One of the assailants who slit the throat of an elderly French priest was obsessed with going to Syria to fight the regime and had threatened to attack churches, neighbors and acquaintances said.
A good man: Slain priest Hamel was liked by all
From religious leaders to common parishioners, there was a singular refrain regarding the priest slain in his own church Tuesday by Islamist extremists: Jacques Hamel...
Fighters battling Daesh gather trove of document
U.S.-backed forces fighting to drive Daesh (ISIS) out of northern Syria have gathered a massive trove of documents and data belonging to the militant group, potentially...
Iraq: Attacks kill at least 14
Militants unleashed a series of attacks Wednesday in and around Baghdad, killing at least 14 people, officials said. South of the Iraqi capital, a provincial council...
Can Lebanon cover your health care costs?
A Cabinet decision Wednesday to cover part of the health expenses of Lebanese receiving treatment abroad raised the hopes of Rozine Moughlian, a 56-year-old mother of...
Bavaria bomber was in online chat before attack
A 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up at a bar in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately...
French press pull attackers’ photos
Several major media outlets in France said Wednesday they would not use photos of killers responsible for attacks to avoid giving them “posthumous glorification.”
Democrats seek to recast Clinton
When Hillary Clinton first ran for president in 2008 she was badly stung by a backhanded compliment from rival Barack Obama, who called her “likable enough” before...
U.S.-backed forces fighting to drive Daesh (ISIS) out of northern Syria have gathered a massive trove of documents and data belonging to the militant group, potentially shedding more light on its operations, a U.S. military official said Wednesday.
U.N. calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen’s Taiz
The United Nations called for a humanitarian truce in the Yemeni province of Taiz after government forces captured a town from Iran-allied Houthi militia in heavy...
South Sudan soldiers raped dozens near U.N. camp
South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from...
Morocco arrests 52 suspected militants
Morocco said Wednesday that it arrested 52 suspected militants inspired by Daesh (ISIS) and that it foiled several attacks in the North African kingdom by seizing...
A Cabinet decision Wednesday to cover part of the health expenses of Lebanese receiving treatment abroad raised the hopes of Rozine Moughlian, a 56-year-old mother of two, who is in urgent need of a liver transplant that she cannot afford.
Sidon Hospital employees protest wages situation
Hospital employees Wednesday held a protest at the entrance of the Sidon Public Hospital over unpaid wages.
Hariri sponsors BIAF, attends red carpet ceremony
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday that the citizens must work seriously to bring the Lebanese youth back and give them hope.
Egyptian sheikh questioned over home explosives
A detained Egyptian preacher whose two sons died when explosives they were preparing went off in summer 2013 told the Military Court Wednesday he had no details about...
STL defense queries Platt on Australian link
Defense counselors further examined covert cellular network analyst Gary Platt Wednesday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
A leading banker expressed doubt Tuesday that small banks will be able to cope with the high cost of new technologies, suggesting that this could pave the way for banking consolidation in Lebanon.
Byblos Bank profits rise 6 pct in H1 2016
Byblos Bank announced Tuesday that its net profits in the first six months of 2016 rose by 6 percent to $73.8 million compared to the same period in 2015.
A year after Iran deal, oil flows but money stuck
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to...
Turkish central bank maintains inflation outlook
Turkish central bank Gov. Murat Cetinkaya kept his estimates for year-end inflation unchanged from April and said lower-than-predicted food prices will offset the...
Banks jettison customers as era of empires ends
How does a company lose 69 million customers?
Capital inflows to Lebanon expected to drop: IIF
Nonresident net private capital inflows to Lebanon are projected to stand at $5 billion in 2016, a decrease of 11.6 percent from $5.7 billion in 2015, and down steeply...
BLOM confirms talks to acquire HSBC Lebanon operations
BLOM Bank confirmed over the weekend that it’s currently holding talks with HSBC in a bid to acquire its operations in Lebanon
Lebanese cancel Turkish holidays after coup
The Turkish ambassador to Lebanon assured Friday that the state of emergency in Turkey would have no impact on tourism or tourists, even as travel agencies confirmed...
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to unveil their nuclear accord and Iran’s economy is on the mend.
Aramex founder said to sell stake
Aramex PJSC founder and Vice Chairman Fadi Ghandour sold his entire 9.9 percent stake in the logistics company to Gulf investors including Emaar Properties PJSC...
Iran caps salaries in bid to end scandal
Iran’s government said Tuesday it would cap salaries for public officials as it seeks to dampen a scandal over exorbitant pay that has threatened to derail President...
Libyan oil ports’ reopening delayed
Two of Libya’s biggest oil ports may not reopen soon as the hardening positions of rival factions pose a fresh challenge to international efforts to reunite the country...
Fed seen holding rates firm, eye on inflation
The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged this week, deferring any possible increase until September or December, as policymakers hold out...
Facebook quarterly profit surges 186% to $2 bn
Facebook said Wednesday its second quarter profit leapt 186 percent from a year ago to $2 billion, as its global user base grew to 1.71 billion.
Verizon Q2 profits hit by mass strike
Verizon Communications said Tuesday that a strike by 40,000 employees hurt its results in the second quarter, and the company’s revenue fell short of projections.
Goldman is sued in US over merger linked to Malaysia's 1MDB
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was sued Tuesday by a major shareholder of a Malaysian bank it once advised, and which accused the Wall Street bank of fraudulently...
After an attack as symbolic as that on a church and its priest in a quiet corner of Normandy, it is not surprising, though it is disheartening, to hear the shrill volume of hysteria turned up high.
American paper tiger
In the high-stakes game of Middle East diplomacy, it’s advisable to keep your cards close to your chest.
In search of an Islamic counternarrative
Few today will doubt that since Sept. 11, 2001, Islam has had a very bad name in the West.
Turkish democracy’s secret weapon, mobilization!
The recent failed coup attempt in Turkey highlights the country’s continuing vulnerability to military takeover.
Can a rebuked China manage its anger?
China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals:...
Usually corruption sees individuals or groups benefit themselves at the expense of taxpayers, utilizing illegal means to take advantage of their positions for money or...
For decades, in fact ever since the 1950s when the first Arab Summit was held in Egypt and then resumed in the 1960s to eventually become an institution, it has proved...
In Lebanon a crisis is never far away, and Thursday the Lebanese woke up to the latest hysterical headlines: Qaraoun Lake is dead.
Civil society against terrorism
After the terror attacks in Paris last November – a carefully coordinated series of assaults carried out by multiple attackers, resulting in 130 deaths – there was...
Clinton and the Scandinavian-American dream
This week, Hillary Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to accept her party’s presidential nomination and present its platform.
The EU’s bold new strategy
When problems accumulate, as in Europe – where the failed coup in Turkey comes hard on the heels of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union –...
China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals: They’re making angry statements but taking little action while they assess the situation.
Arab summits and frivolous governance
The sad spectacle of the truncated “summit” of Arab leaders in the Mauritanian capital Monday was even more embarrassing than usual for this recurring event.
Lew heads to China to rebut Trump’s globalization attacks
After a week of relentless Republican attacks on trade deals and globalization, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is heading to a meeting in China that he hopes will steady...
America presents itself as a banana republic
Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his...
Syria becomes ever more complicated
The failed military coup in Turkey and the country’s many links with key regional actors in Syria, Russia, Iran, NATO and clarify how difficult it has become to achieve...
Manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports that a small number of Manchester City players turned up for preseason training overweight but stressed the importance of keeping players fit ahead of the new Premier League season.
Aubameyang targets titles with Dortmund
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is targeting titles next season with Borussia Dortmund, who have spent 117 million euros ($128.5 million) in making eight new...
Wawrinka tested in two-hour Youzhny tussle
Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny for a third-round berth at the...
Federer to miss Olympics and rest of season
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” after...
Duncan thanks team-mates in open letter
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the...
Gomes seals ‘dream move’ from Valencia to Barca
Barcelona have completed the signing of Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes from Valencia in a deal that could eventually be worth 70 million euros ($76.97 million), the...
Ungrateful Higuain betrayed Napoli: club owner
Gonzalo Higuain “betrayed” Napoli by joining rivals Juventus, club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed despite pocketing 90 million euros ($98.8 million) for the sale...
Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at...
Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny for a third-round berth at the Toronto Masters.
Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hard court surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and said he will miss the rest of the season as he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" following knee surgery earlier...
Rejuvenated Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World number one Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hardcourt surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the Spurs website
College player in alleged assault released by team
A U.S. college football player, who alleges he was struck by Golden State Warrior star Draymond Green, has been released by his school, the coach said Wednesday night
Duncan’s retirement latest in summer of goodbyes
Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a...
Silver wants more balance after Durant move
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league might look at ways of maintaining competitive balance following Kevin Durant's blockbuster move to join the...
Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan
San Antonio Spurs long time coach Gregg Popovich described five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan Tuesday as the best example of a leader any coach in the NBA could hope for
The global governing body for athletics Wednesday stood behind its ban on Russia’s track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, effectively leaving all avenues explored in Moscow’s attempts to get the team readmitted.
IOC’s Bach confident Rio will solve problems
The head of the International Olympic Committee Wednesday played down problems with unfinished accommodations at the Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, saying he...
Illness, fatigue weigh on Day title defense
Top-ranked Jason Day is sick and tired after a trip to the hospital with his wife and unfamiliar with the formidable Baltusrol layout where he defends his first major...
Phelps still the big fish in the pool
Greatness can be hard to define but two words suffice for Olympic swimming – Michael Phelps.
More Russians banned in mounting Rio toll
Seven athletes including a canoeing gold medalist became the latest Russian competitors to be banned from next month’s Rio Olympics after an explosive report revealed...
The mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($36.5 million) in ransom, according to reports in a leading Brazilian news magazine.
Hamilton on top, surrounded by flag controversies
Lewis Hamilton departed Budapest Monday as the beaming new leader of this year’s world championship and at the center of a trio of controversies in the wake of his...
Hamilton wins in Hungary to take overall lead
Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday to seize the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this...
Rosberg fastest in practice as Hamilton crashes
Nico Rosberg ended the opening day of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix fastest after Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed out Friday.
Rosberg signs deal to stay at Mercedes until 2018
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a new contract that will keep him at Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton until the end of the 2018 season, the team...
“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”
Fuqua’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ to open TIFF
Lupita Nyong’o, Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington and Emma Stone are among the stars with films headed to the Toronto festival this year.
Most of ‘Trainspotting’ cast reunited in sequel
Some 20 years after “Trainspotting” delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland’s heroin subculture, fans have been given a sneak peek...
‘Blair Witch’ sequel unveiled at Comic-Con
Participants at Comic-Con that went into a screening for upcoming horror movie “The Woods” last week were surprised to come out from the movie having watched the sequel...
Taylor Swift world’s highest-paid celebrity
At the tender age of 26, Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity, pulling in a whopping $170 million over the past year, Forbes magazine said Monday.
In artful doc Gleason, a hero battles ALS
Football star Steve Gleason was known for throwing caution to the wind. He’d launch himself down the field with seemingly no regard for his own well-being.
Egypt’s neorealist, Mohamed Khan dies at 73
Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career of engaged filmmaking. State-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported that...
A haunting portrayal of beleaguered Aleppo
Syrian-Armenian filmmaker Avo Kaprealian’s “Houses without Doors” is an honest and heartbreaking, if slightly confusing, portrayal of the demise of Aleppo’s...
Some 20 years after “Trainspotting” delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland’s heroin subculture, fans have been given a sneak peek of the hotly anticipated sequel.
Thrones cast tight-lipped on final season
Jon Snow isn’t dead, but he was missed.When the cast of “Game of Thrones” gathered at Comic-Con it was minus a few key figures – including Kit Harrington, George R. R....
Marvel returns to Comic-Con with showstopper
Coogler said it was an emotional experience being at the
convention once again
A touch of humor invades Star Trek Beyond
In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs.
Drummer Steven Adler rejoins Guns N' Roses on summer tour
Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N' Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century.
Mustang Sally composer Sir Mack Rice dead at 82
Mack Rice, the composer of ’60s hit “Mustang Sally” and co-writer of the Staple Singers’ landmark “Respect Yourself” has died in Detroit.
Hungarian novelist Peter Esterhazy, widely regarded as one of the leading figures of 20th century Hungarian literature, died aged 66 Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer his publisher said.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry collapses in concert
Aerosmith's hard-rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York and was said Monday to be in stable condition at a hospital.
Sophia Loren becomes honorary citizen of Naples
Sophia Loren has been made an honorary citizen of Naples, the city that formed her and became the backdrop of many of her films.
Iranian director Kiarostami dies in France at 76: reports
Acclaimed Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France following a battle with cancer, Iranian media reported on Monday.
French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies aged 93
ves Bonnefoy, France's most famous contemporary poet and celebrated translator of Shakespeare whose poems were translated into 30 languages, has died at the age of 93,...
Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida.
Anime fans hunt real places in Japan
Everyone’s surprised that “Pokemon Go” is getting people out from behind their screens and out of the house.
As iPhone sales sag, Apple touts apps, services
You can expect to hear a lot more from Apple about the virtues of mobile apps and online services in the coming months. And for good reason: They’re just about the only...
Scientist launches effort to digitize all fish
University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of...
Saab brings New York glam to the catwalk
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...
Yemen’s ancient art of brickmaking endures war
Traditional mud brick tower houses have always been a source of pride to Yemenis, and over a year into a devastating civil war, they are also providing some much-needed...
Can’t find a room
at Rio Olympics? Try the luxury
Can’t get a room at the Rio Olympics? Worry not, the Villa Reggia has beds – oh, and sex chairs and an S&M cage
New artificial reef sunk off Florida’s Pompano Beach
Cheering and whistle blowing filled the coast of Pompano Beach as approximately 300 boats watched Lady Luck sink Saturday afternoon
You can expect to hear a lot more from Apple about the virtues of mobile apps and online services in the coming months. And for good reason: They’re just about the only part of Apple’s business that’s growing right now.
Healthy clones: Dolly the sheep's heirs reach ripe old age
The heirs of Dolly the sheep are enjoying a healthy old age, proving cloned animals can live normal lives and offering reassurance to scientists hoping to use cloned...
Farewell Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe
Earth bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae Wednesday, severing communications after a year-long silence from the pioneering probe hurtling through space on a comet.
Dutch, Latvians are world’s tallest
Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet’s tallest people but Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century, according to the...
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 on all things fashion.
Chakra’s star shines in bright Paris Fashion Week
Life’s a peach: Bikfaya brings people together
Winding past bars and restaurants late Friday through the busy Beirut streets balancing a box of 24 peaches with the name Bikfaya splashed across, someone calls out...
Afkart: Promoting local designers since 2002
On the sea-front boardwalk of Zaitunay Bay, Afkart exhibition 2016 opened for the 15th edition of the annual art, craft, and event show.
An unforgettable stay on the Turkish Riviera
For many families, the true definition of a holiday means not having to worry about a thing.
The skies were clouding over as I strode briskly across that famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, ready for a productive day checking off Florentine must-sees.
Man-made hills on NYC island offer great views
Four new hills built on New York City’s Governors Island offer sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, unique places to hike and climb, and massive...
Bucharest a showcase of eclectic architecture
Bucharest was once known as “Little Paris of the East.” But English, not French, is the preferred foreign language in Romania’s capital city, and 96 percent of its...
What color is paella? A chef’s answer
Of course we are familiar with the Spanish rice dish paella, we say. It is the color of a Mediterranean sunrise, a coral red or saffron yellow. Chef Rosa Camprodon...
A culinary expedition with Peru's top chef
As a teenager on the streets of Lima, Virgilio Martinez aspired to a life of extremes, hoping to become a professional skateboarder.
For a country afflicted with a creaky infrastructure, especially on the transportation and energy fronts, and a society which for the most part is as much concerned about global warming as it is about the price of tea in China, the Lebanese mindset ironically is probably among those best suited to rapidly embrace an energy-conscious, eco-friendly culture that seeks to curb reliance on fossil fuels.
Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla into trucks, buses and car sharing
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy...
BWW 4-Series car world’s answer to couture
I think carmakers are deliberately trying to mess with me, especially the two marques that for some reason I find myself helplessly drawn to.
Finland auctions Soviet cars abandoned by migrants
Collectors with a penchant for old Soviet cars will head to the Arctic this weekend where the Finnish customs will auction dozens of cars abandoned by migrants crossing...
Durango: A brawny rebel in a sea of conformity
If there’s one thing that’s undeniable about the car market today, it’s that customers are spoiled for choice a great deal more than they were at any time in the past.
The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say.
Chicken scent offers hope for malaria prevention
Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills...
Europe's medicine watchdog okays preventive AIDS pill
Europe's medicine watchdog said Friday it has recommended the licencing of the first-ever AIDS prevention pill for the European Union.
Could fruit,veggies boost your happiness?
The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve well-being...
Zika outbreak to end in 2 to 3 years, scientists predict
The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the...