Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks
3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election
Oklahoma and two other states say they have denied a request by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the Nov. 8 election
Air raid near Iraq's Kirkuk kills 15 women: officials
An air strike killed 15 women on Friday at a shrine near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, local officials and medics said.
UN rights body sets up special inquiry on Aleppo crimes
The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Friday to launch an "independent special inquiry" into events in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where the top U.N. rights official...
Sidon paint factory blaze kills two people
Two people were killed Thursday after a paint manufacturing plant burst into flames in the southern city of Sidon.
European 'Solidarity Cities' unite to help refugees
European cities are joining forces to tackle challenges arising from the continent's refugee crisis, in an initiative launched this week in Athens, through which...
US web provider says probing East Coast cyber attack
Some major internet companies suffered service disruptions on Friday due to what internet infrastructure provider Dyn said was a cyber attack that affected some sites,...
Pakistani court paves way for execution of mentally-ill man
An international rights group and local defense lawyer say Pakistan's Supreme Court has paved the way for the execution of a mentally-ill prisoner by ruling that...
Tunisian lawyers go on strike over new, austerity-driven taxes
Thousands of Tunisian lawyers went on strike Friday to protest at new taxes and tighter fiscal controls on their profession, extending a series of demonstrations...
Russia says 'concerned' at fighters' refusal to leave Aleppo
Russia said Friday it was concerned over the refusal of fighters from a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Fateh al-Sham Front, to leave Aleppo as Russian and Syrian forces...
Four Palestinians detained after settlement visit: security
Four Palestinians have been detained by their security forces after attending a religious festival in a nearby Jewish settlement, a Palestinian security official said...
Hariri backs Aoun to protect Lebanon
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday ended a decade-old rivalry and endorsed MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, hoping his move would protect Lebanon and resolve...
Future keen to maintain ties with Berri: Machnouk
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has said that the Future Movement was keen to maintain and fortify its ties with Speaker Nabih Berri.
Sarkis, first female secretary-general
Dr. Chantal Sarkis was appointed secretary-general of the Lebanese Forces party Thursday, becoming the first woman to hold the post in a major Lebanese political party.
LF chief urges more support for Aoun
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea expressed hope Friday that all parliamentary blocs would support the election of Change and Reform chief MP Michel Aoun in his bid...
Bankmed reported an increase in its net profits to $77.1 million in the first half of 2016 from $75.4 million during the same period last year.
Beirut bourse enjoys marked upswing
For this first time in many years, Beirut bourse has seen an unusual upward activity as the chances of electing a president grow stronger every day.
Saudi Arabia starts contractor repayments
Saudi Arabia is repaying debts to contractors after long delays that squeezed company finances and hurt investor sentiment.
Investors still foggy on Iran oil tender terms
Two years after Iran pledged to open up its oil industry in anticipation of the lifting of sanctions, foreign companies say they still have little information about...
Ghosn to chair troubled Mitsubishi Motors
Carlos Ghosn, who heads Japan’s Nissan Motor and Renault of France, will become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, working to restore faith in the troubled automaker after...
Consumer confidence hits rock bottom
Consumer confidence in Lebanon remained stagnant in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting the gloomy mood of consumers, a new survey showed Thursday.
Apple chips factory set to open in Jezzine
A new apple chips factory will be set up soon in Jezzine in a bid to market the apples grown in this southern town in particular and in Lebanon in general, IDAL...
Solidere shares maintain surge momentum
Solidere shares continued to climb for a third day in a row as investors remained upbeat about the prospects of electing a president in foreseeable future.
Saudi bond sale stirs Middle East markets
Saudi Arabia’s record debut international bond sale is shifting the ground across Middle East debt markets, fueling price gains and stoking speculation of more...
Saudi Arabia does economic pivot
Saudi Arabia’s roadshow to London, New York, Boston and Los Angeles to raise billions of dollars from international fund managers captured global headlines, but the...
Egypt seeks to finalize IMF loan
Egypt is unlikely to see a jump in inflation from measures to ease a foreign-exchange shortage because import prices already reflect the black market rate, a senior...
Carlos Ghosn, who heads Japan’s Nissan Motor and Renault of France, will become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, working to restore faith in the troubled automaker after a devastating mileage scandal.
ECB keeps door open to more stimulus
The European Central Bank left ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged Thursday but kept the door open to more stimulus in December.
At Samsung, nerves jangle as annual review looms
The next few weeks are traditionally a tense time at Samsung Electronics Co. as executives wait to see if their work over the year is rewarded with promotion at the...
Wine production to fall worldwide in 2016: Industry body
Global wine production this year is expected to be among the lowest for 20 years, the International Organization of Vine and Wine said Thursday.
Tokyo stocks at six-month high after US presidential debate
Tokyo's benchmark stock index closed at its highest level in six months Thursday as market favorite Hillary Clinton was widely seen as having beaten rival Donald Trump...
“It is a great political risk, but I am ready to take risks on myself, my popularity and my political future a thousand times to protect you all, and am not ready to put anyone in danger to protect myself, my popularity or my political future.
He’s done it. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has jolted the political scene on every level and drawn attention to the crucial stage Lebanon is passing through.
Syria’s darkest hour: What road to peace?
The conflict in Syria becomes more complex every day that it continues, and the country’s prospects have gotten only worse.
Now is not the time for trade fundamentalism
“One of the crucial challenges” of our era “is to maintain an open and expanding international trade system.”
As election nears, the world holds its breath
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton...
Long hard road ahead
The penny has finally dropped and politicians are realizing the severity and precarious state of the country, with every political engine working full throttle to pull...
Finally a decision has been made to vanquish Daesh (ISIS). Since its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” while he stood in Mosul’s Great Mosque,...
The Lebanese remember
For three weeks, and in every corner of Lebanon, we have witnessed meticulous preparations for the commemoration of that day, back in 1990, when Gen. Michel Aoun fled...
Thailand’s new uncertainty
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death was long anticipated, but it still came as a profound shock to Thailand.
The Mosul offensive’s regional, domestic context
Iraqi security forces began direct operations to liberate Mosul, the capital of Ninevah province, from Daesh (ISIS) the morning of Oct. 17.
A wave election in America?
With the world mesmerized by the United States’ presidential race this year, the race for control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate has been largely...
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton will be elected president.
Struggling to deal with the North Korean danger
When South Korean officials talk about the growing nuclear challenge from the North, they use red-alert phrases like “existential threat,” “imminent danger” and “dagger...
The end of the Republican Party
Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal.
Trump, the symptom of world’s coarsening climate
Watching Donald Trump skulking behind Hillary Clinton on the debate stage Sunday night, muttering about locking her up if he wins, was a reminder that we are drifting...
Trump’s gift: Exposing corruption of US taxes
Donald Trump has done America a great public service.
Lionel Messi ran riot through Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City defense as though it was a playground game, according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as he savored a dazzling 4-0 Champions League win.
Palace's Pardew backs Leicester to rebound after poor start
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has backed Saturday's opponents Leicester City to shrug off their poor start to the season and finish comfortably in the top half of...
Top-ranked Kerber looks to end year on a high
The absence of Serena Williams may have robbed the season-ending WTA Finals of a blockbuster showdown with Angelique Kerber, but the great American's withdrawal only...
Nadal ends 2016 season, eyes 2017 assault
Former world No. 1 and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal shut down his season Thursday to concentrate on recovering for a fresh trophy assault in 2017.
Durant stars as Warriors rout Clippers in pre-season
Kevin Durant scored 21 points on his home debut as the Golden State Warriors demolished the Los Angeles Clippers 120-75 in a pre-season game Tuesday.
Mourinho says he's lost Stamford Bridge luck
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he will no longer feel a sense of invincibility when he returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United Sunday
Stoke keeper Butland back training after lengthy layoff
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has returned to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury, manager Mark Hughes said Friday
Vigilance helps Wenger survive Premier League 'jungle'
Manager Arsene Wenger has urged in-form Arsenal to stay vigilant against complacency, with the Frenchman saying his years spent in England have taught him not to take...
The absence of Serena Williams may have robbed the season-ending WTA Finals of a blockbuster showdown with Angelique Kerber, but the great American's withdrawal only means more accolades for the world number one from Germany after her breakout year
Nadal confident he and Federer not finished yet
Rafael Nadal insists he can still compete with the best in the world for “many years to come” after opening his tennis academy alongside Roger Federer in Mallorca...
Kyrgios quits Rotterdam Open to play basketball
Australian Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open in February to play in basketball’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, tournament director Richard Krajicek said...
Kyrgios could quit without proper support: Cash
Australia’s tempestuous talent Nick Kyrgios has the potential to be a future Grand Slam champion but could just as easily be lost to the sport if he fails to get the...
NBA star 'King' James endorses Clinton for president
NBA superstar LeBron James is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president of the United States in a move that could carry a lot of weight with voters in the pivotal state...
Raptors launch pre-season with a protest, and a win over Warriors
The NBA pre-season tipped off Saturday with the Toronto Raptors making a statement before handing the Golden State Warriors a 97-93 defeat in Vancouver
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov was stripped of his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics Tuesday after testing positive for steroids in a reanalysis of his previously taken doping samples.
Froome and Bardet eye 2017 Tour mountain duel
Chris Froome said the 2017 Tour de France champion will be decided in the mountains as he looked forward to a new duel with his biggest challenger this year, Romain...
Japan's Watanabe elected president of gymnastics federation
Morinari Watanabe of Japan was elected president of the International Gymnastics Federation Wednesday, promising to usher in changes that will make gymnastics "the king...
Steele surges to Safeway Open victory
Brendan Steele erased the bitter memory of last year’s final-round failure, finishing with three straight birdies Sunday to win the rain-soaked U.S. PGA Tour Safeway...
Anthem-protesting Kaepernick jeered by Bills fans
San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick was lustily booed by many Buffalo fans Sunday as he continued his national anthem protest before turning in an inauspicious...
Lewis Hamilton will be starring in the next “Call of Duty” video game due out in November but the Formula One world champion has a real and more immediate fight on his hands in Texas this weekend.
Marquez wins third MotoGP title
Marc Marquez grabbed his third world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix Sunday with rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashing out in a stunning...
Marquez wins season as Rossi, Lorenzo crash in Japan
Marc Marquez secured his third world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix Sunday where his closest rivals Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both...
Champion Lorenzo sets pace in Japan
World champion Jorge Lorenzo lapped fastest in practice on a crash-filled Friday ahead of this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix as Dani Pedrosa fractured his...
Rossi takes pole, Lorenzo third after crash
Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi took pole at the Japanese MotoGP Saturday, with team mate Jorge Lorenzo recovering from a horrifying crash in practice to qualify third
It isn’t – until you think about it – an obvious career move for a movie star.
Eminem re-emerges to savage Trump
Rap superstar Eminem has re-emerged, launching a loaded, lyrical attack on Donald Trump in the form of an eight-minute song.
TV programmers to rethink damaging princess shows
The Disney princess may not be dead yet, but children’s television programmers are under pressure to create more adventurous female characters as fears grow over the...
Schmoozing with stars poses pitfalls for media
Kiss up or shut up?
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
New museum project selects architect
An international jury has selected the winning design for the Beirut Museum of Art. The firm HW architecture, led by Franco-Lebanese architect Hala Wardé, was selected...
TV show puts terror verdict in viewers’ hands
A military pilot shoots down a hijacked plane with 164 people onboard to save the lives of thousands in a packed stadium that was the target of a terrorist plot.
Nicholas Sparks debuts 20th novel, Two By Two
In 1996, Nicholas Sparks’ best-seller “The Notebook” introduced the world to Allie and Noah.
The Disney princess may not be dead yet, but children’s television programmers are under pressure to create more adventurous female characters as fears grow over the damage gender stereotyping may be doing to girls.
Irvine Welsh adapting ‘Crime’ for TV
“Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh is adapting his acclaimed novel “Crime” for television, the first time one of the controversial Scottish writer’s books will make...
Hollywood stars honor director Ridley Scott
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars honored British director Ridley Scott as he was handed the American Cinematheque Award, marking an illustrious career spanning five...
CBS' Colbert to do election night special on Showtime
CBS News will be in election night coverage mode on Nov. 8, but that won't stop Stephen Colbert from trying to find something funny about the day's events.
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go electric.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Hollywood legend Julie Andrews is making her first television series in more than a decade to teach children how to put on a show, its producers said Sunday
Steve McQueen: bringing art to the silver screen
Director Steve McQueen, whose poetic visual style helped secure a best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave", brings a sensibility to his films even when tackling...
Bound and gagged Kardashian Halloween costume pulled
An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that made light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West.
Damon and Affleck resurrect 'Good Will Hunting' roles
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck resurrected their "Good Will Hunting" roles, not to mention their Boston accents, in a special one night only live read from the script...
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' on hold after robbery
The E! Network has shut down production on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" since Kim Kardashian West was held up in Paris
When a conference call turns tedious, Brent Robertson can still count on getting a smile from watching Gus rolling around on the floor.
Meow-sician claws to the top of the charts with album for cats
An album created specifically for cats is being lapped up by humans too, and has topped two classical music charts.
Monkeys break new ground on stone tool theory
The creation of primitive stone tools has long been hailed as a landmark in the human odyssey – but should our species’ much-trumpeted smartness take all the credit?
New Milky Way map to help show how galaxies form
A new superdetailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form, Australian and German scientists behind the project said Thursday.
Karoline Lang International: Lebanon’s latest fashion export
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...
Lagerfeld checks into the hotel business
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld announced Monday he planned to launch his own hotel chain, with the first property set to open in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau in 2018.
Face saver: Surgical masks worn for speed-dating
Looks aren’t everything. At least, that’s what one Japanese dating service is trying to prove – by requiring participants in speed-dating sessions to wear white...
Homegrown fashion industry bursts on Cuba scene
Like so much else in Cuba, shopping for clothes isn’t easy.
European Mars lander's fate still uncertain: ESA
European scientists are still not certain whether a space lander that reached Mars Wednesday touched down on the Red Planet in good working condition, the European...
Google’s Pixel: Not much, still a standout
Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new.
Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA
Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with...
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.
I love Beirut ... DBeirut
Paris Fashion Week and the new visions
Elie Saab brings back the age of disco glam
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
I can think of very few things I hate as much as having to wake up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, an undertaking that is made ever more abhorrent considering my very late work hours.
Mazda CX-9 proves SUVs can be mesmerizing
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that of all the cars I’ve test-driven, SUVs consistently emerge as the car of choice when it comes to...
Jeep has scored a winner and its name is Renegade
As the world’s most renowned maker of SUVs, it was inevitable that Jeep would venture into the subcompact crossover at some point.
2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS: A classic in its prime
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still inside a tube.
Anti-vaccination nurses in Australia face punishment
Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent...
Devils’ milk could fight superbugs: scientists
Mother’s milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly “superbugs” which resist antibiotics, Australian...
World's first three-parent IVF baby birth 'revolutionary': doctor
A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a "three-parent" in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the...
WHO urges countries to raise tax on sugary drinks
The U.N. health agency Tuesday recommended countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.