Solar Impulse 2 Tuesday completed its historic round-the-world journey, becoming the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun to promote renewable energy
Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over ISIS
Republican nominee Donald Trump said Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants but rejected any...
Austria breaks up major migrant-smuggling ring
Austria has broken up an international people-smuggling ring that illegally spirited more than 1,000 migrants into Germany, France and other countries from Hungary,...
Iraqi in Poland charged over ‘trace’ explosives
An Iraqi man has been charged with possessing trace amounts of explosive material in Poland, officials said Monday, days ahead of the pope’s visit for a huge Catholic...
Erciyes warns against Gulen foothold in Lebanon
The Turkish ambassador to Lebanon declared Monday that his government now had overwhelming proof that political and religious figure Fethullah Gulen was behind the...
Russia FM shrugs off Democratic email hack allegations
Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov batted away allegations Moscow was behind a hack of the Democratic National Committee emails ahead of a meeting Tuesday with U.S....
Residents begin returning home after Los Angeles wildfire
Thousands of California residents were allowed to returned home Monday after a deadly, destructive wildfire forced them from their houses in recent days as it raged...
Michelle Obama delivers glowing endorsement of Clinton
When her husband first ran for president in 2008, Michelle Obama cautiously entered the political arena, fully supportive of his candidacy yet wary of the country's...
Austria has broken up an international people-smuggling ring that illegally spirited more than 1,000 migrants into Germany, France and other countries from Hungary, police said Monday.
German refugee policy under fire
Four attacks in a week – three of them carried out by asylum-seekers – have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies of welcoming refugees under...
Panama Papers show Italian bribes’ way to Algeria
Shell companies created by the law firm behind the “Panama Papers” played a central role in alleged Italian bribes paid to Algerian officials for energy contracts, an...
Five Saudi guards killed on Yemen border
Five Saudi Arabian border guards were killed Monday in clashes with “enemy elements” who tried to infiltrate the kingdom’s border with war-wracked Yemen, the Interior...
The Turkish ambassador to Lebanon declared Monday that his government now had overwhelming proof that political and religious figure Fethullah Gulen was behind the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15.
Released Yaacoub vows harsh response
Fresh from a seven-month detention over a high-profile kidnapping case, former MP Hasan Yaacoub Monday blasted authorities for locking him up and warned they would pay...
Ain al-Hilweh militants surrender to authorities
Two more militants from Ain al-Hilweh turned themselves over to the authorities Monday as sources say this is the result of increased cooperation between the...
Palestinians discuss cooperation with Ibrahim
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim agreed with Palestinian representatives Monday to increase cooperation between state institutions and Palestinian...
Daesh leader’s ex-wife misses court date
The ex-wife of Daesh (ISIS) leader missed her Military Court trial session Monday, prompting a co-defendant’s lawyer to question if she had left Lebanon with her...
Nonresident net private capital inflows to Lebanon are projected to stand at $5 billion in 2016, a decrease of 11.6 percent from $5.7 billion in 2015, and down steeply from a peak of $14 billion in 2009, according to the Institute of International Finance, reported Lebanon This Week, an economic publication of the Byblos Bank Group.
BLOM confirms talks to acquire HSBC Lebanon operations
BLOM Bank confirmed over the weekend that it’s currently holding talks with HSBC in a bid to acquire its operations in Lebanon
Libyan oil ports’ reopening delayed
Two of Libya’s biggest oil ports may not reopen soon as the hardening positions of rival factions pose a fresh challenge to international efforts to reunite the country...
Egypt to get first tranche of $1.5B Saudi loan
Egypt will “soon” receive the first tranche of a $1.5 billion loan from Saudi Arabia, an Egyptian minister said, a cash injection that could help to ease a dollar...
What fiscal emphasis is to investors
The Group of 20 meeting in China added to the chorus of voices calling for more fiscal measures to boost growth, which could have important implications for asset...
Lebanese cancel Turkish holidays after coup
The Turkish ambassador to Lebanon assured Friday that the state of emergency in Turkey would have no impact on tourism or tourists, even as travel agencies confirmed...
Azzi explains adjustment to daily minimum wage
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Thursday assured that deducting LL4,000 from the daily minimum wage by the Cabinet would have no impact on the minimum monthly wages.
Central Bank pledges stability
Lebanon’s Central Bank chief said he will ensure local banks comply with a U.S. law targeting Hezbollah’s finances, weeks after a bomb attack at a major Lebanese lender...
Two of Libya’s biggest oil ports may not reopen soon as the hardening positions of rival factions pose a fresh challenge to international efforts to reunite the country and restore its crude exports.
Trieste’s potential revival
Trieste, home to Italy’s main free trade zone and capital of the prosperous Friuli-Venezia Giulia region is located in the far northeast of the country but you would...
Saudi group signs deal to end biggest default
Ahmad Hamad al-Gosaibi & Brothers Co. signed a deal with a majority of its creditor banks to restructure about $6 billion of debt, taking the Saudi conglomerate one...
How the oil crisis risks taking gloss off Dubai
Crude prices, weaker currencies affect city that has been promised land for two decades
The Group of 20 meeting in China added to the chorus of voices calling for more fiscal measures to boost growth, which could have important implications for asset prices if carried out successfully.
World deals may drop $1.6 trillion if Brexit lags
Global mergers and acquisitions may drop by as much as $1.6 trillion over the next five years unless Britain quickly agrees to leave the European Union under terms that...
Verizon to buy Yahoo core business for $4.8B
Verizon Communications Inc. said Monday it would buy Yahoo Inc.’s core internet properties for $4.83 billion in cash to expand its digital advertising and media...
Banks face $66,000 cost per U.K. employee moved
The cost for banks wanting to move their U.K. staff abroad after Britain decided to leave the European Union is 50,000 pounds ($65,660) per employee, according to...
Nintendo shares plunge on Pokemon Go warning
Shares in Nintendo plunged Monday after it warned that the Pokemon Go mania sweeping the world would not translate into bumper profits, taking the wind out of a...
Usually corruption sees individuals or groups benefit themselves at the expense of taxpayers, utilizing illegal means to take advantage of their positions for money or power.
For decades, in fact ever since the 1950s when the first Arab Summit was held in Egypt and then resumed in the 1960s to eventually become an institution, it has proved...
The EU’s bold new strategy
When problems accumulate, as in Europe – where the failed coup in Turkey comes hard on the heels of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union –...
The SDF’s obstacles to liberating Raqqa
The Syrian Democratic Forces announced a military campaign against Daesh (ISIS) at the end of May, aiming to gain control of the northern countryside of Raqqa.
Lew heads to China to rebut Trump’s globalization attacks
After a week of relentless Republican attacks on trade deals and globalization, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is heading to a meeting in China that he hopes will steady...
In Lebanon a crisis is never far away, and Thursday the Lebanese woke up to the latest hysterical headlines: Qaraoun Lake is dead.
Threat worse than terror
Party conventions in the United States have always been a circus, serving up the entertainment every four years.
For too long the Lebanese have lived without any good news coming from the halls of the Grand Serail.
When problems accumulate, as in Europe – where the failed coup in Turkey comes hard on the heels of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union – attention is often focused on the most recent issue to arise.
The British leadership disease
Ethical political leadership is in short supply worldwide, from the United States to Turkey to the Philippines.
Putting Turkey’s crackdown in context
The Turkish government’s crackdown on its opponents must be seen in the context of the trauma inflicted on the country as a result of the failed coup, but it must not...
The Syrian refugee crisis is a political issue
The conflict in Syria has caused a refugee crisis unprecedented in history. Both in terms of numbers of refugees and in the horrific stories of their escape, the crisis...
After a week of relentless Republican attacks on trade deals and globalization, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is heading to a meeting in China that he hopes will steady the global economy and ease uncertainty caused by Britain’s surprise vote last month to leave the European Union
America presents itself as a banana republic
Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his...
Syria becomes ever more complicated
The failed military coup in Turkey and the country’s many links with key regional actors in Syria, Russia, Iran, NATO and clarify how difficult it has become to achieve...
Coup attempt is new blow to U.S.-Turkey ties
In the uproar following the attempted military coup in Turkey, relations between Washington and Ankara, already badly strained, appear to be headed for new difficulty.
Banning opposition is a failed Arab legacy
The recent and ongoing spate of decisions by several Arab governments to dissolve and ban certain political groups (mostly Sunni or Shiite Islamists) is a reflection of...
New England manager Sam Allardyce vowed Monday to break the psychological barrier hindering the performance of the country’s big-name players at international level.
Chinese fans feel neglected as big money comes
Big money signings and investments in European clubs, and the backing of a president who is an avid football fan: Things should be looking up for millions of Chinese...
Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hard court surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Rejuvenated Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World number one Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hardcourt surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Duncan thanks team-mates in open letter
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the...
Olympic hoodoo still haunts hosts Brazil
Football fans of a certain age will always remember Falcao at the World Cup in 1982 and his starring role alongside Zico, Socrates and Cerezo in one of the greatest...
FIFA bans ex-German football boss over World Cup bid
FIFA's ethics committee on Monday banned Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the German Football Association (DFB), for one year over misconduct surrounding the...
Allardyce 'very proud' to be England manager
Sam Allardyce said Monday that he was "very proud" to be named the new England manager, but refused to confirm that star striker Wayne Rooney would remain as captain
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hard court surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to action for the first time since his shock Wimbledon exit.
Venus eyes 50th WTA title in Stanford
Top-seeded Venus Williams will play for her 50th WTA title Sunday in Stanford, in the tournament where she made her professional debut 22 years ago
Venus Williams reaches Bank of the West semifinals
Top-seeded Venus Williams reached the Bank of the West Classic semifinals, beating 17-year-old wild-card entry CiCi Bellis 6-4, 6-1 in an all-American match Friday night.
Isner, Monfils cruise into Washington quarters
U.S. top seed John Isner and French second seed Gael Monfils breezed into the ATP and WTA Washington Open quarter-finals Thursday with impressive serving performances...
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the Spurs website
College player in alleged assault released by team
A U.S. college football player, who alleges he was struck by Golden State Warrior star Draymond Green, has been released by his school, the coach said Wednesday night
Duncan’s retirement latest in summer of goodbyes
Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a...
Silver wants more balance after Durant move
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league might look at ways of maintaining competitive balance following Kevin Durant's blockbuster move to join the...
Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan
San Antonio Spurs long time coach Gregg Popovich described five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan Tuesday as the best example of a leader any coach in the NBA could hope for
Russia breathed a sigh of relief after the IOC declined to impose a blanket ban on its competitors at the Rio Games over state-run doping, but the decision met fierce criticism elsewhere with Olympic chiefs branded “spineless.”
Unlikely sporting star Froome proves dominance
Softly spoken, unfailingly polite but endowed with steely determination, Chris Froome somehow doesn’t look like a sporting superstar
Froome wins third Tour de France
Britain’s Chris Froome won his third Tour de France Sunday to confirm his status as one of the all-time greats on the world’s most grueling race
Five key figures in doping scandal that has rocked Russia
Five key figures in the doping scandal rocking Russia and the Olympics, after the International Olympic Committee Sunday decided against a blanket ban on Russian...
Rio scrambles to be ready as athletes, soldiers arrive
Tens of thousands of armed troops fanned out across Rio de Janeiro and local organizers faced a rebellion by Australia about unfinished living accommodations as...
Lewis Hamilton departed Budapest Monday as the beaming new leader of this year’s world championship and at the center of a trio of controversies in the wake of his record fifth victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton wins in Hungary to take overall lead
Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday to seize the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this...
Rosberg fastest in practice as Hamilton crashes
Nico Rosberg ended the opening day of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix fastest after Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed out Friday.
Rosberg signs deal to stay at Mercedes until 2018
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a new contract that will keep him at Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton until the end of the 2018 season, the team...
Gold medals in Rio are barely gold at all
Gold medals are the ultimate prize in Olympic sport.
Unbent by age, layered with eras and a heady mix of civilizations, there are few stages more fitting for Grace Jones than the ruins of Byblos.
A curious sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass
Like its predecessor, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” owes very little to Lewis Carroll.
Thrones cast tight-lipped on final season
Jon Snow isn’t dead, but he was missed.When the cast of “Game of Thrones” gathered at Comic-Con it was minus a few key figures – including Kit Harrington, George R. R....
Marvel returns to Comic-Con with showstopper
Coogler said it was an emotional experience being at the
convention once again
Taylor Swift world’s highest-paid celebrity
At the tender age of 26, Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity, pulling in a whopping $170 million over the past year, Forbes magazine said Monday.
Caracalla premiers its latest show in Baalbek
The cast is comprised of over 100 dancers from Lebanon, Spain, Ukraine, China, UAE
French take ‘Sunday painter’ Rousseau into their hearts
He was once regarded as a bit of a joke – a self-taught “Sunday painter” who couldn’t do hands, who other artists mocked for his amateurish technique
Real-life dramas echo in Fiennes’ Richard III
Now is the summer of our discontent.
Jon Snow isn’t dead, but he was missed.When the cast of “Game of Thrones” gathered at Comic-Con it was minus a few key figures – including Kit Harrington, George R. R. Martin and Emilia Clarke.
A touch of humor invades Star Trek Beyond
In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs.
Bourne-again Damon returns as spy of few words
In international espionage, discretion is considered the better part of valor.
Netflix to stream new Star Trek series
Netflix will beam the new series of cult sci-fi franchise “Star Trek” to 188 countries across the world, excluding the United States and Canada.
Drummer Steven Adler rejoins Guns N' Roses on summer tour
Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N' Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century.
Mustang Sally composer Sir Mack Rice dead at 82
Mack Rice, the composer of ’60s hit “Mustang Sally” and co-writer of the Staple Singers’ landmark “Respect Yourself” has died in Detroit.
Hungarian novelist Peter Esterhazy, widely regarded as one of the leading figures of 20th century Hungarian literature, died aged 66 Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer his publisher said.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry collapses in concert
Aerosmith's hard-rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York and was said Monday to be in stable condition at a hospital.
Sophia Loren becomes honorary citizen of Naples
Sophia Loren has been made an honorary citizen of Naples, the city that formed her and became the backdrop of many of her films.
Iranian director Kiarostami dies in France at 76: reports
Acclaimed Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France following a battle with cancer, Iranian media reported on Monday.
French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies aged 93
ves Bonnefoy, France's most famous contemporary poet and celebrated translator of Shakespeare whose poems were translated into 30 languages, has died at the age of 93,...
Can’t get a room at the Rio Olympics? Worry not, the Villa Reggia has beds – oh, and sex chairs and an S&M cage
New artificial reef sunk off Florida’s Pompano Beach
Cheering and whistle blowing filled the coast of Pompano Beach as approximately 300 boats watched Lady Luck sink Saturday afternoon
Is DNA the future of information storage?
Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” – a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science...
Behavior changes offer clues dementia brewing
Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing – changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.
Chakra’s star shines in bright Paris Fashion Week
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...
The best fast food, picked by top chefs
At the airport. En route to another critical meeting.
Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen
From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never...
Pokemon Go players risk all for their monsters
Walk into a minefield, enter a military base or simply cross the road without looking: fans of Pokemon Go are prepared to do whatever it takes to capture the likes of...
Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” – a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college.
Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can't find any
Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form.
Boeing aims for supersonics and Mars
The Boeing Co. marked its centennial Friday with plans to focus on innovation, including ambitious projects for supersonic commercial flight and a rocket that could...
Bug eluded entombment in ancient amber
A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug.
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 on all things fashion.
Life’s a peach: Bikfaya brings people together
Winding past bars and restaurants late Friday through the busy Beirut streets balancing a box of 24 peaches with the name Bikfaya splashed across, someone calls out...
Afkart: Promoting local designers since 2002
On the sea-front boardwalk of Zaitunay Bay, Afkart exhibition 2016 opened for the 15th edition of the annual art, craft, and event show.
An unforgettable stay on the Turkish Riviera
For many families, the true definition of a holiday means not having to worry about a thing.
Summer styles that evoke the travel bug
The skies were clouding over as I strode briskly across that famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, ready for a productive day checking off Florentine must-sees.
Bucharest a showcase of eclectic architecture
Bucharest was once known as “Little Paris of the East.” But English, not French, is the preferred foreign language in Romania’s capital city, and 96 percent of its...
What color is paella? A chef’s answer
Of course we are familiar with the Spanish rice dish paella, we say. It is the color of a Mediterranean sunrise, a coral red or saffron yellow. Chef Rosa Camprodon...
A culinary expedition with Peru's top chef
As a teenager on the streets of Lima, Virgilio Martinez aspired to a life of extremes, hoping to become a professional skateboarder.
Jordan's newest mall debuts large-scale green technology
In Jordan's newest retail and leisure hub, the typical high-end boutiques, cinemas and gourmet coffee shops are tucked into an intricate ecosystem of natural heating...
For a country afflicted with a creaky infrastructure, especially on the transportation and energy fronts, and a society which for the most part is as much concerned about global warming as it is about the price of tea in China, the Lebanese mindset ironically is probably among those best suited to rapidly embrace an energy-conscious, eco-friendly culture that seeks to curb reliance on fossil fuels.
Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla into trucks, buses and car sharing
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy...
BWW 4-Series car world’s answer to couture
I think carmakers are deliberately trying to mess with me, especially the two marques that for some reason I find myself helplessly drawn to.
Finland auctions Soviet cars abandoned by migrants
Collectors with a penchant for old Soviet cars will head to the Arctic this weekend where the Finnish customs will auction dozens of cars abandoned by migrants crossing...
Durango: A brawny rebel in a sea of conformity
If there’s one thing that’s undeniable about the car market today, it’s that customers are spoiled for choice a great deal more than they were at any time in the past.
Europe's medicine watchdog said Friday it has recommended the licencing of the first-ever AIDS prevention pill for the European Union.
Could fruit,veggies boost your happiness?
The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve well-being...
Zika outbreak to end in 2 to 3 years, scientists predict
The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the...
Redhead gene may boost skin cancer risk: study
gene variant carried by people with red hair, pale skin and freckles may boost skin cancer risk even without exposure to the Sun's rays, researchers said Tuesday.
Swiss biotech company tests anti-ageing promise of pomegranates
Swiss scientists have found that a substance derived from pomegranates has potential anti-ageing properties, boosting the fruit's reputation as a superfood and spurring...