Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday promised to hold a Cabinet session next week, signaling that a resolution to the aftermath of the deadly Aley clashes was imminent.
First response training program launched
The Health and Interior ministries Wednesday launched a training program to prevent accidents on Lebanon’s roads, which saw 195 deaths and more than 2,000 injuries in...
Asia-Pacific meth drug trade worth up to $61B: UN
Transnational crime groups are trafficking vast quantities of methamphetamine made in Southeast Asia, the United Nations said Thursday, putting the value of the...
Manchester concert bombing suspect due in UK court Thursday
A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday.
Drones raise U.S. alarm over Iran’s plans
The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington.
Minister to ease on work permits for Palestinians
Labor Minister Camille Abousleiman said he would announce measures simplifying work permit applications for Palestinians Thursday evening, as Palestinian refugee camps...
Lawmakers set to ratify 2019 state budget
Lawmakers are almost certain to ratify the draft 2019 state budget this week despite near-unanimous agreement among MPs that it did not do enough to address Lebanon’s...
World aims to help Syrian refugees return: U.S. envoy
The United States is not attempting to resettle Syrian refugees in Lebanon by giving aid, Washington’s envoy to Beirut said Wednesday.
Transnational crime groups are trafficking vast quantities of methamphetamine made in Southeast Asia, the United Nations said Thursday, putting the value of the Asia-Pacific market for the drug between $30.3 billion and $61.4 billion.
EU is 'unimpressed' by threats of no-deal Brexit: BBC
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator said in an interview to be published Thursday that he was unimpressed by threats of no-deal Brexit but that if the United Kingdom opted...
Italy, FBI make arrests; Mafia clan to regroup
Italian and U.S. police have launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian Mafia family that was seeking to rebuild its power base after years of exile in the United...
‘Wizard’ charged with Bulgarian tax agency hackin
A 20-year-old Bulgarian cybersecurity worker has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a hacking attack that stole millions of taxpayers’ personal and financial...
Attacks prompt shipping firms to hire guards
Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in the region, security companies...
Iran must build missiles for defense: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that his country had no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes, comments that came after a...
Sudanese military, protesters sign deal
Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a...
Gunmen at Irbil restaurant kill Turkish diplomat
Unidentified gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in...
Banque du Liban has no intention of subscribing to Treasury bills at 1 percent interest, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Wednesday, but added that BDL would seek new alternatives to help the Finance Ministry cut the deficit.
Fitch: Lebanon banks have low vulnerability
International ratings agency Fitch said Lebanese banks had low-level potential vulnerability, similar to their peers in the United States and Germany.
War risk costs drag on UAE marine fuel sales
Shippers trying to minimize time in the Middle East after oil tanker attacks pushed up insurance costs are scaling back purchases of marine fuels from the United Arab...
Star of Mideast stock markets seen losing sparkle
Kuwait has delivered more gains for stock investors than any other major market in the Middle East and Africa this year.
Central banks: Only way is down as rates peak
The Federal Reserve and other leading central banks are declaring the peak in global interest rates has been reached and are readying to start the march down.
Beirut fourth most expensive city in region
The mid-2019 Cost of Living Index produced by crowdsourced global database Numbeo ranked Beirut fourth-highest among 21 Arab cities and 157th among 377 cities around...
Lebanese Eurobonds up over reports of Saudi buy
Prices of Lebanon’s Eurobonds increased slightly Tuesday following reports that Saudi Arabia is preparing to provide some kind of assistance to help the government...
Sfeir urges govt: Implement reforms, cut deficit
The president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, Salim Sfeir, said Tuesday that lenders are willing to support the economy provided that the authorities start...
Shippers trying to minimize time in the Middle East after oil tanker attacks pushed up insurance costs are scaling back purchases of marine fuels from the United Arab Emirates Fujairah oil hub, trade sources said.
Saudi Arabia set for 24-hour commercial trading
Saudi Arabia said it will allow some businesses to stay open 24 hours a day, an announcement that triggered puzzlement over whether it was ending rules that require...
UAE plans oil trade overhaul to boost clout
The United Arab Emirates’ state-run ADNOC, long seen as one of the most conservative oil firms in the Middle East, plans an overhaul for its trading operations as it...
Dubai’s Amlak to restructure $1.2B by end of year
Dubai-based Islamic mortgage provider Amlak Finance PJSC made “significant progress” on securing new terms for $1.2 billion of debt and expects to reach an agreement by...
Central bankers sick of playing Superman
Global central bankers are again in the driving seat when it comes to propping up the world economy, but many are demanding governments join them in the rescue effort.
WTO appeals body heading for ‘temporary collapse’
The World Trade Organization’s appeals court, which seeks to resolve disputes between members, faces temporary collapse this year in the face of U.S. opposition to the...
British pound sinks to new low for 2019
The pound fell to the lowest level since 2017 as the market once again reckoned with no-deal risk after the contenders to be U.K. prime minister intensified demands to...
How oil market shifts calmed 2020 ship fuel panic
As recently as a year ago, the oil market was in a panic about changes to the kind of fuel that ships must burn. A senior executive called the switch the biggest change...
The recent crackdowns on undocumented foreign labor in Lebanon which appear to target Syrian and Palestinian refugees are quite worrisome, as they raise questions about the motives behind the moves.
Criminal land theft
Israel’s recent moves in the West Bank, which all aim at annexation, expropriation and evictions, have made the purpose of the Bahrain conference very clear.
Johnson and the threat to British soft power
Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of children to...
Three lessons from the Hong Kong protests
The massive protests in Hong Kong in recent weeks have demonstrated the depth of its citizens’ determination to uphold their democratic way of life - something they...
Democratic surprise: Why not get tough on Iran?
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also...
Back to earth
In 2016, the Lebanese celebrated the election of a new president with Reform and Change as the promise the country was waiting for.
The blight of anarchy
There are many absurdities that plague Lebanon, but perhaps one of the more outrageous practices is the blocking of key conduits by burning tires whenever anyone,...
Students come first
Somewhere along the way people appear to have completely forgotten the true purpose of the Lebanese University.
Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of children to school and saved millions of lives through vaccination programs and other innovative initiatives.
The exploitation time bomb
Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened.
Moscow’s hand in Sudan’s future
On June 4, Russia joined China in blocking a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that condemned the Sudanese military government’s killings of civilians...
Is search for mmortality worth it?
Humans have long sought the elixir of youth, so it is not surprising that even nonscientists closely follow the latest research into aging. But is what most people...
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also endorse a broader, new negotiation that addresses Iran’s meddling in the region and removes sanctions against Tehran.
Trump played a hunch with Kim. Now what?
In dealing with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump should remember that he is a snake handler, not a snake charmer. (The same advice applies to Kim,...
Trump cannot rewrite the American story
President Donald Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail.
Trump’s weakness in showdown with Iran
Sometimes in foreign policy, the best course of action for a powerful country is the most limited, at least visibly.
Demonizing one another won’t bridge our divide
When Paula White, who’s often described as President Trump’s personal spiritual adviser, railed in her invocation at his re-election kickoff railed last week against...
Lebanon will be quietly confident of a successful World Cup qualification campaign, after they were handed a relatively favorable draw in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.
Sterling, Pogba shine as Manchester clubs win
Record Manchester City signing Rodri made his debut and Raheem Sterling scored twice as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat West Ham United 4-1 in...
Serbia press crowns Djokovic ‘King of Tennis’
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion...
Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic
Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss threw at him to claim a fifth Wimbledon title in the...
It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcome change
There is no favorite.
Wolves thrash Newcastle, fans bemoan Bruce
The scale of the task facing Newcastle United’s new head coach Steve Bruce was brutally laid bare as the team were thrashed 4-0 by Premier League rivals Wolverhampton...
Atletico to sign Trippier from Tottenham
England defender Kieran Trippier is on the verge of moving from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid, reports in the Spanish and British media said Tuesday. English...
Chelsea don’t need new players: Lampard
Chelsea are facing a transfer ban but new manager Frank Lampard is confident the Premier League club do not need to bring in new players if they want to taste success....
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion Roger Federer.
Novak: King of court but not of people’s hearts
From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place among the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both divide and...
Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic
Here’s a fact box on Novak Djokovic, who beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to win his 16th Grand Slam title Sunday.
Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy
Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set...
Clippers make their move, land Leonard, George
The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off two major acquisitions late Friday night, as ESPN and The Athletic reported that free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the...
Durant, Irving make Nets talk of the town
Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. But Sunday, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin...
Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant says he will signing with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
Tearful Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season Monday.
Australian Caleb Ewan picked up his first Tour de France stage win in a mass sprint at Toulouse Wednesday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the overall lead.
Ineos already in pole position for Tour glory
Team Ineos are already poised for a Tour de France triumph before the race even enters the high mountains after a brutal display of strength on the eve of the first...
Sweet Pea’ Whitaker killed in road accident
Ex-Olympic boxing gold medalist and four-weight world champion Pernell Whitaker has died after a traffic accident in Virginia, police confirmed Monday.
Crosswind sends Alaphilippe clear on Tour
Dutch rookie Wout van Aert won stage 10 of the Tour de France Monday as Julian Alaphilippe extended his overall lead after a blistering late charge split the peloton.
More joy for Impey with victory in stage nine
South African Daryl Impey added an individual stage win to his Tour de France happy memories when he prevailed at the end of a long breakaway from St. Etienne Sunday.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points. Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favor by handing the home favorite a free pit stop in a thrilling race.
Bottas leads Hamilton in U.K. practice
Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in practice for the Formula One leader’s home British Grand Prix Friday, with...
Decade of dominance for King of the Ring Marquez
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez kept his crown as “King of the Ring” with a 10th successive German Grand Prix victory, across all classes, Sunday to stretch his overall...
Verstappen wins in wheel-banging Austrian duel
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix and ended Formula One champions Mercedes’ streak of success, after beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in a...
Vinales wins at Assen, Marquez stretches lead
Spaniard Maverick Vinales won the Dutch TT at Assen Sunday for Yamaha’s first win of the year while Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez settled for second to extend his...
Beyonce’s “Homecoming” film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations.
For Russian director, art is ‘resistance’
For Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, some one-and-a-half years of house arrest and a serious court case have been no obstacle to artistic creation.
Social media reacts to Marcel Khalife’s refusal to play national anthem at Baalbeck performance
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the...
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be performing there in the latest eye-popping announcement as the kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.
Stevie Wonder getting kidney transplant this fall
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this...
Views of a fast-changing Oman
Jokha Alharthi, the first Arab author to win the Man Booker International Prize, has been lauded for writing a novel that delivers a cross-generational female...
Shaken-up version of ‘Teahouse’ causes stir
Since it premiered July 9, a challenging new version of a classic Chinese play has seen dozens of people walk out. As staged at the Avignon festival, the set features a...
A picture of environmental violence
With a wall of painted birds, Hassaan el Samad’s “Memorial to Wildlife,” hung in Saleh Barakat Gallery’s upstairs rooms, makes a plea to the people of Lebanon to...
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the national anthem while opening the Baalbeck International Festival.
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.
Brazilians mourn death of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto
Brazilians – most of them at least – are mourning the loss of Jo?o Gilberto, one of the inventors of bossa nova music, which gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s.
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately.
Americans embrace clothing rental services
Remember when you bought an expensive evening gown for an event, only to ever wear it once or twice?
Lower trust in vaccines among people in richer countries: survey
People in Europe have the lowest levels of trust in vaccines, according to a global survey of public attitudes toward health and science published Wednesday.
Different approaches to saving old buildings
“You can tell from the stuff you find here that people used to study science,”
VR gears up to go back in time at Sidon castle
Sidon’s Sea Castle is said to have stood for almost 800 years. Built by crusaders, destroyed by the Mamluks and restored by Fakhreddine
Lionfish invasion in Cyprus? If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em
“Wanted,” says the poster of a lionfish on the quay side in Larnaca marina.
Iranian bread a fixture of Kuwaiti tables
Khalil Kamal makes sure he regularly visits Kuwait’s popular Souq al-Mubarakiya, where he enjoys his favorite kebab meal with onion, rocket and freshly baked Iranian...
NASA marks 50 years since moon mission Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later
Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he and two other astronauts flew to the moon 50 years ago. At NASA’s invitation, Michael...
Blazing the trail for Ultra running in Lebanon
“Why would you run on tarmac when you can run on beautiful trails, and why would you run on roads when you can run through Cedar reserves?”
Heavenly day at ‘Neighborhood of the Sky’
On a rugged mountain peak nearly 1,000 meters above the red-tiled roofs of Bsharri in north Lebanon, a blissful summer getaway awaits those ready to make an effort to...
Summer festivals dealing with funding challenges
Lebanon’s famous summer festivals, a staple of many communities across the country, face hardships this year with the absence of public funding.
MOSCOW: Russia's space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.
U.K. spy agency decrypts secrets in exhibition
Historic gadgets used by British spies will be revealed for the first time later this week, as one of the country’s intelligence agencies steps out the shadows to mark...
Scientists uncover how some fish can change sex as adults
New Zealand researchers are offering the first detailed view of the molecular machinery that allows some fish to change their sex.
Armstrong hometown set to mark moon landing
An Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son’s history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
Cosmic waves finding could unlock mysteries
Scientists were celebrating a groundbreaking astronomical discovery that they say could pave the way for mapping the outer reaches of the universe. An Australian-led...
The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said Monday.
Rebuilding China’s Great Wall
Nature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking - and...
Pearls of Aegean this summer’s top destination
A one-hour drive from Izmir’s airport will take you through marvelous green mountains before arriving at the small coastal town of Ozdere, which appears to be dipping...
The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch’s sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.
Antarctic ice cover in dizzying decline since 2014: study
After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record...
Everest campsite buried under tons of garbage
After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different.
Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash - mostly bags - in the...