In a rare joint collaboration between industrialists and academics, Ziad Abichaker, head of Cedar Environmental, and Dr. Walid Saad, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the American University of Beirut, have unveiled a new method for the long-term storage of expired pharmaceuticals.
Eichhorst lauds ‘miracle’ of Lebanon
Despite the political and security issues Lebanon currently faces, the outgoing head of the European Union delegation to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst believes its “a...
Israel boycott drive gains strength
Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against...
Hamas alleges mass arrests, torture by PA
Hamas alleged Tuesday that more than 200 of its members had been arrested by the Palestinian Authority recently, with most of them tortured, threatening to widen a rift...
Vietnam party boss on historic U.S. visit
President Barack Obama and the leader of Vietnam’s Communist Party Tuesday held what both called “candid” discussions on human rights during a historic White House...
Kidnapped servicemen still a priority: Rifi
Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said Tuesday that the state still considered the case of 25 servicemen kidnapped by Syrian rebels a priority, and appealed to Qatar for...
UNIFIL, Lebanese and Israeli armies coordinating
UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano praised both the Lebanese and Israeli armies Tuesday for coordinating with the international force to maintain calm along...
Bassil visits Gemayel to offer his congratulations
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil visited newly elected Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel Tuesday to offer his congratulations, and the two officials discussed means to end...
Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.
U.S. military faces questioning on ISIS
America’s top two military leaders Tuesday defended President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS militants amid criticism from Republican senators who argued that...
U.K. joins debate on labeling of ISIS
As the U.K.’s government weighs whether to start bombing ISIS in Syria, it has been drawn into a separate global argument over what to call the group it’s fighting...
U.S. envoy in Turkey
The U.S. special envoy for the coalition against ISIS was in Ankara Tuesday to meet Turkish officials, after speculation Turkey could launch a military intervention...
President Barack Obama and the leader of Vietnam’s Communist Party Tuesday held what both called “candid” discussions on human rights during a historic White House meeting as the onetime enemies seek to bolster ties.
UK honors victims 10 years after London bombings
Britain held a minute of silence Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of Al-Qaeda-inspired attacks in which four suicide bombers killed 52 people across London’s...
Aussie senator threatens to grab PM’s testes
An independent Australian senator Tuesday threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles,...
Explosives stolen from French military site
At least one thief sneaked into a French military munitions compound and made off with a stash of detonators, grenades and explosives, officials said Tuesday, stoking...
Hillary Clinton: Hacking problem not limited to China
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that hacking by countries such as China and Iran posed a broad threat to U.S. security and business,...
Many Lebanese proudly point to the success stories of their compatriots around the world in the fields of banking, tourism, real estate and telecommunication.
Lebanese eye Cuba investment opportunities
Among the newcomers were a number of Lebanese businessmen who are now looking to capitalize on the warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba, says Ali Kazma,...
Stocks, euro tumble on Greece concerns
Equity markets fell Tuesday and the euro hit a five-week low against the dollar as eurozone leaders held an emergency summit to discuss Greece’s future in the currency...
Citi: Here’s our plan to solve the Greek crisis
For six years the Greek crisis has unfolded in a predictable pattern: Greece needs money.
Egypt’s curbs on GDR proceeds send stocks lower
Egyptian stocks plunged the most in 2015, sending the benchmark gauge below the average of the past 100 weeks, as the government’s tightening of foreign-exchange rules...
VAT tourist refunds rise by 7 percent
Lebanon’s VAT reimbursments to tourists rose by 7 percent in the first half of the year, newly published data showed Monday, in what could be a sign that the country’s...
Beirut hotel occupancy second lowest in region
The average occupancy rate at Beirut hotels stood at 56.1 percent during the 1996-2014 period.
BLOM PMI: Downturn in private economy slows
BLOM Purchasing Managers’ Index for the month of June showed some improvement compared to May although the decline in business activity this year remained very slow.
Equity markets fell Tuesday and the euro hit a five-week low against the dollar as eurozone leaders held an emergency summit to discuss Greece’s future in the currency bloc, while commodities sold off on China demand worries.
U.S. trade deficit widens as exports drop
The U.S. trade deficit widened in May, fueled by a drop in exports that could heighten concerns over weak overseas demand and a strong U.S. dollar.
Citigroup sees bond rebound as $20B comes due
Citigroup Inc. sees Middle East bond sales rebounding from their slowest start since 2012 as companies rush to lock in cheap interest rates before next year.
Europe stocks fall as investors weigh Greek vote
European stocks fell after Greek voters rejected creditors’ austerity demands, while a measure of volatility slid amid speculation that the resignation of Finance...
Egyptian stocks plunged the most in 2015, sending the benchmark gauge below the average of the past 100 weeks, as the government’s tightening of foreign-exchange rules for arbitrage trading reduced demand for local shares.
Saudi Arabia planning local currency bonds sale
Saudi Arabia, the country with the world’s lowest debt-to-GDP ratio, is evaluating the sale of local currency bonds to bridge a budget deficit after oil prices slumped,...
Hamas reopens Gaza mobile firm offices
Hamas authorities Sunday reopened the offices of the Gaza Strip’s only mobile telephone company, five days after closing them on accusations of tax-dodging.
Saudi Arabia opens privatized airport for hajj
Saudi Arabia Thursday officially opens a $1 billion aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom’s first airport privatization.
Egypt slides on security fears, Gulf mixed
Egyptian stocks fell on Thursday because of security worries after bloody clashes with militants in Sinai.
If the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers have taught us anything, it is that Tehran’s diplomats are extremely adept at the process of negotiation.
Greek lessons for Lebanon
The full economic and other ramifications of Sunday’s referendum in Greece will require some time to emerge, but Lebanese should certainly reflect on what took place.
Same old mistakes
As it has been said, history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce. Michel Aoun and his Free Patriotic Movement have been busy ratcheting up tension in Lebanon...
The BDS movement is not anti-Semitic
It is hard to think of two politicians in the world whose reputation for insincerity and political expediency is as great as American presidential candidate Hillary...
Privacy is a right security mustn’t undermine
In 1755, the American politician and thinker Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither...
Christians are just fine
In an interview published Friday, FPM leader Michel Aoun revealed himself to be living in a parallel universe. Declaring Lebanon run by a mafia, Aoun appeared to lack...
A macabre, deadly joke
Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
It is hard to think of two politicians in the world whose reputation for insincerity and political expediency is as great as American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Greece is a mess, but there is still a way out
The Greek crisis is a tragedy for the country and a danger for the world economy.
Battle extremism in the arena of ideas
In 1877, the great French novelist Victor Hugo wrote, “Invading armies can be resisted; invading ideas cannot be.”
Lebanon must adopt a comprehensive refugee plan
When the war in Syria began in 2011, and Syrians fled to Lebanon seeking refuge, many Lebanese held two contradictory illusions.
Italy coach Antonio Conte is among 104 people a prosecutor has requested to face trial for their alleged involvement in match manipulation in 2011, a judicial source told Reuters.
Back to obscurity for all but a few after WC
With the Women’s World Cup party over it was back to reality for many of the players who headed home Monday to resume jobs, studies and raising families.
Big four eye Wimbledon semifinal spots
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka can justify their status as Wimbledon’s big four by making the semifinals Wednesday.
Serena, Sharapova set for semi showdown
Serena Williams survived a scare to book a Wimbledon semifinal showdown with old rival Maria Sharapova as the world No. 1 battled back to defeat Victoria Azarenka 3-6,...
Kings, Casspi agree to 2-year, $6 million deal
A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and swingman Omri Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.
Casillas received offer from FC Porto: report
Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas has received an offer from Portuguese side FC Porto, Spanish sports daily Marca quoted his agent as saying
Messi devastated by new defeat in final
Lionel Messi has told of the pain of losing the Copa America final after the football superstar faced criticism in his native Argentina
Conte requested to stand trial in match-fixing inquiry
Italy coach Antonio Conte is among 104 people a prosecutor has requested to face trial for their alleged involvement in match manipulation in 2011, the ANSA news agency...
Djokovic pulls off the great escape against Anderson
Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off the great escape at Wimbledon in beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(6) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-4 7-5 to reach his...
Serena beats Venus as Sharapova grinds through
Serena Williams sank her sister Venus in a battle of the all-conquering Wimbledon titans Monday as Maria Sharapova dug deep to join the world No. 1 in reaching the...
Federer, Murray make last eight, Djokovic in dark
Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday but defending champion Novak Djokovic’s attempt to join them was thwarted by bad light after...
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Big names in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among...
Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
Former Cedars player Vroman found dead
Former Lebanese basketball national team player Jackson Vroman was found dead in his California home Monday.
Formula One has many problems, but Sunday’s British Grand Prix, a thrilling race won by tearful home hero Lewis Hamilton in front of a record 140,000 strong crowd, was not one of them.
Happy Hamilton a home winner again
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and forge 17...
Hamilton takes pole position for British GP ahead of Rosberg
Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the eighth time in nine races this season as he chases a third British Grand Prix triumph
Rosberg fastest in British GP practice
The home crowd were cheering for Lewis Hamilton but Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was the man on top of the timesheets in both free practice sessions for the British...
Hamilton determined to dominate home race
Lewis Hamilton may not be feeling the years just yet but the double Formula One world champion still senses time is ticking by as he gears up for the ninth British...
Floyd Mayweather was stripped by the World Boxing Organization Monday of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago in what was dubbed “the fight of the century.”
Froome retains grip as Martin claims yellow
Chris Froome lost his yellow jersey but retained his grip on his rivals after surviving a day on the cobbles in the Tour de France Tuesday.
England bank on Bayliss to douse Australian fire
A callow England team with a new coach take on a bullish and streetwise Australia in an intriguing Ashes series which should provide plenty of drama and aggressive...
British Open likely to flourish
The ankle ligament injury sustained by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy may have golf fretting about his participation at the British Open but there is little doubt the sport...
McIlroy suffers injury ahead of British Open
Rory McIlroy’s defense of golf’s British Open and a keenly anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt Monday when he revealed he had ruptured...
Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Emily Blunt sparkled in the heat at Christian Dior’s vivid couture show, hosted in a timeless conservatory in Paris.
A crumbling Moorish dream is resurrected - in Florida
The idea was to conjure up a slice of Middle Eastern splendor, in Florida. Up went minarets and pastel-colored domes, and streets got names like Ali Baba and Aladdin.
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Pamplona bull-run kicks off with wine-soaked party
A sea of revellers decked in red and white sprayed wine on each other in a packed Pamplona square on Monday to kick off Spain's famed San Fermin running of the bulls...
Historic flyby of Pluto on track despite probe glitch, NASA says
NASA said Monday it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service Tuesday after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of...
Versace kicks off couture week in style
Actress Michelle Rodriguez and model Naomi Campbell joined celebrity attendees Sunday at the start of Paris’ fall-winter 2015-16 haute couture week – that headlined...
India abuzz over ‘velfie’ craze
Move over selfie, India is embracing the “velfie” with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a...
Mountaineering marks 150th anniversary
A literary critic, a judge and an explorer were among a tiny group of wealthy Britons who conquered the Alps’ highest peaks 150 years ago, never expecting their...
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car racing fans.
French wine regions Champagne, Burgundy win world heritage status
France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted "world heritage status" by the United Nations, giving a boost to the country's drive...
London’s Bloomsbury has books, much more
Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and...
Essentials for visiting San Diego
With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego – but summer means the chilly Pacific waters are warm enough for surfing without a...
NASA said Monday it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service Tuesday after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.
Philae's comet may host alien 'life': astronomers
Astronomers proposed a novel explanation Monday for the strange appearance of the comet carrying Europe's robot probe Philae through outer space: alien microscopic life.
Facegloria: Facebook for Brazil's Evangelicals
Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian...
Solar Impulse arrives in Hawaii, completing historic flight
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly...
Review: Gadgets for the beach, weekend getaway
If you’re headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don’t forget these “essential” gadgets.
Refined and well-executed, the autumn-winter 2015/2016 collection signed by Tony Ward is the epitome of class and good taste.
Abed Mahfouz’s daring color contrasts
As part of Paris Fashion Week, designer Abed Mahfouz Monday presented an innovative collection of extravagant designs for an elegant fall-winter 2015/2016 season.
Hobeika celebrates British traditions
Delicate and refined, Georges Hobeika’s Couture Fall- Winter 2015-16 collection – which he revealed Monday as part of the Paris Fashion Week, is a salutation of the...
In this together
I was ripped off last week, hustled into buying overpriced goods I really didn’t want or need. Did it bother me? Not a bit.
MEA unveils new uniforms
Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines, is marking its 70th anniversary with new uniforms for its flight attendants.
Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”
Some newer cars burn too much oil
Newer cars aren’t supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines – mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru – require an extra...
Mini Countryman stands out even among brand mates
It’s a bit chilly so I’m walking to the car to grab the light jacket I brought with me, except there’s a problem: I can’t see anything.
‘Back to the Future’ hoverboard comes to life
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The...
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
Matt Stonie upset Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory
A healthy steak that keeps you in the veg aisle
10 ideas for turning toast into something delish
We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings.
Vouvray wines are in safe hands in the Loire
The Chenin Blanc grape is synonymous with Vouvray, one of the best-known subregions in the Loire region of France, producing wines that can last decades because of the...
Parents countering ugly hair cut videos
Russell Fredrick’s middle son was 12 when he wouldn’t quit playing around in class and ignoring his homework, so the barber did what he does best. He picked up his...
Embattled U.S. comedian Bill Cosby admitted having supplied powerful sedatives to at least one woman in order to have sex with her, court documents unsealed Monday showed.
British royals prepare for Princess Charlotte christening
Britain's royal family was gearing up Saturday for the christening of Princess Charlotte, when the public will have their second chance to glimpse the baby daughter of...
Crafting Rumi’s universal messages
Dance and spirituality have often intertwined.
Tonya-Nancy ice drama hits NY stage as rock opera
It was the knee-whack that obsessed millions and turned figure skating into an international tabloid frenzy.
Cosby admits to drugging woman
Embattled U.S. comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with Quaalude sedatives to have sex with her, in court documents unsealed Monday.
Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks
The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was 'hurtful and unfair' in his comments about Mexican migrants
Garner, Affleck say they’re getting divorce
As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family.
Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering
Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as...
Liverpool streets turned into art prize favorite
In Liverpool’s Granby neighborhood, residents and a group of architects have brought back to life the area’s four remaining Victorian streets, earning them a nomination...
Locals turn forgotten Liverpool streets into art prize favorite
In Liverpool's Granby neighborhood, proud residents and a group of architects have brought back to life the area's four remaining Victorian streets, earning them a...
Hamburg’s port warehouses win World Heritage nod
The U.N. cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg’s historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World...
Marvel’s Ant-Man plays big for the silver screen
Marvel brings its latest superhero offering to the silver screen in “Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd, known for his roles in popular comedies, portraying a thief who has the...
Rudd gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
It’s a big honor for “Ant-Man.”
Ballers looks at humor, drama in athletes lives
Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on “CSI: Miami,” but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the...
Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film
Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China - not for him but for an ex-boy band singer...
The Grateful Dead gave what it says will be its last group performance Sunday, playing to some 70,000 singing, dancing and tearful fans in Chicago’s Soldier Field.
On the subtle thrill of serendipity
Recording an album can take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. To make her new record Randa Ghossoub spent one night at the New York Studio of bassist and...
Billy Joel marries in surprise wedding
U.S. pop legend Billy Joel married longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise wedding Saturday, popping their nuptials on unsuspecting guests at a July 4 holiday...
Deadheads get nostalgic before final Grateful Dead shows
Mike Levine is traveling from Florida to Chicago see all three of the Grateful Dead's final concerts
Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new record at MSG
Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.