Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday began talks to form a new Israeli government which will have to mend shattered ties with Washington while tackling pressing social and security issues.
Tunisia signals Al-Qaeda links to museum attack
Tunisia said Thursday that an attack on a Tunis museum last week was launched by a cell of 23 militants, including an Algerian and Moroccans, with overlapping...
Jaafar fugitives referred to Judicial Council
Lebanon’s Cabinet Thursday referred the case of a Christian couple murdered by fugitives from the Jaafar clan in eastern Lebanon last year to the Judicial Council.
Lifting sanctions would embolden Iran: Machnouk
Lifting economic sanctions on Iran would embolden it to intervene in the affairs of Middle Eastern states and lead to more sectarian tensions and extremism, Interior...
U.K. court OKs release of Prince Charles’ letters
Britain’s Supreme Court Thursday paved the way for the public release of 27 hotly contested memos written by Prince Charles to government ministers.
Top 1948 Palestinian MP starts march for Bedouins
Israel’s top 1948 Palestinian MP began a four-day walk to occupied Jerusalem Thursday in a show of support for the impoverished Bedouin community and to put a spotlight...
U.N. reports most Palestinian deaths since 1967
The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning...
Star Wars sets safe from attack of the jihadis
It was a flood of messages from concerned friends abroad that alerted the president of Tunisia’s Star Wars fan club that the sets of his beloved film were under attack...
LU Tripoli back to class after protests
Thursday was the first day of courses at the Lebanese University branch in Tripoli after weeks of interrupted classes as a result of strikes and protests over the...
UCC announces it will go on strike March 31
The Union Coordination Committee announced Thursday that it would go on strike again at the end of this month, in a widely expected escalation to its wage dispute with...
Bar Association, General Security sign MoU
A memorandum of understanding and coordination was signed by the Beirut Bar Association and General Security, a statement by the security agency said Thursday.
Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight
The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon...
Pilot locked out of Airbus cockpit before crash-NYT
Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down,...
Twelve hurt in NY building collapse, blaze: fire department
Twelve people were injured Thursday when a building collapsed and fire tore through a second building, which was also in danger of falling down, in New York's East...
Argentine court confirms dismissal of case against president
An Argentine appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss the case against President Cristina Kirchner on accusations that she shielded Iranian...
A group of leading businessmen and economists called Thursday for the adoption of a public-private partnership (PPP) law in Lebanon during a forum organized by think tank Lebanon Institute for Strategic Affairs.
Harb: MENA gaming industry to hit $3.2B in 2016
Revenues generated by the gaming industry in the MENA region are projected to reach $3.2 billion in 2016 compared to over $70 billion globally, Telecommunications...
Gulf markets end off lows after panic over Yemen
Most Middle East stock markets fell Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region launched airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi militia, but they came well off...
EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran freight firms
The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an...
Oil prices jump after Yemen airstrikes
Stock markets worldwide were knocked lower and oil prices jumped Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out airstrikes in Yemen that fueled worries Middle...
Arab world lags behind West in e-commerce
The Arab world is far behind China and Western countries in terms of online shopping and E-commerce, according to a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development...
Zeaiter launches express transport project
Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter announced Tuesday the launching of an express transport project linking Beirut to Jounieh at a cost of $250...
Salameh: Incentives drove 50 pct of growth
The Central Bank’s incentive packages have contributed to more than 50 percent of GDP growth since the program was launched in 2013, the governor of Banque du Liban,...
Most Middle East stock markets fell Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region launched airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi militia, but they came well off their lows late in the day as the initial panic subsided.
Saudi bonuses for uncovering labor violations
Saudi Arabia is tightening a crackdown on illegal foreign workers in the kingdom, giving the Labor Ministry more powers, including the right to distribute financial...
Saudi real estate shares tumble on tax plan
Saudi Arabian real estate shares tumbled Tuesday after the Cabinet approved a proposal to tax undeveloped land in urban areas – a policy that could shake up investment...
Gulf firms go Islamic as markets deepen
Last month Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of Britain’s Vodafone Group, said it had switched all its financial activity to Islamic transactions.
Stock markets worldwide were knocked lower and oil prices jumped Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out airstrikes in Yemen that fueled worries Middle East energy shipments may be put at risk, although Wall Street later recovered.
Saudi Arabia drawing down FX reserves
Saudi Arabia has begun drawing down its foreign currency reserves for the first time since 2009 to cover a record state budget deficit caused by the plunge in oil...
How will the Fed raise interest rates?
For all the talk about when Federal Reserve policymakers are going to raise interest rates, they haven’t quite figured out how to do it.
Cyprus draws Norway parallel after gas quest bust
The president of Cyprus sought to draw a parallel with oil-rich Norway after the latest failure in the Mediterranean island nation’s quest for gas.
For Brazilians in US, window-shopping is the rage
The effects of the plunging Brazilian currency are easy to spot on the streets of New York.
The U.S. dollar recently hit12-year highs, while the euro plunged inexorably to below dollar parity.
Palestinian irritation is a raisin in Israeli sun
Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”
NATO is at a policy impasse over Ukraine
The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen conflict”...
Breaking free in the great Syrian prison
In an interview in 2004, the Syrian intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh described the last of his 16 years spent in Hafez Assad’s prisons for being a member of the...
Military intervention by a coalition of regional countries in crisis-ridden Yemen might appear like a sudden, dramatic shift in the conflict, but it shouldn’t have come...
Europe has to lower its reliance on gas imports
The ongoing transition of global energy systems replaces fossil fuels with renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass. Renewable sources of energy are rapidly...
Isolate Israel after Bibi’s Palestine rejection
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu certainly has reason to celebrate.
Capital controls deserve a prominent place
So-called “frontier market economies” are the latest fad in investment circles.
The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen conflict” that has emerged there.
The U.S. must now embrace the Arab plan
What should Israel, the Palestinians and the world make of the statement by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that the United States expects the next Israeli...
Exploit the new openings on Palestine
We should keep our eyes on one arena and two actors in any serious assessment of the repercussions of the national election in Israel this week that resulted in a...
The U.S. gains from ambiguity in the Middle East
It’s March Madness in the Middle East: The United States and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant...
Military intervention by a coalition of regional countries in crisis-ridden Yemen might appear like a sudden, dramatic shift in the conflict, but it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.
Siniora’s hard truths
Fouad Siniora’s testimony to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week is doing much to explain why pro-Syrian figures expressed such harsh criticism and fiery...
Hollow calls for president
Lebanon is in the grips of political paralysis because Baabda Palace has been vacant for nearly a year, and in the grips of a wave of rhetoric by one of the sides in...
One voice, one strategy
Now that it is clear the new Israeli government will be more hawkish than ever, and less interested in Palestinian interests, it is time for the international community...
Killed by their own
The skies above the Middle East are alive with the sound of fighter jets, but the earth beneath them is full of death and destruction.
A rejuvenated Spain recommence their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign at home to Ukraine in Seville Friday, while the prospect of seeing Harry Kane make his debut is the main attraction as England face Lithuania.
Landmark 48th goal by Podolski saves day for Germany
Lukas Podolski has been out of favour since joining Inter Milan on loan in January but the former Arsenal forward could afford a smile after becoming Germany's third...
Irving scores 24 to lead Cavaliers past Grizzlies 111-89
Kyrie Irving scors 24 points, and Kevin Love adds 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers roll o a 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Warriors smother Wizards for 107-76 win
Stephen Curry had 24 points as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort in the third quarter to pound the Washington Wizards 107-76 Monday.
Serena to fight through knee pain at Miami
World No. 1 Serena Williams is prepared to fight through pain to get onto the court Friday and begin defending her title at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.
Germany will improve against Georgia, promises Loew
Germany will be more focused when the World Cup winners take on Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday for their Euro 2016 qualifier after a lacklustre performance in their 2-2...
Platini wins at UEFA, attacks Blatter
Football legend Michel Platini Tuesday scored a hat-trick of victories for the presidency of UEFA and made an immediate attack on Sepp Blatter’s leadership of world...
Conte calls Verratti to midfield helm
Italy coach Antonio Conte has called on Marco Verratti to take the next step toward replacing Andrea Pirlo as the Azzurri’s midfield orchestrator ahead of this...
Spurs win 114-95 against faltering Hawks
San Antonio won comfortably at Atlanta 114-95 in Sunday’s clash of two teams with form lines heading in opposite directions leading up to the NBA playoffs.
Champville steal back second place
Veteran point guard Rony Fahed nailed a career-first triple double as he registered 16 points.
NBA star Steve Nash announces retirement
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash announced his retirement Saturday, quietly ending a 19-year NBA career that included two MVP awards.
Djokovic defends Indian Wells title
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 to defend his Indian Wells crown and claim his 50th career ATP title Sunday.
Djokovic fells Federer to keep Indian Wells title
World number one Novak Djokovic fights off a determined challenge from Swiss great Roger Federer to claim back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and celebrate his 50th...
Halep battles back to claim Indian Wells crown
Simona Halep wins the BNP Paribas title with a 2-6 7-5 6-4 victory over former world number one Jelena Jankovic in a pulsating final at Indian Wells.
Federer to face Djokovic in blockbuster final
Roger Federer roars into the final of the ATP Indian Wells Masters where he will face Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster showdown between the world's top two players.
Fernando Alonso sought to clarify the situation surrounding the preseason crash that forced him to miss the season-opening race in Australia, saying he never lost consciousness or suffered memory lapses as a result of the accident.
Alonso, Bottas cleared for Malaysian GP
Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas are given the all-clear to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix after missing the season's start because of injury.
Alonso ready to race in Malaysia: McLaren
Fernando Alonso will race in Sunday’s Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix providing he passes final fitness tests at the Sepang circuit, his McLaren team said Monday.
Van der Garde settles dispute with Sauber
Dutch driver Giedo Van der Garde recognized his hopes of racing in Formula One were over Wednesday after Sauber paid “significant compensation” to end a contract dispute.
Rosberg invites Vettel to Mercedes debrief
Nico Rosberg has invited Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to attend Mercedes’ Friday debrief at the Malaysian Grand Prix after a light-hearted exchange between the Formula...
Steve Smith’s sublime century laid the groundwork and Australia’s pace bowlers finished the job to send the co-hosts storming into a seventh World Cup final with a 95-run victory over champions India Thursday.
Australia beat India to set up World Cup final against New Zealand
Australia will play fellow co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne after they beat defending champions India by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket...
New rule could bar S.Korea’s Park from Rio Games
The 18-month suspension handed to South Korea’s four-time Olympic swimming medalist Park Tae-hwan for failing a dope test could see him miss the 2016 Olympic Games,...
Mayweather-Pacquiao revenue over $400 million
Record-shattering revenue totals for Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming boxing showdown with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather could surpass $400 million, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN in...
South Africa falter yet again at critical moment
South Africa faltered yet again at the critical moment of a cricket World Cup Tuesday when New Zealand snatched a semifinal victory which had appeared to be beyond...
In the 19th century, the Lebanese Tabbah family, based then in Zahle, specialized in engraving wooden blocks for silk printing. That was the start of the family’s long and successful journey in the world of bespoke jewelry.
Getting creative with strawberries this season
It’s that time of the year again. Locally grown strawberries have begun appearing in grocery stores and on roadside carts around the country. The bright red and juicy...
American, Russian leaving Earth for year
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year.
Robot racing sparks enthusiasm in US students
A hefty robot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month along with more than a dozen...
A7 augments Audi refinement with raw sex appeal
In today’s car market, offering a product that’s truly unlike anything else available is a feat only a few manufacturers can pull off, and Audi happens to rank among...
Meet Tripoli's 'acrobat of dough'
Near the Dannawi roundabout of Abi Samra in Tripoli, 31-year-old Rabih Hosher, known locally as “the acrobat of dough,” puts on a show for customers who flock to his...
Pearls shine in Abi Nader’s Bridal collection
This season, brides shouldn’t be satisfied by a glass half full. Veteran Lebanese designer Robert Abi Nader makes it his mission to ensure that every woman feels...
Is it overly optimistic to expect flowers from one’s husband on Mother’s Day? Apparently it is. “You are not my mother,” proclaims the empty-handed and totally...
Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar
With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again...
Go to a museum and learn about ramen
There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then...
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: WWD
Marc Jacobs plans to end its Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).
In today’s car market, offering a product that’s truly unlike anything else available is a feat only a few manufacturers can pull off, and Audi happens to rank among those select few.
Make sure your car keeps its cool in the heat
Whenever winter rolls around, people – some of them anyway – remember to get their cars ready for the harsh cold months that can test the resilience of their vehicles....
BBC drops 'Top Gear' host Clarkson over producer attack
The BBC announces that it is dropping one of its most popular presenters, 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, after he verbally and physically attacked a producer
Self-driving cars in Lebanon: a future disaster
Whenever word of new technologies in development reaches the general public, their reaction tends to be characterized by awe, with a bit of impatience thrown in until...
Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile road trip
Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.
YouTube premiered videos from 14 musicians as it tried a new, virtual-only format for the second edition of its music awards.
Are you willing to pay to watch video online?
Would you pay to see some of the Internet’s best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet...
New tool to foretell risk of heart attack, stroke
Over the age of 40? Want to know your risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years? Read on.
Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers
Facebook is turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication.
Line app hopes cute factor will win worldwide
Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny.
They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tail amid a sea of melting icebergs.Teaser
Selfie spot for ‘Mad Men’ fans: Don Draper bench
“Mad Men” fans can now take a selfie with Don Draper, thanks to a bench unveiled Monday featuring the fictional adman’s silhouette.
‘World’s most beautiful boulevard’ turns 150
In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary’s wealth,...
Morikami Japanese Gardens in south Florida
Like a lot of folks who live in places with long stretches of gray and chilly weather, I occasionally head to Florida for sunshine and relaxation.
Chinese descend on remote Palau islands
Chinese tourists are flocking to the remote Palau islands as China’s growing number of rich seek new frontiers abroad, but not everyone in the Micronesian paradise is...
It’s just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it’s a classic southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg.
The resilience and wonder of German riesling
Chance sometimes introduces us to wines in ways that make life seem extraordinary. While in Berlin recently I dined with a group of friends at an ordinary Turkish cafe....
This Easter, master creamy scalloped potatoes
With Easter on its way, my mind has turned to scalloped potatoes, always a big hit at a holiday feast. And really, what’s not to love?
Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer risk
Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie said she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother...
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: Women's Wear Daily reports
Marc Jacobs plans to end its separate entry-level Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women's Wear...
Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Mohammad despite traditional taboos against it.
Despite its star power, Serena has no spark
The arithmetic on “Serena” is fascinating. Two of the biggest movie stars in the world plus an Oscar-winning director and a best-selling novel somehow add up to a...
Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life
Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologised to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish boy...
BBC drops 'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson over attack
The BBC on Wednesday dropped British "Top Gear" motoring show presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who built a global fan base while repeatedly causing offense with strongly...
Where will One Direction go after Malik?
David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Noel Gallagher and Oasis. And now Zayn Malik and One Direction. Malik says he is leaving the chart-topping British boy band “to be a...
Encounter between worlds of living and dead
Audience members settling in to enjoy “Mawt Leila” (Leila’s Death), Ali Chahrour’s new theatrical performance, are greeted with this written synopsis.
Tanya Traboulsi’s skeptical glances of ‘home’
One of the things families do, it’s said, is to stage collective memories for entertainment. Digital media no doubt abets this practice, if it persists at all, but last...
Doors, Radiohead preserved by Library of Congress
Albums by The Doors, Radiohead and Lauryn Hill will be preserved by the Library of Congress in recognition of their historical contributions.
Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologised to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish boy band for doing so.
Naomi Watts on comedies and 'While We're Young'
After a slew of dramas including "The Impossible" and "Diana," actress Naomi Watts said she was looking for something that would "feel lighter.
'Mad Men' star Hamm out of booze rehab
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm has completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction, shortly before the final season of the hit TV series airs, a publicist said Wednesday.
China's Weiwei and US' Baez nab Amnesty rights award
Amnesty International has given its top 2015 human rights award to both Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, a fierce critic of Beijing who has been banned from leaving...
David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Noel Gallagher and Oasis. And now Zayn Malik and One Direction. Malik says he is leaving the chart-topping British boy band “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”
The Prodigy angry and nasty, 25 years on
Twenty-five years after gate-crashing the British music scene with a furious mix of punk attitude and electronic beats, The Prodigy is not finished with its war on...
Kendrick Lamar tops Billboard 200 for first time
Rapper Kendrick Lamar topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, as his latest album became the second biggest seller of the year...
Oak Ridge Boys, Browns named country music inductees
The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, and the late guitarist Grady Martin were named on Wednesday as the 2015 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
A-ha announce new comeback three decades after 80s debut
Norwegian pop band A-ha, who have sold more than 35 million albums since they first topped the charts in the 1980s, announced a comeback Wednesday just five years after...
"Mad Max: Fury Road", the fourth film in the dystopian cult saga by director George Miller, will screen on May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival, the organisers confirmed Wednesday.
'X-Files' returns after 13-year 'commercial break'
Cult sci-fi TV show "The X-Files" is returning for six new episodes, 13 years after David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's last outing as agents Fox Mulder and Dana...
Stars help Corden take over Late Late Show
Award-winning British actor James Corden settled in to his new late-night gig Monday, welcoming stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis to his first show as host of CBS’ “The...
Hanks, Kunis help James Corden take over 'Late Late Show'
Award-winning British actor James Corden settled in to his new late-night gig on U.S. television on Monday, welcoming stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis to his first show...
Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama
Whether it's the earnest Josiah Bartlet from "The West Wing" or the manipulative Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Americans prefer television presidents to their...