The National Federation of Labor Unions slam Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi for rejecting its proposal to create a union for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
Employees protest Casino du Liban mass layoffs
Lebanon’s renowned casino issued an administrative decision to lay off 191 employees, prompting protests outside the establishment north of Beirut Tuesday.
US Democrats hold support for Iran sanctions bill
A group of U.S. Senate Democrats tell the White House that they will not support passage of an Iran sanctions bill until at least the end of March.
Houthi official: Abducted aide to Yemeni leader freed
An official representing Yemen's Shiite rebels says an abducted presidential aide has been set free
Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace
Philippine officials ask lawmakers not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after a clash that...
Press group head fined over defaming Aoun, Sayyed
Lebanon's newly elected Press Federation chief Aouni al-Kaaki was ordered Tuesday to pay compensation to both former General Security head Jamil al-Sayyed, and MP...
Electricity workers protest colleagues' sacking
Electricity workers employed at a Mount Lebanon provider protested Tuesday the recent sacking of dozens of their colleagues.
Mawlawi 'in Arsal outskirts with Nusra': Machnouk
Lebanon's Interior Minister and a Palestinian official Tuesday dismissed reports that Shadi Mawlawi, one of Lebanon’s most wanted terrorists, was still inside the...
UN warns crisis looms for families in southern Iraq
The United Nations' food agency warns of a looming humanitarian crisis in southern Iraq, where tens of thousands of destitute, displaced families have sought refuge...
Czech leader urges military action against ISIS
Zeman calls for international military action against ISIS to prevent a what he called a"super Holocaust" with hundreds of millions of victims.
Turkish police tear gas people entering Kobani
Turkish police fire tear gas on Tuesday to stop people trying to cross into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani
Philippine officials ask lawmakers not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police.
Ukraine rebels: Kiev forces pushed back near Donetsk
Ukrainian separatists say they have pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim is to expand their...
France: EU must target anonymous money transfers to tackle militants
France's finance minister says the EU must better monitor anonymous money transfers to crack down on the financing of terrorism
UN troops in Mali open fire at protest, 3 dead
UN peacekeepers in Gao kill at least three people when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses say, but a UN spokesman says only warning shots...
Kosovo hit by worst unrest since independence
Riot police and protesters fight running battles in the Kosovo capital Pristina as anti-government protests erupt into the worst unrest since the former Serbian...
A leading Lebanese banker said Monday that the planned $1 billion sovereign Eurobond will be heavily subscribed by Lebanese and foreign banks and investors.
Bank Audi’s net profits surge 15 percent in 2014
Bank Audi’s net profits in 2014 surged by 15 percent to $350 million, thanks to the strong performance of its subsidiaries abroad, the bank announced Monday.
Greek vote fails to derail Europe’s share rally
Greek stocks fell in volatile trade Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept Sunday’s vote, while other European equities kept rising on the promise of European...
Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4B pledge
U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the “untapped...
For Saudis, falling oil demand biggest concern
As the world’s oil producers wring their hands over a global glut that’s pushing down prices, evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is more concerned about shrinking...
World Bank urges haste on dam approval
The World Bank’s country director for the Middle East has urged the Lebanese Parliament to speed up the approval of the construction of the Bisri dam, a $612 million...
Lebanon’s trade deficit widens in 2014
A fall in exports caused Lebanon’s trade deficit in 2014 to widen to 83.834 percent compared to 81.51 percent in 2013, the Customs Department said Friday.
Euro depreciation to reduce import bill
The European Central Bank’s decision to pump hundreds of billions of euros into the eurozone economy will have a positive impact on Lebanon, a senior economist told The...
Greek stocks fell in volatile trade Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept Sunday’s vote, while other European equities kept rising on the promise of European Central Bank bond-buying.
Reinsurers PartnerRe, Axis Capital to merge
Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. and PartnerRe Ltd. have agreed an $11 billion merger to create one of the world’s largest reinsurers, responding to intensifying...
Euro rocked by Greek election result
The euro struck an 11-year low versus the dollar after anti-austerity party Syriza won Greece's elections, sparking fears that the country could end up exiting the...
ECB shifts onus to leaders to boost economy
Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment...
As the world’s oil producers wring their hands over a global glut that’s pushing down prices, evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is more concerned about shrinking demand.
Retreat of Russian shoppers fails to dent DSF
Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at...
New Saudi king to focus economic policy on jobs
Saudi Arabia’s new king is expected to focus economic policy on creating jobs and multibillion dollar infrastructure projects to prevent tumbling oil prices from...
IMF: Gulf set to go into deficit as oil falls
The oil-rich nations of the Gulf are set to post budget deficits this year after a plunge in crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said.
Gulf stocks mixed on Q4 results
Gulf stock markets were mixed Thursday, coming under pressure from some negative earnings reports but supported by stronger oil, while Egypt established a clear break...
Nearly four years after a popular uprising erupted in Syria, followed by a brutal crackdown that degenerated into all-out war and generated the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.
As promised, a Syrian rebel militia leader fired a wave of rockets and mortar bombs at Damascus Sunday.
In Davos, signs of profound economic worries
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this...
Will Europeans get anti-terrorism right?
The recent terror attacks in Paris and the killing or arrest of suspected terrorists in Belgium have clarified the dangerous reality of thousands of European radicals...
Russians have not learned from leaders’ autocracy
“Every nation gets the government it deserves,” observed Joseph de Maistre, the Sardinian kingdom’s diplomatic envoy to the Russian empire, some 200 years ago.
Continuing the vision
The smooth course of events in Saudi Arabia after the passing of King Abdullah is working to quash speculation, made in some quarters, that the kingdom would face...
Great loss for Lebanon
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will be remembered as a friend of Lebanon and a champion of moderation in a turbulent region.
The word “coup” is being used quite a bit to describe the events underway in Yemen, although “surrender” might be more accurate.
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” – meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years.
America’s Syria plan is bound to fail
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned Syria only twice.
The foreign policy lens shifts away from Obama
President Barack Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president.
Hezbollah response will reflect itsmultiple roles
The Israeli attack Sunday in the Syrian Golan Heights that killed Hezbollah and Iranian officials has understandably generated much speculation primarily about whether,...
Identify violence as a threat, then deal with it
Imagine a threat that endangers the lives of well over a billion people.
Acknowledge the righteous Muslims
Several years ago, I walked up a dimly lit staircase in a working-class district of Paris and knocked on the door of a cramped, two-room apartment.
Less humanitarian aid can create security crises
The murder and mayhem caused by ISIS and other terrorist groups ruin the lives of those who must flee in more ways than one.
Only Muslims can defeat the terrorists
The conversation at Davos is often dominated by economics, and this year it’s no different.
Tunisia and Democratic Republic of Congo both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations Monday after drawing 1-1 in their final Group B game in Bata.
Liverpool smell Chelsea blood as Wembley looms
With Chelsea reeling from FA Cup humiliation, Liverpool will visit Stamford Bridge for their League Cup semifinal second leg Tuesday with increased confidence of...
'F1 in Schools' a class act for budding boffins
When John Surtees was a boy, his motorcycle dealer father came home one evening with news that would change his life.
New Ferrari F1 car takes SF15-T designation
The car Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel hope will revive their Formula One fortunes this season will be called the SF15-T, the team said.
Berdych ends eight-year losing streak to stun Nadal
Czech Tomas Berdych ends a demoralising run of outs to dump a struggling Rafael Nadal out of the Australian Open in a straight sets triumph to reach the semi-finals.
Riquelme calls time on playing days at 36
Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36 after an 18-year-long career.
Australia wary of UAE causing another upset
Australia, as much as any team left in the Asian Cup, know nothing in this tournament has gone according to plan, which is why they are worried about the United Arab...
Few positives in win for South Korea coach
South Korea reached the final of the Asian Cup for the first time since 1988 Monday but listening to coach Uli Stielike you might have thought they had crashed out in...
Agonizing wait for Schumachers and Bianchis
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition...
Ferrari, McLaren take a hit from Marussia collapse
Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse of the Marussia Formula One team, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
Christmas provides food for thought at Ferrari
The winds of change have swept through Ferrari and even Christmas has a different feel now.
Serena finds top gear as Venus shines again
Top seed Serena Williams again left it late before storming into the Australian Open quarterfinals Monday, as sister Venus returned to the big time and Dominika...
Djokovic powers into eighth quarterfinal
Novak Djokovic powered into his eighth consecutive quarterfinal at the Australian Open as Stan Wawrinka kept his title defense on track Monday.
Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins thriller
Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarterfinals at the...
Sharapova surges in Australian Open
Resurgent second seed Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open campaign kicked into overdrive Sunday as young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep scraped into the...
Riyadi were crowned champions of the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Tournament after clinching an epic 120-118 double overtime victory against arch-rivals Sagesse Saturday.
Aldridge puts off surgery, leads Blazers to win
Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge reversed his previous decision to have thumb surgery and turned out for the Trail Blazers Saturday, helping them to a 103-96 win against...
Sagesse, Riyadi set up all-Lebanese final
Lebanese basketball heavyweights Riyadi and Sagesse set up an exciting final at the 26th edition of the Dubai International Basketball Championship after edging out...
Riyadi, Sagesse progress into Dubai semis
Riyadi and Sagesse reached the semifinals of the 26th edition of Dubai International Basketball Tournament Thursday after winning in their quarterfinal fixtures.
Riyadi, Sagesse on Dubai final collision course
The 26th Dubai International Tournament reaches its decisive stage when the quarterfinals get underway Thursday, as Lebanese champions Riyadi face the UAE’s Shabab club...
Lindsey Vonn added a 64th jewel to her World Cup crown when she won a Super-G in St. Moritz Sunday, her last race before the world championships at home in Beaver Creek next week.
Seahawks, Patriots book Super Bowl showdown
Super Bowl champions Seattle stunned Green Bay 28-22 in overtime Sunday to book a return to the NFL showcase, where they’ll face the New England Patriots.
Wilder takes Stiverne’s heavyweight crown
Deontay Wilder claimed the World Boxing Council heavyweight title with a dominating 12-round decision over Bermane Stiverne, becoming the first American to hold a major...
Stal seals unlikely Abu Dhabi win
France’s Gary Stal dispatched a final round 65 to snatch an unlikely victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Sunday as overnight leader Martin Kaymer blew a...
Muhammad Ali released from hospital after urinary infection
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the...
Colombia’s Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe Sunday, beating out contenders from the United States, Ukraine, Jamaica and the Netherlands at the world’s top beauty pageant in Florida.
Egyptian female cyclists pedal for acceptance
Yasmine Mahmoud cuts a defiant figure as she weaves her bicycle through the chaotic streets of Cairo, a place where few women dare to pedal.
Bones exhumed in hunt for Cervantes’ grave
Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have started what they hope will be the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of where the...
Tech barons paint rosy future at Davos
Technological advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the Internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite Wednesday, but also warned...
Sand dunes, camels and clay castles in Morocco
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing...
The show must go on for Paris fashion
There was a subdued atmosphere at the first day of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows – which began in earnest following the French capital’s worst terror attacks in...
Citrus caviar: France discovers exotic condiment
French wholesaler Alain Cohen is the gastronomic equivalent of a gold digger, constantly on the lookout for new culinary treasures.
It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at a Tokyo cafe
In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it.
Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have started what they hope will be the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of where the great Spanish writer was laid to rest.
Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices
Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people’s...
WhatsApp adds messaging from Web
The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday for sending messages from a...
Microsoft pull back the curtain on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people's lives.
Following one of Africa’s most mythic, and historic, trading routes: The road to Timbuktu, lined with centuries-old castles, oases and the occasional camel-crossing road warning.
Recent blasts response to failure to sow rift: Berri
A weekend twin suicide bombing that struck the predominantly-Alawite northern neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen was a response to failure to spread Sunni-Shiite discord,...
Downton Abbey destinations for fans of series
Fans of the popular British period drama “Downton Abbey” can visit a number of sites depicted in the television series about life among the upper crust early last...
Etihad Airways unveils glamorous couture uniforms
Etihad Airways revealed this month new uniforms at a spectacular show in Abu Dhabi, paving the way for a new age of glamorous and sophisticated flying.
Destinations for 2015: Milan, Cuba, Queens …
See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to...
When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon stood in front of Beaufort Castle and, addressing his soldiers, said the edifice had secured a front for his men.
Mar Mikhael’s residents, artists unite in event
Like other neighborhoods in Beirut, Mar Mikhael is changing while its inhabitants continue to enjoy, or sometimes struggle to enjoy, its traditional characteristics.
Pause Couture classes prove fashion inspiration
Tucked away in an old building in Amir Omar Street in Clemenceau, Sabrina Cesari, a fashion designer and founder of Pause Couture, which provides sewing classes for...
New initiative teaches students about road safety
“How many of your parents speed?” an instructor from New Health Concept asked a class of students. The hands of every child in the classroom at College Ahlia instantly...
Les Petits Diplomates: etiquette for kids
It was 9:30 a.m. when the course was starting and four boys and eight girls wearing nametags all swiveled nervously in their chairs lined in a “U” shape.
For many of us, our cars are practically members of the family. And for some, they’re even akin to love interests.
Chevy’s reborn Impala breeds sea change in style
Names matter. We can try all we want not to prejudge a person by his or her name, but if all the people you’ve met in your life who were named say, Joe, have been...
Test driving a car requires a game plan
Whenever people decide to buy a car, new or used, more often than not they forego taking it for a test drive, and even when they do they just end up motoring around and...
Honda Accord ready for new age but still familiar
The ninth generation of the Honda Accord succeeds in retaining cues that clearly identify it as an Accord.
Mazda’s flirty 3 blends passion, common sense
In the crowded compact car segment, the Mazda 3 is definitely one of the offerings that stand out from among their peers.
Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, Oxfam says.
The Chablis region offers increasingly promising wines
The 2012 premier crus from Burgundy’s Chablis region are almost all on the market now, their quality testament to the ever-increasing amount of effort being put into...
A chicken dish that’s special - and simple
Fifteen years ago, I made the first of what would become thousands of meals for my husband, Philippe.
No new polio cases in Syria reported for a year
Syria has gone a year without a reported polio case, the World Health Organization says, after a massive immunization campaign triggered by the disease's appearance in...
Tethered to treadmills? Try the ignored machines
Gym goers seeking to boost their workouts might do well to aim for the less-used equipment beyond the busy rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that dominate the...
Ava DuVernay, the director behind the Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma," will write, produce and direct a feature film set in the time of Hurricane Katrina, the company backing the film said on Monday.
‘Boy Next Door’ is way too predictable
No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies.
New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death
Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there...
Sean Penn to get French cinema honour
Sean Penn is to get an honorary French film award in a Paris ceremony next month in recognition of him being a cinema "living legend", the organisers said in a statement.
‘Wise’ Bob Dylan gives album free to seniors
Bob Dylan is giving away his latest album for free to select seniors as the 73-year-old rock legend says he is at peace with getting older.
'Mad Men' creator, Tautou join Berlin film fest jury
The creator of hit US television series "Mad Men" and French actress Audrey Tautou will serve on the jury of the 65th Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday.
Actors endorse showbiz satire 'Birdman' in march toward Oscars
"Birdman," a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving world of show business, won top honors from Hollywood's actors on Sunday in an important show of support for...
James Franco finds his most despicable character in 'True Story'
Killing an exaggerated version of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Sony's controversial comedy "The Interview" wasn't a problem for actor James Franco but he found...
Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging.
Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors 'colored'
Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "colored.
Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.
Debbie Reynolds, with SAG lifetime award, says she 'ain't down yet'
Debbie Reynolds, the peppy star of enduring Hollywood musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday...
Rihanna goes for acoustic sound with Paul McCartney
Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney.
John Legend performs tribute set at Sundance premiere
The opening-night documentary at the Sundance Film Festival closed with a superstar concert.
Meghan Trainor steals Swift's spot atop Billboard album chart
Pop singer Meghan Trainor's debut album "Title" knocked Taylor Swift from her three-week perch atop the weekly Billboard album chart on Wednesday.
Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys
One sings about being "Happy," the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month.
Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Athens on the weekend at age 69, the private hospital that had been treating him said Monday.
PJ Harvey recording next album in London gallery
From within a jungle of musical instruments and audio cables, a voice flows like nectar: British singer PJ Harvey recording her ninth studio album in front of an...
Animated film brings Van Gogh’s paintings to life
Danuta Roman is channeling her inner Vincent van Gogh.
A glamour-free Aniston stars in a drab Cake
Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation – a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of...
King Tut’s beard hastily glued back on with epoxy
The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed Pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during...