Iran's foreign minister said Thursday his country isn't worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers
Bahrain lifts ban preventing newspaper from posting online
Bahraini authorities have lifted a ban preventing independent newspaper Al-Wasat from publishing online
Dance party takes to DC streets to protest Mike Pence
With glow sticks, hula hoops and rainbow flags, protesters took a dance party to the streets near the vice president-elect's temporary home to oppose his positions on...
New Brazil prison uprising leaves 1 dead, 5 injured
At least one inmate was killed when members of different Brazilian drug gangs clashed at a northeastern prison overnight, authorities said on Thursday, part of a surge...
Army calls media to abstain from discussing pomotions
Lebanese Army Thursday called media to abstain from discussing any anticipated promotions for army personnel
UN Syria envoy gets invitation to Astana peace talks
U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has been invited to peace talks in Astana convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran, his spokeswoman Yara Sharif said on Thursday, but his...
Kuwait court upholds jail for 3 royals for insults
Kuwait's court of appeals Thursday upheld a five-year jail term for five men including three members of the Al-Sabah ruling family for insulting top judges online
End ban on women driving, UN expert tells Saudi
Saudi Arabia's government should end the kingdom's ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system, a United Nations independent expert said Thursday
With glow sticks, hula hoops and rainbow flags, protesters took a dance party to the streets near the vice president-elect's temporary home to oppose his positions on LGBT issues
Nigeria's Buhari heads to Britain for medical treatment
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's office said Thursday he was to travel to London for health checks -- the second time in less than a year he has gone to Britain...
EU pushes Moldova pact threatened by pro-Russia leader
The European Union said Thursday it would push ahead with a key political and trade agreement with Moldova, after its pro-Russia president threatened to scrap it and...
Afghan journalists face more threats as violence spreads
Afghan journalists say they are facing more risks than ever as both insurgents and unscrupulous government officials increasingly threaten, assault, and even murder...
Israeli invasion unlikely in 2017: experts
Hezbollah and Israel are unlikely to engage in a new war in 2017, despite the party’s perceived overreach in the Syrian quagmire and the Jewish state’s increasing...
LF, FPM assess Maarab agreement one year on
With the first anniversary of the Maarab agreement between the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement Wednesday, party officials reflected on the key agreement...
Army erects checkpoints in Nabatieh in search of fugitives
The Lebanese Army Thursday set up checkpoints in the southern district of Nabatieh in search of fugitives, the National News Agency reported
Rocket fired from Arsal outskirts hits Bekaa Valley
A rocket fired from the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal landed in the Bekaa Valley, local media reported Wednesday.
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.
Politicians divided over proposed budget
The 2017 draft budget – which calls for new taxes – is not likely to pass in the Cabinet unless there is a clear political consensus on this issue, a leading economist...
Saudi Telecom said to offer loan to subsidiary
Saudi Telecom Co. offered a loan of about $160 million to a subsidiary that missed a repayment on $4.75 billion of debt last year, people familiar with the matter said.
Erdogan faces weak economy in path to power boost
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closer to getting a power boost after Parliament’s first approval of a bill to change the constitution, but the flagging...
Caution, confusion replace Trump euphoria
Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump’s election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect...
Banks more exposed to sovereign debt: Moody’s
International ratings agency Moody’s sees growing exposure to sovereign debt in Lebanon following the Central Bank’s recent swap operation that widened lenders’...
Hajj Hasan heads industrialists in visit to Aoun
The goal of the Industry Ministry is to reach a GDP of $70 billion to $80 billion in Lebanon with the industry sector representing 15 percent of it, equivalent to $12...
Lebanon targets 12 pct renewable energy by 2020
Renewable energy in 2020 will represent 12 percent of the country’s total electricity production and this will lead to a drop in the oil bill, said Energy and Water...
Amazon walks away from $1 billion Souq.com talks
Amazon.com Inc. and India’s Flipkart Online Services Pvt have walked away from talks to acquire Dubai-based Souq.com after disagreeing over price, according to two...
Kuwait fund looks to boost managed funds
Kuwait Investment Authority is planning to manage more of its own assets as the world’s fifth-largest sovereign wealth fund seeks to take more risk to boost returns.
Egypt markets first Eurobonds since 2015
Egypt is pushing ahead with plans to tap overseas bond markets, bolstered by a $12 billion IMF loan – the lender’s largest in the region.
Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump’s election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect fires off mixed and sometimes confusing messages on health care, taxes and trade.
Lagarde admits ‘harsh’ inequality crisis
IMF head Christine Lagarde conceded Wednesday the Washington lender had been late waking up to the widening gap between rich and poor around the world, but is now...
Brexit imperils UK’s customs with EU industry
British Prime Minister Theresa May was clear Tuesday that Britain would leave the EU’s single market, but her desire for a customs agreement with the bloc highlights...
Commerce pick Ross lashes out at China
Billionaire Wilbur Ross, nominated by Donald Trump to serve as commerce secretary, called China the most protectionist of the world’s major economies and vowed to level...
US announces $5.3B settlement with Credit Suisse
U.S. authorities Wednesday announced a $5.28 billion settlement with the European banking giant Credit Suisse, adding to the list of loose ends being wrapped up as...
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.
Escaping from Deir al-Zor
On Dec. 27, Syrian media group Justice for Life Observatory in Deir al-Zor published a report on the challenges facing civilians living in and fleeing from Daesh (ISIS)...
Tunisia’s fledgling Gulf relations
The weak Emirati attendance at Tunisia 2020, Tunisia’s investment conference held between Nov. 29 and 30, 2016, highlights the country’s uneven relations across the Gulf.
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.
It’s now or never
This week Parliament is slated for two legislative sessions to address a 47-item agenda full of pressing issues.
Practice what you preach
Reports emerged Sunday that Russia is seeking to upgrade its Hmeimin air base near Latakia and naval base in Tartous, cementing its presence in Syria.
Travesty in Paris
Though the Paris Middle East conference might look like politics, actually it is tragedy and farce.
On Dec. 27, Syrian media group Justice for Life Observatory in Deir al-Zor published a report on the challenges facing civilians living in and fleeing from Daesh (ISIS) occupied areas in Deir al-Zor.
Karoshi and the call for a cognitive revolution
“It’s 4 a.m., my body’s trembling ... I’m going to die. I’m so tired ... I want to die ... I’m physically and mentally shattered.”
Advising Trump on Syria
The incoming president and his national security team suffer no shortage of free advice on a full range of national security and foreign policy issues.
The Trump deficit
It is a post-financial-crisis myth that austerity-minded conservative governments always favor fiscal prudence, while redistribution-oriented progressives view large...
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...
America is at its greatest when it’s inclusive
For America, 2016 was a dark year.
Manager Slaven Bilic kept his cards close to his chest but insisted West Ham United will not be pressured into selling unsettled midfielder Dimitri Payet for a cut-price fee
Arsenal extend Mertesacker's contract as defender nears return
Arsenal have triggered an option to extend Per Mertesacker's contract despite the center back not playing a single game for the club so far this season due to a knee...
Murray magic but Kyrgios booed in defeat
Top seed Andy Murray sped into the Australian Open third round Wednesday but bad boy Nick Kyrgios was booed and accused of not trying as he crashed to a stormy defeat.
Dominant Serena powers on in Melbourne
Powerhouse Serena Williams swept past Lucie Safarova and into the Australian Open third round Thursday to keep her Grand Slam record hunt firmly on track
Rampant Durant helps Warriors silence Thunder
Kevin Durant terrorized his former team for the second straight time Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 40 points in the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 victory over...
Bayern look to tighten grip on fifth straight title
Bayern Munich travel to Freiburg Friday as the Bundesliga leaders, but the champions know they must kick it up a notch following the winter break if they are to earn a...
Real must banish doubts after rediscovering defeat
Real Madrid will be seeking to reassert an air of invincibility when they host Malaga Saturday after their stunning 40-game unbeaten run was replaced by a two-match...
Man City complete Jesus transfer
Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus has formally completed his move to Manchester City from Palmeiras, the Premier League club announced Thursday
Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock Thursday
British challenger Konta hones mental mettle to down Osaka
The last time Johanna Konta faced Naomi Osaka in qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open, the Briton had just scraped into the top 100 and her then 16-year-old opponent was...
Djokovic, Serena share stage with Karlovic
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Australian Open campaigns in style Tuesday as Ivo Karlovic smashed a record 75 aces in an unprecedented, 84-game...
Kevin Durant terrorized his former team for the second straight time Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 40 points in the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder
Miami beat Rockets, Raptors defeat Nets
Goran Dragic had 21 points and eight assists while Wayne Ellington scored 18 off the bench as the Miami Heat overcame another triple-double from James Harden to beat...
Golden State humble LeBron’s Cleveland 126-91
The Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champions.
Warriors humble Cavaliers 126-91
The Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champions
Dunleavy settles in, Raptors batter Knicks
Mike Dunleavy is fitting in nicely with his new team, scoring a season-high 20 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 Sunday
World No. 3 Dustin Johnson and No. 4 Henrik Stenson will headline a quality field at the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the opening leg of the Desert Swing of the European Tour.
Green Bay stun Cowboys as Steelers top Chiefs
Mason Crosby kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Green Bay Packers downed the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in a thrilling NFL playoff battle Sunday.
Jack, DeGale fight to draw
Badou Jack knocked out a tooth and almost knocked out the referee but he couldn’t convince the judges Saturday that he did enough against James DeGale to become the...
Patriots topple Texans, Falcons outgun Seahawks
The New England Patriots advanced to the AFC title game for a record sixth straight time as Dion Lewis scored touchdowns three different ways in a 34-16 win over the...
Storm pips McIlroy for ‘dream’ SA Open win
Graeme Storm of England defeated world No. 2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in a playoff Sunday to win the South African Open 83 days after losing his European Tour...
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.
“That was a personal commission,” says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist the U.S. denounced as the world’s greatest nuclear proliferator.
Cutthroat big business, supersized
Ketchup, mustard, two pickles.
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...
Harrelson live-streaming film from London
Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that’s never been done before, although he’s starting to realize why his feat would be a first.
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...
De Niro takes on Madoff in The Wizard of Lies
Robert De Niro may play the role of Bernie Madoff, the man behind the biggest stock-market fraud in history in HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” but that doesn’t mean he...
Sundance to engage and provoke with climate focus
This year’s Sundance Film Festival promises to set the agenda for independent cinema and to start the Oscars buzz a month before this year’s statuettes are awarded.
Quaker group marks centennial with ‘Waging Peace’
The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of nonviolent activism with the exhibition “Waging Peace,” which showcases the group’s accomplishments...
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 billionaire.
Octavia Spencer is named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year
Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar and several other awards for best supporting actress in "The Help," was named Woman of the Year on Wednesday by Harvard University's...
'Will & Grace' 10-episode revival set for 2017-18 season
"Will & Grace" is making a comeback.
‘Things have to change,’ Reese says
Fed up with Hollywood gender bias, Reese Witherspoon is calling for an end to the practice of handing excellent actresses only “thankless roles.”
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.
Steve Harvey has apologized for "offending anyone" with jokes targeting Asian men during his syndicated television chat show earlier this month.
Katherine Heigl announces birth of baby boy, Joshua Bishop
Katherine Heigl has given birth to a baby boy.
Fans celebrate Betty White on actress' 95th birthday
Betty White says the best thing about being 95 is that she's still employed.
Shakira urges Davos elite to nurture future leaders
Music star Shakira urged world and business leaders at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum on Monday to support efforts to feed, educate and care for...
Gene Cernan, last person to walk on the moon, dies at 82
Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, has died at age 82, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Monday.
There have been lots of warm fuzzies on the Milan runway this season: shaggy fur, furry footwear, thick knits, big gloves, droopy caps, face-framing neck-warmers.
Finland’s jobless welcome universal basic income
For just one hour of work, Juha Jarvinen had to fill out piles of paperwork only to see his unemployment insurance docked.
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.
'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...
Vienna’s homeless show tourists life on the street
On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna’s central train station.
Impish, boyish looks permeate Milan runways
Impish, boyish looks are permeating the Milan menswear runway this season, and the mood seems to be a search for a simpler past.
Prada goes in search of the naïve
This is the season of renewal, with new faces at some of Milan’s top fashion brands.
Melania Trump and the political fashion police
She may be tall, slim and a former model, but incoming first lady Melania Trump faces a new kind of fashion police – designers refusing to dress her because of her...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Q50 Red Sport: A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Years ago I used to have a beautiful Siberian husky named Aki, one of the most fiercely loyal dogs I’d ever had the pleasure to own.
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 inefficient and outdated mess.
Eat your veggies? Now, a urine test can tell
A simple urine test can reveal whether you had steamed fish or a fat-riddled steak for dinner, and could one day end dietary dishonesty, a study published Friday said.
Less salty diets would save millions: study
Reducing salt intake worldwide by only 10 percent could save millions of lives and people who suffer migraines are at a higher risk of stroke after surgery, studies in...
Work email overload: Can law lead a fightback?
Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France’s new “right to disconnect” law that guarantees all employees...
Tips from the pros on how to lose weight
We make ’em, we break ’em.