Israel accepts pause in Gaza
Lebanese delegation leaves for Mali
Nasrallah vows support for Gaza
Plumbly stands by Lebanese Army
Lebanon taps roots for tourism growth
For the second day in a row, the Sidon village of Kharayeb Friday remained in a state of shock over the loss of Bilal Dheini, his wife, and their three children – Rayan, Olivia, and Malek – who were 11, 8, and 4 years old respectively.
Probe into Yaacoub death to be expanded
The prosecution in north Lebanon issued a decision Friday to expand their investigation into the death of Roula Yaacoub, who was found beaten and comatose last year...
ISIS grabs oil, gas fields, but challenges remain
As militants from ISIS establish themselves as the dominant force in the fight for oil and gas resources among rebel factions within Syria and Iraq, they are reaping...
In Gaza war, Egypt’s hard line over border
In the Gaza war now in its third week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel.
Ukraine seeks to skirt political crisis
Ukraine sought Friday to avoid a political crisis after the shock resignation of its prime minister, as fighting between the army and rebels close to the Malaysian...
Judge issues warrants for suspected Nusra members
A military investigative judge Friday issued arrest warrants for three Palestinians on suspicion of belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front group and aiming to...
Jbeil launches Resilience Office
Jbeil appoints a resilience officer, after being selected as one of 32 resilient cities set to receive technical support and resources.
Bassil: ISIS, Israel have committed 'war crimes'
Bassil condemns the Israel’s actions in Gaza and ISIS’ against Iraq’s Christians as “war crimes,” saying the government approved the ministry’s request to the ICC to...
As militants from ISIS establish themselves as the dominant force in the fight for oil and gas resources among rebel factions within Syria and Iraq, they are reaping windfall profits – and confronting a series of constraints on their newly gained wealth, experts say.
Protesters mark Jerusalem Day with Gaza rallies
Iranians rallied nationwide Friday in a show of support for Palestinians as archfoe Israel pursued its deadly campaign against the Gaza Strip.
Fresh militia clashes at Libya airport
Fresh clashes broke out Friday between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli airport, the target of 13 days of shelling that have disrupted air links.
Iran detains four journalists
Iran confirmed Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for the Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details...
Ukraine sought Friday to avoid a political crisis after the shock resignation of its prime minister, as fighting between the army and rebels close to the Malaysian airliner crash site claimed over a dozen more lives.
Pakistan drug ‘clinic’ prescribes torture
Hashish addict Noor Rehman has spent three years chained to a concrete slab covered by insects.
Spotlight on multi-billion waste in Afghanistan
Speedboats for a landlocked nation, a soybean planting program in a country that eats wheat, airplanes rusting on the tarmac – there has been a litany of waste from the...
Poroshenko: Government continues after PM quits
The Ukrainian president asks parliament to pass a vote of confidence in the government after the shock resignation of premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Chinese billionaires criticised for giving Harvard $15m
A Chinese billionaire couple have faced a deluge of criticism for donating $15 million to one of the richest and most prestigious universities in the US, with Internet...
Arab and foreign tourists are booking rooms in five star hotels over Eid al-Fitr as Arab Airline companies increase the number of their flights to Lebanon by 25 percent during the period, a number of hotels and travel agencies said Thursday.
New Hezbollah sanctions don’t target Lebanon
A proposed U.S. legislation that broadens financial sanctions on organizations that help channel money to Hezbollah will have no impact on Lebanon’s banking sector,...
Riyadh hastens reform push with open bourse
Saudi Arabia’s decision to open its bourse to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change...
Turkish business backs boycott of Israeli goods
Turkish entrepreneurs are backing a boycott of Israeli goods in response to Israel’s recent military attack on Gaza which killed 815 Palestinians by Friday’s count.
EU reaches initial deal on Russia sanctions
European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details...
Byblos defies tourism downturn and draws crowds
A stroll through the millennia-old port city of Byblos on a weekend night delivers a stark contrast to the scene of empty restaurants and thinly populated tourist sites...
Lebanon sees 90 percent rise in Arab tourism
The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.
Cyprus seeking buyers for FBME
Cyprus was looking for buyers to take over branches of Tanzania-based bank FBME – which faces a U.S. money-laundering probe – after placing the operation under...
Saudi Arabia’s decision to open its bourse to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change yet: higher domestic energy prices.
Saudi opening to FDI to profit Western banks
HSBC Holdings PLC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the banks set to profit after the Riyadh-based Capital Market Authority announced plans this week to open Saudi...
Iran to crack down on illegal foreign workers
Iran urged companies to favor Iranian nationals when hiring and said it would take stricter action against foreigners working illegally as it seeks to lower...
Dubai telcom du expects network sharing deal
Du, the United Arab Emirates’ second biggest telecoms operator, expects to offer Internet-based phone calls and broadband services across the country before the...
European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details remained to be worked out, diplomats said.
Facebook sprints to mega-cap status
In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers.
Bskyb to take over Italian, German pay TV networks
London-based satellite broadcaster Bskyb has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a European pay TV giant, by buying stakes...
In China, Apple’s focus pays off
The mobile industry has long held that Samsung’s broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its...
Facebook shares hit record high
Shares in Facebook Inc. hit a record high Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world’s No. 1 social network trounce analysts’ expectations...
Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip has dominated the headlines for much of the month, focusing attention on the appalling conditions in the densely populated, blockaded territory.
Russia blind to Gaza
In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.
Go to the roots when addressing Gaza
Those watching the terrible situation in Gaza today are focusing on whether or not the parties can agree to a humanitarian cease-fire that would also trigger...
Germany and the NSA are closer than they let on
Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated...
In Hong Kong, freedom will win in the end
On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain’s Royal Yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an...
Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.
Arab world ostriches
The Palestinian issue has long been called the central issue in the Arab world, but the relative lack of popular anger amid the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the...
Eradicating a civilization
The Iraqi city of Mosul has been emptied of its Christian community in only a matter of days, in one of the most alarming developments in recent memory in this region.
Those watching the terrible situation in Gaza today are focusing on whether or not the parties can agree to a humanitarian cease-fire that would also trigger negotiations on more profound issues of disagreement, to try and resolve the underlying conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Until now, Israel is flailing in Gaza
The war in Gaza continues while the outcome remains uncertain.
Why the U.S. merits an absurdity prize
The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd...
The U.S. tightens the screws on Russian energy
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this...
On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain’s Royal Yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an international agreement with the United Kingdom (tabled at the United Nations) known as the Joint Declaration.
Recognize Hamas as a valid interlocutor
Another war in the Middle East, another Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, this time with the implicit support of Egypt’s new authoritarian regime.
Brace for Mideast’s own Thirty Years’ War
It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith.
China’s foreign policy faces acute challenges
The 18th Party Congress in November 2012 produced new leadership for China, but it did not produce much optimism for the future of China’s relationship with its East...
A century after WWI, let cooperation triumph
Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
Stan Wawrinka confirmed Friday that he is fit and ready for the final leg of the ATP season, starting with the Masters 1000 in Canada.
Van Gaal’s recruitment must be spot-on
He wasn’t the Special One. Or the Chosen One. Or even the Specially Chosen one.
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Perez confident 2015 Mexican GP will happen
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India...
A new midfielder – and then Wenger can dream
Arsene Wenger has made a fantastic start to the transfer window. But it would be a shame not to build on the exciting foundations by failing to deliver one of the most...
Pinto quits Costa Rica after sleeping with enemy
Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit World Cup quarterfinalists Costa Rica because they refused to allow him to choose his backroom staff.
Friendly business where profit and sport collide
Neither Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino nor Toronto FC’s Ryan Nelsen seemed particularly enthused about their mid-week friendly but smiled grudgingly while...
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India driver Sergio Perez said Thursday.
Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend, but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s...
Ricciardo happy to show his steel
Daniel Ricciardo may come across as a bit of a softie but behind that smiling exterior there lurks an Aussie hard man up for a fight.
Azerbaijan to host ‘GP of Europe’ in 2016
Azerbaijan’s Formula One debut, originally planned for next year, has been delayed to 2016 with a ‘Grand Prix of Europe’ scheduled for Baku, local organizers said Friday.
F1 asks: Where did all the German fans go?
Where have all the German Formula One fans gone?
The Riyadi Beirut ladies team is loaded with basketball stars, but 21-year-old point guard Rebecca Akl in particular stands out with her incredible abilities and leadership.
‘Linsanity’ not on Lin’s agenda in Lakers life
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate “Linsanity” in his...
Premier clubs demand addition of third foreigner
The premier basketball clubs have demanded the introduction of one more foreigner on court for the upcoming season of the Lebanese league, claiming the financial...
James dethrones Jordan as most popular US athlete
LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States’ most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.
Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now...
Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win
Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer Sunday, following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
McIlroy crowned the prince of the links
They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician’s touch with a golf...
British Open glory for mighty McIlroy
Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake Sunday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and...
Chardonnay is one of the great international grape varieties. Winemakers love it because it is so malleable, in the sense that chardonnay displays its origins – usually referred to as terroir – yet can also be molded to produce profound wines.
Summertime activities can ward off teen boredom
Summertime demands very little from 15-year-old Amir Maktabi: He says his routine consists largely of “sleeping a lot, late nights, waking up late and going out.”
Monks tap brewing to support aging members
Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can...
Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain: study
Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute lower back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to...
U.S. cave offers treasure trove of fossilized secrets
For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of...
Activist Saint Hoax talks political art
At first fleeting glance, the works of local artist Saint Hoax recall the halcyon days of childhood. Incorporating Disney characters in a slew of recent works, however,...
Post-Ramadan fitness tips help you beat the bulge
It is perhaps the biggest contradiction of the holy month: Many who fast during Ramadan end up gaining weight.
Taking a swing at whimsical seating
There’s nothing childish about the tried and true rocking chair, staple of old ladies knitting by the fire and old men enjoying some downtime on a shaded porch.
Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.
Big increase in U.S. teen use of human growth hormone
Experimentation with human growth hormone by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic...
Teen’s death puts focus on dangers of caffeine powder
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and...
Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and...
For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.
Earth survived near-miss from solar storm
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA...
Getting paid for your posts? Social networking’s new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared – except the money those posts produce.
Gregarious tyrannosaurs? Footprints suggest so
Scientists in western Canada have discovered fossilized footprints of three tyrannosaurs that suggest these fearsome predators may have hunted in packs.
Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones, with some hiccups
What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.
Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors.
Pay what you want, Paris hotel guests told
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags.
Paris fashion exhibition celebrates 1950s elegance
Cinched at the waist, with soft rounded shoulders and a swirling skirt, Christian Dior’s famous “Bonbon” dress today appears the epitome of modesty and restraint.
Teen swimwear designer makes debut in Florida fashion show
It was nearly showtime as designer Francesca Aiello, of the line Frankie’s Bikinis, snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs.
Black and white are the new orange at a county jail in Michigan
Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates after a TV series brought new popularity to the...
Fledgling wine industry brewing in Ethiopia
Beyond the donkeys on a potholed road in southern Ethiopia is an unexpected sight – vineyards bursting with merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes ripening in the African...
The 1998 hit movie “Shakespeare in Love” wove the Bard’s famous words into a Hollywood romantic comedy.
A 24-carat Goulding performance
The girlish voice of U.K. pop singer Ellie Goulding cut over the thousands of wailing fans crammed into the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center Wednesday...
DiCaprio raises $25 mln at French charity gala
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has raised more than $25 million (18 million euros) at a charity gala in France for his foundation which aims at protecting the...
Judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against LaBeouf
A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theater...
Woody Allen back in spotlight promoting ’Magic’
Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen Wilson on...
'Hunger Games,' 'Divergent' pushed aside for new Comic Con fare
Young adult film franchises have dominated the conversation at San Diego's annual Comic Con gathering in recent years, but as the buzz-building convention kicked off on...
Late-career directors won’t say cut
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
When reality is stronger than fiction
Earlier this month at the FIDMarseille international film festival, the Competition Grand Prize went to a feature-length documentary called “Our Terrible Country.”
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has raised more than $25 million (18 million euros) at a charity gala in France for his foundation which aims at protecting the environment and endangered species.
Clapton says thank you to Cale with 'The Breeze'
For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music.
Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV
Pop star Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE-yuh) is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards.
US museum, collector dispute Elvis' broken guitar
An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between the South Dakota museum that currently displays it and a collector...
Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen Wilson on time travel in “Midnight in Paris,” or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”
Nolan, McConaughey surprise with 'Interstellar'
Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey came to Comic-Con unannounced and surprised attendees with a first look at "Interstellar," but neither offered many details...
‘Lucy’ doesnt require much thought
So let’s start with the premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity.
Woody Allen conjures up illusion for 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Woody Allen explores the mysteries of illusion and love in "Magic in the Moonlight," a period romantic comedy inspired by 1920s clairvoyants who were debunked by...
CBS keeps Colbert's 'Late Show' in NY in tax-for-jobs deal
CBS' "Late Show" will stay in New York when comedian Stephen Colbert takes over from the late-night talk show's host David Letterman in a deal that will award the...
Kiss, Usher, J.Lo to perform at Fashion Rocks
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall.
Ricky Martin to be judge on 'The Voice ... Mexico'
And the fourth and final judge for "The Voice .
'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart
"Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of...
La Roux returns with sexy, sassy second LP
La Roux, "Trouble in Paradise" (Interscope/Cherrytree)
Coming off an artistic hiatus after a widely acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning debut, La Roux returns in force...