“Who’s there?” asked Dr. Mohammad Farhat, director of Hamid Farhat Hospital in the Bekaa Valley town of Majdal Anjar.
Hariri condemns Dammam mosque bombing
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday condemned the car bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as an “evil act” designed to incite sectarian...
Truck bombs: The ISIS equivalent of an air force
They’re easy to drive and hard to stop, can be made on a farm and destroy a city block: The monstrous truck bombs deployed by ISIS are reshaping the battlefield.
Kurdish fighters in Syria on march against ISIS
In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against ISIS, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country’s...
Russia steps up propaganda with ‘Kremlin trolls
Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been...
AUB honors two for arts, humanitarian work
The American University of Beirut awarded honorary doctorates Friday to an Egyptian and an American in recognition of their “enduring contributing to the arts,...
Palestinians from Syria protest UNRWA cuts
Dozens of Palestinian refugees who fled the Syrian war held a demonstration in Sidon Friday, protesting the U.N.’s decision to cut accommodation aid to refugee families...
Palestinian envoy discusses UNRWA funding crisis
Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabour discussed Friday UNRWA’s financial problems with agency Director Matthias Schmale.
ISIS settles into Ramadi, restores order
Despite a fearsome reputation for inflicting savage violence on foes, ISIS militants have gone out of their way to try to win over residents of Iraq’s Ramadi, providing...
Cairo yearns for liberal heyday of its park
It was a symbol of a more liberal Egypt where young Muslims and Christians mingled under its leafy canopies, bands played and a young Omar Sharif wooed the glamorous...
ISIS takes airport in Libya’s Sirte
ISIS has seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew, a spokesman said Friday.
Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside.
U.S. removes Cuba from terror blacklist
The United States removed Cuba from its blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism Friday, in a landmark move aimed at paving the way toward normalizing ties frozen for...
Buhari vows to crush ‘godless’ Boko Haram
New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed Friday to eradicate the “mindless, godless” militant group Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and children held...
India seizes pigeon over spying fears
Indian police said Friday they have detained a pigeon near the heavily militarized border with Pakistan on suspicion it was being used for espionage.
More than 3,300 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead: coastguard
The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of more than 3,300 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, but also found 17 corpses on...
Proposals by a group of prominent investors to finance, build and operate small power plants in different Lebanese regions are not expected to see the light of day despite the urgent need to increase electricity production and reduce the financial burden on the cash-strapped state.
Lebanese travel agency to compete online
A 2014 study conducted by MasterCard showed that consumers in Lebanon are gradually exploring online shopping options.
Syria regime revenues shrink as losses mount
With most of its natural and mineral resources having fallen under rebel control, Syrian state revenues have shrunk, leaving the government dependent on unstable...
Etihad Airways profit jumps over 52 pct
Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that...
Cyprus tourism income rises 15 percent
Recession-hit Cyprus recorded a 15 percent hike in key tourism revenue in March with the Lebanese topping the list of spenders, official data showed Friday.
Graduates mismatched with job market
Companies in Lebanon should cooperate more with universities and schools on advising students about the job market and the majors that are mostly in demand, recruiting...
Solidere sees 144 pct rise in net profits
The net profits from real estate giant Solidere’s operations in Lebanon swelled by 144 percent to $96.9 million in 2014 compared to $39.7 million a year earlier.
Lebanon keen to boost China trade ties
Lebanon is keen on enhancing trade relations with China, Prime Minister Tammam Salam told the Arab-Chinese Businessmen Conference Tuesday, vowing that Beirut would be a...
With most of its natural and mineral resources having fallen under rebel control, Syrian state revenues have shrunk, leaving the government dependent on unstable sources of income for its survival.
Dubai debt hangover lingers as lenders fret
For all the progress made tackling Dubai’s debt, some issues refuse to go away.Creditors to Limitless LLC are trying to arrange a meeting amid speculation the...
IMF says Egypt tax delay means rich pay less
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances...
Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.
ING, BNP Paribas and ABC bid for HSBC Turkey
ING Group NV, BNP Paribas and Bahrain-based Arab Banking Corp (ABC) have submitted bids to buy HSBC’s Turkish business, a source familiar with the process said Friday.
US warns of unstable economy without Greece deal
The United States warned Friday of a possible accident for the world economy if Greece and its creditors miss their June deadlines to avert a debt default.
Greek bank deposits fall to lowest in over decade
Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their...
U.S. economy contracts in Q1, dollar hits profit
The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports,...
Like so many alleged peace mediators before him, Tony Blair resigned this week having achieved exactly nothing for the region he was meant to help.
Qatar can’t stay quiet
The unfolding scandal and investigation targeting FIFA officials is focusing a huge amount of attention on embattled Sepp Blatter, the president of the world football...
FIFA and the hypocrisy of dealing with autocrats
The only surprise about the arrest of seven FIFA officials in a Swiss hotel in the early morning of May 27 is that it happened at all.
France’s initiative on Palestine irks the U.S.
Of all contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is probably the most enduring and resistant to any resolution.
To defeat the jihadis, know more about them
The unexpected fall of Ramadi to ISIS this month is the latest sign of a basic intelligence problem: The U.S. doesn’t know enough about its jihadi adversaries to combat...
A crude ‘justice’
The response to, and the circumstances surrounding, the ISIS takeover of Iraq’s Anbar has been curious, if not provocative.
A republic of shame
Among the important anniversaries marked in Lebanon Monday were the passing of one year since President Michel Sleiman left office, in addition to 365 days of nonstop...
It’s time to mend fences
The liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation in May 2000 was a milestone in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Iran’s Kurdish problem in perspective
In early May a young Kurdish woman plunged to her death from the Tara hotel in the city of Mahabad, western Iran.
The Conservative narrative on Britain’s economy
The economic historian Niall Ferguson reminds me of the late Oxford historian A.J.P. Taylor.
Narendra Modi’s failings are all too apparent
India’s Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by premier Narendra Modi, marked its first anniversary in office on May 26.
The unexpected fall of Ramadi to ISIS this month is the latest sign of a basic intelligence problem: The U.S. doesn’t know enough about its jihadi adversaries to combat them effectively.
ISIS attracts because Arab systems repel
An important op-ed article by former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin in the Washington Post this week raises the point that repeatedly comes up in discussions about...
Salam’s warning cannot be ignored
On Tuesday evening, in an address marking the one-year anniversary since Lebanon has been without a president, Prime Minister Tammam Salam made a perceptive comment.
Washington’s courtier culture leads to bad policy
Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges about Libya...
If Joe Biden calls, head for the hills
If I were Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, I’d be slightly worried that I received a telephone call from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday assuring continued...
Ronaldinho quickly became Mexico’s biggest football star when he signed with Queretaro last year, helping to sell thousands of jerseys with his famous name printed on the back.
PSG eye clean sweep of domestic prizes
Paris Saint-Germain are overwhelming favorites to become the first French club ever to complete a clean sweep of the domestic honors as they take on second-tier Auxerre...
What next for Clippers after season of promise?
As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare to battle for the NBA championship, the Los Angeles Clippers can only reflect on what might have been after...
Khatib stars as Cedars rout Iraq in WABA
Fadi El Khatib scored 31 points and Amir Saoud added 19 to help Lebanon get their campaign off to a flying start at the WABA Championship Friday after they swept aside...
Federer, Wawrinka advance in French Open
Swiss pair Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both eased into the last 16 of the French Open Friday as hopes of a first home winner in 32 years were boosted.
Dortmund aim to send off Klopp with Cup win
Borussia Dortmund hope to bring down the curtain on Jurgen Klopp’s seven years as head coach by lifting the German Cup on his swansong in Saturday’s final against VfL...
Napoli host Lazio in Champions League decider
Napoli’s bid to snatch Serie A’s last Champions League place from Lazio and the battle for the remaining Europa League places top the agenda as Italy’s top flight draws...
Wenger, Arsenal eye FA Cup history
Arsene Wenger would love nothing more than to silence his critics by making history when holders Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final Saturday.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare to battle for the NBA championship, the Los Angeles Clippers can only reflect on what might have been after a season of rich promise ended abruptly.
Warriors end 40-year NBA Finals drought
After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again, booking their place in the NBA Finals...
Lebanon ends exile with WABA return
Lebanon will make their much-awaited comeback to the international scene Friday when they seek to punch their ticket to 2015 FIBA Asia Championship which is to be...
LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals
The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach after Cleveland routed Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday to complete a...
Djokovic, Nadal, Williams in Saturday special
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams as well as nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and in-form Andy Murray serve up a Saturday special at the French Open.
Sharapova, Ivanovic reach fourth round
Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the French Open last-16 Friday although she appeared on the verge of tears at the end of her straight-sets win over Samantha...
Schiavone outlasts Kuznetsova in duel
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone have got history when it comes to tennis marathons and the two clay court warriors were at it again at the French Open...
Williams, Nadal, Djokovic move to next stage
Novak Djokovic came through an injury scare Thursday and made his way into the third round at the French Open by beating Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi, eyeing a 10th world title in all categories, bids to return to the top of the podium in his home MotoGP this weekend.
Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after gaffe
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton’s chances...
Hamilton aims to deny Rosberg Monaco milestone
Lewis Hamilton hopes to be third time lucky in Monaco this weekend and take revenge on Nico Rosberg by denying his Mercedes teammate a hat-trick of wins in Formula...
Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will...
Hamilton staying at Mercedes until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
France’s pole vault world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie will make his 2015 Diamond League debut Saturday as he returns from a bruised shoulder at the Prefontaine Classic.
Cormier subdues Johnson in third
Daniel Cormier wore the conflict on his beaming face when he got the UFC’s light heavyweight title belt strapped around his waist in the same Vegas cage where he failed...
Oliver flies past to set alight Bird’s Nest
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest...
McIlroy not satisfied without more major titles
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
The U.S. pavilion at the Expo 2015 world’s fair is seeking to lead the conversation on how to feed 9 billion people by 2050.
Challenging European notions of American food
To many European ears, if not taste buds, the phrase American cuisine seems like an oxymoron.
The architecture of a handbag
“Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions.”
Women prisoners create stylish handbags
It all started with a bag. What if every woman in prison could stitch, bead or sequin her way to a more empowered life of purpose and financial independence?
Kia’s phenomenal Sportage shatters preconceptions
Usually when I review a car I plan for it weeks in advance. This is necessary because all too often life throws curve balls in my direction and it always helps to have...
Seoul elevates gardening to high art
From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to the rooftops of the South Korean capital Seoul.
Green oasis rises in heart of Rio slum
The stench of rotting dog corpses used to waft through Mauro Quintanilha’s Rio slum home. Outside stood a towering mound of detritus of every size and shape.
For fashion startups, being social counts
When Chris Morton was setting up a fashion e-commerce company five years ago, he spent a lot of time listening to online music service Spotify.
Lebanon’s Mexican wave
Hola! Am I imagining things or are the Lebanese enjoying a Mexican moment?
This is a man’s world
While it would do well to be wary of anyone proclaiming to know a universal truth, the organizers of the MEN’S WORLD exhibition, launched Thursday in La Marina Joseph...
Aley: a legacy with a great view
The Mount Lebanon city of Aley boasts a legacy shaped over the decades that has made the picturesque area one of Lebanon’s most appealing spots for tourists.
Usually when I review a car I plan for it weeks in advance. This is necessary because all too often life throws curve balls in my direction and it always helps to have contingency plans.
When buying a car, factor in the ownership costs
All too often when people decide to buy a new car, they tend to forget the long-term costs that come with the purchase, especially when they narrow their choices down...
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
A multiday hike above the Arctic Circle is no place for an iPhone to die. “There goes my camera,” I thought, and yet the loss was freeing.
Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau’s resorts
Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world’s casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming...
LUXE City Guides: Heritage Hong Kong
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound...
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects my family also has been smashing them up on toast.
Some wine, butter transform mussels into a meal
With a pleasantly briny flavor, mussels pair well with clean, simple flavors, such as fresh herbs with melted butter and lightly cooked onions or leeks.
Mastering vinaigrette to deliver maximum flavor
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
A good reason to love your grill’s warming rack
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
The rebirth of Greece’s majestic wine industry
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
Cameron Crowe loves a good failure story, and specifically what happens after a disastrous fall from the top.
Can quake thriller San Andreas shake box office?
California’s long-feared megaquake hits movie screens this week with “San Andreas,” but the big-budget movie has thrown up a fault line between critics and filmgoers...
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He...
Film legend Omar Sharif has Alzheimer’s disease
Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, star of Oscar-winning classics such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, his...
Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest
Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music...
Cannes films divide critics ahead of awards
As the Cannes festival bears down on its weekend awards ceremony, a look at the movies seen so far and their reviews reveal deep divisions among the critics.
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
With the belief that an artist’s legacy never dies, Bassam Fattouh honored his late friend, Lebanese fashion designer Basil Soda, with a makeup event celebrating his work.
Franzen talks up, and around, his new novel
Writing has become no easier for Jonathan Franzen, whose fifth novel comes out this fall. Neither, apparently, have interviews.
Bob Marley musical tries to help heal Baltimore
Most theater professionals like to say that they’re working on is very relevant to what’s going on in the real world. That could not have been more true than in...
London schools tackle gangs with verse
Students from gang-ridden areas of the East London borough of Hackney have been learning how performing poetry can help tackle life, one word at a time.
Movies that will keep buzzing after Cannes
A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, which shut Sunday, can be a blip back home.