Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares
Qabbani calls for jihad to liberate Palestine
N. Lebanon rallies in support of Sunni prisoners
Huge Libyan oil blaze puts Tripoli under threat
ISIS destroys another historic Mosul mosque
The Higher Islamic Council announced Tuesday as the first day of Eid al-Fitr for Shiites.
Nasrallah, Jumblatt call for swift election
MP Walid Jumblatt has held talks over the weekend with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on the presidential election, the Israeli war on Gaza and the...
ISIS seizes army position in Hassakeh
ISIS militants have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hassakeh, The Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday, following up on recent gains against President...
Assad supporters aghast at losses to ISIS
A series of recent setbacks for the Syrian regime on the battlefield – most spectacularly at the hands of ISIS – have sparked outrage in the ranks of loyalists.
Pakistani girls killed over 'blasphemy' on Facebook
A Pakistani mob kills a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook.
Lebanese delegation in Mali
A Lebanese delegation arrived in Mali Sunday to follow up on the investigation into last week’s ill-fated Air Algerie flight, which wiped out entire families, and to...
Iraqi Christians find little help
Joseph Toman leaned on the heavy wooden door of St. Raphael Chaldean Cathedral and sighed in exasperation.
Army to enforce strict security over Eid al-Fitr
The Lebanese Army announced Sunday in a statement on its website that it would enforce strict security measures during the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
ISIS militants have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hassakeh, The Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday, following up on recent gains against President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Mosul counts the cost of insurgent rule
When militants from the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS first seized Iraq’s city of Mosul, life improved for many residents. But some now say the economic and cultural...
Iraq’s struggle to hold together
Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad’s sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the...
Shiite shrine in Mosul dynamited
Militants from ISIS have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said Saturday.
Runaway Ebola patient dies in ambulance
A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died...
MH17 victim’s father dies of ‘broken heart’
Downed Flight MH17 has claimed another victim in a 93-year-old man who succumbed to the “indescribable grief” of losing his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren...
Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe
A Ukrainian push to dislodge pro-Russian rebels from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner further complicated plans for an investigation Sunday as Europe and the...
Sixteen dead in Philippine militant ambush
Sixteen people, including children, were killed when Islamic militants opened fire on two vehicles in a remote southern Philippine town on Monday, the military said.
Jamil Fadlallah left Lebanon in 1979 without any money or legal papers, seeking an escape from the Lebanese Civil War, then in its fourth year.
Lebanon’s Bank Audi says H1 profit up to $190M
Lebanese Bank Audi said Sunday its first half net profit of the year was $190 million, slightly up from $188 million in the same period last year.
Qatar state spending slowest in 11 years
Qatar’s state spending increased 12.7 percent last fiscal year, the lowest rate in 11 years, as slow growth in current expenditure offset a sharp rise in funds spent on...
UAE markets rise on Q2 earnings
Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates rose Sunday on the back of some strong second-quarter earnings reports and expectations for more of them, while Qatar and...
Prospects for world growth hinge on U.S and China
With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors are looking to the U.S. and China to underpin the global economy.
Lebanon taps roots for tourism growth
Better known for the capital’s glittering nightlife and exclusive beach clubs, Lebanon is launching a new, ambitious strategy to promote something entirely different:...
Solid hotel room booking in Eid
Arab and foreign tourists are booking rooms in five star hotels over Eid al-Fitr as Arab Airline companies increase the number of their flights to Lebanon by 25 percent...
New Hezbollah sanctions don’t target Lebanon
A proposed U.S. legislation that broadens financial sanctions on organizations that help channel money to Hezbollah will have no impact on Lebanon’s banking sector,...
Qatar’s state spending increased 12.7 percent last fiscal year, the lowest rate in 11 years, as slow growth in current expenditure offset a sharp rise in funds spent on infrastructure projects, data showed.
Riyadh hastens reform push with open bourse
Saudi Arabia’s decision to open its bourse to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change...
Turkish business backs boycott of Israeli goods
Turkish entrepreneurs are backing a boycott of Israeli goods in response to Israel’s recent military attack on Gaza which killed 815 Palestinians by Friday’s count.
Saudi opening to FDI to profit Western banks
HSBC Holdings PLC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the banks set to profit after the Riyadh-based Capital Market Authority announced plans this week to open Saudi...
Asset bubbles could deflate global recovery
In a world still struggling to shake off the worst financial crisis for a generation, many economists are worrying that new asset bubbles are already threatening to...
EU reaches initial deal on Russia sanctions
European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details...
Facebook sprints to mega-cap status
In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers.
Bskyb to take over Italian, German pay TV networks
London-based satellite broadcaster Bskyb has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a European pay TV giant, by buying stakes...
Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip has generated around-the-clock media coverage of the death and destruction being meted out to Palestinians, as well as attempts to broker a cease-fire.
Nothing left to lose
Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip has dominated the headlines for much of the month, focusing attention on the appalling conditions in the densely populated,...
Kerry makes worthy gains in a chaotic world
The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided...
Go to the roots when addressing Gaza
Those watching the terrible situation in Gaza today are focusing on whether or not the parties can agree to a humanitarian cease-fire that would also trigger...
Nigeria is becoming a major global economy
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a...
Russia blind to Gaza
In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.
Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.
Arab world ostriches
The Palestinian issue has long been called the central issue in the Arab world, but the relative lack of popular anger amid the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the...
The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.
Germany and the NSA are closer than they let on
Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated...
Until now, Israel is flailing in Gaza
The war in Gaza continues while the outcome remains uncertain.
Why the U.S. merits an absurdity prize
The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd...
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings and murder.
Gaza shows the pitfalls of objectivity
I am not a Muslim. I am not a Palestinian nor do I have Palestinian relatives.
Europe is the big no-show on the global stage
The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world right now – the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and...
In Hong Kong, freedom will win in the end
On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain’s Royal Yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an...
Recognize Hamas as a valid interlocutor
Another war in the Middle East, another Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, this time with the implicit support of Egypt’s new authoritarian regime.
There is a very good reason why Manchester United are in the United States this weekend.
Drogba has returned to transform Costa
Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea on a mission to turn Diego Costa into a world-beater.
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions
Lewis Hamilton said he was “very, very shocked” to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during...
FIFA plans for official player transfer prices
Every player will have an official transfer price on his head – in a new plan being hatched by the game’s rulers.
Rested Wawrinka ready for Toronto return
Stan Wawrinka confirmed Friday that he is fit and ready for the final leg of the ATP season, starting with the Masters 1000 in Canada.
Van Gaal’s recruitment must be spot-on
He wasn’t the Special One. Or the Chosen One. Or even the Specially Chosen one.
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
Lewis Hamilton said he was “very, very shocked” to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during Sunday’s tumultuous Hungarian Grand Prix.
Australian Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by...
Australian Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix
Australian Daniel Ricciardo wins the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull.
Perez confident 2015 Mexican GP will happen
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India...
Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend, but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s...
The Riyadi Beirut ladies team is loaded with basketball stars, but 21-year-old point guard Rebecca Akl in particular stands out with her incredible abilities and leadership.
‘Linsanity’ not on Lin’s agenda in Lakers life
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate “Linsanity” in his...
Premier clubs demand addition of third foreigner
The premier basketball clubs have demanded the introduction of one more foreigner on court for the upcoming season of the Lebanese league, claiming the financial...
James dethrones Jordan as most popular US athlete
LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States’ most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.
Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.
Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani Sunday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main opponents crashed out of a superb three-week race.
Golovkin crushes Geale to retain WBA title
Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title.
Silver cup in tow, McIlroy wants green jacket
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now...
Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win
Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer Sunday, following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it’s also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.
New York Times calls for marijuana legalization
The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana Saturday, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by ‘two moms’
Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors.
Pay what you want, Paris hotel guests told
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Chardonnays offer a taste of terroir
Chardonnay is one of the great international grape varieties. Winemakers love it because it is so malleable, in the sense that chardonnay displays its origins – usually...
Couple lock son in car trunk to cure fear of dark
A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their 5-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this...
U.S. man claims penis was amputated by mistake
An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said last week.
Sniffing out a partner at a pheromone party
In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
Chardonnay is one of the great international grape varieties. Winemakers love it because it is so malleable, in the sense that chardonnay displays its origins – usually referred to as terroir – yet can also be molded to produce profound wines.
Lebanon to launch third water festival
The Tourism Ministry has announced a third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth...
Summertime activities can ward off teen boredom
Summertime demands very little from 15-year-old Amir Maktabi: He says his routine consists largely of “sleeping a lot, late nights, waking up late and going out.”
Exchange program tackles perception of Lebanon
Students from a variety of continents experience life in Lebanon for six weeks and reflect on the gulf between depictions of the country and the reality.
Activist Saint Hoax talks political art
At first fleeting glance, the works of local artist Saint Hoax recall the halcyon days of childhood. Incorporating Disney characters in a slew of recent works, however,...
Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.
Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain: study
Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute lower back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to...
Big increase in U.S. teen use of human growth hormone
Experimentation with human growth hormone by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic...
Teen’s death puts focus on dangers of caffeine powder
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and...
Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and...
The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey.
U.S. cave offers treasure trove of fossilized secrets
For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of...
Earth survived near-miss from solar storm
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA...
Getting paid for your posts? Social networking’s new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared – except the money those posts produce.
Gregarious tyrannosaurs? Footprints suggest so
Scientists in western Canada have discovered fossilized footprints of three tyrannosaurs that suggest these fearsome predators may have hunted in packs.
Batman and Superman engaged in an epic staring contest at Comic-Con, the international pop-culture convention in San Diego.
‘Shakespeare in Love’ bows on London stage
The 1998 hit movie “Shakespeare in Love” wove the Bard’s famous words into a Hollywood romantic comedy.
Spider-Man finally unmasked as ... Harry Potter?
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spider-Man suit to covertly mingle with fans at pop-culture convention Comic-Con, in San Diego.
Mexico police ID singer Tito Torbellino's killer
A Mexican official says investigators have identified the killer of Tomas Tovar Rascon, a U.S.-born singer of banda music known as "Tito Torbellino"
Review: 'Hercules' is schlocky but entertaining
You'll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner's production of "Hercules": This movie has a sense of proportion.
A 24-carat Goulding performance
The girlish voice of U.K. pop singer Ellie Goulding cut over the thousands of wailing fans crammed into the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center Wednesday...
'Hunger Games,' 'Divergent' pushed aside for new Comic Con fare
Young adult film franchises have dominated the conversation at San Diego's annual Comic Con gathering in recent years, but as the buzz-building convention kicked off on...
Late-career directors won’t say cut
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
DiCaprio raises $25 mln at French charity gala
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has raised more than $25 million (18 million euros) at a charity gala in France for his foundation which aims at protecting the...
Judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against LaBeouf
A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theater...
Clapton says thank you to Cale with 'The Breeze'
For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music.
'The Book of Life,' 'Kingsman' lead Fox's eclectic Comic Con peeks
Action, comedy, animation and dystopia made up an eclectic slate of upcoming films that 20th Century Fox presented at Comic Con on Friday, hoping to engage the...
Woody Allen back in spotlight promoting ’Magic’
Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen Wilson on...
Nolan, McConaughey surprise with 'Interstellar'
Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey came to Comic-Con unannounced and surprised attendees with a first look at "Interstellar," but neither offered many details...
‘Lucy’ doesnt require much thought
So let’s start with the premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity.
The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly an hour due to a technical hitch.
Clapton says thank you to Cale with ‘The Breeze’
Kiss, Usher, J.Lo to perform at Fashion Rocks
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall.
Ricky Martin to be judge on 'The Voice ... Mexico'
And the fourth and final judge for "The Voice .
'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart
"Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of...