Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Friday stuck to his optimism about forming a new government soon, defying all gloomy prospects that ruled out any imminent breakthrough in the Cabinet stalemate, given major hurdles still facing Hariri in his mission.
Wings of Lebanon incident sparks safety concerns
After a plane from Beirut to Greece’s Mykonos had to turn back midflight earlier this month, the airline responsible has come under a barrage of criticism, but it may...
EU nations help Sweden as wildfires rage above Arctic Circle
Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades - including blazes above the Arctic Circle - prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds...
State-actors likely behind Singapore cyberattack: experts
State-actors were likely behind Singapore's biggest ever cyberattack to date, security experts say, citing the scale and sophistication of the hack.
Step back from brink, U.N. warns Israel, Gaza
Fears of a large-scale conflict loomed large over Gaza after a spike in violence saw four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier killed. It was the first Israeli casualty...
Lebanon condemns Jewish Nation-State law
Lebanese politicians and parties made a rare show of unity Friday, condemning the Jewish Nation-State law endorsed by the Israeli Parliament.
Khoury urges deal with Syria to open vital border point
Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state...
Hariri, Spanish PM discuss bilateral ties
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri met Friday with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez in Madrid.
Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades - including blazes above the Arctic Circle - prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds of volunteers and other European nations.
Trump says Putin talks weren’t all rosy
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast Friday after he invited the Russian leader for a...
Singapore health megahack targeted PM
A cyberattack on Singapore’s public health system breached records on 1.5 million people and targeted the prime minister, a two-time cancer survivor, officials said...
Macron under fire as security aide detained
French President Emmanuel Macron, trying to curb what has become the most damaging scandal of his presidency, Friday fired a top security aide who has been taken into...
Fears of a large-scale conflict loomed large over Gaza after a spike in violence saw four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier killed. It was the first Israeli casualty since widespread protests began on March 30.
With Turkey’s help, Syrian opposition issues IDs
Opposition authorities are issuing new ID cards in northern Syria with help from neighboring Turkey, expanding their administration over territory that remains outside...
Italy, Libya reject EU’s migrant proposals
The European Union’s migrant strategy suffered a major new setback Friday with Italy refusing to freely accept people rescued at sea and Libya spurning a proposal for...
Surge in returns of internally displaced
An estimated 750,000 internally displaced Syrians returned to their homes through the first half of 2018, nearly equal the amount for all of last year, the United...
The reality of Daesh in Iraq
At his post-summit news conference with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday, President Donald Trump praised the U.S.-led coalition’s “successful campaign” that...
The chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Lebanon told President Michel Aoun Monday that the mission’s assessment of the May parliamentary elections was “very positive,” according to a statement from Aoun’s office.
Rumors surrounding the eventual devaluation of the Lebanese pound has kept growing in the past few weeks, despite the repeated assurances by Central Bank governor Riad Salameh that the national currency is stable, and will remain stable.
Salameh: Monetary conditions stable
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Thursday that monetary conditions in Lebanon were stable and that the country could expect two percent growth this year.
Dubai recipe for economic success looks stale
In Dubai’s posh Jumeirah Beach Residence district, luxury apartment rents are down about 15 percent from a year ago – a sign, some fear, that the wealthy emirate’s...
Saudis second-guess decision to boost oil output
Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia has rushed to boost oil production – only to discover that global markets might not yet need it.
Microsoft shares at all-time high
Microsoft Corp. shares rose about 5 percent to an all-time high Friday, after investors cheered another blockbuster quarter, backed by growth in its legacy software...
Rooftop solar now exceeds 50MW: Khoury
Electrical power generated from “rooftop” solar photovoltaic systems in Lebanon now exceeds 50 megawatts, said Pierre al-Khoury, general-director of the Lebanese Center...
Economists warn Cabinet formation delay will hurt
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is racing against the clock as he intensified consultations to form a Cabinet that is expected to tackle a wide range of issues –...
Lebanon turns to wind farms for electricity
Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Monday that his ministry has signed an agreement with the private sector in Lebanon to buy electricity from the power...
In Dubai’s posh Jumeirah Beach Residence district, luxury apartment rents are down about 15 percent from a year ago – a sign, some fear, that the wealthy emirate’s recipe for economic success is getting stale.
Abraaj to face lawsuit over Turkish dairy-maker
Abraaj Group Ltd. is being sued by one of the founders of a Turkish dairy maker that the embattled buyout firm is trying to sell, according to people familiar with the...
Xi visits UAE in push to increase influence
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Abu Dhabi Thursday on his first trip to the United Arab Emirates as the leader of China at a time when the two countries have...
GE’s power unit faces competition in Saudi Arabia
One of General Electric Co.’s largest and most valuable customers, Saudi Arabia, is lining up competitors to bid against GE for lucrative power plant work, according to...
Microsoft Corp. shares rose about 5 percent to an all-time high Friday, after investors cheered another blockbuster quarter, backed by growth in its legacy software business and Azure cloud computing services. Shares of one of the technology world’s oldest and best-known names rose nearly 4 percent to $108.20 in early trade, adding more than $30 billion to a market capitalization that was already $802 billion at Thursday’s close.
Boeing wins at show as Airbus gets AirAsia boost
Boeing claimed victory after outselling rival Airbus at this week’s Farnborough Airshow, where the world’s largest plane-makers repeated last year’s comparable haul of...
Trump slams Fed, threatens full China tariffs
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at China and the European Union for their weak currencies and said a stronger dollar and rising interest rates are undermining...
Hermes bags strong sales growth in Q2
French luxury goods giant Hermes on Friday posted strong sales growth in the three months to June, driven by "positive momentum" in Asia.
U.S. auto tariffs would cut 6 bln euros from German GDP, DIHK says
United States tariffs on imported cars would slash around $6.99 billion off German economic output, the president of Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce told German...
As the world was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the ex-South African president who eradicated the last bastion of apartheid on Earth, Israel demonstrated that such arcane and shameful policies were still alive and well by adopting the “Jewish Nation-State” law.
Israel is running out of excuses to launch a full-scale aggression against Gaza.
Despite Trump, business as usual for spy agencies
The American intelligence community has never faced a problem quite like President Donald Trump – a commander in chief who is suspected by a growing number of...
The UAE’s security-economic nexus in Yemen
This year marks a tactical shift for the UAE’s counterterrorism efforts in Yemen
Trump’s stunning answer to ‘who do you believe?’
President Donald Trump was doing pretty well in Helsinki, really, laying out a modest but achievable agenda for improving U.S.-Russia relations.
The news conference between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had barely ended Monday when an avalanche of condemnation in the strongest possible terms swamped...
Shooting the messenger
When Lebanon’s tourism minister held a conference that included the major players from the tourism and hospitality industry, it was expected that finally this elite...
Stop the cockfighting
It is tragic when political parties lose sight of the bigger picture and put a country’s stability and economy in peril for their own narrow-minded ambitions.
The American intelligence community has never faced a problem quite like President Donald Trump – a commander in chief who is suspected by a growing number of Republicans and Democrats of deferring to Russia’s views over the recommendations of his own intelligence agencies. “There are almost two governments now,” worries John McLaughlin, a former acting CIA director. He discusses the Trump conundrum with the same vexation as a dozen other former intelligence officials I’ve spoken with since the president’s shockingly acquiescent performance onstage Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘Energy for all’: But not at any price
“Sustainable Energy for All” is a noble slogan, which triggered an international initiative led by former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Three cheers for regulation!
One of the striking changes any rich-world traveler to low-income countries cannot fail to have missed during the past decade or so is the rapid spread of mobile phone...
Killer AI isn’t just in Terminator: It’s here now
Warnings about the risks posed by artificial intelligence seem to be everywhere nowadays.
Putin must wonder what U.S. knows about Russia
When President Vladimir Putin sat down at the table in Helsinki Monday, he surely had in the back of his mind some intelligence worries that had nothing to do with the...
Better relations with Russia are a worthy goal
As the Helsinki summit approaches, President Donald Trump appears to be on the verge of acquiescing to the belligerent strategy and behavior that Moscow has been...
Roots of Trump’s zigzag diplomacy
Watching President Donald Trump’s diplomatic maneuvers – in Singapore last month and in the run-up to his meetings over the next week in Brussels and Helsinki – I...
The assault on meritocracy
In recent weeks, you might have heard about two seemingly unrelated issues that are actually quite connected.
Brazilian superstar Neymar Thursday sought to quash speculation about his future, insisting he planned to remain with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. “I’m staying, I’m staying in Paris, I have a contract,” Neymar told reporters at an auction to raise money for his charitable foundation in Sao Paulo.
AC Milan cleared to play in Europa League
The Court of Arbitration for Sport Friday overturned a decision by European football body UEFA to ban AC Milan from next season’s Europa League competition, saying the...
Djokovic claims fourth Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic proved conclusively he remains one of the biggest beasts in men’s tennis by outplaying South African giant Kevin Anderson to claim a fourth Wimbledon...
Kerber set for success after Wimbledon title
The changes Angelique Kerber has made on the court helped her win a first Wimbledon title. She believes the changes she made off the court will ensure her second coming...
NBA OKs Leonard-DeRozan deal, pending physicals
San Antonio agreed to ship Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, according to...
Son and Lamela sign long-term deals at Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min have signed new long-term contracts ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, the Premier League club said Friday. Argentine...
Mata salvages draw as Man Utd open American tour
Juan Mata scored a 78th minute equalizer as Manchester United opened their preseason with a 1-1 draw against Club America Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.
Neymar insists he will stay at PSG to win titles
Neymar has rejected rumors he could leave Paris Saint-Germain, saying he wants to win titles at the French club.
Novak Djokovic proved conclusively he remains one of the biggest beasts in men’s tennis by outplaying South African giant Kevin Anderson to claim a fourth Wimbledon title Sunday.
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic
Here’s a fact box on Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the Wimbledon men’s singles final Sunday.
Kerber beats Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win 1st Wimbledon title
Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams' bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.
Clear blue skies, 30 degrees but Djokovic, Nadal resume under roof
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will resume their Wimbledon semi-final battle under the Center Court roof despite clear blues skies and temperatures pushing 30 degrees...
San Antonio agreed to ship Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, according to multiple reports, ending more than seven months of off-court drama for the Spurs.
Magic waited outside LeBron's house for free agency to start
Magic Johnson is nothing if not punctual.
LeBron signs Lakers four year, $154M deal
LeBron James signed his new four-year NBA contract worth $154 million with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, with Lakers president Earvin "Magic" Johnson calling it a...
Cavs GM 'hurt,' but 'thankful' after end of LeBron era
In his first public reaction since LeBron James chose to leave his hometown Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman...
Spurs’ demands may scuttle Kawhis trade options
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics might be the best remaining trade option for the Spurs should San Antonio move All-Star Kawhi Leonard. But whether they can make that...
Former winner Zach Johnson continued his love affair with the British Open by joining fellow American Kevin Kisner on top of the leaderboard midway through the second round Friday. While the 42-year-old Johnson was plotting his way to a four-under 67 in cold, wet conditions at Carnoustie, Tommy Fleetwood (65) and Rory McIlroy (69) were delighting the home fans by moving into title contention.
Sagan strikes again as Thomas keeps yellow jersey
Slovakian Peter Sagan underlined his sprint credentials for the third time on the Tour de France Friday after powering to victory in the 13th stage from Bourg d’Oisans...
AIU reveals new public process on doping cases
The Athletics Integrity Unit has released details of a new, transparent system where every stage of the process of dealing with a positive doping test is made public,...
Injured former champion Nibali ruled out of Tour de France, says team
Former champion Vincenzo Nibali was forced out of the Tour de France on Thursday after fracturing his back in a collision during a drama-packed 12th stage to the summit...
Kisner leader in benign Open conditions
American Kevin Kisner put a mediocre links record behind him to surge to the clubhouse lead with a five-under-par 66 in the first round at the British Open Thursday.
Max Verstappen Friday kept Red Bull on top of the German Grand Prix practice time sheets – and Lewis Hamilton off them – after teammate Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the first session.
F1 champ Hamilton staying with Mercedes to 2020
Four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton ended months of speculation about his future Thursday by signing a new two-year deal keeping him at his Mercedes...
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton signs new contract with Mercedes
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has finally signed a new contract with Mercedes.
Mercedes still fastest despite lost points: Wolff
Formula One champions Mercedes made mistakes in the last three back-to-back races but they still have the fastest car, according to team boss Toto Wolff.
Hamilton limits damage, Ferrari the real winners
Lewis Hamilton’s superb fightback from last to second in Sunday’s British Grand Prix cannot mask the fact Ferrari managed to land a telling blow to Mercedes and their...
The stage of Beiteddine Palace’s Al Midan could easily have been mistaken for the facade of a Spanish villa Thursday night, as the Antonio Gades Dance Company performed two of their world-renowned flamenco shows.
Bask in the effervescent, insane ‘Mamma Mia 2’
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is a wholly ridiculous movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should –...
Bee Gee honored with knighthood
Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb received a knighthood from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, where he was honoured for his services to music and charity.
Doctor Who gets a female touch
Whittaker describes becoming 13th actor to play in BBC classic as ‘an absolute joy’
‘Equalizer 2’: First sequel for Denzel and Fuqua
Like the Dark Knight without the gadgetry or Deadpool without the snark, The Equalizer is an avenging angel, delivering justice from the end of a steel-capped boot for...
Critics’ Week: Cannes’ quirky side
Every summer, since 2006, a slice of the Cannes film festival has parachuted into Metropolis Cinema in the form of a reprise of the Semaine de la Critique (Critics’...
Springsteen surprises at Billy Joel concert
Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel’s piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden...
Russian rarity ‘Demon’ revived at Bard College
Lonely demon meets beautiful girl and falls in love.
Williams speaks for himself in HBO doc
When filmmaker Marina Zenovich sought to make a documentary about Robin Williams, she found she could do it largely in the late comedian’s own voice.
‘Mamma Mia!’ back with star-studded cast
Amid olive trees and plenty of ABBA tunes, the musical world of “Mamma Mia” took over a London theater Monday for the film sequel’s world premiere with Oscar winner...
Baron Cohen back with old style, same results
Provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has rebooted his ambush chat show and you have to admire the sheer perseverance of the host and his so-called guests alike.
Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard won a long-running case against the BBC on Wednesday after it broadcast live on TV a police raid on his home over allegations that were later dropped.
Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy, dies at 101
Nancy Sinatra Sr, the teenage sweetheart and first wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra, has died.
Kylie Jenner, 20, on cusp of billionaire status
Aged just 20 and the youngest member of the extended reality-TV Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner is on track to become America's youngest "self-made" billionaire, Forbes...
Video shows moment of Clooney crash, actor thrown in air
Actor George Clooney slammed his motorbike into an oncoming car that turned suddenly into his lane Tuesday and was thrown several meters in the air on the Italian...
Actor George Clooney injured in scooter accident in Italy
The American actor and director George Clooney was injured in a scooter accident on the Italian island of Sardinia where he is working on a miniseries, Italian media...
Blessed with a coastline that stretches for hundreds of kilometers across flat sandy expanses and rugged coves, Morocco’s beaches should be a magnet – but a litter crisis risks repelling sun seekers, citizens say.
Sesame Street is entering classrooms
Sesame Street is taking its beloved, critically acclaimed brand of educational television into the highly profitable world of classroom curriculum – a move that experts...
Medical field looks for ways to treat sleep apnea
Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air.
Museum explores what makes us human
Wonder Woman’s striking visage on large, bright screens just inside the new National Museum of Psychology tells visitors there’s more here than dusty books and esoteric...
American returns to Tyre to thank Sadr sister
During the summer of 1982, I was employed by Catholic Relief Service to serve as their director in Tyre charged with the responsibility to deliver humanitarian...
Cloud brightening, ‘sun shields’ to save Barrier Reef
Australia announced plans Friday to explore concepts such as firing salt into clouds and covering swaths of water with a thin layer of film in a bid to save the...
Male sailors tell the U.S. Navy, ‘We want beards’
Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards. The Navy said last week that servicewomen could sport ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands,...
Quest to revive French influence at U.S. school
The music teachers spending the summer in the mountain air of Aspen can tell you all about that most famous instructor of them all, Nadia Boulanger, the Parisian whose...
Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity
Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more.
Revenge of a forgotten medical genius
It’s not an uncommon fate for a pioneering scientist: languishing unrecognized in their time before dying in obscurity.
During the summer of 1982, I was employed by Catholic Relief Service to serve as their director in Tyre charged with the responsibility to deliver humanitarian assistance to Lebanese and Palestinian victims of the Israeli Defense Forces invasion.
Les Bleus ignite dreams in Paris’ suburbs
In a housing estate in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Bondy, young Adama Wagui shows off the stack of trophies he has accumulated during his budding football career.
LAU fields ‘New Wave’ of fashion designers
La Magnanerie, a restored 19th-century silk factory in Metn’s Sadd-Boushrieh, glittered under fireworks Thursday night as the second graduating class of a fashion...
British engine-maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the “flying taxi,” which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years
Scientists peer into heart of storm to improve intensity forecast
Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and...
Scientists find world’s oldest biological colors
Australian researchers have uncovered the world’s oldest biological color in the Sahara desert, in a find they said Tuesday helped explain why complex life forms only...
FishTopia app links anglers to guides in Alaska
An Alaska resident has created a smartphone app designed to connect anglers and guides with each other and to a hub of local fishing information. Jim Voss has launched...
Privacy fears grow over facial recognition use
The unique features of your face can allow you to unlock your new iPhone, access your bank account or even “smile to pay” for some goods and services. The same...
Even during the World Cup, which brought hordes of foreigners to Russia, the capital of Chechnya remained well off the beaten path for most travelers.
Tesla Inc crossed its long-elusive target of producing 5,000 Model 3 cars in a week after several delays, and reaffirmed its positive cash flow and profit forecast for the rest of the year.
Lexus recalls cars to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires
Toyota's Lexus luxury brand is recalling about 121,000 cars worldwide because of fuel leaks in the engine that can cause fires.
Reviving supersonic passenger flights will harm the environment as the jets will not likely be able to comply with existing fuel efficiency, pollution and noise standards for subsonic aircraft, according to a study released on Tuesday.
Botswana may put elephants in cross-hairs as it moves to lift hunting ban
Botswana, home to the world's largest elephant population, may lift a ban on hunting for sport in the face of what the government says is growing conflict between...
Eight black rhinos die in Kenya
Eight black rhinos have died in Kenya while being transported by the state wildlife service between two national parks, Tourism Minister Najib Balala said Friday in a...
Science hope for threatened koalas
Australia's koalas, their very existence imperilled by disease, bushfires, car strikes, and dog attacks, face a more hopeful future thanks to scientists cracking its...
Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant
Greenpeace crashed a Superman-shaped drone into a French nuclear plant on Tuesday to demonstrate its vulnerability to outside attacks, the environmental group said.