A $16.5 million collaborative project between the Interior Ministry and the British Embassy in Lebanon to improve protection of human rights by the Internal Security Forces was launched Friday to mark Human Rights Day.
HRW releases first art book on human rights
With the launch of its first art book, Human Rights Watch Lebanon is hoping to add an emotional and artistic element to its work in the region.
Iraq prepares for fight against post-Mosul Daesh
With Daesh’s (ISIS) “caliphate” seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country’s security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants,...
Arab backers not ready to give up on Syria rebels
Gulf Arab states that have funded and armed the rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad are not yet ready to give up on aiding the insurgency, even as the...
Modi’s money move kept a closely guarded secret
Prime Minister Narendra Modi handpicked a trusted bureaucrat, little-known outside India’s financial circles, to spearhead a radical move to abolish 86 percent of the...
Powers seek to settle Syrians in Lebanon: Azzi
Caretaker Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Friday accused the international community of seeking to permanently settle Syrian refugees in Lebanon by providing them with jobs.
No lawyer means no trial for Hannibal Gadhafi
A court session for Hannibal Gadhafi, accused of being involved in the disappearance of Amal Movement founder Imam Musa Sadr, was adjourned Friday because the defendant...
Missing man found dead in Sidon park
The following security developments took place in Lebanon Friday:
With Daesh’s (ISIS) “caliphate” seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country’s security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level of cooperation with the West.
Daesh seizes more ground near Syria’s Palmyra
Daesh (ISIS) seized more territory from Syrian government forces near the ancient city of Palmyra Friday in fierce clashes that raged for a second day, the Syrian...
Sirte lost, Daesh looks to regroup in Libya
Daesh (ISIS) has lost senior figures in an unsuccessful seven-month battle to defend its coastal stronghold in Libya, but there are signs it will try to fight back...
Everything you need to know about Daesh in Libya
Libyan forces are trying to secure the city of Sirte after ousting Daesh (ISIS) from its former North African stronghold in a battle that lasted nearly seven months.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi handpicked a trusted bureaucrat, little-known outside India’s financial circles, to spearhead a radical move to abolish 86 percent of the country’s cash overnight and take aim at the huge shadow economy.
For neo-Nazi doubters, there’s a number to call
Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany’s far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.
Wilders convicted of discrimination
Judges Friday convicted Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders of discrimination against Moroccans but levied no punishment in a ruling that could influence elections just three...
Trump’s Cabinet: Wealthy, white, war-tested
Four billionaires, three generals, a handful of women and nothing but conservatives: President-elect Donald Trump is building a superrich, unorthodox and largely white...
Ghana opposition leader wins presidency: media
Ghana’s main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the West African country’s presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, two...
Beirut traders demand tax equality with neighboring suburbs and warned of divestment, local Ad-Diyar daily reported Friday.
Improvement in hospitality after election
Hotels, furnished apartments and restaurants witnessed only a slight improvement in activity following the election of President Michel Aoun, representatives of the...
Do more to boost ailing Lira, Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks Friday to step up efforts to boost the Turkish lira by converting more foreign currency, as the campaign launched earlier...
OPEC deal won’t be enough to drain oil stockpiles
OPEC is likely to bring the oil market into balance by the middle of next year, but its production cut looks set to fall short of its stated goal of draining the...
Banks want EU laws for five years after Brexit
Large banks in Britain want the U.K. government to allow their industry to remain subject to EU laws for up to five years after Brexit, a move likely to enrage...
Family Business Network Levant launched in Beirut
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...
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.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks Friday to step up efforts to boost the Turkish lira by converting more foreign currency, as the campaign launched earlier this month showed only limited effect.
Saudis order oil cuts to US, Europe before non-OPEC talks
Saudi Arabia has told its U.S. and European customers it will reduce oil deliveries from January as Russia signaled that a commitment from non-OPEC producers to join...
As prices soar, Sisi says pound is undervalued
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sought to shore up confidence in the pound Thursday as inflation accelerated to the highest level in eight years following the...
Glencore, Qatar Buy $11B stake in Rosneft
Commodity trader Glencore PLC and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund agreed to buy a 10.2 billion euro ($11 billion) stake in Russia’s largest oil producer from the state in...
Large banks in Britain want the U.K. government to allow their industry to remain subject to EU laws for up to five years after Brexit, a move likely to enrage euroskeptics who want to break away from the bloc’s legal system as soon as possible.
Putin caps a turnaround year with Rosneft deal
As the U.S. and Europe try to isolate Russia with sanctions, Vladimir Putin just managed to oversee one of the biggest investments in the global energy industry this...
All eyes focused on clues for future Fed hikes
TeaseraJust how fast the Federal Reserve hikes rates next year will be the all-important question global investors will be hoping to get answered when the U.S. central...
Bitcoin hits highest levels in almost three years
Web-based digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing...
Fox in deal to buy Sky at $23.2 billion
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. reached a preliminary deal to acquire full control of Sky PLC, valuing the pay-TV provider at 18.5 billion pounds ($23.2 billion), as...
One would think that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be fully occupied by the quagmire in his country that is all of his own making – one of devastation, blood, massacres and sectarian cleansing.
Syrian President Bashar Assad must think the public has the memory span of a goldfish when he makes pronouncements to the media.
The broken record club
If inaction indicates thought and feeling, the hell that is eastern Aleppo signifies nothing at all in the mind or heart of he who occupies – for 50 more days – the...
Ending religious violence in the Middle East
The escalation of radicalism, violence and civil wars in the Middle East since the so-called Arab Spring revolts began in 2010 has exacted a massive toll in human lives...
Counterterrorism agencies tangle over turf
Given the turf wars and interagency rivalries that have long surrounded U.S. special operations forces, President Obama probably didn’t do the commandos any favor when...
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.
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.
If inaction indicates thought and feeling, the hell that is eastern Aleppo signifies nothing at all in the mind or heart of he who occupies – for 50 more days – the Oval Office.
Empowering youth: From targets to partners
As a young professional working in development, I have reached a point in rejecting any topic targeting youth as a separate theme or social group.
Opposition gains shift Kuwait’s balance of power
Kuwait’s parliamentary elections on Nov. 26 produced significant changes in the balance of power between opposition groups and the state.
France makes moves as Aleppo nears collapse
During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, then-GOP nominee Donald Trump made a bold assessment on the war in Syria – one that officials within the U.S....
Given the turf wars and interagency rivalries that have long surrounded U.S. special operations forces, President Obama probably didn’t do the commandos any favor when he delivered his last big military speech at the base in Tampa where they’re headquartered.
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...
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...
Unai Emery is once again a coach under pressure as his Paris Saint-Germain side prepare to face Nice Sunday looking to close the gap on the surprise Ligue 1 leaders.
Ronaldo rested as Real chase record unbeaten run
Real Madrid will have to cope without Cristiano Ronaldo if they are to set a club record by extending their unbeaten run to 35 games when Deportivo la Coruna visit...
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.
Cruising Chelsea set eyes on cloud nine
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea juggernaut rolls back into action against West Bromwich Albion Sunday with the Premier League leaders chasing a ninth consecutive win.
Ahed down Tripoli to advance to top of table
Ahed provisionally moved top of the standings Friday with a much-needed 1-0 over Tripoli in matchday 11 of the Lebanese Premier League.
Mkhitaryan breaks duck as United go through
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Manchester United goal to set up a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine Thursday and take Jose Mourinho’s side into the last 32 of...
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.
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua fights Eric Molina Saturday, but all the talk this week has been about who the Briton could fight next.
How Russian doping ‘hijacked’ sport
More than 1,000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests as Moscow “hijacked...
IOC extends measures against Russia
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...
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.
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...
The moody, cabaret-like atmosphere of Metro al-Madina played host to an innovative show by the Wasl Trio Thursday evening, the opening act of the Beirut and Beyond International Music Festival.
Roumieh inmates bring ‘the other’ closer
The gates surrounding Roumieh Prison are an insurmountable barrier between the inmates and the rest of society.
President-elect attacks SNL ... again
Donald Trump is bashing “Saturday Night Live” and impersonator Alec Baldwin again.
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.
Mick Jagger a father again at 73
Veteran British rocker Mick Jagger celebrated becoming a father again, aged 73, his publicist said, as his Rolling Stones band looks set to top the album charts for the...
How Garcia Bernal conducts himself as ‘Mozart’
With its premiere in 2014, “Mozart in the Jungle” found a brash, charismatic young conductor taking over the New York Symphony Orchestra.
Redgrave makes directing debut
Drawing on her own experience as a wartime evacuee, British actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave said her new film about refugees was aimed at ensuring people stay...
A chat with Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn
No matter how much you think you know about the Beatles, Mark Lewisohn probably knows more.
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.”
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.
Veteran British rocker Mick Jagger celebrated becoming a father again, aged 73, his publicist said, as his Rolling Stones band looks set to top the album charts for the first time in two decades.
Beyonce, Adele nominated for top 3 Grammy Awards
Beyonce and Adele are competing in the top three categories at the Grammy Awards.
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.
British rock musician Greg Lake, singer with 1970s progressive rock groups King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died of cancer aged 69, his manager announced Thursday.
Mick Jagger a dad again at 73
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time Thursday when his ballet dancer girlfriend gave birth to a son in New York, his publicist said.
Algerian maestro Fergani dead at 88
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.
What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen?
Cairo traffic poses daily test of survival
In an endless cacophony of car horns, Mostafa Ekram each day confronts the frenzy of Cairo’s traffic jams: pedestrians darting out into the street, swerving tuk-tuks...
Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in amber
Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving...
Egyptian mummies virtually unwrapped in Australia
The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology...
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...
Love in the age of Trump: Dating for politicos
The encounter had seemed promising enough, but the couple brought together by an online dating site failed to connect because of one glaring, irreconcilable difference:...
Houdini’s secrets unlocked in Hungary
Ninety years after his death, the secrets of the world’s greatest escape artist, Harry Houdini, have been unlocked in a recently opened Hungarian museum devoted to the...
Pantone Color Institute's color of the year is 'greenery'
Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute Thursday plucked fresh and zesty "greenery" as the color of the year for...
Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.
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.
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...
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...
I had a dream. No, it wasn’t the MLK kind of dream but something more along the lines of Route 66.
LA Car Show: A Lebanese visitor’s perspective
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...
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.
The discovery of smallpox DNA in a 17th-century child mummy may shorten the timeline of the deadly infectious disease’s history, according to a study published Thursday.
Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
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...
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.