A party that hangs a skull-and-crossbones flag at its HQ, and promises to clean up corruption, grant asylum to Edward Snowden and accept the bitcoin virtual currency, could be on course to form the next Icelandic government.
Political limbo, separatism: perfect Spain storm
Spain is going through one of the worst political storms in its modern history: It has no fully functioning government, the region of Catalonia is threatening to...
Sept. 11 bill underscores U.S. double standards
A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the Saudi government has prompted reactions of outrage and ridicule among some in the Arab...
Bombing in Syria stirs little debate in Russia
Veteran Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis was among 300 people who showed up to a protest in Moscow against the start of the Kremlin’s Syria bombing campaign....
Govt to cover breast cancer reconstructions
Lebanese women without private insurance who are treated at government-contracted hospitals will no longer pay for breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomy...
Denmark gets Panama Papers data
Denmark has received data leaked from a Panamanian law firm that helped customers open offshore companies to avoid paying taxes, authorities said Thursday, adding they...
India hits Pakistan-based militants
Indian officials said elite troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir Thursday and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major...
Bosnian politician wages fight against prejudice
Politicians across Europe are calling for a ban on the Islamic veil but Bosnian Muslim Indira Sinanovic is defying the trend as well as widespread prejudice in her own...
A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the Saudi government has prompted reactions of outrage and ridicule among some in the Arab world.
Syria onslaught drives rebels closer to militants
A Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo is pushing nationalist rebels to work more closely with militants, further complicating a Western policy built around supporting...
State of emergency extension beneficial: Erdogan
Turkey would benefit from another three months of a state of emergency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, striking a defiant tone against those who have...
Amnesty accuses Sudan of using chemical weapons
Sudan’s government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January using what two chemical experts concluded...
Lebanese women without private insurance who are treated at government-contracted hospitals will no longer pay for breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomy operations, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Thursday, as these costs will be covered by the government.
Three Tyre doctors suspended over patient’s death
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has suspended three doctors for committing medical errors and legal infringements that led to the death of a female patient, according to...
Judge charges 5 over terror links
Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan Thursday issued four indictments, charging five Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinian nationals with alleged links to militant...
Army targets militants along northeastern border
The Lebanese Army targeted extremists along the country’s northeastern border for the second day in a row Thursday, state media reported.
Body found in Mt. Lebanon was strangled, police say
The Internal Security Forces Thursday said a man found dead earlier this month in Mount Lebanon had died of strangulation.
The Economic Committees Thursday suggested again that it may close all businesses if the government failed to end the political deadlock and revitalize the economy.
Lebanon plummets in health, ed ranking
Lebanon saw a remarkable decline from 30th place to 52nd in terms of health and primary education in the Global Competitiveness Report 2016, according to the Bader...
Saudi stocks rise on oil output cut
Saudi stocks climbed from the lowest level in eight months after an OPEC deal to cut oil output helped investors look past concerns over possible legal action against...
Turkey suffers 38 pct visitor drop
The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted nearly 38 percent in August, with tourism battered by the July failed coup and security concerns after attacks,...
The biggest winners, losers from oil deal
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ agreement to cut production ends two years of Saudi Arabia’s pump-at-will policies, which had sunk oil prices to the...
Jordan potential market for Lebanese apples
Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb said Tuesday that Lebanese apple farmers may be able to export their produce to Jordan by the end of October.
Lebanon moves to regulate apple, potato imports
Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced Monday a decision that would block companies from importing certain produce without prior approval, in an apparent...
Banks in dilemma over excess cash
Banks are reporting a huge excess in cash in Lebanese pounds resulting from a swap operation engineered by the Central Bank earlier this year.
Saudi stocks climbed from the lowest level in eight months after an OPEC deal to cut oil output helped investors look past concerns over possible legal action against the kingdom for alleged ties to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Yemen central bank governor inherits broke lender
Yemen’s newly appointed central bank governor said Thursday he had inherited a bank with no money, a dysfunctional monetary cycle and no working database but salaries...
Dubai new spectacles hide goals for developers
On the surface, Dubai is plowing ahead with the kind of ambitious, eye-catching projects that turned the sheikhdom into the Gulf’s business hub and playground.
Iraqi minister’s downfall may hurt bailout plans
Last week’s dismissal of Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, the latest convulsion in Baghdad’s increasingly unstable politics, risks delaying billions of dollars in...
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ agreement to cut production ends two years of Saudi Arabia’s pump-at-will policies, which had sunk oil prices to the joy of drivers in the Western world and the consternation of central bankers seeking to stave off deflation.
Is US economy overheating or stuck in a rut?
Investors may be expecting a U.S. interest rate increase in December, but Federal Reserve policymakers remain divided over whether the economy is mired in a rut, strong...
Oil climbs to one-month high after OPEC agreement
Oil rose to a one-month high after OPEC agreed to reduce production for the first time in eight years, surprising traders who had expected members to maintain output.
Russia hails 'very positive' OPEC oil cut decision: minister
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak Thursday said OPEC's surprise decision to cut oil output was very positive although he said he hoped Russia's own production...
US oil industry skeptical over OPEC deal
U.S. oil industry analysts were hopeful but still skeptical Thursday that OPEC would be able to boost oil prices with an agreement to limit output.
Journalists in Lebanon have not only contributed to the press in this part of the world, they were in fact the founders and publishers of media outlets nearly 150 year ago.
A statesman despite all
Nobody doubts that Lebanon sits upon a precipice, suffering from a severe political dilemma resulting in the total paralysis of the country’s tools of governance.
Is the Trump balloon starting to deflate?
After its questionable debate performance, it seems that Mr. Trump’s carefully constructed political persona may be starting to deflate.
The perils of debt complacency
“What a government spends the public pays for.
Hillary Clinton reassured a fearful world
Watching Monday night’s presidential debate from a country that has been bankrupted by populist economic ideas was instructive: Argentina’s experience shows that good...
With an audience of 100 million people worldwide and the globe’s very future at stake, it is unsurprising that preparations for the U.S. presidential debate Monday...
The relentless and brutal bombing campaign that the city of Aleppo is currently subjected to could not be possible without the Syrian regime’s Russian partner.
Write at your own peril
Writers, thinkers and of course journalists remain the helots of our region and the adage that the pen is mightier than the sword has yet to reach our shores, while...
Syria: The cost of taking Russia at its word
The all-out assault on Aleppo by Russian and Assad regime aircraft, targeting as it does aid convoys, hospitals, homes, market places and mosques, seems to have mildly...
Regional conflict, gender, climate change
Gender equality, or the lack of it, is not a stand-alone issue.
Apple, Brussels and Ireland’s bruised sovereignty
Despite their unequivocal Europeanism, the Irish have been serially mistreated by the European Union.
Watching Monday night’s presidential debate from a country that has been bankrupted by populist economic ideas was instructive: Argentina’s experience shows that good countries can make very bad political decisions that have lasting costs.
The center can still hold
It was the annual gathering of world leaders in New York last week, and for most of them, it was time for group therapy.
NKorean threat may be next president’s first test
North Korea’s latest nuclear test triggered diplomatic aftershocks in Asia – and a growing concern that the volatile regime in Pyongyang may pose the first big test for...
Why Trump’s dealmaking could be dangerous
Consider two quotations, the first engraved in modern history and the other less than a week old, and ask yourself what they have in common.
Trump’s performance at foreign policy forum
Donald Trump is shifting to “responsible candidate” mode now, so his remarks on foreign policy last week sounded relatively restrained – until you begin parsing the...
Bayern Munich’s perfect start to the season under coach Carlo Ancelotti came to an end as Jannick Carrasco’s first-half goal gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 home victory in their Champions League Group D game Wednesday.
England should wait for Wenger: former FA chief
Arsene Wenger would be an ideal England coach and the Football Association should be prepared to wait until his Arsenal contract runs out in order to appoint the...
Djokovic pulls out of China Open for elbow injury
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic has been forced to pull out of next week’s China Open because of an elbow injury, according to a statement on his website.
No.1 Kerber falls to Kvitova at Wuhan Open
Angelique Kerber lost for the first time since becoming the No. 1-ranked player, losing to Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Wuhan Open Wednesday.
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Allardyce says error of judgment led to exit
An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognizing that an error of...
Mourinho ready to leave Rooney out again
Jose Mourinho may leave Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United’s starting side for the second match in a row when they face Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in the Europa...
Guardiola bemoans slow start but praises City fight back
Manager Pep Guardiola tempered his delight at Manchester City's ability to fight back three times in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Celtic in the Champions League...
Halep books place in WTA Finals at Wuhan
World number five Simona Halep downed Madison Keys in the quarter finals of the Wuhan Open Thursday to book her place in the elite season-end WTA Final for the third...
Kerber survives scare in first match as No. 1
Angelique Kerber survived a scare in her first match as world No. 1 before beating Kristina Mladenovic in three sets at the Wuhan Open Tuesday.
Halep knocked dizzy at Wuhan Open
Simona Halep reached the Wuhan Open quarter-finals Wednesday despite being knocked dizzy and forced to retire from a doubles match a day earlier
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans who have backed him since 1995
Kaepernick, 49ers teammate kneel during national anthem
While a naval officer sang the first notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin...
Tiger Woods has endured two tough runner-up finishes in majors at Hazeltine, but he could be reduced even further, to sandwich delivery man, at the Ryder Cup here this week.
U.S. out to snap Europe streak in Ryder Cup
A revamped American squad that U.S. captain Davis Love called the best-ever assembled faces a Europe team that has dominated them for two decades when the 41st Ryder...
Facts and figures for the 41st edition Ryder Cup
Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup.
U.S. learns from past Ryder stumbles
A U.S. Ryder Cup team more relaxed and better prepared than past losing versions takes a confident attitude into this week’s showdown against holders Europe, which...
Olympic gold, father’s memory inspire Rose
Justin Rose will draw inspiration from his late father Ken’s memory as well as his Rio Olympic gold medal when the Ryder Cup tees off Friday at Hazeltine.
Rainy weather may be the only thing that can stop Mercedes from clinching a third straight Formula One constructors’ title at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, as new championship leader Nico Rosberg seeks to capitalize on his current edge over teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Time to take one for the team, says Rosberg
World championship leader Nico Rosberg wants to cap an "incredible year" for his Mercedes team by helping them clinch the constructors' crown by winning this weekend's...
Hamilton vows to give everything in title fightback
Lewis Hamilton said he will give everything at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix as he looks to bounce back in the Formula One championship after losing his lead to a...
Marquez extends lead with Aragon GP win
Marc Marquez extended his lead in the MotoGP world championship as he beat out title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to claim victory at the Aragon Grand Prix...
Marquez seeks to hold off rivals in Aragon
MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez is hoping home comforts can steer him closer to sealing a third world title when a wide-open season returns to Spain at...
The question of “Where do babies come from?”
Art installation a call for help on plastic waste
Five million brightly colored plastic bottle tops have been laid out on a Mediterranean island, spelling the word “HELP” in an art installation that aims to draw...
Hoffman and Dench, Emmy nominees
Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench have received International Emmy nominations for their roles in the BBC One TV movie “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.”
A brief history of traumatizing celebrity divorce
As long as there’s been a Hollywood, there’s been scandalous Hollywood divorce.
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
Miss Peregrine’s Home’s weird heroes
Fall has officially just started, but there’s one more superhero flick just before all the summer heat vanishes completely. If you want muscled torsos and capes, you’ll...
Riveting Deepwater Horizon captivates throughout
We all know how “Deepwater Horizon” ends.
Springsteen reveals father’s ghost in memoir
When Bruce Springsteen’s first marriage fell apart, the rock legend – a multimillionaire about to turn 40 – received a surprise offer.
Unfazed Corey Feldman planning return to ‘Today’
After being widely ridiculed for a music performance on the “Today” show, Corey Feldman didn’t seek solace from drugs or alcohol.
FBI says it’s evaluating Pitt abuse allegations
The FBI is gathering information about an incident involving actor Brad Pitt and his family aboard a private flight last week, the agency confirmed Thursday.
Madame Tussauds separates figures of Pitt, Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split is a literal one at several Madame Tussauds wax museums.
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go electric.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Brown released from jail on $250,000 bail
Los Angeles police have released singer Chris Brown from custody after arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.
A producer says "we all respect his privacy" as Brad Pitt skipped his first public appearance after last week's split with Angelina Jolie Pitt
Actor Tom Hanks photobombs Central Park wedding shoot
A bride and groom got a surprise celebrity attendee at their wedding photo shoot when Hollywood star Tom Hanks stopped by as they were having their photos taken at New...
UK police arrest man in hacking of Pippa Middleton's phone
London police say they have arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and...
UK soap sacks Pakistan-born actor for offensive India tweets
A Pakistan-born actor has been sacked from Britain's most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called Sunday "entirely unacceptable, racially...
Buckwheat Zydeco, who took genre mainstream, dead at 68
Buckwheat Zydeco, the accordion player who found an unexpected mainstream audience with the danceable genre of Louisiana's Creole community, died Saturday. He was 68.
New designer debut from powerhouses Lanvin – and pop star Rihanna’s first Paris catwalk show for Fenty Puma – marked the start of spring/summer 2017 shows in the City of Light.
Saint Laurent designer makes debut
A huge crane in the colors of the French flag hoisted up a giant neon YSL logo above a construction site in the French capital, literally setting expectations high for...
Rosetta: Comet mission with an Egyptian flavor
When Europe’s comet chaser was launched in 2004, it boasted the name of the famous Rosetta stone, which had helped decipher hieroglyphics, the mysterious written...
Scientists fix fractures with 3-D-printed bone
Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3-D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future...
MBC to launch Project Runway Middle East
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...
Youth has final word as Milan wraps up
Milan Fashion Week made way for young talent on the last day of preview shows for next spring and summer Monday.
Generations of glamour toast Bottega Veneta
Hollywood icon Lauren Hutton joined Gigi Hadid on the catwalk as the world of glamour united across the generations to celebrate 50 years of venerated Italian fashion...
African elephants suffer worst drop in 25 years
Africa’s elephant population fell around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said...
When Europe’s comet chaser was launched in 2004, it boasted the name of the famous Rosetta stone, which had helped decipher hieroglyphics, the mysterious written language of the ancient Egyptians.
Elon Musk outlines Mars colonization plan
On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, “Battlestar...
BlackBerry to outsource handsets, will halt production
BlackBerry, the Canadian firm that helped pioneer the smartphone market, said Wednesday it will stop making handsets, outsourcing production to an Indonesian partner.
Elon Musk envisions 'fun' but dangerous trips to Mars
SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled Tuesday ambitious plans to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft, possibly costing as low as...
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.
Aivazian opens first Middle East exhibition
Third cancer charity fundraising Bazaar
September brings with it the end of summer and that back-to-school feeling. It also brings Beirut back to life with interesting events on the horizon, a highlight being...
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
Japan choosing 88 animation travel spots to boost tourism
Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism – using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly...
Arabs flee Gulf heat for Alps, despite veil ban
While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis,” a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in...
Paris comes to Asia's casino hub Macau with new Sands resort
The southern Chinese casino gambling powerhouse of Macau is getting a French twist.
British tea booming in China
Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter.
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
Hyundai’s Grand i10: The subcompact that could
As it turns out, being in your 40s means you carry a lot of misconceptions with you that extend to cars.
Toyota Camry 2016, sensible and practical choice
I suppose it was inevitable that at some point I would cover the sort of car that seems to appeal to the vast majority of commuters.
Uber launches groundbreaking driverless car service
Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service Wednesday, jumping ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionize...
The Zika virus causing an epidemic in Brazil and spreading through the Americas can infect and alter cells in the human nervous system that are crucial for formation of bones and cartilage in the skull, a study found Thursday.
WHO: Air pollution affects 92 percent of people
More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World...
World's first baby born from 3-parent technique: report
The world's first baby has been born thanks to a controversial new technique employed by U.S. scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, said a report...
Americas region is world's first to be free of measles
Measles has been eradicated from the Americas due to decades of vaccination efforts, making it the first region of the world to rid itself of the disease, global health...
WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World...