Saudi Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn’t depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Gaza mother reunited with baby
A Palestinian baby was reunited with her mother after more than six months Monday after Israel granted Jumana Daoud a permit to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem to fetch...
Trump’s proposed military budget no sure thing
Republicans control Congress so President Donald Trump’s pledge to boost the Pentagon budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet.
Pence tries to reassure anxious Europeans
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington’s support for the union and its commitment to European...
Aoun, Hariri refuse to sign election decree
President Michel Aoun will not ink a decree signed by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk calling on voters to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary elections in order...
Palestinian arrested for attack plot: Shin Bet
Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Monday it had arrested a 1948 Palestinian on suspicion of aiding Daesh (ISIS) and plotting attacks in the Jewish state.
Iran summons Turkish ambassador over comments
Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran Monday over comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing the...
U.N. declares famine in two South Sudan counties
Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies which says the calamity is...
NY attorney general: Trump’s No. 1 enemy?
More than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump.
Second policeman to face ‘baton rape’ charge
A second French policeman should face trial for allegedly raping a man with his baton, a court ruled Monday in a case that echoes another incident earlier this month.
‘Spiderman’ thief gets eight years for art heist
A thief nicknamed “Spiderman,” who snatched five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday over one of the biggest art heists...
President Michel Aoun will not ink a decree signed by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk calling on voters to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to avoid the polls being held under the disputed 1960 majoritarian law, officials said Sunday.
Aoun, others hit back at Israel over 1701
Following recent questions over Lebanon’s commitment to U.N. Resolution 1701, over the weekend President Michel Aoun lambasted Israel’s continued defiance of the...
Information Minister seeks solutions for media
Information Minister Melhem Riachi Monday handed President Michel Aoun a number of proposed bills that aim to support Lebanon's media sector – especially print outlets.
Militant group hands fugitive over to Lebanese Army
Militant group Osbat al-Ansar Monday turned a Palestinian wanted on several arrest warrants in to the Lebanese Army.
Syrian mom gives birth in ambulance en route to hospital
A pregnant Syrian woman gave birth to a baby girl in an ambulance as she was being rushed to a hospital, the National News Agency reported Monday
Representatives of economic associations in Lebanon issued a statement Sunday urging the government to drop the idea of raising taxes in the 2017 draft budget.
Minister: Reciprocate treatment on drug exports
Lebanon should treat countries that complicate the export of locally made pharmaceuticals the say way they treat the Lebanese companies, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj...
Tourism shows signs of recovery in Egypt
Tourists are slowly returning to Egypt, easing pressure on a key sector battered by years of turmoil and the 2015 bombing of a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers.
Bank of Singapore to use Dubai as regional base
The private banking arm of Singapore’s second-biggest lender OCBC is targeting annual growth of assets of more than 20 percent from its new office in Dubai, which it...
EU negotiators push back on Brexit
The EU’s Brexit negotiators expect to spend until Christmas solely discussing Britain’s divorce from the bloc, denying London any trade talks until progress is made on...
Bulk of agriculture budget for salaries: minister
Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said Thursday that his ministry can’t serve the farmers with a budget of 67 billion Lebanese pounds, 60 billion of which goes to...
ArabAd, Ipsos release results on MENA performers
This month, like every year, ArabAd and Ipsos release the figures pertaining to the MENA region’s top performers.
Opposition mounts to proposed taxes
Taxes proposed by the Finance Ministry are coming under mounting criticism from economists, bankers and businesses who are warning that these measures would add more...
Iraq and Iran sign memorandum on Kirkuk oil export pipeline study
Iraq and Iran Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to study the construction of a pipeline to export crude oil from the northern Iraqi fields of Kirkuk via Iran,...
Saudi bank Samba names woman CEO
Saudi Arabia’s Samba Financial Group named Rania Mahmoud Nashar as chief executive officer, the second woman recruited for a top finance-industry position in recent...
Kuwait MPs fight back against govt price rise
A parliamentary panel in Kuwait Sunday approved draft legislation calling for the scrapping of government plans to raise petrol and power prices to combat a budget...
The EU’s Brexit negotiators expect to spend until Christmas solely discussing Britain’s divorce from the bloc, denying London any trade talks until progress is made on a €60bn exit bill and the rights of expatriate citizens.
Dumb phone reveals uncomfortable truth
The Nokia 3310 was my first, and best loved, mobile phone when it was released 17 years ago.
Bond market’s Trump scepticism feeds euphoria
Donald Trump has been consistent in his first month in office.
Ford sees big Russia gamble vindicated
Ford has become the first major foreign carmaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously...
Merkel to meet Lagarde as IMF’s involvement rises
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet the chiefs of two of the institutions auditing Greece’s bailout next week as questions over the International Monetary Fund’s...
Just days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th president, he took on as his first task the abolishment of Barack Obama’s legacy and the dismantlement of projects his predecessor adopted.
The majority of Lebanese are citizens whose chief concerns are their family, livelihood and security.
The European Union first
The world needs the European Union now more than ever.
Global citizens, national shirkers
Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship.
The art of the North Korean deal
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will...
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought to a halt Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon, has regulated life in the south for 11 years and provided stability...
Trampling on hope
In an exceptionally cordial atmosphere that’s not unusual with the new occupiers of the White House, President Donald Trump in four lines poured cold water on decades...
Free press is a responsibility
Since the ’50s Lebanon’s media has suffered attacks.
China needs a new grand strategy
The Cold War ended in December 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated.
Learning from Bill Gates
Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending.
The rigid application of the Goldwater Rule
In 1964, the magazine Fact published the article “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will be.
Forget the jobs, enjoy the Trump circus
Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about – an honest, hardworking American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a...
Flynn may be gone, but questions remain
President Trump confronts complicated problems as the investigation widens into Russia’s attack on our political system.
Michael Flynn’s star burns out
A strange and circuitous path led Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn toward his fateful telephone contact in late December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and the flameout...
Bannon’s ideas – and his very different actions
Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy.
Bayer Leverkusen will hope to put their erratic Bundesliga form behind them and adopt their most determined European game face when they host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg Tuesday.
Barca’s Bartomeu, Iniesta back Luis Enrique
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and club captain Andres Iniesta have given their full support to underpressure coach Luis Enrique, who was booed by fans during...
No coach, no problem for Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off the absence of his coach to defeat David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday and earn a first career title at the Rotterdam World Tennis...
Kerber keen for revival, not top spot
Angelique Kerber insisted Sunday that reviving her flagging fortunes on tour is her main priority rather than reclaiming the world No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams at...
Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy...
Man City vs. Monaco – clash of nouveaux riches
They are the nouveaux riches of football but with very different business models: Manchester City and Monaco’s Champions League last-16 clash Tuesday is not one of...
Guardiola’s City face Monaco reckoning
A hotly anticipated staging post in Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola era arrives Tuesday when Monaco visit the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of the Champions League...
Barca under pressure from fans after mediocre performances
Lionel Messi's 90th-minute winner against promoted Leganes did little to ease tensions at Barcelona, which finds itself in the unusual position of having to make peace...
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off the absence of his coach to defeat David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday and earn a first career title at the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament.
Wozniacki wins Dubai opener after Doha final
In an all-American matchup, Alison Riske upset 11th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 to move into the second round at the Dubai Championships on Monday.
Roger Federer says Laver Cup will be a tough competition
The new Laver Cup team tennis tournament is supposed to be a "tough" contest, not an exhibition, according to Roger Federer.
Qatar Open could end without winner
The rain-ravaged Qatar Open could finish without a winner this year, a senior official conceded Friday as the tournament was again battered by heavy rainfall and raging...
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the matter said Sunday.
Lots of points, not a lot of All-Star defense
It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference...
Green clarifies 'slave master mentality' remark
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green backed off his comment Friday that New York Knicks owner James Dolan used "slave master mentality" toward former Knicks...
James helps carry Cavs, Butler shines in return
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a huge night from Andrew Wiggins to record a 116-108 win over the Minnesota...
Knicks are Forbes most valuable NBA team
The New York Knicks are the NBA’s most valuable team for the second consecutive year despite having been shut out of the playoffs since 2013, according to a Forbes poll...
Dustin Johnson secured the world No. 1 ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California Sunday.
Emelianenko debut at Bellator 172 canceled
Matt Mitrione was hospitalized with a kidney stone Saturday, forcing the cancellation of his fight against heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Bellator...
Rumford wins first World Super 6 title
Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6...
Trump's sons Eric and Donald Jr. open golf club in Dubai
Two of U.S. President Donald Trump's sons arrived in the United Arab Emirates for an invitation-only ceremony Saturday to formally open the Trump International Golf...
French language groups protest English-only Olympic slogan
Groups defending the French language are lodging legal protests over the English-only slogan used for Paris' 2024 Olympic bid.
I’ve been an avid follower of the car world my whole life and, like most other people interested in developments in the automotive industry, I’ve probably read more reviews than I can count.
Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry
Retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has warned his replacement Valtteri Bottas not to expect an “easy ride” from teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Ecclestone dismisses rival series rumors
Former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed speculation that he might set up a rival series and said he would never want to undermine the...
F1 needs fresh start after ‘dictator’ Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone’s four-decade reign as a “dictator” of Formula One had to end if the sport is to have the fresh start it needs, new chairman and chief executive Chase...
Last-minute changes to the Al Bustan Festival’s “Scheherazade” concert this weekend made for an evening of highs and lows.
Berlinale juries, audiences award prizes
A Hungarian love story about two slaughterhouse workers who connect in shared dreams won the top award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Jolie in Cambodia for premiere of new film
Angelina Jolie says she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on...
Jackman sheds a tear for end of ‘Wolverine’
Hugh Jackman’s rip-roaring final turn in the “Wolverine” franchise premiered at the Berlin Film Festival Friday, as he admitted he shed a few tears saying goodbye to...
Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards
Adele Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce,...
Museum training Iraqi experts to save heritage
As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul back from Daesh (ISIS) archaeologists trained by the British Museum are preparing for another battle: trying to save what they can...
Fist Fight: Made for the teenage male
If you like Ice Cube surly and sneering, find penis drawings hilarious and believe real men solve problems by throwing punches, “Fist Fight” is the movie for you.
Rocker Khatib frees style and explores identity
Craving a new outlet despite his growing success, the indie rocker Hanni El Khatib took his cues from a perhaps unexpected source – the rap world.
Angelina Jolie says she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on the plight of young people in various war zones today.
Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia
Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a...
Filmmaker Rosi brings Med migrant crisis to Oscars
A female voice crackles over the radio, begging for rescue from a crowded migrant boat sinking into the Mediterranean as the coastguard barks over and over: "What is...
Refugee comedy, transgender love story lead pack at Berlin fest
A European refugee comedy and a transgender love story are tipped to clinch prizes Saturday at the Berlin film festival, which has been dominated by criticism of rising...
Adele Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce, calling her an idol.
Vera Lynn to release new album at 100
Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn will celebrate her next birthday by becoming the first singer in history to release a new album at age 100, her record label said...
Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into Hall of Fame
Neil Young, nicknamed the Godfather of Grunge for his influence on the Seattle sound, will induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it announced Friday
Actress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to musician Lenny Kravitz.
Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69
Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line...
Rosie O'Donnell mirrors Steve Bannon in new Twitter pic
After saying she'd like to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has apparently changed...
Scarlett Johansson, post breakup, resurfaces for a gala
Scarlett Johansson made a rare public appearance since news broke that she split with husband, Romain Dauriac.
British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies at 45
Former British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, a close friend of Prince Charles, died Wednesday at the age of 45, a year after being diagnosed with a non-malignant...
The Rio Carnival is a celebration of joyful excess but deep recession in Brazil means that samba schools are thinking about their budgets as much as their dance moves.
Fashionistas, some European, invade Britain
London fashion week neared its climax Sunday with shows by Preen, Topshop, Mulberry and others taking place at many sites in the more-chic-than-usual British capital.
French army grooms eagles to down drones
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.
60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist
NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico.
Airbnb imposes limits on rentals in Barcelona
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads...
Artisans break the mold in U.K. pottery capital
At the 18th-century Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, startup artisans like 22-year-old Emma Price are moving into abandoned buildings and breathing new life into...
London Fashion Week: Versus rocks on
London Fashion Week kicked it up a notch Saturday with the latest womenswear previews for fall and winter – just as the weather in the British capital took a decidedly...
Jasper Conran reworks masculine classics at London womenswear show
British designer Jasper Conran reworked classic masculine looks for his latest womenswear collection at London Fashion Week Saturday, presenting a clean-cut line of...
Fifty-five years after first orbit, Glenn still inspires
John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.
SpaceX rocket is launched from historic NASA pad in Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Sunday from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that has sat idle since the end of the space...
Smartphones are revolutionizing medicine
Smartphones are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices,...
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads with local authorities.
Bathers revel at alternative to Rio beach scene
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite – the no-fuss atmosphere of a...
In the wake of Vikings, a North Atlantic cruise
Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance.
Chinese Lunar New Year feast begins with drums
Four men in traditional yellow costumes bang large drums to announce the start of the New Year’s Eve banquet in Liuminying village.
Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.
Looks, pep count for everything and CX-3 delivers
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d grown increasingly convinced that the auto industry simply wasn’t interested in pampering customers with modest budgets.
Hyundai’s delightful Veloster bucks convention
One of the ironies of the auto industry is that every gain in any aspect of a car comes at the expense of something else.
A New Jersey father mourning the suicide of his son figured a few dozen family friends might join the page he launched on Facebook, his attempt to share stories of kindness and to urge people to do good deeds without expecting anything in return
Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes
Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odor.
‘Thirdhand’ smoke may harm infants: study
The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health.
‘Lock-in’ paralysis patients report being happy
International scientists for the first time have found a way to communicate with people who are completely paralyzed from degenerative motor neuron disease – and found...
Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs
Scientists say they've grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs inside animals to transplant...