The third phase of the new traffic law will go into effect in June, the ISF announced Thursday.
Finally Tony Blair is out: Jumblatt
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt took to Twitter to express his relief at former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's resignation as Middle East peace...
Car bombs at Baghdad hotels kill at least 15
The toll from car bombs that ripped through the car parks of two upscale Baghdad hotels has risen to at least nine killed and dozens wounded, officials said
UN aid chief makes final appeal to end Syria's despair
Outgoing UN aid chief Valerie Amos made a final appeal Thursday to world powers to take action to end Syria's four-year war, saying it had brought more despair than...
Myanmar navy finds 727 migrants packed in boat: ministry
Myanmar's navy found 727 people crammed on a fishing boat in its waters, the Ministry of Information said in a Facebook post
Rare May rain showers expected to hit Lebanon
Lebanon will witness rare May rain showers over the weekend, according to the meteorological department at Beirut airport
5-year-old killed after struck by car in n.Lebanon
A five-year-old Syrian refugee girl was killed and her relative was in critical condition Friday after being run over by a car in Ain al-Zeit in the northern province...
Youth prefer TV, Internet to traditional media
TV remains the leading source of news for Lebanon’s youth, but the Internet is now the most used media platform overall among young people, according to a survey...
Iranian aid plane bound for Yemen lands in Djibouti
An Iranian plane carrying aid for Yemen landed in Djibouti and the cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before it moves on, Iran's Fars news agency reported
Iraqi foreign minister says Qatar to open embassy in Baghdad
Qatar will open an embassy in Baghdad, Iraq's foreign minister said
France's Le Pen in Egypt for surprise talks with Muslim body
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen held talks in Egypt with Al-Azhar that broached the top Sunni Muslim body's 'serious concerns' over her party's stance on Islam,...
US ready to send military trainers to Nigeria in Boko Haram fight
The United States is prepared to send military trainers to Nigeria to help new President Muhammadu Buhari's armed forces improve their intelligence gathering and...
Swiss police investigate bomb threat at FIFA congress
Swiss police are investigating a bomb threat at the FIFA congress, a spokeswoman said
Qatar defends 2022 World Cup bid, will comply with further probe if asked
Qatar defended its successful 2022 World Cup bid Friday following corruption scandals in soccer's governing body FIFA and said it would comply with further...
Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as president of Nigeria
Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria on Friday at a ceremony in the capital attended by numerous African heads of state and...
Proposals by a group of prominent investors to finance, build and operate small power plants in different Lebanese regions are not expected to see the light of day despite the urgent need to increase electricity production and reduce the financial burden on the cash-strapped state.
Lebanese travel agency to compete online
A 2014 study conducted by MasterCard showed that consumers in Lebanon are gradually exploring online shopping options.
Etihad Airways profit jumps over 52 pct
Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that...
Dubai debt hangover lingers as lenders fret
For all the progress made tackling Dubai’s debt, some issues refuse to go away.Creditors to Limitless LLC are trying to arrange a meeting amid speculation the...
Stocks fall on Greek concern
The U.S. dollar hit its highest against the yen since 2002, while global stocks cascaded lower after Chinese brokerages tightened margin rules and the IMF head...
Graduates mismatched with job market
Companies in Lebanon should cooperate more with universities and schools on advising students about the job market and the majors that are mostly in demand, recruiting...
Solidere sees 144 pct rise in net profits
The net profits from real estate giant Solidere’s operations in Lebanon swelled by 144 percent to $96.9 million in 2014 compared to $39.7 million a year earlier.
Lebanon keen to boost China trade ties
Lebanon is keen on enhancing trade relations with China, Prime Minister Tammam Salam told the Arab-Chinese Businessmen Conference Tuesday, vowing that Beirut would be a...
Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that “aggressive protectionist sentiment” in the West threatens its future prospects.
IMF says Egypt tax delay means rich pay less
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances...
Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.
War pushes South Sudan’s economy to the brink
Soaring inflation and a likely currency collapse are adding to South Sudan’s woes after 17 months of civil war characterized by brutal attacks on civilians.
The U.S. dollar hit its highest against the yen since 2002, while global stocks cascaded lower after Chinese brokerages tightened margin rules and the IMF head downplayed talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat.
Crude rebound rewards Middle East borrowers
With crude rebounding before OPEC meets next week, appetite for bonds from the richest oil-producing Persian Gulf states is improving.
Avago to buy Broadcom in biggest tech deal ever
Avago Technologies Ltd., a Singapore-based maker of semiconductors, agreed to buy Broadcom Corp. for $37 billion in the biggest technology acquisition ever.
Greek PM faces tough choices
Greece’s government will likely scrape through a debt payment next week but has only a short window to overcome wide differences with creditors before the specter of...
US program reaches deals with 4 more Swiss banks
Four more Swiss banks have cut deals with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid possible prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, the department said Thursday.
The unfolding scandal and investigation targeting FIFA officials is focusing a huge amount of attention on embattled Sepp Blatter, the president of the world football governing body.
A crude ‘justice’
The response to, and the circumstances surrounding, the ISIS takeover of Iraq’s Anbar has been curious, if not provocative.
France’s initiative on Palestine irks the U.S.
Of all contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is probably the most enduring and resistant to any resolution.
Iran’s Kurdish problem in perspective
In early May a young Kurdish woman plunged to her death from the Tara hotel in the city of Mahabad, western Iran.
Salam’s warning cannot be ignored
On Tuesday evening, in an address marking the one-year anniversary since Lebanon has been without a president, Prime Minister Tammam Salam made a perceptive comment.
A republic of shame
Among the important anniversaries marked in Lebanon Monday were the passing of one year since President Michel Sleiman left office, in addition to 365 days of nonstop...
It’s time to mend fences
The liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation in May 2000 was a milestone in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Arc of interference
Iranian officials have recently made several high-profile visits to Syria, where they offered huge levels of financial and other support for the embattled regime of...
The Conservative narrative on Britain’s economy
The economic historian Niall Ferguson reminds me of the late Oxford historian A.J.P. Taylor.
Narendra Modi’s failings are all too apparent
India’s Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by premier Narendra Modi, marked its first anniversary in office on May 26.
As airlines cuts costs, might pilots soon go?
The Germanwings crash earlier this year once again reminded us that human pilots are not always failsafe.
Washington’s courtier culture leads to bad policy
Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges about Libya...
If Joe Biden calls, head for the hills
If I were Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, I’d be slightly worried that I received a telephone call from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday assuring continued...
Why a joint Arab force raises doubts
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military...
Most Americans live in the vanishing center
Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics – and a...
English FA chairman Greg Dyke said England would support a possible boycott of the 2018 World Cup if Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA
Sevilla in constant struggle to retain top talent
Sevilla further underlined their European pedigree with a record fourth Europa League title but now face the more daunting task of converting their continental success...
Warriors end 40-year NBA Finals drought
After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again, booking their place in the NBA Finals...
Lebanon ends exile with WABA return
Lebanon will make their much-awaited comeback to the international scene Friday when they seek to punch their ticket to 2015 FIBA Asia Championship which is to be...
Schiavone outlasts Kuznetsova in duel
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone have got history when it comes to tennis marathons and the two clay court warriors were at it again at the French Open...
FIFA prosecutors: $150M in bribes
In accusing football federation leaders of tarnishing the sport by taking $150 million in bribes and payoffs, U.S. prosecutors laid out a sweeping corruption case that...
Twelve schemes outlined in football indictment
The indictment of football officials and marketing and TV executives alleges 12 schemes: SCHEME A – 1993, 1995 AND 1997 COPA AMERICAST raffic Brazil purchased rights...
World Cup host Qatar stays silent on FIFA probes
Qatar is keeping quiet about the American and Swiss raids that have rocked FIFA and thrown another unwelcome spotlight on the tiny Gulf nation’s hosting of the 2022...
After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again, booking their place in the NBA Finals with a 104-90 win against Houston Wednesday.
LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals
The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach after Cleveland routed Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday to complete a...
Platini confronts Blatter with resignation demand
UEFA president Michel Platini said he confronted FIFA leader Sepp Blatter during an emergency meeting of football chiefs and called on him to stand down because of the...
Harden helps Rockets beat Warriors 128-115
Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points while Golden State’s Stephen Curry suffered a scary fall as the Rockets led from start to finish and beat...
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone have got history when it comes to tennis marathons and the two clay court warriors were at it again at the French Open Thursday.
Williams, Nadal, Djokovic move to next stage
Novak Djokovic came through an injury scare Thursday and made his way into the third round at the French Open by beating Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Nishikori takes center stage, Halep crashes out
Roger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the...
Players show no sympathy for Nadal in umpire row
Roger Federer Wednesday admitted that allowing leading players to pick and choose who umpires their matches could set a difficult precedent for tour organizers.
Nadal pursues No. 10, all seems normal
The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique – and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland...
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton’s chances with a needless pit stop.
Hamilton aims to deny Rosberg Monaco milestone
Lewis Hamilton hopes to be third time lucky in Monaco this weekend and take revenge on Nico Rosberg by denying his Mercedes teammate a hat-trick of wins in Formula...
Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will...
Hamilton staying at Mercedes until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
Alonso gets his points prediction in early
Undeterred by his last points prediction coming back to bite him, Fernando Alonso has said he expects his misfiring McLaren F1 team to open their account for the season...
Daniel Cormier wore the conflict on his beaming face when he got the UFC’s light heavyweight title belt strapped around his waist in the same Vegas cage where he failed to win it a few months ago.
Oliver flies past to set alight Bird’s Nest
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest...
McIlroy not satisfied without more major titles
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
Patriots owner will not appeal NFL penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will “reluctantly” accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL...
The U.S. pavilion at the Expo 2015 world’s fair is seeking to lead the conversation on how to feed 9 billion people by 2050.
Challenging European notions of American food
To many European ears, if not taste buds, the phrase American cuisine seems like an oxymoron.
The architecture of a handbag
“Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions.”
Women prisoners create stylish handbags
It all started with a bag. What if every woman in prison could stitch, bead or sequin her way to a more empowered life of purpose and financial independence?
Kia’s phenomenal Sportage shatters preconceptions
Usually when I review a car I plan for it weeks in advance. This is necessary because all too often life throws curve balls in my direction and it always helps to have...
Seoul elevates gardening to high art
From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to the rooftops of the South Korean capital Seoul.
Green oasis rises in heart of Rio slum
The stench of rotting dog corpses used to waft through Mauro Quintanilha’s Rio slum home. Outside stood a towering mound of detritus of every size and shape.
For fashion startups, being social counts
When Chris Morton was setting up a fashion e-commerce company five years ago, he spent a lot of time listening to online music service Spotify.
Lebanon’s Mexican wave
Hola! Am I imagining things or are the Lebanese enjoying a Mexican moment?
This is a man’s world
While it would do well to be wary of anyone proclaiming to know a universal truth, the organizers of the MEN’S WORLD exhibition, launched Thursday in La Marina Joseph...
Aley: a legacy with a great view
The Mount Lebanon city of Aley boasts a legacy shaped over the decades that has made the picturesque area one of Lebanon’s most appealing spots for tourists.
Usually when I review a car I plan for it weeks in advance. This is necessary because all too often life throws curve balls in my direction and it always helps to have contingency plans.
When buying a car, factor in the ownership costs
All too often when people decide to buy a new car, they tend to forget the long-term costs that come with the purchase, especially when they narrow their choices down...
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
A multiday hike above the Arctic Circle is no place for an iPhone to die. “There goes my camera,” I thought, and yet the loss was freeing.
Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau’s resorts
Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world’s casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming...
LUXE City Guides: Heritage Hong Kong
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound...
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects my family also has been smashing them up on toast.
Some wine, butter transform mussels into a meal
With a pleasantly briny flavor, mussels pair well with clean, simple flavors, such as fresh herbs with melted butter and lightly cooked onions or leeks.
A good reason to love your grill’s warming rack
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
Mastering vinaigrette to deliver maximum flavor
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
The rebirth of Greece’s majestic wine industry
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
California’s long-feared megaquake hits movie screens this week with “San Andreas,” but the big-budget movie has thrown up a fault line between critics and filmgoers even before its release.
Film legend Omar Sharif has Alzheimer’s disease
Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, star of Oscar-winning classics such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, his...
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He...
Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest
Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music...
Cannes films divide critics ahead of awards
As the Cannes festival bears down on its weekend awards ceremony, a look at the movies seen so far and their reviews reveal deep divisions among the critics.
Are pop songs dumb? Study offers evidence
Parents who say their children’s music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader’s reading level.
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
With the belief that an artist’s legacy never dies, Bassam Fattouh honored his late friend, Lebanese fashion designer Basil Soda, with a makeup event celebrating his work.
Franzen talks up, and around, his new novel
Writing has become no easier for Jonathan Franzen, whose fifth novel comes out this fall. Neither, apparently, have interviews.
Bob Marley musical tries to help heal Baltimore
Most theater professionals like to say that they’re working on is very relevant to what’s going on in the real world. That could not have been more true than in...
London schools tackle gangs with verse
Students from gang-ridden areas of the East London borough of Hackney have been learning how performing poetry can help tackle life, one word at a time.
Movies that will keep buzzing after Cannes
A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, which shut Sunday, can be a blip back home.