The open-ended political confrontation between the president and the Parliament speaker over a decree promoting a number of Army officers has shifted to a new vote law following a proposal by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to the Cabinet to extend the deadline for Lebanese expatriates to register to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Young Syrian stabbed to death at Beirut sports complex
Three Syrian nationals were arrested in Beirut for stabbing a Syrian man in the chest, having allegedly been angered by his speaking to a young woman they knew, the...
Senate passes bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program
US Senate passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years and with minimal changes, overcoming objections...
Spain holds two alleged smugglers over migrant deaths
Spanish authorities have detained two men allegedly responsible for a boat carrying migrants to the Canary Islands, seven of whom drowned or died from "hypothermia,...
Turkey's parliament votes to extend emergency rule for 3 more months: media
The Turkish parliament on Thursday voted in favor of extending a state of emergency imposed shortly after the 2016 coup attempt for a sixth time by another three...
No security threat to elections: Ibrahim
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim Thursday said there was no security threat to upcoming parliamentary elections and that a recent Sidon explosion was...
State Security arrest man for hash, drug possession
State Security Thursday announced the arrest of a suspected drug trafficker in Kesrouan.
State Security arrests car theft gang leader
State Security Thursday announced the arrest of the leader of a car theft gang on the Lebanese-Syrian border in the northeastern Baalbeck-Hermel region.
US Senate passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years and with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it did too little to safeguard the privacy of Americans.
Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years
Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to 'hang...
Arrested former CIA agent was auction house security guard
The former CIA agent arrested in the United States earlier this week on suspicion of helping Chinese spies was a security guard at Christie's in Hong Kong, the auction...
US government 'could very well' shut down: Trump
President Donald Trump said US government "could very well" shut down and that would be very harmful to the military.
The Turkish parliament on Thursday voted in favor of extending a state of emergency imposed shortly after the 2016 coup attempt for a sixth time by another three months, broadcaster CNN Turk said.
Baby dies amid migrant rescue chaos in Mediterranean
A three-month old baby has died after being picked up by rescuers at sea off Libya, because bad weather and a lack of boats made a medical evacuation impossible.
Duterte threatens to ban deployment of workers to Kuwait
Philippine President threatened to impose a total ban on sending workers to Kuwait because of sexual abuses that have forced some Filipino women to kill themselves.
Turkey seeks Russian approval for air campaign against Afrin
Turkey dispatched its military chief to Moscow Thursday, seeking approval for an air campaign in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region, although Damascus warned it...
Rights group: World must act to end Libya turmoil, abuses
Human Rights Watch says the world must do more to help end rights abuses in chaotic Libya, which has emerged as one of the main corridors for migration to Europe.
International rating agency S&P said Lebanese banks are well-regulated but warned their exposure to the public debt is increasing.
Kingdom Holding sells stake in Beirut hotel
Saudi-based company Kingdom Holding sold its stake in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for $120 million to a group of Lebanese and Arab investors, sources said Tuesday.
Oil market heads towards 'smooth rebalancing': OPEC
After long years of punishingly low oil prices, the global oil market is moving closer to reaching a healthy balance between supply and demand, OPEC said Thursday.
Damac chief ready to sell 15 pct of stake
Hussein Sajwani, the billionaire whose Damac Properties Dubai Co. is developing Donald Trump-branded golf courses in Dubai, would be “more than happy” to sell as much...
China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in 7 years
China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven...
Beirut to host Chinese trade agency office
Lebanon has been chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon’s Foreign...
Chinese trade agency selects Beirut for MENA office
Lebanon was chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon's Foreign Ministry...
BDL calls time on selling insurance from banks
The Central Bank (Banque du Liban) has asked commercial banks not to sell insurance policies from their branches and to refrain from promoting insurance products with...
Oman plans to start $1B fund for infrastructure
Oman’s sovereign wealth fund is planning to start a $1 billion infrastructure fund to boost investment in projects including the Gulf state’s road, transport and energy...
Weinstein Co. in talks on sale to Miramax
Miramax, the film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and now owned by Qatar-based BeIN Media Group, is interested in acquiring the em
Iraq, BP sign deal to boost Kirkuk crude output
Iraq plans to sign an agreement with BP on Thursday to boost production from the northern Kirkuk oilfields, an Iraqi oil official said.
China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.
U.S. groups unite as foreign tourism declines
As more international travelers decide to skip the United States, 10 business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant...
Online gold sales quintupled as bitcoin plunged
Gold coin sales jumped fivefold at one of Europe’s largest online dealers as bitcoin suffered its biggest selloff since December.
Microsoft tops Thomson Reuters top 100 tech list
Thomson Reuters Corp. Wednesday published its debut “Top 100 Global Technology Leaders” list with Microsoft Corp. in the No. 1 spot, followed by chipmaker Intel Corp....
Goldman Sachs reports loss on U.S. tax reform fee
Goldman Sachs reported a rare quarterly loss Wednesday due to a one-time charge associated with U.S. tax reform.
Since he took office, President Donald Trump has shown unwavering support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians, and his decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state has only revealed the real face of U.S. policy.
Backs to the wall
U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office was marked by broken promises and the application of pressure against the Palestinians.
While Germany slept
Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds. Far from the aggressive bully of 20th-century war...
Can fake news be outlawed?
How can societies combat the stream of false, often fabricated information that surges across the internet and through social media, polluting political debates almost...
NKorea nuclear crisis will resume after Olympics
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing...
Use fame to spur change
Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech over the weekend was not only a challenge to successful women to use their fame and popularity for worthy causes, such as empowering...
True face of Lebanon
Picture if you will tens of thousands of people from numerous sects joining together across the country in brotherhood to celebrate the advent of the New Year.
Happy New Year?
As another year comes to a close, the Lebanese people, as they do every year, rekindle a sense of hope that things will finally change for the better.
Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds. Far from the aggressive bully of 20th-century war propaganda, the perfectionist engineer of Madison Avenue car advertisements, or the rule-following know-it-all of the silver screen, the German many picture today is a sleepy-headed character clad in nightgown and cap.
Trump-Russia collusion probe not witch hunt
“Does this concern you at all?” asks a tart email message from a Trump supporter who wonders why the mainstream media doesn’t take a closer look at allegations that the...
Rivalry between two rebel groups in Syria
On Oct. 10, 2017, Al-Jabha al-Shamiya (the Levantine Front) handed over the Bab al-Salama checkpoint along the Turkish-Syrian border, to the Syrian interim government...
How Britain could change its mind about Brexit
Will 2018 be the year when the United Kingdom changes its mind about leaving the European Union?
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing its continuing confrontation with North Korea.
Iran faces a period of instability
The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago.
Study reveals small but powerful Iran cyberthreat
When it comes to cyberweapons, America is an elephant and Iran is a flea.
The Pentagon’s puzzles for 2018
As Vice President Mike Pence fawningly praised Donald Trump’s achievements at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, the camera caught Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shuffling his...
Feltman: North Korea reluctant to enter talks
A senior U.N. envoy who visited Pyongyang this month with a pressing appeal for diplomacy was told by his North Korean hosts that it was “too early” for steps that...
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Wednesday he cannot foresee Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, despite various reports in the Spanish media saying he is in the middle of a stand-off with president Florentino Perez over a pay dispute.
Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move
Borussia Dortmund wantaway star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal – with the German club in turn hoping...
Playing in heat was a risk, says Monfils
Gael Monfils said playing Novak Djokovic in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius Thursday was a 'risk' to health and that the 25-second rule between points should have...
Kerber sets up Sharapova clash of the champions
Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday Thursday by setting up a mouth-watering clash between the only two former Australian Open champions left in the draw.
Davis scores 45 as Pelicans defeat Celtics
Anthony Davis scored 45 points as the New Orleans Pelicans jolted the Boston Celtics 116-113 in an overtime thriller at the TD Garden Tuesday.
Chinese football goes quiet
In the 2017 winter transfer window, the Chinese Super League outspent the English Premier League by $422 million compared to $315 million.
Ambitious Walcott joins Everton from Arsenal
Everton have signed Theo Walcott from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a 3-1/2-year deal with the forward saying he wants to take the Merseyside club to the next level.
Agent says former World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired
Ronaldinho, "the ever-smiling magician" of Barcelona, as described by his former club, has ended his professional career.
Gael Monfils said playing Novak Djokovic in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius Thursday was a 'risk' to health and that the 25-second rule between points should have been relaxed.
Djokovic wears down Monfils for draining win
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic battled to a four-set victory over Gael Monfils in brutal heat to reach the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Nadal wins as big guns pull off great escapes
Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track Wednesday, as Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dimitrov pulled off great...
Sharapova gets patience test in Melbourne
Maria Sharapova returns to Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her drug ban for a second round match against Anastasija Sevastova Thursday as players, officials...
Durant in command as Warriors down Cavs
Kevin Durant scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Cleveland Cavaliers with a late rally to score a 118-108 win in a pulsating clash between the...
No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game
Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.
Durant's 32 points send Warriors past LeBron, Cavs 118-108
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King...
Davis powers Pelicans, Timberwolves beat Portland
Anthony Davis scored a season-high 48 points as the New Orleans Pelicans rallied from a 19-point third quarter deficit to defeat the New York Knicks 123-118 in overtime...
UFC president Dana White has said that the organization’s lightweight title will be put up for grabs in a showdown between interim holder Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, casting doubts over the reign of current champion Conor McGregor.
Pacquiao says in talks to fight Lomachenko
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was in talks for a blockbuster bout with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered the best...
Joshua laughs off Parker’s drug taunts
Britain’s Anthony Joshua dismissed a claim by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker he is the “king of steroids” ahead of their world heavyweight title unification bout.
England says Stokes available for selection following charge
England allrounder Ben Stokes is available to play international cricket again while he contests a charge of affray following a violent incident outside a nightclub in...
Jones extends England rugby contract until 2021
England coach Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in one of rugby's most high-profile jobs until 2021.
Lewis Hamilton’s social media posts have long been a talking point in Formula One but the absence of any from the four-time world champion so far this year is also attracting attention.
Formula One: Ferrari pay tribute as Schumacher turns 49
Italian Formula One team Ferrari paid tribute to Michael Schumacher on Wednesday as the former seven-time world champion turned 49 years
F1 champion Hamilton apologizes for video mocking nephew
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has apologized for posting a video online in which he can be heard yelling at his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.
Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent Van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after gathering dust for more than 100 years.
France to lend Bayeux Tapestry to Britain
France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century treasure that depicts the tale of how William the Conqueror came to invade England in 1066, an official at...
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said....
Egypt detains female singer for debauchery over racy video
Egypt has detained a female singer over a racy video posted online, the second singer to face such legal action in recent months.
Turning the tables on ‘fake news’ awards
Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting.” Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win...
France considers loaning Britain historic Bayeux Tapestry
French officials said Wednesday they plan to loan the historic Bayeux Tapestry to Britain, allowing the 11th-century artwork depicting the conquest of England to leave...
A story of desire, memory and lies
Everything belongs to fiction.
Death of Cranberries singer not suspicious
Dolores O’Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly at a London hotel Monday.
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. The cause of death was unclear.
Music sales soar in US, as streaming takes over market
Music sales grew at a robust pace for a third straight year in the United States in 2017 as listeners kept flocking to streaming outlets, an industry monitor said...
SZA breaks out with five Grammy nods
After SZA created the drums-drenched, reggae-tinged song “Consideration,” she thought she had finally found the sound of her debut album.
Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting.” Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win votes. His rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them “The Stupid People’s Choice Awards.”
Cult movie ‘Heathers’ gets TV makeover
The 1988 cult movie “Heathers” and the title characters get makeovers in a new TV series.
Costner says he’s no fan of sequels
Kevin Costner isn’t a big believer in doing film sequels for a simple reason.
Clooney to make TV return for ‘Catch-22’
American actor-director George Clooney will produce, co-direct and act in the new series “Catch-22,” the celebrity’s first regular television role since he left “ER”...
DiCaprio to star in Manson-era Tarantino film
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader.
Woody Allen Thursday issued another denial of child molestation, accusing his ex-lover's family of "cynically" jumping on the Time's Up movement in Hollywood to repeat a "discredited allegation."
Actor Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations
Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari has acknowledged a sexual encounter with an anonymous accuser but insisted it was "completely consensual."
Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegations
Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.
Liam Neeson: 'Bit of a witch hunt' over sex allegations
Actor Liam Neeson says the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked "a bit of a witch hunt."
Einstein archives, letters to lovers set for Asian exhibits
Handwritten pages from Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, letters to his lovers and other parts of his archive stored in Jerusalem are to be exhibited for the...
When Iraqi forces drove Daesh (ISIS) militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.
Syrians get taste of prewar Raqqa
Raqqa is still mostly a sinister ghost town of gutted buildings and rubble-strewn streets but there is one place teeming with activity in the Syrian city: Ammar...
Early periods, menopause linked to heart disease: study
Women who started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger, or entered menopause before 47, face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study...
Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells: study
Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said on...
Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge
Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the US economy.
British designer Jones quits Louis Vuitton
British designer Kim Jones is to quit Louis Vuitton after he shows his final men’s collection for the label Thursday, the brand said Wednesday.
More actors expressing regret about working with Woody Allen
A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in...
Melania’s fashion style true to her Europe roots
Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband’s “America First” agenda and stay true to her roots, if there’s a message to be taken from her...
Women who started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger, or entered menopause before 47, face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published Tuesday.
Two tomatoes a day may keep lung disease at bay
Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all, scientists said Thursday.
Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China, enters human food
Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner...
Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans
David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging...
What robot strippers say about sexism in tech
On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines – not to mention our robot future.
Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts
Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a...
Gadgets for kids still big despite concerns
The children’s section at the giant Consumer Electronics Show this week touted “innovations that enable 21st-century kids to learn and play smarter than ever.”
Germany's competition watchdog Thursday rubbished Lufthansa's claim that recent price hikes on domestic routes were purely down to automated booking software, saying companies shouldn't "hide behind algorithms".
Signature Parisian drinks and where to find them
Thirsty for fabulous sightseeing, strolling and shopping?
German high-end carmaker BMW said Friday it booked record sales for the seventh year in a row in 2017, but continued to trail rival Mercedes-Benz.
Hyundai, Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021
Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with U.S. based self-driving technology startup Aurora...
Sales of large cars remain bright spot in slowing US auto market
Automakers were on track Wednesday to report the first annual decline in U.S. sales since the financial crisis, a dip offset by continued strength in the sales of...
Let’s restrict abuse of power to the asphalt
Hey look at that, another year passed.
Future of cars more fantastic than we imagined
Whenever any discussion tackles the subject of the future, cars somehow end up taking center stage.