Every morning, when Elias al-Sheikh goes on his balcony, he finds a film of black soot on the railing. He lives just 1 kilometer away from the Zouk Mikael power plant, north of Beirut.
Lebanese men sport heels to stomp on abuse
Lebanese men strolled through Marina Dbayyeh in red high heels Sunday as part of the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign, an international march in women’s shoes to...
Turkey detains 350 migrants en route to Europe: report
The Turkish coastguard has rounded up 350 mainly Syrian migrants in an operation against a ship planning to take them to Europe, the official Anatolia news agency has...
Louay Hussein announces exile
A leading member of Syria’s so-called domestic opposition said Sunday he would not be returning home out of fear over his personal safety.
US should put N.Korea back on sponsors of terror list: report
North Korea has increased its 'material support' for terrorist organizations and should be placed back on America's list of nations that are state sponsors of...
Hezbollah keeps quiet about border airstrike
Hezbollah refused to comment Sunday on reports that Israel targeted its interests on the Syria-Lebanon border over the weekend.
Asiri seeks to defuse tension with Hezbollah
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri sought Sunday to defuse tension with Hezbollah over the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, voicing hope that the...
Aoun defying pressure to end presidential bid
Although it has become common knowledge by now that neither of Lebanon’s two main candidates to the presidential election – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun...
The Turkish coastguard has rounded up 350 mainly Syrian migrants in an operation against a ship planning to take them to Europe, the official Anatolia news agency has said.
For migrants, shipwrecks a risk worth taking
Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat knows his two daughters may drown trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
Gas leak at Iran's Arak refinery injures seven workers
A gas leak at the Arak oil refinery in central Iran injured seven workers on Sunday, four of them critically, the semi-official Fars news agency reports
Week of fighting in Iraq's Ramadi kills 30 police: officer
A week of heavy fighting between security forces and ISIS in the Ramadi area of Anbar province killed 30 police, a top officer says
North Korea has increased its 'material support' for terrorist organizations and should be placed back on America's list of nations that are state sponsors of terrorism, a report released Monday said.
Australia concern over doctor in ISIS video
Australia Monday said it was deeply concerned about an Australian-trained doctor who appears in an ISIS propaganda video which urges other medical professionals to join...
Rescue teams airlift climbers stranded at high altitude on Everest
Mountain rescue teams, helped by clear weather, used helicopters to airlift climbers stranded for two days at high altitude on Mount Everest after a powerful earthquake...
UNICEF says nearly a million children 'severely affected' in Nepal
Nearly a million children have been 'severely affected' by a severe earthquake in Nepal that has killed more than 3,200 people, a spokesman for the United Nations...
'Intense shelling' in flashpoint Ukraine village: OSCE
OSCE observers says they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February,...
BankMed, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, continued to maintain good results last year despite local and regional challenges.
BLOM profits reach $91.17 million
BLOM Bank reported a 4.17 percent increase in net profits in the first quarter of 2015 from the same period last year, driven by an increase in the income of the bank’s...
Ending Egypt's currency black market brings new challenges
Egypt's currency black market, a thorn in the side of successive governments, has virtually disappeared in the past two months following a central bank crackdown.
Damascus fair encourages people to ‘buy Syrian’
Syria’s entrepreneurs, suffering from crippling losses after four years of civil war, have launched a drive to encourage consumers, hit by burgeoning inflation as well...
Traffickers act like tour operators: investigator
The best way to understand the commercial scale of human trafficking across the Mediterranean, says a leading Italian investigator, is to view the people smugglers as...
Hajj Hasan: Buy Lebanese-made drugs
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Friday called for reducing imports of pharmaceutical products in order to encourage locally made medications.
World Bank urges Lebanon to make reforms
Policymakers need to urgently address Lebanon’s longstanding and worsening structural bottlenecks, said Eric Le Borgne, lead economist at the World Bank.
Farmers urge subsidies for exports by sea
Lebanese farmers are urging the government to subsidize the high cost of exporting produce by sea to the Gulf region following the closure of the Nassib border crossing.
Rebel seizure of Syrian border post hits traders
Syrian rebels’ seizure of the main frontier crossing with Jordan has dealt a heavy blow to the Damascus government’s efforts to revive a once thriving export trade...
Air Products JV wins $2B contract
A joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Holding and U.S.-based Air Products has been awarded a contract to build, own and operate the world’s largest industrial gas...
Gulf states give Egypt $6B in aid
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates deposited $6 billion with Egypt’s central bank Wednesday, the bank’s governor said, a sign the Gulf powers remain...
The best way to understand the commercial scale of human trafficking across the Mediterranean, says a leading Italian investigator, is to view the people smugglers as tour operators.
Central banks ability to pilot economies in doubt
Most central banks have been easing policy since the start of the year and are set to do more, but it still isn’t clear whether that new activism, which has pushed...
If Greece falls, no one wants be held responsible
“We’re going bust.” “No, you’re not.” “You’re strangling us.” “No we’re not.” “You owe us for World War II.” “We gave already.”
Investors’ climate change ‘gamble’ exposed
Nearly half of the world’s biggest investors have been accused of failing to protect their portfolios from climate change and of “gambling” on companies heavily exposed...
Rich turn London flats into ‘super’ homes
A vogue for joining together expensive properties in some of the UK’s most desirable addresses has been gathering momentum as wealthy Londoners and international...
The U.N. envoy to Syria is gearing up for another attempt to end the conflict but his approach now borders on the reckless. One might have expected that as the third international envoy to the crisis, Staffan de Mistura would have done his homework to avoid any pitfalls.
Politics of genocide
As Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide against their people, in which over 1 million were killed, and as similar acts of...
Can an Arab military force really work?
The framework nuclear agreement that Iran and the P-5 (China, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and the United States) plus Germany recently reached represents...
Disinvest from ExxonMobil over Arctic drilling
ExxonMobil’s business strategy is a danger to its shareholders and the world.
Looking for hope on the Armenian genocide
Where did I look for hope on Friday, the day that marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide?
Leading by example
As former Prime Minister Saad Hariri continues his meetings in the U.S., having met Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry, politicians at home in Lebanon are...
Talks, not demands
For the sake of what remains of a cohesive Yemeni state, is it essential that the Houthis and their backers now take the opportunity for peace, and take part in genuine...
Bungling the budget
After several months of bickering, horse trading and using the media to convince the public that they’re serious, Lebanese government ministers have been busy...
The framework nuclear agreement that Iran and the P-5 (China, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and the United States) plus Germany recently reached represents progress on one major security challenge in the Middle East.
Talk ideas, not burritos, when discussing Hillary
The discussion of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course,...
In the West policies are awash with empty phrases
Among the numerous challenges the West faces, one is consistently overlooked: its addiction to meaningless rhetoric.
Egypt looks for new ways to keep on the lights
Egypt’s energy sector has long been on an
New ideas to end the Palestine stalemate
What should we make of these developments related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that occurred Thursday?
Border wars will determine Assad’s fate
In recent months there has been much talk of a Hezbollah offensive in the Qalamoun district of Syria.
Obama strives to engage Iran and Saudi Arabia
President Barack Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies that the United States is...
The GCC faces the regional tsunami
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to grasp how they see the world is the best way to understand their behavior.
Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard won England's PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday.
Takaji inspires Nejmeh to Cup final
Nejmeh atoned for their meek Premier League title defense by reaching the Lebanese Cup final with a 3-1, semifinal win over Shabab al-Sahel after extra time Sunday.
Champville stun Riyadi to level series
Champville silenced the critics as they defeated reigning champions Riyadi Beirut 96-88 to level the best-of-seven semifinal series 1-1 Sunday at Dik al-Mehde.
Lebanese star Arakji to declare for NBA draft
Wael Arakji, the Lebanese point guard sensation that has been likened to Miami Heat and Slovenia star Goran Dragic, will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, it was...
Nishikori retains Barcelona title
Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar...
Guardiola achieves first step toward treble
Pep Guardiola has taken the first step toward winning the treble with Bayern Munich after he collected his fifth title with the Bavarians Sunday and his 19th as a coach.
Hernandez stars for Madrid in six-goal thriller
Javier Hernandez struck twice as Real Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga by reducing the Catalans’ lead to two points with a enthralling 4-2...
Chelsea's title bid on hold, Everton overpower United
Chelsea will have to keep the champagne on ice for at least a week after their seemingly inevitable progress towards the Premier League title was checked by a goalless...
Champions Riyadi crush Champville in Game 1
Reigning champions Riyadi Beirut routed Champville 113-69 at home in Game 1 of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the Lebanese Basketball League Friday.
Curry leads Warriors to OT win
Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 40 points, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to complete a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback that allowed the...
Final four tip off with Riyadi vs. Champville
The top four teams are ready to begin the penultimate stage before the 2015 Lebanese Basketball League finals.
Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar Sunday.
Nadal beats Almagro, Cilic exits
Rafael Nadal avenged last year’s loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic...
Struggling Nadal bemoans 'awful', 'negative' exit
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal describes his performance as "awful" as he crashes out of the Barcelona Open 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) to Italian Fabio Fognini.
Top-seeded Nishikori eases past at Gabashvili
Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia Tuesday.
Nadal set on further improvement in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal has a return to winning ways on clay in his sights as he targets a ninth title at the Barcelona Open this week.
After winning three out of four races and taking a 27-point lead in the standings, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has a new challenge as he and Mercedes prepare for the start of the European season.
Ferrari revived, but Mercedes retain control
Buoyed by the a revitalized driver pairing and a much-improved power unit, Ferrari have breathed new life into Formula One’s world championship battle this year – and...
Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant
Qatar’s hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add...
Hamilton wins again under Bahrain floodlights
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny...
Hamilton and Rosberg back at scene of battle
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...
Golden State’s Stephen Curry put in a match-winning performance as the Warriors became the first team to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs by beating New Orleans 109-98 Saturday, completing a 4-0 series sweep.
Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign
Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion with a unanimous points decision over a game but limited Bryant Jennings...
Kipchoge wins fierce London battle with Kipsang
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five...
Demetrious Johnson retains title at UFC 186
Demetrious Johnson retained his UFC flyweight champion title fashion Saturday night, controlling Kyoji Horiguchi for nearly the entire five-round bout before scoring...
Pacquiao-Mayweather shadow looms over Klitschko
Heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, the dominant star of what was once the sport’s most glamorous division, is struggling to get attention for his New York...
Whether wrapped in pink or blue, the new baby of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will have the power to influence trends across the globe as the latest addition to a powerful fashion dynasty.
De la Renta unveils bridal line
Peter Copping had hoped to work alongside Oscar de la Renta, but it was not to be: Just days after Copping was hired, the legendary de la Renta passed away from cancer.
Haute gastronomy meets haute couture
Delectable tastes and artsy presentations characterized “Abstract Rose” the menu Lebanese couturier Tony Ward concocted with the chefs at Phoenicia Hotel’s...
‘Little Italy’ draws in crowds at HORECA
Crowds gathered round to watch as one of the chefs at TOT?’s live cooking station at the Italian National Pavilion in HORECA tossed pizza dough into the air.
Satisfying China’s demand for urban 4x4s
Car manufacturers are targeting the Chinese appetite for “crossover” vehicles, 4x4s suitable for urban terrain being snapped up by status-conscious consumers as...
For some, prom is platform for social change
Proms have traditionally been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing. Some teens now see...
Workplace workouts snag on stressful culture
As evidence mounts that fit employees are productive workers, companies have slotted into the corporate routine an array of workplace workout initiatives, from in-house...
Production of secret to Chanel No. 5 under threat
Moroni, Comoros: In a dense thicket in the middle of the impoverished Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros, Ibrahim Bacar is plucking tiny ylang ylang flowers.
Delectable tastes and artsy presentations characterized “Abstract Rose” the menu Lebanese couturier Tony Ward concocted with the chefs at Phoenicia Hotel’s distinguished Eau de Vie gastronomic restaurant.
Wonder women thrive on mixed martial arts
“Women can either build or destroy the society. In my opinion,” Perla Abi Rached, owner of Eshtebak gym, says.
HORECA marks resilience of hospitality sector
As visitors walk through the crowds at HORECA this year, during the 22nd edition of the hospitality trade show, they wouldn’t be able to tell that Lebanon’s food...
The real Lebanese traffic code
I’m a grown woman who doesn’t drive.
Car manufacturers are targeting the Chinese appetite for “crossover” vehicles, 4x4s suitable for urban terrain being snapped up by status-conscious consumers as automakers fight for sales in an otherwise slowing market.
Toyota beats VW, GM for top place in sales
Toyota Motor Corp. is still at the top in global vehicle sales after the first quarter, selling 2.52 million vehicles around the world, outpacing rivals Volkswagen and...
Ford unveils new Taurus influenced by China
With its newest Taurus, Ford is joining the race to appeal to Chinese business buyers by offering bigger, more luxurious backseats.
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...
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...
When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with one that opens using a pass code.
Free home heating offered by e-Radiators
A Dutch energy firm is trailing a scheme that offers both the promise of free energy to homeowners and a cheap alternative to large data centers for computing firms.
Japan train breaks new world speed record
Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 km/hr mark, as Tokyo races to...
Apple Watch to boost glance journalism
With the Apple Watch expected to sell in the millions, news organizations are refocusing their efforts to become part of that tiny screen.
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...
There are two must-have selfies for any visitor to show off from Miami: One on the sands of South Beach, and one against the bold murals of Wynwood.
The Black Forest: dark woods and fungi
The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight.
Swiss hotel schools look to remain world best
It feels like a luxury restaurant, with starched-uniformed waiters pouring pricy wine and explaining the intricate details of a gourmet menu as diners gaze out at a...
St Helena: a remote island with a rich history
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...
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...
A warm curry for a cool spring evening? Sounds about right. This weeknight-friendly chicken curry rich with spices and coconut milk is a perfect dinner on a chilly, wet spring night.
Black cardamom-orange flourless chocolate cake
If delicate green cardamom pods are the queen of spices, black cardamom might be Maleficent.
Fascinating wines from the island of Gods
Greek myth tells us that Dionysus, son of Zeus, the king of the gods, gave wine to the world. In recognition, his face appears on the badge that sommeliers wear.
UN sees uphill malaria fight
Malaria still claims nearly 600,000 lives a year, the UN says , urging further action to boost recent strides in combating the disease.
Mind training effective in combating depression
A form of mental training which helps people recognize the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers...
In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about problems faced by the community, he is not self-appointing himself as a spokesman.
Gunshots fired at rapper Lil Wayne's tour buses on Georgia highway
Multiple gunshots were fired early Sunday into two buses carrying Grammy-winning rap music star Lil Wayne and his entourage on a Georgia highway following a performance...
Box Office: 'Furious 7' Races Past 'Age of Adaline'
Native Americans walk off Sandler movie
When a group of Native American actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week, their decision generated praise and scorn on social media.
Gerhaher and Harteros top singers at International Opera Awards
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera...
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow files for divorce from Chris Martin
A year after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their decision to "consciously uncouple," the Oscar-winning actress has filed divorce papers in a Los Angeles...
Willie Nelson joins the celebrity pot trade
Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner...
Ben Affleck says he regrets asking PBS to edit out slave-owning ancestor
Actor Ben Affleck said Tuesday he regretted asking a PBS documentary show profiling his ancestors to not include a relative who was an owner of slaves, saying he was...
Schwarzenegger takes first dramatic role
Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his dramatic, tender side and sheds a few tears as a farmer struggling to care for his dying daughter in “Maggie,” an...
Crowe finds his roots with The Water Diviner
At least Russell Crowe is self-aware. “It won’t come as any surprise to you,” he says, “but I’m completely comfortable when all the creative decisions are mine.”
Sequels multiply in summer movie season
“I’ll be back,” the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also...
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera Awards on Sunday.
Stromae taps Kanye West in Coachella surprise
Belgium's Stromae brought in a fellow superstar from across the Atlantic, Kanye West, in a surprise Sunday on the final day of the Coachella festival.
Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee
Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month.
Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert big winners at Country Music awards
Luke Bryan won the fan-voted top prize of entertainer of the year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, which drew more than 70,000 fans to the AT&T...
Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Furious 7's Walker tops UK chart
American rapper Wiz Khalifa has scored the fastest selling single of the year, as his tribute to actor Paul Walker, "See You Again", climbed 21 places to top the...
Kneeling on stage, Christophe Beranger leaned forward, slid his hands beneath a sheet of translucent wax several meters across, and lifted it.
All new Whitney Museum opens in NYC
Four years after breaking ground, New York’s much-loved Whitney Museum for American Art reopens Friday in a futuristic $422 million premises built by Italian architect...
Sudanese poet Muhammad al-Fayturi dies in Rabat
Sudanese poet Muhammad al-Fayturi died in a Rabat hospital Friday, after a long struggle with illness.
Voice dents on chip bags, sound archaeology, art
For most, art is objects. If pressed, they will concede that images too can be art, as can sounds.
Stoppard: It’s a frightening time for free speech
Playwright Tom Stoppard said he will accept PEN’s highest award next month in New York to put a spotlight on a “frightening time” for free expression.