A federal judge on Friday granted a request by Uber Technologies Inc and its chief executive Travis Kalanick to put a price-fixing lawsuit against them on hold, while they appeal his denial of their bid to compel arbitration.
Brazil police recommend corruption charges against ex-president Lula newspaper
Federal police in Brazil have recommended that prosecutors bring charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for corruption and money laundering, Estado...
Saudi roof collapse kills Ethiopian worker: media
An Ethiopian worker was killed and 18 Egyptians were injured when the roof of a building under construction collapsed in Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported on Friday.
Erdogan, Putin agree to speed up efforts for Aleppo aid delivery
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on Friday to accelerate efforts to deliver aid to Syria's Aleppo, Erdogan's office...
Lebanon army arrests bomb-making, gunfire suspects
The Lebanese Army has detained several people over various charges that include the manufacturing of bombs, possession of arms and opening fire, the military and state...
Teen boy behind Colorado medical pot law dies
A 15-year-old Colorado boy who helped pass a law requiring schools to allow students to use medical marijuana has died.
Iranian ships' actions in Gulf increase risk of miscalculation: White House
Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House...
Morales sees 'conspiracy' in Bolivia minister's murder
Bolivian President Evo Morales said Friday there was a "political conspiracy" against his government after protesting miners allegedly kidnapped, tortured and beat to...
11 Turkish police killed in PKK suicide bombing
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday claimed a suicide truck bombing on a police building in Turkey's southeast that killed 11 officers and wounded...
Sudan plane makes emergency landing in Saudi
A Sudanese Antonov aircraft made an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia after takeoff from a base used to bomb rebels in Yemen, the kingdom's aviation regulator said,...
Iran denies US accusation of arming Yemen rebels
Iran Friday denied U.S. accusations it has delivered missiles to Yemeni rebels, retorting it was U.S. support for a Saudi-led coalition backing the government that had...
The Lebanese Army has detained several people over various charges that include the manufacturing of bombs, possession of arms and opening fire, the military and state media said Friday.
Five Palestinians surrender to Lebanese Army
Five Palestinians Friday became the latest suspected militants to surrender to the Lebanese Army at a checkpoint outside a refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
Parliamentary polls to take place on time: Machnouk
Lebanon's parliamentary elections due to be held next year will not be postponed for a third time, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk pledged Friday.
UAE donates $500,000 to Shebaa hospital
The Emirati embassy in Lebanon announced Friday a $500,000 donation to help support a UAE-backed hospital in southern Lebanon due to reopen its doors next month.
Finance minister submits Lebanon draft budget
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil submitted the 2017 state budget to the Cabinet Friday, the first in over a decade, state media reported.
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Wednesday appealed to ministers and lawmakers to discuss and approve the 2017 draft budget he intends to submit to the Cabinet within the next 48 hours.
Lawsuit filed against LCB’s auditing firm
A shareholding company in the defunct Lebanese-Canadian Bank is suing Deloitte & Touche’s Middle East operation and its managing partner Joseph al-Fadl for what it...
Oil prices dip, Saudis dampen hopes on output talks
Oil prices dipped in Asia Friday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister cast doubt on the need to cut output, denting hopes for a deal at talks next month aimed at...
Iran’s oil minister to join OPEC talks on market
Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh will join an informal meeting of OPEC members next month in Algiers, a state news service reported, ending uncertainty about...
Have central banks met their limit?
The world’s key central banks have worked themselves into contortions to try to rev up economic growth, raise inflation and coax consumers and businesses to borrow and...
Retail sales plunge more than 5 percent in Q2
Retail activity in the second quarter of 2016 plunged 4.68 percent as the purchasing power of the Lebanese shrinks, according to a recently released report.
Middle East shows luxury goods growth potential
Deloitte said Monday that there was still great potential for growth in global luxury goods in the Middle East and most notably in the Arab Gulf states.
Another push for $60 a barrel as meeting looms
The pendulum in the oil market has clearly swung in favor of the producers. OPEC members have never pumped so much crude, ditto for Russia, but prices zoomed to a...
Oil prices dipped in Asia Friday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister cast doubt on the need to cut output, denting hopes for a deal at talks next month aimed at addressing a global supply glut
Iraq seeks formal oil export deal with Kurds
Iraq’s resumption last week of oil shipments through a Kurdish-controlled pipeline bumped up its export capacity by 5 percent almost overnight.
Saudi Arabia to target first dollar bond
Saudi Arabia is planning to sell its first international bond in early October as the country seeks to plug a budget deficit estimated at about $80 billion this year,...
Qatari fund buys stake in Empire State Building
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has made an iconic purchase in the United States – a stake in the company that owns New York’s Empire State Building.
The world’s key central banks have worked themselves into contortions to try to rev up economic growth, raise inflation and coax consumers and businesses to borrow and spend more.
Foreigners eye post-Brexit housing bargains
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will have a negative impact on both prices and turnover in the U.K. housing market, with foreign investors set to benefit...
Heavily indebted U.S. firms pose risk to economy
America has a debt problem, but it’s not what you think.
WhatsApp plans to share your number with Facebook
Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company.
British economy accelerates in second quarter: data
Britain's economic growth picked up speed in the second quarter, official data confirmed Friday, but economists expressed concern about the longer-term impact of Brexit
Just when we think the Free Patriotic Movement has exhausted every kind of innuendo, insinuation, misinformation and fabrication, it appears to have developed its tactics into a certain kind of culture, boasting a sophisticated art of spin.
Dashed by geopolitics
For the past two weeks, following their victory in Manbij and encouraged by a tacit nod from the U.S., the Kurds have clung to the dream that they would take control of...
The rise and fall of Middle Eastern health system
Much of the progress in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades appears to have been reversed by the political unrest and civil wars...
The Burkini: Another victim of globalization
Everyone knows by now that the burkini, or burquini, is the creation of a Lebanese-born Australian designer named Ahedi Zanetti.
Australia seeks balance on China’s influence
Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the U.S., even if it upsets Beijing.
The Kurdish dream lives
As things stand now Daesh (ISIS) will be defeated, sooner or later.
The spirit of sport
Although the Olympic Games closing ceremony was certainly a fusion of samba, spectacle, smiles and sport, it was also an intoxicating mix of emotions.
Sexism mars Rio coverage
It’s an undeniable fact that the media thrives on scandal and jumps at every opportunity to cover hot-button issues including gender-based discrimination.
Much of the progress in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades appears to have been reversed by the political unrest and civil wars afflicting the region.
Vaccines for young and old reap benefits for all
The world’s population is getting bigger – and older.
Syria: Will a child lead?
As Aleppo writhes in torment under bombs dropped by Russian aircraft launched from an Iranian air base, one wonders if it occurs to anyone in the White House that...
The politics of negative interest rates
Objects of desire come at a cost.
Israelis, Palestinians: seeking leadership
Amazing as it may sound to many skeptics who have watched the Israeli-Palestinian conflict become increasingly violent, a new joint poll by Israeli and Palestinian...
Fleeing fighters could spur ‘boomerang effect’
Daesh (ISIS) hasn’t had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.
Trump and the politics of cultural despair
For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well.
Omran’s picture elicits anger … and fear
The pictures of 5-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sitting dazed and bloodied Wednesday in the back of an ambulance have rightly sparked worldwide anger and sympathy.
FIFA ethics prosecutors want a Qatari candidate for a FIFA ruling council seat to be banned for "failure to properly cooperate and provide truthful information" in an investigation.
Conte concerned over Chelsea transfer stalemate
Antonio Conte admits Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League will be damaged if they fail to make any more signings before the transfer window closes next week.
Nadal to play in Australia ahead of Open for first time
World number five Rafael Nadal will play in the Brisbane International next year, organizers said Wednesday, the first time the Spaniard has kicked off his season in...
Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final
Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati...
U.S. NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in...
Guardiola returning to Nou Camp
Pep Guardiola will return to the Nou Camp in the Champions League group stage after his new club Manchester City were drawn against his former Barcelona team Thursday.
Injured Ronaldo absent from Portugal squad
Still recovering from the knee injury that forced him off in the final of Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the Portugal squad for the start of their 2018 World...
Henry joins Belgium as assistant to coach Martinez
Thierry Henry will be an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as they start their bid to qualify for the next World Cup finals in Russia
World number five Rafael Nadal will play in the Brisbane International next year, organizers said Wednesday, the first time the Spaniard has kicked off his season in Australia.
Kerber going for women’s No. 1 in Cincinnati
Angelique Kerber has a chance to become No. 1 at the Western & Southern Open. The men’s bracket is wide open, too, providing an opportunity for someone outside the Big...
Sharapova could return in January: tennis chief
Five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova, banned in June for two years for doping offenses, may be allowed to return in January, according to Russian Tennis...
Murray advances to final to defend London gold
Britain's Andy Murray advanced to the men's Olympic final with a straight sets victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori on Saturday, securing a chance to defend his title and...
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s final.
NBA stars bring curtain down on Rio
The United States' NBA superstars bring the curtain down on the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday as the last 12 gold medals are decided
Bilic backs Conte to succeed at Chelsea
West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic is backing Antonio Conte to make a big impact at Chelsea, but is confident his side can cause problems for their London rivals when...
Turkish star 'disowned by family' over Gulen support
The family of one of the most prominent Turkish basketball players in the NBA Tuesday publicly disowned him after he openly supported the U.S.-based preacher who Ankara...
Senegal gets Rio mugging from U.S.
Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began...
As Usain Bolt parties in London, around 30 Olympic medalists, including nine champions, have headed to Switzerland for the first major track and field meeting since the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Weightlifting medalists fail doping retests
Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the...
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo
The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo Wednesday as Japan’s capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio’s sometimes shaky 2016...
Five things to know about the next Olympics
The countdown to the 2020 Olympics began Wednesday with the arrival of the Olympic flag in Tokyo from Rio de Janeiro.
Triumphant Brits return home in gold-nosed plane
Great Britain’s triumphant Olympic team returned home from the Rio Games in a gold-nosed plane Tuesday, as officials trumpeted their success as the “best sporting...
Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday morning's opening free practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix
F1 driver Rio Haryanto replaced by Esteban Ocon: Manor
British motor racing team Manor announced Wednesday it was dropping Indonesian Formula One driver Rio Haryanto and replacing him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Advantage Hamilton as F1 breaks for summer
Triple champion Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to speed but the rapid turnaround in his title prospects has left even the blindingly quick Briton stunned, as he heads...
Police rescue Ecclestone’s mother-in-law
Brazilian police said they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of British Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone unharmed after more than a week in captivity and arrested...
Happy Hamilton revels in German success
Lewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised at his own good fortune Sunday after winning the German Grand Prix to take a clear championship lead into Formula One’s annual...
Published in 2014, Joumana Haddad’s tragicomic novel “Kafas” (Cage) suggests that the gender divide is a more complex thing than “haves” and “have nots,” and that it is not only women who live in cages.
Painting not work of artist Doig, judge rules
A U.S. judge has agreed that a celebrated artist didn’t paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker.
At last! Spears biopic coming to TV
The turbulent life of Britney Spears – who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder – is becoming a television biopic.
Lawrence tops best paid actress list, again
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world’s highest-paid actress for the second year Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.
Frank Ocean releases second album 'Blonde'
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released...
Hillbilly Elegy traces America’s downcast
For pundits and politicos baffled by the appeal of a wealthy New York businessman to the struggling white working class in Appalachia and Rust Belt mill towns, J.D....
Was painting by famed artist? Judge to decide
A federal judge in Chicago is set to issue a verdict in a peculiar civil trial over a celebrated Scottish-born artist’s insistence that he did not paint a landscape...
Banksy mural destroyed by building work
A mural by British street artist Banksy which mocked government surveillance has been destroyed during building works on the house on which it appeared in 2014. It has...
Another off-kilter role for Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul loves playing a dad, however flawed that dad might be.
Lohan requests a meeting with Putin
Troubled U.S. star Lindsay Lohan has demanded a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in return for appearing on a Russian chat show, its host said, confirming U.S....
Obamas’ first date inspires romantic movie
We’ve heard their playlists, watched them dance together, and now Americans can see Barack and Michelle Obama on their first date – in a film that follows the future...
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released "Blonde"
Canada celebrates, mourns as rockers Tragically Hip say good-bye
The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on...
Japan's long-running, all-male pop group SMAP to break up
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will go their separate...
Bennett turns 90, seeks new collaboration
Crooner Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, declaring himself in great health and ready for a new collaboration.
Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run
Austria charges US rapper Freddie Gibbs with sexual assault
U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been charged in Austria with sexually assaulting a woman while on tour last year in Vienna, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home
"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane...
Duke of Westminster, British billionaire landowner, dies at 64
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a...
Ernst Neizvestny, sculptor who confronted Khrushchev, dies at 91
Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian-born sculptor who publicly debated modern art with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and went on to create his final memorial, died in the...
An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
Newspaper says it uncovered KFC's secret recipe
Is the secret KFC recipe a secret no more?
A US newspaper says it may have inadvertently stumbled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the...
Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of...
‘Baby, it’s hot outside’: Why birds sing to eggs
Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world,...
Trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17
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...
Claw law: Legislator targets arcade favorite
It’s an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base.
Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can
Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers...
Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo
It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.
China launches world first quantum satellite
China launched the world's first quantum satellite Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system...
Great balls of fire! Prepare for meteor outburst
Northern Hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat Thursday night with a rare shooting star “outburst,” which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a...
Ancient ice reveals vital clues about Earth's past climate
Inside a huge walk-in freezer in suburban Denver, a college student in a thick parka shoots a jolt of electricity through a yard-long column of ice extracted from...
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.
Go on, ‘Donate Your Running Shoes’
Jeweler celebrates 130th anniversary of Tiffany
Massive summer sales and new colors for fall
Striking styles: Makeup for the season
At a gasp-inducing 4,000 meters-plus above sea level, a post marks the spot where Andean gods are said to dwell at the foot of towering, snow-covered peaks.
Thailand’s tiger tourism expands
Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found...
Russians hunt Ivan the Terrible in new app
A compass on the smartphone screen points toward Red Square.
Tourists learn alongside locals on safaris
It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
Tourists learn alongside locals on guide-training safaris
It's not just a safari. It's a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
There’s a sweet spot in automotive manufacturing that arises when all aspects of a car come together so harmoniously that the final product is nothing less than stellar.
3-Series sets benchmark for compact sedans
At long last, after nearly two years of reviewing scores of automobiles from numerous different marques, I finally get to review the one car that started it all for me.
2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.
718 Boxster S a testament to Porsche ingenuity
How can anyone pass up the opportunity to gloat? Can you? I know I can’t – I’m not that noble.
Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show
Mercedes-Benz gave a sneak preview of a new ultra luxury coupe on Thursday in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns...
They’re young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital … or worse, dead.
Study in mice shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new...
Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos
With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country’s web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.
Organ network mapping a path to more fair liver transplants in U.S.
The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die...
Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble save lives
They have proven their worth in detecting land mines but Africa’s giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation – saving lives by speeding up...