Yemen has food reserves for only 2-4 months, bringing it to the brink of famine as fighting escalates, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday on return from the country
Palestinian municipal elections in West Bank only: government
Palestinian local elections scheduled for May will take place in the West Bank only and not in Gaza, the government announced Tuesday, scuppering hopes of the first...
India issues fresh antibiotic guidelines to tackle superbug menace
India, one of the world's biggest consumers of antibiotics, has issued new national guidelines on their use as part of a drive to fight the rise of drug-resistant...
Pakistani ex-military leader Musharraf begins TV career as analyst
Pakistan's former military ruler, retired general Pervez Musharraf, has launched a career as a political analyst on a weekly television talk show, a prominent role for...
Geagea urges MPs to vote on electoral law if no consensus reached
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea called on lawmakers to head to the Parliament to vote on a new electoral system if no agreement was reaches.
Putin says draft U.N. resolution to sanction Syria 'inappropriate'
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday a draft U.N. Security Council resolution put forward by Western powers to sanction Syria's government over the alleged use...
Russia says UN vote on Syria sanctions negative for Geneva talks
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Tuesday that a U.N. Security Council resolution put forward by Western powers to punish Syria's government over its...
Italy probes visa scandal at its consulate in Irbil
Italy has ordered an inspection of its consulate the Iraqi city of Irbil, after reports exorbitant fees were demanded for visas.
India, one of the world's biggest consumers of antibiotics, has issued new national guidelines on their use as part of a drive to fight the rise of drug-resistant superbugs.
Ryanair builds up Frankfurt in challenge to Lufthansa
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair Tuesday said it will expand routes from Germany's Frankfurt airport in future, but warned of challenges ahead for the airline industry...
Britain and Russia discuss easing tensions, avoiding military accidents: Ifax
One of Britain's most senior military commanders met Russian military chiefs in Moscow Tuesday to discuss how to reduce tensions between the two countries, the Interfax...
Germany's divided anti-migrant AfD alarmed by poll dip
With seven months until German elections, support for the right-wing populist AfD party has slipped from highs seen during the mass migrant influx to single digits in...
Anghami looks beyond music
“I’m the crazy one, he is the wise one,” Eddy Maroun said of Elie Habib, his partner and co-founder of music streaming service Anghami.
Local drug manufacturers want boost
With pharmaceutical consumption in Lebanon tipped to rise in the next few years, domestic drug producers are calling on the government to extend support to help a...
Sheikh Assir's trial adjourned for sixth time
Lebanon’s Military Court Tuesday adjourned the trial of radical preacher Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir to April, the sixth adjournment since his arrest in 2015.
U.S. Gen. Votel, top officials discuss military aid
The head U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, met with senior Lebanese officials Monday and discussed military assistance to the Lebanese Army.
The government has started protecting Lebanese industries and it will take further measures for this purpose, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said Monday.
Lebanon to issue new eurobonds under British law
Lebanon plans to issue new eurobonds in 2017 under the British law in addition to the existing American law, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil announced Monday.
Malaysia says Aramco will invest $7B in oil hub
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that oil major Saudi Aramco will invest $7 billion in a mammoth oil processing hub in Malaysia, making it the...
Man who moved oil with words stops talking
For more than two decades, the oil market hung to Ali al-Naimi’s every word – whether he was taking a characteristic stroll at dawn on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, hurrying...
Starbucks CEO says chain ready to enter Italy after 35 years
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's vision for the chain was largely inspired by the coffee bars he saw on his first trip to Milan more than three decades ago
Institute to cut interest rates on housing loans
The Institute of Public Housing will drop its interest rate on housing loans by 33 percent in a bid to encourage Lebanese citizens to buy residential units, Social...
Lebanon to add 500,000 landlines
Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah Friday announced a plan to revamp the landline communications network in Lebanon.
Hajj Hasan: More Egypt imports need more exports
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Thursday stipulated that Lebanon would boost its imports from Egypt if the latter increased its own imports from this country.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that oil major Saudi Aramco will invest $7 billion in a mammoth oil processing hub in Malaysia, making it the single-largest investor in the Southeast Asian country.
Iraq's Kurdistan negotiates $3B oil pre-payment deals
Iraq's Kurdistan has agreed new deals to borrow $3 billion from trading houses and Russian state oil firm Rosneft that will be guaranteed by future oil sales to...
Saudi Arabia's Aramco to invest $7B in Malaysia oil refinery
Saudi Arabia's Aramco will invest $7 billion in a giant Malaysian oil refinery project, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, as he declared ties with the kingdom...
Morocco looks to new markets to boost tourism
Morocco’s key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the...
Samsung delays new phone, showcases tablets
Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone.
Cash no longer king? Swiss National Bank differs
The Swiss central bank sought Monday to allay fears among citizens that bank notes could eventually be phased out as a result of global money-laundering rules or the...
Funds prep $2B for oil market rally
Passive investment funds are poised to shift an estimated $2 billion from far-term to near-term crude futures over the next week, anticipating an energy market rally as...
Do androids dream of personal deductions?
Bill Gates has backed a tax on robots to offset the human cost of automated production, echoing moves in the industrial era.
In terms of progress and substance, Geneva IV may as well be Geneva I, II or III, and unless the Syrian regime changes its attitude, Geneva V, VI and VII will be even worse.
Cauldron of dissidents
The Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp has been described as a hotspot when in fact it’s an explosive cauldron of fire waiting to turn into a conflagration of destruction and...
Baltic dread: Why we remember oppression and fear its return
News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world...
A league to extinguish the flames of war
Sometimes the relationship and affairs between countries go against common and logical expectations with unpredictable outcomes similar to what Turkey experienced...
The return of the center
By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe.
An opponent, not an enemy
Though sports may divide into teams and promote competition, it unifies like little else.
Avowal of commitment
Michel Aoun Thursday affirmed Lebanon’s policy toward Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who for 70 years have been guests of the state, and assertedthe country’s policy...
Spare us your tripe
Election polls in France resemble a yo-yo gone wild, with candidates’ chances hit by everything from scandal to challenges from within their own parties.
News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world between them.
How poor countries foot the refugee bill
The Syrian refugee crisis has focused attention on the need to improve management of refugee flows during times of crisis.
Tony Blair’s democratic insurrection
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s recent call for voters to think again about leaving the European Union, echoed in parliamentary debates ahead of the...
Boosting South Africa’s diversity dividend
After an insight-filled and enjoyable visit to South Africa – my first to this beautiful country in 15 years – I am leaving with mixed feelings.
Russia’s hacking efforts are far from a ‘ruse’
One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence...
The Trump bump in Moscow’s market
Financial markets have been sending an interesting message about President Donald Trump and Russia.
The art of the North Korean deal
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will...
Forget the jobs, enjoy the Trump circus
Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about – an honest, hardworking American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic thanked his children and Jose Mourinho for getting him to sign for Manchester United but refused to commit his future to the club after his goals helped them win the League Cup.
Allegri warns Juve about ‘angry’ Napoli
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned against complacency when the Turin giants host “angry” Napoli in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal Tuesday.
Federer off to smooth Dubai start
Roger Federer took the opening step in his bid for a record eighth title at the Dubai Tennis Championships Monday with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Benoit Paire.
Murray says fully fit for Dubai ATP
Andy Murray leads a trio of Grand Slam champions into the Dubai Tennis Championships, their first matches since the Australian Open, with the Scot now fully fit after a...
Westbrook takes charge, Griffin powers Clippers
Russell Westbrook scored 21 points in the fourth quarter en route to his 29th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans...
Pique and Ramos in spat as title race heats up
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique thinks Real Madrid is being helped by the referees.
Bruised Saints take solace in Gabbiadini
A bruised Southampton squad licked their wounds Monday after narrowly losing a pulsating League Cup final to Manchester United, but can draw much consolation from the...
Former FIFA official Valcke appeals 10-year soccer ban
Former FIFA official Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn his 10-year ban from soccer for unethical conduct
Kerber to rest knee after missing out on top ranking
Angelique Kerber said she needed to nurse her injured knee after a semi-final defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday ended her chances of reclaiming the...
Kerber survives as leading seeds stumble in Dubai
Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships Tuesday.
Federer to keep playing in Basel until 2019
Roger Federer may be 35 but he showed retirement is far from his mind by committing to play at the Swiss Indoors for another three years.
Russell Westbrook scored 21 points in the fourth quarter en route to his 29th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-110 Sunday.
Rockets explode against ’Wolves, Bulls down Cavs
James Harden led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points as the Houston Rockets set a league record for 3-pointers with a 142-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves...
Lakers can’t count on celebrity to bring glory
Chasing celebrity isn’t mentioned anywhere in the first chapter of the playbook to NBA relevance.
Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal: reports
Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas, according to...
Lakers promote Magic in major shake-up
The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling...
American Rickie Fowler breathed a sigh of relief after clinching a four-stroke victory at the $6.4 million Honda Classic in Florida Sunday.
2018 Tour de France to start on the Passage du Gois
Riders in the 2018 Tour de France will set off from the Passage du Gois, a causeway that Atlantic Ocean tides cover twice a day.
Wilder retains WBC title with KO of Washington
Deontay Wilder proved his surgically repaired right hand is still a devastating force – once he unleashed it.Wilder returned from right arm injuries to stop Gerald...
‘I’m a clean athlete,’ Farah insists
Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah Sunday insisted he was “a clean athlete” after a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency report suggested that his coach...
Manny Pacquiao to fight Amir Khan in April
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately Sunday that they would face each other on Apr. 23 after weeks of conflicting...
Lewis Hamilton set the pace for champions Mercedes on the opening day of Formula One’s first preseason test Monday with his new car gobbling up the laps with a hunger that others could not match.
Formula One relaxes social media rules for teams
Formula One’s new owners signaled a break from the Bernie Ecclestone era Monday by giving teams and drivers greater freedom to engage with fans on social media from...
NASCAR seeks boost to steep decline with strong Daytona 500
The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500.
Hamilton hails ‘awesome’ new Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes “pretty awesome” Thursday after lapping a blustery Silverstone circuit in the car he hopes will secure him a fourth Formula One...
Renault targets top five in Formula One
The Renault Formula One team unveiled their new-look 2017 car Tuesday with a target of the top five in the championship, and possible podium finishes, after struggling...
A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop “massacres” in his country, and described a U.S. decision to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars as “America’s loss.”
Absent from Oscars, Farhadi pleads for empathy
A political context larger than that of film itself swept Iran’s “The Salesman” into the limelight and effectively solidified its win in the best foreign language...
Kimmel, simply unflappable as Oscar host
True, Jimmy Kimmel can’t bring together a divided country but for a few hours Sunday, he helped all within earshot laugh more than a little at the nation’s current...
Iran's Farhadi, absent at Oscars, pleads for empathy in win
A political context larger than that of films themselves swept Iran's "The Salesman" into the limelight and effectively solidified its win in the best foreign language...
Palestinian Yaacoub Shaheen wins Arab Idol 2017
Yaacoub Shaheen, a Palestinian competitor in the popular Arab Idol singing contest, won first place Saturday night
Barnes does urban life with Person of the Crowd
The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is taking art to the streets – and bringing the streets into the museum – as part of a major new exhibition that looks at engaging...
What should win, will win, at the Oscars?
Ahead of Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for what many expect to be a “La La Land” sweep.
Bush to unveil portraits of 'war on terror' US veterans
Former U.S. president George W. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in 2009. But he is set to reveal some of the fruits of his second career on...
True, Jimmy Kimmel can’t bring together a divided country but for a few hours Sunday, he helped all within earshot laugh more than a little at the nation’s current discord.
Ryan Eggold takes the lead in Blacklist spinoff
Ryan Eggold is ready for more action in NBC’s “The Blacklist: Redemption.”
Paxton, known for Big Love, Titanic, dies
American actor Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died at age 61 after complications from...
'Moonlight' upsets 'La La Land' for top Oscar after gaffe
African-American coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday on a big night for Hollywood diversity that was overshadowed by an embarrassing...
Help! McCartney lends Ringo a hand on new album
Ringo Starr got a little help from his friend when Paul McCartney dropped by to work on his new album – the first time the two surviving Beatles have come together in...
Bowie wins as Brit Awards pay tribute to George Michael
David Bowie posthumously won two Brit awards Wednesday in an emotional London ceremony which also saw tributes paid to the late George Michael
Jazz-rock fusion pioneer Larry Coryell dead at 73
Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell, one of the first guitarists to win an audience bringing a rock edge to the jazz guitar, has died. He was 73.
Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards
Adele triumphed once again at the Grammys Sunday, with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads. She used her moment in the sun to heap praise on Beyonce.
As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights.
Father-to-be Clooney 'will stop going to war zones'
Hollywood star George Clooney said Thursday that he will be stopping his visits to the world's troublespots now that his wife is pregnant with twins
Lindsay Lohan says she was profiled while wearing headscarf
Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport.
Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz
Actress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to musician Lenny Kravitz.
Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69
Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line...
A transition is underway in the Milan fashion scene, with new designers taking over traditional brands and younger creatives breaking out with their own labels.
Bashful Tokyo pandas mate after four-year hiatus
Two giant pandas at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo mated for the first time in four years Monday – a 52-second effort that boosted hopes for a baby as well as shares in a nearby...
Marshall Islands first to ratify greenhouse gas deal
The Marshall Islands, a Pacific archipelago highly exposed to climate-induced sea level rise, said Tuesday it was the first country to ratify a global pact to phase out...
Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king
The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched...
Women break bones, build bonds in roller derby
On a typical Sunday night, you’ll find 21-year-old Nada Ben Jemaa skating on four wheels, bumping her friends to the ground and sometimes making a trip to the emergency...
Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena
The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for...
Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival in Brazil hits full stride
Rio de Janeiro's famed Carnival bacchanalia hit full stride on Saturday, as hundreds of thousands roared into the streets for one of the city's oldest and by far its...
Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug
Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly...
The Marshall Islands, a Pacific archipelago highly exposed to climate-induced sea level rise, said Tuesday it was the first country to ratify a global pact to phase out planet-warming gases called HFCs
Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades: experts
Australia's plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last...
Google rolls out AI tool to combat online trolls
Google said it will begin offering media groups an artificial intelligence tool designed to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites.
Google, Dutch institute crack key internet security standard
A collaboration between Google's research unit and a Dutch institute Thursday cracked a widely used cryptographic technology that has been one of the key building...
On a typical Sunday night, you’ll find 21-year-old Nada Ben Jemaa skating on four wheels, bumping her friends to the ground and sometimes making a trip to the emergency room with broken-limbed teammates.
Hidden history in Hamra’s Captain’s Cabin
In the days of flashy pubs and pounding music, the dimly lit wooden facade of Captain’s Cabin stands out as a relic of a bygone era.
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads with local authorities.
Bathers revel at alternative to Rio beach scene
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite – the no-fuss atmosphere of a...
In the wake of Vikings, a North Atlantic cruise
Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance.
There are baffling mysteries out there that constantly gnaw at me.
Ford invests $1B in robotics startup in driverless car quest
Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless...
Looks, pep count for everything and CX-3 delivers
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d grown increasingly convinced that the auto industry simply wasn’t interested in pampering customers with modest budgets.
Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study.
Off-label antidepressant use not backed by science: study
Most off-label use of antidepressants is not backed by evidence that the drugs will work as intended, scientists said Wednesday
After son's suicide, dad starts 'The Kindness Challenge'
A New Jersey father mourning the suicide of his son figured a few dozen family friends might join the page he launched on Facebook, his attempt to share stories of...
Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes
Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odor.
‘Thirdhand’ smoke may harm infants: study
The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health.