Over a year after the activation of the National Committee for Combating Addiction and a binding ruling by the Court of Cassation, some judges are still refusing to apply the drug law by allowing drug users to seek treatment in lieu of prosecution.
Derbas: 100,000 refugees had military training
More than 100,000 Syrian refugees received military training in their home country before entering Lebanon, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says.
Sudan will arm S. Sudan rebels: leaked document
Sudan’s government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the South’s civil war and return the region to a wider conflict,...
Prayers, friction at Jerusalem’s holiest site
Israeli and Palestinian police kept a tight watch over Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Sunday amid high tension between Muslims and Jewish visitors to the holy site and calls...
Church should not fear change, pope says
Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying Sunday the church should not...
Abu Faour condemns counterfeit medical trade
Lebanon has devised a plan to ensure the quality of pharmaceuticals despite the drug market being flooded with counterfeits, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour says.
Salam wary over Lebanon's future: report
Prime Minister Tammam Salam expresses concern over the security and political situation in Lebanon, saying there are no simple solutions to the many unresolved crises...
Army arrests suspect in Arsal clashes
The Lebanese Army detains a Syrian man accused of involvement in the deadly August clashes with militants in the northeast town of Arsal.
Sudan’s government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the South’s civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document.
Number of tourists coming to Iran surges
The number of foreigners visiting Iran jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year...
Kuwait strips 33 people of nationality
Mood of resignation over war in Benghazi
As fighting raged Friday between Islamist militias and forces loyal to Libya’s elected government, the mood was of resigned indifference in this embattled city that...
Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying Sunday the church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.
Africa image takes hit over Ebola misperceptions
In the U.S., some parents fearful of the deadly Ebola virus pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the...
Rousseff battling in Brazil presidential race
Opposition candidate Aecio Neves is heading into the final week of Brazil’s presidential race with a razor-thin lead in polls, but it’s the incumbent Dilma Rousseff who...
China says hard to resume cyber talks with US
Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S. practices," China's top diplomat tells U.S....
Nigerians doubtful of girls' release
A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the...
The United States blacklisted Lebanese company DK Group for arranging to ship Syrian pound banknotes from Russia to the Syrian central bank, an allegation strongly denied by the company’s general manager.
ZR to acquire Banque Pharaon & Chiha
ZR Holding has agreed to buy an 80-percent stake in Banque Pharaon & Chiha for close to $90 million, pending final approval from the Central Bank.
Egypt signs with six firms to dredge new canal
Egypt signed contracts with six international firms Saturday to carry out dredging of the new Suez canal, the flagship project in President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s...
Espirito Santo unit in Dubai to be liquidated
A judge in the Dubai International Financial Center court approved Sunday an application to liquidate ES Bankers (Dubai) Ltd. (ESBD), the latest collapse of a unit of...
Mitsubishi unveils Japan’s first passenger jet
Japan’s first passenger jet was unveiled Saturday after a delay of almost four years, with a helping hand from bullet-train specialists as test flights were set for...
More protection needed for Lebanese workers
Head of the General Federation of Trade Unions Maroun al-Khawli called upon Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan to formulate a strategy in cooperation with the Labor...
Malia determined to persevere in conflict areas
Ever since the beginning of the civil war in Syria and rising instability in the region, many Lebanese and non-Lebanese industrialists operating in countries hit by...
Budget deficit drops on higher revenues
A rise in government revenues helped the budget deficit in the first six months of 2014 to fall to 23.14 percent, compared to 28.1 percent in the same period of last...
Egypt signed contracts with six international firms Saturday to carry out dredging of the new Suez canal, the flagship project in President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s program to revive an economy battered by years of political turmoil.
Tunisia to lift retirement age by two years
Tunisia will raise the normal retirement age by two years in 2015 to reduce the deficit in its social security funds, as part of economic reforms designed to stabilize...
India to pay Iran $500M as second oil payment
Indian refiners will pay $500 million to Iran next week, the second installment in an interim deal that allows Tehran to recover part of overseas frozen oil revenues...
Iran GDP growth can hit 5-6 pct if sanctions end
A deal between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program would revive the Islamic Republic’s economy and push GDP growth to the 5-6 percent territory in the next...
Japan’s first passenger jet was unveiled Saturday after a delay of almost four years, with a helping hand from bullet-train specialists as test flights were set for next year.
Getting used to the new mediocre
Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy.
Barroso warns against U.K. EU migration plan
Outgoing EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Sunday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union’s freedom of...
Apartments pushed up U.S. homebuilding in September
Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding.
Investors search for signs of end to corrections
Measuring the point at which investors have exhausted their selling in a market downturn is an inexact science at best, and at its worst akin to sticking a finger in...
Lebanon’s interior minister engaged in a good deal of candor when he spoke over the weekend about responsibility for the security situation in the country.
There was something familiar in the ebb and flow of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the summer, when a steady rise in optimism about the future was...
There’s nothing to fear but panic itself
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had...
Obama should contain, not escalate against ISIS
From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.
Beheadings demand civilization’s response
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard got himself into a bit of mischief by describing the strikes as a kind of ultimate spectacle: “the...
Lebanese leaders have been publicizing the threat of extremism and the repercussions of the war in next-door Syria, sounding call after call about their urgent need for...
March of the Houthis
Yemen’s Houthis, a Shiite rebel group from the north of the country, took control of the capital Sanaa in late September, and is now marching south, having taken the...
Presidency a top priority
Amid a host of problems facing Lebanon, the presidential vacuum is certainly the most pressing, and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri highlighted this in his latest...
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin.
New hair-brained ideas in the Middle East
Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the...
Palestinian refugees can crack this tough nut
The Palestinian unity technocratic government that held its first meeting in war-torn Gaza Thursday marked several significant if symbolic realities, the most important...
Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’
Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard got himself into a bit of mischief by describing the strikes as a kind of ultimate spectacle: “the absolute event, the ‘mother’ of events, the pure event.
The age of inequality in the United States
Two new studies show, once again, the magnitude of the inequality problem plaguing the United States.
Who killed the Nokia phone?
It seems to be a law in the technology industry that leading companies eventually lose their positions – often quickly and brutally.
A generation of children held hostage
On April 14, 2014, the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the government secondary school in Nigeria’s northern town of Chibok.
Reconciling freedom with religion in Tunisia
Tunisia has not yet seen the end of the ongoing conflict between those who believe that freedom of creative expression should be boundless and those who see such...
Stuttering champions Nejmeh finally arrested their poor league form with a narrow 1-0 win over Tripoli Sunday, while Ahed climbed to the top of the standings after thumping Shabab al-Ghazieh 3-0 in matchday three of the Lebanese Premier League.
Liverpool shade thriller against lowly QPR
Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over bottom side Queens Park Rangers with four goals coming in a frenzied seven-minute finale at Loftus Road as the drama continued...
Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory...
Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia
Valentino Rossi of Italy wins his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP - and first since 2005 - when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.
Serena slams Russian chief for sexist bullying
World No. 1 Serena Williams slammed Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev for making an “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comment, after he...
Messi nears scoring record with 250th Liga goal
Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar Saturday ahead of next...
Hot-shot Honda fires Milan up to fourth
Japan international Keisuke Honda struck a brace in a 3-1 win at Verona to go top of the Serie A scoring charts Sunday as AC Milan moved up to fourth.
Bayern flatten Werder; Dortmund defeated again
Champions Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-0 in the Bundesliga Saturday to protect their four-point lead at the top as last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund...
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory was ended suddenly by a crash on lap 18.
Montezemolo: Alonso leaving to win again
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team’s ex-chairman Luca...
Marussia hits out at false Bianchi reports
Formula One team Marussia has hit back at claims it contributed to Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by urging him to ignore yellow...
Bianchi still in 'critical but stable condition'
Formula One team Marussia hits back at claims it contributed to Jules Bianchi's life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by urging him to ignore yellow warning...
World No. 1 Serena Williams slammed Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev for making an “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comment, after he described her and sister Venus as the “Williams brothers.”
Murray beats Ferrer in Vienna, to win 30th title
Andy Murray continued his recent resurgence Sunday by winning his second title in three weeks at the Erste Bank Open and boosting his chances of making the cut for the...
Serena Williams hits back at Russian official
Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as "brothers" were bullying, sexist and racist.
Raonic falls to 116th-ranked qualifier
Top seed Milos Raonic suffered a setback in his hopes of qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after he was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-3 by 116th-ranked...
Federer downs Simon to win Masters
Roger Federer claimed one of the few titles to have previously eluded him after he overcame a sluggish start to beat injured Frenchman Gilles Simon in the final of the...
Riyadi wrapped up their record 14th Houssam Din al-Hariri tournament title and fourth in a row after defeating Moroccan champions AS Sale 87-66 in the finals Friday.
Riyadi face AS Sale in quest for 14th title
Lebanon’s Riyadi edged closer to title number 14 in the Houssam al-Din Hariri basketball tournament by defeating Sporting Egypt 75-61 in the semifinals Thursday to set...
Riyadi stretch unbeaten run to four
Reigning champions Riyadi finished on top of the standings of the preliminary round of the Houssam al-Hariri tournament after beating direct rivals AS Sale from Morocco...
Riyadi keep perfect record in Hariri tournament
Lebanese champions Riyadi Beirut remained unbeaten in the Houssam El-Din Hariri tournament, after registering their third victory against Sporting of Egypt 86-76 Monday.
Riyadi notch second win of Hariri tournament
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut claimed their second victory in the 24th Houssam Din Al-Hariri basketball tournament after edging Tunisia’s ESS 68-63 Sunday.
Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday night, defending his WBA middleweight title with his 18th consecutive stoppage victory.
Golovkin tries to keep KO streak alive
Gennady Golovkin puts his unbeaten record and World Boxing Association middleweight world title on the line Saturday against resilient Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio –...
Prosecutor wants 10 years in prison for Pistorius
The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial urged the judge Friday to send the Olympic athlete to prison for at least 10 years, calling it the minimum acceptable...
Pistorius faces prison hospital if given jail
Oscar Pistorius will be committed to the hospital wing of one of South Africa’s toughest prisons if the double-amputee Olympic track star is sentenced to jail time for...
Political protests that have marked sport history
The history of sport has been marked by often deadly political protests and actions.
Fall has arrived in thunderous fashion with flooding and showers causing havoc around the country, and as people migrate back into the city from the mountains, another phenomenon occurs – gyms start to become packed again.
France in the heart of Mar Mikhael
The Beirut district of Mar Mikhael’s historical train station will be transformed into a platform of cultural exchange between France and Lebanon during a...
Thin is in for grilled zucchini
Summer may be done, but the proliferation of zucchini continues. And we might as well make the most of it. Because even though zucchini is available all year, the...
Tory Burch book gives look at what inspires her
Tory Burch’s new book is all about color, a compilation of the influences that inspire her, from people to music to art to culture to travel to home design.
Chablis: the world’s purest chardonnay
The Chablis region of France produces the world’s purest expression of chardonnay.
Sidon’s Nijmeh Square gets a facelift
The municipality of Sidon is now in the last stages of reconstructing its main square, as part of a bigger project of rehabilitation in the city.
Single, but not simple: Single malt Scotch
For Lebanese drinkers, Scotch is a familiar taste: warm, soothing and a bit smoky.
Spinneys wants Happy customers with new store
Lebanon’s leading supermarket Spinneys is expected to inaugurate the first two outlets of its discount store operation, HAPPY, later this month, October 25.
Summer may be done, but the proliferation of zucchini continues. And we might as well make the most of it. Because even though zucchini is available all year, the end-of-summer crop is always something special.
China crab industry feels pinch from crackdown
China’s gourmet crab industry has become the latest victim of Communist authorities’ two-year corruption crackdown after high-end spirits and luxury cars, as officials...
Tokyo Fashion opens with burst of butterflies
Fashion Week Tokyo was in full swing after it opened in a burst of color and bold prints, with butterflies, kisses, and geometric patterns dominating the first shows.
Money grows on trees with walnuts of China
Grinning with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts – globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value them more highly...
Relics stir Queen of Sheba mythos at Smithsonian
Growing up in California in the 1950s, Merilyn Phillips Hodgson lived in awe of her big brother, a strapping young American adventurer on the trail of the biblical...
Go for the food: Cattlemen’s in Oklahoma City
I came from the land of kale and quinoa to dine in the land of meat and potatoes.
Cuba's new rebels: emos, screamos, mikis and freaks
Every weekend, a new generation of rebels converges on downtown Havana, their tattoos, piercings, and dyed hair a world apart from the "new man" the island's...
Cycling France’s Loire Valley
Cycling in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is thoroughly enjoyable. With 800 kilometers of bike routes, there are countless options depending on...
Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.
Twitter tweets start to sing
Twitter on Thursday began letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular messaging service.
‘World of Tanks’ game finds ally in ‘Fury’ film
“Fury” is rolling into “World of Tanks.” Before the World War II tank drama reaches U.S. theaters Oct. 17, video gamers can make like Brad Pitt’s character, Sgt. Don...
Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher Unveil New YOGA Tablet 2 Pro
Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) today announced a new way to read, watch, connect and create with the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro.
China moves to tighten grip over 'disorderly Internet'
China's top court is putting pressure on Internet service providers to provide the personal details of Web users suspected of "rights violations."
Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland.
Under new world vines, glimpse of old world wine
With its acclaimed shiraz and other experimental varietals, the Casale del Giglio estate near Rome is at the cutting edge of Italian winemaking.
'Hidden hunger,' often overshadowed but devastating
A major international research group rings alarm bells over the scourge of hidden hunger, also known as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affects over two billion...
Baguettes start to rise to the occasion
Producing the perfect baguette has long been the ultimate test for aspiring bakers the world over.
China wine auction breaks single lot record
An auction in Hong Kong Saturday broke the world record for the most expensive lot of wine ever sold, with 114 bottles of Burgundy going for HK$12,556,250 ($1.6...
Seth Rogen let out a loud laugh when asked what he had done with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader who suddenly and inexplicably dropped out of sight about six weeks ago.
Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture
A giant inflatable green sculpture erected on one of Paris's swankiest squares, has people so hot and bothered over its resemblance to a sex toy that American artist...
Lucas fills in details on Chicago museum
George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San...
Stars mourn U.S. actress Elizabeth Pena, dead at 55
Television stars and other celebrities mourned U.S. actress Elizabeth Pena, whose career was marked by roles in the films "La Bamba" and "Jacob's Ladder," and who died...
1948 Palestinians risk arrest for Arab Idol
Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition.
Of typhoons, tattoos and surfing
Would adolescent love stories exist if teenagers were all well-adjusted creatures?
London's Frieze: art for everyone, at a price
From an installation of a Venezuelan-themed Internet cafe to brothers from Japan serving soup made with radishes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, the London...
Father, daughter and a toy soldier
Artists have a history of imagining places they know nothing about.
George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San Francisco.
Joan Rivers died of complication during medical procedure
Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away last month at the age of 81, died of a complication during a medical procedure, the New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office said...
Jimi Hendrix heirs clash with producer over film project
Jimi Hendrix's heirs clashed in court Thursday with a producer they alleged reneged on a deal for a concert movie about the iconic guitarist.
Al Pacino to return to Broadway in 'China Doll'
Oscar- and Tony-winning actor Al Pacino will return to Broadway next year in the world premiere of "China Doll," a new play by David Mamet, its producers said on...
Polanski opens Paris musical based on Tate film
Forty-seven years after starring in the movie "The Fearless Vampire Killers" with his wife-to-be Sharon Tate, director Roman Polanski is adapting the famous musical...
Pixies to release demos for 'Doolittle' anniversary
The Pixies are issuing never-released demos from "Doolittle" as the band marks the 25th anniversary of the aggressive but surrealist album credited with setting the...
‘Time Out of Mind’ is rich study on Dylan
The second installment of Ian Bell’s two-part biography of Bob Dylan, “Time Out of Mind,” is a compelling, focused examination of the latter half of the elusive...
Jason Aldean tops Billboard chart for second time
Country singer Jason Aldean landed his second No. 1 record on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, leading a slew of new debuts.
As the Halloween season ushers in, New Line Cinema's supernatural thriller “Annabelle” scared off competition at Lebanon's box office last week, collecting $90,827 in its debut, according to Box Office Mojo.
Three new JK Rowling wizard movies due from 2016
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is working on three new wizard-based movies to be released starting in 2016, studio giant Warner Bros announced Wednesday.
Brotherhood brings Pitt and cast together in war film 'Fury'
When writer-director David Ayer decided to tackle the "beaten-to-death" World War Two movie genre with "Fury," he decided to make it an intimate affair for his cast led...
'Paddington' film brings 1950s bear to 21st century London
He may be among the world's best beloved bears, but he also is one of the most endangered in the new movie "Paddington", in which Nicole Kidman co-stars as a...
Reese Witherspoon says film 'Wild' hardest of career
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon said her new film "Wild" was the hardest role of her career, at the biopic's premiere at the London Film Festival on Monday.