Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s “Cabinet of national interest” enters its third year in office next week scarred by dismal failures on the political and economic levels.
Gemayel stands up for women’s equal rights
Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel said women must have equal opportunities to work in a multitude of scientific professions, delivering a speech that honored the first...
How impoverished NKorea earns money
The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency.
What would Thatcher do? EU debate divided Tories
Would late Margaret Thatcher have voted for or against Britain’s EU membership? Iron Lady is pitting Conservatives against each other from beyond the grave ahead of a...
Pope gets shoe shine on Cuba-bound plane
A wealthy Mexican-American broadcaster, who shined shoes as a boy to help his single mother.
End may be near for security appointments puzzle
Appointments in the Internal Security Forces were brought to the fore Friday as Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk met with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun.
Soldiers beat traffic policeman after row
The Lebanese Army arrested two Presidential Guard officers Friday, after a video circulated online appearing to show them assaulting an Internal Security Forces traffic...
Karami announces alliance with Mikati and Safadi
Former Minister Faisal Karami took to the streets of Tripoli’s old quarter Friday to listen to the worries and complaints of residents. Karami said he has formed an...
Back to its roots: How Zika may threaten Africa
Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child.
Clinton, Sanders seek minority voters
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were reaching out to the key black and Latino vote Friday after a debate that marked a campaign shift toward states with...
Scientists bid comet lander Philae farewell
European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae, which successfully landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation only to lose power...
Israel says freeze on EU peace role over
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the EU foreign policy chief held talks Friday, in effect ending a freeze on talks with the bloc on the Israeli-Palestinian...
Yemen loyalists advance toward rebel-held capital
Yemeni pro-government forces have advanced to within 40 kilometers of Sanaa in a push toward the rebel-held capital from the northeast, loyalist military sources said...
S.Sudan president appoints rebel as his deputy
South Sudan’s president appointed his fierce rival as his deputy in a possible government of national unity, raising hopes for peace even as the rebels described the...
Three Iraqi presidential guard members kidnapped
Three members of Iraq’s presidential guard were kidnapped on Friday near a checkpoint run by Shiite militiamen close to the northern district of Tuz Khurmatu, police...
Lebanon will fully mobilize its political, financial and judicial resources to complete the battle against terrorism financing, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Friday.
Contest inspires SME owners to up their game
The Beirut Traders Association launched Friday the fifth edition of the “Grow My Business” competition aimed at helping Lebanese entrepreneurs and SME owners to develop...
HSBC cuts Emaar’s estimate by 26 percent
HSBC Holdings Plc cut its price estimates for Dubai developer Emaar Properties PJSC and peers including Damac Properties Dubai Co., predicting falling revenue and...
IMF: W.Bank economy dips on slow aid, blockade
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday economic growth in the Israeli-occupied West Bank slowed to an estimated 2.8 percent in 2015 and was likely to remain...
ECB rate cut likely: Policymakers
There is firm support for a deposit rate cut within the European Central Bank’s Governing Council but appetite for more radical action is still limited, conversations...
Lebanon intensified efforts to combat terrorism: minister
Lebanon has stepped up its international efforts to explain its position on the battle against terrorism and money laundering, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said...
Taxes will not solve the deficit problem
The unpopular proposal to raise taxes on gasoline by LL5,000 to reduce the budget deficit has again illustrated the dilemma of the political class which always searches...
World Bank plans efficient public transportation
Skeptics say it is easier to solve the Middle East crisis than to end the chronic traffic jam or provide a convenient public transportation in a country that has over 2...
HSBC Holdings Plc cut its price estimates for Dubai developer Emaar Properties PJSC and peers including Damac Properties Dubai Co., predicting falling revenue and declining property prices in the United Arab Emirates market.
Cyprus records highest growth in seven years
Bailed-out eurozone member Cyprus exited 2015 on a high with a fourth straight quarter of economic growth, rounding off its best performance in seven years, official...
Qatargas to supply LNG to Pakistan
Qatar Liquefied Gas Co., the world’s biggest producer of liquefied natural gas, signed a 15-year contract to supply Pakistan State Oil Co. with 3.75 million metric tons...
UAE oil minister expects supply to stabilize
Emirati Oil Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said Friday he expects supply levels on world markets to “stabilize,” easing pressure on crumbling prices.
There is firm support for a deposit rate cut within the European Central Bank’s Governing Council but appetite for more radical action is still limited, conversations with policymakers indicate a month before the March rate decision.
Moody’s warns Russian deficit goal in doubt
Russia’s deficit goal is in jeopardy this year after crude resumed its sell-off, leaving the government few options to stabilize public finances, according to Moody’s...
Asian markets battered as Tokyo tanks again
A near five percent plunge in Tokyo led another Asian rout Friday, bringing to an end one of the most painful weeks for global investors as fears about the world...
Fed evaluating possibility of negative rates
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed was taking another look at negative interest rates as a potential policy tool if the U.S. economy faltered, after...
Lagarde set for second term as IMF chief
IMF chief Christine Lagarde became assured Thursday of a second five-year term after the global financial institution announced there were no other candidates for the...
As the U.S. presidential campaigns pick up pace and the contenders advance their platforms, Muslims and Arabs have for the first time become a burning question, especially when the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has made banning the entry of all Muslims to the U.S. part of his program.
Legacy of injustice
On a recent visit to the region, the U.S. president was quoted as saying: “When I visited the camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing the horror of war, I...
Muslims forgot their contributions to science
Muslim governments know that economic growth, military power and national security benefit greatly from technological advances.
Why violence is a serious public health problem
Physical or sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women in the world.
Aleppo’s frightening reminder of wider threats
Aleppo today is frightening almost beyond description and comprehension.
War of depopulation
The events of Monday Feb. 8, 2016, will not be remembered as great landmarks in the Syrian crisis, but they are worth exploring nonetheless.
Plaguing the country
Unlike some recently pandemic-hit parts of the world, for many decades now Lebanon has been spared the horrors of plague.
When it comes to the presidential election, Lebanon’s main political parties have been treating the race to Baabda Palace as if it were the Kentucky Derby.
Syrian dynamics are rapidly changing
The Syrian regime, backed by Russian airstrikes, severed the main overland supply route from Turkey to Aleppo on Feb. 3.
What’s next after Geneva’s failure?
For over four years an article of faith for senior Western politicians has been that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria.
Don’t allow a ‘fog of responsibility’ in Syria
The international community’s failure to bring the Syrian civil war to an end is a tragedy – especially for the country’s long-suffering people.
What America has lost under Obama
Seven years into President Barack Obama’s presidency, we now understand what his “political realism” was all about.
Do Kerry’s threats in Syria pack a punch?
Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria – in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire...
A sign of things to come in Syria
This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
The Daesh problem is only getting worse
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against Daesh (ISIS).
Former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke became the latest football official to be kicked out of the sport when he was banned for 12 years Friday after causing “considerable financial damage” to it’s scandal-plagued governing body.
Napoli won’t buckle, says Higuain, as Juve loom
Gonzalo Higuain says Napoli have no intention of buckling under pressure as they continue their quest for a first Scudetto in 26 years with a hotly anticipated visit to...
Djokovic dominant but it’s tight at top: Henman
Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is not as inevitable as it might appear, former British number one Tim Henman believes, even if the other members of the “Big Four”...
Two umpires banned, 4 being investigated over corruption: ITF
Two tennis umpires were banned last year, one for life, for breaches of the sport's Code of Conduct for Officials, governing body the International Tennis Federation...
Bryant to light up All-Star Weekend
Kobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA’s All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and...
Aubameyang sets sights on hapless Hanover
Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will hope to add to his phenomenal tally of 30 goals in all competitions already this season when Borussia Dortmund host Hanover in...
Untimely Lille clash hinders PSG’s European hopes
Paris Saint-Germain head into Saturday’s game at home to Lille with the specter of next week’s Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea looming large over the...
Mahrez thumbs nose at England’s aristocracy
The baton passed from Eden Hazard to Riyad Mahrez in the second minute of Leicester City’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in December.
Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is not as inevitable as it might appear, former British number one Tim Henman believes, even if the other members of the “Big Four” will have to raise their game and hope the Serbian falters.
Multi-talented Barty's return to court a loss for cricket
Ashleigh Barty's short stint as a professional cricketer has helped the former Wimbledon junior champion refresh for the grind of the tennis tour, according to her...
Russia humiliated in Fed Cup
Russia and Italy, who have won eight of the last 12 Fed Cup titles, crashed out of this year’s tournament Sunday as defending champions Czech Republic survived to set...
Dutch defeat Russia in Fed Cup
Kiki Bertens won a decisive singles rubber in Moscow Sunday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in straight sets to lead the Netherlands into the Fed Cup semi-finals
Kobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA’s All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song.
Byblos hand Riyadi first loss of season
An inspired display saw Byblos deal Riyadi their first loss of the Lebanese Basketball League season, 75-66 in round 9 Friday at Jbeil.
Kobe, LeBron share court as Cavs win 120-111
Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.One on one, despite the noise of 20,000 fans in the background.
Kobe makes All-Star farewell among those he inspired
Kobe Bryant makes his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game appearance Sunday in Toronto, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend surrounded by a new generation of playmakers he...
Thunder down Pelicans as both teams play with heavy hearts
The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into the NBA's All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday, aided by 23 points apiece from Russell...
Kenya has increased efforts to root out doping ahead of the Rio Olympics, the Kenyan athletics federation chief said Friday, rejecting concerns by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it is failing to tackle drugs cheats.
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia draw 3-3 at championships
Lebanon were in the lead on three occasions but couldn’t put away Saudi Arabia as the West Asian rivals played out a 3-3 draw in the AFC Futsal championship in...
Bach: 'No intention' by any countries to pull out
IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday that no countries intend to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus
Coe won’t accept Nestle split with IAAF
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe Thursday angrily hit back at Nestle’s move to terminate its sponsorship of the IAAF, insisting he will not accept the decision.
USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika
The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil
Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch Wednesday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor.
News about Schumacher 'not good:' Montezemolo
The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said Thursday
Maldonado loses Formula One drive at Renault
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado announced Monday he had lost his Formula One drive, with the seat at Renault-owned Lotus now looking certain to be taken by Denmark's Kevin...
Lorenzo kicks off MotoGP 2016 test season on top
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding a Yamaha was fastest on day one as the 2016 test season got off to a blistering start at Malaysia's Sepang circuit...
Marussia name disappears from Formula One
The Marussia name will disappear from Formula One this season after the team owners were granted a request to change it to Manor Racing Tuesday
In one of the more elaborate spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the GOP candidate’s primary victory in New Hampshire.
Coldplay lets Beyonce, Bruno Mars upstage band
Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit. It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show.
Warner settles 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for $14M
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million...
Berlin's three main orchestras stage free concert for refugees
Three of the world's top conductors, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Ivan Fischer are teaming up for a free concert by Berlin's three main orchestras next month...
Arab contender opens Berlin film fest
A love story set against the aftermath of Tunisia’s watershed revolution kicked off the competition at the Berlin International Film Festival Friday – the Berlinale’s...
Inarritu triumphs at DGA awards
Hollywood’s directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for “The Revenant” at a gala ceremony Saturday, helping focus the race for the Oscars.
'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend
"Kung Fu Panda 3" remained atop the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice...
Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" has opened more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, the country where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and...
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million to end a lawsuit over the song is approved by a U.S. court, it will be free for all to use as they please
Springsteen showcases new way of serving fans
Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia.
Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song
Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called "White Privilege II" - rapping about a white person's position in society with black people fighting...
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband, dies near Las Vegas
Rene Angelil was a former singer-turned-manager when he received an audiotape of a 12-year-old singer from her mother.
A love story set against the aftermath of Tunisia’s watershed revolution kicked off the competition at the Berlin International Film Festival Friday – the Berlinale’s first Arab contender in two decades.
An offer they can’t refuse: Puzo archive for sale
Make them an offer they can’t refuse and a massive collection of papers by author Mario Puzo can be yours.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is a silly muddle
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is as silly as it sounds, but not nearly as fun.
Documentary on radical Islam raises hackles
A documentary on radical Muslims has struck a nerve in France months after a devastating attack in its capital, and sparked a debate about freedom of expression.
Art gallery, Sotheby’s settle fake Rothko case
Knoedler & Co., which before shutting in 2011 was New York City’s oldest art gallery, has agreed to settle a lawsuit over an $8.3 million sale of a fake Rothko...
Violette Verdy, one of the ballet world's most loved ballerinas and choreographers, has died aged 82, after leading a life that inspired generations of dancers, the Paris Opera announced Tuesday
Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90
Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend...
David Bowie wanted ashes scattered in Bali
Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow,...
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit...
Saab in the spotlight at Paris Fashion Week
Mode a Paris’ Haute Couture collections, one of the most prestigious catwalk shows in the world, concluded this week in the French capital.
Saint Laurent showed its new men’s collection in Los Angeles Wednesday in front of a host of stars amid persistent rumors over the future of its artistic director Hedi Slimane.
NY’s Fashion Week opens
New York Fashion Week opens Thursday with chilly weather and perhaps an even chillier prospect: defining the purpose of the shows as brands begin trying fresh ways to...
Apple to launch new iPhone, iPad in March
Apple Inc is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac...
Farewell Philae: Earth says goodbye to comet probe
Scientists gave up Friday trying to contact robot lab Philae, stubbornly silent on the surface of a comet streaking through space – closing a captivating chapter in an...
How to pull off the minimal catwalk look
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...
Scientists detect Einstein’s gravity ripples
In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of...
A magical space-time ripple that wasn’t believed
The wave that made history snuck up on them.
Astrologers predict turbulent Year of the Monkey
As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous,...
Apple Inc is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac reported, citing sources.
New app helps young Iranians avoid 'morality police'
A new smartphone application that helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic's "morality police" is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population but has quickly...
Camera makers battle phone onslaught
High-schooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years – she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot...
Twitter to let hot tweets rise to top of timeline
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the “best” tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the...
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.
Top 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts
For some the most awaited time of the year is just a few days away, for others it is a high-stakes, consumerist, shopping nightmare that can make or break a relationship.
Couples spoiled for choice on Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Makeup off the runways
Chakra explores carefree femininity in new line
Some visitors may be steering clear of the world’s top tourist destination after terror attacks in the French capital, but for lovers, shoppers and gourmands who dare to go, Paris will always be Paris.
Geologist says dinosaur fossils found in western India
A geologist said Saturday his team has discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils in the western Indian state of Gujarat that could be millions of years old
India’s ‘cleanest village’ clings to its serenity
In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India’s far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers – but its reputation as Asia’s cleanest village...
Context matters, especially in journalism, so I’d like to state something for the record right off the bat.
US will consider Google computer to be car's driver
The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver
Mitsubishi Lancer refuses to call it quits
As the car industry grows more sophisticated and automobiles increasingly come packed with options that used to astonish us just a few years ago, we as consumers are...
SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show despite pollution crackdown
India's flagship auto show opened its doors in New Delhi Wednesday with a new batch of diesel-guzzling SUVs on proud display, despite industry uncertainty about a...
India's Tata decides to rename 'Zica' car as virus spreads
India's biggest carmaker Tata Motors said Tuesday it would rename its new Zica hatchback as global alarm grows over an outbreak of the identical-sounding Zika virus
The Zika virus was found in the semen of a British man two months after he was first infected, suggesting the virus may linger in the semen long after symptoms of the infection fade, British health officials reported Friday
France restricts blood transfusions over Zika virus
Travelers coming back from any outbreak zones of the Zika virus will need to wait at least 28 days before giving blood to avoid any risk of transmission, French Health...
US doctors upgrade Zika precautions; virus found in saliva, urine
Brazilian scientists announced Friday they had found Zika in the saliva and urine of two patients, as U.S. health officials advised more stringent measures for...
Brazilian health institute says discovered Zika in saliva, urine
Brazilian government health institute Fiocruz said Friday it had discovered for the first time active Zika virus in saliva and urine samples and would investigate the...
New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras
It’s glitter season in New Orleans.