At the entrance of the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidieh is a checkpoint manned by members of the Fatah Movement.
Lebanon needs its own Tsipras: Jumblatt
Praising the Greek people’s rejection of European creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for a loan, Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid...
ISIS courts Sunni tribes with carrot and stick
Wearing a white headscarf and a traditional black cloak, the Iraqi tribal sheikh addressed his peers: “We’re all in the same boat, the [Islamic] State is our...
Iraqi jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed
An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.
Fresh laughter for 2016 presidential race
A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night TV hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and a chance for new voices.
Family calls for harsh punishment in child murder
The family of a murdered 9-year-old boy called Monday for the death penalty to be levied against his 15-year-old killer.
ISF issues rules, regulations on water scooter usage
Jet Ski and other water scooter owners will now have to register and insure their vehicles with relevant port authorities, according to a circular issued by the...
U.K. to increase education funding to $31 million
The United Kingdom will increase its funding for education in Lebanon to up to $31 million ahead of the September school enrollment, the U.K.’s Development Secretary of...
Wearing a white headscarf and a traditional black cloak, the Iraqi tribal sheikh addressed his peers: “We’re all in the same boat, the [Islamic] State is our state.”
Inside the Saudi prison that houses extremists
The man visible on the block’s control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform gray robe, is one of a rising number of security prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where...
Iran deal would enrich Revolutionary Guard
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard have done well out of international sanctions – and if a nuclear deal is agreed in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are...
Egypt to reconsider parts of anti-terror draft
An Egyptian judiciary council has asked the state to reconsider sections of a controversial anti-terror draft law before its approval by the president, officials and...
BRICS summit will let Putin show not isolated
The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world...
U.K.’s fight against militancy problematic
A decade after four Britons in London carried out the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Western Europe, Britain is planning new anti-terror laws that...
Pope draws 650,000 to outdoor Mass
Pope Francis said Mass for more than half a million Ecuadoreans Monday and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics...
Surveillance software maker gets hacked
Italy’s Hacking Team, which makes surveillance software used by governments to police the Web, appeared to be the victim of hacking on a grand scale itself Monday.
European stocks fell after Greek voters rejected creditors’ austerity demands, while a measure of volatility slid amid speculation that the resignation of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will smooth further talks.
Markets barely blink despite probable Grexit
Banks scrambled to increase the chances of Greece leaving the euro after Sunday’s referendum, but euro markets only flickered and many investors doubted the “No” vote...
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.
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...
Tourists to Greece undeterred despite drama
The Greek economy may face more trouble after voters delivered a defiant “No” to the terms of a bailout, but tourists remain undeterred and the prospect of rock-bottom...
Don’t let Greece have a corrupting influence
Greece has voted overwhelmingly against a compromise that would have allowed Europe to continue financing it.
Most Asian markets fall after Greek results, but China rises
Asian shares mostly fell Monday after Greece's voters vehemently rejected conditions set by its international creditors, deepening doubts over their future in the...
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 tourism sector is rebounding
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.
Farmers call for long-term plan to help sector
Farmers praised the government’s decision to subsidize agricultural exports but insisted that this step is not sufficient to solve the long-term problems of the sector.
IMF calls for taxes on fuel, EDL restructuring
The International Monetary Fund recommended new taxes and an overhauling of the state-owned electricity sector to reduce the growing public debt and increase badly...
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.
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...
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...
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.
A macabre, deadly joke
Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
Fight fire with fire
Terror has arrived in Egypt, after years of simmering tension and periodic upsurges in violence.
Abandon ‘recent-ism’ in fighting ISIS
As policymakers and analysts wrestle with how to respond to the advancing ISIS extremists, there is a danger of falling victim to a pervasive disease in international...
Diet biggest driver of environmental degradation
This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon...
Asia laments America’s short attention span
In January 2007, not long after George W. Bush announced his surge of troops into Iraq, I happened to be having lunch with a Chinese friend who is a well-connected...
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 quarterfinals.
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...
Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big, wins World Cup
Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most football players but not Carli Lloyd.
U.S. triumph caps truly global Women’s World Cup
The U.S. returned to the pinnacle of women’s football with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed...
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.
Murray through as giant-serving Ivo comes unstuck
Third seed Andy Murray dropped a set but emerged unharmed from the sights of bullet-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the eighth...
Serena beats Venus to make Wimbledon quarter-finals
erena Williams won the latest installment of her rivalry with sister Venus as the world number one eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory Monday.
Federer reaches 13th Wimbledon quarter-final
Seven-time champion Roger Federer reaches his 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal Monday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
Pirlo joins New York City from Juventus
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, one of the most elegant and distinctive players of his generation, is to join New York City FC from Serie A champions Juventus later this...
FIFA bans ex-World Cup bid inspection chief
Football’s world governing body FIFA Monday banned the former head of their bid evaluation committee for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for seven years for...
Nani joins Fenerbahce from Manchester United
Portuguese star Nani on Monday joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United for six million euros (£4.26m, $6.7m) as the Istanbul giants seek to add a glittering array of...
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...
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 an ankle ligament while playing football with friends.
Froome takes yellow in crash-marred Tour stage
Chris Froome made a statement of intent Monday by taking over the race leader’s yellow jersey at the end of a crash-marred third stage of the Tour de France.
Four Royals players elected to start in MLB All-Star Game
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.
Double Jamaican sprint delight
Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made up for the absence of injured Usain Bolt by storming to double 100-meter glory in the Diamond League...
Zero tolerance for dopers, warns ‘honest’ Bubka
There should be zero tolerance for athletes who use banned drugs, according to the IAAF’s Sergey Bubka, who will call for a review of doping rules should he be elected...
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 festival.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Branson unveils plans for ‘boutique’ cruise line
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
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 with Versace.
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...
Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style
A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry.
Square fruit: Odd shaped melons herald Japan summer
Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped...
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.
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 much celebrated Britain’s tradition of five o’clock tea.
Lebanese designers show at Paris Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, as three Lebanese designers showcased their haute couture collections for the Autumn-Winter 2015-2016 season Monday.
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.
Ramadan Village: hot meals to families in need
The Ramadan Village, a charity project hosted by the Makhzoumi Foundation, provides hot meals to families in need throughout the holy month.
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 quart as often as once a month.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations
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.”
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...
Personal convictions can be inconvenient.
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...
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...
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
Tears flow as Grateful Dead say farewell
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.
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...
UNESCO lists Champagne's vineyards and wine cellars
The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world's most famous sparking wines are produced were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO
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 Prince William and his wife Kate.
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...
Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments...
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.
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 power to shrink in size but grow in power.
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...
‘Old but not obsolete’ Schwarzenegger back again
“I’m old but I’m not obsolete,” Arnold Schwarzenegger says of his return as the fearsome cyborg from the future in his new movie “Terminator Genisys,” opening worldwide...