Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea Thursday praised lawmakers' move to abolish a controversial penal code article that allows accused rapists to avoid conviction if they marry their victims.
Army arrests fugitive in Hermel
The Lebanese Army Thursday raided the home of man suspected of killing a police officer in 2009, confiscating a large cache of ammunition and drugs.
Nearly 150 patients evacuated from east Aleppo: ICRC
Nearly 150 civilians, most disabled or in need of medical care, were evacuated overnight from a hospital in Aleppo's Old City, the first major evacuation from the...
Gaza tunnel collapse kills two Hamas militants
Two Hamas militants were killed and three are missing after a tunnel in the Gaza Strip collapsed, the Islamist group's military wing said Thursday.
Russia seeks jail for student accused of trying to join ISIS
Russian prosecutors on Thursday demanded a five-year jail sentence for a 21-year-old female student accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria.
Army arrests members of suspected Daesh cell
The following security developments took place across Lebanon Wednesday.
Frangieh predicts new Cabinet before holidays
MP Sleiman Frangieh predicted after meeting Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Wednesday night that a new government would be formed before the holiday season, while...
Study ordered on impact of Costa Brava landfill
The Costa Brava landfill might not get the green light after all, following Judge Hasan Hamdan’s decision ordering a study on the flight safety and environmental impact...
Nearly 150 civilians, most disabled or in need of medical care, were evacuated overnight from a hospital in Aleppo's Old City, the first major evacuation from the eastern sector, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday.
Palestinian tries to stab Israeli police, shot dead: Israel
An 18-year-old Palestinian threatened Israeli border police with a knife at a flashpoint junction in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was shot dead, Israeli...
Anti-ISIS airstrike killed, wounded civilians: Iraqi speaker
Iraq's parliament speaker said an airstrike targeting ISIS-held town of Qaim in western Iraq near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that...
Russia says close to reaching understanding on Aleppo with US
Russia and the United States are close to reaching an understanding on Syria's Aleppo, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as...
France's Le Pen calls for end of education for illegal migrants
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed Thursday that the children of illegal immigrants should be refused public school places as part of tough proposals to...
Paris rat catchers deployed to tackle rodent scourge
Paris officials have announced a crackdown on rats which blight parks and gardens around the City of Light and are thought to easily outnumber humans.
EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal
The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions...
Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'
Wild giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent in the last three decades, and the species is now "vulnerable" to extinction, a top conservation body said Thursday.
Businessmen and diplomats Wednesday emphasized the important role played by family businesses in the economy of countries all over the world.
MEA to acquire four additional planes
The Middle East Airlines is negotiating the acquisition of four additional wide-body aircrafts to beef up its current fleet, the chairman of the national carrier...
Busy lawyers put Egypt economy overhaul on notice
Salama Faris is in demand these days, and that’s bad news for the Egyptian economy.
Bosnia goes halal to serve Gulf visitors
Bosnian banks, food producers and hoteliers are adopting halal standards to tap a fast-growing market thanks to the country’s large Muslim population, an influx of Gulf...
JPMorgan fined over Euribor scandal
JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC Holdings PLC and Credit Agricole SA were fined a total of 485.5 million euros ($521 million) for rigging the Euribor benchmark as European...
BLOM PMI at nine-month high in November
The private sector activity slightly improved in the month of November 2016 on the backdrop of the election of the president, according to BLOM PMI.
Arab airline passengers up 5.3 pct in 2015
The number of passengers flown by Arab airlines in 2015 increased by 5.3 percent over 2014 to reach 258 million, according to the Arab Air Transport Federation.
Ministry warns over new company layoffs
The Labor Ministry reiterated Friday its warning against Lebanese enterprises wrongfully sacking their employees.
Shell returns to Iran to assess oil, gas fields
Royal Dutch Shell signed an agreement to assess three of Iran’s largest oil and gas fields as OPEC’s third-biggest producer looks to boost output with the help of...
Iran moves to change its currency unit back to the toman
Iran's official IRNA news agency says that President Hassan Rouhani's administration is proposing changing the name and denomination of the country's currency.
Iran to to sign oil and gas deals with Total, Shell
Iran was set to sign preliminary agreements with Total and Shell Wednesday to develop major oil and gas fields as it seeks to boost its output, an oil official said.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC Holdings PLC and Credit Agricole SA were fined a total of 485.5 million euros ($521 million) for rigging the Euribor benchmark as European Union antitrust regulators wrapped up a five-year investigation into the scandal.
U.S. bull market into 2017 but Trump a wild card
The U.S. stock market’s bull run since 2009 will extend into 2017 if President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to stimulate the economy with infrastructure spending and...
Softbank pledges $50B, Foxconn eyes expansion
Two of Asia’s biggest technology companies said they were looking to expand investment in the United States, as President-elect Donald Trump pushes to bring...
Supreme Court rules for Samsung
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean...
EU fines 3 banks $520 million over market rigging
European Union regulators have fined banks JPMorgan, HSBC and Credit Agricole a combined $520 million for colluding to manipulate the price of financial products linked...
For decades, politics has been in the hands of some 150 families, a fact that is understood, if not accepted, by the Lebanese.
The events of Monday night at the United Nations Security Council were a new act on the world stage.
A better global framework to end AIDS
This week, we celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
Chinas civilizational diplomacy
China is quickly becoming a world power, capable of exercising considerable influence over other countries.
Trump muffs his first foreign policy test
Whatever else future historians say about Donald Trump’s early foreign policy moves, they’re likely to note the erratic and, in many ways, self-defeating nature of the...
The great news is that, after some very difficult and lean years, Lebanon still matters in the minds of a cross section of big countries.
Patience wearing thin
Many who are following the latest developments in the uphill battle to form a new government are becoming increasingly frustrated, to say the least.
Syria, a blockbuster
Though it may be macabre, there are certain similarities between the Syrian civil war and an epic Hollywood blockbuster.
The power of undecided voters
After the tumultuous events of the Brexit and Trump’s victory in the U.S. elections, the world has witnessed another unpredicted situation that is the Italian...
America: The coming racial and religious turmoil
There is no denying: America was made by, and for, the “free white,” a term meaning, essentially, the protestant Europeans of English decent.
The Kremlin and the U.S. election
In early November, U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly contacted Russian President Vladimir Putin personally to warn against cyberattacks aimed at the American...
Whatever else future historians say about Donald Trump’s early foreign policy moves, they’re likely to note the erratic and, in many ways, self-defeating nature of the president-elect’s initial dealings with China, the country many analysts view as America’s most important long-term rival.
Democrats need to better connect with voters
As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution.
Will Trump embrace new high-tech weapons
The Pentagon has begun briefing key allies on plans for advanced weapons technologies aimed at offsetting Russian and Chinese military gains.
A world where the truth is losing
Richard Stengel, State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, bluntly states the problem that has been worrying him, and should worry us all: “In a global...
Be thankful for Donald Trump’s insincerity
Perhaps we should be thankful this week for Donald Trump’s insincerity.
Marco Reus’ dramatic equalizer two minutes from time ensured Borussia Dortmund beat holders Real Madrid to top spot in Champions League Group F with a pulsating 2-2 draw Wednesday.
Infantino backs 48-team WC with 16 groups
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup Finals to 48 teams featuring 16 groups of three starting with the 2026 tournament, a source within world...
Djokovic has not worked hard enough
Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world No. 1 by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former...
Argentina takes maiden Davis Cup title
Federico Delbonis swept aside Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s deciding rubber as Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title with a stunning fightback...
Spurs rally, roll toward history on the road
The San Antonio Spurs erased an early 10-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-91 Tuesday and extend their perfect record on the road to 13-0.
Runners-up spot leaves PSG in dangerous waters
After faltering in the Champions League quarterfinals four times in a row, Paris Saint-Germain could face the prospect of a last-16 exit after a mediocre performance...
Club World Cup looks ripe for reform
Regardless of whether FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan for a 32-team Club World Cup becomes a reality, this year’s tournament in Japan is likely to highlight the...
Lucas seals top spot for Arsenal
Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as Arsenal outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal Group A top spot from Paris St....
Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world No. 1 by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former coach Boris Becker said Wednesday.
Cilic, Dodig push Croatia to brink of Davis Cup
Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Argentine pair Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4, 6-3 in Saturday's doubles to put Croatia 2-1 up in the...
Murray takes aura of invincibility into 2017
Forget the latest addition to Andy Murray’s creaking trophy cabinet, the $2.4-million check and the adulation of a nation.
Murray wins Tour Finals, on top of world
Andy Murray will finish 2016 on top of the world rankings after an imperious 6-3, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic clinched his first ATP Tour Finals title Sunday.
Thompson’s 60 and a big NBA night
Plenty of points for Klay Thompson. Plenty of everything, as usual, for Russell Westbrook.
LeBron James steers clear of Trump hotel: report
LeBron James is among a group of Cleveland Cavaliers players who have refused to stay in a hotel affiliated with President-elect Donald Trump when the NBA champions...
LeBron stops the rot as Cavs hold off Raptors
LeBron James scored 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped their three-game losing streak with a battling 116-112 win over the Toronto Raptors Monday.
Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups.
Dubai Masters suspended after death of caddie
The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour, was suspended Wednesday after the death of a caddie.
Bjorn named fourth Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Tuesday with the task of reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
Thomas Bjorn named European Ryder Cup captain
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn will captain the European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, Ryder Cup Europe announced Tuesday.
A healthy week for Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods finished his first tournament in just over 15 months, and it showed Sunday in the Hero World Challenge.
Fernando Alonso would be on the list of possible replacements for retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes despite his contract with McLaren, according to team boss Toto Wolff.
F1 to return to France after 10-year absence
The French Formula One Grand Prix will return in 2018 after a 10-year absence with the race scheduled to take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France,...
Formula One champion’s seat up for grabs
Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement has given champions Mercedes a headache as they seek to fill Formula One’s most desirable drive.
Rosberg stuns F1 with retirement bombshell
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world...
Reaction to Rosberg retirement
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday by announcing his retirement, only days after he had won the world championship with Mercedes at the season-ending Abu Dhabi...
Visitors attending the Beirut International Arab Book Fair are interested in different types of books but, in a reflection of the region’s situation, politics remains a topic in high demand.
‘L’Amour’ first work by woman at Met since 1903
When the first notes of Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” (Love from Afar) are played at the Metropolitan Opera Thursday night, it will mark only the second staged...
Kirk Douglas at 100, still in love with Anne
Kirk Douglas, whose illustrious career has taken in some of cinema’s landmark roles, turns 100 on Friday.
Sonia Braga plays the role of her life at 66
While female actors are fighting for more and better roles in Hollywood, Sonia Braga got the part of her life at 66 in Kleber Mendonca Filho’s “Aquarius.”
Beyonce, Adele nominated for top 3 Grammy Awards
Beyonce and Adele are competing in the top three categories at the Grammy Awards.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk a mesmeric trip
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is not a war movie in the traditional sense.
Sotheby’s acquires forensics lab
In bid to fight art fraud, Sotheby’s has announced that it has purchased a forensics firm whose founder once helped the auction house belatedly identify a $10 million...
Meraachli, the fall of another great one
Lebanese singer Mona Meraachli, known for her warm and ethereal voice, died of a heart attack Monday.
Pacino, Eagles get Kennedy Center honors
Al Pacino, The Eagles, James Taylor, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich were celebrated Sunday for their lifetime achievements...
Shirley MacLaine on angels and New Mexico
Shirley MacLaine is direct, funny and down-to-earth no matter what the topic, including the guardian angels and aliens she accepts as givens.
Donnie Yen wants to be ‘good example’
Action star Donnie Yen placed his deadly hands and feet in cement at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre Wednesday, voicing hope that his career would inspire fellow Asians...
Neil Diamond to hit road for anniversary
Neil Diamond took “Song Sung Blue” to the top of the charts, and now he promises to leave “no song unsung” when he takes the stage next year for a world tour.
Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show
Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami Friday...
Selena Gomez the master of Instagram in 2016
Pop star Selena Gomez dominated Instagram in 2016, enjoying more followers than any other celebrity and accounting for the site's most popular photos.
Ariana Grande wins top American Music Award
Canadian rapper Drake won his first ever American Music Awards Sunday, Ariana Grande was named artist of the year, and punk band Green Day took aim at newly elected...
Algerian singer Mohamed Tahar Fergani, considered a master of the Arab-Andalusian musical genre, has died aged 88, Algerian media said Thursday.
Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings
A judge on Wednesday rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about custody arrangements in his divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt
Poland's top court upholds refusal to extradite Polanski
Poland's Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a refusal to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S. if he enters Poland.
Dunham and Coates, mutual admirers, talk writing and Trump
"Girls" creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common.
Gigi Hadid crowned model of year at Fashion Awards
American fashion model Gigi Hadid was crowned international model of the year and designer Alexander McQueen named best British brand at the 2016 Fashion Awards on...
Pharrell Williams put on the Ritz for Chanel’s scintillating midseason fashion show Tuesday – donning pearls on the “Cafe Society” catwalk at the restaurant of the newly refurbished Ritz Paris.
Daredevil pilot’s ordeal after South Sudan crash
Veteran British pilot Maurice Kirk has had his share of mishaps flying vintage planes around the world, but even his maverick mettle was tested after crashing in...
European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash
European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test...
Icy basin in Pluto's heart may be natural sinkhole
The deep icy basin in Pluto's heart-shaped region may be a natural sinkhole.
Iceland plays tourism card, for better for worse
An island of ice and lava battered by the Arctic winds, Iceland’s dramatic and pristine landscape is attracting a growing number of tourists, not all of whom are...
Cypriots see hope to save ancient dialect
In a village in northern Cyprus, a community struggling to save its ancient language has seen a glimmer of hope in intensified efforts to reunify the divided island.
Website seeks to match migrants with employers in Germany
A startup company in Berlin is trying to help integrate last year's flood of migrants into the German workforce with a tailor-made online job market for new arrivals.
Mammoth battles at Nepal elephant polo
The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball.
European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said Friday.
Japan plans supercomputer to leap into future
Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and...
Hands-on toys that teach are hot
Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.
Biometrics not foolproof as secure digital keys
It sounds like a great idea: Forget passwords, and instead lock your phone or computer with your fingerprint.
An island of ice and lava battered by the Arctic winds, Iceland’s dramatic and pristine landscape is attracting a growing number of tourists, not all of whom are respectful of the fragile ecosystem.
Visiting a beach town where kings were born
The beach town of Lahaina in western Maui was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a place where kings were born.
Stairs from Eiffel sell for over half a million
A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for more than half a million euros, auctioneers said Wednesday – more than 10 times the presale estimate.
Sarajevo hostel offers taste of life in war
A hostel in Bosnia is offering visitors a unique experience: the opportunity to live like civilians in a war zone.
Now you can visit the Rolling Stones’ 1962 flat
When Mick Jagger was coming up with ideas for an exhibition highlighting The Rolling Stones’ five-decade-long career, he wanted to recreate the mood of the band in its...
Following a rather eye-opening visit to the Los Angeles Car Show a few days ago, I quickly realized that most reviews focused on the fact that manufacturers are moving to meet the demand for sport utility vehicles.
Toyota GT 86 offers old-school fun
Come to sunny California, they said.
Italians help VW campers get back va-va-voom
How many enthusiasts does it take to restore a fleet of rust-riddled Volkswagen camper vans?
Car booster seats for kids are getting better
Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2016 Jeep Compass adept and affordable
Since I started conducting these test-drives, for the most part I’ve been sort of lucky in the sense that I’ve had some familiarity with most of the cars I’ve tried out.
Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.
Crispy Christmas trees: Staged fire shows risks
It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno.
Feds target sleep apnea, speeding after deadly train crash
Federal regulators want all passenger train operators in the U.S.tested for sleep apnea after the engineer in September's deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was...
Monkey study could lead to ‘functional’ HIV cure
Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn’t make house calls.
Tunisia reports H5 bird flu in wild birds - OIE
Tunisia has reported an outbreak of
the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus among wild birds in the
north of the country, the World Organisation for Animal...