluded him – the French Open and Olympics.
Nico Rosberg knocked triple world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the Abu Dhabi timesheets as Mercedes dominated the final Friday practice session of the Formula One season.
Hamilton ready to wrap up season on a high
Lewis Hamilton will find his number is up in lights in Abu Dhabi, and that can only be a good omen as the triple F1 world champion seeks to end another dominant season...
Formula One: Hamilton hits back at critics with speed
Newly-crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton hit back at criticism of his jetset lifestyle Friday by outpacing Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in opening free...
Renault deal 'pretty much done', says Lotus owner
Talks with Renault for the takeover of the struggling Lotus Formula One team are almost done, according to owner and principal Gerard Lopez
Rosberg on a roll with Brazilian GP win
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late...
Rosie O’Donnell was delighted when “Empire” creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star on the Fox drama, then got a case of nerves.
'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York
A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.
Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death
Three children of the radio personality Casey Kasem and his brother sued his widow Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Palestinian theater risks closure
The Palestinian National Theatre, for three decades the leading performing arts and cultural center for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing potential closure after running up...
Emmys honor Downton creator
The timing couldn’t be better for the International Emmys to honor “Downton Abbey” writer and creator Julian Fellowes as the acclaimed British period drama wraps up its...
Kidman best actress at Evening Standard awards
Nicole Kidman says her award-winning London stage performance as a scientist was a tribute to her late father.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Debuts to Franchise-Low $101 Million
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
The Palestinian National Theatre, for three decades the leading performing arts and cultural center for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing potential closure after running up large municipal debts, its director said Friday.
Resonant Danish Girl explores life of Lili Elbe
Most people probably don’t know the name Lili Elbe. Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” will make sure you won’t soon forget the name, even if this well-intentioned,...
Pixar’s trippy Good Dinosaur stumbles
“The Good Dinosaur” is Pixar’s most trippy and tripped-up film.
Dench’s stare goes global in Winter’s Tale
Her cutting words were written by William Shakespeare. The withering stare the straight-talking Paulina fixes on co-star Kenneth Branagh’s insanely jealous King Leontes...
Algerian heavy metal bangs up against tradition
They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.
A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding Friday after an appellate prosecutor's office said it found no justification to appeal it
On Walk of Fame, Radcliffe says will never stop "feeling lucky"
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
US creator of the iconic 1960s Batmobile dies
George Barris, the man who designed and built the black, fire-spitting vehicle made famous in the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died in Los Angeles, his son...
Sure, DVDs are slightly old-school in this age of streaming media. But a boxed set of a great TV show has elegance that goes beyond the episodes it has compiled. And it’s a welcome backup when your cable or Internet goes on the fritz. Here are some DVD suggestions, listed decade by decade from TV’s infancy.
Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian has set a world record by illuminating a Christmas tree in the capital, Canberra, with 518,838 twinkling lights.
Give the gift of tech charging in bags, wallets
There are so many ways to charge a cellphone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Cooling pastels hot for the winter
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...
Fake guitars to toys, gifts for any gamer
Video-game players aren’t that difficult to shop for. Let’s face it: It’s an expensive hobby, and most gamers have something on their list that they’ve set aside in the...
Box sets from Bruce, Aretha, Bob … for holidays
Selected box set reviews from The Associated Press:Bruce Springsteen, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” (Columbia) $119.98 No one does deluxe album reissues...
In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
'Breakthrough' winners earn over $21 million in prizes
Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists.
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.
Your new best friend: Follow Me Suitcase
The future of Lebanon lies in the hands of its youth.
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
Revisiting an old marriage tradition
Upholstering bed mattresses was once a prominent profession in south Lebanon which over time has faded away.
Winter is coming ... Bring out your furs
The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou offers all the hustle, bustle, culture and commerce of other major Asian metropolises minus the massive tourist crowds.
Seoul district to erect "Gangnam Style" statue
A statue dedicated to South Korean singer Psy's global music video hit "Gangnam Style" is to be erected in the eponymous, upscale Seoul district made famous by the song
Most cars are merely a collection of parts: steel, glass, plastic and, if you’re lucky, real leather. If you’re luckier than most, your ride is blisteringly quick, flawlessly built and beautiful enough to warrant becoming the wallpaper on your computer screen.
Infiniti QX60: Smooth, stylish and comfortable
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....
For a happier life, give up Facebook: study
Always envious? Got a nonexistent social life and struggle to concentrate?