Russia is supplying arms to Syria under contracts signed since the conflict began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar Assad said.
Syria launches cigar business as war rages
In Syria’s northwestern province of Latakia, workers roll the country’s first locally made cigars, a new product being launched despite the devastating civil conflict...
Refugees, host countries pin hopes on aid
Prime Minister Tammam Salam voiced hope Tuesday evening that a high-profile donor aid-pledging conference in Kuwait would net needed funds for the Syrian refugee crisis.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam landed in Kuwait Tuesday evening for a high-profile donor aid-pledging conference which will net funds for the Syrian refugee crisis.
Nigeria’s Jonathan slightly ahead
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party were marginally ahead of his main challenger, as the first general election results came...
Ban troubled by Iraq abuse claims, refugees
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he was concerned about alleged abuses by Iraqi pro-government forces in their war against ISIS and called for...
Who’s involved in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen
A Saudi-led coalition is targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen in a campaign of airstrikes that began last week.
Ex-Israeli PM Olmert convicted in corruption case
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from an American supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest...
Lebanese Army won’t join Qalamoun battle
As Syria-based jihadis on the one hand, and the Syrian Army and Hezbollah on the other, are gearing up for a much-anticipated offensive in Syria’s Qalamoun region, “the...
Fashion designer Basil Soda dies at age 47
Basil Soda, who helped put Lebanon at the forefront of the international fashion scene, died Monday at the age of 47.
ISF detains kidnappers of Syrian army defectors
The Internal Security Forces announced Monday it had busted a kidnapping ring in north Lebanon that is accused of abducting defected members of the Syrian army.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party were marginally ahead of his main challenger, as the first general election results came in Monday.
Campaign begins for unpredictable U.K. election
British Prime Minister David Cameron paid a courtesy call to Queen Elizabeth II, then launched a most uncourteous attack on his main political rival as campaigning...
Local vote slap bad omen for divided French left
A crushing defeat at the hands of his old rival Nicolas Sarkozy is a bad omen for President Francois Hollande two years ahead of a presidential election, analysts said...
Republicans fear Obama more than Putin: Poll
A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and...
16 dead in Peru bus accident: police
At least 16 people were killed Monday when a bus went off a mountain road in southeastern Peru, plunging 1,000 meters into a ravine, police said.
International rating agency Standard & Poor’s maintained Lebanon’s long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings at “B-/B” and maintained its “stable” outlook on the long-term ratings.
Endeavor Lebanon giving startups a hand
Lebanese startup companies have benefited in recent years from an increasingly supportive ecosystem driven mainly by the Central Bank’s determination to foster a...
Saudi Aramco signs $10 billion dual-currency loan
Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s state oil giant, has signed a $10 billion loan with 27 financial institutions, it said Monday, taking advantage of favorable market...
Saudi stocks lead rally after kings Yemen vow
Saudi Arabian stocks jumped the most in six weeks, leading a rally in Arab equity markets, after the country’s king pledged to restore stability in Yemen.
Iran riches coveted by Big Oil
Outside the boardroom of BP Plc’s headquarters on London’s swanky St. James’s Square, a display case houses the geological data from Masjid-i-Solaiman, Iran’s first oil...
Canadian firm to upgrade Beirut airport radars
Lebanon signed a contract Friday with a Canadian company to upgrade the radar system at Beirut’s international airport, Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter announced,...
MENA game developers urged to cooperate
Game developers in the region must cooperate and share data in order to increase production and reach a wider audience, an industry expert said.
Lebanese economists push for PPP
A group of leading businessmen and economists called Thursday for the adoption of a public-private partnership (PPP) law in Lebanon during a forum organized by think...
Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s state oil giant, has signed a $10 billion loan with 27 financial institutions, it said Monday, taking advantage of favorable market conditions to securing better borrowing terms.
Gulf markets end off lows after panic over Yemen
Most Middle East stock markets fell Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region launched airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi militia, but they came well off...
EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran freight firms
The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an...
Saudi bonuses for uncovering labor violations
Saudi Arabia is tightening a crackdown on illegal foreign workers in the kingdom, giving the Labor Ministry more powers, including the right to distribute financial...
Outside the boardroom of BP Plc’s headquarters on London’s swanky St. James’s Square, a display case houses the geological data from Masjid-i-Solaiman, Iran’s first oil well.
Bank of England to test for slump scenario
Britain’s seven biggest lenders will have to show they can cope with a global economic slump triggered by a sharp slowdown in China and a crash in the eurozone in this...
Fund managers start to capitulate on oil prices
Last fall, when the price of oil started dropping, fund manager Craig Hodges figured crude would rebound in 2015 and began buying shares of companies he thought would...
Food aid a way of life for U.K. poorest
Clutching a bag of pasta, canned pears and beef, David Kirk leaves a food bank in one of Britain’s poorest corners – his sixth visit in past weeks.
Russia’s rich forego some luxuries
Russian model Alisa Krylova canceled her order for the latest Mercedes, spent New Year in Moscow rather than skiing in the Alps and now employs Russian staff rather...
On March 22, the Syrian insurgency witnessed the latest in a series of mergers, when the Islamist Suqour al-Sham faction effectively subsumed itself into one of the country’s most powerful organizations, Ahrar al-Sham.
Arab parties may alter Israeli politics
A close look at the results of this Israeli parliamentary election in comparison to the 2013 election reveals no significant movement on the balance of power between...
The reasons for our Arab wars lie deep
The latest war in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen to prevent the Houthi movement from taking full control of the country, has triggered a...
Tikrit is the first sign of Iran’s overreach
The battle for Tikrit has produced an important turnabout in the Iraqi campaign against extremists: Iranian-backed Shiite militias appear to have stalled there after...
Detached from reality
In speaking to the U.S. news program “60 Minutes” this weekend, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he knew he had the support of the Syrian people because he was in...
Blindly backing Arab autocrats isn’t a solution
Yemen’s descent into chaos – with jihadi groups jumping in to fill the vacuum of authority – has startled many observers.
SKorean-Japanese conciliation is needed
American diplomats like to portray their country’s allies in glowing terms.
Benefit from the sun. It’s here to stay
In his inaugural speech at the last World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Sultan Al-Jaber, a minister of state in the United Arab Emirates and chairman of Masdar,...
The latest war in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen to prevent the Houthi movement from taking full control of the country, has triggered a fascinating legal and ideological debate about the legitimacy and efficacy of the venture.
Breaking free in the great Syrian prison
In an interview in 2004, the Syrian intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh described the last of his 16 years spent in Hafez Assad’s prisons for being a member of the...
NATO is at a policy impasse over Ukraine
The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen conflict”...
The U.S. must now embrace the Arab plan
What should Israel, the Palestinians and the world make of the statement by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that the United States expects the next Israeli...
In speaking to the U.S. news program “60 Minutes” this weekend, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he knew he had the support of the Syrian people because he was in “contact” with them, and felt what they felt.
Vehemence by proxy
Friday’s televised address by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah contained a heavy dose of vehement criticism directed at Saudi Arabia, matched only by the heavy dose of...
Sworn to violence
Two recent interviews with Bashar Assad contain the leader’s views on relations with Russia and the U.S., as well as an expected categorical denial that Syrian forces...
Military intervention by a coalition of regional countries in crisis-ridden Yemen might appear like a sudden, dramatic shift in the conflict, but it shouldn’t have come...
Siniora’s hard truths
Fouad Siniora’s testimony to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week is doing much to explain why pro-Syrian figures expressed such harsh criticism and fiery...
England have regained the fear factor following a run of “aggressive” wins since the World Cup last summer, skipper Wayne Rooney has said.
Conte set for tense friendly against England
Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been given a warm welcome on his return to Turin but the Italy boss could be under the spotlight when the Azzurri host England...
Westbrook scores 33 as Thunder hold off Suns
Russell Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97 Sunday and...
Hornets beat Hawks backups 115-100
Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat an Atlanta Hawks team missing all five starters, 115-100 in the NBA Saturday night.
Verdasco upsets Nadal; Serena, Murray win
Fernando Verdasco upset second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Sunday in a third-round matchup of Spaniards to advance at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.
Hummels leaves door open on Man United switch
Manchester United-target Mats Hummels admits he is pondering his future at Borussia Dortmund and refuses to rule out a transfer abroad.
Germany will hit top form in qualifiers: Loew
World Cup winners Germany will be at their best when they take on Euro 2016 qualifying rivals Poland, Scotland and Ireland later this year after their current period of...
Germany boost Euro campaign with Georgia win
Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller’s first-half goals sealed a 2-0 win in Georgia Sunday to put world champions Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on track.
Russell Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97 Sunday and strengthen their hold on the final playoff spot in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Champville defeat Sagesse as regular season ends
The regular season of the Lebanese Basketball League came to an end Sunday after Group B rankings were settled in the final round of the group stages, paving the way...
Mouttahed seal second spot despite loss
Mouttahed secured third spot in Group A of the Lebanese Basketball League’s second round, despite losing to rivals Homenetmen 85-84 Friday in Mezher.
Irving scores 24 to lead Cavaliers past Grizzlies 111-89
Kyrie Irving scors 24 points, and Kevin Love adds 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers roll o a 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Djokovic overcomes wobble to win Miami opener
Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Miami Open repeat bids in contrasting style Saturday, Djokovic battling past Martin Klizan as...
Sharapova shocked by Gavrilova in Miami
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Miami Open hard court tennis tournament Thursday, ambushed by 97th-ranked Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Serena to fight through knee pain at Miami
World No. 1 Serena Williams is prepared to fight through pain to get onto the court Friday and begin defending her title at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.
Djokovic defends Indian Wells title
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 to defend his Indian Wells crown and claim his 50th career ATP title Sunday.
An ebullient Sebastian Vettel spoke at length about the importance of his first win for Ferrari when addressing reporters after his Malaysian Grand Prix triumph Sunday, yet his beaming smile pretty much said it all.
Mercedes bemoan strategy in surprise loss
World champions Mercedes conceded the better car won when they were usurped by a resurgent Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday but felt...
Ferrari’s Vettel storms to Malaysia win
Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four-time world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for...
Ferrari's Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia
Sebastian Vettel drives a flawless tactical race to claim his maiden victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix, registers the first Formula One win for the...
Hamilton holds off Vettel for Malaysia pole
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton splashes through the puddles at a rain-soaked Sepang circuit to secure pole position for Mercedes in a hectic Malaysian Grand...
The ICC hailed the 11th Cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday’s final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.
Tiger Woods drops out of world top 100
Former No. 1 Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form.
Australia win World Cup in Clarke’s finale
Australia captain Michael Clarke signed off in style from international one-day cricket Sunday by top scoring in his country’s crushing seven-wicket victory over New...
Russell stops Gonzalez for featherweight title
American Gary Russell dominated Jhonny Gonzalez en route to a fourth-round technical knockout Saturday to seize the Mexican’s World Boxing Council featherweight world...
Inspectors laud Beijing on Winter Games bid
IOC inspectors left Beijing Sunday after offering praise for the Chinese capital’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to...
With over 40 years of experience in the chocolate and ice cream industry, the Kronfols are in it to spread fresh cocoa love for all people in need of the soothing remedy.
Electrifying concert by young drummers at Metro
Hamra’s Metro al-Madina theater was pulsating with the cheers and applause of proud parents and friends Sunday as children from Drumsens studio performed a range of...
Early morning dance parties take off in U.S.
Partying before breakfast? It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
American, Russian leaving Earth for year
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year.
A7 augments Audi refinement with raw sex appeal
In today’s car market, offering a product that’s truly unlike anything else available is a feat only a few manufacturers can pull off, and Audi happens to rank among...
Strong women inspire soft designs of Marcella M
At the age of 4, Marcella Mouawad would make sketches of her mother’s clothing. When she got her hands on a needle and thread, she began making outfits for her dolls.
Masters in the art of getting over it
Nowadays, I take my first coffee of the day with an extra shot of catastrophe.
Tabbah: From silk printers to jewelry craftsmen
In the 19th century, the Lebanese Tabbah family, based then in Zahle, specialized in engraving wooden blocks for silk printing. That was the start of the family’s long...
Robot racing sparks enthusiasm in US students
A hefty robot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month along with more than a dozen...
Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar
With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again...
Go to a museum and learn about ramen
There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then...
In today’s car market, offering a product that’s truly unlike anything else available is a feat only a few manufacturers can pull off, and Audi happens to rank among those select few.
Make sure your car keeps its cool in the heat
Whenever winter rolls around, people – some of them anyway – remember to get their cars ready for the harsh cold months that can test the resilience of their vehicles....
BBC drops 'Top Gear' host Clarkson over producer attack
The BBC announces that it is dropping one of its most popular presenters, 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, after he verbally and physically attacked a producer
Self-driving cars in Lebanon: a future disaster
Whenever word of new technologies in development reaches the general public, their reaction tends to be characterized by awe, with a bit of impatience thrown in until...
Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile road trip
Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.
Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony’s own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games.
YouTube debuts videos for second music awards
YouTube premiered videos from 14 musicians as it tried a new, virtual-only format for the second edition of its music awards.
Are you willing to pay to watch video online?
Would you pay to see some of the Internet’s best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet...
New tool to foretell risk of heart attack, stroke
Over the age of 40? Want to know your risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years? Read on.
Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers
Facebook is turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication.
It’s high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan’s biggest tourist draw.
Antarctica tourists: Be prepared for the wild
They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a...
Selfie spot for ‘Mad Men’ fans: Don Draper bench
“Mad Men” fans can now take a selfie with Don Draper, thanks to a bench unveiled Monday featuring the fictional adman’s silhouette.
‘World’s most beautiful boulevard’ turns 150
In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary’s wealth,...
Morikami Japanese Gardens in south Florida
Like a lot of folks who live in places with long stretches of gray and chilly weather, I occasionally head to Florida for sunshine and relaxation.
With Easter on its way, my mind has turned to scalloped potatoes, always a big hit at a holiday feast. And really, what’s not to love?
A meringue inspired coconut cake and cream
It’s just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it’s a classic southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg.
The resilience and wonder of German riesling
Chance sometimes introduces us to wines in ways that make life seem extraordinary. While in Berlin recently I dined with a group of friends at an ordinary Turkish cafe....
Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer risk
Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie said she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother...
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: Women's Wear Daily reports
Marc Jacobs plans to end its separate entry-level Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women's Wear...
The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck.
Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93
Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as "The...
Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards
The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards.
Jess Glynne, James Bay top British music charts
British singer songwriter Jess Glynne notched up her first solo number one single in Britain with "Hold My Hand", the Official Charts Company said on Sunday, saying she...
Moore denies racist comments on next Bond
James Bond legend Roger Moore has insisted he had said nothing racist about fellow British actor Idris Elba – tipped to play the superspy next – in a French magazine...
Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina but 'not a great deal of hope'
Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, is praying for her recovery but she admitted there was...
Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life
Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologised to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish boy...
BBC drops 'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson over attack
The BBC on Wednesday dropped British "Top Gear" motoring show presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who built a global fan base while repeatedly causing offense with strongly...
One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik's exit
Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg Saturday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress...
Destiny's Child reunites at Stellar Gospel Awards
A reunited Destiny's Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night's top honor.
Ludacris, Chrissy Teigen to host 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen will host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in May.
James Bond legend Roger Moore has insisted he had said nothing racist about fellow British actor Idris Elba – tipped to play the superspy next – in a French magazine interview.
Trevor Noah set to replace Stewart on 'Daily Show'
Comedy Central has named Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show.
'Home’ trumps expectations with $54 million debut
Jeffrey Katzenberg must be breathing a huge sigh of relief after the embattled DreamWorks Animation chief scored a much needed box office win with the release of “Home.”
Nyong'o at home in East Africa for Disney production
fter a film about a king of Scotland, Ugandans are getting excited over a new movie about a "queen", starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.
Fan frenzy as 'Mad Men' nears end
Get ready for your last dose of sex, booze, lies and advertising.
Last year, Beirut’s International Platform of Dance, BIPOD, celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Belgian coalfield shows where Van Gogh emerged
It is fitting tribute to the role the Belgian coalfield around Mons played in Van Gogh’s emergence as an artist that the city has made a rare show of his early works a...
British Museum to counter militant image of Islam
Art from the Islamic world will be shown in the heart of the British Museum, instead of on the sidelines, in two new galleries funded by a Malaysian foundation which...
An empowered, persecuted Arab woman, as a violin
Scheherazade, the story-telling Arabian queen from “One Thousand and One Nights,” has captured the Western artistic imagination for centuries. In her latest...
Tanya Traboulsi’s skeptical glances of ‘home’
One of the things families do, it’s said, is to stage collective memories for entertainment. Digital media no doubt abets this practice, if it persists at all, but last...