Businesses around the world bearing U.S. President Donald Trump’s name face an increased risk now that he is in the White House, security experts warn, especially as several are in areas previously targeted by violence.
Rubio support paves way for Tillerson
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state headed for approval in a key Senate committee Monday after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced his support,...
Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran
Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump’s short...
Trump calls Egypt’s Sisi, offers support
Egypt’s presidency says that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who expressed hope for a “new push” in bilateral relations...
Aiming for 24/7 water in Beirut
A delegation led by the World Bank visited an ongoing system of tunnels and pipes being drilled to transport fresh water from the Awali River in south Lebanon to Beirut...
Residents pick up pieces after tornadoes
Chuck Stafford was watching the Atlanta Falcons rout the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title when bad weather suddenly began to pound his mobile home in southern...
World must not miss signals of any flu pandemic
The World Health Organization called on all countries to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases...
Left-winger Hamon may win French Socialist ticket
Radical left-winger Benoit Hamon looked well-placed Monday to become the Socialist contender in France’s presidential election after winning the first round of a...
Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump’s short temper and abrasive tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East.
Yemeni govt forces take strategic Mokha port
Forces allied with the internationally recognized government of Yemen seized control of a strategic Red Sea port Monday after waging an assault against Houthi rebels, a...
China warships tour Gulf Arab states
Chinese warships have embarked on a tour of Gulf Arab states for the first time in six years as Beijing has signaled a desire to play a bigger role on the global stage.
Aleppo mosque war scars laid bare
The Great Mosque of Aleppo, a centuries-old treasure at the heart of one of the world’s oldest cities, is today a grim testament to the ravages of Syria’s war.
A delegation led by the World Bank visited an ongoing system of tunnels and pipes being drilled to transport fresh water from the Awali River in south Lebanon to Beirut as part of a project the organization is funding.
Mini Tripoli clock tower installed in Turkey
A Turkish park featuring miniature monuments from around the world has added a scaled-down replica of a famous Ottoman clock tower in Lebanon’s northern city of...
Judges charges six over clashes, terrorism
A Lebanese judge Monday charged four Palestinians and at least two Syrians over incidents in Ain al-Hilweh and in the northeast of Lebanon, the state-run National News...
Aoun meets French delegation
President Michel Aoun met with the same French delegation Monday that last visited him in 1990 before he fled to a 15-year self-imposed exile in France, thanking them...
North Lebanon man goes missing
Residents of Aqoura in the northern district of Jbeil went on high alert Monday after a taxi driver, 65, who lives in the area was reported missing.
Fouad Zmekhol, president of the Lebanese Businessmen Association, called upon companies in Lebanon to study expansion plans to other continents such as Africa and Asia.
Neighboring states selling bootleg Qura olive oil
Olive oil farmers are incapable of selling their produce due to the high competition from neighboring countries, said Karim Bou Karim, head of the union of Qura...
Iraqi Kurdistan pays oil company dues
The government of Iraqi Kurdistan paid international oil companies for the first time in seven weeks, as rising crude prices gave the region’s coffers a much-needed...
Emirates to start Dubai-Athens-Newark flights
Emirates is to start flying to the United States with a stop for passengers in Greece, its second so-called fifth freedom flight and a move that could anger U.S....
Samsung says batteries caused Note 7 fires
Samsung Electronics says flaws in the design and production of batteries used in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, not its hardware or software, made it prone to catch fire.
Agrytech aims to nurture smarter agri-food sector
Lebanon’s startup field continues to receive great support from the country’s private and public sectors with the launch of Agrytech, a new initiative funded by...
Time to reimagine Lebanon’s economy
After years of political deadlock, Lebanon finally has a new government.
Consumer confidence jumps in Q4: report
Lebanese consumer sentiment in the last quarter of 2016 saw some improvement following the election of a president and formation of the Cabinet, a report said Wednesday.
The government of Iraqi Kurdistan paid international oil companies for the first time in seven weeks, as rising crude prices gave the region’s coffers a much-needed boost.
Abu Dhabi said to meet fixed-income investors
Abu Dhabi, holder of about 6 percent of the world’s oil reserves, will hold fixed-income investor meetings in Asia this week, a person familiar with the matter said.
Egypt risks no interest in gold tender
Egypt is at risk of getting no participation in its first exploration tender in gold since 2009 after Centamin Plc, which operates the nation’s only active gold mine,...
Abu Dhabi to put $400M into Sudan central bank
The oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi agreed Monday to deposit $400 million in Sudan’s central bank to “help economic development” in the African country, state media said.
Dollar, stocks slide on Trump rhetoric
The U.S. dollar fell to a seven-week low against a basket of key world currencies Monday and global stock markets declined amid investor concerns over protectionist...
Lawyers sue Trump over foreign payments
A group of prominent constitutional and ethics lawyers sued President Donald Trump Monday, accusing him of violating the U.S. Constitution by letting his hotels and...
Draghi says too early for ECB stimulus exit
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi Thursday asked for patience for his policies to work as he brushed aside calls to change course following a spike in inflation.
Trump sparks optimism among S&P 500 CEOs
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is only hours old, but already a small parade of S&P 500 companies’ chiefs have voiced optimism that his promised tax cuts,...
For the Syrian people the Astana peace conference represents a much-needed hope that the conflict in their country can be drawn to a close.
Trump the gladiator
The way Donald Trump meandered onto the terrace at the Capitol could have been a re-enactment of a gladiator entering an arena thousands of years ago, and if that...
Hope for global health in 2017
Looking back on 2016, there may not seem to be much to celebrate.
Adrift in president Trump’s new century
The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the period between Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 and the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 the...
Keep the CIA on the path to ‘modernization’
CIA Director John Brennan’s biggest concern the past few years hasn’t been Russian hacking, or even the wars in the Middle East, but what he calls “modernization” of...
Parliament Thursday passed a freedom of information law giving access into the state’s workings that could be a transformative step toward transparency.
Legacy of no legacy
As Barack Obama prepares to move out of the White House tomorrow, his tenure has already been assessed and found wanting.
Justice has to be served
There is no doubt that the Turkish authorities must be commended for finding the man responsible for the Reina nightclub attack and taking him into custody alive.
The appalling state of statistics in Lebanon
Statistics relating to human development in Lebanon are in a deplorable state.
Connectivity and the modern refugee
They were fresh off the boat, the group of refugees I met this time last year.
The anti-science seed treaty
In September, the United States ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, known as the International Seed Treaty.
CIA Director John Brennan’s biggest concern the past few years hasn’t been Russian hacking, or even the wars in the Middle East, but what he calls “modernization” of the agency.
Trump can’t easily undo climate change progress
If you’re worried about climate change, it’s scary to think that the incoming Trump administration could reverse gains made in recent years.
How Trump is helping China’s strategy
Donald Trump has perhaps attacked no country as consistently as he has China.
We need to root out the truth on Russia
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters Marcellus as ghosts and mad spirits haunt Elsinore Castle in the first act of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.
The briefing on Russia that Trump should get
I’m glad that Donald Trump finally got a briefing on the unanimous conclusion of America’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind the hacking of...
Lebanon will be quietly confident of qualifying for the Asian Cup after the draw for 2019 edition took place in Abu Dhabi Monday.
Mason clash puts focus on head risks in sport
Ryan Mason’s clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill has again set alarm bells ringing over the risk of head injuries across a number of high profile sports.
Federer ready to restore order against Zverev
Seeing world No. 50 Mischa Zverev and wildcard Denis Istomin upset the top two players in the world at Melbourne Park shows more players believe they can take shake up...
Breathless Nadal, Serena into last eight
Rafael Nadal struggled into his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2015 at the Australian Open Monday, as Serena Williams accelerated toward a record title and the No....
Morris powers Pistons, Spurs slip past Cavs in OT
Kawhi Leonard finished off a dunk in the final seconds of overtime, capping a career high 41-point performance as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Cleveland...
Tunisia book quarterfinal berth, Algeria bow out
Tunisia kept up an impressive recent record of African Nations Cup quarterfinal appearances by thumping Zimbabwe 4-2 with a flurry of first-half goals to come second in...
Skull fracture victim Mason talking in hospital
Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been talking in hospital about the incident that left him with a fractured skull, the Premier League club said Monday.
Costa back to fire Chelsea, Wenger sent off
Diego Costa returned for Chelsea with deadly effect Sunday, scoring in the 2-0 win over Hull City which increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight...
Seeing world No. 50 Mischa Zverev and wildcard Denis Istomin upset the top two players in the world at Melbourne Park shows more players believe they can take shake up the established order and that can only be good for tennis, Roger Federer said.
Melbourne Park carnage as top seeds topple
The whiff of sporting upset hung around Melbourne Park Sunday after top seeds Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were handed stunning defeats in the Australian Open...
Seeing world number 50 Mischa Zverev and wildcard Denis Istomin upset the top two players in the world at Melbourne Park shows more players believe they can take shake...
Nadal survives Monfils fightback to reach quarter-finals
Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Kawhi Leonard finished off a dunk in the final seconds of overtime, capping a career high 41-point performance as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-115 Saturday. “I am in a groove,” Leonard said.
Popovich pops off at 'racist' Trump
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich took aim at Donald Trump Saturday, devoting nearly half of his pre-game news conference to describing his contempt for the...
Warriors top Rockets for 6th straight win
Having already delivered convincing statements earlier this week by drubbing the Cavaliers and Thunder, the Warriors were quick to send the message Friday that exacting...
Westbrook snubbed for Curry, Harden as All-Star starter
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple double, was snubbed for a Western Conference starting spot in next month's NBA All-Star Game in voting announced...
Leonard, Murray power Spurs past Nuggets
All-star game starter Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and rookie Dejounte Murray added a career-high 24 as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-104...
Tom Brady led the New England Patriots into the seventh Super Bowl of his career Sunday with a clinical 36-17 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers after the Atlanta Falcons routed the Green Bay Packers to reach the NFL showpiece.
Pacquiao willing to fight McGregor
WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao is willing to square up with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor if his potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather...
Fleetwood takes Abu Dhabi title
England’s world No. 102 Tommy Fleetwood overcame swirling winds and final-hole jitters to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot Sunday.
Italian skier Paris masters tricky Streif course for 2nd win
As soon as Dominik Paris had mastered a tricky World Cup downhill on the Streif on Saturday, the Italian kneeled down and held both his skis up in the air.
German Kaymer sets UAE pace
The familiar name of Martin Kaymer, a three-time tournament champion, was back on top of the leaderboard Friday at the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship.
Liberty Media’s Formula One takeover cleared another key hurdle Wednesday with the sport’s governing body unanimously approving the deal.
Bottas can be as quick as Rosberg: Lauda
Niki Lauda believes new Mercedes signing Valtteri Bottas can be as fast as the man he replaced, retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.
F1 champions Mercedes sign Bottas, Massa returns
Valtteri Bottas replaced retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes Monday, with Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to take the...
Mercedes Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas
Factbox on Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas, who was announced by Mercedes Monday as the replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg.
Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa back at Williams
Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will race alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton at Formula One team Mercedes this season.
This year’s Al Bustan Festival, Beit Mery’s annual showcase of classical and romantic-flavored Western music, looks to the past and it does so in terms which appear unexpectedly political.
Workers Cup highlights Qatar’s migrant workers
Director Adam Sobel never intended to end up in Qatar, but it was 2010, jobs were scarce in the U.S. and his longtime girlfriend – now his wife – had just been offered...
Protests at Polanski for French Oscars ceremony
Feminists have called for protests at the “French Oscars” next month, after controversial film director Roman Polanski agreed to preside over the ceremony.
Redford predicts a popular movement
Robert Redford refused to be drawn on Donald Trump as the Sundance Film Festival opened Thursday, but vowed a popular “movement” would fight funding cuts the president...
Willie Nelson wants Loretta Lynn to try pot again
Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to...
Trainspotting sequel arrives after 21 years
It was the shocking, surreal, drug-fueled movie that defined a generation.
A spot of insanity in 2017
Film lovers around town may thank Theresa “Brexit-means-Brexit” May for the glacial pace of the U.K.’s self-imposed exile from the European Union.
Sundance: Reteaming works
Muse, friend or both, actors and directors often choose to work together repeatedly.
More networks follow binge-watching model
Traditional TV networks are following Netflix Inc.’s lead by releasing all new episodes of a series at the same time, a step to win over binge viewers who do not want...
DeGeneres wins big at People’s Choice awards
“Finding Dory” and “Deadpool” were the big screen’s big winners at the People’s Choice awards where comedian Ellen DeGeneres made history by taking home the show’s most...
Damon grudgingly roots for Trump
Movie star Matt Damon said Wednesday he was grudgingly rooting for Donald Trump to make a success of his presidency, despite Hollywood’s opposition to the Republican...
Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to give pot a second chance.
A year on, Bowie tributes around world
Bearing flowers, lipstick and glitter, fans around the world paid tribute to rock icon David Bowie Tuesday, a year after his shocking death.
French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92
French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
Young maestro dazzles at Vienna New Year's Concert
The Vienna Philharmonic rung in 2017 with its famed New Year's Concert Sunday under the baton of the orchestra's youngest-ever conductor, charismatic Venezuelan Gustavo...
First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies
Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles who drove the band on their formative trip to Hamburg in 1960, has died at the age of 86, his old club announced.
An actor was killed while filming a scene for an Australian band's music video Monday, police said.
Maggie Roche of The Roches sister vocal trio dies at 65
Maggie Roche, the folk-rock singer-songwriter who since the mid-1970s had performed and recorded as a trio and in pairs with her two sisters, has died.
Sons and daughters of stars are fashion's new royalty
They are fashion's new celebrity aristocracy, the sons and daughters of stars who are themselves becoming the kings and queens of the catwalk shows.
Fans celebrate Betty White on actress' 95th birthday
Betty White says the best thing about being 95 is that she's still employed.
Katherine Heigl announces birth of baby boy, Joshua Bishop
Katherine Heigl has given birth to a baby boy.
Male and female styles mixed with U.S. television and music stars at Paris Fashion Week Sunday for the final installment of fall-winter menswear shows as the City of Light prepares to notch up a gear for Monday’s couture week.
Travel meets star power at Louis Vuitton show
Travel, trekking and urban exploration defined Thursday’s installment of Paris Menswear Week.
'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique
A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility...
World's primates facing extinction crisis, new report says
A new study says gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct.
Vienna’s homeless show tourists life on the street
On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna’s central train station.
Classical, punk kick off Paris menswear
Subzero temperatures were an apt backdrop for fashionistas who arrived in Paris for the first day of warmly wrapped fall/winter 2017 menswear fashion shows.
Russians seek secrets of future with pagan rites
“A horse’s head – that means a man,” says Muscovite Yekaterina Kostrikina as she watches hot wax harden in a glass of cold water.
Iconic moped lives on in hearts of Moroccans
In France it slipped into legend after delighting long-haired teenagers in the ’70s and ’80s, but in Morocco the tireless moped spurts on, despite an invasion of...
A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.
UK to close Halley Research Station in Antarctica for winter
British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety.
SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball...
Scientists activate predatory switch in mice
U.S. scientists have ramped up predatory behavior in mice by stimulating a region of the brain known for its role in emotions like fear and pleasure, according to a...
London Fashion Week shakes up tradition
Men and women are sashaying down catwalks together at London Fashion Week, in a shake-up of tradition backed by celebrated designers like Vivienne Westwood.
Speyside distilled: Whisky, wool and walking
Forget the three Rs. I went to Speyside, Scotland’s “single-malt capital of the world,” to brush up on the three Ws: whisky, wool and walking.
Athens, a pleasant (winter) destination
As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than...
Full moon party defies Thai troubles
For many ravers on the tropical oasis of Koh Phangan, the origins of the Thai island’s debauched full moon parties are as hazy as their memories of the beach bash the...
It seems that every few weeks I find myself, yet again, declaring that crossovers are taking over the world.
Nissan’s Micra an exercise in nonchalance
Look folks, we can try all we want to pretend it isn’t true, but no one who owns or drives a car picked one randomly just to get from point A to point B.
F430 Scuderia: F1 invades Ferrari street cars
Most guys, and I suppose some girls, who first hit their teens in the ’80s had posters of the Ferrari Testarossa or the Lamborghini Countach adorning the walls of their...
991 GT3 RS: Blend of civility, sheer exhilaration
You would assume that selecting the perfect car to cap off the year would be a monumental task.
Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said Monday.
Sex toys ‘safer’ than kids toys: Swedish study
Fewer sex toys contain dangerous chemicals than children’s toys, a Swedish inspection authority said in a report Monday.
UK scientists give cancer risk warning on overdone fries, toast
Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said on...
Ugandans invent 'smart jacket' to diagnose pneumonia
A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children...
Doctor offices that look like Apple stores
After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health care system that he diagnosed as an...