Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of federal funding to resettle refugees from Syria and nearby countries, the bill's sponsor said Tuesday
Paris attack ringleader returned to scene of crime
The ringleader of the Paris attacks returned to the scene of the shootings and was near the Bataclan concert hall while police were still trying to oust the gunmen who...
Turkey's Erdogan defends right to protect borders after jet shot down
President Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday defended Turkey's right to protect its borders after Turkish fighter jets shot down a warplane near the Syrian border, an incident he...
State of emergency declared in Tunis after bombing: presidency
Health minister orders investigation into death of patient
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Tuesday ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the death of Ahmad Khodr Abdul Majeed in the northern district of Akkar after...
Obama to meet with Xi, Modi at Paris climate talks
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with China's president and India's prime minister on the first day of Paris climate talks on Nov. 30 to give momentum to the...
UN chief will try to visit North Korea as soon as possible
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will try to visit North Korea "at the earliest possible date" in an effort to promote peace on the Korean peninsula
Pakistan female fighter pilot dies in jet crash
One of Pakistan's few female fighter jet pilots was killed in a training crash Tuesday, the air force said in a statement, adding that she was the first of its women...
President Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday defended Turkey's right to protect its borders after Turkish fighter jets shot down a warplane near the Syrian border, an incident he said Turkey had made every effort to avoid
EU sets up 3B euro fund for refugees in Turkey
The European Union's executive arm on Tuesday confirmed it will set up a 3-billion euro fund for two years to help Turkey support Syrian refugees and also stem the...
Ex-Wall Street banker Simsek to lead Turkish economy
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu named a respected former finance minister and banker to run the economy Tuesday, offering some reassurance to investors concerned...
Rebels blow up bridges to hamper advance by Yemen loyalists
Iran-backed rebels in Yemen have blown up several bridges in the mountainous southwestern Taez province to hamper the advance of pro-government forces, military sources...
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Tuesday ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the death of Ahmad Khodr Abdul Majeed in the northern district of Akkar after al-Youssef Hospital reportedly refused to admit him.
Russian ambassador thanks Lebanon for anti-terror efforts
Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin Tuesday said he was grateful for Beirut's cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Man arrested over Lebanon church burglaries
A man was arrested for breaking into and robbing two churches in Jbeil, north of Beirut, the National News Agency said on Tuesday.
Security forces wrap up preliminary investigation of Beirut attack
Preliminary results of an investigation into the deadly twin suicide bombings that struck a Beirut southern suburb were handed over to Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr...
Salam praises Hariri efforts to end standstill
Prime Minister Tammam Salam described talks led by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to end the political stalemate in Lebanon as "positive," and said that talks are...
Tax incentive, European passports, permanent residence and a good return in profits are among the incentives offered by Cyprus to lure Lebanese and foreign investors, a Cypriot lawmaker said.
Roundtable eyes Arab-China banking ties
“I must admit we do not have good Chinese food in Lebanon,” Banque du Liban Vice Governor Muhammad Baasiri said Thursday, when noting his taste for the cuisine in a...
Turkish banks need more to halt profit squeeze
The return of single-party government to Turkey this month boosted share prices for the nation’s banks, yet the squeeze on profits is set to continue for some time.
Cyprus: Energy deal to export gas to Egypt
A move by British oil and gas company BG International to buy a stake in Cyprus’ offshore mineral deposits is an important step forward for the country’s plans to...
French economy already hurting from attacks
The attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more are hurting the French economy at a time when the wider 19-country eurozone appears to be growing...
Security, tensions take heavy toll on economy
Lebanese economic sectors have seen a remarkable decline in growth this year attributed to the deterioration of political and security situation in the country.
Finance Ministry lauds banks’ role in economy
Alain Bifani, director general at the Finance Ministry, praised the banking system for playing a vital role in the Lebanese economy by creating job opportunities...
Remittances key to economic development
Heads of economic associations in Lebanon emphasized the importance of contributions by Lebanese expats to the Lebanese economy at a news conference held Thursday at...
Turkey, Northern Cyprus in dispute over water
Turkey is locked in a dispute with the government in Northern Cyprus over the distribution of water to the island via the world’s longest undersea pipeline, officials...
Mexico City, Berlin top Emirates route wish list
Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, has identified Mexico City and Berlin as the most attractive new destinations that would become available with...
Purchasing power in Syria drops 80 pct
Residents of war-torn Syria have seen their purchasing power drop by an estimated 80 percent since the beginning of the country’s conflict in 2011, the Al-Watan daily...
The attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more are hurting the French economy at a time when the wider 19-country eurozone appears to be growing at the fastest pace in four and a half years, a survey showed Monday.
Pfizer to buy Allergan in $160 billion deal
Pfizer Inc. Monday said it would buy Botox-maker Allergan PLC in a record-breaking deal worth $160 billion, designed to cut the company’s U.S. tax bill by moving its...
Activists take aim at BDCs
It is sometimes forgotten that the biggest bank takeover of all time - the three-way acquisition of ABN Amro back in 2008 - was triggered by an ABN break-up agenda...
France seeks ways to check suspects’ accounts
France’s finance ministry is seeking new authority to track the bank accounts of people who have merely come under the suspicion of the intelligence agencies as part of...
Expensive Swiss franc tests central bank
For mountaineers high in the Swiss Alps, the path ahead sometimes looks perilous, whichever way they turn.
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Ever since the war in Syria started there have been two mantras: Barack Obama saying any solution requires Bashar Assad’s departure, and Vladimir Putin saying any...
What’s wrong with the Egyptian pound?
Recent movements in the exchange rate have generated considerable commentary and speculation in the media and the public about what’s going on with the Egyptian pound...
Syria’s two wars
Syria is being wracked by two wars.
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
A strange amnesia seems to have enveloped a group of American lawmakers, who are trying to slam the United States’ door shut in the face of Syrian refugees.
President the priority
The good news is that Lebanon’s top leaders have agreed that dialogue is the only way to address the seemingly endless list of problems the country is facing.
Scent of subterfuge
Strong words have been coming out of U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande Monday, with ISIS’ attack on...
Recent movements in the exchange rate have generated considerable commentary and speculation in the media and the public about what’s going on with the Egyptian pound and where it is headed.
The decline of the West revisited
The terrorist slaughter in Paris has once again brought into sharp relief the storm clouds gathering over the 21st century, dimming the bright promise for Europe and...
Abadi’s failed reforms blamed on his missteps
The Iraqi parliament voted on Nov. 2 to revoke any mandate for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to conduct reforms, putting an end to an 11-week period in which the weak...
ISIS’ molding of Syrian children
ISIS is recruiting a new wave of combatants into its ranks following the joint forces’ advances into Raqqa province and to assert its control over larger swaths of the...
Syria peace process a play without actors
While the world has been preoccupied with the ISIS and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna...
Trump and the Republican crack-up
Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon begin to descend.
Lessons from ISIS attacks in Beirut, Sinai
The devastating terror bombs Thursday in a south Beirut high-density residential and commercial area, following the apparent bomb that brought down a Russian civilian...
The diplomatic high wire over Syria
“Syrian peace talks” is one of those phrases where the soothing words don’t fit the nightmare reality.
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can still salvage their calamitous Champions League campaign as they prepare for Tuesday’s do-or-die showdown with Dinamo Zagreb.
Messi back as Barca eye last 16 against Roma
Fresh from thrashing bitter rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at the weekend, Barcelona are aiming to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League when Roma visit the...
Warriors on cusp of history
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015.
Rockets pull out OT win after firing McHale
James Harden scored 45 points, including all nine for Houston in overtime, as the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 Wednesday after firing coach Kevin...
Athletes storm Kenyan athletics federation office
Dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the athletics federation headquarters in Nairobi Monday, locking out officials and demanding that top Athletics Kenya bosses step down...
No problem with Mourinho: Hazard
Eden Hazard has come under fire for some underwhelming performances and was benched by Jose Mourinho during Chelsea’s woeful start to the campaign, but the Belgian says...
Perez will not quit after Clasico, backs Benitez
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has rebuffed calls from angry fans for him to step down and backed coach Rafa Benitez after Saturday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at...
FIFA court opens case against Blatter, Platini
The judgment arm of FIFA’s ethics committee Monday opened a case against the body’s suspended President Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, with a verdict in the...
Warriors make it a dozen wins, stay perfect
The Golden State Warriors made it an even dozen wins to start the NBA season Tuesday, but their 115-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors was no cakewalk.
Dallas Mavericks saved by Nowitzki
Dallas was at risk of becoming the first team to lose to Philadelphia since March before Dirk Nowitzki took over late in the last quarter and led the Mavericks to a...
Jazz hang on, Celtics rout Thunder
Atlanta’s Paul Millsap missed on a couple of late attempts and the Hawks were beaten 97-96 by Utah Sunday, missing a chance to extend their NBA Southeast Division lead.
Dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the athletics federation headquarters in Nairobi Monday, locking out officials and demanding that top Athletics Kenya bosses step down following allegations of graft and doping cover-ups.
Cotto says winning against Alvarez is enough
Puerto Rican middleweight Miguel Cotto says he doesn’t need a world title to lend importance to his Saturday showdown with Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Australian Jones named England's first foreign coach
Australian Eddie Jones has been appointed coach of the England rugby team on a four-year contract starting in December, the Rugby Football Union said Friday
G.A.B McCaw goes out on top of the heap
With nothing left to prove, Richie McCaw has brought the curtain down on a 14-year international career that has left many calling him the greatest rugby player of all...
Gentle giant Lomu changed rugby forever
Less than three weeks after the All Blacks emerged triumphant at rugby’s most successful World Cup, the sport was plunged into mourning following the untimely death of...
Novak Djokovic has set his sights on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to have eluded him – the French Open and Olympics.
Davis Cup final will go ahead: local organizers
The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead despite Brussels being placed on maximum alert over the threat of an imminent attack, local organizers and...
Nadal wins Ferrer marathon ahead of Djokovic test
Rafael Nadal battled to his third successive win at the ATP Tour Finals, but his marathon 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over David Ferrer might prove a significant blow...
Djokovic joins Federer in Tour semis
Roger Federer’s enduring brilliance and his sheer hatred of losing allowed him to withstand a stunning Kei Nishikori fightback and remain undefeated at the ATP World...
Nadal imperious as Murray crumbles
Rafael Nadal was in imperious form as he crushed Andy Murray at the World Tour Finals Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at London’s O2 Arena.
Talks with Renault for the takeover of the struggling Lotus Formula One team are almost done, according to owner and principal Gerard Lopez
Rosberg on a roll with Brazilian GP win
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late...
Rosberg roars back to top Brazil practice
Nico Rosberg bounced back after being left behind by a dominant Lewis Hamilton in the morning to top the times for Mercedes in Friday’s second free practice session for...
Rossi bitter over wasted last chance
New MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has accused Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi of sour grapes after Sunday’s deciding race in Valencia, saying the Italian knows he...
Rossi blasts ‘stitch-up’ as Lorenzo wins title
Italian great Valentino Rossi blasted a Spanish “stitch-up” Sunday after Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo won the final round of the season in Valencia to take his third...
A cancer-ridden matriarch with a serious addiction, unintentional incest between two lost souls, a teenager with a penchant for hashish and a dark family secret.
'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York
A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
Exhibition of Pollock’s black paintings in Dallas
The largest exhibition ever assembled of Jackson Pollock’s lesser-known “black paintings” has gone on display in Dallas.
Emmys honor Downton creator
The timing couldn’t be better for the International Emmys to honor “Downton Abbey” writer and creator Julian Fellowes as the acclaimed British period drama wraps up its...
Kidman best actress at Evening Standard awards
Nicole Kidman says her award-winning London stage performance as a scientist was a tribute to her late father.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Debuts to Franchise-Low $101 Million
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
John Lennon's guitar sells for $2.4 million at auction
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction
Gritty reality of Molenbeek lands on big screen
In a city locked down on high alert, one cinema dared to open its doors to show “Black” – a tense, violent, thriller version of Romeo and Juliet set among the gangs of...
Warhol, Pollock, Rothko on rare display in Tehran
Some of the world’s most expensive and rarely seen modern art, including works by the Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, went on display Saturday in a major...
A kidnap, a camera, an exploding bed
Two women and a man sit on stage, backs to the audience. On a tripod at the back of the stage, a video camera sits facing the audience, seemingly filming the three...
Gormley alien invasion looms large over Hong Kong
Occasionally obscured by mist and low cloud, shadowy human figures loom from the tops of Hong Kong skyscrapers causing curiosity and consternation in the streets below.
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
US creator of the iconic 1960s Batmobile dies
George Barris, the man who designed and built the black, fire-spitting vehicle made famous in the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died in Los Angeles, his son...
"E.T." Hollywood screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies
Melissa Mathison, best known for her screenplay for the 1982 movie "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" and the former wife of actor Harrison Ford, died Wednesday, U.S. media...
They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.
UAE channels money into alternative energy
Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the UAE’s oil wells run dry.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
Ecologist dreams of miracle on foul Rio island
Striding through garbage and abandoned fuel installations on an island in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, Brazilian ecologist Sergio Ricardo comes to an...
Babies crawl, and bawl, to finish line in Japan
More than 600 babies in Japan wriggled to the finish line on their hands and knees in the largest crawling competition Monday.
Russian governor offers coal reward to slimmers
A Russian regional governor Thursday proposed an inventive way to try to convince hefty local residents to lose weight – offering them prizes of tons of coal for...
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
'Breakthrough' winners earn over $21 million in prizes
Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists.
Twitter trades stars for hearts
Like it or not, Twitter Tuesday retired its star button that users click to “favorite” a post and replaced it with a heart.
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a first-of-its-kind startup competition that would spur a wave of brain gain.
Winter is coming ... Bring out your furs
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Designer Basil Soda’s legacy lives on
Gourmet Week puts spotlight on culinary art
The third annual edition of Gourmet Week, which will take place from Nov. 9 -15, puts the spotlight on Lebanese cuisine and gastronomy in a week filled with culinary...
The taste of success in Tripoli’s retaurants
At 3 a.m., the day begins for foul and hummus master Abu Abed. The head chef at the Akra restaurant in Tripoli, he checks on every detail: the boiling of the grains,...
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
King for a day, courtesy of Rolls Royce
One of the first cars I ever owned was a silver Rolls Royce Corniche coupe, a truly spectacular automobile that I fell in love with at first sight.
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....
For a happier life, give up Facebook: study
Always envious? Got a nonexistent social life and struggle to concentrate?
Brazilians have a beef with U.N. beef warning
At Rio de Janeiro’s famed Churrascaria Palace restaurant, the sizzling of steaks, the swish of carving knives and sighs of satisfied diners drowned out a United Nations...