“The camp changed my life.”
Protesters express lack of faith in state justice
Anti-government protesters expressed their irritation Wednesday with remarks made by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk over the use of force by authorities against...
Car bomb kills 10, wounds dozens in Latakia
At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in the city of Latakia Wednesday, state TV said, in a rare attack in a coastal stronghold of...
Russia holds up U.N. Syria chemicals probe
Russia said Wednesday it was still considering the details of how to establish a U.N. team to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, holding up final Security...
As row with Trump escalates, Bush hits harder
The feud between Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and rival candidate Jeb Bush appears to be intensifying.
AUB group express support for ongoing protests
Members of the American University of Beirut issued a statement Wednesday affirming their support for the ongoing protests in the capital, joining calls for a solution...
STL defense questions phone record authenticity
The prosecution of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday continued detailed questioning of telecommunications distributors linked to cell lines that allegedly...
Health minister orders investigation into contraband medication
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour demanded Wednesday the State Prosecutor in the Bekaa to follow up on the confiscation of “unregistered, un-guaranteed and contraband...
At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in the city of Latakia Wednesday, state TV said, in a rare attack in a coastal stronghold of President Bashar Assad.
Masked men kidnap 18 Turks in Baghdad
Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and...
Petraeus suggests using Nusra men to battle ISIS
Former U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said Wednesday fighters from Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate could be used to take on ISIS as he warned that his nation’s...
Syrian war amputees join Balkan migrant route
“However hard you try, you just can’t imagine how hard this journey is for me,” says Abu Fahed, 25, who lost both his legs in a bombing and is fleeing Syria’s war...
A messy split for Greece’s double act
Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis shared a vision once, but the double act of the Greek debt drama’s most colorful characters now appears well and truly over.
Congo ‘Terminator’ pleads not guilty at ICC trial
Prosecutors Wednesday accused a Congo militia leader known as “The Terminator” of overseeing brutal atrocities including the slaughter of dozens of unarmed villagers...
Vietnam marks 70 years since independence
Vietnam’s president Wednesday urged further modernization of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years...
Syriza’s lead shrivels ahead of Greek elections
Greece’s leftist Syriza Party’s lead over its conservative opponents has shrunk to just 0.4 percent, according to a poll Wednesday, offering further evidence that...
Real estate giant Solidere recorded a loss of $28.7 million in the first half of this year as the company allocated higher provisions due to the loss from previous sales contracts, FFA Private Bank said Tuesday.
Credit Libanais net profits up 30 pct
Credit Libanais, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, posted net profits of $35.4 million in the first half of 2015 compared to $27.2 million in the same period of...
Eastern Libya struggles to attract oil buyers
Libya’s official government is struggling to woo oil majors in a bid to control oil revenue and force a rival Tripoli government into a U.N. peace deal because foreign...
Saudi banks can fund up to $100B of state debt
Saudi Arabia’s banks have enough assets to absorb $75 billion to $100 billion of government securities as the kingdom begins selling bonds for the first time in seven...
U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 pct in second quarter
U.S. banks’ earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to...
Lebanese firms spent $7.2B on greenfield projects abroad
The cumulative value of outward greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) from Lebanon totaled $7.2 billion between January 2003 and May 2015, according to figures...
Compliance costs crimp region’s economies
The high cost of compliance is straining the ability of Lebanese and Arab banks to finance the economies in the region in a proper way, the secretary-general of the...
Cabinet authorizes $1.3B eurobond swap
The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Finance Ministry to swap $1.3 billion eurobonds that mature in January 2016 and agreed to transfer cash from the reserves to pay the...
Libya’s official government is struggling to woo oil majors in a bid to control oil revenue and force a rival Tripoli government into a U.N. peace deal because foreign clients are wary of breaking with the established state energy firm in the capital.
Saudi stocks extend losses as oil rebound fizzles
Saudi stocks retreated with most other Middle Eastern equity markets after oil reversed the strongest rally in 25 years.The Tadawul All Share Index fell 1 percent to...
Saudis, Iran at odds over OPEC price forecasts
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are at odds with Iran and other OPEC members over whether the group should include oil-price forecasts in its long-term strategy...
Egypt: Zohr gas find will not undermine talks
The discovery of the Zohr natural gas field off Egypt will not undermine private-sector negotiations about buying gas from Israel, Egypt’s oil minister said, playing...
U.S. banks’ earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.
Gross: Fed tightening now can spur instability
Bond guru Bill Gross, who has long called for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, said Wednesday U.S. central bankers may have missed their window of...
Stocks recover as China concerns ease
Global stock indexes recovered some of their recent losses Wednesday, drawing support from reports of brokerage measures in China to invigorate the country’s battered...
Lagarde warns of spillover from volatility
Recent volatility in global financial markets shows how rapidly risks can spill over from one economy to the next, the managing director of the International Monetary...
U.S. sees slowest factory growth since 2013
A strong dollar and China’s economic slowdown dragged growth at U.S. factories to the lowest level since May 2013.
This year 2,500 people have already died trying to cross the Mediterranean and Wednesday brought perhaps the most powerful and heartbreaking visual evidence of this to date – the body of a Syrian toddler washed up on a beach in Turkey.
Listen to the people
When activists protesting the failure of the government to resolve the trash crisis stormed the Environment Ministry, they were raising the bar in a 10-day standoff...
We should give hope to those in refugee camps
In July, the number of migrants reaching the borders of the European Union passed 100,000 – the third consecutive month in which a new record was set.
Francis’ visit to US has makings of an epic event
It’s a dollar to a cent that Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. in September will be one of the biggest news stories of 2015.
At a crossroads toward change or chaos
Two interesting dynamics were on display this week, and will shape what happens in Lebanon during the coming months.
Dialogue needs results
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s call for dialogue among all party heads is a good step forward, and should be carried out with complete commitment, but it is by no...
All listen carefully
Saturday’s You Stink demonstration, whose aims are now much wider than merely the garbage crisis, drew crowds of tens of thousands, many of whom had last protested 10...
Diatribe on the rocks
In his speech Friday, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun managed to be at once arrogant, patronizing and hypocritical, telling protesters it was about time they...
Kim Jong Un’s reign is on a road map to nowhere
Negotiators from the two Koreas appear to have resolved this month’s crisis, in which South Korea’s use of loudspeakers to broadcast messages across the demilitarized...
On migrants, Europe is forgetting its own past
For many centuries, Europe was a continent plagued by wars, famines and poverty.
Who might fill a Syrian ISIS-free zone?
The ISIS attack on Marea on Aug. 11 closely resembled the group’s offensive in northern Aleppo two months prior.
Defending past and future affirms human survival
Why should people care about the past or the future?
A historic moment for Lebanon’s citizens
The month of August marked a dramatic moment in modern Lebanese history, when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens broke free from their sectarian political anchorage...
The U.S. shows it will defend allies in Syria
The Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the United States launched drone attacks last month to defend a...
Why the Lebanese are in the streets
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues...
Iceland could qualify for their first major Finals and be joined in next year’s Euro 2016 championship by Wales, England, Italy, Sweden and Austria, among others, if results go to form in qualifiers over the next week.
AST urges review of transfer policy
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust has called on the Premier League club to carry out a “full review” of recruitment policy following a quiet transfer window where...
Federer romps, Murray quiets Kyrgios
Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another...
Top seeds in a rush on day of U.S. Open upsets
World No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style Monday, while Kei Nishikori’s hopes of making another magical run...
Berto ‘on a mission’ to unseat Mayweather
Andre Berto will go into his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next week as a heavy underdog but also as a man “on a mission” as he bids to...
Qatar feel heat ahead of World Cup qualifier
Qatar coach Jose Daniel Carreno admitted Wednesday his team is under pressure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the country’s last chance to reach the Finals before...
Record Premier League spending will only increase
Foreign clubs are the main beneficiaries of the Premier League’s transfer dealings and will continue to be so with forthcoming increases in broadcast revenue, financial...
Del Bosque tells De Gea to be a good professional
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has urged goalkeeper David De Gea to put his failed transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United behind him and focus on being a “good...
Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another grand slam event at the U.S. Open Tuesday.
Nadal flashes old form in first-round win over Coric
Rafa Nadal showed flashes of his top form under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium to beat young Croat Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 and close Day One at the U.S. Open...
Serena chases historic calendar Grand Slam
World No. 1 Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the U.S. Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women’s...
Federer, Nadal at U.S. Open crossroads
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 31 major titles between them, head for the U.S. Open with their Grand Slam careers at crossroads.
Andre Berto will go into his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next week as a heavy underdog but also as a man “on a mission” as he bids to end his fellow American’s perfect 48-0 record.
McIlroy gets Final Series clearance
Rory McIlroy will be able to play in the European Tour’s Final Series tournaments after being given special exemption due to his ankle injury.
LA back from dead as candidate for 2024 Olympics
Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games – a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running.
Tokyo 2020 scraps logo in blow to reputation
Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers Tuesday scrapped the Games logo over accusations of plagiarism, maintaining that it was not copied but saying too many doubts had been...
Rio chief pledges to address water pollution problem
The president of the organizing committee for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro vowed Tuesday to address concerns about water pollution at a sailing venue.
German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Force India until the end of the 2017 season, the Silverstone-based team said Tuesday.
‘Il Dottore’ looks to fix Silverstone win jinx
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with...
Wilson’s death triggers calls for IndyCar review
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed...
Recent deaths at North American open wheel races
Factbox on driver fatalities in open wheel races on North American circuits since 1996 in the wake of Briton Justin Wilson’s death Monday after being hit by debris from...
Formula One counts its lucky stars
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.
Title hopefuls Byblos add Bawji and Vogel
Byblos made a bold statement about their title aspirations for the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League after adding significant pieces to their already...
Woods naturalized for Asian Championship
Giant American center Loren Woods is set to make a return to the court after the Lebanese basketball federation officially naturalized the former Riyadi player so he...
Cedars’ youngsters look to make mark
Eight of the 15 players who have been drafted by Lebanon national team head coach Veselin Matic for the first training camp, which will take place in Serbia, have never...
If you were to suggest that this city thrives on instability, you’d probably find some Beirutis who would disagree with you.
Netflix flexes muscles at Venice festival
Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world’s oldest film festival.
Concussion director says no compromises were made
A day after its trailer debuted online and months before it hits theaters, the Will Smith football head-trauma film “Concussion” is already sparking controversy.
Venice opener Everest takes 3-D trip to the top
The high-altitude thriller “Everest,” which opened the Venice Film Festival Wednesday, should warn people off climbing.
Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby
Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
Staging conflict at Masrah al-Madina
Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual.
Horror movie master director Wes Craven dies
It’s hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.
China welcomes Sudan's war crime-accused leader as 'old friend'
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend" Tuesday, as China's foreign ministry defended...
Miley Cyrus bare-breast flash fails to surprise
Janet Jackson exposed a breast on national television a decade ago, and it sparked national outrage.
Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards
Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new...
Narcos blurs line between cartels, agents
Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix’s dark drug drama “Narcos,” a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine...
Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered...
KISS star's home searched in child porn probe: report
Rock star Gene Simmons' home in California was searched by police in a child porn investigation, but the KISS frontman and his family are not suspects in the case,...
Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash
Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that...
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found
Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home Tuesday.
Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.
One Direction ‘to take indefinite break’
British pop phenomenon One Direction are to take an indefinite break from next year, according to a media report Monday that has left fans devastated.
Book calls Kanye West music, pop culture changer
Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Egyptian heir takes on Jay Z in Big Pimpin’ trial
The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic “Big Pimpin.’”
Seiji Ozawa cancels Japan concerts after fracturing hip
Former Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa has canceled three performances in Japan after fracturing his hip.
A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts successfully launches towards the International Space Station, marking the 500th manned launch in space travel history
'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82
An author and neurologist who explored the wonders of the human brain in books like "Awakenings" has died. Dr. Oliver Sacks was 82.
In Virginia, TechShop lets ‘makers’ innovate
It’s hard to miss the plane that sits triumphantly in the midst of a store in Washington’s suburbs.
Peru teen aims to revive Quechua
Renata Flores Rivera has teenage cuteness, a velvety voice and a mission: to revive the Quechua language with songs like “Chaynatam ruwanki cuyanaita” – better known as...
Barouk showcases new tourist attractions
Despite the continuing poor management of waste in Lebanon, rural tourism has been earmarked as a potential source of growth and development, and the government this...
Ten carmakers sued over keyless ignition deaths
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million...
Want a diamond in just 10 weeks? Use a microwave
The 2.62-carat diamond Calvin Mills bought his fiancee in November is a stunner. Pear-shaped and canary-yellow, the gem cost $22,000. A bargain.
Facebook adds assistant to Messenger app
Facebook Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the...
Intriguing tale of the ‘tank’ dinosaur’s tail
One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of...
Boxing orangutans a throwback in Thailand
Boxing gloves raised, two orangutans enter a ring at a Thai zoo, a spectacle that fascinates locals and foreigners alike but sits increasingly at odds in a nation...
Wedding bells growing quieter in Las Vegas
At the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, an Elvis impersonator in a black jumpsuit croons as a couple walks down the aisle.
Despite the continuing poor management of waste in Lebanon, rural tourism has been earmarked as a potential source of growth and development, and the government this year launched a strategy aimed at developing this very area.
Pottery co-op brings tradition back to Rashaya
In the southern town of Rashaya, aspiring pottery artisans can now receive instruction at the newly minted Professional Cooperative for Producing and Marketing Pottery.
Lasting furniture design for the artist
When Karen Chekerdjian looks at a piece of furniture, she sees all its inherent possibilities.
Bazaza: The new designer on everyone’s radar
Hussein Bazaza has been on everyone’s radar ever since he received the Elle Style Award for Best Upcoming Middle East Designer in 2013.
Riyak train station: Bekaa Valley’s rusty relic
While all manner of historical, natural and culinary attractions are available to visitors in the Bekaa Valley, perhaps none is so eerie, strangely peaceful or sad as...
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Warsaw essentials from the newest to classics
Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw.
A room with a view: Hotel Versailles plan
Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.
Airbnb gives Paris luxury hoteliers a fright
Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris.
Conducting test-drives is kind of like sampling several types of cakes.
Elantra delivers a lesson in value to car market
My friends, co-workers and family members keep telling me that in my selection of cars for these weekly reviews I may be going a bit overboard with the number of models...
State can do more to reduce road fatalities
Road fatalities and the traffic law have played prominently in the news in recent months.
Cadillac ATS Coupe a threat to Euro rivals
Many moons ago when I was still a teenager, whenever the subject of Cadillac came up the only model that sprung to mind was the Fleetwood.
Captur dazzles with looks, impresses with gear
Compact SUVs, or crossovers, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for a good reason: They make sense, especially when people’s lifestyles demand...
One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people’s weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but when.
FDA approves first pill to boost female libido
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry...
U.S. scientists grow nearly complete human brain
An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a U.S. lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a...
Music eases pain after surgery, new study says
Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.
The pitfalls of exercise extremes
With challenging workouts from ultramarathons to endurance events on obstacle courses all the rage, fitness experts say more and more weekend warriors are leaping into...