The Lebanese Army said Sunday it had dismantled two explosive devices primed to be detonated in Tripoli, in the military’s latest crackdown on terror cells in the northern city that has been ravaged by fierce fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Geagea shook up March 14 alliance: official
Deputy Speaker Farid Makari Monday accused Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea of trying to sidestep Future Movement head Saad Hariri with his surprise endorsement of...
Children starving amid 'alarming' Somalia drought: UN
Over 58,000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn...
Trump campaign shows mellower side
New Hampshire: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to the small town of Plymouth in the New Hampshire mountains Sunday and promised to lower...
At least 11 migrants drown off Turkey: report
At least 11 migrants drowned Monday when their boat sank in the Aegean while they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, local media said
Berri calls boycott of Parliament democratic
Speaker Nabih Berri Sunday defended a boycott of Parliament meetings as “a democratic and constitutional right” adopted in world parliaments, on the eve of a session...
FPM, Hezbollah mark alliance’s 10th anniversary
Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun reaffirmed his party’s 10-year-long alliance with Hezbollah over the weekend, expressing gratitude to its military...
Moqbel calls for more equipment for Lebanese Army
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army needs to be better equipped in order to triumph in its battle against militants along its eastern border, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel said...
Over 58,000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn of Africa country
Kremlin strongly condemns North Korea's rocket launch
The Kremlin strongly condemned Monday North Korea's latest rocket launch, calling it a violation of the international law
Russia says arrests seven ISIS militants over attack plot
Russia's FSB security service said Monday it had arrested seven ISIS militants in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg who it said had been planning bomb attacks in Moscow,...
Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey
Chinese flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year
Turkey sends in aid for stranded Syrian refugees
Turkish humanitarian groups set up camps in Syria and sent in truckloads of aid Monday for tens of thousands of people stranded on the border after fleeing a...
Gazan killed in tunnel collapse on Egypt border
A Palestinian died Monday when a tunnel he was trying to restore collapsed near Gaza's border with Egypt, Palestinian medical and security sources said
HRW denounces Egypt minister's 'mass killing' comment
Human Rights Watch Monday accused Egypt's justice minister of calling for the "mass killing" of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, which is already...
Saudi Arabia intercepts Scud from Yemen
Saudi Arabian air defenses Monday intercepted a Scud missile fired at Khamis Mushait city where a major airbase is located, the coalition fighting in Yemen said
An annual survey of the advertising market in the Arab world shows that real advertising expenditures in Lebanon totaled $190 million in 2015, nearly unchanged from the prior year’s $189 million.
Bank profits rise on surge in interest income
The combined profits of all six listed Lebanese banks jumped by 8.70 percent in 2015 to reach $1.219 billion compared to $1.121 billion in the same period of 2014.
Qatar acquires stake in Chevron oil project off Morocco
The Qatari state oil company, Qatar Petroleum, says it has reached a deal with Chevron to acquire 30 percent of its stake in offshore drilling areas in Morocco
Iran carmaker gets $436M in Peugeot perks
French carmaker Peugeot is to provide Iran Khodro with 427 million euros in debt waivers, bonuses and discounts under their first post-sanctions deal, the Iranian...
The odd couple of corporate governance
It is one of the oldest battle lines in corporate governance: managerial autonomy versus shareholder rights.
Number of passengers at Beirut airport up 9 pct
The amount of passengers traveling through Beirut airport rose by 8.94 percent in January 2016, up from 501,766 passengers the same time last year.
Retail, personal loans still going strong: Torbey
Retail and personal loans in Lebanon valued over $17 billion at the end of 2015, up 3.25 percent from a year earlier, a leading banker said Thursday.
Consumer confidence in Lebanon dropping
Only 2.5 percent of surveyed Lebanese feel that consumer confidence picked up in the second half of 2015, the lowest rate since the same Byblos Bank and American...
Gulf stocks retreat from three-week high
Stocks across the Gulf fell, following a drop in global markets, as traders cashed in on gains after a gauge of the region’s biggest companies climbed to a three-week...
Iran carmaker reveals 427m euros in Peugeot perks
Iran oil to Europe reaches 300,000 barrels
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Saturday that Iran's crude oil sales to Europe after the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran had already reached above...
France's Total starts gas production in North Sea fields
French energy giant Total said Monday it had started production at its Laggan and Tormore gas fields near the Shetland Islands in the North Sea
As Big Oil shrinks, boards plot different paths
As oil and gas companies cut ever deeper into the bone to weather their worst downturn in decades, boards have adopted contrasting strategies to lead them out of the...
The small but serious threat of a US recession
Growth fears are overdone but the Federal Reserve must be vigilant.
Oil traders adopt a lower profile at IP Week
When the world’s most powerful oil traders meet in London next week for the annual round of parties that dominate International Petroleum Week, they will have plenty on...
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.
Ties between PKK, PYD pose problem for Turkey
In mid-July 2012, the Syrian government withdrew its forces from a large amount of territory along the Turkish border.
Fear cheap oil and perilous politics
One of Donald Trump’s stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was “terrible.”
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).
With the news that $10 billion has been pledged by nations to ease the spiraling Syrian refugee crisis, countries such as Lebanon have been handed a vital show of...
A strategy of poison
Before the United Nations-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva kicked off this week, doubts and fears shrouded the initiative.
Raptors hold off Pistons to stretch record streak to 11 wins
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a...
Some good may come out of the debate over Brexit
On a gray and rain-sodden London day at the beginning of 2016, it can be tough to find reason for optimism.
Xi of Arabia adopts a more active foreign policy
Those who have criticized China’s cautious foreign policy need to reconsider their position, following President Xi Jinping’s just-completed visit to Saudi Arabia and...
Is Obama’s war against Daesh legal?
Last Dec. 6, President Barack Obama spoke to millions of Americans in a nationally televised address on the progress that has been made in the war against Daesh (ISIS)...
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.
A solution in Palestine is key to the region
It was more than a coincidence last week that both the French government and the United Nations secretary-general called for serious and urgent international action to...
Iowa imposes a needed, if disruptive, dialogue
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest...
Can Aoun avoid clashing with Hezbollah?
If there were doubts about Hezbollah’s true intentions with regard to Michel Aoun, they were dispelled last week by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in his speech on the...
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 up a semifinal duel with Switzerland.
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
Higuain hits 24th goal as Napoli, Juve pull away
Gonzalo Higuain hit his 24th goal in as many Serie A games as triumphant Napoli and Juventus moved closer toward a scudetto duel after slipups by title rivals Inter...
Ranieri grapples with Leicester favorites tag
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini declared Leicester City Premier League title favorites after Claudio Ranieri masterminded a stunning 3-1 victory over his side...
Homenetmen down Tadamon, regain second place
Homenetmen dealt Tadamon Zouk their third successive loss to regain their second spot after a spectacular 92-77 win Sunday in round 9 of the Lebanese Basketball League...
Netherlands 1-0 up over Russia
Kiki Bertens beat Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead over Russia in a Fed Cup first round tie in Moscow Saturday
Sharapova named in Russian Fed Cup team, stays on road to Rio
Maria Sharapova remained on course for the Rio Olympics as the five-time Grand Slam champion was Friday named in Russia's doubles team for their Fed Cup first-round tie...
Federer out for a month with torn meniscus
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer underwent “successful” surgery on his knee Wednesday and will be ruled out of action for one month, his agent said.
Gonzalo Higuain hit his 24th goal in as many Serie A games as triumphant Napoli and Juventus moved closer toward a scudetto duel after slipups by title rivals Inter Milan and Fiorentina.
Stoke must take more risks, says manager Hughes
Stoke City players should start taking more risks to end their four-game winless streak in the Premier League, manager Mark Hughes said after Saturday's 3-0 drubbing at...
Unbeaten run has Saints back on track, says Van Dijk
Southampton's five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, which has lifted them to seventh in the table, has halted a worrying mid-season slump, according to defender...
Martinez tips in-form Lennon to make England's Euro squad
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has tipped Aaron Lennon to make England's Euro 2016 squad and believes the in-form winger could be a valuable player for his country...
Homenetmen dealt Tadamon Zouk their third successive loss to regain their second spot after a spectacular 92-77 win Sunday in round 9 of the Lebanese Basketball League at Mezher.
Warriors stretch home streak with win vs. Thunder
Golden State won its 41st consecutive regular season home game by beating Oklahoma City 116-108 Saturday in a clash of NBA divisional leaders.
Spurs hold off Bryant and Lakers to continue home run
Retiring Los Angeles guard and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant may have won the battle Saturday in his final trip to San Antonio, but it was the Spurs who won the war,...
Warriors rally to beat hard-charging Thunder
Klay Thompson rattled in a clutch three pointer with 1:40 left as the Golden State Warriors won their ninth straight with a 116-108 victory over the Oklahoma City...
Riyadi trounce Sagesse in 100th derby
Riyadi Beirut triumphed in the 100th derby against archrivals Sagesse 99-80 Friday at Manara in round 8 of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Overnight leader Danny Willett battled hard to hold on to his lead Sunday and got his reward with a final green, one-shot win in the $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic.
Broncos' Manning says retirement decision will wait
Peyton Manning crowned a brilliant NFL career Sunday as he helped steer the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl victory but put his retirement decision on hold
Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honors
Denver linebacker Von Miller harassed Carolina quarterback Cam Newton from start to finish Sunday, forcing two fumbles, making 2-1/2 sacks and earning MVP honors in the...
Thompson knocks out Hendricks in first round
Stephen Thompson used a devastating left to complete a first-round knockout against former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and catapult himself into title...
Vonn third as Gut wins Super-G in Garmisch
U.S. ski queen Lindsey Vonn had to settle for third Sunday as Switzerland's Lara Gut won the women's World Cup Super-G race in Garmisch
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
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...
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...
EFF fetes Lebanese film student shorts
Each year Beirut’s European Film Festival conducts a competition for Lebanese student films and Saturday evening saw many EU officials fete the contest’s winning short...
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...
Fiennes defends decision to play Michael Jackson
Joseph Fiennes has defended his decision to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy, despite a furore over the casting of a white British actor in the role of a...
Super Bowl halftime didn’t always have big names
Warren Duncan has something in common with Madonna, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.
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.
As Blackstar sales soar, Bowie’s legacy secure
Sales of David Bowie’s last album – released two days before his death from cancer – soared Monday along with downloads of his hits, testimony to the powerful appeal of...
Each year Beirut’s European Film Festival conducts a competition for Lebanese student films and Saturday evening saw many EU officials fete the contest’s winning short films.
French purists vexed at demise of circumflex
French linguistic purists have voiced online anger at the loss of one of their favorite accents – the pointy little “circumflex” hat that sits on top of certain vowels.
Picasso bust pits art buyers in ownership spat
An international legal drama that pits two of the world’s biggest art buyers against each other – New York billionaire Leon Black versus a member of Qatar’s royal...
The Assassin leads nominees at Asian awards
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s cinematic kung fu masterpiece “The Assassin” may have missed out on an Oscar nod, but it tops nominees at the Asian Film Awards.
Shakespeare staged in Calais’ squalid camp
“This, above all, to thine own self be true.”
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 Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90
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.
A brother of Celine Dion dead of cancer, days after her husband died
Days after her husband and manager died of cancer, Canadian singer Celine Dion has lost a brother also to cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday.
Could “Manolos” come to the high street?
Los Angeles is new icon of menswear cool
Long derided for flashiness or faded grunge, Los Angeles and a new generation of designers are bringing a new brand of chic to American menswear.
NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month
NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said Friday
Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment
Germany: Scientists in Germany have switched on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power
Makeup off the runways
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...
Love beyond barriers in ethnically split Cyprus
They met though social media, inspired by their love of music.
You can buy a Czech castle for $13,000
The Libejovice chateau looks like something out of a 19th-century romantic novel: an elegant, mustard-hued Renaissance palace with tall windows and elaborate balcony...
Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy
Running concierges, a minibar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room.
Spacewalkers collect experiment, toss flash drive overboard
Two Russians are taking a spacewalk to install fresh experiments outside the International Space Station and gather old ones.
Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey...
Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers as CEO tries to save her own job
Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.
Genes show why bedbugs are tough suckers to kill
Bedbugs, the notorious bloodthirsty critters which tormented the residents of New York City some years ago, have become genetically wired to resist pesticides, experts...
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.
Lebanese CEO leads music revolution
Since its official launch in December 2015, the major music sharing platform Muzeit has expanded its presence in some 155 countries with hundreds of thousands of...
New app offers carpooling for students
Not having your own car can be frustrating, but a new carpooling app that is gaining ground with Lebanon’s students is trying to make that a thing of the past
The Clue Club, a mystery waiting to be unraveled
“This is much better than going out for a drink,” my team agreed after 60 nerve-wracking minutes at the Clue Club, a new live-action escape game which recently opened...
The master of a dying craft
Sixty-four year old Ahmad, who calls himself Abu Mahmoud, sits inside his small shop in Tripoli’s Shaarani neighborhood in north Lebanon.
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...
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 becoming less and less tolerant of anything that feels remotely old-school.
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
Infiniti Q70 flagship offers enticing alternative
For several decades the executive sedan market has arguably been dominated by European marques, and to some degree American brands.
Nissan Juke: An exercise in unfettered creativity
Of the myriad things that get me frustrated when it comes to Lebanon, the main one happens to be that I can’t simply walk into a store and find the exact item I want,...
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 Minister Marisol Touraine said Sunday
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.
A cell’s change gives insight on cancer’s origin
Researchers have for the first time witnessed how a single cell can change and give rise to cancer, raising hopes that scientists may discover a way to stop tumors...