When President Michel Aoun takes the stage at the general debate of the 73rd U.N. General Assembly next week, he will speak about local and regional issues, including resolving the refugee crisis facing Lebanon.
FBI chief talks security with Lebanese officials
Security cooperation, combating terrorism and support for the Lebanese Army were the main topics of discussion Friday between the head of the United States Federal...
Canada hosts first meeting of women foreign ministers
Women foreign ministers from around the world kicked off a first-of-its-kind meeting on Friday, bringing together more than half of the world's top women diplomats in...
Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large
Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice...
Palestine ready for talks with Israel: Abbas
Palestine is ready to enter peace talks with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday following talks with French prime minister Emmanuel Macron.
STL concludes hearings, verdict set for 2019
Hearings have finally come to an end at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, almost five years after its opening day. Now the trial chamber judges must reach a verdict.
PSP calls to break Cabinet impasse
The Progressive Socialist Party called Friday on feuding parties to compromise to hasten the formation of a national unity government, in the latest plea to break the...
Lebanon names joint Russian committee delegates
Lebanon Friday presented the names of those who will represent the country in a joint Lebanese-Russian committee for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.
Women foreign ministers from around the world kicked off a first-of-its-kind meeting on Friday, bringing together more than half of the world's top women diplomats in Montreal.
Five years after attack, Al-Shabab’s threat grows
Five years after Al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, hurling grenades and starting a dayslong siege that left 67 people dead,...
Pope accepts resignations of two Chile bishops
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, the Vatican said Friday, in his latest move to confront a widening worldwide sexual abuse scandal.
Crime in the vines: Alsace fights grape theft
Few places are more peaceful than the gentle slopes of France’s Alsace wine region – but should any heinous crimes like grape theft occur, Jason the horse is on hand to...
Travelers wait as runways in Libya close
The queue snakes out of the departures hall and deep into the car park at Libya’s small Misrata airport – the main remaining gateway in and out of the country since...
Lieberman angered by leak of warning
Israel’s defense minister called Friday for the security services to intervene to stop Cabinet leaks after details were broadcast of a confidential military briefing...
Empty places: Uighur children missing in China
Chinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across the far western Xinjiang region, as...
Other nations adjust to ‘America first’ policy
America first? Try America first, second and third.
The Energy and Water Ministry said it has received a pledge from the Finance Ministry to allocate more funds to purchase fuel and gasoil to keep power plants running.
Civil servants retirement benefits a time bomb
The startling rise of costs in end-of-service benefits for retired civil servants, Army and security personnel is adding an unnecessary financial burden and should be...
Trump’s Iran measures spark oil price fork
The relationship between two major oil benchmarks is charting an unexpected course as U.S. sanctions take Iranian crude out of the market.
Iran’s domestic car market stalls as deal falters
Across Iran’s capital, rush-hour traffic always grinds to a halt, a sea of boxy Renault four-doors and Peugeot coupes all idling their way through the streets of Tehran.
Titanic battle for Sky culminates in auction
A titanic takeover battle for European TV operator Sky between Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and U.S. cable giant Comcast culminates Saturday in a rare blind auction.
Saudi fund invests $1B in U.S. electric car firm
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested over $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the...
Saradar denies it dismissed staff without payoff
Saradar Bank Friday denied claims made by the Syndicate of Bank Employees that the management of the bank did not provide 61 discharged staff sufficient compensations.
Lebanon suspends lump sum tax
The Lebanese authorities Friday have suspended the implementation of the lump sum (fixed) tax in response to the appeals of the private sector.
Emirates-Etihad may be airline deal of the decade
A combination of Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad would be the airline industry’s deal of the decade, if it can be pulled off.
Canadian export agency downgrades Riyadh rating
Canada’s export financing agency is raising a red flag on doing business with Saudi Arabia in the wake of a feud between Riyadh and Ottawa.
Turkey sees lower growth, double-digit inflation in next years
Turkey, which was last month buffeted by its worst currency crisis in recent years,Thursday forecast sharply lower growth coupled with persistently high inflation in...
Switzerland tries to stem blockchain exodus
In an effort to maintain its status as a cryptocurrency hub, Switzerland has taken steps to help blockchain companies access the traditional financial system by making...
U.S. economy growing despite oil prices
America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on its economy.
Central banks straightjacketed by U.S. bonds
Few have flexed their muscles in the U.S. bond market over the last 15 years quite like foreign central banks, who have played a major part in the bull run by recycling...
US sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S....
For 70 years, since the creation of Israel, the U.S. has involved itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, often putting the Jewish state’s interests above even its own and, in the supposed pursuit of peace, meting injustice to the 10 million Palestinians inside and outside occupied land.
Imposing a fait accompli
It has grown impossible not to recognize that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have reached the final stretch in their bid to wipe out the Palestinian people, their...
Fighting populism with emotion not analysis
When confronting a challenging problem, it’s sometimes useful to listen to someone who looks at it from an entirely different angle.
Fresh Momentum for the Balkan Peninsula
As autumn comes to Europe, it is time to reap the fruits of months of hard diplomatic work across the Balkan Peninsula.
The threat to democracy – from the left
For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession.”
Mass outcry over chaos at Beirut’s airport has reached a peak after weeks of calamity for travelers due to technical, staffing and myriad other issues.
Hands off the text
The Lebanese Constitution, as is the case in every democracy, is not a sacred text like the Bible or Quran, since it carries within its articles the means and tools for...
The Russians have altered the strategic dynamics of approaching war and peace by acting as part-time peacemakers, and warmongers the rest of the time.
Can good politics produce bad economics?
Bad economics breeds bad politics.
A better bailout was possible after 2008 crisis
The recent exchange between Joe Stiglitz and Larry Summers about “secular stagnation” and its relation to the tepid economic recovery after the 2008-2009 financial...
Africa’s women belong at the top
When I was 8 years old, a family friend told my father that he thought I was destined for leadership. My dad never let me forget that heady observation, and as a result...
Kerry’s memoir shows a strong man
The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump.
A president who places image over principle
Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak.
Why the global growth story might be ending
For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of last week should clarify.
Working with Moscow on cyber regulation
Imagine a bully who’s pounding your head against a wall.
Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia.
Federation delays approval of Girona-Barca
La Liga’s plans to move Girona’s fixture with Barcelona on Jan. 26 to Miami hang in the balance after the Spanish football federation (RFEF) declined to authorize the...
Osaka below par, but safely into Tokyo semifinals
Japan’s Naomi Osaka exuded a major champion’s aura Friday as she dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Pan Pacific Open semifinals, despite being nowhere...
Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open
Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open.
Wade returns to Miami Heat for ‘One Last Dance’
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will play a final season for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision in a YouTube video entitled “One Last Dance.”
Aguero extends Man City contract to 2021
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2021, the Premier League club said Friday.
Klopp defends Salah, says Firmino fit
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says he has no concern over Egypt striker Mohamed Salah’s physical form ahead of Saturday’s match against Southampton.
Nejmeh beat Ansar in thrilling derby
Japan’s Naomi Osaka exuded a major champion’s aura Friday as she dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Pan Pacific Open semifinals, despite being nowhere near her best.
Nadal to miss Asian tournaments due to injury
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the...
Osaka blazes into Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals
Japan’s Naomi Osaka pulverized Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals Wednesday in her first match since her historic U.S. Open...
Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match
Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the...
Lebanon fall to New Zealand after late collapse
Lebanon collapsed to a 63-60 loss in their World Cup qualification battle against New Zealand Monday after being in the lead for most of the game in Rotorua.
Lebanon conquer China in epic overtime win
An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday.
James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Kaepernick
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he 'stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Ginobili retires after ‘fabulous’ Spurs journey
Manu Ginobili retired at age 41 Monday after a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the San Antonio Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club
Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua hit the scales nearly two stones heavier than Russian opponent Alexander Povetkin as the two boxers weighed in for Saturday’s title fight at Wembley Stadium.
Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history
Unheralded Englishman Oliver Fisher fired the first round of 59 in the European Tour’s 46-year history on a remarkable second day of the Portugal Masters Friday.
Mcgregor takes shots, swigs ‘em in return
Conor Mcgregor bellied up to his makeshift bar, plopped his dress shoes on the table and took a swig of his own Irish whiskey.
WADA lifts ban on Russian anti-doping agency
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Thursday lifted a ban on Russia's anti-doping agency, RUSADA, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across...
Phelps: Former Olympians are brushed aside
American swimmer Michael Phelps says the U.S. Olympic Committee should do more to help Olympians transitioning into retirement, saying they are all too often “brushed...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes won big in Singapore Sunday and the signs are looking ominous for title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.
Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore win
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s...
Raikkonnen fastest,Vettel hits wall in Singapore
Kimi Raikkonen edged out Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap in Friday’s second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, but the Finn’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel...
Vettel needs to find way to hit back in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at the Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year.
Former F1 champion Raikkonen leaving Ferrari for Sauber
Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc.
The plight of young, penniless artists is an often-heard tale – a worldwide phenomenon that almost all aspiring creatives struggle through to gain recognition and exposure in today’s competitive art market.
Second El-Gouna Film Festival gets its glitter on
The Arab world’s youngest competitive film festival launched its second edition Thursday evening, with a glittery ceremony at the resort village’s Marina Theatre.
Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies
France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naive, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.
Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26: family
Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and...
LeBron, Coogler team up for ‘Space Jam 2’
Two months ago, basketball superstar LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
A novel in verse shortlisted for Man Booker Prize
A pair of debut novels, including one in verse, feature among six “miracles of stylistic invention” shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, judges of the British award...
Historic French food cults defend local fare
On a Saturday morning in September in the Normandy countryside, a group of men and women gather for an ancient French ceremony.
In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover
In Hong Kong, more than around 340 tons of textile waste is dumped each day into the city’s overflowing landfills, according to the city’s Environmental Protection...
Calls for respect for black America at Franklin funeral
As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved,...
Lana Del Rey nixes Israel concert after BDS pressure
Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists.
Fans of Aretha Franklin to pay respects before Detroit funeral
Thousands of Aretha Franklin fans are expected to pay their last respects to the Queen of Soul Tuesday and Wednesday when the singer's body lays in repose for two days...
Phoenix, Reilly bond in ‘Sisters Brothers’
To play any brother, by blood or not, of John C. Reilly is an intimidating prospect given just how firmly entrenched Will Ferrell is as Reilly’s on-screen sibling.
Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92
State media is reporting that Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib, whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name across the Arab world, has died at age 92.
Netflix ties HBO in total Emmy wins
Streaming service Netflix Inc. and premium cable channel HBO battled to a tie at Monday’s Emmy awards ceremony, with each taking home 23 of the television industry’s...
'Game of Thrones,' 'Mrs. Maisel' triumph at Emmys
Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award...
Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea's turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the...
Cranberries singer O'Riordan drowned due to alcohol intoxication: inquest
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest in London was told, media reported on...
Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
Sanctioned Russian singer Kobzon, dubbed Russia's Sinatra, dies aged 80
Veteran Russian singer and pro-Kremlin politician Iosif Kobzon, who was under European Union sanctions for supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, died...
Milan designers were letting go of streetwear and turning back to the basics of elegant design on the second day of Milan Fashion Week.
Belgian builds musical bridge over Bosphorus
Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West’s few masters of the oud and of Ottoman...
What to say when postpartum depression hits
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their...
Eye exam may predict Alzheimer’s
Advances in eye-exam technology could one day help doctors diagnose people with Alzheimer’s disease long before physical symptoms appear, researchers said Thursday.
Designers explore local and world relationships
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship...
Tracee Ellis Ross leads pink parade at Emmys
There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and a contingent in red for TV’s big night at the Emmy Awards.
Tisci’s Burberry show a London Fashion Week hit
All eyes were on Burberry Monday as new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci showed his first collection for the venerable British house.
Florals at Preen, Mouret picks lace and feminism
Fashionistas can expect soft feminine looks for their wardrobes next spring, with labels Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Roland Mouret showing plenty of ruffles and lace...
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories.
Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, medical study says
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8...
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship and international influences.
Arak celebration shows young-old divide
In the village of Taanayel, tucked into the Bekaa’s forests and vineyards, lunch tables topped with vibrant-colored tablecloths punctuated Lebanon’s annual Arak Festival.
Beirut Design Fair extends its borders
The Beirut Design Fair, back this month for its second edition, will again showcase the designs, products and innovations of local and international talents at the...
NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.
Apple Watch inches toward becoming medical device
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday
Apple is expected to unveil its biggest and most expensive iPhone on Wednesday as part of a lineup of three new models aimed at widening the product's appeal amid...
‘Fortnite’: Could it soon be game over for the online craze?
It’s a question millions of parents want answered: Will the wildly popular online survival battle game “Fortnite” soon lose its grip on the attention of their children?
Useful, creepy? Gmail writes replies for you
Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf.
Far from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains.
Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China - despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.
Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, I tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the arctic silence.
Massive boom aims to halve Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years
Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s...
Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.