The Cabinet is set to meet next week to address over 100 items on the agenda, excluding key administrative appointments.
Critical condition: Hospitals ‘risk closure’
“Our situation is critical - hospitals are heading toward closure,” billboards that went up around Beirut Friday read.
New Zealand mosque accused pleads not guilty
The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge...
HK tycoons start moving assets offshore
Some Hong Kong tycoons have started moving personal wealth offshore as concern deepens over a local government plan to allow extraditions of suspects to face trial in...
Mortar attack on Iraqi base home to US troops; no casualties
The Iraqi military says three mortar shells have hit an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing a small fire but no casualties.
LU professors to vote on future of strike
Lebanese University professors will vote this weekend on whether to continue their monthlong strike next week, after an agreement reached with Lebanese officials met...
Expect more power cuts this summer: Boustani
Energy Minister Nada Boustani said residents of Lebanon should expect more electricity rationing during the summer because of funding cuts to her ministry in the draft...
Bou Saab: Russia can help with Syrian maritime border
Russia can help Lebanon demarcate its northern maritime border with Syria, Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said in an interview with Sputnik published Saturday.
The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May.
Trump says he’d tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt
President Donald Trump said Friday that “of course” he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent.
Women strike in Switzerland for fairer pay
Women across Switzerland walked off the job, burned bras and blocked traffic Friday in a day of demonstrations to demand fairer pay, more equality and an end to sexual...
UNHCR: 5,400 Venezuelans enter Peru in single day
The United Nations refugee agency says that a record number of Venezuelan migrants have crossed into Peru.
Tanker hit in Gulf attacks heads to port
A Japanese tanker, one of two vessels attacked in sensitive Gulf waters this week, was heading to port Saturday, its owners said.
Jordan jittery as Trump plan revives old fears
Jordan’s King Abdullah II reacts angrily to any suggestion that he might accept a U.S. deal to end the Arab-Israeli conflict that would make his country a homeland for...
Algeria protesters fete arrests, seek change
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the Algerian capital for the 17th consecutive Friday, demanding the removal of the ruling elite and prosecution of former...
Securing oil routes tough task for U.S., allies
The United States and its allies may need to start escorting commercial vessels to prevent further attacks in Gulf oil shipping lanes, Gulf sources and experts said.
Russian and European firms are mulling investments in Lebanon’s nascent oil and gas sector as it prepares to launch offshore drilling by the end of 2019, Energy Minister Nada Boustani said.
Officials pledge to focus on digital economy
Turning Lebanon into a digital economy with up-to-date digital infrastructure will be one of the biggest challenges facing the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Turkey hits out at Moody's after credit rating cut
Turkey on Saturday lambasted Moody's ratings agency after it cut Ankara's credit rating further into junk territory, saying the downgrade raised concerns over the...
Saudi energy minister says hopes to balance oil market before next year
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said Saturday that he hopes oil producers will be able to balance the oil market before next year.
Finance chiefs agree on euro-area budget
European Union finance ministers struck a deal on the design of a common budget for the euro area but ducked a key decision that will determine how much firepower it...
Experts talk turning Beirut into a ‘smart city’
If Beirut wants to become a “smart city,” it shouldn’t count on its government randomly “appifying” its services. Instead
Potential GDP, unemployment in Lebanon
It is often highlighted that Lebanon suffers from a productivity gap or an underutilization of resources or, better still, an output gap.
Kafalat SME guaranteed loans fall 80 pct
Loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in Lebanon guaranteed by Kafalat fell by more than 80 percent to just $3.5 million in the first four months of 2019.
Turkey on Saturday lambasted Moody's ratings agency after it cut Ankara's credit rating further into junk territory, saying the downgrade raised concerns over the institution's "objectivity and impartiality."
Gulf stock indexes drop over tankers incident
Every major stock index in the Gulf retreated after an incident in the Sea of Oman threatened to inflame the already tense relationship Iran has with its neighbors.
IMF OKs $245M loan payout to Tunisia
Risks to Tunisia’s push to revive its economy remain “very high,” the International Monetary Fund warned as it signed off on a sorely needed loan installment.
Israel settlement goods should be labelled, EU court advised
A senior advisor to the EU's top court said Thursday it was his legal advice that products from Israeli-occupied Arab territories must be clearly labeled as such to...
European Union finance ministers struck a deal on the design of a common budget for the euro area but ducked a key decision that will determine how much firepower it will have.
Solid U.S. retail offer economy some respite
U.S. retail sales increased in May and sales for the prior month were revised higher, suggesting a pick-up in consumer spending that could ease fears the economy was...
Stocks edge lower, gold gains on slowdown, fears
Equity markets struggled and safe-haven assets like gold were in demand on Friday as weak Chinese data stoked investor anxieties over a global growth slowdown and fears...
EU heads towards full-blown fight with Italy over debt
The European Union looks increasingly likely to impose disciplinary procedures on Italy over the management of its huge public debt, after inconclusive meetings Friday...
Oil slips as demand concerns outweigh Mideast geopolitics
Oil prices fell Friday on fears trade disputes will dent global oil demand, although the attacks this week on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman gave prices a floor.
Let’s hope that the stockpiles of venom and slander leveled against Prime Minister Saad Hariri - either by design or flagrant insinuation - and against what he represents, have finally been exhausted.
Deal with the devil
A recent article on the Khartoum massacre in respected daily The Guardian headlined, “The military crackdown in Sudan lays bare the dark heart of Bashir’s regime.”
Indian lessons in digital disruption
Digital technology can rapidly transform how countries provide services such as education and health to their citizens.
U.S. drug war victimizes women in Latin America
It has been two years since Cecilia’s son, Carlos, set sail from the coast of Ecuador on an ordinary day’s fishing voyage.
Trump’s actions, D-Day words clash
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke the right words in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but did he mean them?
Palestine not for sale
U.S. President Donald Trump has distinguished himself in that any statement, speech or tweet he makes immediately receives the fact sheet treatment, highlighting...
Recent days have seen FPM leader Gebran Bassil navigating Lebanese politics in a rudderless boat, overloaded with delusions of grandeur, sailing into uncharted waters.
Taking the peace track
After much saber-rattling and U.S. warmongering, there appears to be an opening for dialogue on the rising tensions with Iran, as Saudi King Salman hosts two regional...
China should lead the way on air pollution
The United Nations expects 68 percent of the world’s population to live in urban areas by 2050.
America’s recovery is now its longest
Data released over the next few months will show that the current U.S. economic expansion is the longest on record.
Financing Africa climate-smart investment
On the evening of March 14, tropical cyclone Idai slammed into the southeastern coast of Africa.
Mueller went out like a lamb
What happens when one side in a dispute plays carefully by the rules and the other side repeatedly lies, threatens and intimidates?
Will Trump ease up on Huawei? Don’t be so sure
With the Huawei case, as with so many other Trump administration gambits, the puzzling question is whether the president is using tough tactics to make a deal - or...
Accept responsibility for your militants
For sheer hypocrisy, it’s hard to match the European nations that are refusing responsibility for dozens of their nationals who became militant “foreign fighters” over...
Trump’s disruptive style has diminishing returns
President Donald Trump has styled himself in foreign policy as the Great Disrupter. And for a time, this unpredictable approach served him reasonably well.
Will it be more of the same or the starting point of a prosperous cycle?
Girelli shoots Italy into knockouts at World Cup
Cristiana Girelli fired Italy into the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup Friday with a controversial VAR-assisted hat-trick that helped see off hapless Jamaica 5-0 and...
Golden trio tightening grip on men’s game
It has been more than 15 years since Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their collection of Grand Slam titles and the bad news for anyone eyeing...
Paris bookends remarkable decade for Barty
Ashleigh Barty hated her first trip to Paris but 10 years later, after one of the more remarkable tennis journeys, she woke up in the French capital Sunday as queen of...
Leonard’s future with Raptors blurry
The Toronto Raptors took down the dynastic Golden State Warriors to win Canada’s first NBA title but now face perhaps their toughest battle yet as they try to convince...
Lampard could be man to lead Chelsea
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has hired some of the world’s highest-profile managers during his 16-year reign, but relative rookie Frank Lampard is emerging as the...
Suarez says wanted to disappear after defeat
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said losing 4-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals was as painful as when he was sent home from the 2014 World Cup for biting...
Hazard unveiled to fans at Santiago Bernabeu
Eden Hazard was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu Thursday as around 50,000 supporters turned out to welcome the player they hope will launch a glorious new era under...
It has been more than 15 years since Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their collection of Grand Slam titles and the bad news for anyone eyeing tennis’ big prizes is their stranglehold on men’s tennis is as tight as ever.
Nadal claims record-stretching 12th French Open
Defying the years and one of the most fierce onslaughts he has ever faced at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal won his 12th French Open crown Sunday, leaving Dominic Thiem...
Federer suffers worst Slam loss in 11 years
Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals Friday, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros...
Barty, Vondrousova reach Roland Garros final
Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova set up a Roland Garros final showdown Friday, shrugging off a sexism row which had seen their semifinals shifted away from the...
The Toronto Raptors took down the dynastic Golden State Warriors to win Canada’s first NBA title but now face perhaps their toughest battle yet as they try to convince Kawhi Leonard to have a long-term future with the team.
A global game now has a truly global champ
The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room.
Injuries pile up, Warriors’ reign ends
In the end, they were just battered and broken.
What we learned from the NBA finals
Four things we learned from the Toronto Raptors win over Golden State: Always the quiet onesVictory and defeat looked the same most nights for the Toronto Raptors.
Raptors beat Warriors to win their first NBA title
The Toronto Raptors became the first Canadian team to win an NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday...
Few Stanley Cup trophies have ever been as heavy as the one earned Wednesday by the St. Louis Blues, who lifted the weight of a championship-starved city that had long been on the wrong side of history.
Woods, Koepka ready for classic U.S. Open test
The 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach has the makings of a classic as Tiger Woods returns to the scene of a signature triumph to take on a new generation of stars led by...
'Very seriously' injured Froome out of Tour de France
Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after hitting a wall at high speed and suffering severe injuries in a training accident at the Criterium du Dauphine...
Women boxers striking a blow for equality in Cuba
In the musty funk of a Havana boxing gym, Idamelys Moreno smacks a series of whomping right hooks into a heavy punching bag.
Ferguson beats Cerrone by TKO in lightweight bout
Tony Ferguson’s path to the lightweight title is becoming clear. He won by technical knockout after a medical stoppage in a lightweight fight against Donald Cerrone at...
Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ record winning start to a season Sunday when he was handed a controversial victory, courtesy of a disputed stewards’ decision to penalize Sebastian Vettel, at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton and Mercedes set their sights on seven
The sevens are aligning for Lewis Hamilton in Canada with another of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One records in his sights as Mercedes aim for a seventh win in seven...
Petrucci takes first MotoGP win at Mugello
Danilo Petrucci, an Italian riding for local team Ducati, held off defending world champion Marc Marquez to gain a first ever MotoGP victory Sunday in the Italian Grand...
Hamilton wins Monaco GP in spirit of Lauda
Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday, nursing his car’s worn tires to the finish in a nail-biting victory worthy of the team’s late great Niki...
Hamilton resists heavy pressure to secure emotional win for Lauda
Lewis Hamilton resisted intense race-long pressure Sunday to secure a narrow, dramatic and emotional victory for Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The stage play “Meilleurs Allies” brings audiences to a key moment in European history.
Art expert stakes reputation on lost Caravaggio
Art expert Eric Turquin is not only convinced that a canvas found in the attic of an old house in southwest France is a Caravaggio - he actually believes it is a...
New Pikachu movie is just a hokey Pokemon
It’s got an adorable hero from an iconic media brand who is voiced by a proven box office snark master. Somehow, though, “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” never really...
Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Women artists bring #MeToo reckoning to Basel fair
Mannequins display inflatable, white airbag dresses created to protect women from workplace harassment while, nearby, details of the alleged sexual misdeeds of 170...
Turkish artist goes viral with jarring contrasts
A Starbucks cup merging with a crowd around a dried-up well, or a yacht spliced with a boat full of refugees: Powerful collages by Turkish artist Ugur Gallenkus have...
In the acclaimed U.S. mini-series “Chernobyl,” Oleksiy Ananenko is hailed as one of three men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear accident in history.
BTS, Korean pop titans who conquered the West
Paris’ Stade de France stadium is packed.
Aerosol chemo offers hope for stomach cancer
“Classic chemotherapy was awful … but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new...
U.S. measles outbreak hits 1,022 cases this year
The United States' worst measles outbreak in a quarter-century spread to Idaho and Virginia last week as public health authorities Monday reported 41 new cases of the...
Souk el Tayeb celebrates 15th anniversary
“I used to bake saj at home,” Rima Massoud recalled. “At first I was embarrassed to take my saj oven down to the market.
Mecca mega Clock turns into tourist draw
Like millions of other Muslims, Cory Ireza from Indonesia traveled to Mecca to pray in the Grand Mosque.
Lisbon offers free weddings for patron saint day
It is Lisbon’s wedding of the year.
Solo, yet tutti: App brings orchestra to you
It’s a musician’s dream - rehearse alongside a full orchestra, but in your own living room. And the immersive experience is possible because, yes, there’s an app for...
“Classic chemotherapy was awful … but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.
Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded –...
Schools reckon with social stress: 'I'm on my phone so much'
High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices...
Amgen drug shows high response rate in small lung and colon cancer trial
An experimental Amgen Inc. drug that targets a specific genetic mutation significantly reduced tumor size in half of evaluated patients with advanced lung cancer in a...
Eating options sprout as veganism takes root
Patrick Aramouni, also known as “the Shirtless Vegan” on Instagram, came to Lebanon two months ago for the sole purpose of opening a vegan restaurant.
Proof’s in the pastry for Lebanese culinary scene
Flour milling has always been the Bakalian sisters’ family business.
Dancing, discarded food at anti-waste Disco Soup
At the Badaro Farmers Market, a group of volunteers prepare and hand out lemonade and tomato soup to passersby.
Rabih Kayrouz celebrates 20 years in style
“I feel old!” Lebanese fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz exclaimed.
For years, scientists have used a tool akin to a pair of scissors for the complex task of gene-editing, but a newly discovered technique using “jumping genes” could offer a seamless, safer alternative.
Star Wars game creator tries to rival Fortnite
Electronic Arts Inc., creator of a Star Wars line of video games, showed off two of its newest titles, illustrating how the industry is wrestling to compete with the...
Ai-Da, humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition
Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper.
A lucky few will be able to live the adventures of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in 80 Days.”
NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020
NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station for tourism and other business ventures as of next year, as it seeks to financially disengage from the...
Pioneering sustainable tourism in Bangladesh
The sandy shores of Cox’s Bazar dissolve into the Bay of Bengal, and on either end into the horizon.
Bangladesh, off the beaten track
Many will have heard of Bangladesh as a populous country with a large majority-Muslim population, sitting on the Bay of Bengal next to its much larger neighbor, India.
Istanbul’s ferry can be a soulful experience
It’s already one of the world’s most original commutes the ferry trip between Istanbul’s European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers...
A rainforest area the size of Spain will have been destroyed by firms growing consumer staples such as palm oil in the decade to 2020, industry’s self-imposed deadline to end deforestation, Greenpeace said Tuesday.
Iraqis turn to ecotourism to save marshes
Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down...