Israel pounds Gaza, death toll hits 59
Cabinet unlikely to resolve issues
Syria opposition elects Bahra as new leader
Romero shootout saves send Argentina to final
Over 10,000 redundant public school teachers
The contempt prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon asked the U.N.-backed court to summon the editor of a pro-Hezbollah newspaper to its headquarters in The Hague, and arrest him if necessary to secure his appearance, in the latest escalation in a controversial case against local journalists.
Lebanon’s Palestinians lament apathy over Gaza
Standing beneath banners bearing the smiling face of Yasser Arafat, five Palestinians in Beirut’s Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp gathered transfixed around TVs showing...
U.N. Security Council to meet on Israel, Palestinian hostilities
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the U.N. Security Council on Thursday on the escalating Israeli and Palestinian hostilities, which he described as a...
Former Iran president says can cooperate with US
Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to “cooperate” on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive, former Iranian...
U.S. snooped on Muslim-American leaders: report
The FBI and National Security Agency monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-American activists, academics and a political candidate, according to a report co-authored...
MP slams Hezbollah military show of force in Beka
Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat Wednesday blasted Hezbollah’s military show of force in Bekaa Valley towns, accusing state security forces of ignoring such a demonstration...
UNHCR denies seeking to naturalize Syrians
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees denied reports that it was seeking to naturalize Syrian refugees Wednesday.
Bassil: Brazil home to more Lebanese than Lebanon
Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Wednesday said it was his duty to visit Lebanese expatriates in Brazil because their numbers doubled the population in Lebanon.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the U.N. Security Council on Thursday on the escalating Israeli and Palestinian hostilities, which he described as a "troubling and volatile" situation.
Turkey’s Kurds prefer peace at home to Iraq
What has long been a dream for the Middle East’s Kurds, an independent state, is within reach in Iraq, but Turkey’s Kurds, wearied by a 30-year conflict with Ankara,...
Thousands in Assad’s jails belie amnesty
Syrian President Bashar Assad decreed an amnesty last month but for tens of thousands of prisoners, among them high-profile dissidents, the promise of freedom is a fraud.
UK firms sent chemicals ‘likely’ used in sarin
Hundreds of tons of chemicals “likely” to have been used by Syria to make the deadly nerve gas sarin were exported by British firms in the 1980s, Foreign Secretary...
The FBI and National Security Agency monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-American activists, academics and a political candidate, according to a report co-authored by journalist Glenn Greenwald.
U.S. presses China on human rights
The United States Wednesday “forcefully” pressed China on festering maritime rows and human rights, even as the two countries vowed to seek cooperation rather than...
Ukrainian charged with Russian journalists' deaths
A Ukrainian air force pilot who was captured by separatist rebels last month has been arrested in Russia and charged with abetting the killing of two Russian...
UN: Afghan war inflict devastating toll on civilians
Afghanistan's war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on civilians, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year,...
Ukraine accuses Russia of abducting army officer
Ukraine accuses Russia of abducting a woman army officer captured by separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine and demanded she be released and returned home.
Lebanese insurance is among the very few sectors that are still recording a fair growth in an economy dragged down by years of political and security complications, according to said Assaad Mirza, president of the association of Lebanese insurance companies.
Minister proposes a regulation of Syrian labor
Economy and Trade Minister Alain Hakim has proposed procedures for regulating the work of Syrians in Lebanon aimed at curbing competition caused by the massive influx...
UAE’s Gulf Navigation cuts capital
United Arab emirates shipper Gulf Navigation said Wednesday it had cut its capital by two-thirds and written off accumulated losses worth 1.1 billion dirhams ($300...
Libya’s $66 billion wealth fund replaces chairman
The Libyan Investment Authority said it replaced its chairman, Abdulmagid Breish, amid an investigation into his role in the government of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Carlos Slim to dismantle Mexican empire
Billionaire Carlos Slim is bowing to imminent antitrust legislation by planning a breakup of America Movil SAB’s phone operations in Mexico rather than risk...
Minister proposes regulating Syrian labor
Economy minister proposes procedures for regulating the work of Syrians in Lebanon to curb competition caused by the massive influx of refugees.
No breakthrough yet on civil servants’ salaries
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the budget and finance parliamentary committee have failed Tuesday to find an acceptable formula to pay the salaries of civil...
EDL may hike rates to save on energy bill
The Finance Ministry is in favor of revising electricity rates upward provided that such a move would not affect low-income families, an insider said Tuesday.
United Arab emirates shipper Gulf Navigation said Wednesday it had cut its capital by two-thirds and written off accumulated losses worth 1.1 billion dirhams ($300 million), key parts of a turnaround plan designed to solve its debt problems.
Dubai real estate Nakheel posts surge in profits
Dubai’s Nakheel real estate giant, hit badly during the global debt crisis, said Wednesday its profits surged 54 percent in the first half of 2014 to reach $502.7...
Production in Libya's Sharara oilfield resumes
Production at one of Libya's largest oilfield restarted, pumping at more than 90 percent of its capacity in a boost to the troubled North African nation, a Libyan...
Ambition, investor greed fuel Arabtec saga
From a 59-storey tower in Abu Dhabi, the offices of Arabtec look out over the Gulf toward Middle Eastern and Asian nations where the construction firm hopes to expand.
Billionaire Carlos Slim is bowing to imminent antitrust legislation by planning a breakup of America Movil SAB’s phone operations in Mexico rather than risk profit-crushing restrictions if his company does nothing to curb its dominance.
Why Brazil’s trouncing is bearish for stocks: UBS
Conventional wisdom has been that a Brazil loss at home in the World Cup would be a positive for the country’s financial markets.
Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales
Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in...
Silicon Valley goes back to school
Facebook Inc. rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a new job that started last month, including flying him out to meet...
Britons embrace digital banking
Britons are using Internet and mobile banking for transactions worth nearly 1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) a day and branch use is falling sharply, according to the...
As Israel was busy firing hundreds of rockets at Gaza Tuesday evening, much of the Arab world was wrapped up in the admittedly enthralling Germany – Brazil World Cup semifinal.
As Israel appears wont to do every couple of years, it is bombarding the Gaza Strip, sentencing a population already under siege to brutal collective punishment.
Wilsonianism still applies in the Middle East
As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Mideast, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the...
How our region is preparing for suicide
It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas...
Clinton must be sensitive about wealth, poverty
Hillary Clinton is annoying people again. Recently, she said in an interview that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
Maliki exit path to hope
Despite growing unease over his tenure by allies in the West and the region, including internal partners in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears as determined...
MPs must be candid
Earlier this year, Lebanon experienced a wave of speculation about how its presidential election would play out.
Dereliction of power
With Electricite du Liban’s announcement Friday that it will only be providing power for 11 hours a day during summer, outside the capital, it is time, once again, that...
As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Mideast, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the famous “line in the sand” that is now said to be dissolving.
Palestinians won’t launch a new intifada
The last two weeks of attacks by Israelis and Palestinians and street clashes in Jerusalem have raised questions about whether Palestinians will launch a new intifada...
Qassem Suleimani has brought Iran much grief
With the sudden rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a little-noted aspect is that Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius...
Why Kuwait’s protests are important
The thousands of Arab demonstrators marching in the streets of an Arab capital city this week demanding political reform and the release of their jailed leaders were...
Malaysia will suffer if Islam is used as a weapon
Recently, the highest court in Malaysia ruled that the Catholic Church could not use the word “Allah” in its publication, The Herald.
Rapprochement with Iran may help stabilize region
Rapprochement between Iran and the West has long been a “white whale” of global politics.
The U.S.-Saudi ‘reset’ isn’t happening
Those who expected the summit last March between U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah to produce a “reset” button after unusually strained relations between the...
The Iraqi situation threatens India
Iraq seems to be falling apart, with the rapid advance of the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) threatening to lead to the country’s division into...
Germany’s astonishing demolition of Brazil was the brutal culmination of a long, slow decline for the five-time world champions whose production line of world-class players seems to have ground to a halt.
Kroos finally delivers to silence critics
Germany midfielder Toni Kroos not only silenced Brazil’s fans with his scintillating performance in Tuesday’s astonishing 7-1 World Cup semifinal victory but also...
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...
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.
Home win for Hamilton after Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix Sunday and slashed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the...
Why Luiz shouldn’t be blamed for capitulation
Tuesday Brazil were dumped and unceremoniously manhandled out of their own World Cup at the hands of Germany in a result so seismic an entire nation will be looking...
Life goes on, says Scolari after debacle
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari tried to pick himself and his players up Wednesday, saying they were still winners and that life must go on following their shattering...
Sparkling German blend is toast of the WC
It takes years for a fine wine to mature and the Germany team that ripped Brazil apart 7-1 in an astonishing World Cup semifinal has become a rare vintage with coach...
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.
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.
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...
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix Sunday and slashed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the first time this season.
Hamilton hopes to ‘home’ in on Rosberg lead
Silverstone celebrates its 50th grand prix this weekend with all eyes on Lewis Hamilton as the home favorite with a real chance of winning a race he cannot afford to...
Marquez aims for magic eight
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez is targeting a record eighth consecutive win at this weekend’s Dutch motorcycle Grand Prix, with Italian veteran Valentino Rossi...
Rosberg wins in Austria to stretch F1 lead
Nico Rosberg has won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two finish, stretching his championship lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton to 29 points after...
Schumacher out of coma, moved to Swiss hospital
Seven-time Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident last year, has come out of a coma and was transferred to...
Before LeBron James makes his next decision, Pat Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami.
Riyadi comeback secures 24th title
Riyadi battled to a 57-50 win over Sagesse to secure their 24th Lebanese Basketball League title in Game 6 of the 2014 finals Tuesday.
Abdelnour gives Riyadi 3-2 finals lead
Jean Abdelnour scored a sensational 25 points and powered Riyadi past archrivals Sagesse 88-82 in Game 5 to lead the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese...
Big Three’s legacy defined by championships
Ever since they joined forces 12 years ago, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have been able to put personal goals aside and focus on winning championship rings.
Security fears prompt Game 5 to be postponed
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk postponed Game 5 of the Lebanese Basketball League’s final series, citing “security reasons” as the driving force behind the decision.
Chris Weidman unanimously outpointed Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 Saturday night to retain his middleweight title.
Machida looks to make history at UFC 175
In 21 years, only two Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors have held titles in separate weight classes: Randy Couture, a five-time champ at heavyweight and light...
Lebanese youths make a splash in Cyprus
Lebanon showed off its aquatic bona fides over the weekend, with two young Lebanese skiers placing first and second in their categories at an international waterskiing...
Dutch World Cup chances not RIP without RVP
Missing talismanic striker Robin van Persie, the Netherlands looked a pale imitation of the side that stuck five goals past Spain in their Group B opener, but Monday's...
Marquez looking to extend winning run
World champion Marc Marquez is expecting a fierce challenge from Valentino Rossi as he tries to extend his record-breaking win-streak at the Italian Grand Prix Sunday.
Lebanese designer Tony Ward Tuesday took aim at his ever-diversifying clientele with an equally varied line of haute couture based on the contrasts between lightness and darkness.
Massaya carves theater from history, rock
Ancient rock, wine, organic grains, culture, mountain air with tinges of nostalgia – these are the elements that Sami and Ramzi Ghosn, the sibling duo behind Massaya...
Chanel spiky and modern at Paris fashion
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday delighted haute couture's new breed of deep-pocketed customer with a collection just like them -- young, modern and in many...
Theron, Penn dazzle Dior as fashion gets political
Day two of Paris haute couture adds some politics into the mix.
Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running...
Lebanese fashion designer wins Woolmark prize
The funky, conceptual women’s wear by Lebanese designer Rayya Morcos will compete this year among finalists in the prestigious International Woolmark Prize.
Wedding style from yesteryear to yesterday
Wedding dresses from the 19th century to the present day are featured in a new exhibit showcasing the changing styles of American brides, from a 1900s dress with a lace...
Aliya LeeKong adopts global flavors for home kitchens
Aliya LeeKong hopes to inspire American home cooks with her interpretations of dishes from around the world in her debut cookbook “Exotic Table.”
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday delighted haute couture's new breed of deep-pocketed customer with a collection just like them -- young, modern and in many cases Asian.
Paris' haute couture revival
Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of astronomically-priced handmade gowns - is back.
Can living like a star produce a happy ending?
Author and celebrity-watcher Rachel Bertsche spent nearly a year emulating the lifestyles of several famous female stars, seeking contentment, productivity and better...
Anti-poaching experts gather amid warnings super-rich drive illegal trade
Hundreds of experts will gather in Geneva next week to discuss a "disturbing upswing" in the illegal wildlife trade, driven increasingly by ostentatious displays of...
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.
Copacabana transformed into football carnival
Almost immediately upon touching down in Rio de Janeiro, visitors are met with a general jubilance characteristic of mass gatherings.
Exploring Australia’s flagship red
Every wine-growing nation aspires to have a flagship wine. Australia’s most iconic wine comes from Penfolds.
Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.
Etiquette gets reboot for digital age
What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend's wedding? When should you take off Google...
Fraud, sex, post-it art: Google cuts search links
Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin...
Evolutionary advances in new smartwatches
New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either.
Google still blocked, despite company officials' visit: Cuba
Much of Google remains off limits to Internet users in Cuba, despite a recent visit here by top executives from the popular site, state-run media complained on Wednesday.
British scientists identify a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, an important step towards developing a test for the incurable disease.
Headbanging caused brain bleed in Motorhead fan
It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain.
Britain's 'Mamils' switch Ferraris for expensive bikes
Once a niche sport, cycling has become so popular in Britain that it has spawned a new breed of fans who would rather buy a bike than a Ferrari and who confront their...
Studies question UN strategies to save mothers
Billions of dollars have been spent trying to save mothers in developing countries, but in two large analyses of maternal health programs the efforts appeared almost...
Three hours a day of TV doubles early death risk
People who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study.
Fictional boy wizard Harry Potter made his first appearance in seven years on Tuesday, featuring as a nearly 34-year-old with grey hairs in a new short story by author J.K. Rowling.
Movement pro transforms actors into apes on film
Terry Notary is Hollywood’s human shape-shifter. In a blink, he can become an elf, an ape or almost any other moving creature.
Jay Z to headline Global Citizen Festival in Sept.
Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept.
Review: Sia, writer for Rihanna, Beyonce, shines
Sia, "1000 Forms of Fear" (RCA)
Since Sia's last album, 2010's top-notch "We Are Born," the performer has written songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and Katy Perry, co-starred...
Madonna reports for New York jury duty, gets sent home
Jury service can be an arduous, nerve-wracking duty for many US citizens, but when you're Madonna it's a two-hour wait before being sent home as a "distraction.
Gehry redesign of art museum yields more space
Traditionalists can rest easy knowing architect Frank Gehry’s vision for the Philadelphia Museum of Art does not include wrapping the neoclassical building in his...
Bike sculptures in NY City promote cycling
An 82-year-old Mexican artist is hoping that 122 bicycle sculptures he has erected around New York City will get people on their bikes, spur an interest in urban art...
French schoolgirl character 'Madeline' focus of New York exhibit
Madeline, the plucky French schoolgirl depicted in illustrated children's books, was created 75 years ago and New York is marking the anniversary of the iconic...
Pharrell leaves Montreux festival fans wanting more
Pharrell Williams gave a slick concert for a pumped-up crowd at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Monday night, but some fans were less than happy when he left the famed...
Rock legends Pink Floyd to release first album in 20 years
British rock legends Pink Floyd are set to release a new album called "The Endless River" in October, their first in 20 years.
McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization
Paul McCartney returned to a concert stage Saturday after being sidelined for two months because of a virus, spinning out songs from the Beatles, Wings and a solo...
Justin Bieber to be charged with vandalism
Justin Bieber will be charged in Los Angeles in an egg-throwing incident in January that damaged a neighbor's home, prosecutors said.
Berry as a pregnant astronaut on ‘Extant’
Don’t hate Halle Berry because she’s beautiful.
Dolly Parton offers to adopt namesake dog left at Glastonbury
Country star Dolly Parton said Monday she would adopt a dog named after her that was found abandoned at Britain's Glastonbury festival if the canine's owners do not...
Mother may I? Alamuddin and Clooney wedding still on
George Clooney and his bride-to-be are photographed vacationing alongside their mothers, despite media allegations that Alamuddin’s mother was against the marriage.
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” shot over 12 years, has already been hailed as a landmark without parallel in movie history.
Lloyd Webber to revive "Cats" in London, hints at movie
Andrew Lloyd Webber is about to find out if felines have more than one life - and possibly a cinematic one as well - as he prepares to bring his 1980s hit musical...
Terry Notary is Hollywood's human shape-shifter.
Film 'Black Orpheus' to be adapted for Broadway
With all eyes on Brazil and the World Cup, Broadway is getting into the act with plans to adapt the Oscar-winning film "Black Orpheus" for the stage.
Batman celebrates 75th in Hollywood style
Ker-pow! Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this month with a series of comic book, video game and other events putting Gotham’s famed Caped Crusader firmly back...