From 150 meters deep, the water rushing out of the pipe runs crystal clear. “It’s very good,” says a member of Riyaq’s municipal council, the owner of the illegal well from which the water was acquired, of his pilfered supply.
Beirut waste cleared after emergency plan
Residents awoke to find most of their garbage collected Thursday morning, 11 days after Sukleen, the capital region’s waste management contractor, suspended its...
PKK in Iraq braces for a new war with Turkey
Pointing to a crater left by one of scores of Turkish airstrikes in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, a PKK rebel official said that “Turkey has declared war against us.”
Riyadh, Cairo sign pact to boost ties
Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact in Cairo Thursday aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies.
Refugees fear German anti-foreigner protests
It’s an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has experienced in Germany.
Kuwaiti Embassy issues Lebanon travel warning
The Kuwaiti Embassy in Beirut Thursday urged citizens intending to travel to Lebanon to delay their plans and called on those in the country to take precautionary...
Military launches media campaign to mark Army Day
As it prepares to celebrate the 70th annual Army Day Saturday, the military has launched a campaign to mark the event.
Lebanon to combat human trafficking
New initiatives will be implemented to combat human trafficking in Lebanon in response to a report issued by the U.S. State Department.
U.S. approves arms sales to Saudi Arabia
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp., the Pentagon said...
Coalition: Rule must be reinstated in Aden first
The Saudi led-coalition fighting to reinstate Yemen’s exiled government aims first to set it up in the mostly recaptured port city of Aden and then return it to Sanaa...
New Israel law sanctions force-feeding prisoners
Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.
Trump shows staying power
Some Republicans gleefully scripted Donald Trump’s political obituary in the wake of his scathing comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service earlier this month,...
Countries seek court for downed Flight MH17
The five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine a year ago are considering setting up an independent international tribunal after...
Riddle of missing flight MH370 confounded experts
In what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, without a trace.
Afghan Taliban name a new leader
The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar’s longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks...
Several Lebanese banks have approached Jammal Trust Bank to explore the prospects of acquisition or consolidation, the chairman of the bank said Wednesday.
Some restaurants buckle beneath garbage crisis
As the seemingly unending garbage crisis continues to frustrate residents of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, the repulsive heaps of trash, intolerable stench and frequent...
Tsipras seeks to sideline party rebels
In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete a crucial bailout with creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Thursday called for a vote within his...
IndiGo delivers on ‘Sleep With Your Wife’ pitch
A towering billboard along New Delhi’s airport road reads: “Sleep With Your Wife.”
UAE bonds gain as fuel-subsidy halt spurs coffers
The United Arab Emirates just ended fuel subsidies, and investors in OPEC’s third-biggest oil producer are rewarding the move.
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...
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.
In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete a crucial bailout with creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to the rescue deal.
Facebook profit falls 9 pct as costs soar
Facebook Inc. reported quarterly revenue that beat forecasts but its profit fell 9 percent as the social media company sharply increased spending to boost mobile...
ECB’s money-printing working
Four months since its start, the European Central Bank’s money-printing program is showing promise, having so far warded off deflation in the face of tumbling oil...
European stock markets climb on earnings, Fed
European stock markets rose Thursday on company updates and as investors assessed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s outlook for the economy.
OPEC ‘not ready’ to cut oil output
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said Thursday the oil producers’ cartel was not planning to cut production despite the fall in crude prices over recent months...
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...
OPEC chief says oil cartel 'not ready' to cut production
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri says the oil producers' cartel is not planning to cut production despite the fall in crude prices over recent months and...
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.
When the Lebanese Cabinet convenes, average people – who feel like they’re sinking – might pay attention hoping they will be thrown some sort of lifeline, no matter how small, to help them out of their many predicaments.
Stuck in a vicious cycle
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.
Europe saw was a revival of the ‘ugly German’
During the long night of negotiations over Greece on July 12-13, something fundamental to the European Union cracked.
Greece’s financial woes are making people sick
For the last several years, Greece has been going through a protracted and damaging economic crisis that has had profound consequences on the health of the Greek people.
‘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”...
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...
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.
Politics is behind our waste crisis
In the absence of a clear official policy on dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, municipalities where refugees have settled are being forced to...
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...
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...
Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla scored with his side’s 11th penalty in a shootout, then saved from his 16-year-old AC Milan counterpart Gianluigi Donnarumma, to give the Spaniards the win after their friendly in Shanghai ended 0-0 Thursday.
River on course in Libertadores Cup stalemate
River Plate moved into position to claim a third Libertadores Cup title Wednesday when the Argentine side held Tigres to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the final,...
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.
Korean Chung set for FIFA race
A towering figure in Asian football and smooth operator in diplomatic circles, South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon will need to sharpen his political elbows if he is to...
Zamalek celebrate title triumph
Egyptian champions Zamalek celebrated clinching their first Premier League title in more than a decade with a 3-2 win behind closed doors at Al Geish Wednesday.
Van Gaal worried by De Gea after United loss
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal conceded that uncertainty surrounding David De Gea was 'not favorable' as the Premier League giants ended their US tour...
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.
The global economic crisis and the shifting power-base of world sport have left the International Olympic Committee facing a difficult decision.
Brady's ban appeal to be heard in New York court
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have the court appeal of his four-game 'Deflate-gate' suspension heard in a New York federal court, a judge in Minnesota...
Brady vows to fight on
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...
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.
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...
Jon Stewart quits fake newscast for real
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung...
Child expert urges intuitive parenting
Parents should lose the flash cards, learning apps and other educational gadgets and strategies de jour, advises Stephen Camarata, a child development researcher and...
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...
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...
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.
Clarkson, Top Gear team sign with Amazon
Sacked BBC “Top Gear,” host Jeremy Clarkson has signed a deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show alongside his former co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.
Pygmies’ stunted growth explains human success
The pygmies of West Africa evolved their short stature independently, and very differently, from their cousins in east Africa, French researchers said Tuesday.
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.
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 Souks.
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.
International cuisine à la minute
Sitting and admiring the view at the Phoenicia Hotel’s Eau de Vie rooftop restaurant, two-Michelin-starred chef Onno Kokmeijer jokes that his Lebanese hosts are already...
Promoting motorcycle culture in Lebanon
Professional riders on KTM motorcycles tackled a 200-meter jump as thousands of spectators looked on in excitement at the weekend’s Full Moon Party at Praia Beach...
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...
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...
Ask pretty much anyone today what they think of the Dodge Charger and “cop car” will probably be the first words they utter.
Old muscle cars ruled then, and they still rule now
If there’s one thing that’s hard to argue with it’s that American muscle cars of today are vastly more powerful than those produced in the latter half of the 20th...
Mercedes-Benz slam dunks a winner with A-Class
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...
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.
Mission accomplished for Cruise in new MI
There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” about the element of luck.
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.
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.
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
An exercise in repetition and escape
When it comes to drawing, detail is crucial. Usually, every mark on paper is accounted for and calculated to take some sort of form by the end of the process.
The sounds were a little delayed Wednesday evening. Informed that there had been road closures in Beirut – related to the city’s Ayyam al-Zabayleh (Garbage Days), as one onsite vendor termed it – Beiteddine Art Festival organizers waited a bit beyond the opening show’s 8:30 p.m. start time to give ticket-holders a chance to arrive.
Tour a fine look at artist as reluctant subject
Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment.
Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians: humanitarian chief
The Saudi-led military coalition's blockade of Yemen is "killing" as many civilians as the war, the head of aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday during a...
Somalia president: No elections in 2016
Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency.
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.