Speaker Nabih Berri will focus on Lebanon’s political crisis in a speech to be delivered Sunday during a rally to mark the 37th anniversary of the disappearance of influential Shiite Imam Sayyed Musa Sadr, a source close to the Amal Movement leader said.
Over $70,000 raised for Palestinian refugee
Over $70,000 was raised Friday hours after a photo of an exhausted Palestinian refugee from Syria selling pens on the street of Beirut with his daughter sound asleep on...
Militants posing as migrants? EU experts doubt it
The risk that groups like ISIS could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to...
Aid-starved Syria refugees desert Mideast
After escaping a devastating war, frustrated Syrian refugees in aid-starved neighboring states say they must now choose between joining an exodus to Europe or...
Japan requires firms to set goals in hiring women
Japanese lawmakers approved a law Friday requiring large employers to set and publicize targets for hiring or promoting women as managers.
Turkey to help Lebanon with trash problem
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has pledged to help Lebanon resolve its trash crisis, the Anadolu news agency reported Friday.
Activists call for march to Interior Ministry at 6 p.m.
An activist group calls for a march to the Interior Ministry to protest corrupt practices and human rights rights violations carried out by Lebanese officials
Jumblatt: Aoun should not be excluded
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt believes that Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun should not be excluded from the government.
The risk that groups like ISIS could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies.
Refugee numbers approach 20 pct of population
Syria’s four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country’s people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20...
Sistani: Government must seek change
Iraq’s top Shiite sheikh said Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary...
Refugee crisis brings new death by land and sea
Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people – thought to be Syrian - appeared to have suffocated in the back of an...
MSF takes legal action against Indian filmmakers
International charity Médecins Sans Frontières is taking legal action against the producers of a new Bollywood film, saying its misrepresentation of the medical group...
Ex-Vatican amb. dies ahead of pedophilia trial
Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead in his apartment in...
India-Pakistan war anniversary leaves 9 dead
Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations.
UK library rejects Taliban trove fearing laws
Academics have criticized the British government for creating a “climate of fear” after the national library declined to store the world’s biggest collection of...
The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Finance Ministry to swap $1.3 billion eurobonds that mature in January 2016 and agreed to transfer cash from the reserves to pay the salaries of the civil servants.
Tobacco farmers seek government support
Tobacco farmers in Akkar called upon the government to support the sector by allowing them to expand their harvested areas while increasing the number of kgs per permit...
Iraqi Kurds vow steady payments to oil companies
Iraq’s northern Kurdish region chose the first half of September to start making regular payments to oil companies including DNO ASA and Genel Energy Plc for crude...
UAE cuts September gasoline prices
The United Arab Emirates cut gasoline and diesel prices by between 8 and 9 percent for September, the second month during which the Middle Eastern country, OPEC’s...
New IEA boss faces world energy landscape in flux
The new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West against the power of...
Import bill down on euro, yuan decline
Lebanon could see its import bill decline if the euro and yuan currencies continue to depreciate due to the volatile markets, economists said Wednesday.
Fuel prices fall further as oil maintains slide
Prices of fuel in Lebanon continued to decrease Wednesday, with 95-octane and 98-octane gasoline falling by LL600 and now priced at LL23,800 and LL24,400 respectively.
Khalil says can pay salaries if Cabinet approves move
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Tuesday the treasury could pay the salaries of civil servants and military personnel from the reserves provided the Cabinet...
Iraq’s northern Kurdish region chose the first half of September to start making regular payments to oil companies including DNO ASA and Genel Energy Plc for crude exported from the semi-autonomous area.
Saudi spending cuts could help hold credit rating
If investors were looking for a sign that Saudi Arabia is doing more than just pumping oil at a record pace to shore up its finances, they may have just got it.
Saudi Arabia breaks Gulf silence on peg
Saudi Arabia’s pledge to maintain its dollar currency peg, amid oil’s slump to a six-year low, is likely to be followed by its smaller Gulf neighbors.
Mideast stocks fall as Saudi Arabia
Most Middle Eastern stock markets declined amid mounting concern the region’s largest economy will cut spending after oil prices slumped to the lowest since 2009.
The new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West against the power of OPEC in the 1970s.
Businesses often eager for migrant workers
Raghad al-Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain.
European stocks rise after turbulent week
After wild swings over the past few days, European stocks ended up posting their first weekly gain since China devalued its currency.
Fed officials pushing for rate hike amid turmoil
Recent market turmoil should not delay the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates at least once, given that the global equities selloff and China’s economic...
British Airways renews Boeing 747 fleet
If it’s the end of the line for Boeing Co.’s 747 jetliner, nobody told British Airways.
In his speech Friday, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun managed to be at once arrogant, patronizing and hypocritical, telling protesters it was about time they woke up and smelled the corruption – but that of course it wasn’t fair for them also to be taking aim at him.
The street protests, initially focusing on the trash crisis, have exposed just how corrupt the entire system is, and how shocking it is that politicians got away with...
China clearly losing control over economy
There is no better metaphor for the economic challenge facing China than the futuristic architectural masterpiece designed to house the country’s state television...
Time to establish a no-fly zone over Syria is now
A recent front-page photo in the New York Times of a boatload of Syrian refugees drifting on the Mediterranean Sea beneath an enormous setting sun could not have been...
Why the Lebanese are in the streets
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues...
There is no doubt the trash problem has sparked one of the worst political crises to rock Lebanon in the past seven years.
A voice for the nation
That Sunday’s You Stink protest descended into violence and vandalism is a sad if not inevitable consequence of having thousands of protesters, including many young,...
Politicians should listen
The demonstrators who marched through Beirut’s streets over the weekend were from all walks of life, all corners of the country, all sects and all parties, for the...
There is no better metaphor for the economic challenge facing China than the futuristic architectural masterpiece designed to house the country’s state television network, CCTV.
In toxicology, the dose makes the poison
Since the development of the science of toxicology in the 16th century, its guiding principle has been that “the dose makes the poison.”
The corporate governance landscape is shifting
Around the world, the corporate governance landscape is shifting, as efforts to improve business practices and policies gain support and momentum.
A positive step for Libya
The situation in Libya has reached a point of utmost gravity.
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues that have merged into one.
Clinton erred, but she won’t be taken to court
Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server?
Is Hezbollah planning a new coup?
The political crisis in Lebanon has raised many questions about the intentions of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement with regard to the government. While...
A weakened Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington
When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving,...
Saudi Arabia and Iran can agree on much
My affection and respect for my good friend and colleague from the United Arab Emirates with whom I discussed current events in the Middle East over a leisurely...
Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has warned the Premier League pacesetters not to get complacent after their blistering start to the season.
Liverpool face tricky Europa League group
Five-time EU champions Liverpool face a stern test of their continental experience after drawing former French champions Bordeaux and Russia’s Rubin Kazan in the Europa...
Sailor’s infection puts heat on Rio organizers
German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic test last week, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted...
Schippers shifts up a gear to take 200-meter gold
Dutch flier Dafne Schippers completed her transformation from heptathlete to world champion sprinter when she ran the fourth fastest 200-meter of all time to win by a...
‘Il Dottore’ looks to fix Silverstone win jinx
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with...
Benitez seeks first Madrid win at Bernabeu
Real Madrid will be looking to put a disappointing start to Rafael Benitez’s reign in charge behind them when Real Betis visit the Santiago Bernabeu Saturday.
Pogba doubts as Juve face scudetto rivals Roma
Misfiring Paul Pogba could start on the bench while new defender Alex Sandro could make his debut as Juventus travel to Roma in the first big clash of the fledgling...
Robben replaces Van Persie as Netherlands captain
Arjen Robben will replace Robin van Persie as the Netherlands captain, new coach Danny Blind said Friday after naming the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against...
German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic test last week, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted waters during the regatta there, piling more pressure on organizers to move the location of next year’s sailing event.
What next for Tiger after a season of struggle?
What next for Tiger Woods?
I did the best I could, says weary Justin Gatlin
After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain.
Usain Bolt does it again for Beijing sweep
Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200-meter world title Thursday and prove that when it comes to major...
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with the legendary Italian hoping to record his first victory on the track.
Wilson’s death triggers calls for IndyCar review
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed...
Recent deaths at North American open wheel races
Factbox on driver fatalities in open wheel races on North American circuits since 1996 in the wake of Briton Justin Wilson’s death Monday after being hit by debris from...
Formula One counts its lucky stars
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
IndyCar driver Wilson critical, in coma
Justin Wilson sustained severe head injuries and is in a coma in critical condition after the Briton was struck by debris from another car during the closing laps of...
Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle.
Federer eyes U.S. Open after downing Djokovic
Roger Federer moved into pole position for a U.S. Open title run Sunday, capturing his seventh Cincinnati Masters with a dominant 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic.
Serena wins Cincinnati title
Defending champion Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tuneup in style by beating Romanian third seed Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) to win the Western & Southern...
Murray sets up revenge chance against Federer
Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.
Wawrinka unhappy over Kyrgios apology
Stan Wawrinka accused Aussie Nick Kyrgios of failing to properly apologize for his lurid outburst toward the Swiss star here Wednesday after struggling into the third...
Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.
Title hopefuls Byblos add Bawji and Vogel
Byblos made a bold statement about their title aspirations for the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League after adding significant pieces to their already...
Woods naturalized for Asian Championship
Giant American center Loren Woods is set to make a return to the court after the Lebanese basketball federation officially naturalized the former Riyadi player so he...
Cedars’ youngsters look to make mark
Eight of the 15 players who have been drafted by Lebanon national team head coach Veselin Matic for the first training camp, which will take place in Serbia, have never...
NBA’s current, former stars put on show in Africa
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Wael Shawky returned to Beirut to build a wall.
Milan show depicts drama of motherhood
A 1896 film of a woman plucking babies from a cabbage patch marks a whimsical start to a Milan exhibition that examines artistic representations of motherhood.
‘We Are Your Friends’ an entertaining musical rom
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a...
Redford takes a walk through his buddy roles
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson’s memoir “A Walk in the Woods,” he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking...
Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby
Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
German support for concert in Iran angers Israel
Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is holding talks to take one of Germany’s main orchestras to Iran, his employer Berlin State Opera said Thursday, in the face of angry...
Virtually bridging the fine art gap
Lebanon is in the midst of a museum-building frenzy, it seems.
Zachariah a drama about last 3 people on Earth
A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in “Z for Zachariah,” a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female...
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.
Time for black or gay 007, Brosnan says
The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.
Patrick Stewart flexes his comedy muscles
Patrick Stewart never thought of himself as a funny guy.
'All in the Family' producer Bud Yorkin dies at 89
Bud Yorkin, a director and producer who helped forge a new brand of topical TV comedy with the 1970s hit "All in the Family," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said.
Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered...
KISS star's home searched in child porn probe: report
Rock star Gene Simmons' home in California was searched by police in a child porn investigation, but the KISS frontman and his family are not suspects in the case,...
Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash
Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that...
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found
Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home Tuesday.
British pop phenomenon One Direction are to take an indefinite break from next year, according to a media report Monday that has left fans devastated.
Book calls Kanye West music, pop culture changer
Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Egyptian heir takes on Jay Z in Big Pimpin’ trial
The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic “Big Pimpin.’”
Seiji Ozawa cancels Japan concerts after fracturing hip
Former Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa has canceled three performances in Japan after fracturing his hip.
Billy Joel headlines last concert at NY's Nassau Coliseum
Billy Joel opened his final show at the soon-to-be shuttered Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum with his 1977 hit "Movin' Out."
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai.
Japanese toilets flipping open lid on new museum
Japan’s leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water flushing model to the most cutting edge version...
Ten carmakers sued over keyless ignition deaths
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million...
Facebook adds assistant to Messenger app
Facebook Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the...
Pottery co-op brings tradition back to Rashaya
In the southern town of Rashaya, aspiring pottery artisans can now receive instruction at the newly minted Professional Cooperative for Producing and Marketing Pottery.
Tanorexia: When getting a tan is an addiction
On a warm August evening in Madrid tanned customers stream out of a tanning salon – even in sunny Spain, the need to catch some rays can become an addiction.
Smartphones creating etiquette challenges
It’s OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation.
Deafblind Poles get behind the wheel
Motor-racing is not for the faint-hearted. But when you are deaf and blind, it takes on a different dimension.
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths.
Want a diamond in just 10 weeks? Use a microwave
The 2.62-carat diamond Calvin Mills bought his fiancee in November is a stunner. Pear-shaped and canary-yellow, the gem cost $22,000. A bargain.
'Smart' solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun's energy to allow people to...
Russian extends travel time to International Space Station
The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days.
One Lebanon gives Army $10,000
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said...
L’Atelier du Miel’s sweet and sticky surprises
Nestled within the splendor of the Chouf mountains, there lies a sweet and sticky surprise. Marc Bou Nassif, along with his brother Ralph and their partner Rabih...
How do you fix a broken country like Lebanon?
Twenty years of the Old Souk at Zouk Mikael
Celebrating tradition and the old way of doing things has become something of a tradition in itself, as the Nights of the Old Souk return for its 20th outing at the...
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Warsaw essentials from the newest to classics
Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw.
A room with a view: Hotel Versailles plan
Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.
Airbnb gives Paris luxury hoteliers a fright
Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris.
Conducting test-drives is kind of like sampling several types of cakes.
Elantra delivers a lesson in value to car market
My friends, co-workers and family members keep telling me that in my selection of cars for these weekly reviews I may be going a bit overboard with the number of models...
State can do more to reduce road fatalities
Road fatalities and the traffic law have played prominently in the news in recent months.
Cadillac ATS Coupe a threat to Euro rivals
Many moons ago when I was still a teenager, whenever the subject of Cadillac came up the only model that sprung to mind was the Fleetwood.
Captur dazzles with looks, impresses with gear
Compact SUVs, or crossovers, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for a good reason: They make sense, especially when people’s lifestyles demand...
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.
U.S. scientists grow nearly complete human brain
An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a U.S. lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a...
Music eases pain after surgery, new study says
Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.
The pitfalls of exercise extremes
With challenging workouts from ultramarathons to endurance events on obstacle courses all the rage, fitness experts say more and more weekend warriors are leaping into...
Special veg-rich diet may slow cognitive decline
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, whole grains and wine can help slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline, researchers said Tuesday.