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Kidnapped refugees ransomed to Syrian army

The family of three Lebanese smugglers have distanced themselves from the kidnapping and ransoming of Syrian refugees carried out by their kin, calling on the Lebanese authorities to arrest and punish them.

Kidnapped refugees ransomed to Syrian army

The family of three Lebanese smugglers have distanced themselves from the kidnapping and ransoming of Syrian refugees carried out by their kin, calling on the Lebanese authorities to arrest and punish them.

Turkish women laugh online to protest remarks

Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter Wednesday to protest comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who had urged women not to laugh in public to “protect moral values.”Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP, said on Twitter that Arinc’s comments portrayed laughing as a dishonorable act and left women exposed to violence.

Female bomber kills 6 in Nigeria

A female suicide bomber killed six people at a college campus in Nigeria’s Kano city Wednesday, the fourth time Boko Haram were suspected of using a female attacker in as many days.

Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions

Russia is counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors, with the central bank promising to support lenders hit with penalties.

Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions

Russia is counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors, with the central bank promising to support lenders hit with penalties.

Cease-fire is not enough

Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip has generated around-the-clock media coverage of the death and destruction being meted out to Palestinians, as well as attempts to broker a cease-fire.

Cease-fire is not enough

Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip has generated around-the-clock media coverage of the death and destruction being meted out to Palestinians, as well as attempts to broker a cease-fire.

Kerry makes worthy gains in a chaotic world

The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.

Nigeria is becoming a major global economy

Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings and murder.

Lukaku joins Everton in club-record deal

Everton broke their club transfer record Wednesday when they paid 28 million pounds ($47.4 million) to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea, the club announced.

Lukaku joins Everton in club-record deal

Everton broke their club transfer record Wednesday when they paid 28 million pounds ($47.4 million) to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea, the club announced.

Australian Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP

Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.

U15 national side to mark Lebanon return to Asia

Lebanon will finally appear in an official FIBA competition after a yearlong absence due to an international ban, when the under-15 national team participate in the first round of the West Asian qualifier in Tehran between Aug. 1-5.

Fruit and veg: Five-a-day is OK, researchers say

British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.

Fruit and veg: Five-a-day is OK, researchers say

British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.

Lebanon to launch third water festival

The Tourism Ministry has announced a third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth of water sports, starting Thursday.

Airbnb woos business travelers

Airbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.

James Brown biopic revels in drama, dance

At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in the new biopic “Get On Up.”