In three years, Lebanese grocer Ali Khiami hired six staff, invested in property and funded his children’s university education. Business is booming – thanks to Syrian refugees using U.N. debit cards.
Ain al-Hilweh security forces’ three priorities
The focus of security in south Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp will center on three issues over the next several months that could define the coming...
Relatives hold onto missing in east Ukraine
In August 2014, Anastasiya Chub could not wait to share wonderful news with her husband – that she was pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Hong Kong residents seek British passports
Many Hong Kong residents, worried about growing encroachment by Beijing as the financial hub marks 20 years since its return to China, are rushing to secure British...
Daesh used spies to root out suspected foes
Daesh leaders used spies to root out suspected enemies in their ranks in the countdown to this month’s U.S.-led attack on their de facto capital Raqqa, the wives of...
Parliament committee finishes draft PPP bill
An initiative to boost joint public and private sector projects in Lebanon took a step forward Tuesday with the committee overseeing the bill finalizing a draft.
ISF shuts down butchers in north Lebanon
The Internal Security Forces closed three butchers in north Lebanon Wednesday on claims they were illegally employing foreigners, the state-run National News Agency...
South Lebanon fire rages, but under control
Firefighters in south Lebanon gained control of a large fire on the outskirts of Kfar Dounin in Bint Jbeil district Wednesday, the state-run National News Agency...
Same-sex marriage divides Merkel’s coalition
Germany is set to legalize same-sex marriage Friday after a heated spat sealed an election-year divorce between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and her...
Bosnians angry at Dutch ruling on Srebrenica
A Dutch ruling that the Netherlands was only partially liable for the deaths of hundreds of Muslims in Srebrenica sparked outrage from friends and relatives of the...
‘Last-chance’ for Cyprus peace talks
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders began talks Wednesday aimed at reuniting the island after more than 40 years of division, in what some activists said could be...
Daesh leaders used spies to root out suspected enemies in their ranks in the countdown to this month’s U.S.-led attack on their de facto capital Raqqa, the wives of three Tunisian fighters who fled the Syrian town said.
Children lead way as Raqqa families escape Daesh
Trapped in their homes in Raqqa and running out of supplies, Ahmad Shaabu, his family and their neighbors were increasingly desperate.
Hamas to set buffer zone with Egypt
Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza’s border with Egypt, the movement said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it’s serious about...
Israeli minister proposes to new island off Gaza
At first glance the video looks like a promotion for a luxury offshore development, a Dubai Palm-style project on the Mediterranean.
Half of Mosul’s Old City liberated: officer
Iraq’s military pushed deeper into Mosul’s Old City Wednesday, taking two more districts from Daesh (ISIS) and bringing it closer to total control of the city.
Lebanese industrialists are still struggling to increase exports despite the government’s plan to ship goods by sea at affordable rates.
Health care lands $150M support
The World Bank announced $150 million in grants and soft loans to support the country’s health care system Monday.
The future of the GCC
The Gulf Cooperation Council is not the best-known economic block in the world and after the internal dispute with Qatar its relevance in the future is being put into...
Qatar riyal forex market in chaos
Economic sanctions and poor liquidity have created chaos in the foreign exchange market for Qatari riyals, with the currency trading far below its peg to the U.S....
Why copper’s a better inflation hedge than gold
For centuries, gold has been a go-to asset among investors worried about all sorts of financial risks.
Productivity setbacks impede Lebanon industry
It goes without saying that the industrial sector in Lebanon remains in a challenging situation. According to 2015’s national accounts, the industrial sector’s...
Torbey announces ABL elections list
The current Association of Banks in Lebanon President Joseph Torbey announced Thursday his 12-member list that will run against the new “Change List” for ABL’s board of...
State urged to protect local industry
The Association of Lebanese Industrialists urged the government to protect the local production from foreign competition.
The Gulf Cooperation Council is not the best-known economic block in the world and after the internal dispute with Qatar its relevance in the future is being put into question.
Doha hotels suffer during Eid as sanctions bite
A boycott imposed by four Arab nations that accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism is squeezing the tourism sector and Doha’s hotels, which would normally be full in the...
The mysterious fall in Saudi foreign reserves
Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabia’s central bank, a measure of its ability to support its currency, look set to fall sharply this year as oil prices slump and Riyadh...
Qatar Airways seeks stake in American
Qatar Airways wants to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a move cloaked so heavily in international trade and politics that American’s CEO finds it puzzling.
2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe: experts
Humanity must put carbon dioxide emissions on a downward slope by 2020 to have a realistic shot at capping global warming at well under two degrees Celsius, the bedrock...
Has the oil market reached ‘peak bear?’
Investor bets against the oil price are piling up at breakneck speed, the market is still buckling under the weight of excess supply for a third year in a row, but has...
UK banks brace for $14.5B capital demand from BOE
The Bank of England plans to increase capital requirements for U.K. lenders by 11.4 billion pounds ($14.5 billion) to tackle risks posed by the recent rapid growth in...
Stimulus to be scaled back if economy gets better
European Central Bank head Mario Draghi signaled the bank could trim back its stimulus efforts if the economy keeps strengthening, but said that any such move would be...
The whole country has been optimistic recently, thanks to the agreement reached in Baabda outlining the blueprint for development across the country.
Focused on trivialities
While the region basked in Eid al-Fitr festivities, Baalbeck mourned as a young woman became the latest victim of celebratory gunfire.
The real side of fake news
Today’s digital devices and social networks deliver so much information that even the savviest consumer cannot evaluate all of it.
Reinventing the French people
“It is accomplished.” In the years when I listened to music nonstop, the passage marked by those words was for me one of the most intriguing in Bach’s St. John Passion.
The global politics of selfishness
Here in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan the mood is “Kurdistan First” with the announcement of a referendum on independence in September.
For decades the U.S. has indulged – without success – in trying to find a solution to the intractable Israel-Palestine problem.
The jury’s still out
The presidency made absolutely certain the table Lebanese political leaders sat around Thursday was not round, so it wouldn’t echo gatherings of the past.
Power to the people
The issue of Lebanon’s power supply has for years taken a life of its own, residing among the host of other supposed impossibilities and controversies switched on and...
Revisiting the global order
As many analysts have observed, the Pax Americana of recent decades is on life support.
The underside of Uber
The car-hailing app Uber’s board members and investors have received an outpouring of praise in recent days for forcing CEO Travis Kalanick to resign.
An IMF bridge to somewhere for Greece?
The International Monetary Fund has resurrected an old technique – commonly used in the 1980s during the Latin American debt crisis – that would allow Greece to avoid a...
Trump stumbles into another decade of war
While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a...
How populists win when they lose
Today, it appears that every single election in Europe can be reduced to one central question: “Is it a win or a loss for populism?”
Trump would be wise to leave Mueller in place
Forewarned is forearmed. So perhaps the country is lucky that President Donald Trump’s allies have floated the possibility that he might fire special counsel Robert...
The Middle East morass
Donald Trump returned from his first overseas trip convinced that he had unified America’s historic Arab allies, dealt a strong blow against terrorism and calmed the...
Claudio Bravo was Chile’s hero Wednesday as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shootout in the Confederations Cup semifinals.
Messi tying the knot with childhood sweetheart
There is a different side to Lionel Messi, one not everyone gets to see.
Geneva to host combined Davis Cup, Fed Cup finals
Next year’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals will be staged together in Geneva as part of sweeping changes to the team tournaments, the International Tennis Federation...
McEnroe: Have men vs. women to end Serena debate
An unapologetic John McEnroe has proposed competition between men and women players to prove his claim that 23-time Grand Slam singles winner Serena Williams would be...
Rockets to take Chris Paul, Jackson leaves Knicks
A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
Penalty kings Germany confident against Mexico
Germany are the kings of the penalty shootout – but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday’s Confederations Cup semifinal without needing dreaded spot...
FIFA report vindicates integrity of 2022 bid
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers have welcomed a long-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the tournament, saying the conclusions represented “a vindication of the...
Police chiefs charged over Hillsborough disaster
Prosecutors Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people including ex-police chiefs over the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium crush in which 96 fans died,...
Next year’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals will be staged together in Geneva as part of sweeping changes to the team tournaments, the International Tennis Federation announced Wednesday.
Maldini set to end pro career after poor debut
Former Italy and AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini’s professional tennis career is likely to stop at one match after a debut he described as “like writing a poem after...
Djokovic passes first grass test at Eastbourne
Top seed Novak Djokovic passed his first grass court test of the season Wednesday, defeating Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at...
Federer, Nadal primed for Wimbledon reprise
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have shared the Grand Slam spoils this year and it would take a hard heart not to hope for a fairy-tale rematch next month of their epic...
Westbrook wins MVP after historic season
Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept on going to the top of the NBA.
Greek NBA star launches foundation in Athens
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece's homegrown NBA All-Star, made an emotional return to the city he grew up in and promised to help children in Greece and Africa make it in...
Sixers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball
Markelle Fultz is a self-described hard worker and that diligence paid dividends Thursday as the Philadelphia 76ers made him the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA...
Butler traded to Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves swung a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler Thursday, reuniting the former first round NBA draft pick with his former coach Tom...
Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to win the 100 metres at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Wednesday in a time of 10.06 seconds.
Pacquiao eyes Mayweather after Battle of Brisbane
Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao’s options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd...
Bolt to make European bow in farewell season
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will Wednesday make his first appearance in Europe in his farewell season.
The real thing in boxing is Canelo vs. Triple G
Think about this as the real fight.Forget that “event” three weeks earlier that is making such a splash.
Durant to stay with Warriors, West joins Clippers
Kevin Durant is set to make a new contract deal and stay with the Golden State Warriors, but the new NBA champions did lose a legendary player Monday.
.Sebastian Vettel's 'road rage' in Baku was still stirring heated debate 24 hours after he steered his Ferrari into Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Verstappen fastest in both Azerbaijan practices
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clocked the fastest lap in both of Friday’s practices ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sunday, but ended the second session in the wall...
Hamilton says Ferrari still favorites
Despite his recent win at the Canadian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton still considers Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to be the Formula One favorite.
Despite recent win, Hamilton says Ferrari still favorite
Porsche complete Le Mans hat-trick
Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third year in a row Sunday with a stunning last-to-first victory in a race of retirements that left early favorites Toyota...
The opening sequence of Hubert Charuel’s “Bloody Milk” looks like an exercise in misdirection.
Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies at 91
British children’s writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved fictional character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said...
Time to axe the Despicable Me Minions?
In “Despicable Me 3,” reformed supervillain Gru adds to his burgeoning family and, it’s hoped, profits for the film’s producers. The franchise has already taken $2.7...
Harry Potter fans mark 20 magic years
Twenty years to the day after the first book in the Harry Potter series was published, fans gathered online and in the real world to express their enduring love for...
Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over 'dog gate'
Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the "war on...
New museum boosts Paris’ claim to be art capital
One of the world’s biggest art collectors unveiled his plans for a spectacular new museum in Paris, Monday, cementing the city’s claim to be a capital of modern art.
Surfer memoir wins best U.S. book prize
A surfing memoir already hailed as a classic won the inaugural Prix America for the best book published in or about the U.S.
Giant pig movie a lot to chew on
Just in time for summer comes a film that seriously threatens the core component of barbecues, baseball games and block parties.
In “Despicable Me 3,” reformed supervillain Gru adds to his burgeoning family and, it’s hoped, profits for the film’s producers. The franchise has already taken $2.7 billion at the box offices and spawned a sprawling merchandising industry.
Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio
Reykjavik, June 26, 2017 (AFP) - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking...
Facebook to produce own TV series, games
Facebook is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform, one of the social media giant's executives said on...
Howard to take over Star Wars Han Solo spinoff
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been brought in to complete the hotly anticipated “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, Lucasfilm said Thursday, after sacking directing...
Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the "war on terrier"
Facebook says it has hit two billion user mark
Facebook said Tuesday its ranks of monthly active users had hit the two billion mark -- meaning more than a quarter of the world's population is on the giant social...
Dali's bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test
A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that...
'Maybe it's time': actor Johnny Depp jokes about a Trump assassination
Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain's Glastonbury music festival with a joke about assassinating Donald Trump, pondering how long it had been since an actor had...
Cosby lawyers demand mistrial, judge says jury can keep working
Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer's sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing...
Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren’t born yet.
Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum
In a small and crudely painted green room called “the bunker,” 18-year-old Lucas dos Santos da Cruz and his friends go over rhymes in their heads.
Superhero 3-D printed hands help kids dream
Being born without fingers can be tough for any child.
Europe OKs project to seek alien life
Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host.
Beirut through eyes of community veterans
Tony Bou Safi begins his day at 4 a.m., selecting produce to stock his grocery, before driving back in Geitawi neighborhood to prepare for the morning hustle of locals...
Sleuth seeks closure in biggest U.S. art heist
A Dutch art sleuth who says he’s following two possible leads in the largest art heist in U.S. history is hoping a $10 million reward will help track down the...
Meet the new last word in the English language: zyzzyva
Eating a tasty meal with chana dal or doenjang washed down with a gin daisy could well foster a nice feeling of hygge. Just hope you don’t find any zyzzyva on your plate.
Ramadan earns spot on fashion calendar
From Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors, major brands are catering to lucrative Gulf markets during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is earning its own slot on the...
Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism
U.S. social media giant Facebook launched a campaign in Britain on Friday to counter the spread of online extremism following warnings from Prime Minister Theresa May...
Russia threatens Telegram app with ban
Russia's state communications watchdog threatened Friday to ban the Telegram messaging app, saying the company behind the service had failed to submit company details...
Too hot to handle: Earth’s killer heat worsens
Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows.Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are...
Tony Bou Safi begins his day at 4 a.m., selecting produce to stock his grocery, before driving back in Geitawi neighborhood to prepare for the morning hustle of locals purchasing their daily supplies of fruits and vegetables.
I have a theory.
It wasn’t until he got to medical school that Narong Khuntikeo finally discovered what caused the liver cancer that took both of his parents’ lives: their lunch.
Looking back: The Hong Kongers who left
In the years leading up to the return of Hong Kong to China by Britain in 1997, thousands of residents fearful of the future under Beijing jumped ship to start a new...
Obesity rising in nations rich and poor
The global obesity problem now affects one in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children...
Drugs score big wins against common cancers
Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors.
Frozen tuna recalled after testing showed hepatitis A virus
Some imported frozen tuna cubes and steaks are being recalled after testing showed they could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.