State Security Friday arrested a network of Syrians nationals working for Daesh (ISIS) to carry out terrorist attacks in most of Lebanese territories.
Bassil says some Lebanese caused crisis
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Friday that certain Lebanese bear responsibility for the political crisis that has rocked the country since Prime Minister Saad...
Pakistani military raid kills Baluch separatist commander
Pakistan's military says security forces have killed a Baluch separatist commander involved in this week's slaying of 15 men in southwestern Baluchistan province as...
Norway says it 'regrets' NATO incident condemned by Turkey
Norway's defense minister expressed his regrets Friday over an incident at NATO training exercises which prompted Turkey to withdraw its participation.
Russia opposes 30-day extension of Syria gas attacks probe: diplomats
Russia told a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on Friday that it opposed a 30-day extension of an investigation to determine who is behind chemical weapons...
Syrians arrested on boat suspected of people smuggling
Four Syrian nationals have been arrested aboard a boat on charges of people smuggling, State Security announced Friday.
'Kalam Enass' under fire from Jreissati, Army
Justice Minister Salim Jreissati Friday blasted Marcel Ghanem, saying that the talk show host's recent actions indicated that hysteria had taken hold of some political...
Palestinian security forces hand suspect to Army
The joint Palestinian security forces Friday handed a wanted Palestinian suspect over to Lebanese Army Intelligence near the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian camp.
Pakistan's military says security forces have killed a Baluch separatist commander involved in this week's slaying of 15 men in southwestern Baluchistan province as they were trying to cross into Iran on their way to Europe.
Greek island calls strike against EU refugee policy
Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos have called a strike and are urging residents to take part in anti-government protests to press for a change a European Union...
Pakistan issues 'last warning' to Islamists blocking entrance to capital
Pakistan's government on Friday issued a final warning to members of a hard-line Islamist party who have blocked a main road into the capital since last week, raising...
Kremlin says not yet known if Putin will seek re-election
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday it was not yet known if Russian President Vladimir Putin will run for re-election when his term ends next year.
Russia told a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on Friday that it opposed a 30-day extension of an investigation to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said
Britain to pay 400M pound debt to Iran soon, Iranian official says
Britain will soon repay a debt of over 400 million pounds ($527 million) to Iran, the Iranian ambassador said Friday, but the payment was not linked to the case of a...
3 Yemen cities run out of clean water due to blockade
Three cities in Yemen have run out of clean water because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition has cut imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation, the...
Governor of Yemen's interim capital resigns, accuses PM of corruption
The governor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's interim capital Aden has resigned, citing what he said was government corruption that had undermined his efforts to...
Egypt orders suspected Libyan militant, 14 others be held over desert attack
The Egyptian public prosecutor ordered that a suspected Libyan militant and 14 others be held for 15 days pending an investigation of their role in a deadly attack in...
Before Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation plunged Lebanese politics into chaos, the government was actually getting things done.
What’s in the sovereign wealth fund bill?
A bill introduced in Parliament by MP Yassine Jaber envisions an independent sovereign wealth fund for the country’s income from petroleum – and potentially other...
Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources
Saudi Arabian authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for...
Big Dubai share sale raises $1.3 billion
Emaar Properties PJSC raised 4.82 billion dirhams ($1.31 billion) from selling a 20 percent stake in its United Arab Emirates development business, pricing the initial...
Under pressure, Britain's May tries to reassure EU on money
Britain will honor its commitments to the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May said again on Friday, trying to reassure increasingly frustrated leaders in the bloc who want...
Eurobond issue not new ‘financial engineering’
Lebanon’s Central Bank said a planned $1.7 billion debt swap between it and the Finance Ministry did not represent another round of the “financial engineering” it...
Lafarge says being searched over Syria business links
French-Swiss cement maker Lafarge said Tuesday its offices were being searched for information on financial links to extremist groups in Syria, including Daesh (ISIS).
Prince Alwaleed’s Beirut hotels for sale
A Lebanese commercial bank has been commissioned to find buyers for the posh Four Seasons Hotel Beirut and Movenpick Hotel Beirut.
Saudi Arabian authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said.
Turkish, Iraqi officials discuss resuming Kirkuk oil exports
A Turkish energy delegation has met with Iraqi top oil officials in Baghdad to discuss issues including the resumption of Kirkuk oil exports via the Turkish port of...
Riyadh to freeze trading accounts during probe
Saudi Arabia’s market regulator has frozen the trading accounts of individuals being detained or investigated as part of the kingdom’s crackdown on alleged corruption,...
Airbus seals $50B plane deal to outdo Boeing
Airbus SE announced the biggest commercial-plane transaction in its history, securing an order for single-aisle aircraft valued at nearly $50 billion at the Dubai Air...
Britain will honor its commitments to the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May said again on Friday, trying to reassure increasingly frustrated leaders in the bloc who want London to spell out how much it will pay on Brexit.
Bad news pounds sterling after 0.8 pct drop
Option traders are bracing for more pound losses as the U.K.’s domestic economics and politics provide little reason to buy the currency.
Norway fund seeks exit from oil, gas
The $1 trillion fund that Norway has amassed pumping oil and gas over the past two decades wants out of petroleum stocks.
Economic empowerment of women boosts growth: Citi
Improving gender equality could significantly boost growth in advanced economies over the coming decades, according to Citigroup Inc.
Recovery rally for Europe stocks sees oil trail
European shares enjoyed a recovery Thursday, snapping their longest losing streak since October 2016 as the cyclical sectors that had driven a marketwide sell-off made...
After almost two weeks of rising tensions and vagueness surrounding Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sojourn in Saudi Arabia, concerted efforts and contacts at the highest levels have brought the saga toward a close, at least for the time being.
Calm leads to clarity
The Lebanese theater is overflowing with players reading from conflicting scripts with active audience participation, a situation that impedes the universal request for...
The moral urgency of mental health
If we can prevent great suffering at no cost to ourselves, we ought to do so.
The global plan to end malaria
No one should die from a preventable disease.
Could the crown prince unleash a storm?
Saudi Arabia risks committing the original sin of modern Middle East politics – fighting its regional wars in Lebanon and driving that fragile country once again toward...
Dissociate in deed
Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s well-being has now been established in a number of ways.
The remedy is clear
The message that Prime Minister Saad Hariri sent in his interview in Riyadh over the weekend was clear and simple.
Contradiction in terms
It’s no wonder observers can make neither head nor tail of U.S. President Donald Trump’s contradiction-filled Asia tour. He insulted North Korea’s Kim Jong Un while...
Feeding Myanmar’s refugees
The Rohingya refugee camp in the Bangladeshi port city of Cox’s Bazar is a sea of metal roofs as far as the eye can see, shimmering under an unrelenting sun.
When climate leaders protect dirty investments
Solutions to the climate crisis are often associated with big conferences, and these two weeks are no doubt bringing many “answers.” Some 20,000 delegates have...
The opiate of the bosses
Business ethics are again making headlines. This time, the focus is on the rapidly escalating opioid crisis that is destroying lives across the United States.
Saudi Arabia risks committing the original sin of modern Middle East politics – fighting its regional wars in Lebanon and driving that fragile country once again toward civil strife.
China sees opportunity in U.S. decline
While news and analysis in America continue to be obsessed with Donald Trump’s daily antics and insults, halfway around the world, something truly historic just happened.
Will Trump back down or double down?
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict.
How might Trump’s Asian hosts sketch his profile?
As President Trump prepares to head to Asia next month for his most important overseas trip yet, foreign intelligence services are undoubtedly trying to assemble...
Unfortunate consequences for Kurdistan in Kirkuk
In this week’s crisis over Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing a painful version of Newton’s Third Law: In Middle East politics, as in physics, every action creates an...
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off reports of a dressing room rift between captain Sergio Ramos and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of vital derby clash at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic, Pogba back for Man Utd : Mourinho
Paul Pogba and long-term injury victim Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make their Manchester United returns against Newcastle United on Saturday: manager Jose Mourinho...
Federer stays perfect in London
Roger Federer went through round-robin play at the ATP Finals undefeated for the 10th time as he returned to haunt Marin Cilic with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1 win at the O2...
Dimitrov storms into last four at ATP Finals
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov raced into the semifinals of the ATP Finals with a 6-0, 6-2 demolition of David Goffin Wednesday.
Harden, Rockets score 90 in 1st half and rout Suns 142-116
James Harden looked up at the halftime totals Thursday night and couldn't believe what he saw, despite how well he and the Houston Rockets had shot the ball.
Chelsea relish trip to hapless West Brom
Chelsea can put an indifferent start to their Premier League title defence further behind them by extending a winning streak at troubled West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Moscow tries to quash World Cup hotel shortage fears
Russian World Cup organizers scrambled Friday to quash fears that Moscow may run out of hotel space nearly half a year before the start of the marquee football...
Saudi giants seek 'power shift' in Asian football final
Saudi giants Al Hilal will attempt to end years of dominance by East Asian clubs when they take on Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds in the two-legged AFC Champions League...
Roger Federer went through round-robin play at the ATP Finals undefeated for the 10th time as he returned to haunt Marin Cilic with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1 win at the O2 Arena Thursday.
Czech police shelve knife attack on Kvitova
Czech police said Thursday they had shelved investigation into last year's knife attack on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, which had put her career at stake.
Nadal wins doping defamation case against French ex-minister
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on Thursday after she accused him of doping on...
Nadal’s ATP pullout leaves Federer as last man standing
Rafael Nadal’s dramatic withdrawal from the ATP Finals in London leaves Roger Federer as the only megastar standing at a tournament now looking seriously short of star...
Irving leads Celtics to 13th straight win
Masked man Kyrie Irving scored 25 points to lead the Boston Celtics to their 13th consecutive NBA victory Tuesday with a 109-102 triumph at Brooklyn.
LeBron rallies Cavaliers over Knicks
LeBron James scored 23 points and reserve guard Kyle Korver added 21 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 24-point deficit Monday to edge the New York Knicks...
Gobert to Waiters: 'It's not my feelings, it's my knee'
Rudy Gobert believes he has every right to be upset after sustaining a leg injury that's expected to keep him out at least four weeks.
LeBron rallies Cavaliers over Knicks, Bucks win
Deontay Wilder can't wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring.
He's just not sure when it's going to happen.
WADA rules Russia ‘noncompliant’
The World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday that Russia remains “noncompliant” with its code, dealing a major blow to its hopes of being cleared to compete at February’s...
Wiggins returns to competitive sport at indoor rowing champs
Bradley Wiggins is returning to competitive sport for the first time since retiring from cycling, with the former Tour de France champion taking part in British...
New $1.6B Atlanta stadium rises; now old one to be destroyed
Atlanta's new $1.6 billion stadium - home to the NFL's Falcons and the city's hugely popular pro soccer team - has successfully risen, despite a series of construction...
Jones slams Cheika's lack of referee 'respect'
England coach Eddie Jones has criticised Australia counterpart Michael Cheika for showing a lack of respect towards referee Ben O'Keeffe by trying to influence him...
Defending champion Andreas Mikkelsen was the early leader of the season-ending Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour on Friday after winning five of the opening eight stages.
Vettel wins in Brazil, Hamilton takes fourth
Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his world championship disappointment in fine style Sunday when he won a sunlit Brazilian Grand Prix for Ferrari.
Matt Kenseth wins and Keselowski earns championship berth
Matt Kenseth doesn't get to end his career the way he hoped. He thinks he's got a handful of good years left in him, and can win races and compete for championships.
Marquez joins greats with fourth world title
Spanish ace Marc Marquez clinched a fourth MotoGP world title Sunday to join an elite club of riders after finishing third at a tense season-ending Valencia Grand Prix.
Marquez takes fourth MotoGP title in five years
Honda's Marc Marquez won his fourth MotoGP world championship in five years Sunday after his only rival Andrea Dovizioso crashed out of a dramatic season-ending race in...
The black-and-white scene opens upon a wiry man in a hat – the sort of headgear common in gangster movies – as he walks on set.
Da Vinci’s Jesus sells for record $450M
A painting of Jesus by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or...
'Despacito' sweeps Latin Grammys -- and heads to Asia
'Despacito," the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song -- the...
Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever
Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers' just completed global tour, the band's promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history
‘Disaster Artist’ seeks to celebrate a flop
When James Franco set out to direct “The Disaster Artist,” a faux behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Room” – often called one of the worst films ever made –...
Jazz it up: Arab musicians bring songs to Germany
Arab musicians in Berlin are bringing their musical roots to Germans – with a little help from American jazz.
Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450M
A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold...
Egyptian diva to face trial for disparaging Nile
Egyptian pop diva Sherine Abdel Wahab has been referred to trial for suggesting at a concert that drinking from the Nile River could lead to illness, judicial officials...
'Despacito," the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song -- the Chinese-speaking world.
CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments
The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a...
The guitar maker of Kinshasa: Father of a unique sound
In 2010, a group of Kinshasa street musicians, several of them left paraplegic by childhood polio, caused a sensation in Europe.
Calling themselves Staff Benda Bilili,...
Pre-orders for new Swift album reach more than 400,000 units
Pre-orders for Taylor Swift's "reputation" have reached more than 400,000 units and the album has become Target's biggest music pre-sale of all-time.
When James Franco set out to direct “The Disaster Artist,” a faux behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Room” – often called one of the worst films ever made – he said it was not to poke fun at the “Room” creator Tommy Wiseau.
Stewart dives into grief in directorial debut
Kristen Stewart’s directing ambitions go all the way back to when she was an 11-year-old performing in the 2002 David Fincher thriller “Panic Room.”
Amazon to do ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series
In what may be its biggest and most expensive move yet to draw viewers to its streaming and shopping club Prime, Amazon.com Inc. has purchased the global television...
Grappling with rage in ‘Three Billboards’
As a San Francisco native, Sam Rockwell says he doesn’t know why he gets offered roles to play “a lot of rednecks and country guys,” but he’s taking the opportunity to...
Hollywood puts scandal aside at honorary Oscars
Putting aside the sexual harassment scandal for a night, the stars of Hollywood came out Saturday to celebrate the work of actor Donald Sutherland and four other...
Rocker Johnny Hallyday, frequently described as a French Elvis Presley, is being treated in a Paris hospital for respirator difficulties, French television station BFM reported on Friday.
'Weinstein Effect' goes global as powerful men confronted
The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein that rocked Hollywood and sparked a flurry of allegations in other American industries, as well...
George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss respond in harassment scandal
George Takei took to Twitter Saturday to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script,...
Louis C.K. film release scrapped after sexual misconduct claims
The release of the Louis C.K. film "I Love You Daddy" has been scrapped, the film's distributor said Friday, following allegations of sexual misconduct against the...
'Stories are true': Louis C.K. statement on allegations
Comedian Louis C.K. released the following statement on Friday following allegations of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Supermodel Gigi Hadid said Friday she will not be walking the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai next week, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior.
Cheeseburger Trump ate creates lines in Tokyo
Haruyuki Sano traveled 1.5 hours for a taste of the same cheeseburger U.S. President Donald Trump ate with Japan’s prime minister during his visit last week.
U.S. scientists try at gene-editing in the body
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease.
Guidelines change high blood pressure thresholds
New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.
Fashion week starts, pencils and mummy stockings
Opulence and cultural syncretism took center stage Wednesday in Beirut Fashion Week’s first show – a collection entitled “Magic Elements” by Lebanese designer Amal...
Fairies, brides in black at Arab Fashion Week
Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls take the runway in Dubai this week for the fifth Arab Fashion Week, a five-day affair focused on instantly available “ready...
From skinheads to street art: homeless tour guides walk away from the streets
When he moved to London after university, Pete had a well-paid job, a girlfriend and a roof over his head. Three years later, he lost it all in the space of a few months.
Butter shortage chills patisserie-loving souls
There can arguably be no greater threat to the French way of life than a lack of butter. For months France has been gripped by a slow burning panic that it is running...
Daytime wounds heal twice as fast: study
Body clocks cause wounds such as cuts and burns sustained during the day to heal around 60 percent faster than those sustained at night.
Boy with rare disease gets brand new skin with gene therapy
Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate...
Risk of breast cancer's return looms for 20 years: study
Women who are treated for a kind of breast cancer that is fueled by the hormone estrogen face a substantial risk of the cancer returning, even 20 years later,...
Opulence and cultural syncretism took center stage Wednesday in Beirut Fashion Week’s first show – a collection entitled “Magic Elements” by Lebanese designer Amal Azhari.
Make the cut: Women donate hair for cancer patient wigs
Women gathered at Le Spot Mall in Sidon over the weekend to donate their hair to make wigs for cancer patients during an event held for cancer awareness month.
Rapid development threatens public land
Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small...
The United Nations on Friday closed the first-ever talks on fully autonomous weapons, with experts warning that time was running out to set rules for the use of the machines dubbed "killer robots".
Close new Earth-size world, where year lasts under 10 days
Astronomers have discovered a close new world about the size of Earth, where a year lasts just under 10 days
Supplies headed to space station after Virginia launch
A load of supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia's eastern shore
Future is about change: 10 days with iPhone X
The future of the smartphone means breaking old habits.
Face-to-face with Nest’s smart security camera
Nest’s new home security camera is supposed to be so smart that it can identify people it’s been introduced to.
A few days ago, after arriving late to work because of traffic, which happened to be more congested than the usual ludicrous amount, I had an interesting conversation with one of my work colleagues, who is usually quite insightful.
Save your sanity with these urban warriors
I think the first article on this page makes it abundantly clear that I will resist any shift away from driver-operated private cars, especially as I see automobiles as...
Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck.
Purchasing a car awakens our ‘stupid’ gene
Human beings are truly extraordinary creatures, not just for how far they’ve come since they first managed to stand on two legs – let’s ignore a certain president until...
Sports cars that cost around the century mark
Sometimes you need a sports car, something that’s not commonplace but at a price well below the ludicrous amounts demanded by a Porsche 911, a Ferrari 488 or a...