Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea met Saturday evening to discuss the latest obstacle to forming a new government: the battle over the Justice Ministry.
Govt formation uncertain: Hezbollah official
Hezbollah Deputy Leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said he is neither optimistic nor pessimist on the speed of government formation, in comments published Sunday by the...
Taiwan train crash kills at least 18, injures 160
At least 18 people died and 160 were injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan Sunday, authorities said.
Trump says US to exit nuclear treaty, Russia warns of retaliation
Washington's planned withdrawal from the international Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would be a very dangerous step, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei...
Coalition denies targeting civilians in deadly east Syria raid
The U.S.-led coalition denied Sunday that it targeted civilians in a recent deadly raid in eastern Syria, insisting instead that it had fired on a Daesh (ISIS) command...
Most Syrian refugees in Lebanon want to return: UNHCR
The head of the U.N. agency for refugees in Lebanon said Sunday that 88 percent of Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon want to return to their homeland, according to...
Fuel tank explodes, injures 2
A diesel fuel storage tank exploded Saturday in Baalbeck, injuring two Syrian workers, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Nasrallah: Saudi cover for Yemen war collapsing
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday used controversy around the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to call on Saudi Arabia to end...
Scottish leader pulls out of media event featuring Bannon
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of an Edinburgh conference because former White House strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to speak at the event.
Fifty-five people killed in violence in northern Nigerian state of Kaduna
Communal violence in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna over the last few days has killed 55 people, the local police commissioner said Sunday.
Afghans shut out by polling station chaos return to vote
Afghanistan's parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues, as a roadside bomb killed nearly a dozen civilians...
The U.S.-led coalition denied Sunday that it targeted civilians in a recent deadly raid in eastern Syria, insisting instead that it had fired on a Daesh (ISIS) command post.
Suspected militants kill 3 workers in Egypt's Sinai
Egyptian security officials say three workers contracted to build a security wall in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish have been shot dead by suspected militants.
Premature to comment on Saudi sanctions: Mnuchin
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday it was premature to comment on possible U.S. sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal...
Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death not credible: UK
Britain Sunday said Saudi Arabia's account of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its Istanbul consulate was not credible and the culprits must be...
Palestinian governor of Jerusalem arrested: Israel
Israeli forces have arrested the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem for unspecified offenses he allegedly committed in the occupied West Bank, the Palestine Liberation...
The Movenpick Hotel in Beirut’s Raouche has been bought by a group of Lebanese businessmen for close to $110 million from Saudi-based Kingdom Holding Company, which is owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a source familiar with the deal said.
BDL e-platform coming soon: Salameh
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Thursday that BDL will soon launch an electronic platform to enhance shares trading and international connections.
Mnuchin hails Israel investment opportunities, infrastructure
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin praised investment opportunities in Israel on Sunday and said Washington would increase its participation in infrastructure...
Foreigners sold net $1B of Saudi stocks in a week
Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyal ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed Sunday – one of the biggest selloff since the...
Most UK firms to trigger Brexit safety plans 'by Christmas'
The vast majority of British firms are poised to implement their Brexit contingency plans by Christmas if there isn't greater clarity over the country's exit from the...
Hariri shows dedication to sustainable growth
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday Lebanon was firmly committed to achieving the sustainable development goals, through solid partnership with all key...
Solidere shares surge on Cabinet hope
News that Lebanon’s Cabinet formation is imminent has reflected positively on the performance of Solidere shares, which jumped by an average of more than 17 percent in...
Assessing Lebanon’s economic database
It is widely known that data in Lebanon is lacking, and difficult to access even in cases where it does exist.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin praised investment opportunities in Israel on Sunday and said Washington would increase its participation in infrastructure projects there.
OPEC struggling with oil output boost
OPEC is struggling to add barrels to the market after agreeing in June to increase output, an internal document seen by Reuters showed, as an increase in Saudi Arabia...
Saudi conference boycott shows threat to economy
A Western boycott of a major business conference in Riyadh next week suggests rising political risks in Saudi Arabia could harm its ambitions to attract foreign capital...
DP World sees key role for Eritrea in ports plan
The Red Sea state of Eritrea may play a key role in DP World Ltd.’s plans in the Horn of Africa, where a dozen ports could be needed to service the region, Chief...
The vast majority of British firms are poised to implement their Brexit contingency plans by Christmas if there isn't greater clarity over the country's exit from the European Union, a leading business group warned Sunday.
Watchdog to set rules for global cryptocurrency
The global watchdog for money laundering regulation said Friday it will set up its first rules by June on how countries should oversee cryptocurrencies.
Russian oligarch loses $585M divorce case
A Russian billionaire fighting one the largest divorce payouts in U.K. history lost a Moscow court case where he tried to prove that his marriage had been dissolved 16...
Macron’s reform push starts to pay off
While France has experienced political turbulence and disappointing economic data in recent months, beneath the surface are signs of deeper change that suggest...
Wall Street edges higher on earnings optimism
U.S. stocks were slightly higher Friday as strong earnings from major U.S. companies such as Procter & Gamble helped brush aside growth risk concerns in Europe and...
At long last, after months of feuding, hostile rhetoric and one-upmanship, by all accounts government formation appears to be just around the corner.
They say that if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. With Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s self-imposed 10-day deadline to form a government upon us, it...
Policing for Syrian refugees in Jordan
Jordan’s official refugee camps, where roughly 20 percent of Jordan’s 671,000 registered Syrian refugees live, have served as testing grounds for policing models since...
The ongoing civil war in the United States
America continues be in a state of civil war.
An AI wake-up call from ancient Greece
In discussions about the implications of artificial intelligence (AI), someone almost always evokes the ancient Greek myth of Pandora’s box.
Obstructor in chief
It’s time to say enough is enough because we’re out of time. Someone needs to step in and remove the cog obstructing the smooth running of our political system.
The press in distress
After Al-Anwar newspaper stood the test of time through Lebanon’s worst days, its closure after 60 years is nothing short of tragic, tantamount to a massacre of the...
It’s time to call out the actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who treats the world community as a group of nonentities, naive enough to be swayed by...
Jordan’s official refugee camps, where roughly 20 percent of Jordan’s 671,000 registered Syrian refugees live, have served as testing grounds for policing models since 2012.
The case against national AI strategies
Efforts to develop artificial intelligence are increasingly being framed as a global race, or even a new Great Game.
Will Italy’s economic problems sink Europe?
Despite political turmoil and emerging risks at the global level, the eurozone has had two years of strong economic growth, at least by its own historically...
Is ‘Hothouse Earth’ avoidable?
Nearly 50 years ago, the Club of Rome’s report “Limits to Growth” warned that if economic growth continued apace without regard for the environment, the world could...
Just say no to agricultural gene drive technology
First, the agribusiness giants came to take our land and disrupt our food systems with synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, proprietary seeds, and genetically modified...
Winning the war on tuberculosis
The world is finally waking up to the threat posed by one of the most overlooked diseases of our time.
Trump’s North American trade charade
When the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was announced, it was met by a sigh of relief around the world.
A new Cold War against China is won at home
The Trump administration’s most significant and lasting decisions will be about U.S. policy toward China.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored once in each half and set up a third goal to steer the German champions to a 3-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday and give them their first win in five games in all competitions.
I believe in Real Madrid more than ever: Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui insists he believes in his struggling Real Madrid team more than ever and remains calm about his future despite their 2-1 loss at home to Levante on...
Halep withdraws from WTA Finals
World No. 1 Simona Halep pulled out of next week’s WTA Finals due to a lower back injury Thursday, handing first alternate Kiki Bertens a spot at the season-ending...
Revamped Davis Cup not about individuals: Pique
The focus of the new-look Davis Cup should be about teams and not individuals, Gerard Pique said Wednesday, brushing aside concerns that top names such as Roger Federer...
James delivers but Portland spoil Lakers debut
LeBron James began his Los Angeles Lakers era with two rim-rattling dunks Thursday, but the 14-time All Star couldn’t reverse a string of losing debut games with new...
Barkley salvages last-gasp point for Chelsea against Man Utd
An injury time goal from substitute Ross Barkley earned Chelsea a last-gasp 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday in a match that...
Tall guides Ansar to valuable win over Racing
Elhadji Tall rediscovered his scoring touch from last season to fire Ansar to a valuable 1-0 win over Racing in the Lebanese Premier League Friday.
Henry makes Ligue 1 return to free-falling Monaco
Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 19 years this weekend, tasked with dragging a crisis-hit Monaco away from the relegation zone after a miserable...
World No. 1 Simona Halep pulled out of next week’s WTA Finals due to a lower back injury Thursday, handing first alternate Kiki Bertens a spot at the season-ending eight-woman event in Singapore for the first time.
‘New’ Djokovic is gunning for No.1 spot
The “new” Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world No. 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric...
Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title
Novak Djokovic continued his scintillating run of form as he breezed past Croatian Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time Sunday.
Coric faces Djokovic in Shanghai final
Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final Sunday.
LeBron James began his Los Angeles Lakers era with two rim-rattling dunks Thursday, but the 14-time All Star couldn’t reverse a string of losing debut games with new NBA teams.
Blazers spoil LeBron's Lakers debut
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points, and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24 points in his first appearance in a Portland uniform, leading...
Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets
Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Elfrid Payton finished with a triple-double as the New Orleans Pelicans got their NBA season off to a roaring start by clobbering the...
Warriors raise title banner, silence Thunder
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant accepted their championship rings Tuesday for leading Golden State to a third NBA title in four campaigns, then powered the Warriors over...
Five players to watch in the 2018-19 NBA season
Five players to watch in the 2018-19 NBA season that starts Tuesday.
Philippine boxing idol Manny Pacquiao said a January fight in the U.S. with American Adrien Broner is almost certain, but he dodged the mounting speculation of a possible rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather.
O’Sullivan hits maximum 147 break at ‘hellhole’
Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan struck a maximum 147 break Wednesday at a venue that only two days before he had condemned as a “hellhole” that smelt of urine.
Alvarez inks $365M streaming service deal
World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has signed a lucrative long-term deal with sports streaming service DAZN that will see him earn at least $365 million...
Packers beat 49ers on Crosby’s dramatic kick
Mason Crosby, who missed four kicks a week ago, connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired Monday to lift the Green Bay Packers over San Francisco 33-30 in an...
IAAF delays new hormone rules over Semenya case
The IAAF announced Tuesday it had agreed to postpone by five months the implementation of controversial new rules on high testosterone levels in female athletes to...
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest lap in Friday's rain-soaked first practice for the U.S. Grand Prix as he chases a fifth career championship this weekend.
Hamilton poised to join five-time champions club
Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of history this week as he needs to outscore Sebastian Vettel by eight points at the United States Grand Prix to become only the...
‘Michael’s genes’: Schumacher lifts F3 title
Mick Schumacher is tipped to carry the famous surname into Formula One as the newly-crowned European Formula Three champion finished the season with his 14th podium...
New all-female series aims to get women to F1
A new all-female racing series was launched Wednesday, supported by former Grand Prix driver David Coulthard and top designer Adrian Newey, with the aim of helping...
Now ‘impossible’ for Vettel to win F1 title
Even Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise would baulk at the task facing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
A new partnership between Deezer, the global music streaming service, and Rotana might see music fans switching from the popular Anghami, with the launch of Deezer’s MENA region services Thursday.
‘Venice of the East’ hosts Bangkok Art Biennale
More than 100,000 small white porcelain skulls cover a walkway at a temple in the Thai capital, an evocative installation on mortality featured in the first-ever...
Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper' named most popular in UK
The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.
Spanish opera star Montserrat Caballe dies aged 85
Spain's world-famous opera star Montserrat Caballe has died in Barcelona, a source at the hospital where she was being treated said Saturday.
McCarthy, Grant on forgery and friendship
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is a film about Lee Israel, a biographer who started a side hustle writing fake letters as Noel Coward, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Parker and...
‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ missing the payoff
Drew Goddard, the screenwriter-cum-director whose feature debut was the meta-horror film “A Cabin in the Woods,” has laid another movie trap.
Opera mezzo sees softer side of Dalila
For Elina Garanca, there’s a clue nestled in the score of Camille Saint-Saens’ opera “Samson et Dalila” that suggests the pagan beauty has genuine feelings for the hero...
First Man’ is at once intimate and grand
Nearly a half-century has passed since the majestic moment when Neil Armstrong stepped carefully onto the lunar landscape, left foot first, taking that giant leap for...
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is a film about Lee Israel, a biographer who started a side hustle writing fake letters as Noel Coward, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Parker and other deceased luminaries and selling them to collectors.
Time for women to sexualize men, Issa Rae says
Rising U.S. star Issa Rae shrugged off sexualizing men in her hit television series “Insecure,” Wednesday, saying it was time for the “female gaze” to have its day.
Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ a triumph
There can be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne. You might not even miss her that much. ABC aired the first episode of its Roseanne Barr-free spinoff “The Conners” Tuesday...
Outrageous new dating shows cut to the chase
Once upon a time, people made an effort to get to know each other learning each other’s names, say before hopping into bed.
Kidman transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer,” playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history.
The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney for 16-day tour
A beaming Meghan Markle looked remarkably unfatigued by a 22-hour flight as she walked out of Sydney's airport with Prince Harry Monday for a rest day before they...
Luxury shoppers in China buying bags, not BMWs
China’s luxury shoppers are becoming more selective as the trade war rattles the world’s second-largest economy, shunning big ticket items like pricey cars but...
Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight set to get 28 years in prison
Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is expected to be sentenced to nearly three decades in prison in a Los Angeles court.
Cardi B gets assault summons but lawyer say she did no harm
Cardi B was given a summons on Monday for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault in connection with a melee at a New York strip club.
A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman’s identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby’s auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.
School in Cairo slum struggles to fund pupils
Among the poorest of Egypt’s poor, the so-called “zabbaleen” who scavenge through garbage to eke out a living in a Cairo slum struggle to keep their children in school.
Technologys warning system for heart attacks
A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say.
The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilograms
In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos.
Rural gems at Beirut’s first fair trade market
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s...
Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi
British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands Friday as they hit Sydney's famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their...
Salvinis savvy social media skills
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has doubled support for his far-right party in just seven months by cultivating a savvy social media presence that any...
#MeToo personal for series costume designer
From the United States to Argentina, by way of Ireland and Poland, the red habit and white bonnet synonymous with “The Handmaid’s Tale” have become a powerful symbol of...
Have appendicitis? Antibiotics now viable alternative to surgery
When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery.
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s iconic Trainstation.
Hikers set off on mountain trail fall trek
As trails coordinator for Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife and a board member of the World Trails Network, Kerstin Stender spends a lot of time in...
Tango enthusiasts gather in Jbeil for festival
This weekend, cultures are once again converging in Jbeil for the city’s annual tango festival, which has brought together visitors from Lebanon and abroad who are keen...
Designers explore local and world relationships
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship...
China is planning to launch its own “artificial moon” by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday.
Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition
It's now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition...
Smell and stress sensors a smash at Tokyo tech fair
State-of-the-art sensors that can measure stress levels, mood, posture, performance and even smell took center stage at Asia's top high-tech fair in Tokyo.
Most Americans identifiable by relative’s DNA?
The remarkable technique that was used to identify the suspected “Golden State Killer” four decades after his crimes genetic genealogy could be used to identify half of...
Of mice and men: Babies produced from same-sex mice pairs
A team of researchers has produced viable offspring from same-sex pairs of mice, using a novel technology that involves stem cells altered to remove certain genes.
Facebook Inc. Monday released a smart speaker designed to ease video calls, but the company’s history of privacy mishaps and the device’s price and limited functionality could slow it from taking on market leaders Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Former United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon warned Tuesday that the world is at the "point of no return" on climate change as he launched an international commission on responses to global warming.
S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first
Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation center outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it’s hard to see anything out...
Row rages over Great Barrier Reef
A row is raging over Australia’s warming-damaged Great Barrier Reef, with firms worried that scientists’ apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of the water.
Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut
Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a...
Drivers see red over Oslo’s green ‘Berlin Wall against motorists’
Determined to go green, Oslo is slowly but surely ridding its city center of motorists, angering some who say the “war on cars” is putting the brakes on individual...