Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to figures from the third Global Slavery Index released Tuesday.
Somalia's al Shabaab kills two soldiers in Puntland region
Somalian al Shabaab militants killed two soldiers in the country's semi-autonomous region of Puntland Tuesday in a bomb attack, according to an officer in the region's...
Russian airstrikes kill 23 in Idlib: monitor
At least 23 people were killed in Russian airstrikes overnight in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities...
Turkish PM Yildirim says German vote on Armenian killings "ridiculous"
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday a resolution expected to be approved by German lawmakers declaring the 1915 mass killings of Armenians a genocide...
Ramadan decorations change over time in Sidon
Hajj Mohammad Sanjar, 80, recalls past preparations to decorate the streets and neighborhoods of old Sidon for Ramadan.
North Korea sends envoy to China amid downturn in relations
North Korea has sent an envoy to Beijing to brief Chinese officials on recent political developments amid a downturn in relations between the formerly close communist...
Defiant Thai junta leader rebukes 'haters' with power vow
Thailand's junta leader swatted away his critics Wednesday vowing to remain in power "despite how much you hate me", as political tensions simmer ahead of a referendum...
Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders
Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite...
At least 23 people were killed in Russian airstrikes overnight in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities was agreed in February, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Turf war turns neighbors to enemies in Iraq town
In some places, the line dividing this town in northern Iraq takes the form of blast walls and barricades that bring its run-down streets to an abrupt end.
Western Sahara independence movement leader dies
The head of the independence movement in the Western Sahara, Mohamed Abdelaziz, died Tuesday after a long illness, the Polisario Front said in a statement.
Attack on Egyptian grandmother fuels anger
Souad Thabet’s house no longer has a door. Inside, its walls are blackened with soot and a television lies shattered on the floor.
Bassil and Frangieh trade barbs in wake of polls
Fallout from the results of north Lebanon’s municipal elections sparked a war of words Tuesday between Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh and Free Patriotic...
Fadlallah slams Machnouk over internet scandal
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk isn’t cooperating enough over investigations into the ongoing internet scandal, chair of Parliament’s Media and Telecoms Committee...
Think urban: How development should work
The experience of the past decade and a half has shown that persistent imbalances and social exclusion may put stability at risk.
Beirut mayor announces 120 days of development
Newly elected Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani announced the commencement of a 120-day developmental plan Tuesday as he vowed that his platform would not remain ink on paper.
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh reiterated Monday that Lebanon is obliged to abide by the recent U.S. law targeting Hezbollah’s finances.
Budget deficit hits 37 percent of spending
Lebanon’s budget deficit in the first four months of this year rose to 37.2 percent of spending compared to 33.75 percent in the same period last year, according to...
New Saudi energy minister takes OPEC seriously
For OPEC watchers, every little detail matters.
How Genel lost its Kurdish oil reserves
On the last Sunday of February 2016, late in the evening, Genel Energy’s chairman and former BP boss Tony Hayward held an urgent call with the board to break some bad...
France seeks to stem labor disruptions
France’s government moved Tuesday to calm protests against labor law reform ahead of the monthlong European football championship, announcing a pay rise for school...
Torch looks to light a fire with coding training
In the past couple of years Lebanon has seen multiple initiatives focused on supporting entrepreneurs, be it with funding, training or other services tailored to ensure...
Lebanon pirates 70 percent of its software
The software piracy rate in Lebanon remained nearly unchanged in 2015 at 70 percent compared to 71 percent in 2013, according to the U.S.-based Business Software...
Hariri pledges support for young entrepreneurs
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed Friday to offer the support young entrepreneurs need to create businesses.
Foreign workers trapped by debts in Gulf
The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks.
Saudi Arabia best emerging market for deals
Saudi Arabia’s planned privatizations, including a share sale in the world’s biggest oil company, represent the biggest investment banking opportunity in emerging...
Saudi Telecom considering selling towers
Saudi Telecom Co. is considering a sale of its mobile transmitter towers, its CEO said.
France’s government moved Tuesday to calm protests against labor law reform ahead of the monthlong European football championship, announcing a pay rise for school teachers and pledging to speed up reorganization talks at the SNCF railways.
India's Tata Steel completes Europe pipe division sale
India's Tata Steel announced Wednesday that it had completed the sale of its European piping business to British-based investment firm Greybull Capital as it sells off...
Strikes, protests pose headache for Paris tourism
As Paris tourism struggles to overcome last November’s Islamist attacks, the world’s most visited city faces a new threat from a wave of protests and further planned...
Fed official says markets prepared for rate hike
St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said Monday that global markets appear to be “well-prepared” for a summer interest rate hike from the Fed, although he...
Greece tells lenders it can’t implement demands
Greece told its European and International Monetary Fund creditors it cannot implement some of the changes sought in exchange for fresh bailout loans, sources close to...
As results of municipal elections were announced at every stage the dominant phrase of winners and losers alike was that “tomorrow is another day,” a remark that constitutes the understatement of the entire operation.
Elections reality check
Lebanon’s municipal elections are behind us, and what we have seen is an invitation to parties and politicians to climb down from their ivory towers and see the country...
Khan’s election deals a serious blow to Daesh
“I feel so proud of my city,” my interlocutor says, referring to the election of the first Muslim, Sadiq Khan, as mayor of London.
An Russian offer well-worth refusing
On May 20, 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposed that the United States and Russia coordinate airstrikes against Nusra Front positions in northwestern...
Kurdish factions should make common cause
One cause for Syria’s torments is that regional powers have used proxy forces to advance their position in the “great game” of influence, without regard for the effects...
Leave the church alone
The Lebanese pride themselves on their forefathers the Phoenicians’ invention of the alphabet.
Legacy of strategic flops
Barack Obama is racing against time as he searches for a legacy in the ashes of gaffes and failures that not only characterize his presidency but which he has...
Bear’s forked tongue
On the face of it the Russia-Gulf Cooperation Council conference in Moscow Thursday was a meeting of minds.
Twin decisions to put the EU trust to the test
June is shaping up to be a fateful month for the European Union.
Nature’s answer to climate risk
Nearly half the world’s population – some 3.5 billion people – lives near coasts.
Negotiating jihad in Ain al-Hilweh
On May 12, heavy celebratory gunfire broke out in Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh, in Southern Lebanon, after Daesh (ISIS) reported that two of its affiliates,...
One cause for Syria’s torments is that regional powers have used proxy forces to advance their position in the “great game” of influence, without regard for the effects on the Syrian people.
International law works best when consistent
What is the value of law?
On Syria, the U.S. and Turkey need each other
Here’s a positive move by Turkey, a country that often seems to be heading in the wrong direction: Despite Ankara’s severe misgivings, it is allowing the U.S. military...
America is still great, but needs to stay strong
Donald Trump’s positions on public policy have shifted over the years, months, even days.
Ennahda pioneers another Arab era, test
The decision last week by Tunisia’s successful Ennahda Party to separate its political from its religious functions strikes me as one of the most important developments...
UEFA Champions League final loser Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid hopes to become a winner this week and help Ghana qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
Coleman frets over Wales form dip since Euro qualification
Wales manager still Chris Coleman has warned his team against complacency ahead of this month's European Championship in France, following a slump in performances after...
French Open organizers under fire after more rain
Fans spent more time looking at the murky Parisian sky then watching tennis Tuesday as French Open organizers were accused of “not caring about the players” after the...
More rain gives suffering Djokovic shelter
World number one Novak Djokovic dropped the first set of his French Open last-16 clash against Roberto Bautista Agut before heavy rain came to his rescue Tuesday
Sagesse win Game 4 to level finals
The drama of the Lebanese Basketball League continued Tuesday as Sagesse leveled up the best-of-seven series, defeating Riyadi 87-82 after overtime in Game 4 at Ghazir.
Rashford, Sturridge make England Euro 2016 squad
Strikers Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge made Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man England squad for Euro 2016 Tuesday but winger Andros Townsend and midfielders Danny...
Spain go with Lucas, no Isco or Saul, for Euro
Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Atletico’s Saul Niguez Tuesday missed the cut for Vicente Del Bosque’s final 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2016 that does include Real’s...
Messi misses first day of tax fraud trial
The trial of Lionel Messi on charges of tax evasion opened in Barcelona Tuesday, but injury prevented football’s five-time World Player of the Year from attending. The...
Fans spent more time looking at the murky Parisian sky then watching tennis Tuesday as French Open organizers were accused of “not caring about the players” after the event was disrupted by more rain following the previous day’s washout.
French Open suffers first washout in 16 years
The French Open suffered its first complete washout since 2000 Monday when all scheduled matches were canceled due to heavy rain.
Wawrinka, Murray into last 8 and a Spanish lefty
Perennial Grand Slam title contenders Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray were joined in the French Open quarterfinals by two unfamiliar faces Sunday as the Parisian clay...
French Open suffers Monday washout
The French Open suffered its first complete washout since 2000 Monday when all scheduled matches were cancelled due to heavy rain, organizers announced.
After playoff collapse, Durant future questioned
As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.
Rematch set as Warriors, Cavs to meet again
The Golden State Warriors’ historic season goes on, with just one team left to beat.
Warriors beat Thunder to book title showdown with Cavs
Stephen Curry scored 36 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 96-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday and into an NBA title rematch with the...
Lebanon fall to Iran in WABA opener
The Lebanese national basketball team fell to Iran 81-75 Monday in their opening game of the WABA Championship which is currently taking place in Jordan.
Keni Harrison equaled the second-fastest 100-meter hurdles ever run and fellow American Justin Gatlin breezed to a sparkling but wind-assisted 100-meter victory at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting Saturday.
Nibali wins dramatic 99th Giro d’Italia
Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali secured his second Giro d’Italia triumph Sunday after topping a dramatic 99th edition that saw key rival Steven Kruijswijk agonizingly crash...
Retests positive for 23 athletes from 2012 Games
Twenty-three athletes from five sports tested positive for banned drugs in rechecks of 265 samples from the 2012 London Olympics, the International Olympic Committee...
Farah opens outdoor season with world-leading mark
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah surged into the lead with 60 meters remaining to claim victory in the fastest 10,000 meters of the year at the Prefontaine...
WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika
The World Health Organization (WHO) Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by large outbreak of Zika virus...
Winning the Monaco Grand Prix transformed Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One season and also provided a timely boost for those working on the triple world champion’s side of the Mercedes garage.
Buoyant IndyCar geared up for challenge ahead
Supercharged by the success of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar sped into a new era Sunday but the road ahead is an uncertain one for both the series...
Hamilton wins Monaco showcase Formula One
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his first win of the Formula One season at the Monaco Grand Prix Sunday after Mercedes told teammate Nico Rosberg to move aside and Red Bull...
Rossi's heart in Monaco, mind on Indy 500 win
Alexander Rossi's mind will be focused on the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday but his heart may be riding along at the Monaco Grand Prix
Ricciardo fastest in Monaco on day of crashes
Australian Daniel Ricciardo set the pace for Red Bull in Monaco Grand Prix practice Thursday, with crashes and a loose drain cover putting safety back in the spotlight...
Hollywood star Jodie Foster is setting her sights on directing more movies as she marks half a century in the spotlight, although she has no plans to completely quit acting.
Poetry for the dead, the old, the fake
There is scant evidence of crows at Sursock Museum these days.
Carroll’s fantasy world returns to theaters
Lewis Carroll’s much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” going through a mirror and then...
Carroll's fantasy world returns in "Alice Through the Looking Glass"
Lewis Carroll's much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in "Alice Through the Looking Glass", going through a mirror and then...
Punk rockers Misfits to reunite after three decades
Misfits, whose horror film-inspired punk rock became a major influence on heavy metal but who became embroiled in legal feuds, are reuniting for the first time in 33...
Spain’s Prado unveils major Bosch exhibition
It may not be the most suitable exhibition for the squeamish but the Prado Museum’s 500th anniversary display of the most and best of Dutch Renaissance master...
Maya & Marty aims to show variety spice of life
If you doubt that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are funny together, just recall their memorable number on the 40th anniversary special for “Saturday Night Live.”
Classic ‘Naked Lunch’ to be reborn in punk album
“Naked Lunch,” one of the seminal and controversial novels of the Beat Generation, will be reborn as a punk album based on recordings by late author William S. Burroughs.
Lewis Carroll’s much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” going through a mirror and then traveling back in time to help her friend, the flamboyant Mad Hatter.
Cranston goes All the Way in LBJ role
For five seasons of “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston displayed his versatility through the dramatic evolution of his character, Walter White, from milquetoast...
Netflix recreates drug lord Escobar’s death
Studio draws on vast research to paint
accurate, nuanced portrait of kingpin
Kevin Spacey mocks Trump at fundraiser
Kevin Spacey bashed Donald Trump during an AIDS fundraiser, saying he would enjoy visiting a place with “so many casinos to bankrupt.”
Misfits, whose horror film-inspired punk rock became a major influence on heavy metal but who became embroiled in legal feuds, are reuniting for the first time in 33 years.
Axl Rose to make debut with AC/DC at Lisbon concert
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will make his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock...
Radiohead social media goes blank, raising album hopes
Radiohead's social media profiles went blank Monday as speculation mounted that the British band was about to release a new album
A former model who claims Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 has filed a lawsuit against the comedian and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
Country music legend Guy Clark dead at 74
Country legend Guy Clark, whose vivid tales of lonesome characters and the rough Texas landscape inspired generations of songwriters, died Tuesday. He was 74.
JK Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian work
J.K. Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump
Chicago-area police issue Sinead O'Connor well-being check
Police in suburban Chicago have put out a well-being check for Irish singer and musician Sinead O'Connor.
Woody Allen’s Cannes nightmare
Cannes may be the world’s most glamorous film festival, but for veteran American director Woody Allen, whose “Cafe Society” opened the jamboree Wednesday, it is a trial...
Young drug users risk ending up as “human guinea pigs” for a new wave of sometimes highly toxic recreational drugs, the EU’s drug monitoring body warned in a report released Tuesday.
Sweden sees historic gender balance shift
Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first...
Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world's largest
Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
Cave structures show off Neanderthal skills
Mysterious ring-shaped structures fashioned 176,000 years ago by Neanderthals using broken stalagmites deep inside a cave in southwestern France indicate that our...
Ahla Fawda festival takes over Hamra Street
Hamra Street was closed Sunday for a festival organized by Ahla Fawda, an NGO that is using joy and entertainment to pursue their goal of making city streets more...
Anything goes with trendy French liqueurs
Whether the ingredients are traditional, exotic or frankly bizarre, French liqueurs are reliable “ambassadors of quality,” an industry leader says.
Great sports and great spots to party hard
From the breathtaking view at a ski station in the French Alps to a horse race that “stops the nation” Down Under to the wackiest golf hole in the Arizona desert – make...
Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal ... in a kayak
A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on...
First DNA from ancient Phoenician shows Europe ancestry
The first DNA analysis of 2,500-year-old remains from one of the great early civilizations of the Middle East, the Phoenicians, has shown the man had European heritage,...
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth
One-hundred-thousand laps around Earth, and the International Space Station is still sailing right along.
Scientists peel back the carrot's genetic secrets
Scientists have gotten to the root of the carrot, genetically speaking
Hamra Street was closed Sunday for a festival organized by Ahla Fawda, an NGO that is using joy and entertainment to pursue their goal of making city streets more accessible to people on wheelchairs and mothers with strollers.
A night out in Beirut, without the hipsters
It’s no secret that Beirut has the most vibrant nightlife in the Arab world.
Sustainable fashion comes to Beirut
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...
Designer’s Week opens at Zaitunay Bay
The 4th edition of Designer’s Week kicked off at Zaitunay Bay, drawing large crowds of enthusiastic sponsors, spectators and artisans from Lebanon and around the world.
Denim: The look of the summer
Puffing out clouds of vapor continuously is a volcanic phenomenon not far from Naples.
Seattle museum celebrates Star Trek at 50
It’s been 50 years since the Starship Enterprise began its five-year mission to boldly go where no man had gone before, and Seattle’s EMP Museum is marking the...
A hipster Denver ‘hood in the making’
A busy street connecting downtown Denver to the interstate, roaring with trucks and running alongside railroad tracks, might not sound like a trendy neighborhood in the...
Sandringham: British royals’ much-loved retreat
It is unique among royal residences, a country retreat that is the private property of Queen Elizabeth II, a place at once so private and so beguiling that King George...
In Jordan’s spring, hints of human history
For a brief time, Jordan’s eastern desert blooms.
Some cars are tougher to review than others.
Britain's motor show 'Top Gear' returns with new line-up
British motoring show "Top Gear" roars back onto television screens this weekend with a new line-up of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programs.
Hyundai Creta: Budget crossover you’ve waited for
This isn’t the first time I drive the Hyundai Creta; I sort of tried it once before, several months ago, for all of three minutes, and only around the Hyundai...
Hyundai raids Bentley to turbo-charge Genesis luxury drive
After poaching Bentley's design chief last year, Hyundai Motor Co said on Monday that it has also secured the services of the luxury marque's exterior designer.
Harley Low Rider, Roadster: 1 brand, 2 identities
MARSEILLE, France: Before last week I had never sat atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Never cared to. The weight and bulkiness of a cruiser, the low seating position,...
A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said Monday.
Study suggests fake sweetener link to infant size, obesity
Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened beverages may be more likely to have overweight infants than women who do not, a study suggested Monday
Data shows Zika virus stays longer in urine than blood: US CDC
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its diagnostic testing guidelines for the Zika virus Tuesday, based on early data showing that it can be...
World must tighten laws on breast-milk substitutes: UN report
Legislation against the promotion of breast milk substitutes must be significantly tightened if global efforts to encourage breast feeding are to succeed, a U.N. report...
Scientists using smartphone app warn of 'global sleep crisis'
Social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep, contributing to a "global sleep crisis," according to a new study based on research collected through a...