The Special Tribunal for Lebanon Thursday heard the conclusion of testimony from Saadeddine El Ajouz, the owner of the Lebanese telecommunications distributor Power Group.
Hugo Shorter appointed British ambassador
The government of the United Kingdom announced in a statement Thursday that it has appointed an ambassador designate to Lebanon.
Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal
Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted...
Turkey frees two reporters held on terror charges
Turkish authorities Thursday released two British reporters working for U.S.-based media outlet Vice News who were being held on terror charges in a case that amplified...
Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge
Republican front-runner Donald Trump Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November...
Over 400 militants, 60 Hezbollah dead in Zabadani
The raging battles in the Syrian border town of Zabadani have claimed the lives of over 400 rebels and 60 Hezbollah fighters since the campaign started, a security...
AUB launches new PPIA graduate program
The American University of Beirut has launched a new graduate program in public policy and international affairs, the university announced this week.
Foreign hands not guiding the popular movement
European diplomatic sources have described ongoing street protests in Lebanon as being instigated by Lebanese who want to see reform in the county, adding that the...
Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.
Hungary police force migrants off train
Migrants threw themselves onto railway lines and scuffled with riot police trying to take them to a reception center in Hungary Thursday, forced from a train in...
Head of investigative panel says ISIS desperate
ISIS appears “desperate” and is losing ground to Kurdish fighters who are battling the radicals “on behalf of humanity,” the head of a U.N. panel on Syria said Thursday.
Ways to help refugees and migrants
Looking for ways to help the hundreds of the thousands of refugees and migrants en route to the European Union to flee wars and poverty?
Republican front-runner Donald Trump Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.
Hopeful, U.K.’s Corbynistas eye a fairer future
Sipping a cup of tea and dressed like a teacher nearing retirement, Jeremy Corbyn does not look like the next leader of Britain’s Labour Party, whose improbable rise...
China cuts troops, but showcases strength
China announced it would cut 300,000 troops to streamline its vast army Thursday, at a spectacular World War II anniversary parade where it put its military might on...
Queen reaches landmark, no sign of abdicating
Queen Elizabeth II’s longevity has helped anchor Britain during an era of unprecedented change, but has also left the royal family an aging institution.
Official: 9,500 Nigerian refugees return from Cameroon
At least 9,500 people have returned to Nigeria since the Cameroonian government said last month it will expel unregistered Nigerian refugees as part of the fight...
Oil and gas exploration in Lebanon will not have a negative impact on renewable energy but on the contrary it will contribute to its development, said Pierre Khoury director of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation.
BLOM Lebanon PMI hits 11-month low
Lebanon’s private sector economy suffered more contraction in August due to a deterioration in business conditions and political tensions, BLOM PMI showed.
Yuan effect chokes Egypt
Traders are convinced Egypt won’t resist the pressure to weaken the pound for long.
Dubai as worst market no deterrent for Emaar plan
Emaar Properties PJSC is offering hundreds of new luxury homes in Dubai that could sell for as much as 3.8 million dirhams ($1 million) each just as the city’s...
ECB sees weaker growth, inflation in eurozone
The European Central Bank cut its inflation and growth forecasts for the eurozone Thursday and its president said things could get worse.
Khalil looks to turn BSE into holding firm
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Wednesday sent a letter to the Cabinet requesting that Beirut Stock Exchange be turned into a holding company to pave the way for...
Solidere records $28.7M loss in first half 2015
Real estate giant Solidere recorded a loss of $28.7 million in the first half of this year as the company allocated higher provisions due to the loss from previous...
Credit Libanais net profits up 30 pct
Credit Libanais, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, posted net profits of $35.4 million in the first half of 2015 compared to $27.2 million in the same period of...
What Iran deal means for U.S. economy
With President Barack Obama securing enough Senate votes to support a historic deal, it seems Iran is closer to escaping the restrictions imposed to discourage it from...
Gas exports from Iran, Egypt seen threatening US
A potential boost in natural gas supply from Iran and Egypt may exacerbate a worldwide glut, reshape the global market and threaten U.S. export ambitions, according to...
US energy firm gets tough on Israel gas deal
U.S. firm Noble energy is threatening to go to arbitration against Israel over a stalled gas deal for a major discovery in the Mediterranean Sea, local media reported...
US trade gap shows economy’s underlying strength
The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy amid concerns about a...
U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 pct in second quarter
U.S. banks’ earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to...
Gross: Fed tightening now can spur instability
Bond guru Bill Gross, who has long called for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, said Wednesday U.S. central bankers may have missed their window of...
Stocks recover as China concerns ease
Global stock indexes recovered some of their recent losses Wednesday, drawing support from reports of brokerage measures in China to invigorate the country’s battered...
It is safe to assume that many parents across the Middle East, Europe and beyond gave their young children an extra kiss or a tighter-than-usual hug Thursday morning.
This year 2,500 people have already died trying to cross the Mediterranean and Wednesday brought perhaps the most powerful and heartbreaking visual evidence of this to...
On and on the Chilcot inquiry goes
It’s hard to imagine that the long-running government inquiry into why the United Kingdom went to war in Iraq in 2003 could descend into greater absurdity. But, gentle...
Europe has forgotten why it pursued integration
Populism is on the rise throughout Europe, as both economically depressed and prosperous countries become increasingly frustrated with their established political elites.
At a crossroads toward change or chaos
Two interesting dynamics were on display this week, and will shape what happens in Lebanon during the coming months.
Listen to the people
When activists protesting the failure of the government to resolve the trash crisis stormed the Environment Ministry, they were raising the bar in a 10-day standoff...
Dialogue needs results
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s call for dialogue among all party heads is a good step forward, and should be carried out with complete commitment, but it is by no...
All listen carefully
Saturday’s You Stink demonstration, whose aims are now much wider than merely the garbage crisis, drew crowds of tens of thousands, many of whom had last protested 10...
It’s hard to imagine that the long-running government inquiry into why the United Kingdom went to war in Iraq in 2003 could descend into greater absurdity. But, gentle reader, it has.
Economic growth will give Africa a prominent role
Africa’s rise challenges the imagination. During the last decade, Sub-Saharan Africa was home to six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies.
We should give hope to those in refugee camps
In July, the number of migrants reaching the borders of the European Union passed 100,000 – the third consecutive month in which a new record was set.
Francis’ visit to US has makings of an epic event
It’s a dollar to a cent that Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. in September will be one of the biggest news stories of 2015.
Defending past and future affirms human survival
Why should people care about the past or the future?
A historic moment for Lebanon’s citizens
The month of August marked a dramatic moment in modern Lebanese history, when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens broke free from their sectarian political anchorage...
The U.S. shows it will defend allies in Syria
The Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the United States launched drone attacks last month to defend a...
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...
Wales have moved ahead of England in the FIFA world rankings for the first time
Germany's Reus ruled out of qualifiers with fractured toe
Germany forward Marco Reus has been ruled out of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland after fracturing his toe during a league match, the...
Federer romps, Murray quiets Kyrgios
Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another...
Top seeds in a rush on day of U.S. Open upsets
World No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style Monday, while Kei Nishikori’s hopes of making another magical run...
Berto ‘on a mission’ to unseat Mayweather
Andre Berto will go into his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next week as a heavy underdog but also as a man “on a mission” as he bids to...
Iceland, Wales close to a place in Euro 2016
Iceland could qualify for their first major Finals and be joined in next year’s Euro 2016 championship by Wales, England, Italy, Sweden and Austria, among others, if...
AST urges review of transfer policy
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust has called on the Premier League club to carry out a “full review” of recruitment policy following a quiet transfer window where...
Qatar feel heat ahead of World Cup qualifier
Qatar coach Jose Daniel Carreno admitted Wednesday his team is under pressure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the country’s last chance to reach the Finals before...
Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another grand slam event at the U.S. Open Tuesday.
Nadal flashes old form in first-round win over Coric
Rafa Nadal showed flashes of his top form under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium to beat young Croat Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 and close Day One at the U.S. Open...
Serena chases historic calendar Grand Slam
World No. 1 Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the U.S. Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women’s...
Federer, Nadal at U.S. Open crossroads
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 31 major titles between them, head for the U.S. Open with their Grand Slam careers at crossroads.
Andre Berto will go into his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next week as a heavy underdog but also as a man “on a mission” as he bids to end his fellow American’s perfect 48-0 record.
McIlroy gets Final Series clearance
Rory McIlroy will be able to play in the European Tour’s Final Series tournaments after being given special exemption due to his ankle injury.
LA back from dead as candidate for 2024 Olympics
Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games – a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running.
Tokyo 2020 scraps logo in blow to reputation
Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers Tuesday scrapped the Games logo over accusations of plagiarism, maintaining that it was not copied but saying too many doubts had been...
Rio chief pledges to address water pollution problem
The president of the organizing committee for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro vowed Tuesday to address concerns about water pollution at a sailing venue.
German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Force India until the end of the 2017 season, the Silverstone-based team said Tuesday.
‘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...
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.
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...
For some, the way we spend our everyday lives at home may seem a mundane thought.
Byblos Bank photography program announces 10 finalists
Back in 2012, Byblos Bank launched the Byblos Bank Photography Program, in an effort to support Lebanese photographers and promote photography as a standalone art in...
No Escape is taut but deeply troubled
Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller.
Film puts spotlight on Boston paedophile priests
“Spotlight” starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo as reporters working on the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of pedophile Roman Catholic priests...
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.
Netflix flexes muscles at Venice festival
Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world’s oldest film festival.
Staging conflict at Masrah al-Madina
Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual.
Horror movie master director Wes Craven dies
It’s hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.
Concussion director says no compromises were made
A day after its trailer debuted online and months before it hits theaters, the Will Smith football head-trauma film “Concussion” is already sparking controversy.
Venice opener Everest takes 3-D trip to the top
The high-altitude thriller “Everest,” which opened the Venice Film Festival Wednesday, should warn people off climbing.
Miley Cyrus bare-breast flash fails to surprise
Janet Jackson exposed a breast on national television a decade ago, and it sparked national outrage.
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.
Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.
One Direction ‘to take indefinite break’
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.
A 91-year-old Indian “sexpert” whose popular tabloid column has drawn both fans and critics with its straight-talking approach provides a lifeline to readers in what remains a conservative society bereft of proper sex education.
In Virginia, TechShop lets ‘makers’ innovate
It’s hard to miss the plane that sits triumphantly in the midst of a store in Washington’s suburbs.
Slave Trade video game altered after backlash
An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a ship.
Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts launches towards ISS
A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts successfully launches towards the International Space Station, marking the 500th manned launch in space travel history
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.
Peru teen aims to revive Quechua
Renata Flores Rivera has teenage cuteness, a velvety voice and a mission: to revive the Quechua language with songs like “Chaynatam ruwanki cuyanaita” – better known as...
Intriguing tale of the ‘tank’ dinosaur’s tail
One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of...
Boxing orangutans a throwback in Thailand
Boxing gloves raised, two orangutans enter a ring at a Thai zoo, a spectacle that fascinates locals and foreigners alike but sits increasingly at odds in a nation...
'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82
An author and neurologist who explored the wonders of the human brain in books like "Awakenings" has died. Dr. Oliver Sacks was 82.
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...
Lasting furniture design for the artist
When Karen Chekerdjian looks at a piece of furniture, she sees all its inherent possibilities.
Bazaza: The new designer on everyone’s radar
Hussein Bazaza has been on everyone’s radar ever since he received the Elle Style Award for Best Upcoming Middle East Designer in 2013.
Riyak train station: Bekaa Valley’s rusty relic
While all manner of historical, natural and culinary attractions are available to visitors in the Bekaa Valley, perhaps none is so eerie, strangely peaceful or sad as...
Tripoli’s first kite surfing competition
From the helm of his boat, 86 year-old Simon Khoury surveys an idyllic scene of sapphire blue water, boats and kite surfers dancing on the waves.
At the Flume Gorge in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, vertical walls of darkened Conway granite stretch nine stories skyward and 245 meters toward the base of Mount Liberty.
Gorillas not guerrillas: tourism hope in Congo
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...
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.
I admit that I have a habit of fixating on the finer aspects of cars that I test-drive while pointing out shortcomings as an aside, but in fact whatever those flaws are, they come in quite handy when I have to actually return the vehicles.
Car repairs: Where should you draw the line?
Over the last few weeks I’ve had to debate the topic of car repairs to determine where exactly someone has to draw the line.
Infiniti Q50 2.0 has the legs to match its looks
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.
One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people’s weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but when.
FDA approves first pill to boost female libido
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...
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...