The Lebanese government is eager to coordinate with Syrian authorities to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Monday.
Progress in women empowerment stalled by crises
Female leaders play an important role in Lebanon and the Arab world, but experts at an international conference warned Monday that regional turmoil has interrupted the...
Clashes rock Jobar, airstrikes pound Douma
Syrian government forces seized territory in the Damascus suburb of Jobar Monday after fierce clashes that killed at least two officers and nine soldiers, a monitoring...
Britain tackles militants who use rape as weapon
Breaking the culture of impunity for militant groups such as ISIS which use rape as a weapon of war is the priority for Britain’s new special representative on...
Greece, creditor talks have unsteady start: EU
Representatives of Greece’s EU-IMF creditors have arrived in Athens and immediately started talks with Greek authorities on a third bailout package for the debt-wracked...
Day marked by garbage furor as Plan A rejected
The capital region’s maddening trash crisis nearly dissolved into chaos Monday as demonstrators forced officials to abandon an earlier solution and garbage collection...
Fatah vows to avenge assassinated official
An assassinated Fatah official and his nephew were laid to rest in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp Monday, as the movement vowed to avenge the killings.
Sukleen denies acquisition talks with Jumblatt
Sukleen parent company chief Maysarah Sukkar Monday denied a report that he was in talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt to reopen the Naameh...
Syrian government forces seized territory in the Damascus suburb of Jobar Monday after fierce clashes that killed at least two officers and nine soldiers, a monitoring group said.
Cyprus rivals grapple issues in U.N. peace talks
Rival Cypriot leaders Monday turned their sights on the hot-button issues of property and territorial adjustment that for decades have blocked any peace deal on their...
Arab ministers to meet after Al-Aqsa clashes
Arab League foreign ministers will meet in Cairo early next month to discuss clashes involving Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, a senior...
Palestinian killed during arrest attempt
A Palestinian man fell to his death while trying to escape Israeli forces who were attempting to arrest him in the occupied West Bank early Monday, Israeli police said.
Representatives of Greece’s EU-IMF creditors have arrived in Athens and immediately started talks with Greek authorities on a third bailout package for the debt-wracked government, the EU said Monday.
Olympics: Official in charge of Japan's new National Stadium to resign
The official tasked with overseeing construction of Japan's new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, is set to resign after plans for the...
North Korea official says not interested in Iran-style deal
The North Korean ambassador to China said Tuesday that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because North Korea is a "nuclear weapons...
Obama criticizes tone of U.S. presidential debate
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered withering criticism of the 2016 presidential debate Monday, saying its tone was not worthy of voters.
Malaysia, Cuba off U.S. human trafficking list
The United States Monday took Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving Washington open to criticism that politics...
Byblos Bank announced Monday that its net profit in the first six months of 2015 has risen by 1.1 percent to $70.1 million compared to the same period in 2014.
Lebanon 74th largest market for U.S. exports
Lebanon has many investment strengths that have encouraged foreign companies to set up offices in the country, according to the United States Department of Commerce’s...
Chinese shares tumble 8.5 percent
Chinese shares slid more than 8 percent Monday as an unprecedented government rescue plan to prop up valuations ran out of steam, throwing Beijing’s efforts to stave...
IMF says ECB may need to extend money printing
Eurozone growth will be subdued over the medium term and the European Central Bank may need to extend its money-printing program for longer than planned, the...
Iran eyes return to SWIFT system, foreign stakes
Iran expects to rejoin the international electronic payment system SWIFT three months after sanctions imposed on it are lifted and it will also become easier for...
Harb to transfer $103M to Finance Ministry
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb issued a decision Friday to transfer $103 million to the Finance Ministry for the month of July 2015.
Innovation key to economic revival: experts
If there’s one thing most Lebanese can agree on it is that the country’s sluggish economy needs a kick-start.
Shipments through Beirut Port up by 81 pct
The number of containers shipped through the Port of Beirut in June 2015 increased by 81 percent compared to the same month last year, according to a statement issued...
Chinese shares slid more than 8 percent Monday as an unprecedented government rescue plan to prop up valuations ran out of steam, throwing Beijing’s efforts to stave off a deeper crash into doubt.
Female banker takes on Islamic industry
Samina Akram left her job at Merrill Lynch International Bank eight years ago to start her own consultancy in London specializing in Shariah-compliant finance.
Debt conundrum to keep Greek banks in freeze
Greek banks are set to keep broad cash controls in place for months, until fresh money arrives from Europe and with it a sweeping restructuring, officials believe.
Sales down in resource-rich emerging states
Retail sales growth in commodity-rich developing countries has slipped to its lowest level for six years, according to new research, underlining how broader economic...
Iran expects to rejoin the international electronic payment system SWIFT three months after sanctions imposed on it are lifted and it will also become easier for foreign firms to take part in privatizations in Iran, a senior Iranian official said.
Militant troubles weigh on Morocco’s tourism
French tourist Margot Benet thought twice before boarding her plane bound for Morocco’s city of Marrakesh.
Iran eyes $185B oil and gas projects
Iran outlined plans Thursday to rebuild its main industries and trade relationships following a nuclear agreement with world powers, saying it was targeting oil and gas...
Air France seeks constraints on Gulf subsidies
Air France-KLM Group said state subsidies for airlines should be governed by rules paralleling those applied to other industries by the World Trade Organization.
Lira drops as Turkey security concerns mount
The lira fell the most in emerging markets and bonds slid after a second possible terrorist incident in three days added to a list of reasons to sell the Turkish...
During Lebanon’s recent and ongoing trash crisis, the dysfunction of the Cabinet has allowed the issue to spin out of control – the national political vacuum has been filled by ambitious politicians and angry locals, eager to use the new topic to add a new wrinkle to the country’s already-fragile stability.
The rising level of criticism of the government’s performance has coincided with mounting speculation that Prime Minister Tammam Salam will soon hand in his resignation.
Brands can advance their interests and do good
Historically, brands participated in solving global problems through philanthropy or their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Europe would do best to look at its own pollution
European policymakers like to lecture the rest of the world on air pollution.
The lone-wolf era will put America to the test
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the...
Turkey’s double game
Violence along Turkey’s border with Syria have been building for a long time, and Ankara’s decision to intervene military in the conflict isn’t much of a surprise.
A multitude of curses
As social media erupts with young Lebanese attempting to make sense of the ever-repugnant trash crisis – is it a metaphor?
Hit where it hurts
The EU agreed this week that Israeli goods produced in West Bank settlements must now be labeled as such, giving shoppers the option to avoid items made on illegal...
The Mideast needs a League of Nations
U.S. President Barack Obama this past week called on America’s Arab allies to begin a “practical conversation” with Iran to reduce sectarian divisions and address...
Nidaa Tounes is showing signs of fraying
Tunisia’s increasing security challenges – particularly after the Sousse and Bardo attacks – have overshadowed discussions about Nidaa Tounes’ internal disagreements.
Francis can improve animal welfare
In May, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical, Laudatio Si, or “Praise Be.” He chose his papal name, he explains in the text, because he considers St. Francis...
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief.”
EU moves may raise the heat on Israel
Events related to the Iran nuclear agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against ISIS tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days.
A CIA report on Iran sounds suspicious
According to the Los Angeles Times a secret CIA assessment predicts that Iran will spend most of the expected $100 billion windfall from the lifting of international...
Greece may gain from a return to the drachma
The Greek financial crisis has eased – for now.
The key to accelerating an ISIS defeat
I listen carefully when a senior American armed forces officer speaks about current events, because men and women in the military who put their lives on the line to...
Mexico shook off two controversy-laden triumphs to defeat Jamaica 3-1 in Sunday’s Gold Cup final, hoisting a record seventh trophy and shrugging off any notion of a tainted title.
CONCACAF known for graft as much as football
The banner moments of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup belong to Panama.
Mercedes need to sort out their starts
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world...
Revenge comes hot, spicy for Ferrari’s Arrivabene
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but hot and spicy is tastier for Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Karlovic beats Stepanek, reaches semis in Colombia
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro...
Real Madrid cruise past Inter Milan
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo put on a scintillating first-half show as Real Madrid cruised past Inter Milan 3-0 in the International Champions Cup in Guangzhou...
Race to succeed Blatter is poker game: FIFA exec
The race to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president is like a “poker game,” long-serving FIFA executive committee member Michel d’Hooghe said Monday.
People like Blatter deserve Nobel prize, Putin tells Swiss TV
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his stewardship of soccer's governing body, Russian President Vladimir Putin says
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world champions even more to think about.
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari
German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic...
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian...
Hamilton on top again as Kvyat surprises
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian...
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro Open semifinals.
Murray ends Britain’s wait to make Davis semis
Andy Murray clinched Great Britain’s first Davis Cup semifinal berth for 34 years as the world No. 3’s gritty victory against Gilles Simon gave his country an...
Djokovic last man standing as Big Four falter
Novak Djokovic was once in danger of becoming tennis’ great unfulfilled talent, the smiling Serb with a racket in one hand and a sick note in the other.
Tennis body regrets Tomic Hall of Shame remark
Tennis Australia has apologized for a “clerical error” in a media release that said estranged player Bernard Tomic was playing in a “Hall of Shame” event against...
Djokovic shatters Federer dream to win
Defending champion Novak Djokovic won a third Wimbledon title and a ninth Grand Slam crown Sunday, ruthlessly shattering Roger Federer’s bid for a record eighth All...
Lebanon have set their sights on naturalizing Riyadi’s former American center Elijah Holman to boost the national squad, which will take part in the Asian Championship in late September.
LeBron James agrees two-year deal with Cavs
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports...
Jordan backs out of Mavs move, staying in LA
Deandre Jordan has pulled out of a move to join the Dallas Mavericks and has instead agreed a new four-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, US media reports said
Kings, Casspi agree to 2-year, $6 million deal
A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and swingman Omri Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Katie Ledecky surprised a few people when she blew away the field to win the 800 meters freestyle at the 2012 London Games, becoming at the age of 15 the youngest winner of the longest event on the women’s Olympic schedule.
Froome rivals not good enough as Tour disappoints
This year’s Tour de France had been advertised as an exciting battle royale between four great riders yet it panned out as an underwhelming contest as Chris Froome’s...
IOC strikes Middle East broadcast deal with beIN
The International Olympic Committee Monday awarded the Middle East and North Africa broadcast rights for Olympic games between 2018 and 2024 to beIN Sports.
The International Olympic Committee awards the Middle East and North Africa broadcast rights for Olympic games between 2018 and 2024 to beIN Sports
Briton Froome lands second Tour de France title
Briton Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title in three years Sunday to enhance his growing reputation as a grand tour specialist.
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
NASA says new earth-like planet discovered
Scientists using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope find a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth
Levi’s tries to adapt to the yoga pants era
At the foot of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, in a renovated grain mill with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, Bart Sights is refining his recipes for denim.
Long, pampered life for Japan prizefighter bulls
Blood-shot eyes fixed menacingly on their foe and snorting furiously, two giant bulls smash into each other with shuddering force: In Japanese bullfighting, matadors...
Blue Hole draws visitors to New Mexico
In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS
Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA...
Bionic eye helps UK pensioner see in world first
A partially sighted British pensioner has had most of his vision restored thanks to a “bionic eye” – a device that converts video images from a miniature camera...
Time will tell if Apple Watch catches on
For all those who hailed the iPhone as the “Jesus Phone” in 2007, the Apple Watch’s arrival has hardly been the second coming.
After ‘Goodbye Lenin,’ a Berlin resurrection
Buried and long forgotten, the head of a giant Lenin statue is set to make a comeback in the German capital a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Peru to make first contact with isolated tribe
Peru will try to make contact for the first time with an Amazonian tribe that largely lives isolated in the jungle, part of a bid to ease tensions with nearby villages...
High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest
Any Italian will tell you: pasta is healthy and makes you feel good
Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday.
Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction
Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.
SUVs: They’re big and bad so handle with care
Besides a perpetual political crisis that seems to characterize Lebanon, one thing you can always count on in this country is the sight of swarms of sports utility...
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Some facts are simply too well-established to be challenged.
Why a hatchback has your back
When it comes to buying cars, convenience usually tops people’s list of criteria so it’s no wonder that hatchbacks have grown increasingly popular over the decades.
Tahoe affords effortless, luxurious experience
I’ve never been particularly fond of big SUVs, a fact that I suppose is peculiar considering most everyone in Lebanon seems to think they’re the best thing since sliced...
Honda City easy on the eyes, easier on fuel
Whenever you mention Hondas, the City isn’tusually the model that springs to mind, if at all.
Honda announces another recall for faulty Takata air bags
The recalls at Honda Motor Co. over defective Takata air bags have grown by another 4.5 million vehicles, raising the tally at the Japanese automaker to 24.5 million.
Lebanese pop sensation and style icon Haifa Wehbe figured among Marie Claire magazine’s list of 10 Muslim women that shatter stereotypes.
Luxury Collection enters Lebanon with Grand Hills
The Metn village of Broummana is set to revive the glory it enjoyed during the 1990s as the trendiest spot on Lebanon’s mountainside with the reopening this week of...
Peaches take the cream this summer
The humble peach, often overlooked, was celebrated these last two weekends in Lebanon at Bikfaya’s Peach Festival – four days of peach madness where villagers sold...
Lose the labels
As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat,” which might explain why – post-Eid – I’ve acquired a partial resemblance to a walking, talking znoud al-sitt. Arabic...
Afkart aims to boost designers, revive economy
In its 13th edition, the art, design and fashion fair Afkart is back and has started welcoming visitors in Beirut’s Zaitunay Bay for a period of five days during the...
Patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease who took Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive and functional ability, according to new Lilly data released Wednesday.
American gymnast shares secret: mate herbal tea
American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday, and he’s almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now...
Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie upset Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight...
A healthy steak that keeps you in the veg aisle
10 ideas for turning toast into something delish
We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home.
Cosby appeals ruling that unsealed deposition excerpts
Bill Cosby's lawyers are appealing a judge's decision to unseal court filings that quote him saying he obtained quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters.
Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.
'Charged Up' Drake hits back at ghostwriting claim
Hip-hop star Drake has hit back at charges he relies on ghostwriters for his songs, releasing a new track dissing his accuser which quickly went viral online.
Strapped to flying Airbus, Tom Cruise muses on camera angle
Imagine this. You're strapped to the outside of a flying jetliner, thousands of feet above ground and rapidly rising. What would be going through your head?
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died
The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.
Chris Brown begs Philippines to allow him to leave
In a desperate appeal punctuated with a backflip, stranded Grammy-winning star Chris Brown got down on his knees Friday to beg Philippine authorities to let him go and...
WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a...
Brown cleared to leave Manila after complaint
Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown is finally on his way out of the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert...
Swift, Minaj tweet over MTV award snub
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj traded words on Twitter after the rapper said she was upset she didn’t earn a nomination for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Rock star Nick Cave’s son dies in cliff fall
The 15-year-old son of Australian rock icon Nick Cave has died after falling from a cliff in Brighton on the southern coast of England, police and the family said.
Disappointing 'Pixels' falls apart before it begins
The most believable element in 'Pixels' is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet
McAdams relishes Southpaw challenges
Rachel McAdams carved a career in Hollywood’s romantic comedies with her lively girl-next-door persona, but recently, she’s developed a penchant for the darker side.
Kamal Aljafari is among the more distinctive filmmaking voices to have emerged from Palestine in the past decade or so.
Wagner descendant lauds composer’s museum
Richard Wagner’s great granddaughter Eva Wagner-Pasquier said she felt overwhelmed with emotion at the official opening in Bayreuth of a renovated museum devoted to the...
WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan
Captivating tribute to Star of the East
As clouds of incinerated garbage lingered menacingly on the Beirut horizon Saturday evening, an entirely different scene was coalescing just north of there.
Paper Towns a modest, middle-of-road teen drama
Based on an earlier teen novel by “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, “Paper Towns” is a mild coming-of-ager about dawning awareness and life lessons learned...