Highly decorated Army Maj. Rabih Kahil, who succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained during a roadside altercation over the weekend, will be laid to rest in Beirut Thursday morning, his family and the Lebanese Army said Wednesday.
Lebanon hopes to enroll more Syrians in schools
The Lebanese government hopes to to enroll 200,000 Syrian students in Lebanese public schools this year, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Wednesday.
Israel drone strike targets Qunaitra
An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria Wednesday killed three pro-government gunmen, security sources said.
U.N. envoy invites Syrians to thematic talks
The U.N. envoy to Syria Wednesday invited Syrians to take part in what he called “thematic” discussions to keep alive stalled efforts to negotiate an end to the war.
Gunmen kill leader of banned Pakistan group
The leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi died Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy as he was being moved, Pakistani police...
One of Ain al-Hilweh’s dead killed by own son
While two Palestinians were killed in clashes in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp Tuesday the tragedy was compounded by the revelation that one of the dead had been...
A renewed global humanitarian commitment
A fateful decision by UNRWA regarding cutbacks on certain assistance programs and services will surely have dramatic consequences on the educational and social sectors,...
Turn waste-pocalypse into wealth opportunity
For the past six years, Sindicatum Renewable Energy, the company I run, has been operating Asia’s most successful landfill gas-to-energy project, an hour and a half...
Deal keeps Iran from atomic bomb: Dempsey
America’s top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns...
U.S. not serious about ISIS fight: militia leader
The head of one of Iraq’s fiercest Shiite militias called the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against ISIS ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to...
Netanyahu approves 300 settler homes in West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Wednesday the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under...
The leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi died Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy as he was being moved, Pakistani police said.
Death in Channel Tunnel, migrant crisis deepens
A Sudanese man died Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the Channel Tunnel entrance, prompting governments in both countries to promise...
Zimbabwean charged over killing of Cecil the lion
A Zimbabwean court Wednesday charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing ‘Cecil,’ the southern African country’s...
Mullah Omar: Taliban supremo, Bin Laden ally
Taliban chief Mullah Omar has cast a long shadow over Afghanistan ever since he led a young band of zealots to power almost two decades ago, imposing brutal Islamist...
Accused Russian spy loses bid to have U.S. charges dismissed
A Russian citizen accused by U.S. authorities of posing as a banker in New York in order to spy for his government lost a bid to have the case against him dismissed on...
As the seemingly unending garbage crisis continues to frustrate residents of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, the repulsive heaps of trash, intolerable stench and frequent road closures have not spared restaurants, with some reporting that business has been severely hit.
U.N. props up industries with gear, training
The United Nations has provided Lebanese industrialists with equipment, technical training and all forms of support to improve production, a senior UNIDO official said...
Tsipras: Party rebels could force early election
Greece’s prime minister sought to contain a deepening rift in his radical left Syriza Party Wednesday, warning rebels that he would have to call early elections if they...
China stocks bounce back as stability restored
Chinese shares bounced back more than 3 percent Wednesday, as Beijing’s latest efforts to prop up values restored a measure of stability to its unruly stock market.
Egypt finishes work on New Suez Canal
Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said Wednesday, a project President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major...
Central Bank working for Lebanese interests
The Central Bank is working for the interests of Lebanon despite coming under attacks, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Monday at an event in Beirut.
Byblos Bank profits reach $70.1M in first half
Byblos Bank announced Monday that its net profit in the first six months of 2015 has risen by 1.1 percent to $70.1 million compared to the same period in 2014.
Lebanon 74th largest market for U.S. exports
Lebanon has many investment strengths that have encouraged foreign companies to set up offices in the country, according to the United States Department of Commerce’s...
Greece’s prime minister sought to contain a deepening rift in his radical left Syriza Party Wednesday, warning rebels that he would have to call early elections if they keep opposing key reforms demanded for a new international bailout.
IMF’s Lagarde: World economy fragile
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and “faces some downside risks.”
Fed sees improving economy, job market
The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank...
Alibaba cloud unit sets sights on Amazon
China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said Wednesday it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon.com Inc.’s lucrative Web Services...
Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said Wednesday, a project President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major chance to stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment.
Sudan cuts subsidy for imported wheat
Sudan’s central bank has raised the U.S. dollar exchange rate at which wheat imports are purchased, effectively reducing the subsidy.
Emaar IPO flop foils Egypt properrty boom bet
The Emaar Properties banners adorning the facade of the Cairo Stock Exchange radiated confidence as shares started trading in Egypt’s biggest initial public offering...
UAE shifts fuel prices as the Gulf watches
The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf state to take a major step toward taming the gas-guzzling habits of its drivers, who see cheap fuel as part of their...
Libya crude output drops as strife cuts power
Libya’s crude production dropped below 400,000 barrels a day as the conflict in the divided North African country cut electricity supply at oil fields, according to the...
The violence that has flared up in Ain al-Hilweh recently is a sad reminder of the total disconnect with Palestine that afflicts the refugee population there.
End the trash talk
Anyone who has followed the saga of Lebanon’s trash crisis should be aware of the dysfunction, bankruptcy and level of harm that threatens the country – thanks to the...
Obama gains from the Republicans’ foolishness
It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.
Deal with Iran could have been signed decade ago
The only thing to lament about the deal reached by Iran and the P5+1 (China, Britain, France, Russia, the U.S. and Germany) this month is that it was not signed and...
‘Syria is history,’ Bashar tells us
President Bashar Assad’s address last weekend, in which he admitted that the Syrian armed forces were losing territory because they were suffering from “manpower”...
During Lebanon’s recent and ongoing trash crisis, the dysfunction of the Cabinet has allowed the issue to spin out of control – the national political vacuum has been...
The rising level of criticism of the government’s performance has coincided with mounting speculation that Prime Minister Tammam Salam will soon hand in his resignation.
Turkey’s double game
Violence along Turkey’s border with Syria have been building for a long time, and Ankara’s decision to intervene military in the conflict isn’t much of a surprise.
Only an international force can stabilize Ukraine
The recent Greek drama may have transfixed Europe, but the great crisis in Europe’s east has not gone away.
Contrasts in the Iran and Greece deals
This month’s agreements on the Greek crisis and Iran’s nuclear program are undoubtedly important achievements.
Brands can advance their interests and do good
Historically, brands participated in solving global problems through philanthropy or their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
President Bashar Assad’s address last weekend, in which he admitted that the Syrian armed forces were losing territory because they were suffering from “manpower” problems, revealed a great deal about what lies ahead in Syria.
Will the U.S. and Turkey help Syria?
The historic developments this week along the western portion of the Turkish-Syrian border pack more drama than a hundred Turkish television soap operas.
The lone-wolf era will put America to the test
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the...
EU moves may raise the heat on Israel
Events related to the Iran nuclear agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against ISIS tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days.
A CIA report on Iran sounds suspicious
According to the Los Angeles Times a secret CIA assessment predicts that Iran will spend most of the expected $100 billion windfall from the lifting of international...
Formerly one of the world’s greatest players and currently the most important man in European football, Michel Platini is now targeting the top job in the game after confirming Wednesday he would stand to become FIFA president.
Shakhtar field midfielder despite doping threat
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu admitted he went against UEFA’s wishes in fielding midfielder Fred in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier despite being aware of...
Mercedes need to sort out their starts
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world...
Revenge comes hot, spicy for Ferrari’s Arrivabene
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but hot and spicy is tastier for Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open Tuesday.
Chelsea, Barca sore but will defend crowns
Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited Tuesday’s friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they...
Mourinho targets Benitez over wife’s messy remark
Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard’s wife teased the Chelsea boss by saying her husband was always...
Prince Ali: Platini candidacy not good for FIFA
Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan has described Michel Platini’s decision to stand for the post in February’s election as “not good...
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world champions even more to think about.
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari
German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic...
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian...
Hamilton on top again as Kvyat surprises
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian...
Karlovic beats Stepanek, reaches semis in Colombia
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro...
Murray ends Britain’s wait to make Davis semis
Andy Murray clinched Great Britain’s first Davis Cup semifinal berth for 34 years as the world No. 3’s gritty victory against Gilles Simon gave his country an...
Djokovic last man standing as Big Four falter
Novak Djokovic was once in danger of becoming tennis’ great unfulfilled talent, the smiling Serb with a racket in one hand and a sick note in the other.
Tennis body regrets Tomic Hall of Shame remark
Tennis Australia has apologized for a “clerical error” in a media release that said estranged player Bernard Tomic was playing in a “Hall of Shame” event against...
The Lebanese national basketball team is set to start serious preparations for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship which is due to take place from Sept. 23 until Oct. 3 in Changsha, China.
Cedars look to naturalize American Holman
Lebanon have set their sights on naturalizing Riyadi’s former American center Elijah Holman to boost the national squad, which will take part in the Asian Championship...
LeBron James agrees two-year deal with Cavs
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports...
Jordan backs out of Mavs move, staying in LA
Deandre Jordan has pulled out of a move to join the Dallas Mavericks and has instead agreed a new four-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, US media reports said
Kings, Casspi agree to 2-year, $6 million deal
A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and swingman Omri Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension Wednesday, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to “believe and unequivocally support” the three-time Super Bowl MVP.
Tokyo Games chief apologizes for stadium fiasco
Tokyo 2020 Games chief Yoshiro Mori has formally apologized to the International Olympic Committee after plans for the city’s new Olympic stadium were scrapped earlier...
Anderson takes six to put England in command
Paceman James Anderson took six wickets to skittle Australia for a paltry 136 and put England in control on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston Wednesday.
Booing rekindles AFL racism furor
Few athletes have the credentials to challenge Adam Goodes for the mantle of being THE Australian sportsman, which is why a racism debate is raging down under.
Olympics-Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC's Bach
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid the blame squarely on Boston for its aborted attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying the city had failed to...
European scientists says that had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain reliable communication link since coming back to life last month
Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'
A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issue a stern warning against the development of...
Hermes to probe cruelty to crocs used for bags
Hermes said Wednesday it was probing claims of cruelty at crocodile and alligator farms that supply the fashion house with skins for its luxury handbags and accessories.
Sleeping with smartphones, and other vices
Consumers around the world admit it: They sleep with their smartphone, take it in the shower, and would rescue it from a fire before saving the family cat.
A life on the beach
With temperatures rising by the day, beachgoers scramble to find excuses to spend as much time as possible enjoying the cool breeze at the beach.
YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
NASA says new earth-like planet discovered
Scientists using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope find a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth
Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS
Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA...
Swipe right: Dating apps change courtship rituals
From adulterous middle-aged marrieds to millennials who say only freaks chat up people in bars, millions of Americans are finding love online as technology corners the...
New York's fifth Diner en blanc draws 5,000 riverside
Some 5,000 foodies and fashionistas gathered late Tuesday on the banks of the Hudson River in New York for the fifth edition of the 'Diner en blanc' (Dinner in White)
Arab female bodybuilder seeks acclaim abroad
Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf’s conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain and is now...
New concept store caters to the dynamic woman
Lebanon’s fashion-loving women will be able to shop for American apparel and accessories at One Melrose, a modern concept store that just opened its doors at Beirut...
Haifa Wehbe in women who shatter stereotypes list
Lebanese pop sensation and style icon Haifa Wehbe figured among Marie Claire magazine’s list of 10 Muslim women that shatter stereotypes.
Women soccer team on verge of titles
The Stars Academy for Sports’ women’s football team is poised to win the league and cup titles this year, and can clinch both with a victory against the Girls Football...
Luxury Collection enters Lebanon with Grand Hills
The Metn village of Broummana is set to revive the glory it enjoyed during the 1990s as the trendiest spot on Lebanon’s mountainside with the reopening this week of...
In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday.
Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction
Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.
SUVs: They’re big and bad so handle with care
Besides a perpetual political crisis that seems to characterize Lebanon, one thing you can always count on in this country is the sight of swarms of sports utility...
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Some facts are simply too well-established to be challenged.
Why a hatchback has your back
When it comes to buying cars, convenience usually tops people’s list of criteria so it’s no wonder that hatchbacks have grown increasingly popular over the decades.
Tahoe affords effortless, luxurious experience
I’ve never been particularly fond of big SUVs, a fact that I suppose is peculiar considering most everyone in Lebanon seems to think they’re the best thing since sliced...
Small isn’t always better on fuel consumption
Whenever people start looking at smaller cars, they’re usually basing their decisions on one or two things: budget and fuel economy.
Honda City easy on the eyes, easier on fuel
Whenever you mention Hondas, the City isn’tusually the model that springs to mind, if at all.
Defective or “leaky” vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans.
Lilly says drug slows Alzheimer’s
Patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease who took Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive...
American gymnast shares secret: mate herbal tea
American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday, and he’s almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now...
Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie upset Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight...
A healthy steak that keeps you in the veg aisle
Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service says, apparently for making comments that suggested he supported Russia's annexation of Crimea last year
Jackson family patriarch hospitalized
Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson and patriarch of the musical family, suffered a stroke Monday while visiting Brazil and was hospitalized in the...
Mariah Carey to receive star on Walk of Fame
Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.
Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.
Noah takes on racism in standup gig
In an hourlong comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” heir.
Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub...
Cosby appeals ruling that unsealed deposition excerpts
Bill Cosby's lawyers are appealing a judge's decision to unseal court filings that quote him saying he obtained quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died
The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.
'Charged Up' Drake hits back at ghostwriting claim
Hip-hop star Drake has hit back at charges he relies on ghostwriters for his songs, releasing a new track dissing his accuser which quickly went viral online.
Brown cleared to leave Manila after complaint
Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown is finally on his way out of the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert...
Swift, Minaj tweet over MTV award snub
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj traded words on Twitter after the rapper said she was upset she didn’t earn a nomination for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Strapped to flying Airbus, Tom Cruise muses on camera angle
Imagine this. You're strapped to the outside of a flying jetliner, thousands of feet above ground and rapidly rising. What would be going through your head?
Disappointing 'Pixels' falls apart before it begins
The most believable element in 'Pixels' is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet
McAdams relishes Southpaw challenges
Rachel McAdams carved a career in Hollywood’s romantic comedies with her lively girl-next-door persona, but recently, she’s developed a penchant for the darker side.
As mounds of concertgoers filed into the Beirut Exhibition and Leisure Center for Beirut Holidays’ concert Tuesday night, the excitement was evident.
Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice lineup
This year’s Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, a war story with Idris Elba and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.
Scott, Vallee head Toronto filmfest lineup
Organizers of the annual Toronto International Film Festival unveiled an ambitious lineup Tuesday leading off with psychological drama “Demolition” by Canadian director...
The pleasures of light on canvas
Depicting light can be a murky affair.
With Vacation, a look at laughable comedy remakes
The modern comedy remake is among the most laughable of movie genres.