Yasma Fuleihan has been interrupted by a phone call from a well-known U.N. official.
Ibrahim upbeat on release of Nusra Front hostages
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim Friday struck an upbeat note about the release of Lebanese servicemen held hostage by Syria-based jihadis, but he did not...
Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base
Militiamen loyal to Yemen's embattled president besieged an air base once crucial to the U.
Two ships run aground in Suez Canal, delaying traffic
A container ship ran aground in Egypt's Suez Canal in dense mist on Saturday morning, the canal authority said, delaying traffic through a vital global trade route for...
700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay
Seven hundred Liberian Ebola workers took to the streets of the capital Monrovia for a second day on Saturday to demand promised hazard pay.
Khalil, Aoun discuss draft budget, salary scale
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil visited Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun Friday, the first in a series of meetings he will hold with political leaders to...
Constitutional Council posts won’t go vacant
In a statement released Friday, the Constitutional Council dismissed media reports that its posts would become vacant when members’ terms expire in June.
Constitutional Council offers access to rulings
The Constitutional Council has unveiled a new website, offering the public access for the first time to all rulings made in its 20-year history.
ISIS claims deadly US consulate blast in Iraq
ISIS claimed Saturday a bombing near the U.S. consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region a day earlier that killed two Turks.
US military option 'old habit that dies hard': Iran FM
Iran's foreign minister dismissed Saturday the threat of a US military strike against Tehran's nuclear sites, describing such warnings as an "old habit that dies hard"...
Iraq PM's spokesman resigns over pro-Saddam song
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman Rafid Jaboori has resigned over a video showing him singing the praises of dictator Saddam Hussein more than a decade...
Two UN drivers killed as convoy attacked in northern Mali
Two drivers were shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, the UN mission said Saturday.
Somali Shebab kill local lawmaker
Somalia's Shebab shot dead a lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, the latest in a string of assassinations of politicians in the war-torn country.
Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links
Spain's Interior Ministry says two Spanish residents have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to jihadi terrorists and membership in the Islamic State...
Russian president Putin says he is ready to work with United States
Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a...
Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport increased by nearly 10 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to a statement released by the directorate general of the civil aviation.
Experts see weaknesses in 2015 draft budget
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil’s 2015 draft budget is not expected to be ratified by Cabinet or Parliament unless the bill is totally revised or amended to make it...
Iraq PM committed to reforms to attract business
Iraq is committed to making difficult reforms to its bureaucracy and regulations for foreign firms in order to attract much-needed investment, Prime Minister Haider...
Algeria sees power vacuum in face of oil crisis
When Abdelaziz Bouteflika ran for a fourth term as Algeria’s president a year ago, the opposition cautioned that he would be too sick to govern.
Airlines slash Moscow routes
In 2012, British discount airline easyJet beat Virgin Atlantic Airways in a fierce competition for the rights to fly from London’s Gatwick to Moscow’s Domodedovo...
Special economic zone offers hope for Tripoli
The recent appointment of members of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone Authority was a glimmer of hope for the impoverished and neglected northern city.
SMEs in Lebanon urged to participate in CSR
Small and medium enterprises should be more involved in Corporate Social Responsibility to enable this culture to flourish in Lebanon, said Rana Salhab, regional talent...
Consumers see some reprieve in 2014
Consumer confidence improved in Lebanon in the second half of 2014, according to the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index, reflecting consumers’ deep skepticism...
Iraq is committed to making difficult reforms to its bureaucracy and regulations for foreign firms in order to attract much-needed investment, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said at a Washington forum Thursday.
Rolls wins record $9.2B Emirates engine deal
Rolls-Royce has won a $9.2 billion deal to supply engines for 50 A380 aircraft for Dubai’s Emirates airline, the largest order in its history and giving it a boost...
Investors scurry as Iran fever reaches London
A final deal that removes international sanctions against Iran may still be months away, but foreign investors aren’t waiting to pile into the market.
Turkey's Babacan says G20 sees moderate but uneven recovery
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Friday that the Group of 20 leading economies saw a moderate, but uneven, global recovery, and said officials agreed...
In 2012, British discount airline easyJet beat Virgin Atlantic Airways in a fierce competition for the rights to fly from London’s Gatwick to Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, a route that became available when its former operator was swallowed up in a merger.
Europe stocks slide in worst week of the year
European stocks slid, completing the worst week of the year, as German stocks tumbled and concern grew over Greece’s negotiations with creditors.
Londoners flee steep house prices to provinces
Expensive housing, an overloaded transport system and a lack of space are driving thousands of Londoners out of the hectic British capital to other, calmer cities such...
Emerging shares lag for fifth year
The roaring stock market rallies of the United States, Japan and Europe show no sign of reaching most emerging markets, where lackluster economic growth and company...
Putin sees Russia’s return to growth in two years
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia’s economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to...
Friday’s address by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, focusing on developments in Yemen, was a model of consistency – as in consistent double standards.
Opportunity for Yemen
Nearly a month into the coalition air campaign in Yemen, a glimmer of hope has appeared with the passing of a U.N. Security Council resolution that demands a withdrawal...
Cameron’s record merits same praise as Obama’s
It is truly odd to read Paul Krugman rail, time and again, against the British government.
Why Europe backs Obama over an Iran deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems close to ordering a general mobilization of his country’s military, and Republicans in the United States are preparing...
The perils of our hopeless Arab youth
If there is one reason above all others that helps explain the many situations of armed conflict, political violence and state collapse across the Arab world, it must...
Education black hole
The release of a report this week on conditions in the Middle East is unlikely to gain much attention from global media outlets – probably because the words “extremism”...
Ball is in Iran court
As the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of a resolution placing an arms embargo on Houthi leaders in Yemen, aimed at halting the fighting there, Iran floated its...
Have we learned?
In mid-April of every year, Lebanese politicians denounce the Civil War.
Britain is abandoning its liberal values
It says something about the world we now live in that we know more about Mullah Omar’s terror plans, despite the fact he has been in hiding for the last decade, than...
Where Lebanon exports its gas is vital
One of the key decisions that Lebanon must make if natural gas is extracted off the country’s coast is determining how much will be earmarked for export.
The power of narrative in Turkey
At the end of March, a retrial finally resulted in the acquittal of more than 200 Turkish military officers who had been convicted of plotting a coup in 2003 against...
If there is one reason above all others that helps explain the many situations of armed conflict, political violence and state collapse across the Arab world, it must be that tens of millions of hopeless young men are wandering through their own societies like ghosts, unable to enjoy either satisfying employment or meaningful citizenship.
The Middle East shows no signs of recovering soon
Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today?
For Hillary Clinton, much empty space to fill
Hey, “everyday Americans,” what are you getting ready for?
A tribunal on the road to Damascus?
The remarks Tuesday by Hezbollah parliamentarian Hasan Fadlallah, deriding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon “as a scandalous breach of Lebanese sovereignty,” were...
Abadi’s moment of opportunity
The current visit to Washington by Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi comes at a decisive moment for his country and the entire region.
Chelsea's 1-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday opened up a 10-point lead and sent the engravers off to sharpen their tools as the Londoners' name looks set to be carved on the Premier League trophy.
Messi nets 400th Barca goal, Bale injured in Madrid win
Lionel Messi scores the 400th goal of his Barcelona career as the Catalans beat Champions League-chasing Valencia 2-0 at the Camp Nou.
Sagesse grind win through stifling defense
Sagesse scraped past Homenetmen 70-64 in Game 3 Friday of their quarterfinal series to lead 2-1, with Game 4 set to take place Saturday at Mezher.
Warriors, Cavaliers favored in NBA playoffs
Regular season heroes will rise and fall, rivalries will be renewed and the dark horses will get their chance when the National Basketball Association playoffs begin...
Djokovic crushes Cilic for Monaco semis spot
Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 Friday to move into the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Hamburg hope to be fifth time lucky with Labbadia
Former Bundesliga champions Hamburg SV appointed their fifth coach this season when they unveiled Bruno Labbadia Wednesday, hoping he can steer them past northern...
Wounded Paris resume title chase
Paris Saint-Germain will have little time to lick their wounds following their Champions League loss to Barcelona as they turn their focus back to the Ligue 1 title...
Lazio add a new twist to Serie A title race
Lazio’s charge up the Serie A table has given a new twist to the championship and a win at leaders Juventus in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash would add further spice.
Riyadi, Champville set for clash
Holders Riyadi and contenders Champville marched into the last four of the Lebanese Basketball League Thursday after sealing 3-0 wins in their respective quarterfinal...
NBA playoffs: Let the championship chase begin
New Orleans and Brooklyn are in the NBA playoffs.
Sagesse replace skiving top scorer Stoglin
Sagesse’s problems showed no signs of relenting as the green side surprisinglyreleased American top scorer Terrell Stoglin ahead of their third clash Friday at Ghazir.
Federer and holder Wawrinka stunned in Monte Carlo
Roger Federer joined holder Stan Wawrinka as an upset victim at the Monte Carlo Masters Thursday as the 2014 finalist lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to France’s Gael Monfils.
Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka win in Monte Carlo
Finalist Roger Federer and holder Stan Wawrinka rolled to quick-fire opening wins at the Monte Carlo Masters Wednesday as clay king Rafael Nadal also joined the Swiss...
Djokovic eases into third round at Monte Carlo
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic strolled into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-1, 6-4 win over qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas Tuesday.
French Open prize money up
Prize money at this year’s French Open will rise by 12 percent, with the lion’s share of the increase for early round losers, but the singles champions will still...
Just days after their latest spat following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg return this weekend to the scene of one of their most dramatic battles at the Bahrain GP.
Marquez aiming for Argentina encore
World champion Marc Marquez arrives in Argentina for Sunday’s third leg of the MotoGP championship with a spring in his step after dominating last weekend’s Grand Prix...
Rosberg should have tried harder: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has suggested he is mentally tougher than Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and questioned how hard the German really tried to beat him in last weekend’s...
Rosberg must speed up to beat teammate
Nico Rosberg may not have lost the plot, as some suggested in the wake of his outburst against Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, but he...
Hamilton wins for dominant Mercedes in China
Lewis Hamilton helps Mercedes reassert their authority over Ferrari by leading home teammate Nico Rosberg in a dominant display for the German outfit at the Formula One...
Usain Bolt has a few goals left before he retires: He wants to break his own 200-meter world record and do it by running under 19 seconds.
Reckless means ‘entertaining’ for Pacquiao
Appearing relaxed and confident, Manny Pacquiao embraced suggestions he was “a reckless fighter” when he held a workout for the media Wednesday ahead of his heavily...
Mayweather says Pacquiao too reckless to win
Floyd Mayweather says it will be two “hall-of-famers” in their prime when he and Manny Pacquiao clash in the richest fight in boxing history on May 2 at the MGM Hotel.
Former NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder
A US jury convicts former NFL star Aaron Hernandez of first-degree murder after seven days of deliberations, following a high-profile trial in Massachusetts
Golfer bitten by croc in Australia
A golfer vowed Tuesday to get back on the course after being bitten by a crocodile as he retrieved a ball from a water trap during a round in Australia.
Awards nights are usually reserved for showstopping gowns, but it one swoop, Robin Wright resisted the norm in a backless Ralph Lauren custom jumpsuit done in ivory as a contemporary take on the lady tuxedo.
Gisele Bundchen makes teary last catwalk turn
There were tears, hugs, and a standing ovation as supermodel Gisele Bundchen strode the catwalk one last time on her home turf in Brazil Wednesday.
How stray cats colonized AUB’s campus
On any given day, as students go about their lives at the American University of Beirut, attending classes, having lunch on a picnic bench or hanging out in their...
Serial kitten killer on the loose at AUB
The normally cat-friendly AUB campus has recently seen a series of sinister kitten killings close to its Issam Fares Institute.
Genesis Coupe revives historic sports car lore
When I review cars, more often than not I find myself selecting cars that I find intriguing or appealing, which makes it all the more surprising that over the past...
What’s in a hotel name? Deciphering the mystery
Today’s traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names.
Gisele’s farewell during Sao Paulo summer shows
Sao Paulo Fashion Week was off and running Monday focused on the summer 2016 season, as well as this week’s last turn on the catwalk for local girl-turned-supermodel...
Singapore high school math stumps the Internet
A math problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore’s elite high school students has baffled Internet users around the world after it went viral, prompting a...
On any given day, as students go about their lives at the American University of Beirut, attending classes, having lunch on a picnic bench or hanging out in their dorms, they often find themselves sharing their activities with a furrier cohort.
Travel agents to facilitate France tourist visa
France’s ambassador to Lebanon announced a new partnership with four travel agencies Tuesday, in a bid to boost the number of Lebanese tourists traveling to France.
A 150-day passport necessary for travel to Turkey
Lebanese citizens looking to travel to Turkey are asked to check the expiry date of their passports, General Security announced Tuesday.
Lebanese stylist Keyrouz shares her tips
As a kid, Sarah Keyrouz already had an eye for fashion and styling. “I was probably 12 when I started watching Fashion TV all day and started taking styling notes,” she...
When I review cars, more often than not I find myself selecting cars that I find intriguing or appealing, which makes it all the more surprising that over the past several months I have reviewed more models from Hyundai than from any other brand.
When buying a car, timing is everything
The prospect of buying a new car can be so exciting that people often let their impatience and emotions get the best of them and as a result miss out on what could be...
A tale of torque, twists and technology
“You ride good, right?,” an organizer of a Mount Lebanon motorcycle test ride event asked as he scribbled my name on a sign-up sheet to try out a fleet of 2015 KTMs and...
Audi Q3 brings class to crossover segment
This one has been a long time coming. It’s literally taken over three months until all the planets aligned in order for me to test drive and review the Audi Q3.
Lebanon’s roads incompatible with traffic laws
As much as most of us are delighted that Lebanon is finally getting traffic laws that somewhat conform with those in the rest of the world, it seems to me that the...
No doubt you’ve run across your share of PDF documents in your work and personal life. Adobe’s Portable Document Format has become a common way to publish newsletters, instruction manuals and even tax forms.
Robo-chef can perfectly mimic professional
A robotic chef that can whip up professional quality meals in a matter of minutes has been developed by engineers in the U.K., who call it the world’s first Automated...
Keeping tabs on your health from your back pocket
The smartphone in your pocket could be a valuable tool for medical research – and for treating a variety of ailments.
Awesome! 'Lego Dimensions' combining bricks and franchises
The creators of the "Lego" video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise.
New Apple Photos app makes fixing, cropping easy
If you’re like most people, those hundreds of photos you took on vacation are still on your camera or phone. You shared a handful on Facebook or Instagram, and tell...
Saint Helena’s major claim to fame is as the place where the fallen French emperor Napoleon died in exile, but now the destiny of the tiny island is about to change with the opening of its first airport next year.
Curonian Spit, a placid refuge in Lithuania
At the edge of the Valley of Silence, the landscape changes so suddenly it’s like strolling to another continent – from a placid, fragrant pine forest to a soaring wall...
Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage
Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the...
UAE cements its status as the region’s art hub
Abu Dhabi’s branches of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums may be long overdue, but that has not stopped the United Arab Emirates, better known to some for gold-vending...
Outdoor adventure at remote lodge in Nova Scotia
Into the forest we went with a mushroom hunter and guide in search of edibles in the speckled light of a summer afternoon.
Some people may be genetically programmed to feel better after taking placebo pills, while others may only heal with real drugs, suggests a new review of existing research.
The success of the Grower Champagne movement
Emilien Allouchery from Champagne Allouchery Perseval moved back to the family’s eight-hectare Montagne de Reims estate about 10 years ago, having worked overseas for...
Snoring, apnea linked to earlier memory decline
Older people who have sleep apnea, tend to begin experiencing cognitive decline about 10 years earlier than those without the disorder or those who use a breathing...
The brain’s aging and ways to stay sharp
The brain ages just like the rest of a body, says a new report that urges seniors to take steps to keep sharp.
Stuffed eggs with truffle oil
They’re a staple at picnics and backyard barbecues, but when it comes to a special occasion, they are so Cinderella before the ball.
Hype surrounding the eagerly anticipated “Star Wars” reboot made the jump to light speed Thursday as the movie’s makers unveiled a trailer that delighted fans with a glimpse of iconic characters Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Han Solo revs up 'Star Wars' fans in new 'Force Awakens' trailer
"Chewie, we're home."
So declares Harrison Ford's Han Solo in a new trailer released on Thursday for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the much anticipated return of one...
Iberian holy days: Wild celebrations
Smoke hung heavily over this hilly city, broken by flickering flames, when I mustered my courage, plunged into the crowd and brought down my bright-green hammer on a...
The art of plane about to crash
Among the array of soft-spoken multimedia works on display at the American University of Beirut Bank Byblos Art Gallery nowadays, the first you may notice is a 2014...
'Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested on public intoxication charge
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards was arrested early on Thursday on public intoxication and other charges after she refused to leave an upscale...
Hardy excels but Child 44 feels like 40 movies
The best-selling novel “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40...
Alan Rickman on returning to director’s chair
British actor Alan Rickman returns to the director’s chair after nearly 20 years with romantic period drama “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as a landscape...
True Story, handsomely made but misguided
Michael Finkel’s journalism career, torpedoed by a partly fabricated story, had just bottomed out when a phone call came asking why a man accused of murdering his wife...
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Displaced conversations about home
A man shows the camera operator around his flat, where his possessions are either loaded into boxes, or else temporarily unpackaged.
Remembering thespian Raymond Gebara
Lebanon Wednesday mourned the death of prominent playwright, director, actor and journalist Raymond Gebara, who died a day earlier at the age of 80.
Censorship row hits Istanbul festival
Nearly two dozen filmmakers and a group of international critics have pulled out of the Istanbul Film Festival after the government prevented the screening of a film...
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards was arrested early on Thursday on public intoxication and other charges after she refused to leave an upscale hotel in the city and later kicked an officer in the leg, police said.
Percy Sledge, singer of 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' dies at 74
Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of "When a Man Loves a Woman," died at his home in Louisiana at age 74 after battling cancer, his agent said on...
Daniel Craig gets 'license to save' as U.N. envoy on mines
As secret agent James Bond, Daniel Craig has a license to kill, but on Tuesday the United Nations gave the British actor a "license to save" by appointing him as the...
Man arrested in Vancouver hit-and-run of actor Ryan Reynolds
A 52-year-old Vancouver area photographer was arrested for last week's hit-and-run of actor Ryan Reynolds, who was not seriously injured in the incident, local police...
Kanye West Yerevan concert ends with lake dive
A free concert by Kanye West in the Armenian capital Yerevan came to an abrupt end after the U.S. rapper jumped into a lake, causing chaotic scenes.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield is taking music to intergalactic heights with the first album written and recorded in space.
Madonna closes Coachella festival with wet-kiss
Madonna startled an audience of tens of thousands by making out with the rapper Drake in an unexpected climax to the Coachella music festival.
Madonna closes Coachella festival with wet-kiss surprise
Rock hall opening doors to Ringo Starr
The first few years after the Beatles split, Ringo Starr had bragging rights on his mates.
Duo of rapper Wale, Jerry Seinfeld land at No.1 with album
Wale always wanted to feature Jerry Seinfeld in his music, but didn't know how to reach the superstar actor-comedian, who initially knew nothing about the rapper.