France Friday mourned the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande set to lead a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims
Ukraine says Russia has started to restrict its coal supplies
Russia has started to restrict coal supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told parliament Friday, saying Kiev had 1 month of its own supplies left,...
Kremlin: Turkey's Erdogan requests meeting with Putin in Paris
The Kremlin said Friday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had requested a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Paris on Nov. 30
Kurdish militant killed in clashes with Turkish police
A Kurdish militant was killed Friday in clashes with police in southeastern Turkey's biggest city of Diyarbakir, security sources said
Kahwagi sees growing risk from refugee camps
The Army commander says camps that are home to refugees from neighboring Syria represent a growing security risk as potential hideouts for militants who have been...
China calls for calm amid tensions over Russian jet downing
China's Foreign Ministry called for calm Friday over growing tensions about Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane, urging the international community to...
ISIS propaganda gives Taiwan unwanted recognition
ISIS has given an unwanted nod to Taiwan's four-decade struggle for international recognition, displaying the island's flag and naming it as part of the "enemy...
Tens of thousands of students protest in Nepalese capital
Tens of thousands of students held hands, waved banners and chanted slogans in Nepal's capital Friday to protest against a border blockade that has caused severe...
Hollande, Putin to cooperate on ISIS
French President Francois Hollande and Russia’s Vladimir Putin remained at odds over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad but agreed to share intelligence...
Neither war nor talks seen ending Syria stalemate
The Syria war is escalating in tandem with intensified diplomacy, but neither growing foreign military intervention nor a revived political track look capable of...
Cameron says time to bomb militants in Syria
Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday it was time to join airstrikes against ISIS in Syria because Britain cannot “subcontract its security to other countries.”
The Army commander says camps that are home to refugees from neighboring Syria represent a growing security risk as potential hideouts for militants who have been prevented from using other areas to launch attacks and rig car bombs.
Frangieh, last resort to avoid political collapse
MP Sleiman Frangieh’s serious consideration for the presidency comes after the realization by international and regional powers that Lebanon can no longer withstand its...
Riyadh slaps sanctions on Hezbollah-linked people
Saudi Arabia Thursday imposed sanctions on 12 Hezbollah members and institutions that engage in business with the party and conduct operations at the group’s behest...
Samaha’s trial postponed for the last time
Lebanon’s Military Tribunal set Dec. 10 as a final date to start the trial of Michel Samaha, accusing the former minister’s defense team of stalling the court’s...
Suspect in Beirut blast killed in Syria
A Syrian man accused of transporting the two suicide bombers who blew themselves up in a Beirut southern Beirut suburb earlier this month has been killed in a joint...
Lebanon’s retail sector continued to suffer slow growth despite the fall in prices of some commodities in the third quarter of 2015, a report by Fransabank said Thursday.
BBAC still active in Cyprus after crisis
Lebanese and foreign banks in Cyprus have seen a quick exit of customer deposits after the Cypriot central bank lifted the ceiling of withdrawal of funds two years ago.
Iran sweetens terms for oil investors
Iran will pitch more than 50 oil and natural gas projects to foreign investors at a two-day conference in Tehran starting Saturday as the Arab Gulf country prepares for...
Turkish lira, bonds drop on tensions with Russia
The lira weakened a fourth day as Russia ratcheted up pressure on Turkey for shooting down one of its jets and traders weighed a change in wording in the government’s...
Acclaimed Palestinian theatre in Jerusalem faces closure
By Luke Baker
The Palestinian National Theater, which for three decades has been the leading performing arts and cultural center for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing...
Gas deal: Road to growth for Cyprus?
All eyes are zeroing in on Cyprus after a major British oil company announced Monday it had agreed to buy a stake in one of the island’s offshore gas deposit in the aim...
Good news for Cyprus is better news for Lebanon
The latest headlines out of Cyprus are a welcome boost for all East Mediterranean countries hoping to become oil and gas producers, but the only thing making the front...
Tax incentive, passports lure investors to Cyprus
Tax incentive, European passports, permanent residence and a good return in profits are among the incentives offered by Cyprus to lure Lebanese and foreign investors, a...
Iran will pitch more than 50 oil and natural gas projects to foreign investors at a two-day conference in Tehran starting Saturday as the Arab Gulf country prepares for the end of sanctions that have stifled development and production of its energy wealth.
Moscow flogs Ankara by severing business ties
Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.
Saudi net foreign assets slide to three-year low
Saudi net foreign assets dropped to $640 billion in October, the lowest level in three years as the oil rout strains state finances in the biggest Arab economy.
OPEC to stay the course despite fears of $20 oil
OPEC is determined to keep pumping oil vigorously despite the resulting financial strain even on the policy’s chief architect, Saudi Arabia, alarming weaker members who...
By Luke Baker
The Palestinian National Theater, which for three decades has been the leading performing arts and cultural center for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing closure after running up large municipal debts, its director said Friday
Barclays fined for complacence on crime checks
Britain’s markets watchdog said on Thursday it had fined Barclays 72 million pounds ($109 million) for cutting corners on checking customers for potential financial...
Draghi, a rabbit, the euro and the magic trick
Mario Draghi needs to come up with something to surprise currency traders next week or risk a euro rebound that would threaten his efforts to boost inflation.
U.K. spending plan has 50-50 chance
British finance minister George Osborne’s latest spending plans have a roughly 50 percent chance of success, the head of the country’s non-partisan Institute for Fiscal...
European stocks extend rebound
European stock markets rose solidly for a second day running Thursday following gains across Asia.
Turkey’s response to Russia’s involvement along its border with Syria not only destroyed a Russian jet and an uneasy understanding between those fighting ISIS, but also shattered some myths surrounding the ragtag group of powers in the nearly five-year war.
The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is a clear indication of further escalation of the war in Syria at a time of fraught ties between Russia and Turkey.
Iran seeks to overthrow regional balance
Inviting Iran to the recent round of talks on the Syria crisis in Vienna, Austria, had far-reaching implications.
Against ISIS, our love of life must prevail
Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner,...
How should world respond to ISIS threat?
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right...
The forgotten innocents
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Ever since the war in Syria started there have been two mantras: Barack Obama saying any solution requires Bashar Assad’s departure, and Vladimir Putin saying any...
A strange amnesia seems to have enveloped a group of American lawmakers, who are trying to slam the United States’ door shut in the face of Syrian refugees.
Why did Leon’s Libya mission fail?
After a long and difficult journey in the Libyan political minefield that deeply affected both his mission and reputation, United Nations Special Representative to...
Anti-Muslim populism plays into the hands of ISIS
Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential...
Tunisia’s ruling party crisis
On Nov. 9, a group of 31 Tunisian parliamentarians from the ruling Nidaa Tounes party resigned from their parliamentary bloc and warned that they will resign from the...
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right thing in their current policy to counter ISIS, and whether they should be doing other things besides military attacks.
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
Syria peace process a play without actors
While the world has been preoccupied with the ISIS and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna...
Trump and the Republican crack-up
Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon begin to descend.
Lessons from ISIS attacks in Beirut, Sinai
The devastating terror bombs Thursday in a south Beirut high-density residential and commercial area, following the apparent bomb that brought down a Russian civilian...
Premier League champions Chelsea are getting their confidence back after winning back-to-back games for only the second time this campaign, says defender Cesar Azpilicueta
Liverpool's Klopp happy with Europa League progression
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was delighted the club wrapped up an early place in the Europa League knockout stages after Thursday's hard-fought 2-1 win over French...
Warriors crush Lakers for best start in history
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night...
Bryant sinks in his likely final season
As the Golden State Warriors steamrolled Los Angeles Lakers to a historic start Tuesday, aging star Kobe Bryant sank to a new low in a trying season expected to be his...
Russia accepts ‘full’ doping ban
Russia has accepted its “full suspension” from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the International Association of Athletics...
Sanchez is like a hunting lion, says Arsenal boss Wenger
Alexis Sanchez has been compared to a hunting lion by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who says he is amazed by the Chile forward's resilience and powers of recovery
Manchester United striker Wilson joins Brighton on loan
Manchester United striker James Wilson has joined Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion on loan for the rest of the season, the second division club said
FIFA watches sent to charity, to be sold
Football world body FIFA, mired in the worst graft scandal in its history, is giving 48 Swiss watches worth up to $25,000 each to a children’s football charity after a...
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
LeBron joins Robertson on elite list, leads Cavs
LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a...
Warriors on cusp of history
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015.
Rockets pull out OT win after firing McHale
James Harden scored 45 points, including all nine for Houston in overtime, as the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 Wednesday after firing coach Kevin...
Russia has accepted its “full suspension” from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the International Association of Athletics Federations said Thursday.
Fury serenades Klitschko in latest stunt
Having previously dressed as Batman for a news conference, Tyson Fury employed more theatrics Wednesday by turning to song in the latest round of mind games with...
Coe denies lobbying claims over 2021 Worlds
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe has denied allegations of a conflict of interest over his ties with Nike and his role in the 2021 championships being awarded to the...
Haye announces comeback fight against De Mori
Britain’s former world heavyweight champion David Haye will make his comeback in a London fight against Australia’s Mark de Mori in January, he said Tuesday.
Spieth: Olympics is fifth major
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth Tuesday said he’s treating the Olympics as a “fifth major” next year as he revealed his excitement at golf’s return to the Games in Rio de...
Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years this weekend when they take on Belgium in Ghent, although if they do succeed the Scottish town of Dunblane could argue its name should be inscribed on the trophy.
Belgium need baby-faced Goffin to come of age
If Belgium are to win the Davis Cup final for the first time this week then baby-faced David Goffin will have to come of age.
Murray set for Davis Cup final despite alert
Andy Murray said Tuesday he had no qualms about playing the Davis Cup final in Belgium despite the security alert, but added that he would understand if any British...
Djokovic targets Roland Garros and Rio glory
Novak Djokovic has set his sights on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to have eluded him – the French Open and Olympics.
Davis Cup final will go ahead: local organizers
The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead despite Brussels being placed on maximum alert over the threat of an imminent attack, local organizers and...
Lewis Hamilton will find his number is up in lights in Abu Dhabi, and that can only be a good omen as the triple F1 world champion seeks to end another dominant season on a high this weekend. The No. 44, the one the Briton has on his Mercedes, figures prominently on roadside illuminations as the United Arab Emirates celebrates the 44th anniversary of its founding on Dec. 2, 1971.
Renault deal 'pretty much done', says Lotus owner
Talks with Renault for the takeover of the struggling Lotus Formula One team are almost done, according to owner and principal Gerard Lopez
Rosberg on a roll with Brazilian GP win
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late...
Rosberg roars back to top Brazil practice
Nico Rosberg bounced back after being left behind by a dominant Lewis Hamilton in the morning to top the times for Mercedes in Friday’s second free practice session for...
Rossi bitter over wasted last chance
New MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has accused Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi of sour grapes after Sunday’s deciding race in Valencia, saying the Italian knows he...
Rosie O’Donnell was delighted when “Empire” creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star on the Fox drama, then got a case of nerves.
'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York
A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
Pixar’s trippy Good Dinosaur stumbles
“The Good Dinosaur” is Pixar’s most trippy and tripped-up film.
Emmys honor Downton creator
The timing couldn’t be better for the International Emmys to honor “Downton Abbey” writer and creator Julian Fellowes as the acclaimed British period drama wraps up its...
Kidman best actress at Evening Standard awards
Nicole Kidman says her award-winning London stage performance as a scientist was a tribute to her late father.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Debuts to Franchise-Low $101 Million
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
John Lennon's guitar sells for $2.4 million at auction
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction
Dench’s stare goes global in Winter’s Tale
Her cutting words were written by William Shakespeare. The withering stare the straight-talking Paulina fixes on co-star Kenneth Branagh’s insanely jealous King Leontes...
Algerian heavy metal bangs up against tradition
They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.
With lessons for today, movies bring back the ’50
Fear of unexpected strikes from overseas, battles over First Amendment rights, tensions of inequality – it’s no wonder the 1950s are all over movie screens.
Gritty, soulful Creed goes the distance
Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out – a seventh – you thought, ‘How many “Rocky” movies do we need?’
A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding Friday after an appellate prosecutor's office said it found no justification to appeal it
On Walk of Fame, Radcliffe says will never stop "feeling lucky"
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
US creator of the iconic 1960s Batmobile dies
George Barris, the man who designed and built the black, fire-spitting vehicle made famous in the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died in Los Angeles, his son...
Sure, DVDs are slightly old-school in this age of streaming media. But a boxed set of a great TV show has elegance that goes beyond the episodes it has compiled. And it’s a welcome backup when your cable or Internet goes on the fritz. Here are some DVD suggestions, listed decade by decade from TV’s infancy.
Fake guitars to toys, gifts for any gamer
Video-game players aren’t that difficult to shop for. Let’s face it: It’s an expensive hobby, and most gamers have something on their list that they’ve set aside in the...
Give the gift of tech charging in bags, wallets
There are so many ways to charge a cellphone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Cooling pastels hot for the winter
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Box sets from Bruce, Aretha, Bob … for holidays
Selected box set reviews from The Associated Press:Bruce Springsteen, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” (Columbia) $119.98 No one does deluxe album reissues...
In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition
UAE channels money into alternative energy
Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the UAE’s oil wells run dry.
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
'Breakthrough' winners earn over $21 million in prizes
Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists.
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Your new best friend: Follow Me Suitcase
The future of Lebanon lies in the hands of its youth.
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
Revisiting an old marriage tradition
Upholstering bed mattresses was once a prominent profession in south Lebanon which over time has faded away.
Winter is coming ... Bring out your furs
The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou offers all the hustle, bustle, culture and commerce of other major Asian metropolises minus the massive tourist crowds.
Seoul district to erect "Gangnam Style" statue
A statue dedicated to South Korean singer Psy's global music video hit "Gangnam Style" is to be erected in the eponymous, upscale Seoul district made famous by the song
Most cars are merely a collection of parts: steel, glass, plastic and, if you’re lucky, real leather. If you’re luckier than most, your ride is blisteringly quick, flawlessly built and beautiful enough to warrant becoming the wallpaper on your computer screen.
Infiniti QX60: Smooth, stylish and comfortable
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....
For a happier life, give up Facebook: study
Always envious? Got a nonexistent social life and struggle to concentrate?