Lebanon registered 20 more coronavirus deaths and 544 new cases over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Tuesday, as the country was set for a two-day lockdown over the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Escalation adds to panic over subsidies removal
Political escalation by rival parties over the weekend has added to swelling public panic over plans to remove subsidies on essential items, overshadowing the Cabinet...
Eleven killed, many wounded in Russian school shooting
At least 11 people have been killed and many more wounded after one or more gunmen opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, the RIA news agency reported on...
Taliban declare Eid holiday ceasefire as Afghan violence soars
The Taliban on Monday declared a three-day ceasefire for this week's Eid al-Fitr holiday, following a sharp spike in violence as Washington goes about withdrawing its...
'It's all a lie': hesitancy hampers vaccine drive in war-scarred Syrian area
In northwest Syria, where healthcare is rudimentary and those displaced by war are packed into squalid camps, the arrival of vaccines to fight COVID-19 should have been...
Lebanon detains 60 migrants in foiled sea crossing
The army said Monday it has foiled an attempt to smuggle 60 people, mostly from Syria, out of Lebanon, days after dozens of Syrians were caught trying to cross to Cyprus.
Lebanon reports 21 virus deaths, 302 new cases
Lebanon registered 21 COVID-19 deaths and 302 cases over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Monday, confirming a slowing trend in the spread of the virus.
Hezbollah forces on alert as Israel starts drill
Hezbollah put its forces in Lebanon and Syria on high alert Sunday as Israel began large-scale military exercises, security sources said.
At least 11 people have been killed and many more wounded after one or more gunmen opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the emergency services ministry.
New military letter warns Macron over 'survival' of France
A group of serving French soldiers published a new open letter warning President Emmanuel Macron that the "survival" of France is at stake
Oil climbs on cyber attack; metals shine on demand hopes
Oil prices climbed Monday after a vital US pipeline was put out of action by a cyber attack
Putin reviews Russian military might as tensions with West soar
President Vladimir Putin reviewed Russia's traditional World War Two victory parade on Sunday, a patriotic display of raw military power that this year coincides with...
In northwest Syria, where healthcare is rudimentary and those displaced by war are packed into squalid camps, the arrival of vaccines to fight COVID-19 should have been cause for relief.
Amnesty: Israel using unlawful force in Jerusalem
Amnesty International said Israel is using "abusive and wanton force against largely peaceful Palestinian protesters" in east Jerusalem clashes that have wounded...
East Jerusalem hospital fills up after Al-Aqsa clashes
Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli police at Al-Aqsa mosque compound filled the halls of an east Jerusalem hospital Monday, several having lost eyes after...
Suez Canal chief says southern stretch to be expanded
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) plans to expand and deepen the southern stretch of the waterway where a container ship became jammed and blocked traffic for six days in...
Registration opens for hopefuls in Iran's presidential vote
Iran opened registration Tuesday for potential candidates in the country's June presidential election, kicking off the race as uncertainty looms over Tehran's tattered...
Exchange dealers were selling the dollar for LL12,600 and buying it for LL12,500, down from Monday's average of LL12,350.
Pound up after Central Bank announcement
The Lebanese pound rose against the dollar Monday, trading at LL12,350 on the black market, after BDL said it was looking into a way through which depositors could have...
Saudi oil firm Aramco's first-quarter profits up by 30%
Saudi Aramco said Tuesday its profits soared by 30% in the first-quarter of the year, compared to last year, riding on the back of higher crude oil prices.
Saudi Arabia could ease fiscal adjustment to help recovery, IMF says
Saudi Arabia's plans to balance its finances are making good progress but a slower pace of adjustment could be considered this year to support the recovery from the...
Oil prices climbed Monday after a vital US pipeline was put out of action by a cyber attack.
BDL: Dollars can be withdrawn in stages as of June
The Central Bank said Sunday that deposits in all currencies dating back before Oct. 17, 2019, and as they became on March 31, 2021, can be withdrawn in all currencies...
Lebanese pound plunges on govt deadlock
The pound plunged against the dollar Friday, trading at LL12,750 on the black market, after a French effort to resolve the country's political crisis produced no...
Lebanese pound down as govt crisis drags on
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar Friday, trading at LL12,450 on the black market, as a French initiative to resolve the country's political crisis appeared to...
Saudi king names new economy minister, eldest son as advisor
Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new economy minister and named his eldest living son as a special advisor in a series of royal decrees issued early Monday.
Saudi Arabia in talks to sell 1% of Aramco to foreign investor: Crown prince
Saudi Arabia's crown prince said in televised remarks on Tuesday that the kingdom was in discussions to sell 1% of state oil firm Saudi Aramco to a leading global...
Saudi Red Sea project secures $3.8 billion 'green' loan for new hotels
Saudi Arabia's flagship tourism project developer, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), has raised a 14.12 billion-riyal ($3.77 billion) 'green' loan from four...
Bank of England expects best year for UK economy since 1941
The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold as it forecast the fastest annual pace of growth for the British economy since early on in World War II, largely as...
US trade deficit hits record $74.4 billion in March
The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record $74.4 billion in March as an improving U.S. economy drove purchases of imported foreign goods.
Europe's oil majors leave pandemic blues behind
Europe's major energy companies profited from a rise in oil prices to report big increases in first-quarter earnings on Thursday, putting the worst of the...
Bankers call for more bang to Britain's big finance fightback
Shortly after Britain left the European Union, finance minister Rishi Sunak pledged a series of measures he dubbed "Big Bang 2.
If the tinderbox situation in Jerusalem over the weekend proves one thing, it’s that Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” was nothing more than a sham that is now dead and buried.
Taking a ruinous route with collective censure
With everything that is going on in Lebanon today it has become even more imperative that each party and each leader be afforded consideration according to their...
The ‘reskilling’ revolution
The future is difficult to foresee, which makes creating ideas like "future ready" and "skills for the future" difficult to apply.
The French initiative is not enough
Visits by foreign dignitaries, special envoys, ambassadors visits, have so far failed to score a breakthrough in the political impasse that gripped the country in the...
COVID-19 and the dilemma of the informal economy
With every crisis come various challenges but also new opportunities.
Did Hezbollah start 'enriching Bassil' for president?
The upcoming presidential election due in 18 months is looming with fear that it is the main reason behind the current political stalemate.
Put people before runaway military spending
For all of us, but especially women, the pandemic is a reminder that traditional notions of “security” that fuel the weapons industry cannot protect us from dangers and...
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions Tuesday after second-placed Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester City.
Title romp shows Man City have raised the bar again
Whenever Manchester United did not win the Premier League in the glory years of Alex Ferguson, their fans took comfort in teasing their rivals by saying the title was...
Nadal stunned by Zverev in Madrid
Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany's Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarterfinals Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard's form ahead of this month's French...
Nadal beats Tsitsipas for 12th Barcelona title
Rafael Nadal saved a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5 Sunday and claim a 12th Barcelona Open title in the ATP's longest match of 2021.
Russell Westbrook passes Oscar Robertson for triple-double record
Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's NBA record for career triple-doubles with his 182nd Monday.
Buffon to quit Juventus at end of season
Gianluigi Buffon said Tuesday that he will bring the curtain down on his time at Juventus after nearly two decades at the end of the season, but will look to prolong...
Fulham relegated from Premier League after Burnley loss
Fulham were relegated from the Premier League with a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley Monday that assured the Clarets of their top-flight status.
Cavani extends Man Utd contract to 2022
Edinson Cavani will remain at Manchester United next season after the on-form Uruguayan signed a one-year contract extension Monday.
Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany's Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarterfinals Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard's form ahead of this month's French Open.
Tsitsipas beats Rublev in Monte Carlo final for first Masters 1000 title
Stefanos Tsitsipas crushed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in a one-sided final in the Monte Carlo Open for his first Masters 1000 title.
Federer says he will play at Roland Garros
Roger Federer confirmed Sunday he will play the French Open at Roland Garros this year having skipped the 2020 edition to recover from knee surgery.
Nadal's bid for 12th Monte Carlo title ended by Rublev
Rafael Nadal's bid for a 12th Monte Carlo Masters title was shattered by Russia's Andrey Rublev, who swept to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 quarterfinal win Friday.
Curry scores 53 to pass Chamberlain for Warriors record
Steph Curry erupted with 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain's all-time Golden State scoring record Monday as the Warriors downed the Denver Nuggets 116-107.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds Saturday to unify three super middleweight titles in front of the largest U.S. crowd in history to watch an indoor boxing event.
Usman tops Masvidal, UFC 261 returns sports world to normal
A packed house. A raucous crowd. Celebrity sightings. Stunning upsets. Spectacular finishes. Broken bones. Blood, sweat and tears.
Another world title would be anticlimax' for O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan insisted Friday he had no interest in equalling Stephen Hendry's modern-day record of seven titles on the eve of defending his world snooker...
Japan hails 'bright news' of Matsuyama's Masters win
Japan sucked in its breath as Hideki Matsuyama almost blew his chance to win the Masters but the golfer's one-shot victory at Augusta National sparked a joyous reaction...
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix Sunday ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen after a Mercedes pit-stop masterstroke.
Hamilton stretches F1 lead with victory in Portugal
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Red Bull's Max Verstappen to eight...
Verstappen wins chaotic Imola classic
Max Verstappen kept his cool to claim a chaotic rain-hit Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Sunday as seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton recovered from a rare...
Hamilton sees off the Red Bulls to seize his 99th pole
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola Saturday with Red Bull's Sergio Perez joining the seven-time Formula One world...
Milan's mythical La Scala opera house erupted into huge applause on Monday to hail a stirring performance at its triumphant reopening after six months of silence imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Maestro Muti: Pandemic year silenced culture
‘If we truly took into account how we are living, we would all go crazy,’ Muti said. ‘We try to maintain the illusion that we are living a normal life. It is the only...
Coldplay beam new song into space
‘It’s amazing how small and finite and fragile the Earth is,’ said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ‘It’s a ball. It’s self-contained. Everything we have is here....
Glenn Close and Ted Nash on their new jazz duet
‘I learned about Go-go [music] and certainly about the Washington [D.C.] music scene from those years. I was able to do that little piece of “Da Butt”...
Berlinale says its June outdoor screenings are on
The programme will be made up primarily of movies shown online at the March edition, including the winners of its Golden and Silver Bears, which will be awarded at a...
Evidence of nine Neanderthals found in Italian cave
The fossil remains of nine Neanderthal men have been found in a cave in Italy, the culture ministry announced Saturday, a major discovery in the study of our ancient...
Turner Prize shortlist ruled by art collectives
The shortlist is comprised of Array Collective, a group of Belfast-based artists; Black Obsidian Sound System, a London-based collective of radical art activists;...
A new stage promised for Rome’s Colosseum
The new stage will allow visitors to stand in the center and view the Colosseum’s vaulted walls as they would have been seen by gladiators in ancient Rome
‘It’s amazing how small and finite and fragile the Earth is,’ said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ‘It’s a ball. It’s self-contained. Everything we have is here. There’s nothing else. You have to use your resources wisely.’
For Dave Grohl, it’s not the van driving musicians
‘You’ve got to get in a van if you want to make it in this business,’ said Ringo Starr, who recounted how the Beatles had to stack themselves like firewood to keep warm...
Post-Covid, Marianne Faithfull turns to poetry
Though she may never sing again, she spent the past few months completing an album begun before the pandemic. It features her reading some of her favourite 19th-century...
Italian piano maker sees craft threatened
The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the...
The programme will be made up primarily of movies shown online at the March edition, including the winners of its Golden and Silver Bears, which will be awarded at a gala ceremony on June 13. Existing open-air cinemas throughout the city, as well as a specially created site on Berlin’s historic Museum Island, will serve as venues and comply with pandemic hygiene rules
Iraq’s prank-based reality TV show is cancelled
The show follows Iraqi celebrity guests who are invited to what is described as a ‘charity event’ but then fall prey to a staged ambush by actors playing militants....
Review: Statham, Ritchie reunite with a blast
Jason Statham return engagement with director-writer Guy Ritchie builds on a partnership that has previously produced ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ ‘Snatch’...
The opioid crisis: The ‘Crime of the Century’
Filmmaker Alex Gibney explains how the drugs that caused the crisis came to be, how companies aggressively promoted and distributed them and how the government failed...
‘Limbo’ breaks the refugee movie mould
The film is based on Sharrock’s own experience of studying and living in Arab countries, visiting refugee camps, and rooted in the fact that asylum-seekers are often...
His rich anthems of peace and struggle, hope and discontent, still reverberate globally and especially in his native Jamaica, a small nation whose rich culture its most famous son popularized on an international stage
Kardashian entangled in antiquities smuggling row
Court documents said the consignee and importer name was listed as ‘“Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust” in Woodland Hills, California,’ the Noel Roberts Trust being...
Napoleon’s Mideast campaign still contentious
Egyptians and Palestinians betray little nostalgia for Bonaparte’s early conquests of their lands
UAE voices ‘regret’ after Habermas rejects prize
‘That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby,’ read a statement from the 91-year-old Habermas, who is considered Germany’s most eminent contemporary philosopher....
Florian Zeller’s conquest of stage and screen
The French playwright’s works have now been performed in more than 40 countries, and won awards from Tokyo to New York, but it is with the film version of ‘The Father,’...
Michelle Rasul had just learned to read and write and was already spinning turntables, scratching hip-hop records and making the beats drop.
Street parties celebrate end of Spain's state of emergency
Impromptu street celebrations erupted across Spain as the clock struck midnight on Saturday, when a six-month-long national state of emergency to contain the spread of...
Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12
COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle...
BioNTech says 'no evidence' its jabs need adapting for variants
German firm BioNTech said Monday that the Covid-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer does not require any modifications to work against variants of the virus, as it...
Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following...
Dubai luxury home market soars as world's rich flee pandemic
After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city's pandemic lockdowns.
First team of mounted archers takes aim in Gaza
Hoofs pounded the ground and kicked up dust clouds as one by one a small group of young mounted archers pulled back their bows and let their arrows fly at a passing...
At Tehran garage, Iranian woman polishes cars and her dreams
It’s a men's-only club in the tangle of auto repair shops on the traffic-clogged streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran.
COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall.
US turning corner on pandemic, says White House COVID coordinator
The United States is closer to getting the coronavirus pandemic under control and health officials are focused on the next challenge: getting more Americans vaccinated,...
EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a...
EU regulator reviews reports of rare nerve disorder after AstraZeneca shot
Europe's medicines regulator reports a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who have received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry
A large segment of a Chinese rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the weekend, but Beijing has downplayed fears of...
SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown
SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.
The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved
A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal chunk of the internet
Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet
NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Dubai's tourism chief on Tuesday said he was very optimistic business and leisure travellers would return this year, though the pandemic made it difficult to predict exactly how many.
Cafes, restaurants reopen in Greece for outdoor service
Cafes and restaurants reopened in Greece on Monday for sit-down service for the first time in nearly six months, as the country began easing coronavirus-related...
Volkswagen, Ford and Chinese brands unveiled new SUVs for China on Monday at the Shanghai auto show, the industry’s biggest marketing event in a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ford to offer hands-free driving in some car, truck models later this year
Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it will start putting its hands-free highway driving technology in some of its pickup truck and Mustang models later this year.
Ahmad Daoud surveyed his shrivelled tomato plants near the Dead Sea in Jordan, where severe drought in what is already one of the world's most water-deficient countries is hitting hard.
Biden's climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming
U.S. President Joe Biden's climate summit will turn to the issue of technology on Friday, featuring remarks from entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, after...
US pledges to halve its emissions by 2030 in renewed climate fight
The Biden administration on Thursday pledged to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% from 2005 levels by 2030, a new target it hopes will spur other big...
Race to save Cyprus corals from climate change, mass tourism
Many people think Cyprus has no corals, says marine ecologist Louis Hadjiannou.
From lizards to water, eco-bumps snag Tesla Berlin plant
In the green forest outside Berlin, a David and Goliath-style battle is playing out between electric carmaker Tesla and environmental campaigners who want to stop its...