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Gloom in Tripoli ahead of festive season

Despite it being the commercial center of north Lebanon, the markets and shop-lined streets of the city of Tripoli are dull this holiday season, residents say.

Gloom in Tripoli ahead of festive season

Despite it being the commercial center of north Lebanon, the markets and shop-lined streets of the city of Tripoli are dull this holiday season, residents say.

Tourists increase over Christmas, New Year’s

Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport is expected to total nearly 7 million by the end of the year due the expected arrival of large numbers of Lebanese and foreign nationals who will spend Christmas and New Year’s in Lebanon.

Tourists increase over Christmas, New Year’s

Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport is expected to total nearly 7 million by the end of the year due the expected arrival of large numbers of Lebanese and foreign nationals who will spend Christmas and New Year’s in Lebanon.

Debate rages over Russia’s actual reserves

Defending the ruble has cost Russia around $80 billion this year, and depending on who’s doing the calculations, its usable hard currency reserves are now either starting to run low, or at a healthy $400 billion-plus.

Money talks, ideals walk

The historic development in U.S.-Cuba relations this week shows that ultimately the superpowers of the world are motivated not by ideology but by economics, and this will not be welcome news for Israel.

Money talks, ideals walk

The historic development in U.S.-Cuba relations this week shows that ultimately the superpowers of the world are motivated not by ideology but by economics, and this will not be welcome news for Israel.

Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids

Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege earlier this week, officials say.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws frequently cover abuse

Recently in Kot Radha Kishan, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a young Christian couple, Saima and Shahzad, had their legs broken and were beaten nearly to death before being burned alive in a brick kiln.

F1 delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy

Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s hall of fame as a double world champion.

Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave

Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson

In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a frustrated star in Carmelo Anthony.

Germany voted Reuters team of 2014

Football World Cup winners Germany have been voted Reuters team of the year after a poll of the news agency’s sports journalists from around the world.

Tag Heuer changes tune, looking at smartwatches

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.

NKorea-linked hack may be costliest ever

The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel the release of the North Korean spoof movie “The Interview.”

Bon Iver frontman to curate new festival

The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.