In the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh, time stands still.
Turkey slams Kurdish decision to fly flag
Turkey Wednesday voiced its opposition to a vote in the disputed oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings, warning against...
U.N. conference cites Rumi
Religious leaders should promote the recognition that all are equal regardless of faith, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said...
Activist held over Facebook post released
Lebanese activist Ahmad Amhaz was released on bail Thursday following nine days in jail for a controversial Facebook post in February that slammed Lebanese political...
Limelight finally catches up to Kushner
Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House.
Saudi forces kill suspected militants
Saudi security forces killed two men who opened fire on police during a raid on a farm in eastern Saudi Arabia used by militants to plot and prepare for attacks, the...
French banks financing settlements: report
Four major French banks and one big insurer are financing Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories through links to local banks and businesses, a report...
Governor fired as new violence hits Morocco
Moroccan authorities fired a provincial governor after angry protesters clashed with police, leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured, an Interior Ministry source...
Religious leaders should promote the recognition that all are equal regardless of faith, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday at a conference tackling the responsibilities of religious leaders in promoting human rights.
Lebanon wants to help build bridges and promote dialogue: President Aoun at Arab Summit
Lebanon wants to help build bridges and promote dialogue: President Aoun at Arab Summit
Aoun in good health after Arab Summit fall
President Michel Aoun is reportedly in good health, despite a heavy fall at the Arab Summit in Jordan Wednesday
Environment Minister inspects northern Lebanon factories
Environment Minister Tarek Khatib Wednesday said he was unhappy with the state of the environment in northern Lebanon
In Russia’s provinces, young people lead protest
The city of Tambov in southern Russia is one of those sleepy, provincial centers that have in the past been the heartland of support for Russian President Vladimir...
May goes to Brexit talks with high ambitions
After nine months of preparation, bitter public argument and a battle with Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May is launching talks with the European Union...
Next steps after Brexit trigger
British Prime Minister Theresa triggered Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty Wednesday, starting a difficult two-year Brexit negotiation process.
Britain strikes historic blow to EU
Britain will go it alone, turning its back on decades of integration to control its own borders and free itself from the EU’s spiderweb of rules and regulations.
“The Future of work” is a phrase that now seems to be on everyone’s lips: studies, websites, seminars and even a discipline within an entirely new field of study – “futurology” – are all devoted to pondering what the world of work may hold for us in the coming decades.
Lebanese agriculture looks at going green
Attributes such as sustainability, eco-friendliness and ethics are increasingly important to consumers who are driving the international market to promote higher...
Merged UAE bank giant seen with bigger weighting
A megamerger of the two biggest banks in the United Arab Emirates should leave the combined company with a larger representation on the benchmark emerging-market index,...
Aramco valuation seen topping $1 trillion
Saudi Aramco could have a market value of more than $1 trillion in an initial public offering after the government slashed the oil producer’s tax burden to attract...
Halkbank sinks after sanctions case arrest
The biggest state-owned bank on Turkey’s stock market plunged the most on record Wednesday after its deputy chief executive was arrested in the U.S., accused of using...
IDAL launches agro-food export initiatives
IDAL launched new set of initiatives Tuesday to open new markets for Lebanese-made agro-food products.
Hajj Hasan promises protectionism
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan repeated his promises to protect local production and increase the local industry’s competitiveness.
Bekaa exports up from 2016, potato chips on top
Bekaa Valley exports increased by 17.87 percent in 2016 compared to a year earlier, said a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in...
A megamerger of the two biggest banks in the United Arab Emirates should leave the combined company with a larger representation on the benchmark emerging-market index, triggering hundreds of millions of dollars of inflows to the stock, according to calculations by EFG-Hermes strategists.
Saudi Arabia to set up $3B joint fund for Jordan
Saudi Arabia is to set up a $3 billion joint investment fund for Jordan, among 15 cooperation agreements signed by King Salman during a visit to Amman, state media said...
Qatar sees Brexit as chance to supply UK more gas
Qatar sees Britain’s exit from the European Union as an opportunity to boost supplies of liquefied natural gas to the world’s fifth-largest economy and is open to...
Russia's Gazprom, Iran's NIOC sign memorandum on gas cooperation
Russian top gas producer Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company signed a memorandum on cooperation in the gas sphere on Tuesday.
The biggest state-owned bank on Turkey’s stock market plunged the most on record Wednesday after its deputy chief executive was arrested in the U.S., accused of using his position at the bank to help facilitate evasion of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 aims to dispel Note 7 debacle
Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.
Bangladesh Bank heist ‘state-sponsored’: FBI
The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was “state-sponsored,” an FBI officer in the Philippines,...
Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch
The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung will unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, Wednesday in New York as it seeks to move on from last year's humiliating...
Amazon buys Souq.com after $800M counteroffer
Amazon purchased the Middle East’s biggest online retailer Souq.com Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million...
The Chinese believe it is better to light a candle than to curse the dark, and so does President Michel Aoun, who in his Arab League summit speech lit a flame in the hope it would catch on.
A dramatic comeback for Europe
The Dutch are famous for building dykes that hold back the tides and storms sweeping across the Atlantic.
France’s extraordinary election
Sixty years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, France is poised to hold an election that could make or break the European Union.
The October Revolution in post-truth Russia
MOSCOW – Russia is locked in a battle between official history (the story of the state) and counterhistory (the story of civil society and the memories of the people).
Mattis, Tillerson: secretaries of stabilization
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the...
United we stand
Lebanon is represented at the Arab League summit this week with a unity and presence not seen for many years.
Light at end of tunnel
For the Lebanese, the tackling and solving of the country’s chronic and scandalous electricity issues would show that Lebanon is finally on the right track.
Reprehensible act of terror
One cannot but condemn Wednesday’s attack in Westminster, the heart of London.
Britain’s messy divorce
As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to...
The coming ban on nuclear weapons
On March 27, the United Nations will start negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
The Arab Spring and the Western winter
There are many striking parallels between the “Arab Spring” that began in 2010 and the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the election of U.S. President Donald Trump,...
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world.
Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the baton to China
We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The next big threat: War in space
Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane.
Hacking is the digital world’s oldest profession
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange’s revelation last week of the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools had a misplaced tone of surprise, a bit like Claude Rains’ famous line in...
Cyberwarfare is the real menace to America
Last week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war.
Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.
Portugal airport renamed to honor Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo now has an international airport named after him.
Federer through, Zverev upsets Wawrinka
For Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary.
Sharapova ‘vindicated’ after ban reduction
Tennis star Maria Sharapova said Tuesday she as excited about her return to competition next month, feeling vindicated by the reduction of her doping suspension and...
Warriors hold off Rockets
Stephen Curry scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors withstood Houston star James Harden’s 20th triple-double of the season in a 113-106 NBA victory over the...
Mixed reviews for French video heartbreak
The experiment with video assistance that backfired on France against Spain earned mixed reviews Wednesday, praised for fairness but condemned for killing the spectacle.
Down, nearly out: Dutch football declines
Last year, their team absent from the European Championship, Dutch football fans sat drinking beer overlooking Marseille’s Old Port under an orange banner that read:...
Barcelona condemn ‘unfair’ Messi ban
Barcelona have condemned FIFA’s decision to impose a four-match international ban on striker Lionel Messi for verbally abusing a match official in Argentina’s World Cup...
Federer rolls into fourth round at Miami Open
Roger Federer took a look around as he entered the stadium court at the Miami Open, immediately feeling the energy of the crowd.
No Nadal for Spain's Davis Cup quarter vs Serbia
Rafael Nadal will not feature in Spain's team for the April 7-9 Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia, Spanish captain Conchita Martinez confirmed Tuesday.
Nadal wins in 1000th match, Raonic withdraws
Rafa Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour-level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open.
Stephen Curry scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors withstood Houston star James Harden’s 20th triple-double of the season in a 113-106 NBA victory over the Rockets Tuesday.
Spurs drop Cavs to second in East
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and left to a standing ovation Monday as the San Antonio Spurs humbled the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 less than three weeks...
Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title
Washington clinched its first division crown in 38 years with a 119-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, ending the longest division-title drought in NBA history.
Spurs drop Cavs to 2nd in East, Westbrook's Thunder roar back
Williams, Harden lead Houston over Oklahoma City
Lou Williams scored 31 points while James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets cruised to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City...
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion who bungled a repeat bid, begin play Thursday at the PGA Houston Open with the Masters looming next week.
NFL owners approve Raiders’ move to Las Vegas
National Football League team owners gave the green light Monday to the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas, paving the way for the building of a $1.9 billion stadium...
European trio receive PGA Tour special temporary membership
European Tour players Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood have accepted Special Temporary Membership of the U.
Scottish kickboxer dead of heatstroke ahead of Thai match
A Scottish kickboxer has died after an apparent attempt to lose weight in preparation for a fight in Thailand.
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.
With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new regulations for Formula One cars seemingly needed only one Grand Prix to produce one of the desired effects.
Stung Mercedes vow to strike back in China
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes are vowing to come back hard in China after being ambushed by resurgent Ferrari in the Formula One season-opener in Australia.
Vettel's drought-breaker for Ferrari sets up F1 duel in 2017
With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new regulations for Formula One cars seemingly needed only one Grand Prix to...
Hamilton in league of his own after Aussie blitz
Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being “in a league of his own” Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year’s opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix.
Maverick a new challenge for Marquez
Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing, and Valentino Rossi’s new Yamaha teammate will have triple-world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season...
Stephanie Saade’s “Elastic Distance,” 2017, consists of a wall-mounted mobile telephone, whose screen shows a changing series of digits.
Big-screen CHIPS a tawdry, sexist disappointment
“CHiPs” was a wholesome TV show in the ’70s and ’80s about two California Highway Patrol officers.
Johnson: Baywatch summer’s ‘sexiest’ pic
CinemaCon just got a little less dressed.
Kline says Broadway farce not as easy as it looks
At a press event celebrating his return to Broadway, Kevin Kline wanted to be crystal clear on one topic: He’s not having a midlife crisis.
Dylan gives rare interview, talks Sinatra, Elvis
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted...
Nobel laureate play seeks sense in Trump reality
American theatergoers got a small taste Monday of a new play by Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek that tries to understand President Donald Trump and what he...
Ai Weiwei to build fences in New York
The Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei will build dozens of fences in New York for an exhibition opening in October that focuses on walls that divide people and mark...
Life is a mediocre science-fiction thriller
Life is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller.
Power Rangers reboot is cheesy, self-serious
There’s a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material?
Gyllenhaal brings ‘Life’ to alien invasion genre
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with...
Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death
Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher.
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted exclusively to his website Wednesday.
Kanye West settles with Hungarian singer over alleged song theft
Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song...
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance
Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in...
Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France
Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros ($324,000), found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed...
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that...
Singer George Michael's publicist says his funeral has been held in London
Antonio Banderas says he's recovered from a heart attack
Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January.
Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds
Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths
Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Sen. Cory Booker
A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on Fox's "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.
'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87
Just when it seemed there was nothing else left to divide Israelis and Palestinians, some Jewish hardliners have found a new one: beer.
Saudi Comic-Con defies killjoy image
Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia.
Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users
Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and...
Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones
Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.
Tawlet’s soup kitchen, hoping to help
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated...
Coke and Pepsi look to squeeze money from water
Bottled water is starting to seem more like soda, and sometimes taste like it, too.
Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympics
There are just 30 pools in Afghanistan, only one which welcomes girls -- and it is facing militant threats for doing so
Young refugees build new lives in Greece
Jawad Ahmadi, an 18-year-old Afghan, reached the island of Lesbos a year ago with his older brother and cousin, believing Greece would be just a temporary stop on his...
Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields.
Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide
Paris, March 21, 2017 (AFP) - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.
German scientists test artificial sun
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun” and which they hope will help shed light on new ways...
Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter
The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many “soup kitchen” dinner parties.
What’s in a whisky? Generations of hard work
Ian Colluim is living out his dream job.
Winemaker serves up utterly tasty experience
World-renowned winemaker Fabrice Guiberteau treated guests this week to four different Chateau Kefraya wines with an impassioned talk on the art of drinking.
Lebanese fashion blogger struts her stuff
“Hard work pays off, consistency is key and we should always keep dreaming,” Lebanese fashion blogger and entrepreneur Lana El Sahely said as she reflected on her...
New Beirut tech hub looks to the future
While co-working spaces have mushroomed in Beirut in recent years, a new concept tailored to the independent workforce is currently being pioneered by a tech hub in the...
At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.
In the wilds of Mongolia: Horses, sand dunes and stargazing
I'm a city girl. I did not grow up camping, have never pitched a tent and know nothing of the Girl Scouts beyond Thin Mints or Samoa cookies. Certainly no one would use...
Myanmar's ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory
On the stairway rising to Moulmein's great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the...
Air India claims record with all-female round-world flight
India's national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women
What to look for when you're booking a photo safari
Shopping for a wildlife safari is like taking a multiple-choice exam.
If someone asks me about my favorite decade for music, it would be the ’80s hands down.
Revolutionary Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1
Revolutions in the auto industry are few and far between these days, especially as we’ve grown to expect that cars will feature performance, styling and technologies...
Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics
Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian...
Peugeot’s 504: The enduring workhorse and spy car
I’ve often heard it said that in the event of a nuclear explosion, the only things that would survive are taxes and cockroaches.
Hum of optimism as Geneva car show hits the road
Gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva for Europe’s biggest annual car show, leading automakers expressed cautious optimism Tuesday about the industry’s prospects for...
Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial.
Dig deeper before mocking 'crazy' pet parents
It's easy to jump directly to "crazy cat lady" or poke fun at "stay-at-home dog moms" when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets.
Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal.
Short, white men more likely to go bald: study
Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent, according to a new study.
Vaccine for Ebola-ravaged chimps
Scientists said Thursday they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild...