They knew he came from a family of modest means, so when Abdul-Rahman Ghadedi began boastfully driving shiny new cars and motorcycles, neighbors in Arsal were quick to ask about the source of his newfound wealth.
As stipends dry up, refugees go hungry
A few days ago, Abu Mohammad took his battered Nokia phone from his pocket and read a text message from the United Nations World Food Program on the pixilated screen.
Saudi-led planes attack Yemen capital, six reported killed
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed targets in the Yemeni capital Friday, residents said, and sources in the country's dominant Houthi militia reported at least...
Top Tunisian jihadi killed by US strike in Libya: report
A top Tunisian jihadi and associate of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by a US airstrike in Libya last month, The New York Times reported.
Bangladesh Islamists demand ex-minister's death for blasphemy
Thousands of Islamists protested Friday in the Bangladeshi capital demanding the death penalty for a former government minister accused of blasphemy for comments...
Health minister revokes license of nurse over violations
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour rescinded the work permit of a Lebanese nurse Friday, while ministry inspectors closed down a mini market in north Lebanon.
US reluctance to arm Syria rebels 'strategic failure': Jumblatt
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Friday criticized U.S. foreign policy toward Syria, describing its failure to bolster rebel forces as a “strategic...
Doctor, pharmacist among 11 charged with corruption
Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim Friday charged 11 people, including a doctor and a pharmacist, with healthcare fraud.
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed targets in the Yemeni capital Friday, residents said, and sources in the country's dominant Houthi militia reported at least six people including a woman and child were killed.
Israel accuses Hamas of aiding ISIS in Egypt
An Israeli general has accused members of Hamas in Gaza of providing support to militants linked to ISIS in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, where the Egyptian army has fought...
Drone attack on Al-Qaeda in Yemen kills four
A drone attacked an army base held by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in southwestern Yemen in the early hours of Friday, killing four suspected militants,...
Clashes, strikes kill 21 in Yemen's Aden
Saudi-led air strikes and clashes in Yemen's second city of Aden killed 13 Shiite Houthi rebels and eight pro-government fighters Friday, military sources said.
Thousands of Islamists protested Friday in the Bangladeshi capital demanding the death penalty for a former government minister accused of blasphemy for comments perceived to be against Islam.
Man tied to 2013 Myanmar hotel blast gets life in prison
A court in Myanmar sentenced a man linked to a 2013 bombing that wounded an American tourist in one of the country's most prestigious hotels to life imprisonment and...
German authorities seize tank, other WWII weapons in raid
Authorities have seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak canon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector's storage facility...
Pakistan police arrest cleric who led mob attacking Christians
Pakistani police said Friday they had arrested a Muslim cleric accused of leading a mob trying to kill a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Koran.
Only one in 10 rural India homes has fridge: survey
The main breadwinner in three-quarters of households in rural India makes less than $80 a month while barely one in 10 homes has a refrigerator, a survey showed Friday.
The International Monetary Fund recommended new taxes and an overhauling of the state-owned electricity sector to reduce the growing public debt and increase badly needed revenues.
Fiber-optic Internet to be rolled out by 2020
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb unveiled Wednesday a five-year plan to revamp Lebanon’s telecoms infrastructure, assuring that Internet users across the...
Egypt slides on security fears, Gulf mixed
Egyptian stocks fell on Thursday because of security worries after bloody clashes with militants in Sinai.
UAE cites progress in establishing tax system
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have made progress toward setting up a federal tax system to bolster government revenue.
Greece: Referendum campaigns squeezed to deadline
Rival campaigns in Greece's bailout referendum end Friday, with rallies planned in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters - at the same time.
Lebanon tells U.S. it won’t hand waters to Israel
Lebanon told a senior U.S. official that it would not make any concessions on the disputed maritime border zone with Israel believed to contain large quantities of...
Zain appoint Kaliaropoulos as touch CEO
Mobile telecommunications company Zain Group announced Wednesday the appointment of Peter Kaliaropoulos as CEO of touch, one of Lebanon’s two state-owned mobile networks.
Workshop helps SMEs access public contracts
Representatives of the Finance Ministry, Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan, Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA) and World Bank celebrated Tuesday the completion of a...
Egypt devalues pound in search of growth
Egypt weakened its currency to a record low as the country seeks to boost economic growth amid escalating attacks by Islamic militants that threaten to exacerbate...
Iranians hope deal means money, food, jobs
To Iran’s leaders, solving a nuclear standoff with the West might be a question of maintaining geopolitical influence and prestige.
Egypt handouts will save money and avert unrest
When Suma Badie’s village in southern Egypt was chosen to pilot a program of cash handouts for the poor, no one else in her household – 33 people, sharing three rooms –...
Greek vote campaign begins amid cash crisis
The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro.
ECB signals it could loosen bank funding if Greeks vote 'Yes'
European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio signaled Friday that the ECB could loosen funding to Greek banks if Greeks vote 'Yes' in a referendum on Sunday on...
U.S. states reach $18.7B settlement with BP
Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of...
Weak U.S. employment quells rate hike hopes
U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.
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.
Remembering Fouad Ajami, one year later
Just over a year ago Fouad Ajami passed away.
The Greek crisis may end up being a good thing
Many commentators have seen the Greek financial crisis as an exercise in stupidity.
Control rhetoric to ease South China Sea tensions
Diplomats and alcoholics don’t always have as much in common as is sometimes assumed.
Bashar is already out of power in Syria
While the calls for President Bashar Assad to step down continue, in many respects the Syrian president has already lost power.
Republicans only lose by defying gay marriage
After the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as “massive resistance.”
UEFA has eased restrictions placed last year on big-spending Manchester City and Paris St Germain as part of its break-even financial fair play rules, European soccer's governing body said
Copa America final not war: Mascherano
Argentina star Javier Mascherano called for calm Wednesday as the countdown to this weekend’s Copa America final against fierce rivals Chile got under way.
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...
Nadal crashes to new Wimbledon low
Rafael Nadal’s career tailspin accelerated Thursday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown condemned him to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation.
Japan into final after England own goal
An injury-time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory Wednesday, setting up a title rematch with the United...
Only Schweinsteiger can decide Bayern future: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said hat Bastian Schweinsteiger holds his future in his own hands amidst reports linking the Germany captain to Manchester United.
Struggling for goals, Messi happy to make assists
As Lionel Messi has developed during his career he has become an ever-more prolific provider of assists as well as a lethal goalscorer and he gave another wonderful...
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.
US-born Lebanese basketball player found dead
Jackson Vroman, a U.S.-born former NBA player who later joined Lebanon's national basketball team, was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 34.
Nadal slumps to new Wimbledon humiliation
Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by dread-locked German qualifier Dustin Brown, his fourth successive humiliation at the All England Club
Djokovic, Sharapova, Serena breeze in Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon Wednesday where temperatures soared to an all-time record high.
Federer, Nadal, Murray cruise through
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but women’s third seed Simona Halep and 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard...
Djokovic, Sharapova turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles
With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova were eager to escape the...
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 Grand Prix of his career.
Formula E hopes to expand to Africa, India
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Rossi tops Marquez to win Dutch MotoGP
Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Rossi takes tight duel with Marquez to win Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi won a tight duel with reigning world champion Marco Marquez to win Saturday's Motul TT Assen and stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings.
Lorenzo, Rossi ready to rock the Cathedral
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s gripping world championship tussle arrives in Assen Saturday for what promises to be a no-holds barred Dutch Grand Prix at the...
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah reiterated Wednesday he was “100 percent clean” as doping allegations continued to swirl around coach Alberto Salazar.
Injured Bolt heads to see ‘world’s best doctor’
Sprint star Usain Bolt was in Munich Wednesday, seeking treatment from famous doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt in a bid to cure his problematic pelvis injury...
Injured Bolt pulls out of Paris, Lausanne
Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s troubled season continued Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.
Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France
Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micro managers Team Sky...
Thompson wins 200m at Jamaica nationals
Elaine Thompson celebrated her 23rd birthday by winning the 200-meter at the Jamaican trials Sunday, signaling a possible changing of the guard in Jamaican women’s...
Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons
Book takes on culture of kids bullying parents
There’s a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups.
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.
Fantasy sports now worth billions
Fantasy sports were once just a fun way for die-hard fans to express their love of the game together with other zealots, without actually getting out on the field...
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.
Blind French hikers cross mountains with special GPS
Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help...
Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer
Donna Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer at her namesake company, Donna Karan International, to devote more time to her philanthropic foundation....
Adria, Cirque du Soleil fuse art and cuisine
Take top Spanish chefs Ferran and Albert Adria, the founder of circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, and Japan’s foremost pop artist Takashi Murakami and mix...
Dubai plans to build 3-D printed office building
Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster.
Looking for love on an app? You may find music
In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hookup, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.
Crowdfunding project aims to bail out Greece
A British shoe-shop employee has raised over 157,000 euros ($175,500) so far through an online crowdfunding project to help Greece meet its International Monetary Fund...
Walking the talk
Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say?
Ramadaniyat kick off at Masrah al-Madina
For many people in Lebanon, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, charity, forgiveness and other spiritual activities.
Collective photos document urban life
Since 2013, Beirut’s residents and visitors have gotten the chance to get deeply engaged in the city and its various neighborhoods through the medium of documentary...
Sofil unveils menu of epicurean delights
It’s all too often the case that the worst thing about gala and corporate dinners is, in fact, the dinner.
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...
In pursuit of perfection, Mazda CX5 nails it
The first time I came face to face with a Mazda CX5 a few years ago, my initial response was, “Wow!”
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 upscale boutiques that’s a pleasure to explore on foot.
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.
Low-cost airlines boost green travel to Azores
No longer a pipe dream for nature lovers on a budget, travel to the Azores’ lush forests, lakes, volcanic craters and whale-watching spots has been given a major boost...
Hawaiian town deals with downside of No.1 ranking
Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S....
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...
Virtual reality targets fitness classes
Virtual reality is making inroads into group-fitness classes and personal-training sessions and promises to get more immersive as the technology advances, according to...
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.
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.
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...
Prince pulls music from most online streaming services
Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services.
Sam Smith singing again after surgery
Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star...
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...
Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments...
Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV show 'The Avengers', dead at 93
Patrick Macnee, the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at the age of 93 at his home in California, his son said on the...
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 channel.
In Winehouse doc ‘Amy,’ celebrity is the villain
Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP...
Grinding aplenty, little plot in Magic Mike XXL
There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.
Cash crunch looms over Tutankhamun’s new home
Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the “curse of Tutankhamun” as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king’s burial chamber nearly a...
Aboriginal experience inspires artist decades on
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line – from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometers along China’s Great Wall, to...
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 best time to be in Miami: In the winter, which is just the mildest climate,” Miller said. “They can sign me up for another 10 years of that.”
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...
‘Magic Mike’ teaches star about marriage
Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about...
Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe
Mexico's national beauty pageant director confirms the country won't send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an...