Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday said the lack of success so far in forming a new government was “a pure Lebanese failure” as some parties refused to budge on their demands for key ministerial portfolios, and denied there was any regional intervention influencing the formation process.
Kidnapped Bangladeshi man freed by ISF
The Internal Security Forces said in a statement Wednesday that it rescued a Bangladeshi national after he had been kidnapped and tortured.
Austria rejects Afghan asylum-seeker 'gay' claim: report
Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not "act" or "dress" like a homosexual, according to a media report.
Turkey's Erdogan and Germany's Merkel discussed to improve ties - Turkish presidential source
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Syria during a phone call on Wednesday, a...
At least 22 students drown after boat sinks in northern Sudan
At least 22 students drowned on Wednesday when a boat carrying more than 40 people sank while crossing the Nile in northern Sudan, state news agency SUNA said.
Turkish Embassy thanks Lebanese for supporting lira
The Turkish Embassy in Beirut Wednesday thanked the Lebanese people for their solidarity with Turkey, amid reports that some Lebanese merchants are trying to help boost...
UAE minister: Lebanon violating dissociation policy
The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet late Tuesday night that Lebanon has not been committing to its dissociation policy,...
Army seizes drugs, weapons in Baalbeck raid
The Lebanese Army Wednesday raided houses and farms belonging to three wanted men in the Baalbeck town of Boudai, seizing drugs and weapons, an Army statement reported,...
At least 25 killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital Kabul
A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in front of an educational center in a mainly Shi'ite area in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at...
Greek soldiers freed from Turkish prison return to families
Greek authorities say that two Greek soldiers freed after spending months in a Turkish prison have been released from hospital following medical checks and are...
Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says
A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral...
Turkish court rules to release local Amnesty International chair - Amnesty
A Turkish court has ordered the release from prison of Taner Kilic, the local honorary chair of Amnesty International, the human rights group said on Wednesday about...
Turkish court rejects US pastor's appeal, upper court yet to rule
One Turkish court has rejected an American Christian pastor's appeal to be released from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted, but an upper court is yet to...
'Day of joy' as Greek soldiers fly home after Turkey release
Greece on Wednesday hailed a "day of joy" as two Greek soldiers held in a Turkish prison for more than five months on espionage charges were released in a surprise move...
Turkey slaps retaliatory tariff hikes on key US products
Turkey hiked Wednesday tariffs on imports of several key US products in retaliation for American sanctions against Ankara, as a bitter dispute between the two allies...
The prestigious Dubai-based Forbes Middle East magazine Monday night honored 29 Lebanese men and women from different professions in recognition for their achievements in various fields.
Lebanon flops on competitiveness: report
Lebanon is the lowest-ranking Arab country for economic competitiveness, according to a new report by the International Finance Corporation and the World Economic Forum.
Saudi fund may only play minor part in Musk's $72 bln Tesla plan -bankers
Elon Musk told investors this week that "obviously, the Saudi sovereign fund has more than enough capital needed" to finance taking Tesla private.
Your Turkey trip got cheaper. Here’s the bad news
Last-minute bargain hunters can swoop on Turkey for a good deal following a plunge in the currency – from vacations at lavish Bodrum resorts to high-end Hermes and...
Tesla forms panel to look at Musk deal
Tesla Inc.’s board named a special committee of three directors Tuesday to negotiate with Elon Musk on taking the electric carmaker private, although it said it was yet...
New car sales drop by 4.6 percent
New car sales in Lebanon dropped by 4.6 percent in the first seven months of 2018.
Itani highlights IDAL funding successes
Head of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon Nabil Itani said Friday that 65 projects valued at over $1.9 billion have been awarded investment incentives...
Tax evasion in Lebanon close to $5B: Bank Audi
Bank Audi said Wednesday that the Lebanese authorities can close the country’s fiscal gap if they combat tax evasion, which the bank estimated at $5 billion.
London judge says Saudi prince should be jailed
A Saudi prince faces jail in the U.K. for flouting English contempt laws in the latest stage of a long-running dispute over a loan agreement with hundreds of millions...
Oil still on top for Riyadh despite Tesla bet
Saudi Arabia is investing in future technologies such as electric carmaker Tesla Inc. to hedge against oil.
Turkish lira, equities enjoy bounce in Asia
Turkey's lira edged up with other emerging market currencies in Asian trade Tuesday while equities also enjoyed a bounce after the previous day's turmoil.
Tesla Inc.’s board named a special committee of three directors Tuesday to negotiate with Elon Musk on taking the electric carmaker private, although it said it was yet to see a firm offer from the company’s chief executive.
China revs up spending plan as economy cools
The Chinese government is expediting plans to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects as its economy shows signs of cooling further, with investment...
Turkey increases tariffs on some US imports, escalating feud
Turkey announced Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency...
South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires
South Korea will ban driving recalled BMWs that haven't received safety checks following dozens of fires the German automaker has blamed on a faulty exhaust gas...
Eurozone growth revised higher, matches Britain
Economic growth in the eurozone was better than previously thought in the second quarter, matching Brexit-bound Britain's, according to a revised estimate by the EU on...
As Lebanon bakes, we are being bombarded with statements, lectures, sermons and warnings proclaiming the dire need to form a government immediately – since there is a universal conviction that the country is at best suffering gradually, and at worst on the verge of total collapse.
Pay up or else …
A very-well-known mafia, common knowledge to all, has decided to come out of the shadows with a vengeance, crowning several weeks of hard-boiled negotiations with the...
Cosmopolitans: The citizens of the world
As Marin Beros has noted, the concept of cosmopolitanism dates from the period of the ancient Greek philosopher Cynic Diogenes of Sinope, who first declared, “I am...
Return of the Syrian refugees? Not so fast
The Helsinki summit that took place, in private, between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on July 16 was received with a wave of condemnations by the U.S....
The victories of the Lebanese National Pact
The concept of democracy, strength and power of the people (demos – people; kratos – force, power), that was born in the bosom of the city of Athens, and more precisely...
Hold your horses
President Michel Aoun has at last lifted the lid on the not-so-secret secret.
Cooling hot heads
It has become obvious that the Free Patriotic Movement has a well-armed social media militia, always on high alert to attack opponents or anyone who dares to criticize...
Legislators in name
Although considered a democracy, Lebanon leaves much to be desired when it comes to how its parliamentarians are elected, and more importantly what they do once they...
As Marin Beros has noted, the concept of cosmopolitanism dates from the period of the ancient Greek philosopher Cynic Diogenes of Sinope, who first declared, “I am cosmopolitan.”
The high cost of food monopolies in Africa
In May, global food prices increased 1.2 percent, reaching their highest level since October 2017.
No to academic normalization of Trump
The University of Virginia recently faced a storm of protest after its Miller Center of Public Affairs appointed President Donald Trump’s former Director of Legislative...
Steve Bannon’s European adventure
After being cast out of the White House and Breitbart News, Stephen K. Bannon, often referred to as the mastermind of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has vowed to...
The concept of democracy, strength and power of the people (demos – people; kratos – force, power), that was born in the bosom of the city of Athens, and more precisely in the Agora, where the formula of “Es Messon” (go in the middle) gave free speech to the Athenians to discuss the affairs of the city – this term failed to have a privileged status in the most prestigious philosophical system of Greek antiquity, that of Plato.
Pompeo tries to be the disruptor’s diplomat
When Mike Pompeo became secretary of state on May 1, he advised his new colleagues at Foggy Bottom: “I want the State Department to get its swagger back.”
Why is the U.S. still building aircraft carriers?
Will the Pentagon, with its 30-year planning cycle for building ships, still be launching aircraft carriers in 2048 – even though they’re highly vulnerable to attack...
There is only one way out of Afghanistan
Donald Trump campaigned as someone who wanted to get America out of the Middle East.
The NKorea-U.S. road leads through Seoul
Koreans have a saying that helps explain the recent upbeat exchanges between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang: “Say pretty things to hear pretty things.”
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has suffered a knee injury ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against Huddersfield Town, the club said on Wednesday.
Post-Ronaldo Real ready for Atletico
Following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid get their first test against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
Williams crushes Gavrilova, Pouille ousts Murray
Serena Williams re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters Monday.
Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati Masters
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal Sunday withdrew from this week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters event as he prepares for this month’s U.S. Open.
Anthony signs one-year deal with Houston Rockets
Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets Monday.
Nigeria and Ghana could face FIFA bans
Nigeria and Ghana could face international football bans this month over political interference with their football associations, world football’s governing body FIFA...
Asian Games worth weight in gold for Spurs’ Son
Son Heung-min has lit up the World Cup and the Premier League but unnervingly it is the Asian Games in Indonesia that could make or break the career of the prolific...
With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid has left a gaping hole at Real Madrid and in the Spanish league.
Halep dominates Venus to end long day at Rogers Cup
Top seed Simona Halep made quick work of Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 on Thursday to end a long day at the Rogers Cup that saw her advancing to the quarter-finals.
Sharapova storms past Kasatkina in Montreal
Maria Sharapova fired 25 winners past hapless Russian compatriot Daria Kasatkina in a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the rain-hit Montreal WTA event Wednesday, but Angelique...
Untouchable Nadal blows past Paire
Top seed Rafael Nadal blew past patchy Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to begin his quest for a fourth Canadian trophy at the Toronto Masters.
Wade says will only play for Heat if he returns
Dwyane Wade is still deciding whether he will return and play a 16th season this fall. But one thing is certain, if the future Hall of Famer is in the NBA, he will...
NBA star Curry shoots 71 in Web.com event
Stephen Curry trailed the leaders by eight strokes after shooting a one over 71 on Thursday in the opening round of the Web.
Magic to face Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December
The Orlando Magic will face the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in a pair of games in Mexico City this December, the NBA announced Tuesday.
Jordan backs James after Trump mocks player
NBA legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to Lebron James’ defense Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player’s intelligence in a...
Doping-ravaged weightlifting begins its Asian Games competition on Monday without a banned traditional powerhouse and with the sport's boss warning it would "slowly disappear" if it were to lose its Olympic status.
Ryder Cup captain hints at spot for Woods
Tiger Woods has earned a spot on the American Ryder Cup team with his recent hot form, captain Jim Furyk hinted Monday.
Koepka: From injury to two major wins
Sitting on a couch watching the Masters on television with an injured left wrist, Brooks Koepka never dreamed he would win two majors this year, much less battle his...
Ledecky to tackle four distances in Tokyo
They’ve added a new swimming event to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – the 1,500-meter freestyle – and Katie Ledecky plans to be racing it.
NFL players resume protests during US anthem
Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby raised their fists in protest during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Thursday's...
His two world championships now a distant memory, Fernando Alonso has finally had enough of life in the slow lane with McLaren.
Alonso to retire from F1 at end of season
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One at the end of the season and potentially move to IndyCar in the U.S.
Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with...
Lorenzo holds off Marquez to win Austrian MotoGP
Jorge Lorenzo struck the final blow in a dogfight with fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez, overtaking at the start of the final lap Sunday to win the Austrian MotoGP.
Ducati aim to keep heat on Marquez in Austria
After Ducati’s dominant display at the Czech Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo arrive in Austria hoping to further trim the huge advantage of runaway...
“Discotheque Nana,” Metro al-Madina’s latest offering, premiered at the Hamra cabaret space Monday night, delighting its audience with a whimsical blend of nostalgia, wacky sketches and sing-along songs.
Iraq’s top musicians play on despite unpaid wages
In a dusty Baghdad dance studio, conductor Mohammad Amin Ezzat tries to fire up the musicians of Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra, whose enthusiasm has been dampened...
US 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill: report
Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family...
Drake drops 'In My Feelings' video chock full of cameos
Celebrities abound as Drake strolls through the streets of New Orleans in his "In My Feelings" video.
Glenn: I’ve bloomed late, like ‘The Wife’
Glenn Close may be known for playing strong, often ruthless women, but, like her long-subdued character in “The Wife,” she says she’s only just starting to feel...
Thai filmmaker waking up his audience to dream
Before the release of his 2010 feature “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” most saw Thai-born Apichatpong Weerasethakul as a contemporary artist who made...
‘Communist’ Frida Kahlo swept into Hungary debate
Sixty-four years after her death, the personal life and politics of Frida Kahlo have come under scrutiny in Hungary.
Rapper probes U.K. wealth gap at Edinburgh Fringe
Scottish writer Darren McGarvey’s one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe, informed by his own violent and addictive past, is a powerful insight into Britain’s wealth gap...
Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family friend wrote on his website Monday.
J. Lo to receive Video Vanguard Award at VMAs
Jennifer Lopez's two-decade music career will be honored at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Glenn Close may be known for playing strong, often ruthless women, but, like her long-subdued character in “The Wife,” she says she’s only just starting to feel comfortable in her own skin.
‘Asian August’ tests waters but will it last?
“Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, is about to hit theaters along with two other predominantly Asian films.
Critics unimpressed with ‘Insatiable’
Netflix’s new series “Insatiable,” which hit screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills. Instead,...
Netflix Arabic series begins filming with Lebanese director
Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya will begin directing the first Arabic-language Netflix original series from the Middle East Monday, a statement from the company’s...
Escapism or activism? MTV looks to do both
Youth-oriented MTV network is enjoying a resurgence on the back of reviving reality shows such as the raucous “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.”
Thomas Markle has not spoken to his daughter Meghan since her star-studded wedding to Britain's Prince Harry and fears she will not contact him again, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday.
Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna at 60 Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60
Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time,...
Photographer says Bill Murray harassed him at restaurant
A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant.
Spain taxman knocks 2 million euros off Ronaldo tax settlement: report
After ordering football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay 18.8 million euros ($21.6 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, Spanish authorities have reduced the sum by...
PEN America giving artistic expression award to Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will be honored this fall by PEN America.
When Alexei Dubovets and his wife Natalia Kurochkina yearned for a change from Russian city life, they moved to a village in Siberia and began to dabble in the art of cheese-making.
Ex-Gitmo detainee sells sweets in Uruguay
A bit of sweetness has entered the life of at least one of the men formerly held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Abed Mahfouz unveils fall/winter collection
Lebanese haute couture designer Abed Mahfouz turned his Downtown atelier into a catwalk Wednesday , unveiling his stunning Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection.
Celebs flock to designs by Lebanon’s Sabaji
Lebanese designer Jean Louis Sabaji is making his mark on the fashion industry.
Tesla forms three-member panel to look at any Musk deal
Tesla Inc's board named a special committee of three directors on Tuesday which will evaluate Elon Musk's proposals to take the company private, although it said it was...
Former WWE star Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the ’80s with the WWE, has died.
Cows help rehabilitate prisoners in Sweden
It’s barely 6 a.m. and Alfred is already busy milking cows.
Beatles’ Indian hideaway comes together
Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru’s...
Tesla Inc's board named a special committee of three directors on Tuesday which will evaluate Elon Musk's proposals to take the company private, although it said it was yet to see a firm offer from the company's chief executive.
NASA to launch first spacecraft to 'touch Sun'
NASA counted down Friday to the launch of a $1.5 billion spacecraft that aims to plunge into the Sun's sizzling atmosphere and become humanity's first mission to...
Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets.
New Samsung smartphone expected at NYC event Thursday
Samsung is expected to unveil its next major smartphone at a New York event on Thursday.
UK watchdog fines child care company for selling data
Britain's information watchdog has fined a firm that offers advice on pregnancy and child care 140,000 pounds ($180,000) for illegally collecting and selling personal...
Standing outside their yellow hut on a ridge 3,200 meters above sea level, two French gendarmes peer through binoculars at a group of foreign climbers making their way across a scree-littered stretch on what has become one of the deadliest routes to the top of Mont Blanc.
A tiny English village abandoned during WWII
Explore Britain’s southern coast carefully and you can still find relics of the dark years when the country awaited Nazi invasion: abandoned radar stations, tank-traps...
Eiffel Tower shut in dispute over 'monstrous' queues
Staff at the Eiffel Tower shut down the Paris landmark on Wednesday afternoon in protest over a new access policy that they say is generating "monstrous" queues for...
Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific...
Dead gorgeous: Ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics
Archaeologists say a third-century sarcophagus found in what is now western Germany contained the remains of a young Roman woman who was buried along with perfume...
The Ford Mustang – an iconic American brand and a symbol of cool – reached a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant.
American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health with a hearty appetite for his age, his handlers said on Tuesday.
Tunisian anti-litter activist takes up 30-beach challenge
Bin bags at the ready, “long-distance activist” Mohammad Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia’s Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds...
Birds learn another 'language' by eavesdropping on neighbors
For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death.
Arctic heat melts away Sweden's highest peak
Sweden's highest peak, a glacier on the southern tip of the Kebnekaise mountain, is melting due to record hot Arctic temperatures and is no longer the nation's tallest...
Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales
Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters, a display that...