Overnight raids take Gaza death toll to 172
Seven Hezbollah fighters dead in clash on border
Firing rockets from Lebanon pointless: Berri
Geagea: Government paralysis structural
Germany basks in World Cup win
Despite Lebanon’s increasingly unstable political situation, students from around the globe seek its universities, eager to immerse themselves in Arab culture and the Arabic language.
Rifts over key issues scuttle Cabinet session
Prime Minister Tammam Salam will not call for a Cabinet session this week due to lingering differences among ministers over key issues, such as extra-budgetary spending...
Car bombing kills at least 4 in central Bagdad
A car bomb explodes in a commercial area of central Baghdad, killing at least four civilians.
Iran jails 8 youths for Facebook posts: reports
A revolutionary court in Iran has jailed eight young people for a total of 127 years for anti-regime posts on Facebook, according to media reports.
Former Ukraine president sues EU over sanctions
Former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych, ousted by pro-Western protests, files a suit with EU's top court against sanctions Brussels has imposed on him and two sons.
Hezbollah battles Syria rebels, 4 dead
Clashes between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border have killed at least four fighters, a security official said Sunday.
We must live with Sykes-Picot: French ambassador
More than 20,000 French citizens in the country celebrate France’s National Day Monday, with Ambassador Patrice Paoli using the occasion to call for the respect of...
Italian peacekeepers intercept journalists
Italian soldiers serving with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon intercepted a number of journalists while they covered the firing of rockets from Lebanon into Israel...
Barzani in Turkey amid independence moves
The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will meet Turkish leaders as Ankara keeps a close eye on moves for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan.
Nusra planning own Islamic ‘emirate’ in Syria
The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, intends to establish an Islamic “emirate” in the country but is holding off for now, according to statements that...
Gaza civilians flee after Israeli strike warning
Israel sharpened its campaign against Gaza Sunday, warning Palestinians in the north to flee after marines mounted a ground attack, as diplomatic efforts to halt the...
North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea
North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into the sea in a live-fire drill near the eastern maritime border with South Korea after a recent series of missile tests.
Kerry brokers peace between Afghan rivals
It was late Saturday evening in a fourth-floor room of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Kabul that the election crisis in Afghanistan that had threatened to divide...
Bomb kills seven Algerian troops: ministry
A roadside bomb has killed three Algerian soldiers and four auxiliaries in the west of the North African country, the defense ministry says.
Russia warns Ukraine of "irreversible" consequences
Russia threatens Ukraine with "irreversible consequences" after a man was killed by a shell fired across the border from Ukraine.
World Cup 2022 host Qatar, under international criticism over working conditions for migrant workers, said recruitment agencies in Asia were the main party to blame for any abuse.
Turkey embracing Iraq’s Kurds
Once branded an enemy of the state, the leader of Iraq’s Kurds, Massoud Barzani, has become Turkey’s best friend in the Middle East.
Lebanon to postpone gas auction yet again
Lebanon will once again postpone the gas auction which was scheduled for Aug. 10 as some ministers expressed their dissatisfaction over the state’s share stated in the...
Bassil calls for free trade pact with Brazil
Gebran Bassil calls for an increase in Lebanese exports to Brazil , urging South American countries to adopt free trade agreements with Lebanon during his visit.
Foreign banks begrudgingly bend to U.S. rules
Financiers may grumble that the United States is acting like an imperial power in punishing foreign banks for dealings far beyond U.S. territory, but in the end they...
Emirates finalizes $56 bln order for 150 Boeings
Dubai airline Emirates finalized a $56 billion order to buy 150 Boeing 777X jets Wednesday, firming up a commitment made last year, just weeks after scrapping an order...
Qatar slashes stake in London Stock Exchange
Qatar has sold a 5 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange for 260.1 million pounds ($442.6 million), cutting its holding by a third and making a profit of around 20...
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...
Lebanon will once again postpone the gas auction which was scheduled for Aug. 10 as some ministers expressed their dissatisfaction over the state’s share stated in the decrees, insiders said.
World Bank program looks to create jobs
The World Bank will soon call upon Lebanese youths to apply to “New Entrance to Work,” a project aimed at providing 3,000 job opportunities as unemployment in Lebanon...
Lebanon exports to Iraq to decline
Lebanon’s total exports to Iraq will see a sharp decline over the next few months due to the deteriorating security situation in the country that represents the...
U.S. sanctions ‘Hezbollah-linked’ company
The United States Thursday slapped sanctions on an electronic and cellular commercial company with alleged links to Hezbollah.
Financiers may grumble that the United States is acting like an imperial power in punishing foreign banks for dealings far beyond U.S. territory, but in the end they are more likely to bow to Washington than kick against its dollar muscle.
Tech earnings set to take center stage next week
Earnings from some of the biggest U.S. technology companies will take center stage next week, giving investors a chance to re-evaluate the sector’s health.
World’s rich lose $33B as Slim plans breakup
The world’s 300 richest people dropped $33 billion from their collective net worth this week as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index suffered its worst week since April.
Global stock steady as Portugal fears ease
Major global equities markets steadied and the yen stabilized against the U.S. dollar Friday as worries about Portugal’s biggest bank eased.
Tiny houses growing big in popularity
Doug Immel recently completed his custom-built dream home, sparing no expense on details like cherry-wood floors, cathedral ceilings and stained-glass windows – in just...
The Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip has produced a death toll that is approaching 200 people, mainly civilians, a wide swathe of destruction in one of the most densely populated places on earth and yet another humanitarian crisis in the Arab world.
The firing of rockets from southern Lebanon into Israel Friday should serve as a wake-up call to national leaders, as if they needed one, about the sensitivity and...
Obama’s anti-terror policy looks good, on paper
In President Barack Obama’s sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How...
Colonialism never ended in Palestine
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we can get a better understanding of the conditions of that time by following closely events in...
There is not much U.S. can do in Syria
The Obama administration’s decision to seek $500 million to train and fund elements of the Syrian opposition has been greeted with bipartisan support in Washington.
Bent on aggression
It has become clear that the Israeli authorities were aware that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead from day one.
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...
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.
In President Barack Obama’s sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?
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...
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...
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...
Defeat ISIS by cutting off its funding
As fasting for Ramadan began, a Sunni terrorist group popularly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) proclaimed a caliphate, or...
Religious violence in Arab world likely to worsen
The recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is an unprecedented event in modern times.
The Waziristan campaign may destabilize Pakistan
Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist...
A military affairs revolution sweeps East Asia
A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia.
Brazil's football confederation will not renew the contract of national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, local media reported on Monday, after the five-time World Cup winners were mauled by Germany in a humiliating 7-1 defeat on home soil.
Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup
With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.
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.
Marquez wins German GP for ninth straight victory
Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring for the fifth time in as many visits for nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defense.
Brazil pay for tactical naivety, immaturity
Brazil came into the World Cup expecting nothing less than victory but tactical naivety, a lack of emotional preparation and an inability to overcome the loss of two...
Liverpool won’t repeat Spurs’ mistakes
We know what they did last summer. Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and spent the 85-million pound ($145 million) shattering their transfer record to build up...
The five moments in which the World Cup was won
Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time Sunday with a 1-0 win over Argentina, thanks to Mario Goetze’s stunning extra time goal at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
Bouchard to face Kvitova for title
Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach a grand slam singles final at Wimbledon Thursday and will tackle 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in a title matchup few...
Young guns meet seasoned players in men’s semis
Youth squares up against experience in this year’s Wimbledon semifinals lineup.
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...
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...
Lebron James is going home by signing with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, he says in an article in Sports Illustrated.
LeBron James to meet with Heat
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.
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.
Beirut’s locals can now ping a driver for a quick pick up with the launch of Uber app in Beirut.
Chakra rebels with the era of conformity
Designers across the program, from Dior to Versace, approached this season’s haute couture, their most expensive and critics would say excessive collections, with...
iPhone 'threat to national security': Chinese media
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp a user's...
LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display
LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Brangelina’s French rosé showcased in Beirut
If winning Oscars and high profile humanitarianism weren’t enough, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can now add world class wine production to their resumes.
Saab’s gowns light up Paris
Elie Saab Wednesday seduced the crowd at his winter couture show with a romantic collection of old-time glamour set under the mood lighting of several enormous...
Light and dark contrast at Tony Ward
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...
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp a user's location.
NASA to send 3D Google smartphones for robots to space station
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...
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...
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
From France’s champagne region, a Rare label
Le Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, is probably the most important and influential French regional wine board.
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...
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.
She says her life is a lot calmer since she married fashionista-rapper Kanye West.
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.
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...
A glass or two of booze is good for your heart, according to long-standing medical advice that drinkers are often fond of citing.
Study paves way for simple Alzheimer's test
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...
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...
Charlie Haden helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet, liberating the contrabass from its traditional rhythm section role.
Ancient graffiti to street art: Rome walls tell a story
Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word "graffiti" was first used for markings found in the ruins of...
Comedian Tracy Morgan released from rehab after June crash
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was released from a rehabilitation center to finish his recovery at home from a New Jersey crash in June that left him critically...
Simon Cowell on a business, personal roll
Life is good these days for Simon Cowell.
Katherine Heigl returns to TV with new NBC series
Katherine Heigl is returning to television, with her mother in tow.
Artist asks public to lie under dismembered train
The Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto doesn’t just spray paint on walls. He takes chisels and jackhammers to them, gouging out work on the streets that go way...
Cairo cinema gives home for alternative film
Wedged between auto parts shops and cafes off the crowded avenues of downtown Cairo, no blaring marquee announces this cinema.
Fattal reflects upon an ageing world
Bulky, rough-hewn and immobile. Somewhat threatening too, giving pause to anyone stepping into the gallery about going any further.
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was released from a rehabilitation center to finish his recovery at home from a New Jersey crash in June that left him critically injured and killed a fellow passenger, his spokesman said on Saturday.
Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies
Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate says.
Tennis star Djokovic weds in romantic ceremony
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic wed Thursday in a gazebo civil ceremony on a lawn at a posh Adriatic resort.
Rosie O'Donnell to return to TV talk show "The View"
Actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell is returning to ABC's long-running morning talk show "The View" to co-host it with Whoopi Goldberg, the television network said on...
'Planet of the Apes' climbs to top of U.S. box office charts
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant "Transformers" robots out of the...
Liev Schreiber balances fatherhood, ‘Ray Donovan
Nothing is more important than family. That’s what Liev Schreiber’s stoic Hollywood fixer tells his wife in the second season premiere of “Ray Donovan.”
NBC weighs return for Maya Rudolph variety show
NBC says it's weighing bringing back Maya Rudolph's variety show.
Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay Z heading to HBO
Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special, and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network.
U.S. rapper will.i.am secured his 10th number one in the British singles charts on Sunday, going straight in at the top spot with "It's My Birthday", the Official Charts Company said.
Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site
Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way.
Rock Hall planning Everly Brothers tribute show
The Rock and Roll of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall.
Trey Songz's 'Trigga' debuts at No. 1 on U.S. Billboard chart
R&B singer Trey Songz on Wednesday scored his second No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with "Trigga" selling 105,000 copies in its debut week,...
Country newcomer duets with legends on new album
What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah.