They knew he came from a family of modest means, so when Abdul-Rahman Ghadedi began boastfully driving shiny new cars and motorcycles, neighbors in Arsal were quick to ask about the source of his newfound wealth.
Cabinet in disarray over security posts
More divisions emerged when Cabinet convened its first session in a month Thursday, with MP Michel Aoun threatening undeclared measures after the government neglected...
U.S. seeing rapid expansion of Sunni outreach at new Anbar base
The United States is seeing signs that new efforts to draw Sunni tribesmen into Iraq's battle against ISIS may be taking root at a military base near the fallen capital...
Egypt military pounds Sinai militants, kills 23
The Egyptian military pounded Islamist militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by ISIS-linked...
Bloody Nigeria attacks leave scores dead
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women...
New AUB president elected to ASL
President-elect of the American University of Beirut, Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri, has been elected to the Academy of Sciences for Lebanon, the university announced in a press...
French minister insists no weapons transfer delay
A French official said Thursday that there would be no delay in the transfer of much-needed weaponry to the Lebanese Army, the Central News Agency reported.
Siniora says extremism is a two-way street
Trying to examine extremism from just one perspective can only fuel it further, warned former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora Thursday, adding that Sunnis would not take...
The United States is seeing signs that new efforts to draw Sunni tribesmen into Iraq's battle against ISIS may be taking root at a military base near the fallen capital of Sunni-dominated Anbar province, U.S. officials say.
Forlorn Tunisia youth ripe for radicalization
Disillusioned with the outcome of the revolution they spearheaded, young Tunisians have become easy prey for extremist recruiters in the birthplace of the Arab Spring,...
Morocco breaks up militant cell linked to ISIS
Morocco said Thursday security forces had dismantled an Islamist militant cell affiliated to ISIS, including members with knowledge in handling weapons and explosives.
Benghazi, where uprising began, a shattered city
The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin – a testimony to...
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday.
Russia warns against Armenia revolution
In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned Thursday against any attempt to spark a new “color revolution” in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity...
Kenya detains alleged ISIS recruiters
Kenyan authorities are holding two Ugandan men who are accused of recruiting for the ISIS group in East Africa.
Taiwan pilot in February crash described as hasty
A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that...
Malaysia moves ahead with proposed UN tribunal for MH17 culprits
Malaysia told the Security Council on Thursday that it plans to present a draft resolution soon on creating a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of a...
The International Monetary Fund recommended new taxes and an overhauling of the state-owned electricity sector to reduce the growing public debt and increase badly needed revenues.
Fiber-optic Internet to be rolled out by 2020
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb unveiled Wednesday a five-year plan to revamp Lebanon’s telecoms infrastructure, assuring that Internet users across the...
Egypt slides on security fears, Gulf mixed
Egyptian stocks fell on Thursday because of security worries after bloody clashes with militants in Sinai.
UAE cites progress in establishing tax system
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have made progress toward setting up a federal tax system to bolster government revenue.
Greece: Referendum campaigns squeezed to deadline
Rival campaigns in Greece's bailout referendum end Friday, with rallies planned in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters - at the same time.
Lebanon tells U.S. it won’t hand waters to Israel
Lebanon told a senior U.S. official that it would not make any concessions on the disputed maritime border zone with Israel believed to contain large quantities of...
Zain appoint Kaliaropoulos as touch CEO
Mobile telecommunications company Zain Group announced Wednesday the appointment of Peter Kaliaropoulos as CEO of touch, one of Lebanon’s two state-owned mobile networks.
Workshop helps SMEs access public contracts
Representatives of the Finance Ministry, Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan, Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA) and World Bank celebrated Tuesday the completion of a...
Egypt devalues pound in search of growth
Egypt weakened its currency to a record low as the country seeks to boost economic growth amid escalating attacks by Islamic militants that threaten to exacerbate...
Iranians hope deal means money, food, jobs
To Iran’s leaders, solving a nuclear standoff with the West might be a question of maintaining geopolitical influence and prestige.
Egypt handouts will save money and avert unrest
When Suma Badie’s village in southern Egypt was chosen to pilot a program of cash handouts for the poor, no one else in her household – 33 people, sharing three rooms –...
Greek vote campaign begins amid cash crisis
The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro.
U.S. states reach $18.7B settlement with BP
Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of...
Weak U.S. employment quells rate hike hopes
U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.
Brazil investigates forex rigging by 15 banks
Brazil antitrust watchdog Cade opened Thursday an investigation over alleged currency rigging by a group of 15 global banks, the first of its kind in one of the world’s...
Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
Fight fire with fire
Terror has arrived in Egypt, after years of simmering tension and periodic upsurges in violence.
Remembering Fouad Ajami, one year later
Just over a year ago Fouad Ajami passed away.
The Greek crisis may end up being a good thing
Many commentators have seen the Greek financial crisis as an exercise in stupidity.
Control rhetoric to ease South China Sea tensions
Diplomats and alcoholics don’t always have as much in common as is sometimes assumed.
Bashar is already out of power in Syria
While the calls for President Bashar Assad to step down continue, in many respects the Syrian president has already lost power.
Republicans only lose by defying gay marriage
After the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as “massive resistance.”
Argentina star Javier Mascherano called for calm Wednesday as the countdown to this weekend’s Copa America final against fierce rivals Chile got under way.
Japan into final after England own goal
An injury-time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory Wednesday, setting up a title rematch with the United...
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Big names in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among...
Nadal crashes to new Wimbledon low
Rafael Nadal’s career tailspin accelerated Thursday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown condemned him to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation.
Only Schweinsteiger can decide Bayern future: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said hat Bastian Schweinsteiger holds his future in his own hands amidst reports linking the Germany captain to Manchester United.
Struggling for goals, Messi happy to make assists
As Lionel Messi has developed during his career he has become an ever-more prolific provider of assists as well as a lethal goalscorer and he gave another wonderful...
Asian teams go on transfer spending spree
Emirati champions Al Ain signed Dutch winger Ryan Babel Wednesday, while Guangzhou Evergrande closed in on Brazil’s Robinho as the money-spinning battle between Chinese...
Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
Former Cedars player Vroman found dead
Former Lebanese basketball national team player Jackson Vroman was found dead in his California home Monday.
US-born Lebanese basketball player found dead
Jackson Vroman, a U.S.-born former NBA player who later joined Lebanon's national basketball team, was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 34.
Nadal slumps to new Wimbledon humiliation
Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by dread-locked German qualifier Dustin Brown, his fourth successive humiliation at the All England Club
Djokovic, Sharapova, Serena breeze in Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon Wednesday where temperatures soared to an all-time record high.
Federer, Nadal, Murray cruise through
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but women’s third seed Simona Halep and 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard...
Djokovic, Sharapova turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles
With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova were eager to escape the...
Lewis Hamilton may not be feeling the years just yet but the double Formula One world champion still senses time is ticking by as he gears up for the ninth British Grand Prix of his career.
Formula E hopes to expand to Africa, India
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Rossi tops Marquez to win Dutch MotoGP
Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Rossi takes tight duel with Marquez to win Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi won a tight duel with reigning world champion Marco Marquez to win Saturday's Motul TT Assen and stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings.
Lorenzo, Rossi ready to rock the Cathedral
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s gripping world championship tussle arrives in Assen Saturday for what promises to be a no-holds barred Dutch Grand Prix at the...
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah reiterated Wednesday he was “100 percent clean” as doping allegations continued to swirl around coach Alberto Salazar.
Injured Bolt heads to see ‘world’s best doctor’
Sprint star Usain Bolt was in Munich Wednesday, seeking treatment from famous doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt in a bid to cure his problematic pelvis injury...
Injured Bolt pulls out of Paris, Lausanne
Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s troubled season continued Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.
Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France
Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micro managers Team Sky...
Thompson wins 200m at Jamaica nationals
Elaine Thompson celebrated her 23rd birthday by winning the 200-meter at the Jamaican trials Sunday, signaling a possible changing of the guard in Jamaican women’s...
There’s a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups.
Blind French hikers cross mountains with special GPS
Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help...
Review: Gadgets for the beach, weekend getaway
If you’re headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don’t forget these “essential” gadgets.
Fantasy sports now worth billions
Fantasy sports were once just a fun way for die-hard fans to express their love of the game together with other zealots, without actually getting out on the field...
MEA unveils new uniforms
Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines, is marking its 70th anniversary with new uniforms for its flight attendants.
Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer
Donna Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer at her namesake company, Donna Karan International, to devote more time to her philanthropic foundation....
Adria, Cirque du Soleil fuse art and cuisine
Take top Spanish chefs Ferran and Albert Adria, the founder of circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, and Japan’s foremost pop artist Takashi Murakami and mix...
Dubai plans to build 3-D printed office building
Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster.
Looking for love on an app? You may find music
In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hookup, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.
Crowdfunding project aims to bail out Greece
A British shoe-shop employee has raised over 157,000 euros ($175,500) so far through an online crowdfunding project to help Greece meet its International Monetary Fund...
Ramadan Village: hot meals to families in need
The Ramadan Village, a charity project hosted by the Makhzoumi Foundation, provides hot meals to families in need throughout the holy month.
Walking the talk
Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say?
Ramadaniyat kick off at Masrah al-Madina
For many people in Lebanon, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, charity, forgiveness and other spiritual activities.
Collective photos document urban life
Since 2013, Beirut’s residents and visitors have gotten the chance to get deeply engaged in the city and its various neighborhoods through the medium of documentary...
Newer cars aren’t supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines – mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru – require an extra quart as often as once a month.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations
Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”
Mini Countryman stands out even among brand mates
It’s a bit chilly so I’m walking to the car to grab the light jacket I brought with me, except there’s a problem: I can’t see anything.
‘Back to the Future’ hoverboard comes to life
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The...
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and upscale boutiques that’s a pleasure to explore on foot.
Essentials for visiting San Diego
With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego – but summer means the chilly Pacific waters are warm enough for surfing without a...
Branson unveils plans for ‘boutique’ cruise line
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
Low-cost airlines boost green travel to Azores
No longer a pipe dream for nature lovers on a budget, travel to the Azores’ lush forests, lakes, volcanic craters and whale-watching spots has been given a major boost...
Hawaiian town deals with downside of No.1 ranking
Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S....
10 ideas for turning toast into something delish
We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings.
Vouvray wines are in safe hands in the Loire
The Chenin Blanc grape is synonymous with Vouvray, one of the best-known subregions in the Loire region of France, producing wines that can last decades because of the...
Parents countering ugly hair cut videos
Russell Fredrick’s middle son was 12 when he wouldn’t quit playing around in class and ignoring his homework, so the barber did what he does best. He picked up his...
Virtual reality targets fitness classes
Virtual reality is making inroads into group-fitness classes and personal-training sessions and promises to get more immersive as the technology advances, according to...
Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.
Prince pulls music from most online streaming services
Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services.
Garner, Affleck say they’re getting divorce
As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family.
Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering
Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as...
Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz...
Sam Smith singing again after surgery
Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star...
Joni Mitchell loses speech after aneurysm: Crosby
Folk legend Joni Mitchell lost her ability to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm, fellow artist and former boyfriend David Crosby said.
Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments...
Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV show 'The Avengers', dead at 93
Patrick Macnee, the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at the age of 93 at his home in California, his son said on the...
'Bend It Like Beckham' stage musical scores big in London
"Bend It Like Beckham" has scored with critics in London.
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.
In Winehouse doc ‘Amy,’ celebrity is the villain
Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP...
Grinding aplenty, little plot in Magic Mike XXL
There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.
Images of Armenian genocide survivors on show
Rare, moving images of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide will be shown in Bologna as part of the 29th edition of the city’s “Cinema Ritrovato” (Rediscovered...
Recollecting the aftermath of Lebanon’s Civil War
The terror and bloodshed of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) has been well-documented. By comparison, images of the aftermath seem fewer.
Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on “CSI: Miami,” but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the best time to be in Miami: In the winter, which is just the mildest climate,” Miller said. “They can sign me up for another 10 years of that.”
Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film
Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China - not for him but for an ex-boy band singer...
‘Old but not obsolete’ Schwarzenegger back again
“I’m old but I’m not obsolete,” Arnold Schwarzenegger says of his return as the fearsome cyborg from the future in his new movie “Terminator Genisys,” opening worldwide...
‘Magic Mike’ teaches star about marriage
Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about...
Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe
Mexico's national beauty pageant director confirms the country won't send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an...