he threat of a new Scottish independence referendum is creating unnecessary uncertainty and division, a government spokesman said on Monday, responding to media reports that Scottish nationalists were preparing to demand one.
Hungary starts construction of second border fence
Hungary has begun building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia, a government spokesman said on Monday, a move likely to exacerbate criticism...
Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel: army
A rocket or mortar round launched from Gaza hit southern Israel before dawn on Monday but caused no casualties, the army said.
Russia hopes Syrian opposition to form unified delegation for Geneva talks: RIA
Russia hopes the Syrian opposition will form a joint delegation for the Geneva peace talks, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign...
Tussle over vote law steals spotlight from budget
The Cabinet is set to meet Monday to pursue talks on the draft state budget amid signs that the long-awaited 2017 fiscal plan would be approved by the ministers this...
Moscow workers demolish opposition leader's memorial
Moscow municipal workers have demolished the impromptu memorial to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the day he was killed two years ago.
Philippines-based militant group Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage: SITE
The Philippines-based militant group Abu Sayyaf posted a video Monday showing the beheading of a man identified as a German hostage captured last November.
Azerbaijan says 5 soldiers killed in clashes with Armenian separatists
Five Azeri soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenia-backed separatists along the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's defense ministry...
Egypt MP to end restrictions on presidential term
An Egyptian lawmaker started collecting signatures Sunday for a motion to extend presidential terms and lift restrictions on re-election – a year before...
Letter-writing Ahmedinejad pens dispatch to Trump
Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter Sunday to President Donald Trump, striking a somewhat conciliatory tone while applauding immigration...
Iran naval war games as U.S. tensions rise
Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S....
The Cabinet is set to meet Monday to pursue talks on the draft state budget amid signs that the long-awaited 2017 fiscal plan would be approved by the ministers this week and referred to Parliament for a final ratification.
Fatah reinforces position in Ain al-Hilweh
Fatah forces in south Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp have been bringing in reinforcements from other camps, as a fragile cease-fire took hold Sunday following...
We Want Accountability to field candidate
The “We Want Accountability” civil society movement said Sunday it plans to field its own candidate in the parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year.
Dalati, pioneering Lebanese photographer dies
Friends and family mourned the loss of one of Lebanon’s most prominent photographers, Habib Antoine Dalati, who passed away Saturday.
Truck drivers block roads, protest labor restrictions
Truck drivers blocked a road in south Lebanon Saturday to protest labor restrictions on the number of days drivers are allowed to work.
Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah Friday announced a plan to revamp the landline communications network in Lebanon.
Hajj Hasan: More Egypt imports need more exports
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Thursday stipulated that Lebanon would boost its imports from Egypt if the latter increased its own imports from this country.
Morocco looks to new markets to boost tourism
Morocco’s key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the...
Saudi Arabia's Aramco to invest $7B in Malaysia oil refinery
Saudi Arabia's Aramco will invest $7 billion in a giant Malaysian oil refinery project, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, as he declared ties with the kingdom...
Do androids dream of personal deductions?
Bill Gates has backed a tax on robots to offset the human cost of automated production, echoing moves in the industrial era.
Hariri: Big taxes hurt Lebanon’s economy
Premier Saad Hariri said the Lebanese economy can’t handle big taxes at the moment.
Lebanon firm on gas licensing round
The Lebanese government is determined to go through with the first round of oil and gas tenders based on transparent standards, Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abi...
Retail activity stagnant in Q4 2016
Commercial and retail activity in the fourth quarter of 2016 did not feel the impact of the positive political development, a study released Thursday showed.
Morocco’s key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years.
How the Saudi Aramco IPO could impact markets
The exact dollar value of Saudi Aramco may be up for debate, but the listing of the world’s biggest company will be priceless for the kingdom’s markets.
Saudi bourse for cross listings
Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is seeking to secure its first regional cross listing by 2018 to boost foreign investment in the Middle East’s largest bourse.
Good times are over for expats in Saudi Arabia
Seventeen years after first setting foot in Saudi Arabia, Dominic Steck shipped his two cats and returned to Germany with his wife and school-age children, who hardly...
Financial executives sceptical on London’s future
Financial groups are betting on New York rather than London being the big winner from Brexit, a new survey of senior executives has found.
Uber image battered by company culture skids
Accusations of sexism, cut-throat management, and a toxic work environment have Uber trying to pull its image out of a skid as competition revs in the on-demand ride...
Warren Buffett says don't waste money on investment fees
U.S. Billionaire Warren Buffett wants investors to be wary of the high fees Wall Street routinely charges because of the damage they do to investment returns, and he...
Luxury London home sales at risk
The number of wealthy people granted investor visas to live in the U.K. fell by more than 80 percent last year from the peak in 2014, a sign that luxury home sales in...
The Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp has been described as a hotspot when in fact it’s an explosive cauldron of fire waiting to turn into a conflagration of destruction and loss of lives.
An opponent, not an enemy
Though sports may divide into teams and promote competition, it unifies like little else.
Tony Blair’s democratic insurrection
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s recent call for voters to think again about leaving the European Union, echoed in parliamentary debates ahead of the...
Boosting South Africa’s diversity dividend
After an insight-filled and enjoyable visit to South Africa – my first to this beautiful country in 15 years – I am leaving with mixed feelings.
The return of the center
By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe.
Avowal of commitment
Michel Aoun Thursday affirmed Lebanon’s policy toward Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who for 70 years have been guests of the state, and assertedthe country’s policy...
Spare us your tripe
Election polls in France resemble a yo-yo gone wild, with candidates’ chances hit by everything from scandal to challenges from within their own parties.
Wrong PR forum
It’s an undeniable fact that the French culture, language, fashion, etc. have played a prominent role in Lebanon, prompting education and the country’s development in...
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s recent call for voters to think again about leaving the European Union, echoed in parliamentary debates ahead of the government’s official launch of the process in March, is an Emperor’s New Clothes moment.
Mutually assured deterrence can save the world
The degradation of governance within the international system is a hot topic nowadays – and for good reason.
Mapping the future of AI
Artificial intelligence already plays a major role in human economies and societies, and it will play an even bigger role in the coming years.
Populism versus the media
I am old enough to remember when the best thing about populism was that it was not popular.
Russia’s hacking efforts are far from a ‘ruse’
One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence...
The Trump bump in Moscow’s market
Financial markets have been sending an interesting message about President Donald Trump and Russia.
The art of the North Korean deal
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will...
Forget the jobs, enjoy the Trump circus
Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about – an honest, hardworking American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a...
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo hauled Real Madrid back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Villarreal Sunday and regain top spot in La Liga from Barcelona.
Five things we learned in the Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick as leaders Bayern Munich thrashed Hamburg 8-0 and RB Leipzig won again to keep up the pressure in second, while some of German...
Murray says fully fit for Dubai ATP
Andy Murray leads a trio of Grand Slam champions into the Dubai Tennis Championships, their first matches since the Australian Open, with the Scot now fully fit after a...
Kerber to rest knee after missing out on top ranking
Angelique Kerber said she needed to nurse her injured knee after a semi-final defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday ended her chances of reclaiming the...
Rockets explode against ’Wolves, Bulls down Cavs
James Harden led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points as the Houston Rockets set a league record for 3-pointers with a 142-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves...
Spurs up to second as Kane treble crushes Stoke
Harry Kane hit a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham stormed up to second place in the Premier League with a 4-0 home demolition of Stoke Sunday.
Nainggolan brace rocks Inter as Roma roll on
A spectacular double from Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan kept the Serie A title race ticking over after Roma stunned Inter Milan 3-1 at the San Siro Sunday.
Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille
Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint-Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.
Andy Murray leads a trio of Grand Slam champions into the Dubai Tennis Championships, their first matches since the Australian Open, with the Scot now fully fit after a bout of shingles.
Kerber survives as leading seeds stumble in Dubai
Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships Tuesday.
Federer to keep playing in Basel until 2019
Roger Federer may be 35 but he showed retirement is far from his mind by committing to play at the Swiss Indoors for another three years.
Former world number one Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
James Harden led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points as the Houston Rockets set a league record for 3-pointers with a 142-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday.
Lakers can’t count on celebrity to bring glory
Chasing celebrity isn’t mentioned anywhere in the first chapter of the playbook to NBA relevance.
Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal: reports
Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas, according to...
Lakers promote Magic in major shake-up
The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling...
Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy...
Deontay Wilder proved his surgically repaired right hand is still a devastating force – once he unleashed it.Wilder returned from right arm injuries to stop Gerald Washington in the fifth round and retain his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night in a fight that heated up quickly after a quiet start.
‘I’m a clean athlete,’ Farah insists
Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah Sunday insisted he was “a clean athlete” after a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency report suggested that his coach...
Manny Pacquiao to fight Amir Khan in April
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately Sunday that they would face each other on Apr. 23 after weeks of conflicting...
Fneish bans MMA, mixed reactions
Youth and Sports Minister Mohammad Fneish issued a decision Friday that terminated the practice of Mixed Martial Arts in Lebanon, reportedly because of excessive...
Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit
Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.
The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500.
Hamilton hails ‘awesome’ new Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes “pretty awesome” Thursday after lapping a blustery Silverstone circuit in the car he hopes will secure him a fourth Formula One...
Renault targets top five in Formula One
The Renault Formula One team unveiled their new-look 2017 car Tuesday with a target of the top five in the championship, and possible podium finishes, after struggling...
Renault confident of moving up a gear with new car
Renault chiefs believe the new car they unveiled on Tuesday will see drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer propel them into the top five this forthcoming Formula...
Exquisite Q30S embodies future of car industry
I’ve been an avid follower of the car world my whole life and, like most other people interested in developments in the automotive industry, I’ve probably read more...
The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is taking art to the streets – and bringing the streets into the museum – as part of a major new exhibition that looks at engaging with public space and the urban experience.
What should win, will win, at the Oscars?
Ahead of Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for what many expect to be a “La La Land” sweep.
Ryan Eggold takes the lead in Blacklist spinoff
Ryan Eggold is ready for more action in NBC’s “The Blacklist: Redemption.”
Paxton, known for Big Love, Titanic, dies
American actor Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died at age 61 after complications from...
Palestinian Yaacoub Shaheen wins Arab Idol 2017
Yaacoub Shaheen, a Palestinian competitor in the popular Arab Idol singing contest, won first place Saturday night
Bush to unveil portraits of 'war on terror' US veterans
Former U.S. president George W. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in 2009. But he is set to reveal some of the fruits of his second career on...
French artist is entombed in rock for a week
A French artist was entombed inside a 12-ton boulder for a week, Wednesday.
Power at play in Yassine’s ‘Heroes’
“I was always curious about why the masses follow certain people, millions following one person,” mused choreographer and dancer Khouloud Yassine.
Iran's Farhadi, absent at Oscars, pleads for empathy in win
A political context larger than that of films themselves swept Iran's "The Salesman" into the limelight and effectively solidified its win in the best foreign language...
Film on Syria's White Helmets wins Oscar
A film about Syria's White Helmets – rescuers who risk their lives to help save civilians caught in the country's devastating war – took home the Oscar for best...
Jimmy Kimmel shares his pre-Oscars concerns
Jimmy Kimmel says he never wanted to host the Academy Awards.
Help! McCartney lends Ringo a hand on new album
Ringo Starr got a little help from his friend when Paul McCartney dropped by to work on his new album – the first time the two surviving Beatles have come together in...
Bowie wins as Brit Awards pay tribute to George Michael
David Bowie posthumously won two Brit awards Wednesday in an emotional London ceremony which also saw tributes paid to the late George Michael
Jazz-rock fusion pioneer Larry Coryell dead at 73
Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell, one of the first guitarists to win an audience bringing a rock edge to the jazz guitar, has died. He was 73.
Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards
Adele triumphed once again at the Grammys Sunday, with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads. She used her moment in the sun to heap praise on Beyonce.
As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights.
Father-to-be Clooney 'will stop going to war zones'
Hollywood star George Clooney said Thursday that he will be stopping his visits to the world's troublespots now that his wife is pregnant with twins
Lindsay Lohan says she was profiled while wearing headscarf
Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport.
Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz
Actress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to musician Lenny Kravitz.
Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69
Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line...
Two giant pandas at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo mated for the first time in four years Monday – a 52-second effort that boosted hopes for a baby as well as shares in a nearby Chinese restaurant.
Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena
The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for...
Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king
The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched...
Google rolls out AI tool to combat online trolls
Google said it will begin offering media groups an artificial intelligence tool designed to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites.
Women break bones, build bonds in roller derby
On a typical Sunday night, you’ll find 21-year-old Nada Ben Jemaa skating on four wheels, bumping her friends to the ground and sometimes making a trip to the emergency...
Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival in Brazil hits full stride
Rio de Janeiro's famed Carnival bacchanalia hit full stride on Saturday, as hundreds of thousands roared into the streets for one of the city's oldest and by far its...
Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug
Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly...
Bottega Veneta seduces with 1940s silhouettes
Bottega Veneta looked to the 1940s for inspiration for its understated but luxurious autumn-winter 2017 collection showing Saturday in Milan, with fitted waists,...
The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched Saturday
Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades: experts
Australia's plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last...
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
An unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, a day after SpaceX aborted the process...
Google, Dutch institute crack key internet security standard
A collaboration between Google's research unit and a Dutch institute Thursday cracked a widely used cryptographic technology that has been one of the key building...
On a typical Sunday night, you’ll find 21-year-old Nada Ben Jemaa skating on four wheels, bumping her friends to the ground and sometimes making a trip to the emergency room with broken-limbed teammates.
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads with local authorities.
Bathers revel at alternative to Rio beach scene
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite – the no-fuss atmosphere of a...
In the wake of Vikings, a North Atlantic cruise
Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance.
There are baffling mysteries out there that constantly gnaw at me.
Ford invests $1B in robotics startup in driverless car quest
Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless...
Looks, pep count for everything and CX-3 delivers
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d grown increasingly convinced that the auto industry simply wasn’t interested in pampering customers with modest budgets.
Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study.
Off-label antidepressant use not backed by science: study
Most off-label use of antidepressants is not backed by evidence that the drugs will work as intended, scientists said Wednesday
After son's suicide, dad starts 'The Kindness Challenge'
A New Jersey father mourning the suicide of his son figured a few dozen family friends might join the page he launched on Facebook, his attempt to share stories of...
Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes
Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odor.
‘Thirdhand’ smoke may harm infants: study
The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health.