The Iraqi man carried away a box filled with food from the Assyrian Church, his passport clutched in his other hand.
Wisdom amid adversity? NATO comes to Wales
With a formidable to-do list for the world’s leaders, the 2014 NATO Summit takes place in Wales on Sept. 4-5. This will be the largest ever gathering of international...
Iran says it spoiled nuclear sabotage plots
Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the...
Hadi to replace govt after rebel pressure
Yemen’s president is to name a new prime minister and cut a disputed fuel price hike as he bids to head off escalating tension with Shiite rebels, an official said...
Record support for Scottish independence
A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote...
Berri postpones presidential election to Sept. 23
Lebanese lawmakers fail to elect a new president for an eleventh time, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the voting session to Sept. 23.
New UNIFIL commander hails Army role in south
The Lebanese Army remains well-regarded for its capabilities in protecting the border, the new U.N. peacekeepers’ commander said Tuesday after talks with Speaker Nabih...
Contract teachers protest over delayed wages
Dozens of public school contract teachers hold a protest in Riad al-Solh Square near Parliament, demanding civil service exams be restricted to current teachers and...
Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear department told the Associated Press.
End of Gaza War doesn’t translate into peace
A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and...
Al-Shabab’s reclusive supremo: Ahmad Abdi Godane
The leader of Somalia’s Al-Shabab rebels Ahmad Abdi Godane, reportedly targeted in a U.S. airstrike, has overseen the Al-Qaeda-linked group’s growth from local...
U.S. airstrike in Somalia targets Al-Shabab leader
Al-Shabab’s top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali extremist group said Tuesday.
A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede.
Four UN troops killed in Mali explosion: military
Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed Tuesday when their truck was blown up in Mali, security sources told AFP, casting a shadow over the restart of peace talks...
World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola: MSF
International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres says the world is "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in...
More than 30 teens escape from US detention center
Thirty-two teens escape from a youth detention center in Nashville by crawling through a weak spot in a fence, and more than half of them are still on the run.
Abdullah takes Afghan election to brink of collapse
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is locked in last-chance talks with the United Nations as a deal to resolve the country's damaging election dispute...
For Fouad Bawarshi, Deputy CEO at Gezairi Transport, the secret to a successful shipping business is market diversification.
Retail activity picks up: index
Retail activity picked up in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the year’s first quarter, the Beirut Traders Association-BankMed Investment Index showed.
Dollar/euro rate to affect Turkish economy
As Europe’s economic recovery stutters and the U.S. shows strong signs of progress, experts are estimating that a euro/dollar ratio – how many U.S. dollars are needed...
Saudi stocks richly valued but still attractive
Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the United Arab Emirates has bottomed out...
Dollar jumps after U.S. data; bond prices slump
The dollar jumped to its highest this year against the yen Tuesday, lifted by strong U.S. economic data, while the euro slipped to a one-year low on speculation the...
Civil servants to face corruption charges
The Finance Ministry has referred two employees to the state prosecution’s office on charges of corruption, according to a statement released Tuesday.
Occupation dries up EDL revenues
The occupation of Electricite du Liban’s (EDL) headquarters is expected to have a dire effect on the revenues of the company next month, a senior manager of the...
Audi to raise capital by issuing common shares
Bank Audi announced over the weekend that it is raising its capital by LL64.95 billion ($43.1 million) to LL525.77 billion ($348.8 million), through the issuance of...
As Europe’s economic recovery stutters and the U.S. shows strong signs of progress, experts are estimating that a euro/dollar ratio – how many U.S. dollars are needed to purchase one euro – could hit Turkey’s economic performance.
UAE to help Egypt with $8.7B petroleum products
The United Arab Emirates will provide Egypt with petroleum products worth $8.7 billion over a year starting in September, an Egyptian official told Reuters on Sunday.
Egypt minister downplays effects of Ethiopia dam
Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazi downplayed Friday the negative effects on Egypt’s water supply of the ongoing construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam,...
Turkish lira eases on Cabinet uncertainty
Turkey’s lira slipped on Friday amid uncertainty over who would have the upper hand on economic policy in a new Cabinet after a deputy prime minister’s job was handed...
The dollar jumped to its highest this year against the yen Tuesday, lifted by strong U.S. economic data, while the euro slipped to a one-year low on speculation the European Central Bank will move toward looser monetary policy later this week.
EU moves to help Ukraine with Slovak gas link
Slovakia opened a pipeline Tuesday able to deliver natural gas from the European Union to Ukraine, marking a major step in the bloc’s efforts to aid the country in its...
Rekindling EU’s debt market will take years
Reviving Europe’s repackaged debt market to fund economic recovery will take years and hinge on a reinvention of the sector rather than quick regulatory tweaks, bankers...
Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany
A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.
Europe drafts emergency energy plan
The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters,...
The March 14 coalition put forward an initiative Tuesday to solve the impasse over electing a new Lebanese president, after the failure of the latest bid to hold a vote in Parliament.
The usual bout of Western finger-wagging has begun after Israel’s decision to undertake its “biggest” land grab in 30 years, as some activists and monitors are calling...
Abbas should exploit Palestinian unity more
Credible press reports and recent hints by Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas indicate that Abbas will soon unveil a diplomatic initiative aimed at achieving...
The Saudis will be vital in fighting ISIS
With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought.
Roumieh has become a radicalism factory
The Lebanese judiciary has announced that it intends to speed up of the trials of Islamist prisoners. This represents a last-ditch effort to defuse the hostage crisis...
Unify and conquer
A small demonstration in Beirut against Al-Qaeda has triggered a commotion because the flags of ISIS and the Nusra Front, which feature a phrase that is the cornerstone...
Syria’s hunting season
The U.N. refugee agency Friday updated the world on refugee numbers from war-torn Syria, where half the population has either fled abroad or is internally displaced.
Confront with a coalition
U.S. President Barack Obama will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to discuss the threat posed by ISIS, and the irony will be in high gear.
Credible press reports and recent hints by Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas indicate that Abbas will soon unveil a diplomatic initiative aimed at achieving Palestinian statehood and the end of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. As is usually the case with this kind of political development by the Palestinian leadership, it includes very sensible and very foolish elements, diminishing its chances of success.
A political coming of age in the Gulf
The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the...
With vacation over, Obama must fix what’s wrong
It’s “back to school” week for President Barack Obama, after what a CNN analyst called “the vacation from Hell.”
What Christians mean to Walid Jumblatt
Walid Jumblatt has faced a wave of criticism in recent days over his comments on the presidential election.
The Lebanese judiciary has announced that it intends to speed up of the trials of Islamist prisoners. This represents a last-ditch effort to defuse the hostage crisis in Arsal.
Putin may be accelerating his own demise
Vladimir Putin may (or may not) enjoy 80 percent public support in Russia for his Ukraine policy; but it has become increasingly clear that he has bitten off more than...
Egypt’s judiciary toes the Sisi line
When Egyptian courts sentenced over 1,000 defendants to death in the spring of 2014, and when former President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted of human rights violations...
Difficult times for Iraq’s minorities
In Nineveh Province, in northern Iraq, an extinction event unfolds.
Iran’s human rights record remains poor
When Hassan Rouhani was campaigning for president in spring 2013, he chose a key as the overarching symbol of his electoral platform and vision for a new Iran.
Just 50 days after winning the World Cup for the fourth time, the German national team assembled in Duesseldorf Monday for Wednesday’s repeat of the final against Argentina.
PL the biggest winner as talent pours in
For Manchester United, the answer to a slump in form or a crisis of confidence comes in 50 pound notes. Millions of them.
Serena Williams, Djokovic into U.S. Open quarters
Serena Williams gave a premature victory leap in her fourth-round match and later allowed herself a self-deprecating celebration after beating Kaia Kanepi to reach the...
Wozniacki knocks Sharapova out of U.S. Open
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki sends Maria Sharapova packing at the U.S. Open Sunday, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over the five-time Grand Slam...
Marquez’s 11th win of season at Silverstone
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez returned to his winning ways Sunday, with a thrilling 11th victory of the season, in a British Grand Prix battle with fellow Spaniard...
Barca beaming, Real bickering over transfers
Barcelona congratulated themselves Tuesday for a job well done in the transfer window, while rivals Real Madrid were dealing with the fallout from Cristiano Ronaldo’s...
Midfielder Schweinsteiger named Germany captain
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was named captain of the national team Tuesday, succeeding Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm, who retired from...
Falcao’s United move ends Europe transfer boom
Manchester United swooped Monday to make striker Radamel Falcao the biggest signing on the last day of Europe’s record-breaking summer transfer window.
Serena Williams gave a premature victory leap in her fourth-round match and later allowed herself a self-deprecating celebration after beating Kaia Kanepi to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals Monday.
Serena conquers wind and compatriot to progress
World No. 1 Serena Williams conquered the wind and another American challenger to take her place in the third round of the U.S. Open Thursday.
China’s Peng sends Radwanska to early exit
Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai supplied a shocking start to the second round of the U.S. Open by upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 on...
Murray and Williams victorious in U.S. Open
Some busy bees made life difficult for two grizzly veterans, and a pair of favorites were forced to work extra hard on the steamy opening day at the U.S. Open tennis...
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez returned to his winning ways Sunday, with a thrilling 11th victory of the season, in a British Grand Prix battle with fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.
Rosberg apologizes, disciplined for crash
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologized for colliding with teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes...
Rosberg: My version of events is different
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand...
Hamilton wonders whether he can trust Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the track, after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, but has ruled...
Ricciardo wins at Spa after title rivals collide
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton provided the drama of the day by...
Lebanese basketball clubs are fuming after the federation’s decision to deny their request to field three foreigners simultaneously next season, and instead limit the number to two.
Spain, Greece advance; Senegal stun Croatia
Hosts Spain passed their first real test at the basketball World Cup with flying colors Monday, when they beat Brazil 82-63, to book a last-16 berth alongside a Greek...
Sluggish U.S. recover to down battling Turkey
A sluggish United States needed a strong final quarter to overpower Turkey 98-77 in the basketball World Cup and European champions France celebrated a dramatic 74-73...
U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown
A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain Saturday.
Latest Riyadi recruit Ghafari targets titles
Reigning champions Riyadi have begun preparations for their title defense in the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League with the addition of U.S. college...
Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe’s wildcard picks for this month’s Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul McGinley Tuesday.
Bolt could have been cricketer if not for dad
Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said Tuesday he wanted to play cricket for Jamaica as a youngster but his father convinced him to take up track and field instead.
Bolt ends season, will not run in Zurich
World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100-meter in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League...
Phelps back a winner in international comeback
It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world’s most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting...
Phelps confident of getting back to his best
Michael Phelps’ comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing.
The lead singer of local rock band Mother Mantra paused between songs with an unusual request Saturday night at the group’s debut concert at the Garten nightclub in Downtown.
Growing red grapes in the red earth of Coonawarra
People who drink wine sometimes forget that it’s an agricultural product, and as such heavily influenced by climate. When we talk of good vintages, we really mean years...
Palau: Sharks off the menu, on the tourist trail
In many places swimmers might prefer to avoid sharks, but wetsuit-clad tourists in Palau clamor to dive among the predators, thanks to a pioneering conservation...
Kanye enlivens LA’s Made in America fest
A major outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city’s diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music.
Mount Everest on speed
Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world’s highest peak in 42 days: That’s British guide Adrian Ballinger’s ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit...
Virtual souk is marketplace for, well, anything
Frustrated freelancers and service seekers in Lebanon have been united digitally through Feedeed, a new online marketplace.
Oldest known site of salt mining faces extinction
From a distance, squares of salt pools stretch calm and flat across Enfeh’s coast in a patchwork of a blue and white. Yet a closer view reveals signs of neglect and...
‘The audacity of taupe’: Obama suit creates sartorial stir
The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama’s impromptu news conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something...
In many places swimmers might prefer to avoid sharks, but wetsuit-clad tourists in Palau clamor to dive among the predators, thanks to a pioneering conservation initiative that has made sharks one of the country’s main visitor attractions.
Japan porn queens raise thousands from 'Boob Aid'
A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS...
Zara pulls concentration camp uniform T-shirt
Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, pulled from sale Wednesday a striped children’s top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to...
Two new Maya civilization centers found in Mexico
Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire’s early capitals to the south that...
Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world’s highest peak in 42 days: That’s British guide Adrian Ballinger’s ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit Mount Everest.
Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa
Myanmar launches an online visa application promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a...
Pretzel shortage threatened for Oktoberfest
Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty...
Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
There’s no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana’s newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it’ll come mixed with vodka instead of the...
Tour the streets of Paris with those who know them best - the homeless
What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally.
Ministers in Norway – a major and rich oil-producing country – are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales.
Japanese tech firm showcases touchable 3D
Technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery was unveiled Monday in Japan; its developers say users can pull and push objects that are not really there.
Indian start-up launches shoes that show you the way
"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.
Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South...
Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with...
Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday.
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to...
Love thy neighbor, it’s good for the heart: study
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
Singer Carrie Underwood and her pro hockey player husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child, the couple announced on Twitter on Monday.
Jolie's bridal gown adorned with her children's art
Artwork drawn by Angelina Jolie's children was embroidered into her bridal gown and veil, adding a touch of whimsy to her wedding last month to Brad Pitt, celebrity...
FBI investigates naked celebrity photos
The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the...
'Guardians' tops Labor Day, summer box office
The intergalactic misfits of "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the summer's box-office superheroes.
Kanye, Juanes enliven LA's Made in America fest
A new outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city's diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music.
Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of a...
Apparent Hollywood hack attack nabs stars' nude pix
Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media Sunday, in an apparent...
Louis Vuitton trailblazer Carcelle dies aged 66
Yves Carcelle, the man credited with turning Louis Vuitton into the world's biggest luxury brand by revenue, died on Sunday, Louis Vuitton parent LVMH said.
The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photos online.
Gainsbourg reprises Deneuve daughter role in "Three Hearts"
Charlotte Gainsbourg says the most exciting thing about her role in the French romantic comedy "3 Coeurs" (Three Hearts), shown in Venice, was the chance to once again...
Drama of mother starving baby grips Venice fest
A film portraying New York City mother who starves her baby because she thinks he is saint-like and food contains impurities has caused a stir at the Venice Film...
Pittsburgh-based reality show 'The Chair' to debut
Viewers of a new TV reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script.
Burning Man festival draws peak crowd of 66,000
The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert.
Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles
A group of sexy dancers backed Iggy Azalea as Rita Ora joined her on stage.
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
Wiz Khalifa knocks 'Guardians' from atop Billboard's album chart
Rapper Wiz Khalifa knocked the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack from the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, scoring his first No. 1...
Gripped by film festival fever, international investors are hunting for the next groundbreaking stories and rising-star directors.
Villain steals the show in ‘Box Trolls’
In a town called Cheesebridge live the box trolls, creatures which emerge by night and are said to snatch children.
Artists protest Israeli support of Brazil fair
Dozens of artists taking part in Sao Paulo’s 31st Art Biennial have lodged a protest against the event after it received sponsorship from Israel.
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' draft released
An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released - 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.
‘She’s Funny That Way’ charms Venice
Master of screwball comedy Peter Bogdanovich charmed audiences at the Venice Film Festival Friday with his movie “She’s Funny That Way,” a delicious romantic farce with...