To give is to gain a heap of grief if you’re a mega-rich donor these days.
Obama warns of climate security risks
U.S. President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that global warming posed imminent security and economic risks as negotiators embarked on an 11-day race to seal a U.N. pact...
U.N. condemns airstrike that cut water to Aleppo
An airstrike on a water treatment plant in Syria last Thursday cut water supplies for 3.5 million people and while pumping has been partly restored, 1.4 million still...
Jordan calls for bids for Red Sea-Dead Sea canal
Jordan Tuesday launched a call for tenders for the construction of a canal linking the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea for a project aimed at battling regional...
Iran, Lebanon key to calming region: official
An aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei emphasized Tuesday the importance of cooperation between his country and Lebanon, saying that both countries...
AIDS stigma lingers in rural South Africa
When Eunice Khanyile opened a soup kitchen in a rural village in South Africa last year to help HIV-positive residents get the nutrition needed to stay healthy, not one...
French military haunted by Rwanda genocide
New documents have come to light in the long-running controversy over whether French troops based in Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide failed to prevent the...
Beijing smog fails to obscure apocalypse humor
Several days of brown haze in Beijing so thick that it has closed highways, suspended construction and brought official warnings to stay indoors have also prompted...
An airstrike on a water treatment plant in Syria last Thursday cut water supplies for 3.5 million people and while pumping has been partly restored, 1.4 million still have reduced supply, the United Nations said Tuesday.
Two Palestinians slain after stabbing attempts
Two Palestinians attempted to stab an Israeli soldier and a pedestrian in separate attacks near Jewish settlements in the West Bank Tuesday, authorities said, but both...
Overpass bombing near Istanbul injures five
Five people were injured when a pipe bomb exploded on an overpass near an Istanbul metro station Tuesday, the district mayor said, halting some train operations and...
Dozens of Houthis killed in Saudi border assault
Dozens of Yemeni Houthi fighters were killed during an assault on the border with Saudi Arabia, residents and Saudi state television said Tuesday, in what they...
An aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei emphasized Tuesday the importance of cooperation between his country and Lebanon, saying that both countries were playing an important role in restoring calm in the region.
Ex-bodyguard testifies on Sami Issa security
Prosecutors at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon heard testimony from a former bodyguard of jeweler Sami Issa, a name they allege was an alias used by the principal...
Bid to polish image pushed Nusra accept deal
A tightening siege in winter and an attempt to polish their image played a part in the Nusra Front’s decision to release the 16 Lebanese servicemen, ending 16 months of...
Timeline of hostage crisis developments
The release of 16 Lebanese servicemen in a swap deal Tuesday ends 16 months of captivity for the policemen and Army soldiers held by the Nusra Front.
The terms of the swap deal
The swap deal under which the Nusra Front released 16 Lebanese servicemen involved the release of 23 prisoners held by Beirut and Damascus in return.
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh ruled out any further downgrade of Lebanon by the international rating agencies, assuring that the country has many points of strength.
Ogero head still under Central Inspection’s gaze
The Central Inspection Department Monday reminded the head of Ogero telecommunications Abdul Mounem Youssef.
OPEC’s members: their strengths and needs
As OPEC ministers started to arrive in Vienna, Iran called on fellow members to comply with the group’s production ceiling before ramping up its own supply next year.
Egypt pays dues in bid to ease dollar crunch
Egypt cleared the backlog of funds it owed foreign investors who sold local stocks and bonds in the aftermath of the country’s 2011 uprising, marking the first step by...
Russia may freeze Turkish Stream
Russia may freeze work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project for several years in retaliation against Ankara for the shooting down of a Russian air force jet, two...
Health care sector faces four challenges
Health care indicators in Lebanon have improved significantly in recent years and are generally better than in countries in the Middle East & North Africa region, said...
Tech startup wins spot in global contest
Ranging from hydroponic farming to obituaries, nearly a dozen tech startups competed Thursday in the third edition of Seed Stars, an international competition focused...
Budget deficit exceeds 26 pct as revenues fall
Lebanon’s budget deficit in the first nine months of 2015 rises to 26.51 percent compared to 21.93 percent in the same period of last year due to a fall in revenues.
Qatar stocks rise most in world
Qatar stocks saw the the greatest increase in the world as investors speculated Monday’s sell-off was overdone.
Iran gives glimpse of $30 billion in oil deals
Iran is targeting about $30 billion in investment by offering 70 oil and natural gas projects to international companies as the Persian Gulf country anticipates the...
Saudi Arabia borrowing rate soars this month
Saudi Arabian banks are feeling the squeeze from the falling oil prices. The rate at which banks in the biggest Arab economy lend overnight to each other jumped the...
Russia may freeze work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project for several years in retaliation against Ankara for the shooting down of a Russian air force jet, two sources at Russian gas giant Gazprom told Reuters.
BoE chief: U.K. banks’ job almost done on capital
British banks including HSBC and Lloyds have almost completed the job of building up their defenses against a future financial crisis, Bank of England Governor Mark...
China needs more users for ‘freely usable’ yuan
The International Monetary Fund’s decision to add China’s yuan to its reserves basket is a triumph for Beijing, but the fund’s verdict that the currency met its “freely...
Euro weakens as U.S. stocks fluctuate
The increased likelihood for added central-bank stimulus in Europe amid rising odds for tighter policy in the U.S. sent the euro to its weakest level since April and...
Analysts see Russia ostracism ending
Russia is returning from the investment wilderness after last year’s oil price collapse and Western business sanctions with funds attracted by falling interest rates...
From the moment the Lebanese servicemen were abducted by militants last year, the government has used all its apparatuses to ensure that the men would be freed unharmed.
For any government to function, it needs healthy institutions that operate in a harmonious and synchronized manner. Simply put, every organ must function smoothly.
Putin seeks an opening to the West
Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to “find and punish” those responsible for using a homemade bomb to bring down a Russian airliner over Egypt in October, killing...
In fighting ISIS, containment is preferable
For French President François Hollande, the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, carried out by French and Belgian citizens, fundamentallychanged everything.
Listen to Francis’ anti-colonial sermon
During his visit to Africa last week, Pope Francis touched on a profoundly important theme that should be carefully pondered by those around the world who wonder why...
Turkey’s response to Russia’s involvement along its border with Syria not only destroyed a Russian jet and an uneasy understanding between those fighting ISIS, but also...
The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is a clear indication of further escalation of the war in Syria at a time of fraught ties between Russia and Turkey.
The forgotten innocents
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to “find and punish” those responsible for using a homemade bomb to bring down a Russian airliner over Egypt in October, killing 224 people.
West partly responsible for recent terror attacks
Terrorist attacks on civilians, whether the downing over Sinai of a Russian aircraft killing 224 passengers, the horrific Paris massacre claiming 130 innocent lives, or...
Iran seeks to overthrow regional balance
Inviting Iran to the recent round of talks on the Syria crisis in Vienna, Austria, had far-reaching implications.
Against ISIS, our love of life must prevail
Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner,...
During his visit to Africa last week, Pope Francis touched on a profoundly important theme that should be carefully pondered by those around the world who wonder why domestic and international terrorism, corruption, and illegal migration are on the rise everywhere.
The Palestine conflict is not a sideshow
Major developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict last week were simultaneously tragic and comic: tragic because Palestinians and Israelis have killed each other...
Three Arab heroes show us a different Middle East
If you were cringing this Thanksgiving at the homicidal youth gang that calls itself ISIS, you might consider the narratives of three young people in the Middle East...
How should world respond to ISIS threat?
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right...
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
Paris Saint-Germain’s nine-match winning run in Ligue 1 was brought to a halt Tuesday as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to promoted Angers.
Enrique sad to see Suarez miss out on Ballon d’Or
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admitted he feels for Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan missed out on joining teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar as one of the three finalists...
Curry stars as 19-0 Warriors march on
Stephen Curry scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors survived a furious late onslaught from the Utah Jazz Monday to stretch their record-breaking unbeaten season...
Kobe Bryant to retire at end of season
After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his...
Fury vows to be most charismatic champ since Ali
Britain’s Tyson Fury has vowed to be “the most charismatic champion since Muhammad Ali” after delivering on his promise to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko and become the...
Man City storm into League Cup semis
In-form Kevin De Bruyne struck twice as Premier League leaders Manchester City overpowered Hull City 4-1 Tuesday to lead three top-flight teams into the League Cup...
FIFA, hit by scandal, looks at reforms
FIFA’s much-abused leadership Wednesday starts a key meeting on reform on the fifth anniversary of one of the most controversial actions ever taken by football’s world...
The FIFA figures who voted for Russia and Qatar
Five years ago Wednesday, FIFA’s executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar for 2022 in one of the most controversial votes in sporting...
Stephen Curry scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors survived a furious late onslaught from the Utah Jazz Monday to stretch their record-breaking unbeaten season start to 19 games.
Bryant builds a legend despite pain, controversy
Kobe Bryant became one of the greatest legends in the history of the NBA over two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, fighting through pain and controversy to ensure...
Five Kobe career-defining moments
Five key events in the career of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who announced Sunday he was retiring after this season, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Britain’s Tyson Fury has vowed to be “the most charismatic champion since Muhammad Ali” after delivering on his promise to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko and become the new world heavyweight champion.
Briton DeGale beats Bute to defend title
Former Olympic gold medalist James DeGale successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title for the first time Saturday with a unanimous decision over Canada’s...
Klitschko demands rematch after loss
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko demanded a rematch minutes after losing his four world titles to British challenger Tyson Fury Saturday in a stunning...
Batman Fury must prove he’s no joker
Tyson Fury faces the acid test of his boasts that he will end Wladimir Klitschko’s four-year reign as undisputed world heavyweight champion when the pair clash in...
Russia accepts ‘full’ doping ban
Russia has accepted its “full suspension” from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the International Association of Athletics...
Fast-forward to next July and picture the scene with great rivals Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Britain’s Andy Murray going toe-to-toe in an amazingly thrilling Davis Cup quarterfinal.
Long wait over as Murray wins Davis Cup
Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years in Ghent Sunday when Andy Murray defeated David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of the reverse singles to...
Murray levels Davis final
Britain’s Andy Murray leveled the Davis Cup final at 1-1 with a comfortable defeat of Ruben Bemelmans after David Goffin had escaped from two sets down to give Belgium...
Britain counting on Murrays for Davis Cup
Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years this weekend when they take on Belgium in Ghent, although if they do succeed the Scottish town...
Belgium need baby-faced Goffin to come of age
If Belgium are to win the Davis Cup final for the first time this week then baby-faced David Goffin will have to come of age.
Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has made it his mission to wipe the smile off the face of Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff next season but others fear Formula One is stuck in a rut.
Alonso broadside highlights F1’s problems
Fernando Alonso launched an angry outburst at motorsport’s ruling body Sunday, telling them to focus on the serious problems facing Formula One and to be fairer in...
Rosberg ends F1 season on a hat-trick high
Nico Rosberg wrapped up the Formula One season on a winning high in Abu Dhabi Sunday with teammate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton second in a record 12th...
F1 needs to put on a show and take fight to Mercedes
Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has made it his mission to wipe the smile off the face of Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff next season but others fear Formula One...
Rosberg fastest as Mercedes dominate in Abu Dhabi
Nico Rosberg knocked triple world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the Abu Dhabi timesheets as Mercedes dominated the final Friday practice session of...
Hollywood actor Luke Bracey said Tuesday the remake of the action crime thriller “Point Break” is bigger and better because it’s got extreme sports that weren’t even invented when the original 1991 hit came out.
Romance and Kalashnikovs: Pashtun cinema reborn
Their tunics drenched in sweat, hundreds gather by the big screen, shouting and dancing their pride in being Pashtun amid clouds of hashish.
Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death
Three children of the radio personality Casey Kasem and his brother sued his widow Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Gaiman returns to comics with Sandman: Overture
Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s beloved writers and could probably work on any project he wants.
Spielberg wants new Indiana Jones film
Film director Steven Spielberg said Monday that he would love to shoot a fifth “Indiana Jones” film before the hero of the series, Harrison Ford, hits 80. The Hollywood...
An Arab Idol is born in Doha
The rags-to-riches story can be a compelling cinematic thing. Combining the coming-of-age tale – and with it the potential allure of child actors – with reassuring...
Call me Francesco: film of pope’s darkest moments
The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, “Call Me Francesco,” which...
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
Iran orchestra barred over women musicians
A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was canceled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious...
Da Vinci painting inspired by checkout girl
One of Britain’s most notorious art forgers has claimed responsibility for what is believed to be a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, saying it was inspired by a...
Alice still shapeshifting 150 years after Wonderland
A century and a half after first being published, the surreal classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" still fascinates readers and inspires artists with its eerie...
Resonant Danish Girl explores life of Lili Elbe
Most people probably don’t know the name Lili Elbe. Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” will make sure you won’t soon forget the name, even if this well-intentioned,...
Actor John Stamos pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of driving in Beverly Hills, California, under the influence of a drug and was sentenced to three years’ probation, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said.
Poland decides not to extradite Polanski
A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding Friday after...
On Walk of Fame, Radcliffe says will never stop "feeling lucky"
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
Topless women out, female luminaries in: the latest edition of the famously titillating Pirelli calendar presented in London by U.S. photographer Annie Leibovitz has won praise for its feminist makeover.
Tokyo noodle shop is first ramen Michelin star
A tiny Tokyo noodle shop joined the ranks of the world’s top restaurants Tuesday as it scooped up a star from the respected Michelin Guide.
For some people, the older the phone, the better
Between splashy launches and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry is pushing you to buy the...
Give the gift of tech charging in bags, wallets
There are so many ways to charge a cellphone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there.
Cooling pastels hot for the winter
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Sinatra’s birthplace honors his 100th its way
Chicago was his kind of town, LA was his lady and he certainly was a big part of New York, New York. But despite a love-hate relationship, the mile-square New Jersey...
Add to a loved one’s library with a DVD set
Sure, DVDs are slightly old-school in this age of streaming media. But a boxed set of a great TV show has elegance that goes beyond the episodes it has compiled. And...
Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian has set a world record by illuminating a Christmas tree in the capital, Canberra, with 518,838 twinkling lights.
Between splashy launches and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry is pushing you to buy the latest smartphone.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Weaving the Sea blends Mediterranean cultures
“Weaving the Sea,” a two-week-long exhibition, kicked off in Beirut Tuesday with the aim of reinforcing creativity and the regeneration of Mediterranean neighborhoods.
Standing up for youth entrepreneurship
Where do we begin to understand the challenges facing the Middle East’s youth today?
Your new best friend: Follow Me Suitcase
The future of Lebanon lies in the hands of its youth.
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou offers all the hustle, bustle, culture and commerce of other major Asian metropolises minus the massive tourist crowds.
Seoul district to erect "Gangnam Style" statue
A statue dedicated to South Korean singer Psy's global music video hit "Gangnam Style" is to be erected in the eponymous, upscale Seoul district made famous by the song
Most cars are merely a collection of parts: steel, glass, plastic and, if you’re lucky, real leather. If you’re luckier than most, your ride is blisteringly quick, flawlessly built and beautiful enough to warrant becoming the wallpaper on your computer screen.
Infiniti QX60: Smooth, stylish and comfortable
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering – a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.
HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients
Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international...
New confirmed case in former Ebola-free Liberia: WHO
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....