Hezbollah appears to be backing the Free Patriotic Movement’s street protests.
Kidnapped boy refusing to eat until he’s freed
A 6-year-old boy who disappeared from in front of his building in the coastal town of Amchit over the weekend told his father that he is refusing to eat until he is set...
U.S., allies target Islamic State with 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
U.S.-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air...
UN watchdog in Iran for 'intense' nuclear talks
The UN's atomic watchdog and Iran held "intense discussions" in Tehran Monday about the possible military dimensions of the country's nuclear program, an Iranian...
Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack
A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed.
Gemayel calls for Lebanon to adopt federalism
Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel expressed his frustration at the current constitutional formula Sunday, and called for the transformation of Lebanon into a federal...
S.Lebanon butchery closed after food poisoning
The Health Ministry Monday announced the temporary closure of a butcher shop in south Lebanon after seven people fell ill with suspected food poisoning.
Chicken intestine as fish feed ‘harmful’: Abu Faour
Chicken intestines being used as a feed ingredient in several fisheries across the Bekaa Valley is “very harmful,” Health Minister Wael Abu Faour warned Monday.
U.S.-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations said on Monday.
US: Syria strikes aimed at hampering ISIS response to Kurdish advances
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday a flurry of U.S. airstrikes around Raqqa, Syria, over the weekend were aimed at disrupting the ability of ISIS rebels to...
Iran talks failure 'not ruled out': German source
Talks seeking a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and major powers may yet fail, a German diplomatic source said Monday during a break in negotiations in Vienna on the...
Tunisia coast guard recovers bodies of five migrants
Tunisian coast guards recovered the decomposed bodies of five migrants who apparently drowned at sea as they sought to reach Italy from conflict-hit Libya, an official...
Canadian army called in as wildfires force 13,000 to evacuate
The Canadian military has been called in to help fight wildfires in the Western province of Saskatchewan, where 112 active fires have forced the evacuation of more than...
South Carolina legislature debates removing Confederate flag
South Carolina lawmakers Monday began an emotional debate over legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has...
Leftist US candidate applauds Greek austerity 'No' vote
US Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist and 2016 candidate for president, has applauded Greece's rejection of a bailout referendum at the...
Suspend Greece from euro, says ex French president Giscard
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, an architect of Greece's entry into the European Union (EU) in 1981, said Monday the country should be suspended from...
Asian shares mostly fell Monday after Greece's voters vehemently rejected conditions set by its international creditors, deepening doubts over their future in the 19-nation eurozone.
Dutch PM says Greece must accept deep reforms
The Netherlands' prime minister, Mark Rutte, said on Monday that Greece will have to accept deep reforms if it wants to remain in the euro zone.
Beirut hotel occupancy second lowest in region
The average occupancy rate at Beirut hotels stood at 56.1 percent during the 1996-2014 period.
BLOM PMI: Downturn in private economy slows
BLOM Purchasing Managers’ Index for the month of June showed some improvement compared to May although the decline in business activity this year remained very slow.
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,...
China to create $19B fund to support stock market
More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19 billion for a fund to stabilize the...
EU accounting rules could mask new crisis onset
European regulators have come under attack from investors over proposed accounting rules they fear would mask the onset of another financial crisis.
How ‘vision’ has messed up Europe
One gloomy February evening in 1998 I was writing the FT’s currency market report. Nothing had happened that day, and I was 150 words short.
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...
Fiber-optic Internet to be rolled out by 2020
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb unveiled Wednesday a five-year plan to revamp Lebanon’s telecoms infrastructure, assuring that Internet users across the...
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, according to three people with knowledge of the plan.
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.
UAE cites progress in establishing tax system
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have made progress toward setting up a federal tax system to bolster government revenue.
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 over Christian political rights.
Christians are just fine
In an interview published Friday, FPM leader Michel Aoun revealed himself to be living in a parallel universe. Declaring Lebanon run by a mafia, Aoun appeared to lack...
A macabre, deadly joke
Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
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...
Fight fire with fire
Terror has arrived in Egypt, after years of simmering tension and periodic upsurges in violence.
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 politics which might be called “recent-ism.”
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...
Against tyranny and ISIS, call on Elvis
We are commemorating several significant anniversaries this week which provide us with much food for thought about events across the Middle East at one of its most...
Surkov has kept Putin’s popularity up
In Soviet Russia, everybody knew that they were being watched.
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 consecutive time with a 7-6(7) 6-4 5-7 6-4 victory Monday.
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.
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...
FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years
The official chosen by FIFA to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates was banned from football for seven years Monday for breaking ethics rules.
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.
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.
Williamses renew rivalry – Venus eyes Serena Slam
With her heart racing as she stood two points from defeat in her third-round match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams looked in serious danger of missing out on a 26th...
Upsets unlikely for big guns in Wimbledon last 16
Rafa Nadal may have left the stage but the smooth progress into Wimbledon’s second week of the remaining members of tennis’ established powerbase suggests further...
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 foreign talent to their ranks for the new season.
Williams seals bronze for England
A 108th-minute penalty kick by Fara Williams gave England their first ever win over top ranked Germany and a third place finish at the Women’s World Cup Saturday.
Barca agree to sign playmaker Arda from Atletico
Barcelona have added an extra creative option in midfield by agreeing to sign Turkey playmaker Arda Turan from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, the Spanish and European...
Sarkozy, Wulff influenced 2022 vote: Blatter
The embattled president of FIFA, the governing body for world football, told a German newspaper the presidents of France and Germany tried to exert political pressure...
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 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 points clear of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
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...
Formula E hopes to expand to Africa, India
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
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...
Greipel wins stage as Nibali, Quintana lose time
Andre Greipel won the second stage of the Tour de France Sunday as reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali and fellow favorite Nairo Quintana lost time.
Tour set for Battle Royale on treacherous course
Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four’s Battle Royale at the Tour de France...
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...
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.
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.
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 “gentlemen’s” hobby would morph into a worldwide sport.
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...
Book takes on culture of kids bullying parents
There’s a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups.
Blind French hikers cross mountains with special GPS
Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help...
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.
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.
Ramadaniyat: a world of activities for all
Over 500 people gathered to kick off the annual Ramadaniyat Beirutiya at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, a four-day festival hosted by the...
Printania Garden: a new dining concept
Broummana’s historic hotel the Printania Palace launched its latest dining concept: the Printania Garden, a grouping of restaurants offering local and international...
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...
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 nomination for Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art.
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...
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
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...
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
Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz...
Grinding aplenty, little plot in Magic Mike XXL
There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.
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...
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 producer John Lee.
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.
Prince pulls music from most online streaming services
Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services.
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...