US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was willing to provide Lebanon with “urgent assistance” Wednesday, a day after a catastrophic explosion rocked the country’s capital.
Macron to visit Beirut as France sends rescuers
France will send three planes to Beirut Wednesday with rescuers, medical equipment and a mobile clinic, followed by a visit Thursday by President Emmanuel Macron to the...
One billion students affected by virus closures: UN chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than...
Spain's former king Juan Carlos is in Dominican Republic, La Vanguardia says
Spain's former king Juan Carlos has gone to the Dominican Republic after leaving his home country under a cloud of scandal, La Vanguardia and ABC newspapers reported...
Doctors say Turkish COVID-19 outbreak worse than reported as hospitalisations swell
Doctors in Turkey's coronavirus hotspots say hospitals are filling up with more cases than are reflected in the official nationwide count, which resurged above 1,000...
Shock, anger as Lebanese reel from blast
The cleanup operation following the catastrophic explosion in Beirut port began almost as quickly as blast itself.
French foreign minister says France will propose that international community is mobilized to provide humanitarian aid for Lebanon: Reuters
French foreign minister says France will propose that international community is mobilized to provide humanitarian aid for Lebanon: Reuters
French President Macron will travel to Lebanon Thursday after Beirut blasts: AFP
French President Macron will travel to Lebanon Thursday after Beirut blasts: AFP
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July, affecting over 1 billion students.
Pandemic's economic fallout will worsen conflicts: UN diplomats
The coronavirus pandemic is worsening the humanitarian situation in the world's deadliest conflicts and threatens to unleash economic devastation that will intensify...
India’s residency law in Kashmir amplifies demographic fears
For almost a century, no outsider was allowed to buy land and property in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
UK risks twice-as-big second COVID wave without better testing, study finds
Britain faces a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as widespread as the initial outbreak if it reopens schools without a more effective test-and-trace system in...
Doctors in Turkey's coronavirus hotspots say hospitals are filling up with more cases than are reflected in the official nationwide count, which resurged above 1,000 this week.
COVID-19 deaths in Yemen reach 500
The number of people who have died in Yemen after contracting the new coronavirus has reached 500, according to a Reuters tally, although aid organisations say the...
Family says Iran abducted California man while in Dubai
A California-based member of an Iranian militant opposition group in exile was abducted by Iran while staying in Dubai, his family said Tuesday.
Hollywood actors, writers urge Egypt to free activist
Several renowned authors and Hollywood stars called on Egypt to free prominent activist Sanaa Seif and other political prisoners in an open letter published on Tuesday.
Kuwait emir's health shows "significant improvement" - PM
The health of the Kuwait's 91-year old emir has shown "significant improvement", parliament quoted the prime minister as saying in a tweet Tuesday.
Economy Minister Raoul Nehme said Tuesday that the wheat in Beirut's port granaries can not be used and that the ministry lost track of seven employees in the granaries.
Wazni asks France to provide urgent aid
Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni called on his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire to help Lebanon to open letters of credit from abroad and to provide urgent assistance to...
Iran's stock market surges to record high as analysts warn of bubble
Iran's main stock index broke through the key 2 million point mark for the first time ever on Sunday, state media reported, amid warnings that the market is overheating.
UAE launches start-up operations at first nuclear power plant
The United Arab Emirates has begun start-up operations in the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said Saturday.
World shares hit five-month high; European shares, dollar falter
European shares fell after opening higher, following a mixed bag of earnings results, while the dollar's rebound stalled as investors waited for progress in talks on...
Lebanese pound rises slightly as aid offers roll in
The Lebanese pound rose slightly against the dollar Wednesday, trading at LL8,000 as leaders worldwide pledged to aid Lebanon after it suffered from a huge explosion...
High Liquidity for Lebanese Banks in Iraq
The withdrawal of a number of Lebanese banks from the Iraqi market didn’t go unnoticed as some are still concerned about this matter, given the importance of Lebanese...
Lebanese pound drops after minister quits
The Lebanese pound dropped against the dollar on the black market Monday, trading at around LL7,900 after the government was rocked by the resignation of Foreign...
Iran struggles to buy food in a world wary of touching its money
Iran, creaking under the impact of US sanctions, a collapse in oil sales and a severe COVID-19 epidemic, is scrambling to buy food and medicine to avoid a supply...
Top UAE bank's profit plunges over pandemic
First Abu Dhabi Bank, the United Arab Emirates' biggest lender, said Tuesday its net profits for the second quarter and first half of 2020 had plunged due to the impact...
End game for oil? OPEC prepares for dwindling demand
The coronavirus crisis may have triggered the long-anticipated tipping point in oil demand and it is focusing minds in OPEC.
European shares fell after opening higher, following a mixed bag of earnings results, while the dollar's rebound stalled as investors waited for progress in talks on government aid in the United States.
Google unveils its first 5G phones, starting at $499
Alphabet Inc's Google said Monday its first 5G-enabled phones, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, will be available this fall at a starting price of $499.
Stock markets climb as data spark bargain-hunting
Stock markets rose on both sides of the Atlantic Monday as hopeful economic data prompted bargain hunting, with some of Asia's equities markets also making solid gains.
HSBC profits hammered by pandemic and soaring US-China tensions
HSBC said Monday profits for the first half of 2020 plunged by 69 percent on year as the banking giant was hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and spiralling China-US...
Oil giants lost billions as pandemic crushed demand for fuel
Two American oil giants lost more than $9 billion in the second quarter as the pandemic kept households on lockdown, cutting a gaping hole into a once-thriving business...
Tuesday’s explosion made one thing amply clear: Lebanon does not need enemies. Our officials, through their incompetence, are perfectly capable of inflicting in a few seconds more damage to our capital than any enemy could in a sustained assault.
Why a capital control law is crucial
In order to stabilize the situation, what is required is the prompt legislation of a capital control law, which would protect deposits, the foreign assets of the...
‘Great Reset,’ not system restart
The fast-moving pandemic has affected practically everyone in the world and, if left unaddressed, will intensify and leave the planet even less sustainable, less equal,...
COVID-19 and the Arab region
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines, fissures and fragilities in societies and economies around the world – and the Arab region is no exception.
The Lebanese dollar: from paranational to national currency
Until a few months ago, foreigners visiting Lebanon were impressed by the Lebanese use of the dollar for the current transactions, the Lebanese skill to alternate...
The fast-moving pandemic has affected practically everyone in the world and, if left unaddressed, will intensify and leave the planet even less sustainable, less equal, and much more fragile.
UK Minister Cleverly reflects on his virtual visit to Lebanon
Given the renowned status of Lebanese hospitality, I am particularly disappointed that I have been unable to visit the country in person since I was appointed the UK’s...
Divisions over Libya now spreading across Mediterranean
In capital cities across the Middle East and Europe, politicians are taking aim at Turkey’s involvement in Libya – and yet all have so far avoided speaking its name. On...
Turkey has Hagia Sophia, India has Ayodhya. Both face an end to secularism
Secularism is dying in Turkey and India. Despite their geopolitical differences, the two countries now are on very similar paths in terms of domestic politics, thanks...
Until a few months ago, foreigners visiting Lebanon were impressed by the Lebanese use of the dollar for the current transactions, the Lebanese skill to alternate between the Lebanese pound and the dollar.
Fulham beat Brentford 2-1 in the Championship playoff final Tuesday to return to the Premier League after a single season in the English second tier.
Nadal to skip U.S. Open due to COVID-19 concerns
World number two Rafa Nadal confirmed Tuesday that he will not defend his U.S. Open crown this year at Flushing Meadows as organizers released the singles entry list...
World No.1 Barty skips U.S. Open citing 'significant' virus risks
World number one Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the U.S. Open Thursday over "significant risks" from the coronavirus pandemic in a major blow for the Grand Slam, which is...
Davis masterclass as Lakers sink Jazz to clinch top spot
Anthony Davis scored 42 points as the Los Angeles Lakers clinched top seeding in the Western Conference Monday with a 116-108 defeat of the Utah Jazz.
Westbrook, Harden rally Rockets over NBA-best Bucks
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and James Harden added 24 Sunday to rally the Houston Rockets over NBA overall leader Milwaukee 120-116 despite a big night for...
Manchester City sign winger Ferran Torres from Valencia
Manchester City announced the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on a five-year deal Tuesday.
Spanish World Cup winner Casillas calls time on career aged 39
Spain's World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement from the professional game Tuesday, ending a career that spanned over two...
Criminal proceedings against Infantino grotesque and absurd: FIFA
Global football body FIFA has described the decision by Swiss authorities to open criminal proceedings against its president Gianni Infantino last week as grotesque and...
World number one Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the U.S. Open Thursday over "significant risks" from the coronavirus pandemic in a major blow for the Grand Slam, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 31.
James has go-ahead basket, Lakers edge Clippers in restart
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers showed some rust.
They knocked it off with time to spare.
Bubble-wrapped NBA readies for relaunch
Four months after COVID-19 sent basketball into an unprecedented shutdown, the NBA takes a leap into the unknown Thursday as the league bids to resurrect its season at...
NBA restart: How it works
The NBA relaunches its 2019-2020 season Thursday with 22 teams based inside a secure "bubble" at Disney World in Florida due to complete the remainder of the campaign.
The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season,
Ex-UFC champ Whittaker back on track with decision over Till
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Darren Till on Fight Island.
Usman outclasses Masvidal as UFC debuts on 'Fight Island' in UAE
Kamaru Usman put on a 'Fight Island' masterclass Sunday to retain his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in...
Lewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh home British Grand Prix victory after his Mercedes suffered a dramatic last lap puncture Sunday.
Hamilton claims record win and top spot in title race
Lewis Hamilton equalled one of Michael Schumacher's many records Sunday when he delivered a classic drive to become the first driver to complete a hat-trick of...
Marquez breaks arm in season-opening Spanish Grand Prix
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez of Honda broke his right arm in a crash at the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez Sunday, his team has confirmed.
Dominant Hamilton cruises to 85th win in Mercedes one-two
A dominant Lewis Hamilton secured his first win of the season and the 85th of his career with a perfectly-judged victory from pole position as Mercedes reeled off a...
Rain master Hamilton storms to Styrian GP pole
Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton lived up to his 'rain master' reputation to put his Mercedes on pole position for the first Styrian Grand Prix at...
‘It’s not that [small publishers] don’t have any fear,’ said one Hong Kong journalist, asking to use just a first name, ‘they just don’t know what specifically they should worry about’
Highways imperil Cairo’s historic City of the Dead
In the older Southern Cemetery, several hundred graves have been wiped away and a giant flyover swiftly built. In its shadow sits the mosque-shrine of one of Egypt’s...
UAE's emerging hip hop scene searches for its identity
Before making its way to the Gulf, rap emerged as an art form in other Arab countries where performers defy censorship and repression to address sensitive political and...
No dancing, just listening: Berlin club Berghain reopens doors
The coronavirus is keeping Berlin's legendary clubs closed but techno attraction Berghain has found a way to throw its doors back open, luring visitors with an unusual...
Steve McQueen sets 3 premieres at NY Film Festival
‘Steve McQueen is one of the essential artists of our time, and he reaches a new level of mastery with the Small Axe films,’ said Dennis Lim, the festival’s programming...
Pandemic art: Tokyo show tests if fans will come
Museum director Mami Kataoka said the show features artists who burst onto the global art scene after struggling for years in relative obscurity. Some represent...
Cherry, cream, fly and drone adorn Fourth Plinth
'It kind of speaks to ideas of celebration,' the artist said, 'but also something very uneasy at the same time. You know, that there’s something potentially imploding'
A tour of crumbling Malta villa where UK's queen lived in her 20s
A crumbling villa near Malta's capital, Valletta, where the heir to the English throne lived between 1949 and 1951, is about to get a new lease of life as a museum of...
Before making its way to the Gulf, rap emerged as an art form in other Arab countries where performers defy censorship and repression to address sensitive political and social issues.
Moroccan women break through in rap scene dominated by men
In a rap scene dominated my men, women's voices are starting to make waves in Morocco.
New Orleans musician offers kids trumpets for guns
A New Orleans trumpeter, vocalist and bandleader is offering kids trumpets in exchange for guns.
Greek National Opera finds post-lockdown voice
'When the economy goes down because everything stops,' Rachvelishvili said, 'we have to remember... that we have art that gives us food for our soul'
‘Steve McQueen is one of the essential artists of our time, and he reaches a new level of mastery with the Small Axe films,’ said Dennis Lim, the festival’s programming director. ‘These are works of historical drama that speak powerfully and urgently to our present moment of reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism’
TIFF sets lineup, including new Muhammad Ali film
Normally, TIFF is the largest film festival in North America. This year, it has drastically scaled down its plans and scraped together 50 films or TV series from around...
Nomination surprises: 'The Mandalorian,' Quibi get Emmy love
The Emmy Award nominations announced Tuesday included some snubs and surprises.
Venice fest unveils selections for September fete
Festival director Alberto Barbera noted that almost half of the competition film selections this year are directed by women. The festival has had notoriously poor...
Chloe Zhoe’s ‘Nomadland’ to get four-fest premiere
‘Nomadland’ is the first film announced in the new partnership among the Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride festivals -- the fall’s biggest movie launch pads,...
Celebrities, brands, leaders and ordinary people are all falling foul of "cancel culture," a movement that seeks to call out offensive behavior but that critics denounce as excessive and contributing to increased political polarization.
How to Sarah Cooper: The US comedian lip-synching Trump into a punchline
She is quickly becoming the internet's favorite Donald Trump impersonator but Sarah Cooper does it without saying a word -- preferring to let the president she calls...
Jim Carrey gets real with a fictional memoir
For Carrey -- a cartoonishly malleable, head-to-toe comedian of absurdist abandon -- the urge to perform began in his working-class upbringing outside Toronto with a...
Depp under pressure in cross-examination at Sun libel case
Johnny Depp said Thursday that he has lashed out at objects but not at people, on a third day of evidence in his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that called him...
A restaurant on Spain's northeastern Mediterranean coast is pioneering a dining experience that allows customers to avoid most face-to-face contact with staff and minimize the risk of coronavirus contagion.
UK diners snap up state-subsidised quinoa and steak
On a summer's evening, the streets of central London echoed to what has become a rare sound during the coronavirus pandemic: the chatter and laughter of diners seated...
Spain to roll out COVID-19 app twice as effective as human tracers in pilot
Spain aims to roll out a COVID-19 contact-tracing app across the country in September after saying on Monday that a pilot showed it could detect almost twice as many...
Debate begins for who's first in line for COVID-19 vaccine
Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but...
What's behind the Twitter Bitcoin hack?
Hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls Wednesday in one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years,...
'Whitening' creams undergo a makeover but colorism persists
The world's biggest cosmetics companies have been selling a fairy tale that often goes something like this: If your husband's lost interest in you, if your colleagues...
France-born man in Mexico dies in bid to save his dog's life
The devotion of dogs to people has been remarked upon for centuries. In Mexico, one man’s love for his dog cost him his life.
Women reflect on sexist slur that often goes unpunished
Ask a woman if she’s been called the B-word by a man - perhaps modified by the F-adjective - and chances are she’ll say, "You mean ever, or how many times?"
Spain aims to roll out a COVID-19 contact-tracing app across the country in September after saying on Monday that a pilot showed it could detect almost twice as many potential infections as human trackers during a simulated outbreak on a tiny island.
In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response
After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda - far longer than required - Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew.
Young children carry higher levels of coronavirus: study
Children under the age of five have between 10 to 100 times greater levels of genetic material of the coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and adults,...
Doctors try pressurized oxygen chambers in COVID fight
As a New York University medical researcher who works once a week in an emergency room, Dr. David Lee had the luxury of time to think like a scientist while also...
Hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls Wednesday in one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, highlighting a major flaw with the service millions of people have come to rely on as an essential communications tool.
Why cleaner air may be bad for your sourdough bread
Less acid rain is good for the environment, but potentially bad for bread, cereals and pasta.
Zoom unveils touchscreen for home conferencing
Zoom Wednesday set out to capitalize on its pandemic-powered popularity with a touchscreen display tuned to its video-conferencing platform.
Google ties more work tools into Gmail, aiming to get ahead of Microsoft
Alphabet Inc's Google said Wednesday its corporate Gmail customers would now be able to edit documents and other files without leaving the email service, as it aims to...
Tech entrepreneur's dismembered body found in luxury condo
The dismembered body of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was found inside his luxury Manhattan condo, police said Wednesday.
As new coronavirus travel restrictions kick in across Europe, a survey showed at least half of German, British and French travellers would rather cancel a holiday than quarantine afterwards, take a test upon arrival, or wear a mask outdoors.
Ibiza: between economic distress and unprecedented calm
On the largely-empty beach at Figueretas on Ibiza, social distancing isn't hard to do.
Coronavirus cost global tourism $320 billion in Jan-May: UN
The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $320 billion in lost revenue during the first five months of 2020, threatening the livelihoods of millions of...
Jordan says to reopen airport for commercial flights next month
Jordan said Thursday it will partially resume commercial flights from August to a limited number of European and Asian countries on an internationally approved safe list.
Masks and Mickey: Disneyland Paris reopens after four-month closure
Disneyland Paris welcomed back visitors on Wednesday after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, with face masks and social distancing the order of the...
Tesla Inc's rapid rise to become the world's most valuable carmaker could mark the start of a new era for the global auto industry, defined by a Silicon Valley approach to software that is overtaking old-school manufacturing know-how.
COVID-19, electric vehicles to reshape Thailand’s auto industry
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the remaking of Thailand's automotive industry, the backbone of Southeast Asia's auto sector, as factory shutdowns compound a...
Struggling Nissan launches electric car for 'new era'
Nissan Wednesday unveiled the Ariya, a new 100-percent electric crossover model that the boss of the struggling Japanese car manufacturer said would open a "new era" in...
Tesla 'very close' to level five autonomous driving technology, Musk says
US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is "very close" to achieving level 5 autonomous driving technology, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Thursday, referring to the...
Aston Martin's first SUV rolls off production line
Aston Martin's first sport utility vehicle rolled off the production line on Thursday, key to hopes of a turnaround at the luxury carmaker which has seen changes in...
It may be one of the most recognizable symbols of conservation, but efforts to protect the giant panda have failed to safeguard large mammals sharing its habitats, according to research published Monday showing dramatic declines of leopards and other predators.
Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest surge in July, worst in recent days
The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest jumped 28 percent in July from a year ago, official data showed Saturday, as some environmentalists warned a jump this...
Blue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen
The blue crab may be pretty but it is a menace along Albania's coast.
Scientists use drones to study great white sharks along California coast
Scientists are using drones and other technology to study great white sharks along the coast of Southern California to better understand interactions between these...
Siberian heatwave: Wildfires rage in Arctic, sea ice melts
The UN weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned...