A Parliament legislative session unexpectedly broke up Tuesday evening less than an hour after it started with the loss of quorum, when Lebanese Forces and some Future Movement MPs walked out, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to adjourn the session, without setting a date for a new one.
Soldier killed, six wounded in Hermel
A soldier from the Lebanese Army was killed and six more were injured overnight Monday in a shootout in a Hermel town as their unit pursued a suspected drug dealer, an...
British retiree, Thai wife killed
The bodies of a wealthy British retiree and his Thai wife were found buried on their own property Tuesday a week after an alleged contract killing that implicated the...
China demands U.S. shelve arms sale to Taiwan
China Tuesday demanded the U.S. cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of “severe damage” to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if...
Making the United Nations relevant to all
As world leaders are convening in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly, I am only the fourth woman to preside over the gathering and the first from...
No plan to ban WhatsApp: Ministry
Telecommunications Ministry has no plans to ban WhatsApp services or charge for the application’s use, according to a statement released Tuesday by the...
Trial postponed in 2014 hotel suicide bombing case
The Military Tribunal, headed by Brig. Gen. Hussein Abdullah, Tuesday adjourned the trial of various members of the “Hotels Cell” allegedly responsible for a 2014...
Aoun, Abdullah discuss reopening border
The Nassib border crossing between Syria and Jordan was the focus of a meeting between President Michel Aoun and Jordan’s King Abdullah Tuesday on the sidelines of the...
The bodies of a wealthy British retiree and his Thai wife were found buried on their own property Tuesday a week after an alleged contract killing that implicated the woman’s brother, police said.
Drug prices going up despite Trump promise: AP
U.S. President Donald Trump made reducing drug prices a key promise during his election campaign, repeatedly accusing drugmakers of “getting away with murder.”
Pope: Abuse scandals driving faithful away
Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways...
Germany delays tender for military helicopters: document
Germany's planned 4 billion euro ($4.71 billion) tender to buy new heavy-lift helicopters that was due to be issued this autumn will be delayed, according to an...
As world leaders are convening in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly, I am only the fourth woman to preside over the gathering and the first from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Saudi Arabia to offer visitor visas for events
Saudi Arabia will offer an electronic visa for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts from December, the kingdom said Tuesday, as it tries to diversify...
Saudis deny involvement after Iran attack
Saudi Arabia denied that it had backed the gunmen who killed 25 people at a military parade in southwestern Iran over the weekend, almost half of them Revolutionary...
Watchdog: Yemen’s rebels torture, kill
An international watchdog Tuesday accused Yemen’s Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in...
Nearly 170 accused of forming ‘Bahrain Hezbollah’
Bahrain’s attorney general has charged around 170 people Tuesday with forming a Shiite “terrorist organization” named for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Health insurance companies in Lebanon saw their profits in 2017 shrink by 27 percent to $15.6 million, due to the rising cost of medical care and the nonrenewal of contracts by many customers.
Non-resident inflows to Lebanon to rise in 2018
The London based Institute of International Finance projected non-resident capital inflows to Lebanon at $8.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 2.4 percent from $8.3...
Tunisia’s economy comes second as leaders fight
Tunisia’s economic reforms are at risk of being sidelined by a feud between top leaders.
World Bank: Gaza economy in ‘free fall’
The Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall,” a report from the World Bank warned Tuesday, calling for urgent action by Israel and the international community to avoid...
Oil price above $80 lifts stocks
World shares climbed Tuesday as oil prices above $80 a barrel lifted U.S. energy stocks and as some central banks were expected to raise interest rates, spurring...
Big discounts failing to lure Lebanese
One of the clearly visible indications of economic stagnation in Lebanon is the hundreds of discount signs on windows of shops and stores in some of Beirut’s famous...
EDL to get extra cash to keep the lights on
The Energy and Water Ministry said it has received a pledge from the Finance Ministry to allocate more funds to purchase fuel and gasoil to keep power plants running.
Civil servants retirement benefits a time bomb
The startling rise of costs in end-of-service benefits for retired civil servants, Army and security personnel is adding an unnecessary financial burden and should be...
High-speed rail linking Mecca, Madina launched
Saudi King Salman Tuesday inaugurated a high-speed railway linking Mecca and Medina, Islam’s holiest cities, described by local officials as the biggest transportation...
Egypt seeks debt investors with Asian foray
Egypt is in talks with Belgium-based Euroclear to settle its domestic debt transactions and will embark on a non-deal bond roadshow through Asia this year, part of a...
Turkey's lira slightly firmer, investors weigh up prospects of better US ties
The lira firmed slightly on Tuesday as investors weighed up the prospect of an improvement in Turkey-U.S. ties after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he...
World shares climbed Tuesday as oil prices above $80 a barrel lifted U.S. energy stocks and as some central banks were expected to raise interest rates, spurring investors to look beyond the latest round of U.S.-China tariffs.
EU, Iran set financial ‘vehicle’ to ease trade
Five world powers and Iran agreed late Monday to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including...
World’s wealthiest eye more private equity
The world’s wealthiest families plan to allocate more money to private equity after the asset class helped drive an average 15.5 percent rise in the value of their...
Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing for Intel
Qualcomm Inc. alleged Tuesday that Apple Inc. stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel Corp to improve its chips, paving the way for Apple to use them instead of...
Turkey’s lira becomes slightly firmer
The lira firmed slightly Tuesday as investors weighed up the prospect of an improvement in Turkey-U.S. ties after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expected...
It is truly lamentable that while Lebanon’s flailing economy is in dire need of attention by the country’s legislature, some of our newly elected deputies are yet not aware that Parliament is a serious institution where such maladies are addressed to spare the country further hardships.
For 70 years, since the creation of Israel, the U.S. has involved itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, often putting the Jewish state’s interests above even its...
Education for all
I arrived in Lebanon three weeks ago.
The global cost of domestic violence
Domestic violence costs the world 25 times more than war and terrorism, according to research conducted by James Fearon of Stanford University and Anke Hoeffler of...
Pro-Europe leaders must step up ahead of polls
Discussions about Europe-wide elections are invariably infused with expectations of dramatic change that rarely, if ever, are met.
Imposing a fait accompli
It has grown impossible not to recognize that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have reached the final stretch in their bid to wipe out the Palestinian people, their...
Mass outcry over chaos at Beirut’s airport has reached a peak after weeks of calamity for travelers due to technical, staffing and myriad other issues.
Hands off the text
The Lebanese Constitution, as is the case in every democracy, is not a sacred text like the Bible or Quran, since it carries within its articles the means and tools for...
Governments must stand up for health
It was just a century ago that the Spanish flu epidemic spread across the world and killed tens of millions of people. Long before the moon landing, the internet or the...
Global trade could stop working because of Trump
Ten years after the failure of Lehman Brothers, we know that multilateral action was crucial in preventing the so-called Great Recession from becoming even worse than...
Fight populism with emotion instead of analysis
NEW YORK – When confronting a challenging problem, it’s sometimes useful to listen to someone who looks at it from an entirely different angle.
West Africa’s damaging war on drugs
No matter where you look in West Africa, drug laws are failing.
The threat to democracy – from the left
For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession.”
Kerry’s memoir shows a strong man
The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump.
A president who places image over principle
Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has lamented the hype around individual awards in football after Luka Modric was named FIFA's Best Men's Player.
United’s on-field mishaps fail to slow business
English football club Manchester United forecast revenue for 2018-19 to rise to record levels, helped by increased broadcasting revenue as a result of UEFA’s new...
Wozniacki, Kerber off to fast start at Wuhan Open
World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber eased through their opening matches at the Wuhan Open in China Tuesday.
Serena keen to ‘move on’ from U.S. Open row
Serena Williams says she is trying to “move on” from the meltdown that overshadowed her U.S. Open final loss but remains perplexed at her coach’s admission he illegally...
LeBron ‘humbled’ to join ‘special’ Lakers
LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
Van Dijk faces fitness test ahead of Chelsea game
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk faces a fitness test to be ready for Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Chelsea, while fellow defender Dejan Lovren is available after...
Ronaldo turns to Juventus quest after FIFA snub
Cristiano Ronaldo Wednesday turns his focus back to Juventus’ quest for a treble this season after losing out in the FIFA’s Best Player of the Year award.
Barca coach Valverde says Messi the best despite Modric award
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes his player Lionel Messi should have won FIFA’s 'The Best' award and not Real Madrid's Luka Modric.
Efficient Pliskova too strong for ‘tired’ Osaka
Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova utilized her big serve to full effect to ease to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over home favorite and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka in the...
Osaka below par, but safely into Tokyo semifinals
Japan’s Naomi Osaka exuded a major champion’s aura Friday as she dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Pan Pacific Open semifinals, despite being nowhere...
Osaka wins 10th straight match, reaches Tokyo final
U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka stormed past Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open, where she will face Karolina Pliskova.
Wade returns to Miami Heat for ‘One Last Dance’
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will play a final season for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision in a YouTube video entitled “One Last Dance.”
Lebanon fall to New Zealand after late collapse
Lebanon collapsed to a 63-60 loss in their World Cup qualification battle against New Zealand Monday after being in the lead for most of the game in Rotorua.
Lebanon conquer China in epic overtime win
An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday.
James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Kaepernick
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he 'stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Tiger Woods rediscovered his former glories by claiming his first title in over five years last weekend, but now he turns his attentions to a competition he has never dominated the Ryder Cup.
Big Ben’s three TD passes lift Steelers past Bucs
Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of 38 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers collected their first victory of the season, 30-27 over the...
‘Tigermania’ roars into France
“Tigermania” is back after crowds mobbed Tiger Woods like a rock star to see him snap a five-year win drought, and it’s about to hit France in a major way at the 42nd...
Europe captain Bjorn: ‘We don’t fear anyone’
Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said his team “don’t fear anyone” as they prepare to take on a powerful United States lineup packed with nine major champions including a...
Mahomes dazzles again as Chiefs down 49ers
Rising quarterback star Patrick Mahomes extended his phenomenal start to the season as the Kansas City Chiefs maintained their perfect record with a 38-27 victory over...
Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, is living up to the famous family name in Formula Three by dominating the drivers’ championship after picking up his fifth straight win Sunday.
Marquez holds off Dovizioso to win in Aragon
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez moved a step closer to retaining the title after winning the Aragon Grand Prix for Honda Sunday to extend his lead at the top of the...
Hamilton delivers blow to frustrated Ferrari
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes won big in Singapore Sunday and the signs are looking ominous for title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.
Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore win
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s...
Raikkonnen fastest,Vettel hits wall in Singapore
Kimi Raikkonen edged out Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap in Friday’s second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, but the Finn’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel...
Acclaimed photographer Josef Koudelka was in Lebanon recently for the opening of his two-part show at Dar El-Nimer, “The Wall-Beirut.”
Mystery of art’s most scandalous picture revealed
One of the greatest mysteries in art history appears to have been solved.
Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies
France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naive, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.
Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26: family
Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and...
Mel Gibson to direct remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’
Mel Gibson will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western “The Wild Bunch.”
Turner Prize nominee probes Israeli police raid
A turbulent global political environment has helped inspire the finalists in this year’s Turner Prize for contemporary art, which includes only video submissions for...
Robots to Palm Beach: Lebanese film fest awards
“I am so thankful for the award,” Nadia Hotait said as she received the Best Experimental Film award at the closing ceremony of the Lebanese Film Festival Friday.
Art’s iconic ‘Blue Boy’ gets major makeover
“Blue Boy” is getting a long-awaited makeover, and the public can watch as one of the world’s most recognizable paintings gets a little nip here, a nice tuck there and...
Calls for respect for black America at Franklin funeral
As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved,...
Lana Del Rey nixes Israel concert after BDS pressure
Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists.
Fans of Aretha Franklin to pay respects before Detroit funeral
Thousands of Aretha Franklin fans are expected to pay their last respects to the Queen of Soul Tuesday and Wednesday when the singer's body lays in repose for two days...
‘Assassination Nation’ to get under your skin
“Assassination Nation” is trying to make you uncomfortable.
Female empowerment at heart of ‘Colette’
“Colette” is not your usual period drama. Beneath the corsets and petticoats lies a turn-of-the-20th-century real-life tale of feminism and gender politics that is just...
LeBron, Coogler team up for ‘Space Jam 2’
Two months ago, basketball superstar LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
Phoenix, Reilly bond in ‘Sisters Brothers’
To play any brother, by blood or not, of John C. Reilly is an intimidating prospect given just how firmly entrenched Will Ferrell is as Reilly’s on-screen sibling.
Bill Cosby's downfall from "America's Dad" to convicted felon reached its final chapter in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday, as a judge began deciding whether to sentence the 81-year-old comedian to prison for sexual assault.
Former AP photojournalist Kim Chonkil dies at age 89
Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea's turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the...
Cranberries singer O'Riordan drowned due to alcohol intoxication: inquest
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest in London was told, media reported on...
Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
One sunny morning in New York, a dozen biologists and volunteers stand in knee-deep water, chucking net sacks of oyster shells down a human chain, before planting them in containers on the riverbed.
Japanese preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age
It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies.
What to say when postpartum depression hits
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their...
Designers explore local and world relationships
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship...
Arak celebration shows young-old divide
In the village of Taanayel, tucked into the Bekaa’s forests and vineyards, lunch tables topped with vibrant-colored tablecloths punctuated Lebanon’s annual Arak Festival.
S.Africans tap into trend for ‘superfood’ baobab
From before dawn, 54-year-old grandmother Annah Muvhali weaves between baobab trees that loom over her rural South African home, collecting fruit that enthusiasts...
Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich with beer, sausages
Thousands of visitors, many of them dressed in traditional lederhosen or dirndl corseted dresses, descended on Munich Saturday for the start of the annual Oktoberfest,...
Milan’s fashion flies high with airport show
Milan designers were letting go of streetwear and turning back to the basics of elegant design on the second day of Milan Fashion Week.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories.
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship and international influences.
Beirut Design Fair extends its borders
The Beirut Design Fair, back this month for its second edition, will again showcase the designs, products and innovations of local and international talents at the...
Three prominent U.S. scientists have been pushed to resign over the past 10 days after damning revelations about their methods, a sign of greater vigilance and decreasing tolerance for misconduct within the research community.
Hong Kong launches new China rail link
A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multibillion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city’s territory...
Ivory Coast town looks to solar vehicles to replace bush taxis
Hi-tech, cheap – and quiet. The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville, just outside the city of Abidjan, is betting on solar-powered three-wheelers as it looks to replace...
Facebook rolls out new dating service in Colombia Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia
Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia. The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab...
NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets
NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.
Far from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains.
Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China - despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.
Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house.
Drivers see red over Oslo’s green ‘Berlin Wall against motorists’
Determined to go green, Oslo is slowly but surely ridding its city center of motorists, angering some who say the “war on cars” is putting the brakes on individual...
In Greenland, a glacier's collapse shows climate impact
Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, I tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the...
Massive boom aims to halve Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years
Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s...