A Lebanese man kidnapped in Nigeria last week was freed and is in good health, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday night.
Hariri seeks to defuse budget tensions with Aoun
Prime Minister Saad Hariri sought Monday to defuse tensions with President Michel Aoun over the 2019 draft state budget, saying he cared only for the outcome of ongoing...
More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine: police
Dozens are feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar's Kachin state engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest...
EU still sees no reworking of Brexit deal
The European Commission again ruled out Tuesday any reopening of the withdrawal treaty negotiated with Britain last year after a media report in London that Prime...
African summit gives Sudan military time for democratic reforms: Sisi
African leaders meeting in Cairo agreed to give Sudan's ruling military council more time to implement democratic reforms, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said...
Nasrallah: No new war with Israel
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Monday denied a widely circulating media report that he had warned of a likely war with Israel this summer.
Kuwaiti plane repaired after landing mishap
The nose of a Kuwait Airways plane was repaired after it was damaged and caved inward while landing at Beirut’s airport Sunday.
Aoun signs decree to release 2017 municipal funds
President Michel Aoun signed a decree Tuesday releasing overdue payments to municipalities for 2017 from the Independent Municipal Fund.
Dozens are feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar's Kachin state engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.
Anti-Brexit party launch as MPs return from break
A new pro-EU political party is launching its campaign Tuesday for next month's European elections, as British lawmakers return from an Easter break to fresh bids to...
NKorea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia this month: media
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, North Korean state media said Tuesday, and a Russian news report said the...
Northern Ireland police arrest woman, 57, over journalist killing
African leaders meeting in Cairo agreed to give Sudan's ruling military council more time to implement democratic reforms, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Tuesday.
China lashes out at US over Iran oil sanctions move
Beijing is again lashing out at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, calling it a violation of China's interests that will intensify...
Over 32,000 displaced in Tripoli fighting: U.N.
A self-styled Libyan army slowed down its push on the country’s capital over concerns for civilians caught up in the violence as the U.N. refugee agency said Monday...
Final day of referendum to extend Sisi’s rule
Egyptians voted for a third and final day Monday on constitutional changes that could keep President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030, amid reports of people...
Algeria billionaires arrested in anti-graft probe
Five Algerian billionaires, some of them close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft...
Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian has said he expected a significant number of Arab and foreign tourists to spend their summer vacation in Lebanon this year.
Agriculture minister discusses exporting Lebanese products to Jordan
Agriculture Minister Hasan Lakkis Monday discussed way to facilitate the export of Lebanese products to Jordan with Jordanian Transport Minister Anmar Al Kasawneh.
Oil hits highest since November as US to tighten Iran sanctions
Oil prices hit their highest since November Tuesday after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end next week, pressuring...
Dubai’s economic hope hinges on retail, tourism
Dubai is further looking toward retail and tourism to break free of its weakest economic expansion in almost a decade.
Huawei launches world-first 5G module for cars
Huawei Technologies launched Monday what it said was the world’s first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to...
Reforms painful but necessary: ministers
Lebanese ministers reasserted Wednesday the government’s strong commitment to carry out reforms that will be “painful but imperative.”
Lebanon prepares to issue $2.5-3B in Eurobonds on May 20: finance minister
Consumer confidence fails to pick up
Consumer confidence remained below expectations in the first quarter of 2019 despite the formation of the Cabinet and the pledge to implement reforms, according to the...
Oil prices hit their highest since November Tuesday after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end next week, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran and further tightening global supply.
Lebanese firm said to link cash to Ghosn’s son
A Lebanese company is at the center of alleged payments linking Nissan Motor Co. and its partner Renault SA to a firm related to jailed former auto titan Carlos Ghosn...
Once A-rated, Oman risks going deeper into junk
S&P Global Ratings started a 12-month countdown for Oman to steady its public finances and stop loading up on external debt - or risk an even deeper descent into junk.
China criticizes US effort to reduce Iran oil sales
China, one of Iran's biggest oil export markets, on Monday criticized Washington's decision to tell Beijing and other governments to stop buying crude from Tehran or...
Huawei Technologies launched Monday what it said was the world’s first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology.
Market pause party makes Fed rate cut less likely
Risk-taking has been the rage since the Federal Reserve quit hiking interest rates at the end of last year.
Sri Lanka tourism industry reels after attacks
Tourists are scrambling to flee Sri Lanka and canceling holidays after a string of deadly suicide blasts that have sparked concerns the lucrative tourism industry could...
U.S. home sales slump ahead of selling season
U.S. home sales fell more than expected in March, pointing to continued weakness in the housing market despite declining mortgage rates and slowing house price gains.
New indictment expands case against Ghosn
Japanese prosecutors said Monday they have indicted Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn with additional charges of breach of trust, with his alleged misconduct...
Lebanon is hurtling toward economic disaster, and none will be saved if the country tips over the edge.
Reward of valor
The jubilation and celebrations of the Sudanese people after forcing Omar al-Bashir to quit was short-lived, with the army announcing that the dictator would be...
The downside of resilience
Since the onset of the war in Syria, international and regional actors have kept a close eye on Lebanon expecting to see some sort of spillover effect.
Future of the environment governed by the young
When 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg went on a solo strike last summer to demand more serious action to tackle climate change, she began a daily vigil in front...
Does Assange merit First Amendment protection?
Is Julian Assange a journalist?
Farewell M.E. peace
Israelis, who day in day out proclaim that their system of government is the only democracy in the region, have delivered a blow to democracy, justice and peace.
Partners in crime
Benjamin Netanyahu has never aspired for peace with the Palestinians, as was made amply clear in an ad preceding the upcoming polls that featured footage of him telling...
Gifts to Netanyahu
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that both the U.S. and Russia are united in their quest to see Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Israeli prime minister in next...
The case for a global constitution
In my book “The Republic of Beliefs: A New Approach to Law and Economics,” I was eager to demonstrate how the methods that have emerged from the long and fruitful...
Data protection is social protection
In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people, usually the...
The digital revolution’s silent majority
Statistics can hold brutal truths.
Trump’s Iran sanctions could backfire
The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran assumes that economic sanctions are weakening the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and that more...
Private-equity fund sparks entrepreneurs in Egypt
You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade.
Moscow shouldn’t misjudge the Mueller moment
Russian claims this week that they’ve been exonerated by Robert Mueller’s final report make my skin crawl.
What’s wrong with today’s gender equality agenda?
Fifteen years ago, I embarked on the human rights journey, as a practitioner, when I first joined the United Nations.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in the close season, but Gary Neville, for one, believes he should think again.
PSG need to breathe new life into Qatari project
After being the star of France’s 2018 World Cup triumph, Kylian Mbappe has been the standout player for Paris Saint-Germain in a Ligue 1 title-winning campaign that has...
Djokovic, Nadal into Monte Carlo quarters
Top seed Novak Djokovic and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in dominating wins to power into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals Thursday.
Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win
Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Riyadi down Champville to storm into finals
Dominic Johnson applied the finishing touches as Riyadi ended Champville’s bid for a second Lebanese Basketball League title Monday following a 75-65 win in Game 4 of...
Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse
Footballers in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse about the 24-hour campaign.
Social media boycott as footballers in England say 'enough' over racism
Premier League stars led footballers in England and Wales in a 24-hour social media boycott on Friday in a bid to combat racist abuse online.
Welcome to the era of the ‘provisional goal’
There are great goals, lucky goals, own goals, winning goals and now, in the era of VAR, the “provisional goal.”
Djokovic survives Kohlschreiber scare
Novak Djokovic was severely tested before securing a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber to survive his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday. The...
Federer beats Isner in Miami for 101st title
Roger Federer lifted the 101st title of his remarkable career Sunday, beating ATP Miami Open defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in just 63 minutes.
Roger Federer shines on a soggy day at the Miami Open
Ashleigh Barty waited six hours to get her spot in the Miami Open women's final. Denis Shapovalov needed to pull off yet another comeback to earn his berth into the...
Dominic Johnson applied the finishing touches as Riyadi ended Champville’s bid for a second Lebanese Basketball League title Monday following a 75-65 win in Game 4 of their Final Four series.
Celtics move on after sweep of Pacers
The Boston Celtics completed a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday afternoon, using key baskets from...
Khatib strikes late to keep Champville alive
Fadi al-Khatib delivered a late scoring spree as Champville battled past Riyadi 74-66 Thursday to reignite their best-of-five Final Four series, which the Beirut outfit...
Clippers stun Warriors with biggest comeback
The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time...
Champville collapse, Riyadi close in on finals
Champville blew a seven-point, fourth-quarter lead before losing to Riyadi 68-65 in Manara Tuesday to go 2-0 down in their best-of-five Final Four series. Riyadi...
Lebanese sprinter Aziza Sbaity Monday broke the national 100 meter record at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha.
College golfer in hijab out to blaze trail for Muslim girls
Noor Ahmed outwardly lives her Muslim faith, and even growing up in a state as diverse as California she says she encountered hostility on the street, in school and on...
Belgium's Campenaerts beats Wiggins' hour world record
Belgian Victor Campenaerts set a new one-hour world record for distance covered on a track Tuesday with 55.089 km (approximately 34 miles), edging past the previous...
Nicklaus major record in play again for Woods
The Tiger Woods major watch, stagnant for so long that it had almost been abandoned, is back on and Jack Nicklaus might yet be proved correct. As the years ticked by...
Kenya's Cherono wins men's Boston Marathon
The two-time Boston Marathon champion turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two others with the finish line in sight.
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the Formula One standings Sunday with a comfortable victory in China that ticked off two more milestones in an already stellar career.
Hamilton wins 1,000th race in Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One grand prix Sunday after grabbing the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner and powering to victory...
Bottas edges Vettel to set the pace in China
Valtteri Bottas edged out Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Grand Prix Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari in Bahrain
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari Tuesday at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father...
As ever, expect the unexpected in Formula One
Formula One has been criticized for being altogether too predictable in the past but not so far this season, even if Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the podium in...
La Llorona, a woman who according to Mexican legend murdered her own children and now wanders the earth looking for them, snatching other unsuspecting tots and drowning them, gets her first close-up in a major Hollywood film, Warner Bros.’
‘Little’ heralds big arrival of Marsai Martin
Since Hailee Steinfeld rode into town in “True Grit,” we’ve been fairly blessed by the big-screen breakthroughs of teenage actresses.
Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure enter Rock Hall of Fame
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet...
'Game of Thrones' sets sets a viewership record for HBO
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that...
Arab, international stars honored at Murex d’Or awards
Artists and celebrities from Lebanon, the Arab world and beyond were honored in a range of categories in acting, singing and entertainment at the 19th annual Murex d'Or...
Ancient manuscripts digitized at Egypt monastery
In St. Catherine’s Monastery, at the foot of Egypt’s Mount Sinai, the silence in the library is broken only by low electrical humming, as an early manuscript is bathed...
Aretha Franklin, Richard Powers win Pulitzers
Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.”
2019 winners and finalists in journalism
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in journalism.
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet Jackson entered the shrine in an induction many industry insiders consider long overdue.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.
Live-action 'Dumbo' struggles to soar at box office
Disney's "Dumbo" isn't exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have.
Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, but the once counterculture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.
Gilded age for guilt-free, ‘ethical’ jewelry
Forget how many carats - how ethical is your gold?
HIV in gene therapy used to cure disease
They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives.
Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk
Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions...
Green features, power mix to boost car sales
U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but carmakers have high hopes for luxury vehicles, which are imbued with increasingly sophisticated gadgetry and sex appeal to seduce a...
Ralph Lauren unveils polo made of recycled plastic
Earth, meet Polo.
New York considers banning sale of fur
A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
Lifting 200-kg stones in Spain’s Basque Country
Their faces contorted by the effort needed to lift 200 kilograms or more, these burly competitors keep alive one of the traditional sports of Spain’s rural north one...
Pot vs. tobacco: What science says
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public...
U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but carmakers have high hopes for luxury vehicles, which are imbued with increasingly sophisticated gadgetry and sex appeal to seduce a new generation of millionaires.
May the shopping be with you: French supermarket tests robot delivery
Four decades after R2-D2 delivered a vital message from Princess Leia in the hit movie "Star Wars," a French supermarket group plans to use robots inspired by the...
Seeing the unseeable: First photo of black hole
Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.
How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX
Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation.
As spring flower fields around the Netherlands burst into bloom, painting the countryside with dazzling swathes of red, white, and blue, a modern day tulip bubble may be forming: tourists.
Saddled with long dark winters at home, Swedes have for decades been frequent flyers seeking out sunnier climes, but a growing number are changing their ways because of air travel’s impact on the climate.
Poacher crushed by elephant, devoured by lions in South Africa
A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and his body was devoured by lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, officials said Monday.
Province to ban single use plastics: Egyptian official
An Egyptian official says his Red Sea province will impose a ban on disposable plastics, prohibiting everything from single use straws to plastic bags in an effort to...