The Internal Security Forces announced Friday the arrest of a man in the western Bekaa Valley for allegedly being part of a human trafficking ring.
Presidency should be resolved internally: Ibrahim
The presidency issue should only be resolved internally, General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said in his monthly column published Friday.
German university closes prayer room after segregation row
A German university has announced that it is closing its interfaith prayer room after Muslim students tried to make women wear veils and use a segregated area.
Satellite images show arrival of fuel trucks at North Korea launch site: think tank
Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity that has been seen in the past one to two weeks before a...
Kerry says in talks on Syria ceasefire, will know in days if possible
Talks are now under way about a ceasefire and humanitarian access for civilians in the five-year-old Syrian civil war and it will be clear within days whether that is...
Lebanese judge requests death for soldier killer
A Lebanese Judge Friday demanded the death penalty for a Syrian militant over the 2014 murder of a Lebanese soldier a month on the outskirts of the northeastern border...
Ex-president's bloc urges rivals to elect head of state
Former President Michel Sleiman's political bloc Friday urged rivals to head to Parliament on Feb. 8 to elect a new head of state.
Rifi wants probe into family links at military court
Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi Friday tasked the general prosecution with inspecting a media report saying that two members of the Military Tribunal’s panel which decided...
UK cannot have 'Europe a la carte:' EU parliament leader
Britain faces opposition from European partners over plans to reform the EU ahead of an in/out referendum on membership,and should not expect "Europe a la carte," the...
Dutch PM to meet Davutoglu on migrant crisis
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu next week seeking to firm up plans to tackle Europe's worst migration crisis since...
Top Colombian far-right warlord freed
A patriarch of the drug-trafficking far-right paramilitary bands that killed thousands in Colombia has been released from prison after serving less than 10 years
Talks are now under way about a ceasefire and humanitarian access for civilians in the five-year-old Syrian civil war and it will be clear within days whether that is possible, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.
Russia says it will offer new ideas to restart Syria talks
Russia's U.N. ambassador says Moscow plans to present new ideas on how to restart Syria peace talks, including a cease-fire, during a meeting of key countries in Munich...
Canada lifts Iran sanctions
Ottawa announced Friday the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran, which will allow Canadian firms access to Iran after a deal on its nuclear program recently...
Moscow rejects blame for Syria talks breakdown
Russia Friday curtly rejected Western accusations that it had sabotaged Syria peace talks in Geneva by militarily backing the Damascus regime's offensive in Aleppo
White House welcomes Saudi announcement on fighting ISIS
The White House said Friday it welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement that it was prepared to ramp up its commitment to fighting ISIS in Syria
Retail and personal loans in Lebanon valued over $17 billion at the end of 2015, up 3.25 percent from a year earlier, a leading banker said Thursday.
Consumer confidence in Lebanon dropping
Only 2.5 percent of surveyed Lebanese feel that consumer confidence picked up in the second half of 2015, the lowest rate since the same Byblos Bank and American...
Qatar Airways open to high-potential deals
Qatar Airways said it’s open to taking stakes in airlines that require investment to realize their full potential.
Egypt sees World Bank funds arriving soon
Egypt expects to receive a $1 billion World Bank loan approved in December once outstanding paperwork is finalized and is negotiating to secure more aid from Saudi...
LinkedIn falls hard on weak forecast
LinkedIn shares plunged more than 40 percent on Friday after a weak outlook from the career-focused social network fueled fears of a slowdown.
Lebanon’s business conditions worsen, just: PMI
Business conditions worsened yet again in January, but the rate of deterioration slowed, according to the monthly BLOM Purchasing Managers’ Index, released Wednesday by...
2016 likely to see slow economic growth: Salameh
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Tuesday that Lebanon’s economic growth in 2016 will most likely be similar to 2015 – estimated between 0 and 1 percent.
Lebanon, Iran explore economic cooperation: Hakim
Cooperation between Lebanon and Iran in various economic and business sectors will witness a remarkable increase in the near future, said Economy Minister Alain Hakim...
Saudi Arabia: oil slump won’t dent airport plans
Saudi Arabia said that it will press on with the modernization of its major airports as a prelude to selling them off, even as the slump in the price of oil slows...
European banks hesitate on Iran, wary of U.S.
Western companies have been rushing into Iran for a part of post-sanctions business action, but European banks, still reeling from punitive U.S. fines over links to the...
Syria’s textile industry torn by war
At a stall in a Beirut exhibition hall, Syrian businesswoman Reem Abu Dahab displays her workshop’s lacy pink and white nightgowns, hoping to attract increasingly...
Toshiba closes at more than 36-year low as Tokyo shares fall
Toshiba shares dived to a more than 36-year low Friday after the scandal-hit firm widened its annual loss forecast to a whopping $6.0 billion, while a strong yen...
Credit Suisse to cut 4,000 job amid big 4Q loss
Credit Suisse is cutting roughly 4,000 jobs to reduce costs after announcing a massive pretax loss in the fourth quarter that includes “substantial charges which are...
Shell reports 44 pct drop in Q4 earnings
Royal Dutch Shell said fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 44 percent as the collapse in oil prices took its toll on the company.
Protest against Greek pension reform gets violent
Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests in Athens Thursday as Greece was crippled by a general strike against a bailout-related overhaul of the country’s...
With the news that $10 billion has been pledged by nations to ease the spiraling Syrian refugee crisis, countries such as Lebanon have been handed a vital show of support.
A strategy of poison
Before the United Nations-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva kicked off this week, doubts and fears shrouded the initiative.
Xi of Arabia adopts a more active foreign policy
Those who have criticized China’s cautious foreign policy need to reconsider their position, following President Xi Jinping’s just-completed visit to Saudi Arabia and...
Is Obama’s war against Daesh legal?
Last Dec. 6, President Barack Obama spoke to millions of Americans in a nationally televised address on the progress that has been made in the war against Daesh (ISIS)...
A solution in Palestine is key to the region
It was more than a coincidence last week that both the French government and the United Nations secretary-general called for serious and urgent international action to...
Raptors hold off Pistons to stretch record streak to 11 wins
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a...
Our right to know
Lebanese reading the news of battles between Daesh (ISIS) and the Nusra Front in Lebanon’s region of Qalamoun can be forgiven for being confused.
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For years, Iran under the sanctions has been behaving like a persecuted underdog, playing the victim of U.S. policies.
Those who have criticized China’s cautious foreign policy need to reconsider their position, following President Xi Jinping’s just-completed visit to Saudi Arabia and Iran – two major Middle Eastern powers that are currently at each other’s throats.
We are seeing the rise of the ‘Angry Quarter’
Something seems to have gone wrong with politics in the West.
Protests haven’t really ended in Egypt
On the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution, empty streets and the absence of people, protests or even official commemorations have been commentators’ dominant...
Don’t fix global warming by blocking out poverty
Africa is the world’s most “renewable” continent when it comes to energy. In the rich world, renewables account for less than a 10th of total energy supplies.
It was more than a coincidence last week that both the French government and the United Nations secretary-general called for serious and urgent international action to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through a negotiated agreement leading to the creation of a Palestinian state living in peace adjacent to Israel.
Iowa imposes a needed, if disruptive, dialogue
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest...
Can Aoun avoid clashing with Hezbollah?
If there were doubts about Hezbollah’s true intentions with regard to Michel Aoun, they were dispelled last week by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in his speech on the...
Don’t worry yet about U.S. elections
The role of foreign policy issues in the American presidential campaign is both serious and frivolous.
On Egypt, Clinton’s predictions were right
Five years ago, President Barack Obama made a decision that helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Maria Sharapova remained on course for the Rio Olympics as the five-time Grand Slam champion was Friday named in Russia's doubles team for their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands in Moscow this weekend
Federer out for a month with torn meniscus
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer underwent “successful” surgery on his knee Wednesday and will be ruled out of action for one month, his agent said.
African federation backs Sheik Salman for FIFA presidency
Bahrain's Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa received a major boost in his bid to become the next FIFA president when he received an endorsement from the...
Kurdish conflict in Turkey spills into sport as club, player punished
Conflict between security forces and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey has spilled into sport, with soccer authorities punishing the region's Amedspor club and...
Byblos, Louaize grab rare wins
Byblos maintained their recent revival and grabbed their second successive win against Champville 87-81 Thursday in round eight of the Lebanese basketball league.
Federer out for month after knee surgery
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer underwent "successful" surgery on his knee Wednesday and will be ruled out of action for one month, his agent said.
French Open in Djokovic’s path to greatness
He is the tennis version of the Terminator and he’ll definitely be back at the French Open in May, but for Novak Djokovic his exploits at the clay court major could...
Kerber plunges into unknown full of confidence
Angelique Kerber leapt into murky surroundings Sunday, just hours after she became the first German since 1999 to win a Grand Slam tennis title by defeating world No. 1...
Bahrain's Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa received a major boost in his bid to become the next FIFA president when he received an endorsement from the Confederation of African Football Friday
Sagna looks ahead to 'turning point' in Man City's season
Manchester City's top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Leicester City Saturday and the game against third-placed Tottenham Hotspur the next weekend could be a...
PSG equipped to reach Champions League final, says Di Maria
Paris St Germain have what it takes to reach the Champions League final this season after three consecutive quarter-final exits, Argentine winner Angel Di Maria said...
China's Jiangsu Suning sign Teixeira for 50m euro
China's Jiangsu Suning have signed Brazilian Alex Teixeira for 50 million euro ($56 million), the club said Friday, a new national record that pushed current Chinese...
Curry nets 51 as Warriors beat Wizards 134-121
Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121...
Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors past Trail Blazers
Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 59 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-103 at the Moda Center Thursday
Brewer lights touchpaper to fire Rockets over Suns
Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer had a season-high 24 points and made two three-pointers in the final two minutes to lead his team to a 111-105 victory over the...
Bryant scores 38 as Lakers snap skid
Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 38 points Tuesday to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves that halted the Lakers’ 10-game...
Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els, the two most successful players in the history of the Dubai Desert Classic, made good starts once again, but Sweden’s Alex Noren took the lead after the opening round Thursday.
High security as Stade de France hosts first match since attacks
A massive security operation will be in place Saturday when France take on Italy in a rugby match at the Stade de France in Paris for the first event since suicide...
New Zealand athletes given warnings on Zika
New Zealand's Olympic athletes and officials have been warned of the risk associated with the Zika virus Friday, including the possibility that it could be sexually...
Super Bowl 50 pits land of pot against tobacco
Carolina has tobacco and NASCAR while Denver has legal marijuana and the Rocky Mountains, but come Sunday only one will also be called home of the Super Bowl 50...
Quarterbacks vie for marketing crown
Super Bowl 50 is primed for a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation to the next with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ready to hand off the mantle...
Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch Wednesday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor.
News about Schumacher 'not good:' Montezemolo
The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said Thursday
Maldonado loses Formula One drive at Renault
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado announced Monday he had lost his Formula One drive, with the seat at Renault-owned Lotus now looking certain to be taken by Denmark's Kevin...
Lorenzo kicks off MotoGP 2016 test season on top
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding a Yamaha was fastest on day one as the 2016 test season got off to a blistering start at Malaysia's Sepang circuit...
Marussia name disappears from Formula One
The Marussia name will disappear from Formula One this season after the team owners were granted a request to change it to Manor Racing Tuesday
Warren Duncan has something in common with Madonna, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.
Vatican disputes film claim; pontiff is no actor
The Vatican is disputing a U.S. film studio’s claim that the pope is making his motion picture debut, saying no scenes were shot for the venture and that the head of...
Springsteen showcases new way of serving fans
Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia.
Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song
Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called "White Privilege II" - rapping about a white person's position in society with black people fighting...
The Assassin leads nominees at Asian awards
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s cinematic kung fu masterpiece “The Assassin” may have missed out on an Oscar nod, but it tops nominees at the Asian Film Awards.
A monetary magician of dirty tricks in Madoff
Don’t look to actor Richard Dreyfuss to defend Bernie Madoff, though he is playing the rapacious investment guru in ABC’s miniseries “Madoff.”
An accidental Hollywood success
Looking at Chris Pine’s career, it’s hard to imagine that he hadn’t always harbored a lifelong passion to be an actor.
Handler shifts gears in Netflix’s Chelsea Does
After turning 40, quitting her late-night talk show, traveling the world and living alone, Chelsea Handler is feeling more thoughtful and more insecure than ever before.
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband, dies near Las Vegas
Rene Angelil was a former singer-turned-manager when he received an audiotape of a 12-year-old singer from her mother.
As Blackstar sales soar, Bowie’s legacy secure
Sales of David Bowie’s last album – released two days before his death from cancer – soared Monday along with downloads of his hits, testimony to the powerful appeal of...
Kanye West signals new album out next month
Rap superstar Kanye West has hinted that his long-awaited next album "Swish" will come out next month.
"Swish February 11 16," West wrote on Twitter late Friday...
Shakespeare staged in Calais’ squalid camp
“This, above all, to thine own self be true.”
Bryson tours UK in The Road To Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson loves Britain.
Body of mystic monk in crystal coffin on the road
The body of one of the most popular Roman Catholic saints, the mystic monk Padre Piobegan, began overland journey in a crystal coffin Wednesday, destined to go on...
A rare pairing of new music, old film
Cinema has long had a compliant collaborator in contemporary music. Film lovers are occasionally reminded of this liaison’s fluidity via the cine-concert – which pair...
Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow, the supermodel Iman, according to his will filed Friday in Manhattan
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit...
Saab in the spotlight at Paris Fashion Week
Mode a Paris’ Haute Couture collections, one of the most prestigious catwalk shows in the world, concluded this week in the French capital.
A brother of Celine Dion dead of cancer, days after her husband died
Days after her husband and manager died of cancer, Canadian singer Celine Dion has lost a brother also to cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday.
US rapper Mos Def arrested at South African airport
The American entertainer commonly known as Mos Def has 14 days to leave South Africa after he was arrested for violating local immigration laws while trying to leave...
Could “Manolos” come to the high street?
Love beyond barriers in ethnically split Cyprus
They met though social media, inspired by their love of music.
NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month
NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said Friday
Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment
Germany: Scientists in Germany have switched on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power
Makeup off the runways
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
You can buy a Czech castle for $13,000
The Libejovice chateau looks like something out of a 19th-century romantic novel: an elegant, mustard-hued Renaissance palace with tall windows and elaborate balcony...
Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy
Running concierges, a minibar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room.
Scientists solve biological brain twister
The deep folds that give the adult human brain its wrinkled walnut appearance were Nature’s solution to fitting a large, powerful processor into a small skull.
Spacewalkers collect experiment, toss flash drive overboard
Two Russians are taking a spacewalk to install fresh experiments outside the International Space Station and gather old ones.
Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey...
Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers as CEO tries to save her own job
Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.
Genes show why bedbugs are tough suckers to kill
Bedbugs, the notorious bloodthirsty critters which tormented the residents of New York City some years ago, have become genetically wired to resist pesticides, experts...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Lebanese CEO leads music revolution
Since its official launch in December 2015, the major music sharing platform Muzeit has expanded its presence in some 155 countries with hundreds of thousands of...
New app offers carpooling for students
Not having your own car can be frustrating, but a new carpooling app that is gaining ground with Lebanon’s students is trying to make that a thing of the past
The Clue Club, a mystery waiting to be unraveled
“This is much better than going out for a drink,” my team agreed after 60 nerve-wracking minutes at the Clue Club, a new live-action escape game which recently opened...
The master of a dying craft
Sixty-four year old Ahmad, who calls himself Abu Mahmoud, sits inside his small shop in Tripoli’s Shaarani neighborhood in north Lebanon.
A geologist said Saturday his team has discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils in the western Indian state of Gujarat that could be millions of years old
India’s ‘cleanest village’ clings to its serenity
In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India’s far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers – but its reputation as Asia’s cleanest village...
As the car industry grows more sophisticated and automobiles increasingly come packed with options that used to astonish us just a few years ago, we as consumers are becoming less and less tolerant of anything that feels remotely old-school.
SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show despite pollution crackdown
India's flagship auto show opened its doors in New Delhi Wednesday with a new batch of diesel-guzzling SUVs on proud display, despite industry uncertainty about a...
India's Tata decides to rename 'Zica' car as virus spreads
India's biggest carmaker Tata Motors said Tuesday it would rename its new Zica hatchback as global alarm grows over an outbreak of the identical-sounding Zika virus
Infiniti Q70 flagship offers enticing alternative
For several decades the executive sedan market has arguably been dominated by European marques, and to some degree American brands.
Nissan Juke: An exercise in unfettered creativity
Of the myriad things that get me frustrated when it comes to Lebanon, the main one happens to be that I can’t simply walk into a store and find the exact item I want,...
Brazilian scientists announced Friday they had found Zika in the saliva and urine of two patients, as U.S. health officials advised more stringent measures for monitoring pregnant women for Zika and preventing sexual transmission of the virus
Brazilian health institute says discovered Zika in saliva, urine
Brazilian government health institute Fiocruz said Friday it had discovered for the first time active Zika virus in saliva and urine samples and would investigate the...
New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras
It’s glitter season in New Orleans.
A cell’s change gives insight on cancer’s origin
Researchers have for the first time witnessed how a single cell can change and give rise to cancer, raising hopes that scientists may discover a way to stop tumors...
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization...