In a second evening of violence in Istanbul, police killed a woman Wednesday carrying a bomb near the city’s main police headquarters, an official said.
U.S.-Iran thaw spurred Saudi action on Yemen
Wary of a rapprochement between Washington and archrival Iran, Saudi Arabia has taken matters into its own hands by leading an air war against Houthi rebels in Yemen,...
Lebanon’s share of Kuwait aid not yet determined
Lebanon’s share of the $3.8 billion in aid pledged at an international donors’ conference for Syrian relief in Kuwait has yet to be determined, Social Affairs Minister...
Yemen war won’t affect Lebanon’s stability
Last week’s Saudi-led military intervention against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen will not have any negative repercussions on stability in Lebanon, ministerial...
How Nigerians forgave Buhari’s past
Nigerians had to forgive former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari many sins for him to win this weekend’s election.
Sisi welcomes release of U.S. military aid
Egypt’s president Wednesday welcomed the restoration of U.S. military aid, a victory in his quest to eliminate some of the last international penalties on his...
Syria slashes imports to save foreign reserves
Syria’s government, presiding over an economy ravaged by war and facing dwindling foreign currency reserves, is taking new measures to slash imports and prop up exports.
Syrians now hide from their hosts in Turkey
They’ve had enough of the Syrians. The hard-working industrial city of Gaziantep in southern Turkey used to be best known for its carpets and pistachios, a...
Lebanon’s share of the $3.8 billion in aid pledged at an international donors’ conference for Syrian relief in Kuwait has yet to be determined, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Wednesday.
Towards a culture of active citizenship
This hymn, written by the English sailor John Newton back in the 18th century, reflects the significance of being and acting as a good fellow no matter how hard the...
Protests over fixed generator fees
Owners of private electricity generators demonstrated in Tyre Wednesday, protesting a decision by the municipality to set a fixed monthly subscription fee for service.
Soldier, 11 others charged with kidnapping Syrians
Lebanon’s Military Court charged 12 people, including a Lebanese soldier, with kidnapping defected members of the Syrian army and handing them over to Syria’s...
Buhari levels fighting talk at Boko Haram
Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday vowed tough action against Boko Haram and pledged reconciliation and inclusive government, in a speech after his...
Sarkozy avoids financial charges
French judges decided Wednesday not to charge Nicolas Sarkozy over a campaign finance scandal but placed the former president under a special status that leaves the...
Obama authorizes sanctions to combat cyberattacks
President Barack Obama Wednesday authorized imposing economic sanctions on U.S. and foreign hackers, allowing the government to block the assets of persons involved in...
Merkel says Ukraine ceasefire hasn't been fully implemented
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the situation in Ukraine had become calmer in the weeks following the Minsk agreement but added that the...
Fewer than 100 protesters answered a call by the Union Coordination Committee to stage a sit-in in front of Education Ministry building Tuesday to press for the immediate endorsement of the long awaited salary hike for public and private school teachers and civil servants.
S&P maintains Lebanon’s ‘stable’ ratings outlook
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...
Kurdish firm aims to launch $100M Iraq broadband
A Kurdish Internet company expects to open a long-delayed $100 million broadband cable running from Turkey to Iraq’s Gulf coast by the end of 2015, after spending an...
RBS sells $817M of loans to Dubai’s CBD
Royal Bank of Scotland has sold around 3 billion dirhams ($816.8 million) of loans belonging to companies in the United Arab Emirates to Commercial Bank of Dubai, both...
China’s stock market fueled by school dropouts
There’s a story that Joseph Kennedy sold his stocks on the cusp of the Great Crash of 1929 after a shoeshine boy shared trading tips with him.
Salameh: no Lebanese ISIS accounts
Central Bank governor Riad Salameh promised that it is difficult for terrorist groups like ISIS to hold bank accounts in Lebanon but admitted challenges in verifying if...
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...
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,...
A Kurdish Internet company expects to open a long-delayed $100 million broadband cable running from Turkey to Iraq’s Gulf coast by the end of 2015, after spending an extra $30 million to replace lines and equipment overrun by ISIS.
Yemen food imports disrupted
A week into Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, food imports into the Arab world’s poorest country are grinding to a halt as the conflict puts fragile supply chains under...
Loopholes could limit impact of Saudi land tax
A planned tax on undeveloped urban land may transform Saudi Arabia's real estate market, but potential loopholes could dilute the impact.
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...
Wall Street, dollar fall after private jobs data
U.S. stocks fell for a second day and the dollar dipped after a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment spurred investor concerns that a highly...
How Rousseff plans to get Brazil out of this mess
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is battling to regain the trust of voters and global investors alike as the economy sinks and a corruption scandal deepens. Tuesday...
Godaddy shares debut with jump after high pricing
Godaddy shares are jumping in their market debut after the Web hosting company known for racy TV commercials priced its initial public offering above expectations.
Strong case for June rates liftoff: Fed’s Lacker
The Federal Reserve will have a “strong” case to hike U.S. interest rates in June, a hawkish Fed official said Tuesday, dismissing recently weak economic data as...
Following the progress made under the Millennium Development Goals, which guided global development efforts in the years 2000-2015, the world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2016-2030.
Making space for China
When the United Kingdom announced earlier last month that it had agreed to become a founding member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, most of the...
The regional quagmire traps Hezbollah
As a coalition of mainly Sunni countries has formed to contain Iran’s expanding power in the Middle East, many eyes are turned on Hezbollah.
With or without an accord, change has come
The British diplomat Harold Nicolson observed in 1960 that “a good negotiation takes about as long as it takes an elephant to have a baby.”
A Lebanese blessing
While the general political and economic situation in Lebanon is quite dire, one can also find an significant bright spot – the country has so far resisted a free-fall...
Merger of factions in Syria to contain Nusra
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...
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...
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.
A stronger Japan would help stabilize Asia
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore “animal spirits” in the long-moribund Japanese economy.
Yemen’s war reflects a new regional era
Analysts and ideologues will actively and inconclusively long debate the actual reasons and possible consequences of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, until the passage of a...
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...
While the general political and economic situation in Lebanon is quite dire, one can also find an significant bright spot – the country has so far resisted a free-fall into the kind of chaos and violence that has beset much of the region.
Chance for diplomacy
Iran’s nuclear talks have reached a point where a final deal appears inevitable, whether it comes in June or is delayed by a few more weeks or months.
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...
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...
Although Spain’s 2-0 reverse to Netherlands Tuesday brought back bitter memories of their disastrous 2014 World Cup, coach Vicente del Bosque will not be too worried about a third straight friendly defeat for La Roja.
Platini vindicated by expanded Euros
It was much derided when announced but UEFA’s decision to expand the Euro 2016 championship to 24 teams has revitalized the qualifying competition with a host of...
Curry scores 27 to rally Warriors past Clippers
Stephen Curry scored 27 points and Klay Thompson had 25 as the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 110-106 Tuesday for their 10th consecutive victory.
Grizzlies down Kings to end losing streak
Mike Conley scored 18 points and Jeff Green had 16 as the Memphis Grizzlies ended a three-game losing streak and moved back into the second spot in the Western...
Djokovic wobbles, Murray marks 500th win
Desperate Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and a break down to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-0 Tuesday, salvaging hopes of defending his Miami Open...
England’s Townsend pleased to silence critics
England substitute Andros Townsend declared that he had silenced his critics after his memorable goal earned Roy Hodgson’s side a 1-1 draw in their friendly with Italy...
No wages at CSKA but unique fans: goalkeeper
Financially troubled CSKA Sofia’s Latvian goalkeeper Maksims Uvarenko has not been paid for three months and has had to ask his parents to send him money to pay his rent.
Netherlands too strong for lackluster Spain
The Netherlands once again proved too good for an under-par Spain as goals from Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaasen handed the hosts a 2-0 friendly win in Amsterdam Tuesday.
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...
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...
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.
Desperate Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and a break down to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-0 Tuesday, salvaging hopes of defending his Miami Open title.
Djokovic, Williams sisters advance at Miami
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic moved closer to a possible fourth Miami Open trophy Monday by defeating Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 to reach the fourth round.
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.
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.
One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
Hamilton ready for new contract
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year.
Vettel win a relief for all except Mercedes
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,...
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...
Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round Tuesday at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week’s Masters, according to reports.
ICC president quits over World Cup trophy snub
Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council Wednesday with an outspoken attack on the world governing body after he was prevented from...
Vettori calls time on international career
Long-serving New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori called time on his international career Tuesday, saying the World Cup final was his last appearance for the Black Caps.
Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup
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...
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.
Whenever she travels, Fatima Amine acquires items that reflect the style and culture of her destination.
Art therapy heals some of breast cancer’s wounds
Dealing with breast cancer is a life changing experience, and for many in Lebanon, it’s a private battle. But two women are working to change that, using art to improve...
Google Maps lets you play Pac-Man
Google’s mapping service rolled out a gamefied version inspired by the classic Pac-Man, turning the real streets of a city into a labyrinth to gobble up pellets and...
CERN proves The Force exists
From a supermarket putting in trampolines for customers to reach the top shelf to prestigious CERN saying it has proved The Force exists, Wednesday brought April Fool’s...
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...
Pom d’Amour: linking Lebanese to love
The idea of a matrimonial agency was so foreign to Lebanon that initially owner and founder of Pom d’Amour, Solange Sraih, found herself monitored by a confused and...
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...
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.
Google’s mapping service rolled out a gamefied version inspired by the classic Pac-Man, turning the real streets of a city into a labyrinth to gobble up pellets and ghosts.
Designer labels draw Miami home buyers
The wow factor for Miami’s skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.
Scientists find shield for potato blight
Scientists Monday said they have found a gene to help protect potatoes from a blight that unleashed a devastating famine in Ireland in the 19th century.
Bolivians flash wealth with colorful mansions
Splashed in bright colors, sporting swank ballrooms and lavish apartments, new mansions are popping up in poor neighborhoods in the Bolivian highlands, built by the...
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...
Groundbreaking musician Joni Mitchell, one of the stars of the Woodstock era, was "in good spirits" at a hospital in California on Tuesday after being found unconscious at her home, her official website said.
Trevor Noah, Comedy Central defend past jokes after backlash
Trevor Noah, the newly announced successor to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's late-night news parody "The Daily Show," defended himself against a backlash arising from...
Furious 7 drives hard with action and tribute
Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make “Furious 7” a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.
'General Hospital' leads Daytime Emmy nominations
ABC's "General Hospital" earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress.
Ringo Starr taps friends for 'Postcards,' reflects on music world
Despite a struggling music industry and a less-than-favorable relationship with online streaming music platforms, former Beatle Ringo Starr is still insistent on making...
Justin Bieber attends mediation session over alleged assault
Pop star Justin Bieber attended a mediation session Tuesday in Miami over a lawsuit against him in which a photographer alleges that one of the star's bodyguards...
Jamie Foxx criticized by LGBT group for Bruce Jenner jibes
Actor-singer Jamie Foxx came under fire on Monday from LGBT-youth group The Trevor Project for "insensitive comments" he made at an awards show about reality star Bruce...
New Zayn Malik demo prompts One Direction row
A demo of a new song by former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been posted online, sparking a row between its producer and one of Malik's former bandmates Tuesday.
South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart
The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” advances a new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly...
'Furious 7' drives hard with action, laughs, tribute
Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.
'A.D. The Bible Continues' goes beyond the biblical epic
The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations - and now to make matters worse,...
Despite a struggling music industry and a less-than-favorable relationship with online streaming music platforms, former Beatle Ringo Starr is still insistent on making new songs.
The Rolling Stones return to U.S. with 15-city 'Zip Code' tour
British veteran rockers The Rolling Stones are bringing their classic rock'n'roll to the United States in a 15-city tour beginning in May, the band said on Tuesday.
'X Files' actor David Duchovny to release 1st album in May
"X Files" actor David Duchovny is releasing his first music album.
Chris Martin, Rihanna back new Jay Z streaming music service
Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which...
Composer Zimmer brings 'Interstellar' score to life in London
Film music composer Hans Zimmer gave fans of his movie scores a rare glimpse of himself at work on Monday when he took the stage to lead an orchestra in a live...
“Everything is poetry,” Adonis said. “The difference between a poem and a painting is simply the material that has been used.”
Gaza artist gobbles up Banksy mural on war debris
A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist.
On the irony of light and tragedy
“When he makes a film set in Chicago, a filmmaker doesn’t take you on a tour of Chicago, but clearly that’s where you are.
Vienna showcases shock ‘Actionist’ art movement
As artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in mud, blood and other intimate fluids. Vienna’s famed “Actionists,” whose avant-garde movement is among the most radical...
BIPOD’s new, intimate incarnation
Last year, Beirut’s International Platform of Dance, BIPOD, celebrated its 10th anniversary.