The Lebanese Army will respond to any Israeli aggression with all means, Army commander Gen. Joseph Aoun said this week, affirming Lebanon's right to invest its potential oil and gas wealth.
Amal, Hezbollah unveil candidates
The Shiite duo of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah separately announced their candidates Monday for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Thai court gives Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate kids
A Thai court Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale...
Sharp decline in illegal migrants entering EU in 2017: Frontex
The European Union saw in 2017 the lowest number of detected illegal border-crossings since the migrant crisis began four years ago, the EU border agency Frontex said...
Several dozen Russian, ex-Soviet fighters killed or wounded in Syria
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that several dozen Russian citizens and people from countries in the former Soviet Union had been killed or wounded in recent...
Fire destroys tents in Syrian refugee camp
Over 15 tents were burned Monday night in a fire at a Syrian refugee settlement in Marjayoun's Wazzani in south Lebanon.
Paris IV set for April 6: source
The date for the much anticipated Paris IV donor conference has been set for April 6, a source close to Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed Tuesday.
Aoun holds talks with Iraqi president, PM in Baghdad
The common fight against terrorism was the focus of discussions held Tuesday between President Michel Aoun and his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum.
A Thai court Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago.
Clooneys donate $500,000 to student gun reform march
Hollywood star George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal Monday pledged $500,000 to help fund a U.S. student march on Washington demanding gun control reforms.
Britain confident of securing Brexit deal, urges EU to work together
Brexit minister David Davis said Tuesday he was certain Britain and the European Union could reach a deal but urged the bloc to see securing an agreement as a "mutual...
Oxfam probing 26 new cases of sexual misconduct: chief
Oxfam said Tuesday it was investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct, including 16 in its international operations, which had been reported since a scandal broke...
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that several dozen Russian citizens and people from countries in the former Soviet Union had been killed or wounded in recent clashes in Syria.
Egypt opens border with Gaza temporarily
Egyptian officials say the country will open its border with the Gaza Strip amid a military campaign against militant insurgents in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
Chevron resumes drilling in Iraqi Kurdistan
Chevron said Tuesday it resumed its oil drilling operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, four months after suspending them amid tensions between Baghdad and the...
Syria's Eastern Ghouta, rebel holdout under siege
Syria's battered Eastern Ghouta, the last opposition-controlled pocket around Damascus, has been besieged since 2013 and is now is facing an intense regime bombing...
Egypt puts prominent politician critical of Sisi on terrorism list
An Egyptian court put former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh on a terrorism list Tuesday, state news agency MENA reported, following his arrest for...
Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh Tuesday said that the bank will look to revive the middle class through supporting consumer housing loans.
Industrialists urge government to help sector
Head of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists Fadi Gemayel Thursday urged the government to implement exceptional measures to prevent the closure of more factories...
Uber pulls out of Morocco amid tensions
Uber is pulling out of Morocco, a decision the San Francisco-headquartered company say is linked to the North African country's failure to reform its strict transport...
Saudi Arabia taking a harder line on oil prices
For decades, Saudi Arabia was the voice of moderation within OPEC, pushing back against the urging of members like Venezuela and Iran for higher oil prices.
Walmart shares tumble after it reports 4Q earnings drop
Higher costs hit Walmart's earnings in the fourth quarter, even as the U.S. retail giant reported higher sales during the critical holiday period.
Lebanon’s economic situation still fragile: IMF
The International Monetary Fund warned that Lebanon’s economic situation remains fragile due to slow GDP growth and rising public debt.
DMCC gets first Mideast cryptocurrencies license
Dubai gold trader Regal RA DMCC is the first company in the Middle East to get a license to trade cryptocurrencies, the Dubai Multi Commodities Center said.
Lebanese banks will keep offering loans: Torbey
Head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey reaffirmed that the lenders will continue to offer private-sector loans, after a meeting Tuesday with...
Uber is pulling out of Morocco, a decision the San Francisco-headquartered company say is linked to the North African country's failure to reform its strict transport rules.
Saudi Cabinet approves bankruptcy law
Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet has approved a bankruptcy law, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday, giving a boost to efforts to make the kingdom more enticing to...
Abu Dhabi broadening oil partnerships
Abu Dhabi’s selection of a Spanish company to help it develop offshore oil fields is a sign of the Gulf producer’s push to diversify its partnerships while working to...
Biggest Dubai bank to plan March bid for Sberbank
Emirates NBD PJSC is preparing to submit a bid for Sberbank PJSC’s wholly-owned Turkish unit in March, people with knowledge of the matter said.
European markets calm with vacations elsewhere
Europe’s major stock markets edged lower Monday in a subdued start to the week, with sentiment hampered by holiday closures around the world.
Alibaba, Tencent rally troops for retail battle
China’s tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, worth a combined $1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose...
Spain set for ECB post
Ireland announced Monday that it was withdrawing its candidate for the post of European Central Bank vice president, making it almost certain that Spain’s finance...
Bezos world’s richest man with $121 billion
Bloomberg Billionaire Index showed that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos outranked Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates as the richest man in the world with a $121 billion fortune.
His roots were modest, but he came full with zeal, resolve, ambition, vision, a distinctive generosity and that particular feel for the underprivileged – a mix of qualities that built a legacy to transcend lifetimes.
Chance for change
In 1917 the U.K.’s then-Foreign Secretary Sir Arthur Balfour made a promise that still reverberates today: He offered the Jews the creation of a homeland in Palestine...
Ending America’s disastrous role in Syria
Much of the carnage that has ravaged Syria during the past seven years is due to the actions of the United States and its allies in the Middle East.
The data-driven city
When you look at your phone or tablet, what do you see?
America withdraws as the Middle East burns
There’s a lot to be optimistic about today.
Heed the warning
Gaza is on the brink of a human tragedy, the reverberations of which could be felt across the region and beyond.
Time for healthy polls
After nine years of delays and extensions, Lebanon has embarked on a democratic milestone for the country and its citizens with the start of registrations for May’s...
Saved by sober heads
As this week’s chaotic and unruly protests jolted the security and stability of Lebanon and threatened the fragile peace, it quickly became clear that we were in need...
In search of a global refugee strategy
This week, leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean will meet in Brazil to discuss solutions to the global refugee crisis.
Three keys to a new South Africa under Ramaphosa
Jacob Zuma has resigned as South Africa’s president – an inevitable move, following the African National Congress’ withdrawal of its support.
The double threat to liberal democracy
The crisis of liberal democracy is roundly decried today.
How the U.S. can ‘get to yes’ with Turkey
How bizarre that the biggest obstacle to finishing the war against Daesh (ISIS) and beginning the stabilization of Syria is America’s supposed friend and NATO ally,...
South Korea – the world’s most successful country
As the world’s attention turns briefly away from U.S. President Donald Trump and toward the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, it’s worth focusing not just on the sports...
It’s time for diplomacy in Syria
Last Wednesday was a strange and scary day in Syria, even by Middle East standards.
Trump must not take Jordan for granted
For decades, ground zero in Jordan’s alliance with America has been the headquarters of the General Intelligence Department, with its forbidding black flag fluttering...
Barcelona’s visit to Chelsea Tuesday gives Antonio Conte the perfect opportunity to reaffirm his stature as one of Europe’s greatest coaches.
Is VAR system ready for Premier League rollout?
VAR technology is back in the spotlight after Manchester United’s Juan Mata was controversially denied a goal in a confusing incident that raises questions over whether...
Stosur's struggles continue as she subsides in Dubai
Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur crashed out Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Championship 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
Federer takes 97th career title in Rotterdam
Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings.
MVP James backs new All-Star format
The NBA All-Star Game format was all new Sunday, but the end result of LeBron James holding a Most Valuable Player trophy was a familiar sight.
Rodriguez: Bayern Munich’s ‘godsend’
Unloved at Real Madrid, yet declared a “godsend” by Bayern Munich, James Rodriguez has rebooted his stuttering career in Bavaria and is set to shine again in the...
Bayern Munich vs. Besiktas factfile
Factfile on Bayern Munich and Besiktas ahead of the Champions League last 16, first-leg tie between the clubs at the Allianz Arena Tuesday.
Chelsea vs. Barcelona Champions League factfile
Factfile on Chelsea and Barcelona ahead of the Champions League last 16, first-leg tie between the clubs at Stamford Bridge Tuesday.
Nastase’s ITF ban reduced after appeal
Ilie Nastase, the 71-year-old former world No. 1 and ex-Romania Fed Cup captain, has had his ban from International Tennis Federation team competitions reduced on appeal.
Evergreen Federer planning 2019 Melbourne return
Australian Open champion Roger Federer is set to continue defying Father Time after announcing he will return to defend his title next year, the Swiss said Monday.
Federer fights off Cilic to win Australian Open
Roger Federer survived a second set “freeze” and an onslaught from Croatia’s Marin Cilic to claim a record-equaling sixth Australian Open title on Rod Laver Arena Sunday.
Kerr seals 250th win as Warriors beat Spurs
Klay Thompson scored 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 Saturday night.
James buzzer-beater lifts Cavs
LeBron James drained a buzzer-beating game-winner Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers set aside their troubles with a 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota...
LeBron James hits jumper at OT buzzer, Cavs top Timberwolves
LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday...
Orlando ‘avalanche’ buries Cavs
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers crashed to yet another humiliating defeat against the Orlando Magic Tuesday as James Harden scored his 15,000th career point to...
A medal-winning Russian curler who passed rigorous vetting to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics was hit by a drugs case Monday, raising questions over the testing program and the move to let Russians compete despite systemic doping.
Shiffrin relaxed, fast and focused on Olympic combined event
Relaxed, fast and excited.
Virtue, Moir win ice dance for 3rd career Olympic gold medal
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were the last couple to leave the ice after their warmup early Tuesday, the Canadian ice dancers soaking in every second before their final...
Norway soar to victory in team ski jumping event
Robert Johansson soared through the night air to land a spectacular final leap that sealed victory for Norway in the men’s ski jumping team event at the Alpensia resort...
Canada, Germany in golden dead-heat
Canada’s Justin Kripps and Germany’s Francesco Friedrich won gold medals after a dramatic dead heat in the men’s Olympic two-man bobsled Monday.
Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason.
Formula One to stop using female models
Formula One is ending the use of female models who parade and stand with the drivers’ name boards before every Grand Prix, with immediate effect.
Alonso gets green light to race at Le Mans
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will further widen his repertoire by competing in this year’s 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race.
Alonso turns eye to Le Mans after Daytona
Fernando Alonso believes he has gained vital experience for a future crack at the Le Mans 24 Hours after finishing 38th in the Daytona endurance race Sunday.
One house, three siblings and a wealth of emotions and memories lie at the center of “Al Bayt,” Theatre Monnot’s latest stage offering, by first-time director Caroline Hatem.
A ‘Profile’ of how Daesh recruits European brides
“Profile,” screening in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival, looks at how fighters from Daesh (ISIS) recruit young European women online.
With the flu, Pink powers through pre-Super Bowl concert
Battling the flu, pop star Pink powered through a pre-Super Bowl concert, still hitting high notes, flying in the air and dancing onstage days before she will sing the...
Bruno Mars crashes rap's big party at the Grammys
The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music's showcase event - until Bruno Mars crashed the party.
‘Three Billboards’ tops Baftas
Crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” captured five British Bafta film awards Sunday, including best film, topping an emotionally charged ceremony...
Prize for female victim-free books divides views
It’s a chilling cliche of thrillers that women often end up abducted, abused or dead.
The story of a historic airport refuge
In 2015, with Germany facing turmoil after flinging its doors open to a million refugees, Berlin repurposed a defunct airport to house them, creating an ad hoc village...
New Soviet-era film shows lingering tensions
Thanks to clashes between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s policies toward Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S....
Battling the flu, pop star Pink powered through a pre-Super Bowl concert, still hitting high notes, flying in the air and dancing onstage days before she will sing the national anthem at the big game.
Fleetwood Mac helps raise $7 million for charity
Rock 'n' roll's dysfunctional family, Fleetwood Mac, joined with artists paying tribute to their work to raise $7 million for down-on-their luck musicians at a benefit...
Crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” captured five British Bafta film awards Sunday, including best film, topping an emotionally charged ceremony that featured fashion and rhetoric in support of the fight against sexual harassment sweeping Hollywood.
Roger Deakins wins fourth ASC award. Oscar next?
Roger Deakins may be inching closer to making good on his 14th Oscar nomination after winning the American Society of Cinematographers’ feature film award for “Blade...
Dafoe holds Oscar flag for movie about poor kids
Willem Dafoe doesn’t give a damn if he misses out on a best supporting actor Oscar for a third time next month.
South Korean filmmaker hopeful Olympics will improve ties with North
South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk said Saturday he hoped for an improvement in relations between North and South Korea given both countries were taking part in the...
‘Wallace and Gromit’ creator goes prehistoric
Long before he created Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park was taken with Ray Harryhousen’s animated dinosaurs in the 1966 Raquel Welch movie “One Million Years B.C.”
Actress and activist Emma Watson has donated £1 million to kickstart a new British fund to help women facing harassment and abuse at work, launched ahead of Sunday's Baftas and backed by hundreds of female entertainment stars.
Kim Cattrall to Sarah Jessica Parker: You're not my friend
Kim Cattrall has a message for Sarah Jessica Parker: Spare me your sympathy.
Lady Gaga cancels European tour dates due to 'severe pain'
Lady Gaga has canceled 10 tour dates in Europe and South America because of severe pain.
Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan held in Paris over rape claims
Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan remained in custody in Paris on Thursday after spending a night behind bars over rape allegations that emerged in the wake of...
Former 'Glee' actor Mark Salling dead at 35
Mark Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy "Glee," has died at age 35.
Could fusty-looking tapestry and army boots look desirable?
Viennas ball-goers hail ‘taxi dancers’
It’s her third Vienna ball of the season and Renate Drabek plans to dance until the small hours.
First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK
The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval.
Blood test for Alzheimer’s shows early promise
Researchers in Japan and Australia say they have made important progress in developing a blood test that could in future help doctors detect who might go on to get...
Lebanese designer juggles chaos, order in Paris
Showcasing at Paris Fashion Week for the fourth time, Lebanese-Italian designer Tony Ward is well accustomed to what he described as the “buzz and excitement” of the...
Chanel, Farfetch unite for digital push
French couture house Chanel has taken a minority stake in London-based online retailer Farfetch, the companies said Monday, as part of a tie-up to develop digital...
Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times
Four Indonesian men have been arrested over the killing of an orangutan shot some 130 times with an air rifle, police said Monday, in the latest fatal attack on a...
Bailey’s Burberry farewell tops London shows
Christopher Bailey’s final show as Burberry creative director dominated London Fashion Week Saturday.
Pocket-sized device decodes human genome
Scientists used a portable device no bigger than a cellphone to sequence the most complete human genome ever assembled with a single technology, according to a study...
Anti-aging field ‘explodes’
Experts on the forefront of anti-aging medicine say the field is booming, with therapies on the horizon to target illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s and make for a...
Showcasing at Paris Fashion Week for the fourth time, Lebanese-Italian designer Tony Ward is well accustomed to what he described as the “buzz and excitement” of the bi-annual fashion fest.
Spacewalking astronauts are finally wrapping up months of repair work on the International Space Station's big robot arm.
Bid to find a Valentine for Romeo, world's 'loneliest frog'
With Valentine's Day approaching, please spare a thought for Romeo the lonesome Bolivian frog.
Porsche to double investment in electric cars
German high-end sports car maker Porsche said Monday it would double investments in electrifying its entire range by 2022, as parent company Volkswagen reacts to...
In quest for growth, German toymakers look to silver screen
In an industry upended by the changing play habits of tech-savvy kids, German toymakers are pinning their hopes for growth on traditional, real-world toys – with a...
Google’s G Suite still wins converts
Alphabet Inc.’s Google has struggled for years to get big businesses to embrace G Suite, its hip alternative to Microsoft Office.
Germany's would-be coalition partners agreed on Friday on an environmental policy in which cars with excess emissions would be refitted rather than taken off the road.
Indonesian authorities run 'two-faced' car off the road
A double-ended car owned by a septuagenarian mechanic from Indonesia has been ordered off the road, but he has not given up on the quirky creation just yet.
A study of bears and berries has determined that the big animals are the main dispersers of fruit seeds in southeast Alaska.
Scientists fear resurgence of devastating wheat disease in Britain & Europe
A devastating disease that attacks barley and wheat - the world's most widely grown crop - could re-emerge in Britain, scientists said Thursday.
Dunkin' Donuts to stop using foam cups by 2020
Foam cups at Dunkin' Donuts will soon be history, removing what the company estimates will be a billion of them each year from the waste stream.
'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand
New Zealand wildlife lovers are mourning the death of a gannet named Nigel, dubbed "the loneliest bird in the world" due to the absence of any feathered friends on his...
Turn on the tap: EU acts to improve water, reduce plastic
The European Union is revamping its water quality rules to address possible new health hazards and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water.