U.K. Government Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tobias Ellwood said he has urged Lebanese officials to end the presidential vacuum and elect a new head of state.
France 'torturing' Georges Abdallah: activists
Activists lobbying for the release of jailed Lebanese leftist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah accused France of psychologically torturing him after a series of rejected parole...
Kuwait says accepts Iraq request on Gulf war reparations
Kuwait said it accepted an Iraqi request related to reparations imposed by the U.N. Security Council over its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage
Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.
EU approves new Crimea sanctions
The EU imposed additional sanctions on Crimea, banning all investment and restricting trade to force home the message the bloc will not recognize Russia's "illegal...
Abductors to free Lebanon school girl: teacher
A teenage girl is set to be released later Thursday, one day after she was kidnapped from her school playground by gunmen in east Lebanon.
Army arrests ranking Azzam Brigades member: report
Lebanese Army intelligence arrested a prominent member of the Al-Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades in an Army ambush a week ago, according to a media report...
Hostage families meet with Future official
Families of the 25 captive Lebanese servicemen have said they are prepared to travel outside Lebanon to meet with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to seek help with...
UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees
The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.
Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders the withdrawal of all lawsuits filed by previous governments against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from...
Israelis want Netanyahu out: poll
Most Israelis would like to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replaced after March elections but, paradoxically, he is seen as most suitable for the job, an opinion...
The EU imposed additional sanctions on Crimea, banning all investment and restricting trade to force home the message the bloc will not recognize Russia's "illegal annexation."
Putin criticizes Chechen leader for post attack response
Putin criticized Kadyrov for saying that families of Islamist insurgents would be punished for a rebel attack on Grozny, a statement quickly followed by torching of...
Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia
Putin vows to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble.
Eleventh doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone
A health official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's doctors has died from Ebola.
Roadside bomb kills three soldiers in Pakistan
A roadside bomb killed three paramilitary soldiers in the country's restive northwest, officials say.
Despite the political stalemate in the country, most of Beirut’s hotels have started feeling the joyful spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with many witnessing a high rate of bookings while others expect reservations to pick up soon.
Lebanon signs Latin American free trade pact
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil signed a free-trade agreement with the Mercosur countries of Latin America, stressing the importance of maintaining good relations with...
'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output
Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output, the kingdom's oil minister say despite plunging prices.
IMF says Gulf can cope with cheaper oil
The energy-exporting states of the Gulf can cope comfortably with sliding oil prices, an International Monetary Fund official said Tuesday, as a plunge in regional...
Fed opens door to rate hike
The Fed Reserve Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep them near zero for a...
Khalil: No immunity for corrupt state employees
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil vowed Wednesday to pursue his anti-corruption drive in the real estate department and assured that the political immunity would be...
Fuel prices set to drop further in Lebanon
The prices of various fuels in Lebanon are set to decrease even further this week, as Brent oil Tuesday slumped below $60 per barrel to a new five-year low.
Lebanon signs Latin America free-trade pact
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has signed a free-trade agreement between Lebanon and the Mercosur countries of Latin America, stressing on the importance to maintain...
Qatar says oil price decline hitting gas
The sharp drop in global oil prices has caused the value of natural gas to also depreciate, the Qatari energy minister said Tuesday.
Turkish lira hits new record low
Turkey’s currency, the lira, hit a new record low Tuesday as investors moved out of emerging markets amid the collapse of the Russian ruble and fretted over the impact...
CBRE: Dubai property prices will stabilize in 2015
Increases in Dubai property prices slowed in the second half of 2014 and valuations will be steady next year as a glut of new units are released, consultants CBRE said...
The Fed Reserve Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep them near zero for a “considerable time” in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.
Ruble collapse? Foreign ‘speculators’ say not us
A 20 percent currency drop in two days sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime for a savvy hedge fund superstar to earn a fortune.
As ruble erodes, Russians buy out last remaining luxuries
The glittering Jaguars and Land Rovers parked on the showroom tiles at Rolf car dealership in Moscow looked like a steal, still priced in last week’s rubles.
Oil price shockwave ripples across world markets
The financial turmoil engulfing Russia is a symptom of a wider world markets earthquake that has its epicenter in oil’s collapse and Western disinflation but is now...
Ruble crisis erodes Putin’s economic system
The foundations on which Vladimir Putin built his 15 years in charge of Russia are giving way.
The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.
Losing moral high ground
Iran has influence in Arab states, stretching from Yemen to Lebanon.
Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege...
What Future and Hezbollah should discuss
So great are the worries that Sunni-Shiite relations may deteriorate in Lebanon, that everyone embraces the impending dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah.
All the baby boomers are officially ‘old’
Carlos Barientos III was born at 6:45 on the evening of Dec. 31, 1964, a few miles northwest of Honolulu.
Singled out for vilification
Despite nothing being known about the Sydney hostage-taker Monday apart from the fact a flag of the shahada had been seen, media and spectators around the world were...
U.S. credibility on the line
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Rome Sunday ahead of talks on the Middle East peace process, or what is left of it.
Sacrifice for Lebanon
While international envoys and leaders seem to be falling over themselves to help usher in an end to the presidential vacuum here, Lebanese politicians themselves seem...
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege earlier this week, officials say.
After the tensions, a modest Sino-American reset
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a...
Arabs are trapped between heroism and deviance
We have learned much about the Arab world in the last four years, including the combination of heroism and criminal deviance dwelling deep within our societies.
The CIA report somehow gave Congress a pass
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture was immensely valuable.
Balance ideology, realism for global energy setup
Energy has become a focal point of global policymaking.
Might Bashar Assad soon be in the dock?
As Russia attempts to broker peace talks on Syria, it will undoubtedly maintain its support for President Bashar Assad.
Lebanon and Australia’s Islamists
Lebanese make up a majority of Australian Islamists fighting alongside radical organizations in Iraq and Syria.
Russian soft power is dwindling
President Vladimir Putin’s covert aggression in Ukraine continues – and so do Western sanctions against his country.
South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semifinal Wednesday.
Sterling lifts Rodgers as Liverpool make semis
Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders...
Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who won 11 Grands Prix for Mercedes in 2014, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year against the odds Sunday.
Ecclestone: Pact could derail Qatar race bid
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the presence of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi on the sport’s circuit means Qatar is unlikely to stage a Grand Prix in the future.
Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and...
FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns
FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned Wednesday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/22 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim...
Brazil 2014: A World Cup to cherish
The 2014 World Cup was a captivating carnival of football, considered by many as the best yet, with high drama on and off the pitch, and, in Germany, champions worthy...
Dortmund stay in bottom three after Wolves draw
Ailing German giants Borussia Dortmund remain in the Bundesliga’s relegation places after a battling 2-2 draw with second-placed VfL Wolfsburg Wednesday.
F1 principals snub Rosberg in best driver poll
Formua One team principals have snubbed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in a best driver poll, rating the German only fifth in a list headed by his title-winning teammate...
Alonso’s unfinished business at McLaren
“Never say never” has always been a popular saying in Formula One and Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren proves the point.
McLaren set to announce 2015 drivers
McLaren could put a spring in Jenson Button’s step, or bring down the curtain on the 2009 world champion’s Formula One career, Thursday when they are expected to...
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Tennis great Navratilova to coach Pole
Legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced.
Anyone for fast tennis? Welcome to IPTL
It’s tennis, but not as we know it.
Sharapova tormented by shot-clock in IPTL play
Maria Sharapova expressed mock disgust Saturday at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament’s beeping shot-clock, part of a novel experiment...
Ivanovic off to winning start in IPTL debut
Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in an impressive International Premier Tennis League debut Friday, but said it was “hard to imagine” the game evolving to...
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Riyadi ease past Tadamon for perfect three
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut won their third straight game Sunday, with Egyptian-Lebanese star Ismael Ahmad nearly having a triple-double with 21 points, nine...
Ibrahim shines as Riyadi rout Champville
Ahmad Ibrahim starred for Riyadi with 26 points as they defeated a demoralized Champville 86-76 in Manara Friday to join Sagesse at the top of the Lebanese Basketball...
Qatar a bidder for basketball World Cup
The United States team may be going to Qatar to defend its basketball World Cup title in 2019 as the emirate seeks to add to its sports portfolio.
Red-hot Sagesse looking to maintain fine form
Sagesse will aim to continue their blistering form when they visit Homenetmen at Mezher in round two of the Lebanese Basketball League Thursday.
Rory McIlroy dominated golf in 2014, winning two majors, recapturing the world No. 1 spot and starring in Europe’s latest Ryder Cup triumph.
Mayweather must stop dodging Pacquiao fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career – and made a fortune – by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents.
Track and field under the spotlight
Track and field goes into the New Year in turmoil amid claims of institutionalized doping, notably in Russia, after a season that saw very little of Jamaican sprint...
Two Kenyan long-distance runners fail drugs tests
Kenyan long-distance runners Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo have failed drugs tests and will be banned for two years, Athletics Kenya said Monday,...
Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight
British boxer Amir Khan defeated Devon Alexander in a unanimous decision in a welterweight fight Saturday, using his superior hand speed and strength to dominate the...
In 1990, Vivianne Debbas was not in Lebanon celebrating the end of the Civil War.
The Tree of Orbs: raising money for autism
It was a quiet cocktail reception, held by Hamra hotel EighteenSixtySix Court & Suites Tuesday evening to launch the Tree of Orbs project, a fundraising initiative with...
Pet fashion hits the mainstream
These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit – as well as where to put the poo bags.
Sauternes growers fear train line will sour wine
Producers of Sauternes, France’s world-famous sweet wine, are up in arms about a proposed high-speed train line they fear could sour their tipple.
Reading between the lines in Venice
If you find the crowds that swirl around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type of...
White shirts and creative collaborations
When the president of the Lebanese American University, Joseph Jabbra, in tandem with renowned Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab, dreamed of creating the country’s...
Christmas with the kids
It’s a season where at times even the best of us can get caught up in the tug-and-pull of things that we don’t need, as the true meaning of the holiday gets snowed...
Christmas market aims to attract people to Museum
Among the many activities held in the country to celebrate this joyful season is this Friday’s “Nocturne au Musée” at the National Museum, an event that hopefully will...
China’s hermits seek a highway to heaven
His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy.
Truffles, turkeys await Christmas at Paris market
At the temple to gastronomy outside Paris, Rungis market, Marinette shows off a tray of fat white truffles from Italy, at 1,800 euros a kilo ($1,000 per pound).
Pope: Enough gloom, try joy ahead of Christmas
Pope Francis is encouraging people to be joyful, saying, “We’ve never heard of a sad saint.”
If you find the crowds that swirl around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type of visitor – the writers who have haunted its canals and palazzos.
Falcons to go jet set on Lufthansa
They may not get their favorite mice and small birds on a tray, but falcons – the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern hunting enthusiasts – are soon to be allowed in...
Floating football pitch saves Thai tourism
With its stunning limestone cliffs towering over stilt houses surrounded by azure waters, the island of Panyee is a typical Thai paradise. But it’s not mother nature...
Hungary, where goose is king - and eaten
It isn’t to everyone’s taste, and animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but anyone who ever fancied eating foie gras – fattened goose liver –...
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...
Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year.
Rare northern white rhino dies in US zoo
A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
LHC to turn back on at record power in March
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous...
Prep your car for winter, make motoring a breeze
Every time winter rolls around it’s always the same routine: We break out our winter wardrobe, roll out the rugs and put blankets on the bed, while those of us lucky...
A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test.
Olive oil apocalypse as fly drives up price
New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life.
Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused
It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world's largest animal...
Scientists find why male smokers may run even higher health risks
Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many...
Doctors Without Borders: Ebola response too slow
The international response to Ebola is still too slow and piecemeal, Doctors Without Borders warns, as officials said the disease is crippling the economies of three...
A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.
Bill Cosby's youngest daughter defends her embattled dad
A day after Camille Cosby released a statement in defense of her embattled husband, one of the comedian's four daughters is defending her father.
Night at the Museum bids farewell to Williams
There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt in the latest “Night at the Museum.”
'Birdman' leads Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations
"Birdman," the dark existential comedy about the would-be comeback of a has-been actor, scored 13 Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations on Monday, continuing its...
Julianne Moore portrays descent into Alzheimers
Early in the film “Still Alice,” the Columbia University professor played by Julianne Moore is the picture of health, taking a jog through campus, until she realizes...
Bill Cosby's wife defends him from sex assault claims
Camille Cosby, the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, on Monday defended her husband from weeks-long accusations brought by more than a dozen women alleging that the...
Conchita Wurst won't be a 'bitter old drag queen'
After a whirlwind year that saw her win the Eurovision Song Contest and perform at the European parliament and United Nations, "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst is headed...
Studio head, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks
Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologized Thursday for calling Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama's presumed...
'Exodus' topples 'Hunger Games' at box office
Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" bumped "Hunger Games" from the top of the North American box office, ending its three-week dominance, according to industry data...
Selma stars on poignancy, parallels
At Sunday’s premiere of “Selma” in New York, the cast acknowledged parallels between their film about the African-American civil rights movement and recent protests...
Malick, Branagh, Greenaway to show new films at Berlin fest
New movies by Terrence Malick, Kenneth Branagh and Peter Greenaway will screen at the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February, organisers said Monday.
Early in the film “Still Alice,” the Columbia University professor played by Julianne Moore is the picture of health, taking a jog through campus, until she realizes she is completely lost.
New halls for Tutankhamun gallery unveiled
The Cairo government Monday unveiled four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery in the Egyptian museum as the facility undergoes a complete overhaul.
Navajos buy back artifacts at disputed auction
When diplomacy and a plea to return sacred ceremonial masks to a Native American tribe in the United States failed, officials from the Navajo Nation traveled to the...
Massive statue of Amenhotep III unveiled in Egypt
Archaeologists Sunday unveiled a restored colossal statue of Amenhotep III that was toppled in an earthquake more than 3,000 years ago at Egypt’s famed temple city of...
Birdman leads Critics’ Choice nominations
“Birdman,” “Boyhood” and a host of now regulars on the awards circuit were among the top films listed in the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations Monday, but...
The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.
An R&B Jesus? D'Angelo challenges with 'Black Messiah'
- After a wait of nearly 15 years, D'Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with "Black Messiah," a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges...
Grammys to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder
The Grammys will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder with a special performance after the music industry's annual award night.
New Dylan album to interpret Sinatra classics
Bob Dylan’s new album which will come out in February will feature interpretations of classics sung by Frank Sinatra, all stripped down and recorded with minimal studio...
Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations
Newcomer Sam Smith joined Beyonce and Pharrell Williams Friday to lead in nominations for the Grammy Awards, with the music industry’s annual picks weighted toward...