Asylum seeker numbers in Sweden are set to drop by around 80 percent this year from a record 163,000 in 2015 as a result of tighter borders and tougher immigration rules, a government agency said Tuesday.
Hollande urges vigilance over extremists returning from Iraq
French President Francois Hollande called Tuesday on the U.S.-led coalition backing the offensive against ISIS in Mosul to prepare for the aftermath of the city's fall,...
UN concerned about 'collective punishment' of Arabs in Kirkuk
The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that Kurdish authorities had forced 250 displaced Sunni Arab families to leave Kirkuk after an ISIS attack on the...
Rights group: torture reports after failed coup in Turkey
A human rights group said Tuesday that Turkish police have tortured or ill-treated detainees following the failed coup attempt in July, a claim that Turkish officials...
Riyadh remains determined to ‘combat’ Hezbollah
Saudi Arabia Monday vowed to go on targeting Hezbollah’s “terrorist activities” and placing sanctions on members of the group.
Juppe widens lead over Sarkozy for French primaries: poll
Former prime minister Alain Juppe has widened his lead over rival Nicolas Sarkozy to win the center-right's nomination for France's 2017 presidential elections, an...
Trump backers arrested outside US embassy in Uganda
Two Ugandans were arrested outside the U.S. Embassy in Kampala Tuesday morning while taking part in a demonstration of support for U.S. presidential candidate Donald...
Large fire visible in northern part of Calais 'Jungle': Reuters witness
A large fire was visible in the northern part of the Calais "Jungle" Tuesday, on a scale beyond those that can be seen on any day at the migrant camp, according to a...
The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that Kurdish authorities had forced 250 displaced Sunni Arab families to leave Kirkuk after an ISIS attack on the Kurdish-controlled city, calling the move "collective punishment".
Turkey could carry out ground ops against PKK in Iraq: FM
Turkey will take more effective measures against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, potentially including ground operations there, Foreign...
Iraq seeks OPEC deal that would preserve oil output
Iraq told a top OPEC official on Tuesday of its hope that the group could reach a deal to lift oil prices while preserving its own output level, a spokesman of the oil...
UN warns of 'alarming rise in hate speech' in South Sudan
The Aleppo facility was one of the biggest seed banks in the world, with around 150,000 samples of numerous species native to the region.
Frangieh vows to stay in presidential race
The influential Maronite Catholic Church has apparently given its blessing to the election of Michel Aoun as president as his rival, Sleiman Frangieh, vowed Monday to...
Lebanon judge charges 13 with belonging to ISIS
Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged 13 Syrian nationals with belonging to ISIS, state media reported Tuesda
Lebanon seizes Saudi-bound Captagon pills
Lebanese authorities seized a truck full of large quantities of Captagon in northern Lebanon on its way to Saudi Arabia, state media reported Tuesday
Lebanon environment minister urges unified govt
Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk Tuesday called for the formation of a unified government once a new president is elected.
Moody’s warned that Lebanese banks’ exposure to the public debt has grown after the last financial engineering of the Central Bank.
Banks becoming more vigilant on cybercrime
The head of the Special Investigation Commission said Monday that Lebanese banks were already taking extraordinary measures to check the rise of cybercrime in Lebanon.
Ministers grade Saudi economy
Saudis who switched on a popular talk show last week to listen to officials explain why state employees had their take-home pay cut were in for a shock.
Egyptians losing patience with Sisi
A cartoon which appeared on social media shows a drowning Egyptian, only his hand protruding from the depths, waving for help.
AT&T CEO expects Time warner deal clearances
AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson Monday told investors he expects the planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to receive regulatory clearances...
Teaching kids to write Arabic … with AI
This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing successful Lebanese entrepreneurs.
Industrial exports drop 15 percent
The high cost of transportation, fierce competition and the economic slowdown in some Arab countries have led to a further drop in Lebanese industrial exports, Industry...
Solidere shares see slight dip after upsurge
After four days of upsurge in the prices of Solidere shares, the stocks of the real estate company fell slightly Friday.
Iraq balks at joining OPEC output cuts
Iraq threw an obstacle in OPEC’s path toward a final deal to stabilize oil markets when it balked at joining efforts to trim output to prop up crude prices.
Worst is over for Dubai property: Nakheel
Dubai’s property market is bottoming out as buyers return to the market and the emirate offers an alternative to investors worried about the U.K.’s Brexit vote,...
Saudi stocks spurred by record bond sale
Saudi Arabian stocks led gains across most Gulf equities, rising for a third day on optimism the kingdom will repay companies after it raised a record $17.5 billion...
AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson Monday told investors he expects the planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to receive regulatory clearances as investors showed skepticism by pushing shares of both companies lower.
Strong dollar fears set week’s tone for markets
Here are the big talking points for markets as a new week beckons.
AT&T CEO confident of $84bn Time Warner buyout
AT&T has promised to use its proposed $84bn purchase of Time Warner to revolutionise mobile entertainment as it unveiled a deal that will unite companies instrumental...
Belgian region will not yield to CETA ultimatum - parliament chief
The French-speaking region of Wallonia will not yield to an ultimatum set by the European Union for it to decide on a planned EU-Canada free trade deal, the president...
EU, Canada still hope to sign trade deal after Belgian 'Non'
The European Union's hopes of signing a landmark free trade deal with Canada this week appeared to evaporate on Monday as the Belgian federal government failed to win...
Lebanon is witnessing very intense and positive political actions, for a change. It now appears near certain that Gen. Michel Aoun will be elected as president.
Aleppo to the slaughter
The Aleppo onslaught has resumed after the three-day truce, regarded as a response to global outrage over atrocities carried out by the Russians and the Syrian regime,...
Going beyond the Paris climate agreement
Now that it has been ratified by India and the European Union, the Paris climate agreement is set to enter into force.
The free-trade miracle
Global free trade provides the greatest opportunity to improve human welfare over the next decade and a half.
Surprise attacks, bombing won’t defeat Daesh
The battle for Mosul will soon demonstrate that the key to success is not that Washington should have surprised Daesh (ISIS) or “bombed the hell” out of it.
When patriotic figures such as Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan leave us, Lebanon misses them bitterly.
Your move, Hezbollah
“It is a great political risk, but I am ready to take risks on myself, my popularity and my political future a thousand times to protect you all, and am not ready to...
He’s done it. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has jolted the political scene on every level and drawn attention to the crucial stage Lebanon is passing through.
Managing compromise in Middle East
The Middle East, and especially the Arab world, is experiencing a period of fundamental change and even more fundamental challenges.
Why can’t we end polio?
Oct. 24, 2016, should be a unique day in the history of polio.
Why U.K. import substitution could be crucial
The most dramatic economic effect of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote has been the collapse of sterling.
Trump treats foreign policy like ‘Survivor’
Reality TV is about winning.
As election nears, the world holds its breath
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton...
Struggling to deal with the North Korean danger
When South Korean officials talk about the growing nuclear challenge from the North, they use red-alert phrases like “existential threat,” “imminent danger” and “dagger...
The end of the Republican Party
Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal.
Any suggestion that Wednesday’s EFL Cup showdown between Manchester United and City would lack the usual derby intensity has been removed by the gathering pressure on both managers.
Leicester’s Vardy, Mahrez on Ballon d’Or list
Leicester City heroes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, stars in their team’s fairy-tale run to the Premier League title, have been named on a 30-player long list for the...
Kuznetsova edges Radwanska in Singapore stunner
Svetlana Kuznetsova dug deep into her reserves to overcome Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in their WTA Finals round robin opener Monday, the late-arriving Russian...
Kerber outlasts Cibulkova in finals opener
Angelique Kerber was forced to dig deep in her WTA Finals opener before the German world No. 1 battled past Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 in a high-class baseline...
Cavs, Warriors favored as season begins
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will celebrate their city’s first sports crown in 52 years Tuesday, raising their championship banner as the 2016-17 NBA...
Mourinho accuses Conte of humiliating United: TV
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte that his antics in whipping up the crowd during the London club’s 4-0 victory Sunday...
Misfiring Ronaldo gets backing from teammates
Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates have issued a strong defense of his value to Real Madrid as the Portuguese striker grapples with a barren streak that has sparked a debate...
Misery for Manchester as Utd thrashed, City draw
Manchester’s two Premier League clubs managed just a point between them Sunday as Manchester United suffered a chastening 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on manager Jose...
Svetlana Kuznetsova dug deep into her reserves to overcome Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in their WTA Finals round robin opener Monday, the late-arriving Russian upsetting the defending champion in a thrilling encounter.
Del Potro wins first ATP title in three years
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro clinched his first ATP title in almost three years with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over American Jack Sock in Sunday’s final in...
Halep overpowers Keys at WTA Finals
Simona Halep laid down the gauntlet at the WTA Finals Sunday, demolishing rising American Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 in the opening match of the $7 million end-of-season event
Halep unlocks Keys to open WTA Finals
Simona Halep got her WTA Finals campaign off to a perfect start Sunday when the Romanian world number four dominated an erratic Madison Keys to race to a 6-2 6-4...
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will celebrate their city’s first sports crown in 52 years Tuesday, raising their championship banner as the 2016-17 NBA campaign opens.
Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings
Durant stars as Warriors rout Clippers in pre-season
Kevin Durant scored 21 points on his home debut as the Golden State Warriors demolished the Los Angeles Clippers 120-75 in a pre-season game Tuesday.
NBA star 'King' James endorses Clinton for president
NBA superstar LeBron James is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president of the United States in a move that could carry a lot of weight with voters in the pivotal state...
Raptors launch pre-season with a protest, and a win over Warriors
The NBA pre-season tipped off Saturday with the Toronto Raptors making a statement before handing the Golden State Warriors a 97-93 defeat in Vancouver
Justin Thomas fired a final round eight-under-par 64 to overturn a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and successfully defend his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia Sunday.
Cubs, Indians set to meet in World Series
Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series.
Brilliant Thomas defends CIMB Classic title in Malaysia
Justin Thomas fired a final round eight-under-par 64 to overturn a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and successfully defend his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia...
Woods dreams of eclipsing Nicklaus’ record
Tiger Woods says he still believes he will surpass the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, even though the former world No. 1 has been sidelined from...
Simone Schaller, Olympic hurdler in '32 and '36, dies at 104
Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She was 104.
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg is refusing to be rattled by reliability concerns as he prepares for his first “match point” of the season in Mexico this weekend.
Crutchlow wins in Australia after Marquez error
Cal Crutchlow seized on a blunder by new world champion Marc Marquez at Australia’s Phillip Island Sunday to win only his second MotoGP.
Hamilton wins U.S. Grand Prix to stay in F1 title
Lewis Hamilton got the victory he needed to keep his Formula One championship hopes alive, winning the U.S. Grand Prix for the fourth time in five years Sunday.
Hamilton powers to pole at United States Grand Prix
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton powered to pole position for the United States Grand Prix when he out-paced Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg...
British first as Crutchlow holds off Rossi in Australia
Cal Crutchlow comfortably held off Valentino Rossi over 18 laps at Phillip Island Sunday to claim his second career MotoGP victory and become the first British winner...
The Arab world lost one of its most important, and prolific, senior artists Saturday.
New Palestinian award to promote local cinema
A Palestinian film organization has launched a new cinema award in an attempt to stimulate the local filmmaking industry and promote cinema culture in the Palestinian...
Leslie Jones hits back at hackers in SNL rant
A day after hackers unleashed an attack on some of the world’s best-known websites, comedian Leslie Jones weighed in on cybersecurity in a commentary on “Saturday Night...
‘Accountant’ Affleck delves into autism
Ben Affleck said he found his latest role as a blunt-speaking accountant and assassin refreshing after playing the tormented, weary superhero Batman this year.
Sting to perform, receive honor at American Music Awards
Sting will hit the stage at the American Music Awards next month, and the icon will receive a special honor for his successful career.
Bill Murray awarded Mark Twain prize for humor
In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray’s elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was...
Henri Barande makes rare showing in London
Reclusive French artist Henri Barande hid his paintings and sculptures from the world for half a century.
Feces, swastikas for Trump at Mexico museum
His golden hair twists into smelly, fly-infested excrement.
A day after hackers unleashed an attack on some of the world’s best-known websites, comedian Leslie Jones weighed in on cybersecurity in a commentary on “Saturday Night Live,” saying cybercriminals could put their talents to far better use than hacking celebrities.
Cumberbatch joins the Marvel universe
British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his...
TV programmers to rethink damaging princess shows
The Disney princess may not be dead yet, but children’s television programmers are under pressure to create more adventurous female characters as fears grow over the...
Schmoozing with stars poses pitfalls for media
Kiss up or shut up?
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray's elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was honored with the nation's top prize for comedy.
Julie Andrews returns to TV to help kids put on a show
Hollywood legend Julie Andrews is making her first television series in more than a decade to teach children how to put on a show, its producers said Sunday
Steve McQueen: bringing art to the silver screen
Director Steve McQueen, whose poetic visual style helped secure a best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave", brings a sensibility to his films even when tackling...
Bound and gagged Kardashian Halloween costume pulled
An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that made light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West.
Damon and Affleck resurrect 'Good Will Hunting' roles
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck resurrected their "Good Will Hunting" roles, not to mention their Boston accents, in a special one night only live read from the script...
When Noelia Garella was a child, a nursery school rejected her as a “monster.”
Bosphorus ship spotters watch Russian war boats
Minutes after fishermen tip him off that a ship is about to pass through Istanbul’s Bosphorus, Yoruk Isik drops what he’s doing and rushes to his favorite vantage...
Crash-landing may have wrecked Mars probe
Scientists say Europe’s experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it was traveling too fast.
Monkeys break new ground on stone tool theory
The creation of primitive stone tools has long been hailed as a landmark in the human odyssey – but should our species’ much-trumpeted smartness take all the credit?
Karoline Lang International: Lebanon’s latest fashion export
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...
Hunting gastronomic gold in truffle country
“It is not a job. It’s a passion, a real sickness!”
French show robust interest in roe-deer hunting
Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying renewed interest in France.
Pets at work may help atmosphere
When a conference call turns tedious, Brent Robertson can still count on getting a smile from watching Gus rolling around on the floor.
New Milky Way map to help show how galaxies form
A new superdetailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form, Australian and German scientists behind the project said Thursday.
European Mars lander's fate still uncertain: ESA
European scientists are still not certain whether a space lander that reached Mars Wednesday touched down on the Red Planet in good working condition, the European...
Google’s Pixel: Not much, still a standout
Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new.
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.
I love Beirut ... DBeirut
Paris Fashion Week and the new visions
Elie Saab brings back the age of disco glam
I can think of very few things I hate as much as having to wake up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, an undertaking that is made ever more abhorrent considering my very late work hours.
Mazda CX-9 proves SUVs can be mesmerizing
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that of all the cars I’ve test-driven, SUVs consistently emerge as the car of choice when it comes to...
Jeep has scored a winner and its name is Renegade
As the world’s most renowned maker of SUVs, it was inevitable that Jeep would venture into the subcompact crossover at some point.
2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS: A classic in its prime
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
To reduce the risk of sudden death, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, U.S. doctors said Monday.
Scan for horses can hold promise for humans
Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still...
Anti-vaccination nurses in Australia face punishment
Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent...
Devils’ milk could fight superbugs: scientists
Mother’s milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly “superbugs” which resist antibiotics, Australian...
World's first three-parent IVF baby birth 'revolutionary': doctor
A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a "three-parent" in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the...