Israel calls for north Gaza 'evacuation' after raid
No trace of launch pads for rockets fired at Israel
Kaag to become new U.N. coordinator for Lebanon
PM won’t call Cabinet without resolutions: sources
Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely
A sit-in by Tripoli residents urging the release of relatives detained over involvement in clashes was dismantled overnight after promises from officials that the men will be released soon.
Suspect dies in custody from a drug overdose
Police say that a suspect who was held at a detention center in the northern city of Tripoli has died in custody from a suspected drugs overdose.
France: Gaza ceasefire is "absolute priority"
The French Foreign Minister says that securing a ceasefire and preventing an escalation of the latest outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians is top...
Fierce fighting halts flights into Libyan capital
Fierce fighting erupts around the Libyan capital's international airport as the anti-Islamist militia that control it comes under attack, airport officials say.
Strong quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami
A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami.
Hezbollah, Hamas coordinating: official
Hamas official Osama Hamdan says that his party coordinates on the ground with Hezbollah and that the Palestinian group can confront a ground operation by Israel.
Authorities fear abduction of Army soldiers: report
Security agencies fear Islamist militants will kidnap Lebanese Army personnel to exchange for prisoners in Roumieh Prison, according to a TV report.
Rifi urges Tripoli residents to show self-restraint
Justice minister urges Tripoli residents to show self-restraint, arguing that political groups are manipulating the protests in order to bring violence back to Tripoli.
The French Foreign Minister says that securing a ceasefire and preventing an escalation of the latest outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians is top priority for France.
Yemen's president fires 2 senior army commanders
Yemen state television is reporting that the president has fired two senior army commanders after last week's capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels.
Dust storm strikes blow to Iraq parliament session
Deep divisions among Iraqi politicians pose major challenges for the government formation process, but Sunday another was added to the mix: the weather.
German foreign minister to fly to Israel for talks
Steinmeier is flying to Israel Monday and Tuesday for talks with both Israelis and Palestinians to help negotiate an end to the increasingly bloody six-day offensive...
Chinese prosecutors detain top TV news anchor
Prosecutors detain a top Chinese news anchor shortly before a nightly broadcast, state media reports, as part of anti-corruption efforts.
Boko Haram chief voices support for ISIS's Baghdadi
Abubakar Shekau has voiced support for ISIS, which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria, in a new video seen Sunday.
Russia warns Ukraine of "irreversible" consequences
Russian news agencies are reporting that a Ukrainian shell has hit a Russian border town, killing one person and injuring another.
Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy
Pope Francis promises "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview raising the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift the interdiction...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Insurance firms defying economic odds
Lebanese insurance is among the very few sectors that are still recording a fair growth in an economy dragged down by years of political and security complications,...
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...
Libya’s $66 billion wealth fund replaces chairman
The Libyan Investment Authority said it replaced its chairman, Abdulmagid Breish, amid an investigation into his role in the government of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.
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...
Food output to meet needs over next 10 yeasr
World food output is on track to meet the needs of a growing population after a decade punctuated by supply concerns, the OECD and U.N. food agency (FAO) said Friday.
U.S. oil boom to extend into 2015: IEA
Global oil demand growth will accelerate next year as the world economy expands and will again be met by rising supplies from the United States and Canada, further...
Major public sector strike in Britain
A major public sector strike took place in Britain Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of workers rallying against the government’s austerity-driven spending cuts and...
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 volatility of the situation.
Bent on aggression
It has become clear that the Israeli authorities were aware that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead from day one.
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...
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...
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.
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.
Maliki exit path to hope
Despite growing unease over his tenure by allies in the West and the region, including internal partners in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears as determined...
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 Palestine this week.
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...
Qassem Suleimani has brought Iran much grief
With the sudden rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a little-noted aspect is that Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius...
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.
How Lebanese decentralization can work
For decentralization in Lebanon to succeed, elected local officials endowed with wide prerogatives must have adequate fiscal resources to provide services and...
Clinton must be sensitive about wealth, poverty
Hillary Clinton is annoying people again. Recently, she said in an interview that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
Brazil end their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match.
Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss
Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watch in dismay as their national team lose to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match.
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.
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...
The 9 previous finals between Argentina, Germany
Argentina and Germany have appeared collectively in nine previous World Cup finals and two against each other.
The 2005 Generation meets the Class of ‘09
When the 22 players representing Germany and Argentina step out onto the Maracana pitch for Sunday’s World Cup final, roughly half will be fulfilling prophecies made in...
Brazil face must-win game the Dutch don’t want
After Brazil’s utter humiliation against Germany, anything less than a win in Saturday’s third-place match against an indifferent Netherlands team would deepen the...
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.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
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 first time this season.
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...
Schumacher out of coma, moved to Swiss hospital
Seven-time Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident last year, has come out of a coma and was transferred to...
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...
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 disease.
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...
Three hours a day of TV doubles early death risk
People who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study.
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 beyond graffiti into monumental reliefs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park gets art prize
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which features works by Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei, Henry Moore and other noted sculptors, won a 100,000 pound ($170,200) prize...
Cooking maqam with Kudsi Erguner & Co.
In the rarefied circles of “ancient music” and “world music,” Kudsi Erguner is a star. With nearly 30 albums to his name, the Paris-based Turkish nai master and...
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...
Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal dies
Actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal, who charmed viewers with her impish grin and twinkling eyes, has died of heart failure in New Delhi at age 102.
Sigourney Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in new game
Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Alien" are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo.
Stars react to 66th Emmy Awards nominations
Stars react to nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles.
Redford to play anchor in film about CBS fallout
Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the former CBS anchor’s disputed report about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service.
Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the former CBS anchor's disputed report about President George W. Bush's National Guard service.
‘Game of Thrones’ vies with detectives in Emmys
There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers “True Detective” and “Orange is the New Black” making...
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.
Get them back: Where are Robin Thicke's fans?
Robin Thicke may be pleading to get his wife back, but he needs to work on getting his fans back, too.