Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai fears that street demonstrations might be exploited by some people to undermine the fragile security and stability in the country, a senior source in Bkirki said.
Presidential crisis longest in Lebanese history
Lebanon’s presidential deadlock breaks a record Tuesday, surpassing the length of the two similar crises that have plagued the country since independence.
US only training 60 Syrian fighters, far below expectations
The United States was only training about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle Islamic State as of July 3, far below expectations, partly due to rigorous US vetting...
Hamas alleges mass arrests, torture by Palestinian Authority
Hamas alleged Tuesday that more than 200 of its members had been arrested by the Palestinian Authority recently, with most of them tortured, threatening to widen a rift...
Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House
President Barack Obama said that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over 'political philosophy,' the two countries are deepening cooperation on...
Hezbollah, Kataeb holding dialogue: MP
Hezbollah and its rival the Kataeb Party are often holding dialogue sessions, MP Ali Fayyad said Monday, adding that Lebanese factions should further tackle thorny...
Hezbollah, regime ‘nibble’ at Zabadani rebels
Hezbollah and the Syrian army closed in on Syrian rebel factions Monday in central Zabadani by advancing cautiously to control of the last rebel-held town in the...
Security ‘under control’ amid protest fears: Machnouk
Lebanon's security situation is in hand, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday, following FPM leader Michel Aoun's call for street protests after the...
The United States was only training about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle Islamic State as of July 3, far below expectations, partly due to rigorous US vetting of recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress
Israel: UNESCO 'ignores' Jewish, Christian ties to Jerusalem
Israel is criticizing a looming decision on Jerusalem by the U.N.'s cultural agency, saying it ignores Jewish and Christian ties to the biblical city
Sudan politicians publicly flogged for 'disturbing order'
A Sudanese opposition political party says three of its leading members have been publicly whipped 20 times each after a criminal court found them guilty of disturbing...
Algeria says 102 Islamists killed, captured or repented
More than 100 armed Islamists have been killed, captured or have repented in Algeria in the first half of this year, the defense ministry said
President Barack Obama said that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over 'political philosophy,' the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues
Merkel: 'still no basis' for talks on new Greek bailout
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there was still no basis for talks on a new Greek bailout, as she arrived in Brussels for an emergency summit of eurozone...
WHO needs urgent change to tackle health crises: experts
The World Health Organization (WHO) is unprepared to deal with crises like the Ebola outbreak and requires fundamental change, supported by an increase in funding,...
Vote on Srebrenica resolution delayed by Russian veto threat
The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as 'a crime of...
New Greek proposal improves on last week's offer: Greek official
Proposals made by the Greek government to creditors last week in a bid to unlock bailout funds still stand, though some 'improvements' to the offer have been made, a...
Among the newcomers were a number of Lebanese businessmen who are now looking to capitalize on the warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba, says Ali Kazma, president of the newly formed Lebanese Cuban Business Council.
VAT tourist refunds rise by 7 percent
Lebanon’s VAT reimbursments to tourists rose by 7 percent in the first half of the year, newly published data showed Monday, in what could be a sign that the country’s...
Europe stocks fall as investors weigh Greek vote
European stocks fell after Greek voters rejected creditors’ austerity demands, while a measure of volatility slid amid speculation that the resignation of Finance...
Markets barely blink despite probable Grexit
Banks scrambled to increase the chances of Greece leaving the euro after Sunday’s referendum, but euro markets only flickered and many investors doubted the “No” vote...
Egypt’s curbs on GDR proceeds send stocks lower
Egyptian stocks plunged the most in 2015, sending the benchmark gauge below the average of the past 100 weeks, as the government’s tightening of foreign-exchange rules...
Beirut hotel occupancy second lowest in region
The average occupancy rate at Beirut hotels stood at 56.1 percent during the 1996-2014 period.
BLOM PMI: Downturn in private economy slows
BLOM Purchasing Managers’ Index for the month of June showed some improvement compared to May although the decline in business activity this year remained very slow.
Farmers call for long-term plan to help sector
Farmers praised the government’s decision to subsidize agricultural exports but insisted that this step is not sufficient to solve the long-term problems of the sector.
European stocks fell after Greek voters rejected creditors’ austerity demands, while a measure of volatility slid amid speculation that the resignation of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will smooth further talks.
Tourists to Greece undeterred despite drama
The Greek economy may face more trouble after voters delivered a defiant “No” to the terms of a bailout, but tourists remain undeterred and the prospect of rock-bottom...
Don’t let Greece have a corrupting influence
Greece has voted overwhelmingly against a compromise that would have allowed Europe to continue financing it.
Greece given just hours to save place in eurozone
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was given hours to come up with a plan to keep his country in the euro and stave off economic disaster as citizens suffer under a...
Egyptian stocks plunged the most in 2015, sending the benchmark gauge below the average of the past 100 weeks, as the government’s tightening of foreign-exchange rules for arbitrage trading reduced demand for local shares.
Saudi Arabia planning local currency bonds sale
Saudi Arabia, the country with the world’s lowest debt-to-GDP ratio, is evaluating the sale of local currency bonds to bridge a budget deficit after oil prices slumped,...
Hamas reopens Gaza mobile firm offices
Hamas authorities Sunday reopened the offices of the Gaza Strip’s only mobile telephone company, five days after closing them on accusations of tax-dodging.
Saudi Arabia opens privatized airport for hajj
Saudi Arabia Thursday officially opens a $1 billion aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom’s first airport privatization.
Egypt slides on security fears, Gulf mixed
Egyptian stocks fell on Thursday because of security worries after bloody clashes with militants in Sinai.
The full economic and other ramifications of Sunday’s referendum in Greece will require some time to emerge, but Lebanese should certainly reflect on what took place.
Same old mistakes
As it has been said, history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce. Michel Aoun and his Free Patriotic Movement have been busy ratcheting up tension in Lebanon...
Christians are just fine
In an interview published Friday, FPM leader Michel Aoun revealed himself to be living in a parallel universe. Declaring Lebanon run by a mafia, Aoun appeared to lack...
Battle extremism in the arena of ideas
In 1877, the great French novelist Victor Hugo wrote, “Invading armies can be resisted; invading ideas cannot be.”
Lebanon must adopt a comprehensive refugee plan
When the war in Syria began in 2011, and Syrians fled to Lebanon seeking refuge, many Lebanese held two contradictory illusions.
A macabre, deadly joke
Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
Fight fire with fire
Terror has arrived in Egypt, after years of simmering tension and periodic upsurges in violence.
Abandon ‘recent-ism’ in fighting ISIS
As policymakers and analysts wrestle with how to respond to the advancing ISIS extremists, there is a danger of falling victim to a pervasive disease in international...
Diet biggest driver of environmental degradation
This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon...
Asia laments America’s short attention span
In January 2007, not long after George W. Bush announced his surge of troops into Iraq, I happened to be having lunch with a Chinese friend who is a well-connected...
Italy coach Antonio Conte is among 104 people a prosecutor has requested to face trial for their alleged involvement in match manipulation in 2011, the ANSA news agency reported
Casillas received offer from FC Porto: report
Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas has received an offer from Portuguese side FC Porto, Spanish sports daily Marca quoted his agent as saying
Djokovic pulls off the great escape against Anderson
Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off the great escape at Wimbledon in beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(6) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-4 7-5 to reach his...
Serena beats Venus as Sharapova grinds through
Serena Williams sank her sister Venus in a battle of the all-conquering Wimbledon titans Monday as Maria Sharapova dug deep to join the world No. 1 in reaching the...
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.
Messi devastated by new defeat in final
Lionel Messi has told of the pain of losing the Copa America final after the football superstar faced criticism in his native Argentina
Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big, wins World Cup
Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most football players but not Carli Lloyd.
U.S. triumph caps truly global Women’s World Cup
The U.S. returned to the pinnacle of women’s football with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed...
Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off the great escape at Wimbledon in beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(6) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-4 7-5 to reach his 25th successive grand slam quarter-final
Federer, Murray make last eight, Djokovic in dark
Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday but defending champion Novak Djokovic’s attempt to join them was thwarted by bad light after...
Murray through as giant-serving Ivo comes unstuck
Third seed Andy Murray dropped a set but emerged unharmed from the sights of bullet-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the eighth...
Serena beats Venus to make Wimbledon quarter-finals
erena Williams won the latest installment of her rivalry with sister Venus as the world number one eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory Monday.
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Big names in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among...
Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
Former Cedars player Vroman found dead
Former Lebanese basketball national team player Jackson Vroman was found dead in his California home Monday.
Formula One has many problems, but Sunday’s British Grand Prix, a thrilling race won by tearful home hero Lewis Hamilton in front of a record 140,000 strong crowd, was not one of them.
Happy Hamilton a home winner again
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and forge 17...
Hamilton takes pole position for British GP ahead of Rosberg
Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the eighth time in nine races this season as he chases a third British Grand Prix triumph
Rosberg fastest in British GP practice
The home crowd were cheering for Lewis Hamilton but Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was the man on top of the timesheets in both free practice sessions for the British...
Hamilton determined to dominate home race
Lewis Hamilton may not be feeling the years just yet but the double Formula One world champion still senses time is ticking by as he gears up for the ninth British...
Rory McIlroy’s defense of golf’s British Open and a keenly anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt Monday when he revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing football with friends.
Froome takes yellow in crash-marred Tour stage
Chris Froome made a statement of intent Monday by taking over the race leader’s yellow jersey at the end of a crash-marred third stage of the Tour de France.
Four Royals players elected to start in MLB All-Star Game
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.
Double Jamaican sprint delight
Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made up for the absence of injured Usain Bolt by storming to double 100-meter glory in the Diamond League...
Zero tolerance for dopers, warns ‘honest’ Bubka
There should be zero tolerance for athletes who use banned drugs, according to the IAAF’s Sergey Bubka, who will call for a review of doping rules should he be elected...
The idea was to conjure up a slice of Middle Eastern splendor, in Florida. Up went minarets and pastel-colored domes, and streets got names like Ali Baba and Aladdin.
Versace kicks off couture week in style
Actress Michelle Rodriguez and model Naomi Campbell joined celebrity attendees Sunday at the start of Paris’ fall-winter 2015-16 haute couture week – that headlined...
Pamplona bull-run kicks off with wine-soaked party
A sea of revellers decked in red and white sprayed wine on each other in a packed Pamplona square on Monday to kick off Spain's famed San Fermin running of the bulls...
French wine regions Champagne, Burgundy win world heritage status
France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted "world heritage status" by the United Nations, giving a boost to the country's drive...
Historic flyby of Pluto on track despite probe glitch, NASA says
NASA said Monday it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service Tuesday after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of...
India abuzz over ‘velfie’ craze
Move over selfie, India is embracing the “velfie” with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a...
Mountaineering marks 150th anniversary
A literary critic, a judge and an explorer were among a tiny group of wealthy Britons who conquered the Alps’ highest peaks 150 years ago, never expecting their...
Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style
A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry.
A sea of revellers decked in red and white sprayed wine on each other in a packed Pamplona square on Monday to kick off Spain's famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival.
London’s Bloomsbury has books, much more
Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and...
Essentials for visiting San Diego
With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego – but summer means the chilly Pacific waters are warm enough for surfing without a...
Branson unveils plans for ‘boutique’ cruise line
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
NASA said Monday it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service Tuesday after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.
Philae's comet may host alien 'life': astronomers
Astronomers proposed a novel explanation Monday for the strange appearance of the comet carrying Europe's robot probe Philae through outer space: alien microscopic life.
Facegloria: Facebook for Brazil's Evangelicals
Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian...
Solar Impulse arrives in Hawaii, completing historic flight
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly...
Review: Gadgets for the beach, weekend getaway
If you’re headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don’t forget these “essential” gadgets.
Delicate and refined, Georges Hobeika’s Couture Fall- Winter 2015-16 collection – which he revealed Monday as part of the Paris Fashion Week, is a salutation of the much celebrated Britain’s tradition of five o’clock tea.
In this together
I was ripped off last week, hustled into buying overpriced goods I really didn’t want or need. Did it bother me? Not a bit.
MEA unveils new uniforms
Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines, is marking its 70th anniversary with new uniforms for its flight attendants.
Ramadan Village: hot meals to families in need
The Ramadan Village, a charity project hosted by the Makhzoumi Foundation, provides hot meals to families in need throughout the holy month.
Ramadaniyat: a world of activities for all
Over 500 people gathered to kick off the annual Ramadaniyat Beirutiya at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, a four-day festival hosted by the...
Newer cars aren’t supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines – mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru – require an extra quart as often as once a month.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations
Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”
Mini Countryman stands out even among brand mates
It’s a bit chilly so I’m walking to the car to grab the light jacket I brought with me, except there’s a problem: I can’t see anything.
‘Back to the Future’ hoverboard comes to life
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The...
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
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 victory
A healthy steak that keeps you in the veg aisle
10 ideas for turning toast into something delish
We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings.
Vouvray wines are in safe hands in the Loire
The Chenin Blanc grape is synonymous with Vouvray, one of the best-known subregions in the Loire region of France, producing wines that can last decades because of the...
Parents countering ugly hair cut videos
Russell Fredrick’s middle son was 12 when he wouldn’t quit playing around in class and ignoring his homework, so the barber did what he does best. He picked up his...
Embattled U.S. comedian Bill Cosby admitted having supplied powerful sedatives to at least one woman in order to have sex with her, court documents unsealed Monday showed.
British royals prepare for Princess Charlotte christening
Britain's royal family was gearing up Saturday for the christening of Princess Charlotte, when the public will have their second chance to glimpse the baby daughter of...
Liverpool streets turned into art prize favorite
In Liverpool’s Granby neighborhood, residents and a group of architects have brought back to life the area’s four remaining Victorian streets, earning them a nomination...
Locals turn forgotten Liverpool streets into art prize favorite
In Liverpool's Granby neighborhood, proud residents and a group of architects have brought back to life the area's four remaining Victorian streets, earning them a...
Marvel’s Ant-Man plays big for the silver screen
Marvel brings its latest superhero offering to the silver screen in “Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd, known for his roles in popular comedies, portraying a thief who has the...
Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks
The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was 'hurtful and unfair' in his comments about Mexican migrants
Garner, Affleck say they’re getting divorce
As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family.
Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering
Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as...
In Liverpool’s Granby neighborhood, residents and a group of architects have brought back to life the area’s four remaining Victorian streets, earning them a nomination for Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art.
Hamburg’s port warehouses win World Heritage nod
The U.N. cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg’s historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World...
UNESCO lists Champagne's vineyards and wine cellars
The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world's most famous sparking wines are produced were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO
Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz...
Marvel brings its latest superhero offering to the silver screen in “Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd, known for his roles in popular comedies, portraying a thief who has the power to shrink in size but grow in power.
Rudd gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
It’s a big honor for “Ant-Man.”
Ballers looks at humor, drama in athletes lives
Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on “CSI: Miami,” but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the...
Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film
Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China - not for him but for an ex-boy band singer...
‘Old but not obsolete’ Schwarzenegger back again
“I’m old but I’m not obsolete,” Arnold Schwarzenegger says of his return as the fearsome cyborg from the future in his new movie “Terminator Genisys,” opening worldwide...
The Grateful Dead gave what it says will be its last group performance Sunday, playing to some 70,000 singing, dancing and tearful fans in Chicago’s Soldier Field.
On the subtle thrill of serendipity
Recording an album can take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. To make her new record Randa Ghossoub spent one night at the New York Studio of bassist and...
Billy Joel marries in surprise wedding
U.S. pop legend Billy Joel married longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise wedding Saturday, popping their nuptials on unsuspecting guests at a July 4 holiday...
Deadheads get nostalgic before final Grateful Dead shows
Mike Levine is traveling from Florida to Chicago see all three of the Grateful Dead's final concerts
Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new record at MSG
Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.