A potential presidential bid by centrist former Minister Emmanuel Macron has added to an already complex picture in French politics, with the left and right in turmoil eight months before the election.
Intoxicated in the air: Is your pilot drunk?
Every few months, a pilot somewhere in the world is stopped before a jet takes off because of suspicion of drunkenness. It makes headlines and gives nervous travelers...
Senior Daesh deaths since April blow to group
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have killed several senior figures in Daesh (ISIS) since April in a heavy blow to the militant organization.
American detained in Iran faces charges: report
Iran has accused a detained American-Iranian dual citizen of “acting against national security,” the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported Wednesday.
Politicians deadlocked as trash piles up again
The Metn trash crisis appears set to deepen, with no solutions arising from a Wednesday parliamentary committee meeting dedicated to resolving Lebanon’s garbage woes.
Mother Teresa: A saint despite spiritual darkness
When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa Sunday, he’ll be honoring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the...
Pro-Brexit town wants London to ‘get on with it’
Gazing out across the calm, grey North Sea towards northern France, families in Clacton enjoy the English summer, some sipping tea, others with cans of beer, outside...
May meets ministers to hear their views on Brexit
Prime Minister Theresa May told her top ministers Wednesday they must deliver Brexit, and not entertain any idea of staying in the EU by the “back door.”
Liberated Syrian town starts erasing Daesh traces
The silhouette of a Daesh (ISIS) fighter on a rearing horse, a black flag in his hand and a saber by his side, is among the disappearing traces of the militants’ grip...
New Egyptian church law angers Christian critics
Egypt’s lawmakers Tuesday passed the country’s first law spelling out the rules for building a church, a step Christians have long hoped would free up construction that...
U.S. tosses $654 million PLO verdict
A U.S. appeals court Wednesday tossed out a $654 million jury verdict against the Palestine Liberation Organization for attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed...
STL expert: Traces of a conspiracy
Telecoms expert John Edward Philips testified before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday, launching into a detailed presentation of the covert phone networks...
Syrian teen admits to beheading: Army
The Lebanese Army referred a Syrian minor to the judiciary Wednesday.
Labor Ministry closes nine maid agencies
The Labor Ministry announced Wednesday that it shut nine maid agencies this week for illegal activity.
EDL contract workers end strike
Electricite du Liban contract workers, who have been on strike at the state-run company’s Corniche al-Nahr and Baalbeck branches, decided to halt their strike...
The United States said Lebanon needs to address red tape, corruption and arbitrary licensing decisions to encourage American companies to invest in the country.
U.S. lifts sanctions on Lebanese company
The U.S. Treasury removed Tuesday the name of Lebanon-based DK Group from the list of its trade sanctions list, the company announced in a statement released Wednesday.
Gulf bond sales roar back as Emaar joins rush
Bond sales in the Gulf sparked back to life this week, with Dubai’s Emaar Properties PJSC joining a growing pipeline of borrowers who may take issuance to a record this...
Dubai finance hub grows 16 percent
Dubai’s International Financial Center said the number of companies based in the hub grew 16 percent during the first half even as lower oil prices and slowing economic...
Oil privatization saga hints at Putin power limit
Russia’s decision to postpone the privatization of a mid-sized oil company has sent a message to investors: for all his power, President Vladimir Putin has failed to...
Ericsson: Good opportunities in telecom sector
A senior Ericsson executive said there are good business opportunities in Lebanon’s telecom sector.
Khalil: Accountability at land offices
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil pledged to “clean” the ministry’s real estate departments from corrupt officials who have abused their positions for personal gains...
EDL threatens contract workers with legal action
Electricite du Liban Monday gave contract workers less than 24 hours to open the customer service gate at the company’s headquarters in Beirut before filing a lawsuit.
Bond sales in the Gulf sparked back to life this week, with Dubai’s Emaar Properties PJSC joining a growing pipeline of borrowers who may take issuance to a record this year.
Egypt agrees to introduce value-added tax
Egypt’s parliament has agreed to establish a value-added tax of 13 percent, in a move authorities hope will generate much-needed state revenue and advance a reform...
OPEC likely to compete, not freeze output
Iran’s plan to keep boosting crude production until it regains its OPEC market share is dimming prospects of collective action by major producers to freeze output,...
Egypt fungus-wheat ban fuels confusion
Egypt will no longer accept imported wheat containing any traces of the ergot fungus, the Agriculture Ministry said, sowing fresh confusion that has hampered shipments...
Russia’s decision to postpone the privatization of a mid-sized oil company has sent a message to investors: for all his power, President Vladimir Putin has failed to stop political infighting getting in the way of business.
EU Apple ruling heralds end of easy tax deals
The days when big U.S. technology companies could easily slice tax bills in Europe are coming to an end.
Why September can be huge for markets
The first debate of the U.S. presidential campaign.
Wall Street dips on back of oil tumble
Wall Street was down Wednesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index marking its biggest decline in four weeks, as a sharp drop in oil prices weighed on energy stocks.
UK house prices rise, consumers regain some confidence after Brexit hit
British house price rises picked up speed in August and households recovered some confidence which had plunged after June's Brexit vote, according to surveys that added...
The Bekaa tragedy Thursday was a stark reminder of where politicians’ focus and full energy should be exerted instead of their typical mudslinging and theatrics.
Those Lebanese who are the nostalgic types will fondly remember the good old days of the ’60s, when the charts were topped by Dalida’s “Paroles, paroles.”
Reason in the age of Trump
In the classical Greek tragedy The Bacchae, the god Dionysus, powered by a thirst for vengeance, battles the inflexible and closed-minded King Pentheus for the soul of...
Rapid policy changes in the Middle East
Syria, the most strategic country in the Middle East, has been on the global agenda for the last five years due to its bloody civil war.
The U.S. fight against Daesh rests on quicksand
The U.S. military campaign to seize the Daesh (ISIS) capital of Raqqa may be delayed because of a nasty fight between Turkey and the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the...
A culture of anarchy
Lebanon has given birth to a new culture that has risen to become a science, rarely experienced anywhere from Ouagadougou to the smallest village in Mongolia.
Deluded and debased
Just when we think the Free Patriotic Movement has exhausted every kind of innuendo, insinuation, misinformation and fabrication, it appears to have developed its...
Dashed by geopolitics
For the past two weeks, following their victory in Manbij and encouraged by a tacit nod from the U.S., the Kurds have clung to the dream that they would take control of...
In the classical Greek tragedy The Bacchae, the god Dionysus, powered by a thirst for vengeance, battles the inflexible and closed-minded King Pentheus for the soul of Thebes.
Trump’s train wreck
Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential nominee, has again shaken up his campaign organization.
Europe’s last chance in project of unification
Most of Europe’s history has been marked by conflict.
Reviving Lebanon as the ‘State for Knowledge’
Lebanon has long been known for its intellectuals, even before its creation as a state.
The U.S. military campaign to seize the Daesh (ISIS) capital of Raqqa may be delayed because of a nasty fight between Turkey and the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG.
Statecraft lessons from northern Syria
The unprecedented combination of political chaos, cross-cutting military confrontations and strategic contradictions in northern Syria reached a record-setting point...
Australia seeks balance on China’s influence
Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the U.S., even if it upsets Beijing.
Israelis, Palestinians: seeking leadership
Amazing as it may sound to many skeptics who have watched the Israeli-Palestinian conflict become increasingly violent, a new joint poll by Israeli and Palestinian...
Fleeing fighters could spur ‘boomerang effect’
Daesh (ISIS) hasn’t had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.
Records consistently fell as the deadline for European football transfers ended Wednesday and new managers at the biggest clubs refined their squads with Chelsea resigning Brazilian defender David Luiz.
Nice sign Balotelli from Liverpool
Nice have signed striker Mario Balotelli from Liverpool, the clubs said Wednesday, with British media saying the Italy international has moved on a free transfer.
Djokovic walks into U.S. Open third round
Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a major for the 33rd successive time Wednesday without hitting a ball when his scheduled opponent pulled...
Murray, Serena ride strong serves to second round
Wimbledon champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams powered into the second round of the U.S. Open as the stars came out on Arthur Ashe Stadium court Tuesday night.
U.S. NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in...
Guardiola clear-out sees City player exodus
Manchester City streamlined their bloated squad after an offseason of heavy spending under new coach Pep Guardiola, sending Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and...
Champions Leicester break club record for Slimani
Premier League champions Leicester City paid a club record fee for Sporting Lisbon’s Algeria striker Islam Slimani just hours before the transfer window closed Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart joins Torino on loan from Man City
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart completed a loan move to Torino Wednesday, signing a one-year contract with the Serie A club
Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a major for the 33rd successive time Wednesday without hitting a ball when his scheduled opponent pulled out with an injury.
Wawrinka through as Ivanovic stunned
Two-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka dealt Fernando Verdasco a rare first-round loss at the U.S. Open, sweeping aside the Spaniard in straight sets Tuesday.
New concerns rise over Djokovic’s fitness
Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his U.S. Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz Monday, but the labored performance gave rise to fresh...
Kerber breezes in U.S. Open, Gasquet stunned
Angelique Kerber needed just over 30 minutes to get her pursuit of a first U.S. Open off to a winning start Monday as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepared to make...
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s final.
NBA stars bring curtain down on Rio
The United States' NBA superstars bring the curtain down on the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday as the last 12 gold medals are decided
Bilic backs Conte to succeed at Chelsea
West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic is backing Antonio Conte to make a big impact at Chelsea, but is confident his side can cause problems for their London rivals when...
Turkish star 'disowned by family' over Gulen support
The family of one of the most prominent Turkish basketball players in the NBA Tuesday publicly disowned him after he openly supported the U.S.-based preacher who Ankara...
Senegal gets Rio mugging from U.S.
Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began...
Vera Caslavska, a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died.
Pieters, Westwood, Kaymer, Europe Ryder wildcard
Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by Europe captain Darren Clarke as wildcard picks Tuesday to complete his...
Ryan Lochte to dance with stars, says Rio scandal overblown
Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the "Dancing With the Stars" cast, ABC television announced on Tuesday, as the gold medalist said he thought reaction...
IOC ‘strongly condemns’ Kuwait sports clampdown
The International Olympic Committee Monday strongly condemned the Kuwait authorities for using police to seize the headquarters of two key sports bodies as part of a...
Jebet breaks world record,wins 3,000 steeplechase
Olympic champion Ruth Jebet broke the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase world record by six seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Paris Saturday Meanwhile, Kendra...
He’s very fast, very young and very confident.
Rosberg surprised by Hamilton podium
A victorious Nico Rosberg had no idea where his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had finished in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix until he studied the results after...
Rosberg wins but Hamilton fights back
Nico Rosberg rekindled his world championship ambitions with victory in Sunday’s chaotic crash-hit Belgian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton staged an astonishing fightback...
Rosberg tops session, Hamilton takes penalties
Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday morning's opening free practice for this weekend's...
F1 driver Rio Haryanto replaced by Esteban Ocon: Manor
British motor racing team Manor announced Wednesday it was dropping Indonesian Formula One driver Rio Haryanto and replacing him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
A bewitching musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone opened the Venice film festival Wednesday, kicking off a U.S.-heavy lineup of flicks vying for the coveted Golden Lion.
Tom Wolfe talks Darwin, Chomsky and human speech
After satirizing everything from “radical chic” to 20th-century architecture, Tom Wolfe is now mining the mystery of language and the reputation of the most influential...
Vikander, Fassbender’s love powers new film
What’s a better bet than a Hollywood weepie based on a best-selling book?
Alan Menken looks to put the E in EGOT
With eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony vying for space on his mantelpiece, Alan Menken’s bill for dry-cleaning tuxedos might match the box-office of most Off-Broadway...
Brown released from jail on $250,000 bail
Los Angeles police have released singer Chris Brown from custody after arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.
Internet star sings of Gaza cat and ‘My Trousers’
Mobbed by fans, Adel Meshoukhi is the kind of singer that perhaps only Gaza could produce – an internet sensation who depends on a stipend from Hamas.
French Coca-Cola workers find huge cocaine stash in delivery
Coca-Cola workers found a huge stash of cocaine when they opened a delivery of fruit juice concentrate from Costa Rica at their factory in southern France.
Beyonce proves she’s in a lane of her own
Beyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna...
Don’t Breathe is a well-plotted, thrilling trap
Detroit-area robbery crews, be warned. It’s not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big, and final, score. Take our word for it, walk away. It sounds...
At last! Spears biopic coming to TV
The turbulent life of Britney Spears – who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder – is becoming a television biopic.
Lawrence tops best paid actress list, again
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world’s highest-paid actress for the second year Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.
Hundreds bid farewell to Belgian jazz legend Thielemans
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career...
Frank Ocean releases second album 'Blonde'
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released...
Canada celebrates, mourns as rockers Tragically Hip say good-bye
The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on...
Japan's long-running, all-male pop group SMAP to break up
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will go their separate...
Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
Jon Stewart gives heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore
Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run
Austria charges US rapper Freddie Gibbs with sexual assault
U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been charged in Austria with sexually assaulting a woman while on tour last year in Vienna, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home
"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane...
Duke of Westminster, British billionaire landowner, dies at 64
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a...
An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
Newspaper says it uncovered KFC's secret recipe
Is the secret KFC recipe a secret no more?
A US newspaper says it may have inadvertently stumbled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the...
No Man’s Sky: To boldly shoot rocks … that’s it
The allure was irresistible: more than 18 quintillion unique undiscovered planets to explore, a starship to do it in, and virtually no loading times.
'Strong signal' stirs interest in hunt for alien life
A "strong signal" detected by a radio telescope in Russia that is scanning the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life has stirred interest among the scientific...
Five Lebanese named finalists for Vogue award
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...
Claw law: Legislator targets arcade favorite
It’s an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base.
Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can
Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers...
Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo
It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.
Robot baby schemes may increase teen pregnancy
Electronic dolls designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy do not work, a new study has found, and may even raise the number of babies born to young moms.
Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of...
‘Baby, it’s hot outside’: Why birds sing to eggs
Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world,...
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.
Trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17
Go on, ‘Donate Your Running Shoes’
Jeweler celebrates 130th anniversary of Tiffany
Massive summer sales and new colors for fall
A compass on the smartphone screen points toward Red Square.
High in Bolivia, a tour of Aymara sacred sites
At a gasp-inducing 4,000 meters-plus above sea level, a post marks the spot where Andean gods are said to dwell at the foot of towering, snow-covered peaks.
Thailand’s tiger tourism expands
Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found...
Tourists learn alongside locals on safaris
It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
A night behind bars in Slovenian prison-turned-hostel
Fancy spending the night in a former military prison that is now a youth hostel with an artistic twist?
There’s a sweet spot in automotive manufacturing that arises when all aspects of a car come together so harmoniously that the final product is nothing less than stellar.
3-Series sets benchmark for compact sedans
At long last, after nearly two years of reviewing scores of automobiles from numerous different marques, I finally get to review the one car that started it all for me.
2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.
718 Boxster S a testament to Porsche ingenuity
How can anyone pass up the opportunity to gloat? Can you? I know I can’t – I’m not that noble.
Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show
Mercedes-Benz gave a sneak preview of a new ultra luxury coupe on Thursday in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns...
They’re young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital … or worse, dead.
Study in mice shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new...
Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos
With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country’s web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.
Organ network mapping a path to more fair liver transplants in U.S.
The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die...
Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble save lives
They have proven their worth in detecting land mines but Africa’s giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation – saving lives by speeding up...