You can take the boy out of Lebanon, but you can’t take Lebanon out of the boy.
AUB Archaeological Museum marks 150 years
A joint film and exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum opened its doors to the public Thursday.
Troops on U.S. nuclear missile base took LSD
One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.”
Clinton wants to help Democrats, but can she?
Hillary Clinton is not going away. Standing on a convention stage Wednesday, the former Democratic presidential candidate cheered a primary election candidate from...
U.S. House passes $717B defense policy bill
The House Thursday passed a $717 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years.
Top security chiefs condemn Israeli massacres
Top security and military officials Thursday denounced Israeli massacres as Lebanon is set to commemorate Liberation Day, which marks Israeli occupying forces’...
Germany, Lebanon sign bilateral military accord
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri and German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense Thomas Silberhorn signed an agreement Thursday...
Foreign limits, not veto, on Hezbollah in Cabinet
Western states will not put pressure on Lebanese officials to exclude Hezbollah from any new government but have warned against granting it any key portfolios.
Johnson’s phone call with hoax Armenian PM
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talked international relations and rude poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister in an...
Nigerian troops raped rescued women: report
Nigerian soldiers and self-defense forces have raped women who were rescued from the Boko Haram extremist group, Amnesty International alleged in a new report Thursday...
Facebook won’t pay compensations
Facebook said Thursday it will not compensate users in the scandal over the misuse of their personal data by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The company made...
U.N. threatens sanctions for using hunger as war weapon
With famine on the rise worldwide, the U.N. Security Council threatened sanctions Thursday against governments, armies and rebels that block humanitarian aid from...
Hudaida in crosshairs of offensive
Hudaida port, Yemen’s largest entry point for aid, is now in the crosshairs of the Arab-led coalition that is intent on cutting off the Houthi rebels from alleged...
Cyclone pounds Socotra on path to Oman
Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea Thursday morning, lashing it with heavy rain and strong winds as the powerful storm remained on...
Sudan committed to Yemen military campaign
Sudan remains committed to an Arab-led alliance fighting in Yemen, state news agency SUNA quoted President Omar al-Bashir as saying, three weeks after the Sudanese...
The Interior Ministry’s elections operations room said Friday there were “no lost expatriate votes” in the parliamentary elections, adding that the ministry was not responsible for any vote counting errors amid complaints of uncounted or lost ballots abroad.
MP-elect Henri Chedid confirms to join Future bloc
MP-elect Henri Chedid confirmed Thursday that he was set to become a member of the Future Movement bloc, after confusion over which political bloc he planned to join.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda: Election near misses
Lebanon’s elections on May 6 set tongues wagging when people learned Eddy Demerjian had won a seat in Zahle with just 77 votes.
Electoral committee calls on candidates to submit accounts
The Electoral Supervisory Committee Monday urged parliamentary candidates to submit reports accounting for their monthly campaign contributions and expenditures, in...
Future disbands its electoral supervisory bodies
The Future Movement called Saturday for the dissolution of the party’s electoral supervisory bodies, in a statement from the Secretariat-General.
Lebanon’s electricity rationing is expected to worsen this summer if the prices of oil continues to exceed $60 a barrel, an Electricite du Liban official warned Thursday.
Growth urgent priority for new government
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has a long list of measures to stimulate the sluggish economy, combat rampant corruption and red tape as well as deal effectively...
Rate hike in Turkey fails to stem lira’s drop
The relief brought by Turkey’s decision to boost interest rates at Wednesday’s emergency meeting didn’t last long, as the lira resumed its nosedive against the dollar.
Omani lenders seek to join merger wave
The wave of consolidation among banks in the Gulf is spreading to Oman from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Axed U.S. and North Korea meeting sinks shares
President Donald Trump’s move to cancel a planned June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent global shares lower Thursday, while auto stocks continued to...
Fitch warns against slow Cabinet formation
Ratings agency Fitch has warned against a drawn-out Cabinet formation process, as this would delay necessary reforms.
Finance Ministry, BDL do $5.5B swap
The Finance Ministry Friday swapped $5.5 billion worth of Lebanese pound bonds held by BDL with dollar-denominated Eurobonds to meet its refinancing needs in foreign...
U.S. warns against Hezbollah Cabinet role
A senior U.S. official Thursday described Hezbollah as a “cancer” that must be removed, urging the Lebanese government not to include the party's members in the new...
Turkish lira weakens sharply, surrendering some post-rate hike gains
Turkey's lira weakened more than 2 percent Thursday, giving up some of the hefty gains it made after the central bank raised interest rates by 300 basis points on...
Citroen says Iran launch went well, strategy unchanged for now
French carmaker PSA Group launched its Citroen C3 model in Iran last week despite Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Tehran, brand chief Linda...
IMF urges Saudi Arabia to contain spending
The International Monetary Fund has called on Saudi Arabia to keep public spending under control, even as a partial recovery of oil prices helps the economy emerge from...
President Donald Trump’s move to cancel a planned June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent global shares lower Thursday, while auto stocks continued to decline on tariff fears.
EU reaches deal with Gazprom in anti-trust case
The EU Thursday settled a high-stakes anti-trust case against Gazprom, the Kremlin-backed energy giant, over claims it abused its dominant position as a gas provider in...
U.S. OKs auto import probe
The Trump administration has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs similar to those imposed on...
Deutsche Bank slashes over 7,000 jobs in major shake-up
Germany's largest lender Deutsche Bank said Thursday it will slash over 7,000 jobs and dramatically scale back its investment banking activities as it seeks to turn the...
Russia will support VEB by providing capital: Putin
The Russian government will support state development bank VEB by providing capital, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday on a meeting with the bank's head Igor...
Following successful parliamentary polls that saw 80 new faces ready to inject fresh talent into the legislative, Saad Hariri has been designated as prime minister by President Michel Aoun, with significant support from key parties and players.
Get off your pedestal
Up until a little about two weeks ago, the airwaves were filled with electioneering rhetoric and vows of servitude from politicians trying to win parliamentary seats.
The spirit of Nuremberg
It is now over 70 years after what was perhaps the most important trial in the history of mankind. What makes this circumstance particularly significant is that it was...
Why reinvent the monetary wheel?
Slumps have always been boom times for monetary experiments, and the economic collapse of 2008-09 was no different. Underlying this recurrence is the instinctive...
Fringe figures take center stage in Russia probe
In the bizarre double helix that is the Russia investigation, one of the recurring themes is the role of would-be influencers.
Massacre in Gaza
With the blessing of U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared war on the Palestinians and buried the chance of any peace...
We will not forget
Seventy years after the Nakba and the creation of the state of Israel on land stolen from Palestinians, some things have changed, but one thing has remained exactly the...
Security by dissociation
Following months of hostile rhetoric and threats to nix the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump, against the wishes of the world powers involved in the pact,...
It is now over 70 years after what was perhaps the most important trial in the history of mankind. What makes this circumstance particularly significant is that it was the first time in history that a murderous regime of a defeated state was put to trial by the victorious powers after a particularly cruel and vicious war.
The debt challenge to Sub-Saharan African growth
Sub-Saharan Africa is confronting a pronounced rise in public debt. At the end of 2017, average public debt in the region was 57 percent of its GDP, an increase of 20...
Do children cause global warming?
Across all cultures, raising a child is considered one of the most rewarding things a person can do.
The world according to Trump and Xi
The world’s leading democracy, the United States, is looking increasingly like the world’s biggest and oldest surviving autocracy, China.
Trump is fomenting a trans-Atlantic rift
President Donald Trump’s dismissive treatment of Europe is beginning to erode the trans-Atlantic alliance, which for many decades has been the central pillar of U.S....
Is Moscow the answer to Iranian containment?
Arab leaders love the idea that President Trump is ready to give Iran a punch in the nose.
Trump has just proved Iran’s hard-liners right
Jeb Bush said Donald Trump would be a “chaos president.” And last week, Trump lived up to the billing, choosing to defy virtually the entire world, including America’s...
Sane Iran policy bets on people, not regime
So what’s next with Iran?
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan’s Vissel Kobe Thursday, calling his J-League move an “important career challenge.”
Henderson praises visionary Klopp
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says a rousing speech by manager Jurgen Klopp following defeat in the Europa League final laid the foundations for their exhilarating...
Serena, Sharapova poised for French Open last-16
Three-time champion Serena Williams could face longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the French Open last-16 after Thursday’s draw that also handed Rafael Nadal a dream...
Returning Serena Williams ready to deny Paris convention
Convention would have it that to succeed on the grueling clay courts of Roland Garros requires playing a stack of matches and having miles in your legs.
NBA Bucks’ Brown decries racism after tasing
Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown said Wednesday he will pursue legal action against the city’s police after he was tased after parking improperly.
Pochettino signs new Spurs deal. ends speculation
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract, ending speculation over his future at the Premier League club.
Istanbul to stage 2020 Champions League final
Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host the 2020 Champions League final, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced after an executive committee meeting Thursday.
From Andres to Zico: top six Japan football moves
Andres Iniesta became the latest big-name player to join the J-League after agreeing terms with Vissel Kobe Thursday.
Three-time champion Serena Williams could face longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the French Open last-16 after Thursday’s draw that also handed Rafael Nadal a dream route to an 11th title.
Australian Open semifinalist Chung pulls out of French Open
Surprise Australian Open semifinalist Chung Hyeon won't have a chance to repeat his Grand Slam heroics at the French Open: the 22-year-old Korean withdrew from the...
From Serena and Rafa to rain, what to know
As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what - whether she's attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practicing at Roland Garros.
French Open organisers launch assault on tardy diners
The French Open is mostly a picture of elegance -- well-dressed spectators in Panama hats watching the ball sizzle across the red clay in searing sunshine.
Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with Game 5 win
The Boston Celtics, reinvigorated by a return home, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 Wednesday to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals.
Rockets edge Warriors to level NBA playoff series
NBA regular-season wins leader Houston, powered by James Harden’s 30 points and 27 from Chris Paul, edged defending champion Golden State 95-92 Tuesday to level their...
LeBron scores 44 to lead Cavs over Boston
LeBron James scored 44 points, adding more records to his amazing NBA legacy, and powered the Cleveland Cavaliers over Boston 111-102 Monday, equalizing their Eastern...
All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics
LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.
National Football League owners agreed a new policy Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room.
Gatlin out with hamstring injury, Coleman skips 200
World champion Justin Gatlin has withdrawn from Saturday's Prefontaine Classic with a hamstring injury and chief rival Christian Coleman will only race in the 100...
Viviani sprints to fourth stage win, Yates retains pink jersey
Italy's Elia Viviani of the Quick Step team won a sprint finish for the Giro d'Italia 17th stage Wednesday, his fourth win in this year's race.
Dennis wins Giro's 16th stage time-trial, Yates holds lead
Australia's Rohan Dennis won the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 34.2-kilometer individual time-trial between Trento and Rovereto in northern Italy Tuesday.
Vegas Golden Knights turn impossible to possible
“Welcome to Impossible.”
Daniel Ricciardo lapped Monaco’s metal-fenced streets in record time Thursday as Red Bull dominated practice for Formula One’s most glamorous grand prix.
Marquez wins French MotoGP to extend lead
Defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won a crash-marred French MotoGP Sunday, extending his overall lead in the championship as he chases a fifth world title.
Zarco hopes home advantage will deliver first win
French star Johann Zarco will have huge home support at Le Mans Sunday as he attempts to claim a first MotoGP win and dent Marc Marquez’s quest for a fifth title.
Saudi Arabia to host Formula E's 2018-19 season opener
The all-electric Formula E motor racing series will start its 2018-19 season in Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, organizers said Thursday.
Hamilton says close to new Mercedes deal
Lewis Hamilton says he is close to signing a new Mercedes contract after winning Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix watched by several members of the all-conquering German...
“Portraits of Resilience,” an exhibition by Sam Tarling, assembles 25 photos, all highlighting the resilience of Syrian and Lebanese communities living side by side on the margins of this country.
A scoundrel is born in Star Wars spinoff ‘Solo’
If there’s one takeaway from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it’s that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia.
Culture Ministry signs first opera memorandum
Caretaker Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury signed the first memorandum of cooperation to support Lebanese opera, the state-run National News Agency reported Thursday.
YouTube to launch music streaming service next week
Google's YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid...
Michael Jackson estate blasts ABC over show
Michael Jackson’s estate has slammed a television special about the late King of Pop, describing it as a “crass and unauthorized” effort to exploit the singer’s name.
Locarno pays a visit to Beirut
When filmmakers are hunting for a platform to premiere their work, there are a few elite festivals guaranteed to elevate a movie’s credibility.
Pierre Audi, from Lebanon to Aix-en-Provence
Aix marks the spot where Pierre Audi is planting his next flag in a lifelong crusade for innovation and diversity in the performing arts, passions that trace back to...
A comedic take on transgender issues
Gerard Avedissian recalls meeting Victoria in 1974.
Norway artists file complaint against Tidal over false streaming
Norwegian songwriters, composers and music publishers on Monday said they had lodged a complaint against Jay Z's music platform Tidal after a media report said its...
Spotify to stop promoting R. Kelly songs over sex abuse claims
Spotify Thursday announced it would no longer feature R. Kelly songs in its playlists or user recommendations, after the Time's Up movement for gender equality urged...
Andrew Lloyd Webber weighs in on Tony Awards favorite
Andrew Lloyd Webber has written some of the most successful stage musicals of all time.
‘Roseanne’ ends season on hopeful note
The reboot of “Roseanne” ended the season Tuesday with a flood, a feast and a prayer.
Hidden camera TV show on Israel sparks furore in Tunisia
A television show in which well-known Tunisians were secretly filmed agreeing to deal with Israel has sparked controversy in the North African nation, which cut off...
Obamas sign Netflix production agreement
Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multiyear agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service announced...
Khartoum protests Egyptian TV series
Sudan has complained to Cairo about an Egyptian television series that shows some Egyptians living in the African country being involved in “terrorism.”
Broken crates and worn pipes pile up in the studio of Portuguese artist Bordalo II, who uses rubbish to create surprising animal sculptures to warn about the dangers of pollution.
Actor Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior, harassment: CNN
At least eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior or harassment while working with them on film sets or at promotional events, CNN...
Celebrity guests show their royal wedding fashion best
Windsor Castle became an eclectic catwalk of colorful frocks and shapely hats Saturday as celebrity guests offered up an array of royal wedding outfit styles, eagerly...
Royal wedding bridges Atlantic, breaks molds
The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry’s royal heritage, Meghan Markle’s biracial...
Clare Waight Keller behind Markle’s gown
Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk boat-necked gown and long billowing veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down...
On a dusty farm in northeastern Syria, Shufan Mahmoud cradles his 9-month-old prize rooster in his hands. Sniper, as the fighting fowl is named, is gearing up for a cockfight.
Fashion and sport brands clash in sneakers race
What do you get when luxury fashion meets sport? Basically $10,000 sneakers. High-end brands such as Kering’s Gucci, Prada and Balenciaga are increasingly looking to...
An egg a day may keep the doctor away: study
For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a study Tuesday said an egg a day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease...
Study of pop music finds rise in sadness
A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy...
Beirut Cat Yoga session seeks to boost adoptions
Guillaume the cat didn’t look impressed at the sight of a room full of yoga students stretching for almost an hour, but still struggled to place their leg behind their...
In Egypt, puppet-maker strings together memories
In a tiny Cairo workshop, Mohammad Fawzi Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
Scientists to run DNA tests on Loch Ness
The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep.For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the...
Ships to satellites: Scotland aims for the sky
A shipbuilding hub since the days of the British empire, the Scottish city of Glasgow is now reaching for the stars with a growing space satellite industry.
For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a study Tuesday said an egg a day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Study links body clock to mood disorders
Messing with the natural rhythm of one’s internal clock may boost the risk of developing mood problems ranging from garden-variety loneliness to severe depression and...
WHO sends first doses of experimental vaccine to tackle Congo Ebola outbreak
The World Health Organization sent the first 4,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine to Congo Wednesday, the first time the experimental vaccine has been deployed since it was...
London bans junk food ads on public transport to fight child obesity
London plans to ban junk food advertising on its entire public transport network to tackle child obesity, which is among the highest in Europe, Mayor Sadiq Kahn said...
Guillaume the cat didn’t look impressed at the sight of a room full of yoga students stretching for almost an hour, but still struggled to place their leg behind their heads.
Ink unites tattoo lovers, artists at festival
Lebanon’s second tattoo festival took place over the weekend, gathering the country’s tight-knit creative community of tattoo lovers and artists in the Concrete 1994...
When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don’t amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses.
Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool
Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian...
Facebook's Zuckerberg apologizes to EU lawmakers
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologised to European Union lawmakers Tuesday for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has...
'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar system
An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident...
Tech 'Nobel' awarded to Finnish physicist for small smart devices
Finnish materials physicist Tuomo Suntola, who developed a groundbreaking technology to reduce the size of complex devices, Tuesday won Finland's take on the Nobel...
Indian officials Tuesday urged tourists to steer clear of monkeys after two French visitors were attacked by apes while taking selfies at the Taj Mahal.
As price comes down, risk goes up for Everest ‘trophy hunters’
Everest is the ultimate mountaineering “trophy,” but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top...
Fats, food and fun: 1st weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off
Thousands of people are converging on the Crescent City this week for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Uber rides again in Vienna after two-day suspension
Ride-hailing service Uber has resumed operations in Vienna after a two-day suspension to comply with an injunction pending a ruling in a local taxi firm's lawsuit.
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk gained the support Thursday of more than half a million people on Twitter for plans to create a website evaluating journalists' credibility, spurred by his frustration at media reports about the electric car maker.
Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fix
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has sought to play down a report identifying "big flaws" in its Model 3 sedan, admitting there is a braking issue with the...
Model 3 price hype helps Tesla shares bounce
Shares in Tesla Inc jumped more than 4 percent Monday as investors were encouraged by the company's placing a $78,000 price tag on the fully-loaded version of its Model...
BMW expands UK vehicle recall to 390,000 cars
LONDON: BMW is expanding a recall of vehicles in Britain, which it launched last week, by 88,000 cars to a total of 390,000, in the wake of a BBC investigation which...
Volkswagen to recall 411,000 cars over rear seatbelt problem
German carmaker Volkswagen AG will recall about 220,000 of its new Polo vehicles in the coming weeks due to a problem with the rear seatbelt lock, it said Friday,...
In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.
Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses
An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing...
Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip
A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.
UN, EU call for global action to protect bees
The United Nation's food agency and the European Union Saturday called for global action to protect pollinators, and bees in particular, which are crucial for ensuring...
France to host 'red list' endangered species congress
Keepers of the planet's "Red List" of endangered species will meet in the southern French city of Marseille next year, where they will try to rally support for efforts...