A Syrian construction worker died after falling from a building in Mount Lebanon Wednesday, the state’s National News Agency reported
Berri renews calls to pass oil decrees in Cabinet
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday urged the Cabinet to prioritize oil exploration decrees.
New Jersey Gov. Christie drops 2016 Republican presidential bid: aide
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will end his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a senior aide said Wednesday, a day after his disappointing...
Brazil's Catholic Church rejects Zika abortion argument
The Catholic Church in Brazil on Wednesday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly
UN and Palestinian authorities appeal for aid, amid attacks
Palestinian authorities and the United Nations made a joint call for funding Wednesday amid tension between Palestinians and Israelis that has led to violence and some...
Army arrests man attempting to smuggle chemicals to ISIS: report
The Lebanese Army Wednesday arrested a Lebanese national allegedly attempting to smuggle chemicals to ISIS militants on the outskirts of a northeastern border town, the...
Hezbollah official asks Yaacoub supporters to end protest
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Wednesday requested from the family and supporters of former MP Hasan Yaacoub to end their protest outside Hezbollah offices south...
Lebanese Army distributes aid to families in Arsal, Akkar
The Lebanese Army Wednesday distributed aid to Lebanese and Syrian families in the northeast border town of Arsal, one week after clashes between the military and...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will end his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a senior aide said Wednesday, a day after his disappointing sixth place showing in the New Hampshire primary
Taiwan developer grilled over collapse of quake building
Taiwan prosecutors Wednesday questioned the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in the construction of...
Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions
A federal appeals court has reversed a stay that had blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions
Poland to join fight ISIS in return for NATO help in east
Poland will join the fight against ISIS, its defense minister said Wednesday, though he signaled that the scale of its involvement would depend on NATO's response to...
Palestinian authorities and the United Nations made a joint call for funding Wednesday amid tension between Palestinians and Israelis that has led to violence and some 200 deaths, mainly of Palestinians, in recent months
International Red Cross stepping up aid to displaced in northern Syria
About 50,000 people have fled an upsurge in fighting in northern Syria, requiring urgent deliveries of food and water despite some supply lines being cut, the...
Russian airstrikes in Syria 'directly enabling' ISIS: US
Russian airstrikes in and around the city of Aleppo against opponents of the Syrian regime are benefiting ISIS, a senior U.S. official charged Wednesday
Qatar says six workers hurt building World Cup venues
Qatar's World Cup organizers said Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no...
US envoy says 'looking at all options' for moving humanitarian aid in Syria
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the coalition against ISIS, did not rule out humanitarian airdrops Wednesday when asked about how the United States and its allies would...
The sharp drop in the price of oil and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against other foreign currencies caused the value of Lebanon’s imports to drop by more than 11 percent in 2015, a leading economist said Monday.
Ad spending flat at $190M in 2015
An annual survey of the advertising market in the Arab world shows that real advertising expenditures in Lebanon totaled $190 million in 2015, nearly unchanged from the...
GCC debt to double, assets to slide by 2020: report
Public debt of the oil-rich Gulf states is expected to double and assets decline by a third by 2020 as they seek to finance budget deficits due to sliding prices, a...
UAE plans to outsource most govt services
The United Arab Emirates plans to outsource most government tasks to the private sector and cut the number of ministries, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...
Kazakh leader orders $1 bln for house building as snap poll looms
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his government on Wednesday to allocate 360 billion tenge ($1 billion) to build affordable housing to support the economy,...
Bank profits rise on surge in interest income
The combined profits of all six listed Lebanese banks jumped by 8.70 percent in 2015 to reach $1.219 billion compared to $1.121 billion in the same period of 2014.
Number of passengers at Beirut airport up 9 pct
The amount of passengers traveling through Beirut airport rose by 8.94 percent in January 2016, up from 501,766 passengers the same time last year.
Retail, personal loans still going strong: Torbey
Retail and personal loans in Lebanon valued over $17 billion at the end of 2015, up 3.25 percent from a year earlier, a leading banker said Thursday.
Public debt of the oil-rich Gulf states is expected to double and assets decline by a third by 2020 as they seek to finance budget deficits due to sliding prices, a report said Tuesday
Dubai stocks rise after Saudi-Venezuela oil talks
Dubai stocks led gains across most Gulf Arab equities, spurred by an initial increase in Brent crude after oil ministers from two of the world’s biggest producers met...
Majid Al Futtaim to spend $3.7B on Saudi malls
Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC plans to spend 14 billion riyals ($3.7 billion) building two malls in Saudi Arabia, including one in Riyadh with its own indoor ski...
Cyprus airline says deal clinched to fly again
A Cyprus-based budget airline said Monday it has secured investment from a wealthy Hong Kong group that brings it closer to launching flights and replacing the island’s...
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his government on Wednesday to allocate 360 billion tenge ($1 billion) to build affordable housing to support the economy, which has been hit by the long slide in oil prices.
Oil supply glut to prevent any significant short-term price rise: IEA
Oil prices may have rebounded off 12-year lows struck last month, but any hope for a broader recovery in the market would be misplaced, the IEA said Tuesday, noting...
Shares tumble on global growth concerns
Stock indexes worldwide tumbled Monday, led by banking stocks in Europe and technology stocks on Wall Street on persisting fears of a global economic slowdown, while...
U.S. retail sales and Yellen testimony in focus
Global markets have been in turmoil since the start of the year, with stocks and commodities prices reeling, eroding inflation and making central banks increasingly...
Currency traders left out of new Wall Street
Charlie Stenger, a currency-broker-turned-recruiter, has seen it all.
The events of Monday Feb. 8, 2016, will not be remembered as great landmarks in the Syrian crisis, but they are worth exploring nonetheless.
Plaguing the country
Unlike some recently pandemic-hit parts of the world, for many decades now Lebanon has been spared the horrors of plague.
What’s next after Geneva’s failure?
For over four years an article of faith for senior Western politicians has been that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria.
Don’t allow a ‘fog of responsibility’ in Syria
The international community’s failure to bring the Syrian civil war to an end is a tragedy – especially for the country’s long-suffering people.
A sign of things to come in Syria
This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
When it comes to the presidential election, Lebanon’s main political parties have been treating the race to Baabda Palace as if it were the Kentucky Derby.
With the news that $10 billion has been pledged by nations to ease the spiraling Syrian refugee crisis, countries such as Lebanon have been handed a vital show of...
A strategy of poison
Before the United Nations-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva kicked off this week, doubts and fears shrouded the initiative.
What referring to an animal as ‘who’ means
Last month, a steer escaped from a slaughterhouse in the New York City borough of Queens.
Ties between PKK, PYD pose problem for Turkey
In mid-July 2012, the Syrian government withdrew its forces from a large amount of territory along the Turkish border.
Fear cheap oil and perilous politics
One of Donald Trump’s stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was “terrible.”
The Daesh problem is only getting worse
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against Daesh (ISIS).
A solution in Palestine is key to the region
It was more than a coincidence last week that both the French government and the United Nations secretary-general called for serious and urgent international action to...
Iowa imposes a needed, if disruptive, dialogue
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest...
Can Aoun avoid clashing with Hezbollah?
If there were doubts about Hezbollah’s true intentions with regard to Michel Aoun, they were dispelled last week by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in his speech on the...
A bus carrying Argentina's Huracan soccer team overturned on Wednesday in Venezuela, according to a local official and a diplomat, but the team suffered only minor injuries
Bolton Wanderers chairman Gartside dies at 63
Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, who was also on the board of the Football Association, has died of cancer at the age of 63
Two umpires banned, 4 being investigated over corruption: ITF
Two tennis umpires were banned last year, one for life, for breaches of the sport's Code of Conduct for Officials, governing body the International Tennis Federation...
Multi-talented Barty's return to court a loss for cricket
Ashleigh Barty's short stint as a professional cricketer has helped the former Wimbledon junior champion refresh for the grind of the tennis tour, according to her...
Curry magic as Warriors down Rockets
Steph Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games...
Cameron cites 'problem' with Premier League ticket prices
British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed concern about the price of tickets for Premier League games after Liverpool fans staged a mid-match walkout
Bail hearing set for FIFA corruption scandal suspect
A U.S. judge has scheduled a bail hearing for Wednesday for the only FIFA corruption scandal suspect still in custody in the United States
Dinamo Zagreb chief executive resigns as transfers investigation launched
Zdravko Mamic, the chief executive of Croatian soccer champion Dinamo Zagreb, under investigation over profits from player transfers, resigned Tuesday saying he wanted...
Two tennis umpires were banned last year, one for life, for breaches of the sport's Code of Conduct for Officials, governing body the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said Tuesday
Russia humiliated in Fed Cup
Russia and Italy, who have won eight of the last 12 Fed Cup titles, crashed out of this year’s tournament Sunday as defending champions Czech Republic survived to set...
Dutch defeat Russia in Fed Cup
Kiki Bertens won a decisive singles rubber in Moscow Sunday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in straight sets to lead the Netherlands into the Fed Cup semi-finals
Netherlands 1-0 up over Russia
Kiki Bertens beat Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead over Russia in a Fed Cup first round tie in Moscow Saturday
Steph Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games Tuesday
Khatib returns from China, rejoins Riyadi
Lebanese basketball icon Fadi El-Khatib returned to the country late Sunday after ending his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association League with Fujian club,...
James triple-double leads Cavs over Kings
Cleveland superstar LeBron James posted his 40th career triple-double -- and his first this season -- to lead the Cavaliers to a 120-100 NBA win over the reeling...
Pelicans beat Timberwolves, end four-game losing streak
The New Orleans Pelicans started their Mardi Gras celebration a few hours early, snapping a four-game losing streak by blitzing the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-102 Monday
Homenetmen down Tadamon, regain second place
Homenetmen dealt Tadamon Zouk their third successive loss to regain their second spot after a spectacular 92-77 win Sunday in round 9 of the Lebanese Basketball League...
A pack of Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera had seen enough.
Newton wilts under Super Bowl spotlight
After basking in the spotlight of a career season, the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton fell flat under the glare of the world’s biggest stage.
Denver defense kryptonite to Superman Newton
The Denver Broncos shocked the Carolina Panthers 24-10 as the Super Bowl closed out its first half-century Sunday with an upset and a cliffhanger as Peyton Manning left...
Denver coach goes from unemployed to Super Bowl
The architect of Denver’s upset Super Bowl 50 win was basking in the glow of victory Sunday, a year after being without a job in the National Football League.
Willett wins Dubai Desert Classic
Overnight leader Danny Willett battled hard to hold on to his lead Sunday and got his reward with a final green, one-shot win in the $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic.
Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch Wednesday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor.
News about Schumacher 'not good:' Montezemolo
The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said Thursday
Maldonado loses Formula One drive at Renault
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado announced Monday he had lost his Formula One drive, with the seat at Renault-owned Lotus now looking certain to be taken by Denmark's Kevin...
Lorenzo kicks off MotoGP 2016 test season on top
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding a Yamaha was fastest on day one as the 2016 test season got off to a blistering start at Malaysia's Sepang circuit...
Marussia name disappears from Formula One
The Marussia name will disappear from Formula One this season after the team owners were granted a request to change it to Manor Racing Tuesday
Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit. It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show.
Inarritu triumphs at DGA awards
Hollywood’s directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for “The Revenant” at a gala ceremony Saturday, helping focus the race for the Oscars.
Warner settles 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for $14M
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million...
Berlin's three main orchestras stage free concert for refugees
Three of the world's top conductors, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Ivan Fischer are teaming up for a free concert by Berlin's three main orchestras next month...
Crime and Punishment’s dark world lit up
Inside an old Saint Petersburg flat that was once home to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a new exhibition plunges visitors into the dark and complex world of “Crime and...
'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend
"Kung Fu Panda 3" remained atop the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice...
Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" has opened more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, the country where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and...
Fiennes defends decision to play Michael Jackson
Joseph Fiennes has defended his decision to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy, despite a furore over the casting of a white British actor in the role of a...
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million to end a lawsuit over the song is approved by a U.S. court, it will be free for all to use as they please
Springsteen showcases new way of serving fans
Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia.
Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song
Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called "White Privilege II" - rapping about a white person's position in society with black people fighting...
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband, dies near Las Vegas
Rene Angelil was a former singer-turned-manager when he received an audiotape of a 12-year-old singer from her mother.
Inside an old Saint Petersburg flat that was once home to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a new exhibition plunges visitors into the dark and complex world of “Crime and Punishment,” shedding new light on one of Russia’s greatest literary works 150 years after its publication.
Israel tries to bolster image via Oscars gifts
Top Academy Award nominees will have a politically charged gift in their swag bag this year – a luxury trip to Israel paid for in part by a government that hopes such...
EFF fetes Lebanese film student shorts
Each year Beirut’s European Film Festival conducts a competition for Lebanese student films and Saturday evening saw many EU officials fete the contest’s winning short...
French purists vexed at demise of circumflex
French linguistic purists have voiced online anger at the loss of one of their favorite accents – the pointy little “circumflex” hat that sits on top of certain vowels.
Picasso bust pits art buyers in ownership spat
An international legal drama that pits two of the world’s biggest art buyers against each other – New York billionaire Leon Black versus a member of Qatar’s royal...
Violette Verdy, one of the ballet world's most loved ballerinas and choreographers, has died aged 82, after leading a life that inspired generations of dancers, the Paris Opera announced Tuesday
Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90
Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend...
David Bowie wanted ashes scattered in Bali
Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow,...
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit...
Saab in the spotlight at Paris Fashion Week
Mode a Paris’ Haute Couture collections, one of the most prestigious catwalk shows in the world, concluded this week in the French capital.
As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature.
Humor, upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl ads
From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
Twitter lets hot tweets rise to top of timelines
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the "best" tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the...
NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month
NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said Friday
Top 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts
For some the most awaited time of the year is just a few days away, for others it is a high-stakes, consumerist, shopping nightmare that can make or break a relationship.
Manolos for the people? Luxury designer opens up
Could “Manolos” come to the high street?
Los Angeles is new icon of menswear cool
Long derided for flashiness or faded grunge, Los Angeles and a new generation of designers are bringing a new brand of chic to American menswear.
Love beyond barriers in ethnically split Cyprus
They met though social media, inspired by their love of music.
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the "best" tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the messaging platform
Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment
Germany: Scientists in Germany have switched on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power
Spacewalkers collect experiment, toss flash drive overboard
Two Russians are taking a spacewalk to install fresh experiments outside the International Space Station and gather old ones.
Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey...
Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers as CEO tries to save her own job
Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.
Couples spoiled for choice on Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Makeup off the runways
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Lebanese CEO leads music revolution
Since its official launch in December 2015, the major music sharing platform Muzeit has expanded its presence in some 155 countries with hundreds of thousands of...
New app offers carpooling for students
Not having your own car can be frustrating, but a new carpooling app that is gaining ground with Lebanon’s students is trying to make that a thing of the past
A geologist said Saturday his team has discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils in the western Indian state of Gujarat that could be millions of years old
India’s ‘cleanest village’ clings to its serenity
In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India’s far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers – but its reputation as Asia’s cleanest village...
The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver
Mitsubishi Lancer refuses to call it quits
As the car industry grows more sophisticated and automobiles increasingly come packed with options that used to astonish us just a few years ago, we as consumers are...
SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show despite pollution crackdown
India's flagship auto show opened its doors in New Delhi Wednesday with a new batch of diesel-guzzling SUVs on proud display, despite industry uncertainty about a...
India's Tata decides to rename 'Zica' car as virus spreads
India's biggest carmaker Tata Motors said Tuesday it would rename its new Zica hatchback as global alarm grows over an outbreak of the identical-sounding Zika virus
Infiniti Q70 flagship offers enticing alternative
For several decades the executive sedan market has arguably been dominated by European marques, and to some degree American brands.
Travelers coming back from any outbreak zones of the Zika virus will need to wait at least 28 days before giving blood to avoid any risk of transmission, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Sunday
US doctors upgrade Zika precautions; virus found in saliva, urine
Brazilian scientists announced Friday they had found Zika in the saliva and urine of two patients, as U.S. health officials advised more stringent measures for...
Brazilian health institute says discovered Zika in saliva, urine
Brazilian government health institute Fiocruz said Friday it had discovered for the first time active Zika virus in saliva and urine samples and would investigate the...
New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras
It’s glitter season in New Orleans.
A cell’s change gives insight on cancer’s origin
Researchers have for the first time witnessed how a single cell can change and give rise to cancer, raising hopes that scientists may discover a way to stop tumors...