Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab Tuesday embarked on an initiative aimed at breaking the monthslong Cabinet stalemate by clearing the way for an ice-breaking meeting between the president and the prime minister-designate following rising tensions between the two leaders that have brought the government formation process back to square one.
Lebanon hits record 53 virus deaths, 3,144 cases
Lebanon Monday registered 53 coronavirus deaths, a one-day record, and registered 3,144 more cases despite a full lockdown to give overwhelmed hospitals a reprieve.
Trump administration declares China's repression of Uighurs 'genocide'
The Trump administration has determined that China has committed "genocide and crimes against humanity" in its repression of Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region.
Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism
President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised...
Iran, Turkey block rivals from joining U.N. disarmament talks
Talks aimed at overcoming a years-long deadlock over disarmament at the United Nations began in acrimony on Tuesday with two countries blocking rivals from taking part...
Govt formation awaits Aoun-Hariri reconciliation
Political attention Monday shifted to President Michel Aoun’s position on the Maronite patriarch’s call on him to invite Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri for a...
Lebanon receives Swiss request on Salameh inquiry
Lebanon's justice minister said on Tuesday she had received a request from Swiss judicial authorities to cooperate on an inquiry into money transfers by Central Bank...
Lebanon reports record 61 COVID-19 daily deaths, 4,359 new cases
Lebanon reports record 61 COVID-19 daily deaths, 4,359 new cases
Meet the Bidens: America's new 'first family'
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will become the new White House residents when he takes office on Wednesday.
'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump?
Presidential traditions are usually known for their solemnity and carry the weight of future historical significance.
Navalny urges Russians to 'take to the streets'
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday he was facing a "mockery of justice" as police in Moscow organised a makeshift court hearing a day after his...
Talks aimed at overcoming a years-long deadlock over disarmament at the United Nations began in acrimony on Tuesday with two countries blocking rivals from taking part in widely criticised manoeuvres that sparked concern about the forum's future.
Beyond the oil wells, Syrians rummage in trash to survive
Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, clothes, sometimes spaghetti. When a tractor tows in fresh rubbish at a dump in northeast Syria, men, women and children rush to find...
Saudi overtures to Biden team driven by Iran worries
After months out of the global spotlight, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has swept back to centre stage with eye-catching diplomatic and economic moves aimed at...
Party haven Dubai faces its biggest virus surge
Masks off the minute you step inside.
Mideast mothers count days to Biden, visas to see children
Syrian mother Dahouk Idriss says she can't wait for US President-elect Joe Biden to be inaugurated Wednesday, so she can finally visit her son for the first time in...
Lebanon’s real estate sector has proved to be a sound and lasting investment opportunity at a time when people started to lose their trust in commercial banks.
Lebanese pound little changed as crisis lingers
The Lebanese pound ticked slightly higher against the dollar Tuesday, trading at LL8,850 on the black market
Qatar fund put pandemic bets on distressed debt, high-grade bonds
Qatar Investment Authority is generating strong returns on a multi-billion dollar bet it made on distressed debt and highly rated bonds at the start of the COVID-19...
Syria says will import more fuel to cover shortfalls hit by sanctions
Syria said on Sunday it would import more crude oil to cover fuel shortages it blames on Western sanctions that disrupted regular Iranian oil shipments that had for...
European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic
European car sales plunged by nearly a quarter last year as the pandemic provoked the worst crisis ever to hit the capital-intensive industry.
Pound drops as political stalemate persists
The Lebanese pound began the new week down against the dollar Monday, trading at LL8,900 on the black market.
BLOM agrees to sell its Egypt subsidiary for $427 million
BLOM, one of the largest lenders in Lebanon, has agreed to sell its 99.4 percent stake in BLOM Bank Egypt to Bahrain’s Bank ABC for $427 million
Pound slightly falls against dollar, trading at LL8,850
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar once again Saturday, trading at LL8,850 on the black market.
Qatar Investment Authority is generating strong returns on a multi-billion dollar bet it made on distressed debt and highly rated bonds at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, two sources familiar with its move said.
ordan finmin hopes for 2.5% growth in 2021
A rebound in Jordan's economic growth to a forecast 2.5% in 2021 depends on continued economic activity during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's finance minister...
Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges
Dubai on Saturday unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global pandemic...
UAE emerges as hub for companies helping Venezuela avoid sanctions
In June, the United States imposed sanctions on half a dozen oil tankers managed by established shipping firms. It was a major escalation of American attempts to choke...
IMF chief sees 'high degree of uncertainty' in global outlook
The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing...
SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery
Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court sentenced him to two and a half years over his involvement in a 2016...
Wall St Week Ahead-Earnings season to test surge in regional banks stocks
A blistering rally in the shares of regional banks may be tested when a spate of lenders report results in the coming week.
After dizzying gyrations, what's bitcoin really worth?
After the latest wild ride took the poster child of cryptocurrencies above $40,000 before a stomach-churning plunge, the million dollar question won't go away: how much...
With all the crises the world is going through today, an increasing amount of fear, uncertainty, stress and financial deprivation has sparked an environment enabling diverse forms of violence.
The eternal promise of the Arab Spring
Democracy is not like instant coffee. It needs an enabling environment and a hospitable culture to flourish and grow.
The Lebanese conundrum
Lebanon is probably the only country in the world that is teetering on the brink of total collapse while, at the same time, is desperately resisting international...
For Biden, Lebanon may have to wait
The foreign policy and the national security team designated by President-elect Biden is complete and is ready to hit the ground running in dealing with the Iranian...
Democracy: Washington vs. Beirut
Watching news of the insurrection in Washington and the events that followed, one cannot but draw comparisons and lessons as it applies to the Lebanese quagmire.
2020: a year that changed everything
As 2021 goes off to a start, will the world return to normal or to near normal?
Lebanon cannot wait for Godot
Lebanon is not the first country to face an economic crisis and will not be the last.
The foreign policy and the national security team designated by President-elect Biden is complete and is ready to hit the ground running in dealing with the Iranian nuclear challenge.
Reality check: It is a ruse
We learn at an early age that there are no “stupid questions,” but there is one exception which is widely asked in Lebanon: Where is the evidence of corruption?
Lebanon 2021: The beginning of the end?
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of country as we know it, or the beginning of the end of the crisis that has engulfed Lebanon for more than a year? It seems...
Investigative journalism needed more than ever
No country in the world is more in need of serious investigative journalism than Lebanon, where corruption and unaccountability have reached a pandemic level.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to scoring form with a double as Arsenal's rise up the Premier League table continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle Monday.
Neville leaves England women for Inter Miami
Phil Neville stepped down as England women's team manager on Monday and the former Manchester United and England defender was named the head coach of David Beckham's...
Players warm up to strict quarantine at Australian Open
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine with the local government reporting three new cases of COVID-19 linked...
No delay to Australian Open despite Covid-19 quarantines
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted Sunday the Grand Slam tournament would still begin next month, but problems mounted for organizers as another 25 players were...
Harden, Durant lead Nets past Bucks, Warriors hold off Lakers
James Harden scored 34 points and Kevin Durant's 30 included the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the NBA's new-look Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks...
Ibrahimovic scores twice as leaders Milan ease past Cagliari
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his first Serie A start since returning from injury, helping his side to a 2-0 win at Cagliari Monday as the league...
Inter beat Juventus to move level with leaders Milan
Inter Milan beat champions Juventus 2-0 to move level on points with Serie A leaders AC Milan Sunday, boosting their hopes of a first league title since 2010.
Messi sees red as Bilbao stun Barca to win Spanish Super Cup
Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time playing for Barcelona as Athletic Bilbao stunned the Catalans to win the Spanish Super Cup Sunday, a dramatic final...
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine with the local government reporting three new cases of COVID-19 linked to participants of the Grand Slam Tuesday.
Murray's Australian Open participation in doubt after positive virus test
Andy Murray's participation in the Australian Open has been thrown into doubt after it was revealed Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Federer out of Australian Open
Six-time champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he continues to work his way back to fitness from two knee operations earlier this year, his...
James Harden scored 34 points and Kevin Durant's 30 included the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the NBA's new-look Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123 Monday.
Bulls overcome Doncic's historic triple-double, Knicks thump Celtics
Lauri Markkanen scored a team-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls overcame a historic triple-double from Luka Doncic to beat the Dallas...
Harden posts triple double in NBA debut with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points as the James Harden-era began for the Brooklyn Nets with a triple double and a 122-115 NBA victory over the struggling...
No Harden, no problem as Wood bags 27 points to fuel Rockets win
The Houston Rockets put this week's franchise-altering trade in the rear view mirror Thursday night as they kicked off their post-James Harden era with a gutsy comeback...
James Harden traded to Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to acquire three-time scoring champion James Harden from the Houston Rockets, a deal that reunites him with Kevin Durant and gives him the...
Tom Brady will take on Aaron Rodgers in a matchup of quarterback legends in the NFC title game.
The AFC championship could feature two of the top young QBs if Patrick Mahomes is healthy enough to start for Kansas City against Buffalo's Josh Allen.
Rodgers-led Packers, gritty Bills advance in NFL playoffs
Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Green Bay Packers moved to within one win of the Super Bowl Saturday with a 32-18 victory over the...
Price finally keeps his cool to win world title
Welshman Gerwyn Price won darts' world championship Sunday, beating Scot Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final to earn his biggest career victory since swapping a career in...
Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig Tuesday.
The blimp will become part of the museum’s protest collection, which includes artefacts from the women’s suffrage movement, peace activists who opposed the war in Iraq during the early 2000s, and more recent protests against public spending cuts
Egypt unveils treasures found at ancient site
Egypt on Sunday unveiled ancient treasures found at the Saqqara archaeological site near Cairo, including sarcophagi over 3,000 years old, a discovery that "rewrites...
Prototype performance fest pushed mostly online
One of the leading international festivals of contemporary opera and theater has shifted format for its ninth edition because of the coronavirus pandemic
Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic
Since COVID-19 descended, several awards show were postponed and later revamped due to COVID-19 restrictions. The BET Awards was the first major awards show during the...
‘Locked Down’ mirrors our quarantine experiences
‘Locked Down’ is inevitably, and intentionally, of the moment, but so much Hollywood movie-making is laboriously preordained these days that this off-the-cuff spirit is...
Germany returns final Nazi-looted work to owners
From 1938 the Nazis had engaged Hildebrand – who was himself of Jewish heritage – to deal in items taken from Jewish owners or confiscated as ‘degenerate’
Home-turned-museum retains ‘soul’ of southern Iraq
Mustafa al-Ghazi, an antiquities directorate official in Muthanna province, which is among one of Iraq’s poorest, told AFP the directorate only provides logistical...
Uffizi opens virtual exhibition honoring Dante
These 88 rarely displayed drawings of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ by 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari are being shown to mark the 700th anniversary in 2021...
In Egypt, pandemic inspires passion for oud
In the Al-Marg area north of Cairo, veteran oud-maker Khaled Azzouz heads the biggest oud workshop in Egypt, producing 750 instruments monthly
‘Locked Down’ is inevitably, and intentionally, of the moment, but so much Hollywood movie-making is laboriously preordained these days that this off-the-cuff spirit is a welcome change
Marvel returns ... in a black-and-white sitcom
Without explanation, ‘WandaVision’ finds witch Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and other-worldly android Vision (Paul Bettany) living happily married in the idyllic...
Gothams give virtual start to Oscar season
As the first prominent award show to go forward during the pandemic, the Gotham Awards took a trial-and-error approach to mounting a show that couldn’t include the...
Israeli court bans screening of ‘Jenin, Jenin’ doc
Bakri enraged the Israeli establishment and Jewish public with ‘Jenin, Jenin,’ about the April 2002 clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp in which 52 Palestinians and...
‘Herself,’ a spirited drama of resilience
Phyllida Lloyd’s story may sound like a feel-good, made-for-the-movies tale, and ‘Herself’ does indeed conjure an air of fable, but this earthy and sober film refuses...
While Spector made his mark as a revolutionary music producer, the stories of him waving guns at recording artists, and his murder conviction, overshadowed his artistry
At a cat sanctuary set in picturesque hills near Paphos, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, volunteers are grappling with a surge in abandonments they blame on the coronavirus pandemic.
150 thousand families monthly receive money transfers from abroad in cash and USD through OMT
Palestinians expect first COVID vaccine by weekend
Palestinians expect to receive a first batch of COVID-19 vaccine by the weekend, officials said on Tuesday - at a time when more than a quarter of their Israeli...
Pandemic could be WHO's Chernobyl moment, review panel says
The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organisation just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes...
Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants
E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one...
US pigeon becomes feathered fugitive after straying 9,000 miles
An American pigeon believed to have strayed 9,000 miles (14,480 kilometres) from home had Australian authorities in a flap Thursday after it turned up in a Melbourne...
Smoke free tobacco products offer a better alternative to cigarettes
BEIRUT: With the often chaotic experience living in Lebanon provides, it’s no wonder a large number of the population have turned to smoking at one point or another.
No crying in Sistine Chapel as baptisms cancelled amid COVID
here will be no crying in the chapel this year.
Palestinians expect to receive a first batch of COVID-19 vaccine by the weekend, officials said on Tuesday - at a time when more than a quarter of their Israeli neighbours have already been inoculated.
Vaccine manufacturing is lumpy, supply not as good as hoped, UK says
Britain's vaccine rollout is limited by a "lumpy" manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply...
World on brink of 'catastrophic moral failure' over vaccines: WHO chief
The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that the world was on the brink of a "catastrophic moral failure" on distributing COVID-19 vaccines, urging...
Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts
Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow...
E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest.
Norway became the first country in the world where electric cars accounted for more than 50 percent of new registrations in 2020, according to figures published Tuesday by an industry group.
TOKYO: Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.