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Afghan parliament allows NATO to stay longer

Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants.

HSBC target of French tax fraud probe

HSBC Private Bank, the Swiss subsidiary of British banking group HSBC, said Friday it had been placed under formal investigation as part of a French tax fraud probe.

Morocco devises plan to double foreign investment

Morocco plans to boost state spending in support of industry and reform regulations as part of an effort to double foreign direct investment by 2020, according to Investment Minister Moulay Hafid Alamy.

Declaring dependence

For seven decades, Lebanon has celebrated a national holiday – Independence – to honor something that has never actually existed.

Declaring dependence

For seven decades, Lebanon has celebrated a national holiday – Independence – to honor something that has never actually existed.

This cycle of death will only continue

The escalating cycle of tensions in recent weeks, Israeli settlements expansion, murderous attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians, and reprisal demolitions of Palestinian homes may well escalate into something much more vicious and terrible.

Europe’s fiscal compact is provoking a revolt

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi, have declared – or at least insinuated – that they will not comply with the fiscal compact to which all of the eurozone’s member countries agreed in 2012; instead, they intend to run up fresh debts.

Ahed oust Safa, move clear at the top

Ahed underlined their title credentials with a convincing 2-0 win over Safa Friday to move five points clear at the summit of the standings in matchday eight of the Lebanese Premier League.

Ahed oust Safa, move clear at the top

Ahed underlined their title credentials with a convincing 2-0 win over Safa Friday to move five points clear at the summit of the standings in matchday eight of the Lebanese Premier League.

Hamilton and Rosberg brace for desert duel

Lewis Hamilton goes into Sunday’s ‘double jeopardy’ season-ending showdown at Abu Dhabi knowing he is one race away from his dream of a second world title, or a nightmare end to Formula One’s duel in the desert.

Riyadi and Sagesse on Gulf collision course

Archrivals Riyadi and Sagesse could meet for the first time since their memorable final series last season, during the second edition of the Abu Dhabi international tournament which begins Nov. 26.

Pacman Pacquiao expected to gobble up Algieri

A rejuvenated Manny Pacquiao will look to make short work of Chris Algieri Sunday to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt and raise his chances of a showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

On the demands of etiquette

Etiquette. The word carries with it many misconceptions, and it’s time to set the record straight. According to experts in the field, adhering to its code is meant to make life easier.

On the demands of etiquette

Etiquette. The word carries with it many misconceptions, and it’s time to set the record straight. According to experts in the field, adhering to its code is meant to make life easier.

Fresh ways to doctor your stuffing mix

Let’s be clear about something. When making stuffing, it’s always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. Hands down, the taste and texture are better.

A taste of the Andes: Kaiken wines

The kaiken goose is the only bird strong enough to fly over the Andes Mountains, which reach heights of more than 7,000 meters. Each year this goose, whose name comes from the Mapuche Indian language, flies from Chile to Argentina. It has a wingspan of two meters, needed for powering across the mountains.

Blended frog juice a popular Peru elixir

Frogs from Peru's Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.

Baghdad ballet school speaks to city’s resilience

Ann Khalid did not feel well but she insisted on dancing a brief scene from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with her classmates. The 12-year-old is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet, not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict.

Paddington sex content causes controversy

Britain’s film classification board has removed a warning that the new “Paddington” movie contains “mild sex references” after the creator of the children’s character expressed shock at the advice.