The residents of Deir Bela in Batroun can sleep a little easier.
Machnouk: Focus on citizens’ safety
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday Lebanon was going through “delicate times” that necessitate solidarity among all state bodies to ensure the security and...
Syrian court acquits free-speech campaigner
A Syrian court Monday acquitted a prominent free-speech campaigner who was released from jail three weeks ago after being held for 3-1/2 years awaiting trial under...
Icelanders ready to welcome Syrian refugees
More than 10,000 Icelanders said Monday on Facebook they were ready to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes after the government said it would only let in a handful.
Brazil mayor on run, ran town via WhatsApp
A mayor in Brazil is on the run from police after being accused of running the town from afar by WhatsApp, and of skimming funds from the education system, the BBC has...
Iran willing to help Lebanon in various fields
Iran is willing to help Lebanon on a number of issues and has the technological capabilities to do so, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a...
Six militants killed in fresh Zabadani clashes
Hezbollah and the Syrian army killed six militants and captured nine as they advanced further toward the center of the Syrian town of Zabadani near Lebanon’s border.
Majority of protesters involved in riots from north, Beirut
The majority of protesters arrested over the weekend who attempted to break through security barriers near the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut were from north Lebanon...
A Syrian court Monday acquitted a prominent free-speech campaigner who was released from jail three weeks ago after being held for 3-1/2 years awaiting trial under anti-terrorism laws, his wife said.
Syrians bike their way to new life in Arctic
A group of intrepid Syrian migrants have found a new, albeit long, way into Europe – through Russia and into Norway’s Arctic, some of them cycling across the border.
In Syria, a garden grows for North Korea founder
Syria’s embattled government, facing a 4-year-old war that is encroaching on the capital, Monday inaugurated a park in Damascus to honor North Korea’s founding father...
ISIS burns four Iraqi Shiite fighters alive
ISIS strung up four Iraqi Shiite fighters with chains and burned them alive, according to online footage, the latest gruesome execution video from the militants.
A mayor in Brazil is on the run from police after being accused of running the town from afar by WhatsApp, and of skimming funds from the education system, the BBC has reported.
Taliban hid leader’s death for military reasons
Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most...
Refugee crisis tests Europe’s core ideals: Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for EU action on the migrant crisis, saying it was testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the...
Guardsman killed in violent Ukraine protests
A national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others protecting Ukraine’s parliament were wounded by grenades hurled from a crowd of nationalist protesters Monday as...
About 150 Clinton emails were subsequently classified: U.S. State Dept
About 150 previously unclassified emails from the private server of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State have subsequently been classified,...
The cumulative value of outward greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) from Lebanon totaled $7.2 billion between January 2003 and May 2015, according to figures released by fDi Markets.
Compliance costs crimp region’s economies
The high cost of compliance is straining the ability of Lebanese and Arab banks to finance the economies in the region in a proper way, the secretary-general of the...
Tehran: Foreign investors must share benefits
Would-be foreign investors in Iran should be prepared to share the benefits of their deals, the country’s president said, indicating Tehran would impose tough terms...
Rising oil output boosts Saudi economic growth
Rising oil output boosted Saudi Arabia’s economic growth to its fastest pace in over a year in the second quarter of 2015, data showed Monday, but growth looks likely...
Greece revives privatizations with more time
For a lesson in why Greece’s attempts to sell billions of euros of assets have foundered, look no further than the New Acropolis Museum in central Athens.
Cabinet authorizes $1.3B eurobond swap
The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Finance Ministry to swap $1.3 billion eurobonds that mature in January 2016 and agreed to transfer cash from the reserves to pay the...
Tobacco farmers seek government support
Tobacco farmers in Akkar called upon the government to support the sector by allowing them to expand their harvested areas while increasing the number of kgs per permit...
Import bill down on euro, yuan decline
Lebanon could see its import bill decline if the euro and yuan currencies continue to depreciate due to the volatile markets, economists said Wednesday.
Would-be foreign investors in Iran should be prepared to share the benefits of their deals, the country’s president said, indicating Tehran would impose tough terms that could clash with U.S. regulations even after sanctions are lifted.
Egypt’s Zohr gas rewrites Israel’s happy endiing
Egypt’s historic gas discovery threatens to sink Israel’s fledgling gas export bonanza, which was counting on deals with Cairo to get it off the ground.
Middle Eastern stocks rally
Omani stocks led a rally in most equity markets across the Middle East after oil prices had the biggest-weekly jump in more than six years.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad to seek $500M for expansion
Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi state-owned carrier, is seeking to raise as much as $500 million for fleet expansion, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
EU shares slide to worst performance since 2011
European shares suffered their worst monthly performance in four years Monday, as concerns over a Chinese economic slowdown and a possible U.S. interest rate rise hit...
Venture capital cash surfers may see waves recede
The waves of cash surfed relentlessly by some of Silicon Valley’s largest venture-backed businesses are showing signs of receding amid concern the companies may already...
Chinese media air stock market confessions
Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions Monday following investigations into dramatic stock market fluctuations, including from a reporter who said he had...
A correction lacking the element of fear
August’s stock market turmoil may be the most widely anticipated and predicted correction in history.
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s call for dialogue among all party heads is a good step forward, and should be carried out with complete commitment, but it is by no means an end in itself.
All listen carefully
Saturday’s You Stink demonstration, whose aims are now much wider than merely the garbage crisis, drew crowds of tens of thousands, many of whom had last protested 10...
On migrants, Europe is forgetting its own past
For many centuries, Europe was a continent plagued by wars, famines and poverty.
Who might fill a Syrian ISIS-free zone?
The ISIS attack on Marea on Aug. 11 closely resembled the group’s offensive in northern Aleppo two months prior.
The U.S. shows it will defend allies in Syria
The Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the United States launched drone attacks last month to defend a...
Diatribe on the rocks
In his speech Friday, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun managed to be at once arrogant, patronizing and hypocritical, telling protesters it was about time they...
The street protests, initially focusing on the trash crisis, have exposed just how corrupt the entire system is, and how shocking it is that politicians got away with...
There is no doubt the trash problem has sparked one of the worst political crises to rock Lebanon in the past seven years.
Intellectual leadership of the U.N. has declined
This year the United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Use financial sticks to control Iran
As Congress considers the Iranian nuclear deal, it should also prepare a strategy to use U.S. financial and economic power aggressively against a broad array of Iranian...
China clearly losing control over economy
There is no better metaphor for the economic challenge facing China than the futuristic architectural masterpiece designed to house the country’s state television...
The Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the United States launched drone attacks last month to defend a moderate opposition group that is called “Division 30.”
Why the Lebanese are in the streets
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues...
Clinton erred, but she won’t be taken to court
Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server?
Is Hezbollah planning a new coup?
The political crisis in Lebanon has raised many questions about the intentions of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement with regard to the government. While...
A weakened Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington
When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving,...
David De Gea’s protracted move from Manchester United to Real Madrid neared conclusion Monday after it was reported by various sources that the two clubs agreed a fee for the 24-year-old believed to be in the region of 29 million pounds ($44.5 million).
Juve suffer side effects of dismantling team
Juventus appear to be suffering from a predictable early season slump in the wake of a summer spent fumbling around the transfer market in a bid to rebuild a team that...
Five stars of the world championships
Five top performers who lit up the world athletics championships in Beijing:1) USAIN BOLT (Jamaica)Was it ever in doubt?
Dawning of a ‘new’ Day in pursuit of No. 1
Jason Day had made a habit of getting close to the big victory, but now that the Australian is closing the deal on the golf course he has joined Rory McIlroy and Jordan...
‘Il Dottore’ looks to fix Silverstone win jinx
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with...
Huge transfer fees spark concerns in Germany
Kevin de Bruyne’s record transfer to Manchester City earned Wolfsburg a reported 79.8 million euros ($89.3 million), but there are concerns here about the drain of...
Hernandez seals Leverkusen switch
Bayer Leverkusen signed Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Manchester United for a reported fee of £7.3 million
United loan Januzaj to Dortmund
Manchester United's Belgium forward Adnan Januzaj has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for a season, the German club confirms
Doping in spotlight despite Beijing fireworks
A thrilling world athletics championships in Beijing failed to silence growing questions about doping, giving the sport’s new boss Sebastian Coe much to ponder as he...
Judge to rule after Brady, NFL talks fail
The National football League and its players union failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflategate”...
US judge to decide Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension within days
The National Football League and Tom Brady have failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game 'Deflategate'...
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with the legendary Italian hoping to record his first victory on the track.
Wilson’s death triggers calls for IndyCar review
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed...
Recent deaths at North American open wheel races
Factbox on driver fatalities in open wheel races on North American circuits since 1996 in the wake of Briton Justin Wilson’s death Monday after being hit by debris from...
Formula One counts its lucky stars
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
IndyCar driver Wilson critical, in coma
Justin Wilson sustained severe head injuries and is in a coma in critical condition after the Briton was struck by debris from another car during the closing laps of...
World No. 1 Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the U.S. Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women’s tennis.
Federer, Nadal at U.S. Open crossroads
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 31 major titles between them, head for the U.S. Open with their Grand Slam careers at crossroads.
Djokovic confident despite run-up losses to foes
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost to rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the finals of U.S. Open warmup events but the Serb insists those defeats have aided his...
Record-setting Serena already best ever: analysts
Serena Williams is on the brink of a crowning achievement in tennis, but as far as several top analysts are concerned, the 33-year-old American has already established...
Nadal says his struggles are on him, not team
Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle.
Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.
Title hopefuls Byblos add Bawji and Vogel
Byblos made a bold statement about their title aspirations for the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League after adding significant pieces to their already...
Woods naturalized for Asian Championship
Giant American center Loren Woods is set to make a return to the court after the Lebanese basketball federation officially naturalized the former Riyadi player so he...
Cedars’ youngsters look to make mark
Eight of the 15 players who have been drafted by Lebanon national team head coach Veselin Matic for the first training camp, which will take place in Serbia, have never...
NBA’s current, former stars put on show in Africa
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual.
Horror movie master director Wes Craven dies
It’s hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.
Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards
Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new...
Narcos blurs line between cartels, agents
Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix’s dark drug drama “Narcos,” a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine...
Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby
Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
The art that springs from dust
Amanda Abi Khalil is in Warsaw at the moment preparing to mount “Dust.”
Migrant drama hits European movie screens
As migrant tragedies overflow in the news cycle, especially in Europe, a new movie opening in France projects a human – and artistic – face on the phenomenon up on the...
A million revellers expected at London's Notting Hill Carnival
Around a million people are expected to attend the Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of Caribbean culture which sees colourful floats and sound systems filling west...
Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new album for free.
‘We Are Your Friends’ an entertaining musical rom
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a...
Redford takes a walk through his buddy roles
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson’s memoir “A Walk in the Woods,” he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking...
Time for black or gay 007, Brosnan says
The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.
Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered...
KISS star's home searched in child porn probe: report
Rock star Gene Simmons' home in California was searched by police in a child porn investigation, but the KISS frontman and his family are not suspects in the case,...
Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash
Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that...
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found
Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home Tuesday.
Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.
One Direction ‘to take indefinite break’
British pop phenomenon One Direction are to take an indefinite break from next year, according to a media report Monday that has left fans devastated.
Book calls Kanye West music, pop culture changer
Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Egyptian heir takes on Jay Z in Big Pimpin’ trial
The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic “Big Pimpin.’”
Seiji Ozawa cancels Japan concerts after fracturing hip
Former Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa has canceled three performances in Japan after fracturing his hip.
An author and neurologist who explored the wonders of the human brain in books like "Awakenings" has died. Dr. Oliver Sacks was 82.
Ten carmakers sued over keyless ignition deaths
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million...
Lights out for Tokyo’s Hotel Okura
Tokyo’s ’60s-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turns off the lights Monday, more than a...
Cure for Chernobyl kids: Clean air in Portugal
Anya wasn’t even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the...
Lavender, the scent of the season in Jbeil
‘Tis the season for lavender; or at least it is at Alice Eddé’s eponymously named boutique in the coastal town of Jbeil.
Facebook adds assistant to Messenger app
Facebook Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the...
Want a diamond in just 10 weeks? Use a microwave
The 2.62-carat diamond Calvin Mills bought his fiancee in November is a stunner. Pear-shaped and canary-yellow, the gem cost $22,000. A bargain.
'Smart' solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun's energy to allow people to...
Tokyo’s ’60s-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turns off the lights Monday, more than a half century after it heralded Japan’s postwar coming out party.
Wedding bells growing quieter in Las Vegas
At the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, an Elvis impersonator in a black jumpsuit croons as a couple walks down the aisle.
Ashley Madison site still adding users after hack
Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after hackers...
Smart solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai.
One Lebanon gives Army $10,000
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said...
High-tech trailers link customers, companies
Already a popular concept in the U.S. and Europe, mobile venues have finally arrived in Lebanon.
L’Atelier du Miel’s sweet and sticky surprises
Nestled within the splendor of the Chouf mountains, there lies a sweet and sticky surprise. Marc Bou Nassif, along with his brother Ralph and their partner Rabih...
How do you fix a broken country like Lebanon?
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Warsaw essentials from the newest to classics
Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw.
A room with a view: Hotel Versailles plan
Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.
Airbnb gives Paris luxury hoteliers a fright
Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris.
Conducting test-drives is kind of like sampling several types of cakes.
Elantra delivers a lesson in value to car market
My friends, co-workers and family members keep telling me that in my selection of cars for these weekly reviews I may be going a bit overboard with the number of models...
State can do more to reduce road fatalities
Road fatalities and the traffic law have played prominently in the news in recent months.
Cadillac ATS Coupe a threat to Euro rivals
Many moons ago when I was still a teenager, whenever the subject of Cadillac came up the only model that sprung to mind was the Fleetwood.
Captur dazzles with looks, impresses with gear
Compact SUVs, or crossovers, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for a good reason: They make sense, especially when people’s lifestyles demand...
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.
U.S. scientists grow nearly complete human brain
An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a U.S. lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a...
Music eases pain after surgery, new study says
Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.
The pitfalls of exercise extremes
With challenging workouts from ultramarathons to endurance events on obstacle courses all the rage, fitness experts say more and more weekend warriors are leaping into...
Special veg-rich diet may slow cognitive decline
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, whole grains and wine can help slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline, researchers said Tuesday.