The southern city of Sidon is gearing up this year to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the assassination of its native citizen, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, in a different but distinctive way.
Yaacoub family meets Hezbollah officials
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Wednesday requested from the family and supporters of former MP Hasan Yaacoub to end their protest outside Hezbollah offices south...
SAfrica's under fire Zuma to address nation
Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation Thursday against a background of concerted efforts in the courts, parliament and on the streets to...
Vanuatu elects new prime minister
Charlot Salwai was Thursday elected the new prime minister of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu following a snap election sparked by a corruption scandal
Pressure prods Russia toward Syria cease-fire
World powers pressed Russia Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow...
Sidon bridge to reopen after repairs
Traffic authorities are expected to reopen the western lane of a bridge on Sidon’s northern entrance Saturday morning after completing expansion joint repairs aimed at...
Future bloc revisits March 14 foundations
The 11th anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will remain the linchpin of the “independence uprising” that led to the emergence of the...
MP condemns Israeli seizure of cattle
Development and Liberation bloc MP Qassem Hashem condemned Israel’s brief seizure of Lebanese cattle Wednesday.
Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation Thursday against a background of concerted efforts in the courts, parliament and on the streets to throw him out of office
FBI surrounds last four protesters in Oregon standoff
The FBI Wednesday surrounded the last four demonstrators holed up in a weeks-long armed siege at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, U.S. authorities said
SKorea shuts down joint industrial park with NKorea
Under the gaze of armed soldiers, large white trucks streamed across the world's most armed border Thursday as South Korean workers Thursday began shutting down a...
Trapping elephant poachers with their technology
One day last October, agents from a crack Tanzanian crime unit raced past Dar es Salaam’s Palm Beach Hotel in pursuit of the suspected leader of a global elephant...
World powers pressed Russia Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow had presented a proposal envisaging a truce in three weeks’ time.
Pentagon requests $146M for Israel military tech
The U.S. Defense Department’s fiscal year 2017 budget requests $145.8 million in support for Israel, including Iron Dome and other cooperative defense programs,...
Netanyahu’s wife abused household staff
Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive working environment at the Israeli prime minister’s official residence, a...
Herzog wants to separate from Palestinians
Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Wednesday that no peace deal was possible for now and his country must begin unilaterally separating from the Palestinians...
Aleppo siege spells doom for West goals in Syria
The siege of Aleppo has taken the West even further from achieving its key goals in Syria of stemming the refugee flow, removing the Assad regime and tackling the Daesh...
The sharp drop in the price of oil and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against other foreign currencies caused the value of Lebanon’s imports to drop by more than 11 percent in 2015, a leading economist said Monday.
Ad spending flat at $190M in 2015
An annual survey of the advertising market in the Arab world shows that real advertising expenditures in Lebanon totaled $190 million in 2015, nearly unchanged from the...
In Egypt, medicines disappear from shelves
Nahed Ibrahim has scoured Egypt in vain to find a regular supply of medication to help her mother to recover from a stroke she suffered four months ago, since then the...
Tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics
The world’s tourism map is being redrawn at lightning speed as holidaymakers switch preferences prompted by terror attacks, epidemics and migrant crises.
Yellen: Slower rate hikes if economy disappoints
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future...
Bank profits rise on surge in interest income
The combined profits of all six listed Lebanese banks jumped by 8.70 percent in 2015 to reach $1.219 billion compared to $1.121 billion in the same period of 2014.
Number of passengers at Beirut airport up 9 pct
The amount of passengers traveling through Beirut airport rose by 8.94 percent in January 2016, up from 501,766 passengers the same time last year.
Retail, personal loans still going strong: Torbey
Retail and personal loans in Lebanon valued over $17 billion at the end of 2015, up 3.25 percent from a year earlier, a leading banker said Thursday.
Nahed Ibrahim has scoured Egypt in vain to find a regular supply of medication to help her mother to recover from a stroke she suffered four months ago, since then the 75-year-old has struggled to follow conversations.
Turkish firm puts Russian bank up for sale
Turkish conglomerate Fiba Group has put up for sale a bank it owns in Russia, two banking sources told Reuters, a decision that may be due partly to a row between...
GCC debt to double, assets to slide by 2020: report
Public debt of the oil-rich Gulf states is expected to double and assets decline by a third by 2020 as they seek to finance budget deficits due to sliding prices, a...
UAE plans to outsource most govt services
The United Arab Emirates plans to outsource most government tasks to the private sector and cut the number of ministries, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future interest-rate hikes.
Obama proposes $4.1 trillion budget
U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1-trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 Tuesday in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance...
European shares snap seven-day losing streak
European shares were on course to snap a seven-day losing streak Wednesday, helped by some solid corporate earnings and a recovery in Deutsche Bank from 30-year lows.
BP CEO ‘very bearish’ on oil as storage fills up
BP is planning for oil prices to stay low for the first six months of the year and expects surplus production to only start diminishing when storage tanks fill up in...
Kazakh leader orders $1 bln for house building as snap poll looms
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his government on Wednesday to allocate 360 billion tenge ($1 billion) to build affordable housing to support the economy,...
On a recent visit to the region, the U.S. president was quoted as saying: “When I visited the camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing the horror of war, I realized I don’t deserve to be congratulated
War of depopulation
The events of Monday Feb. 8, 2016, will not be remembered as great landmarks in the Syrian crisis, but they are worth exploring nonetheless.
What’s next after Geneva’s failure?
For over four years an article of faith for senior Western politicians has been that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria.
Don’t allow a ‘fog of responsibility’ in Syria
The international community’s failure to bring the Syrian civil war to an end is a tragedy – especially for the country’s long-suffering people.
Aleppo’s frightening reminder of wider threats
Aleppo today is frightening almost beyond description and comprehension.
Plaguing the country
Unlike some recently pandemic-hit parts of the world, for many decades now Lebanon has been spared the horrors of plague.
When it comes to the presidential election, Lebanon’s main political parties have been treating the race to Baabda Palace as if it were the Kentucky Derby.
With the news that $10 billion has been pledged by nations to ease the spiraling Syrian refugee crisis, countries such as Lebanon have been handed a vital show of...
What referring to an animal as ‘who’ means
Last month, a steer escaped from a slaughterhouse in the New York City borough of Queens.
Ties between PKK, PYD pose problem for Turkey
In mid-July 2012, the Syrian government withdrew its forces from a large amount of territory along the Turkish border.
Fear cheap oil and perilous politics
One of Donald Trump’s stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was “terrible.”
What America has lost under Obama
Seven years into President Barack Obama’s presidency, we now understand what his “political realism” was all about.
Do Kerry’s threats in Syria pack a punch?
Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria – in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire...
A sign of things to come in Syria
This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
The Daesh problem is only getting worse
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against Daesh (ISIS).
Juergen Klopp predicted brighter days ahead for his Liverpool youngsters after they fell to a last-gasp strike from Angelo Ogbonna against West Ham United in their FA Cup fourth-round replay Tuesday.
‘No truth’ in Chelsea rumors for Juve’s Allegri
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has again distanced himself from the Chelsea manager’s job amid claims he will replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the...
Djokovic dominant but it’s tight at top: Henman
Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is not as inevitable as it might appear, former British number one Tim Henman believes, even if the other members of the “Big Four”...
Two umpires banned, 4 being investigated over corruption: ITF
Two tennis umpires were banned last year, one for life, for breaches of the sport's Code of Conduct for Officials, governing body the International Tennis Federation...
Warriors past Rockets for 42nd home win
Stephen Curry had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors put away the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter of a 123-110 victory...
Dortmund fans cause protest stir in German Cup
Borussia Dortmund fans called “foul” on away ticket prices for their team’s German Cup quarterfinal at Stuttgart by hurling dozens of yellow and red balls onto the pitch.
Liverpool owners scrap ticket hike, apologize
Liverpool’s owners Wednesday apologized and scrapped controversial plans to hike Anfield ticket prices after 10,000 fans walked out of the ground in protest over the...
Argentine football team Huracan's bus overturns in Venezuela, injuries light
A bus carrying Argentina's Huracan soccer team overturned on Wednesday in Venezuela, according to a local official and a diplomat, but the team suffered only minor...
Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is not as inevitable as it might appear, former British number one Tim Henman believes, even if the other members of the “Big Four” will have to raise their game and hope the Serbian falters.
Multi-talented Barty's return to court a loss for cricket
Ashleigh Barty's short stint as a professional cricketer has helped the former Wimbledon junior champion refresh for the grind of the tennis tour, according to her...
Russia humiliated in Fed Cup
Russia and Italy, who have won eight of the last 12 Fed Cup titles, crashed out of this year’s tournament Sunday as defending champions Czech Republic survived to set...
Dutch defeat Russia in Fed Cup
Kiki Bertens won a decisive singles rubber in Moscow Sunday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in straight sets to lead the Netherlands into the Fed Cup semi-finals
Stephen Curry had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors put away the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter of a 123-110 victory Tuesday night.
Curry magic as Warriors down Rockets
Steph Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games...
Khatib returns from China, rejoins Riyadi
Lebanese basketball icon Fadi El-Khatib returned to the country late Sunday after ending his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association League with Fujian club,...
James triple-double leads Cavs over Kings
Cleveland superstar LeBron James posted his 40th career triple-double -- and his first this season -- to lead the Cavaliers to a 120-100 NBA win over the reeling...
Pelicans beat Timberwolves, end four-game losing streak
The New Orleans Pelicans started their Mardi Gras celebration a few hours early, snapping a four-game losing streak by blitzing the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-102 Monday
Kenya caused a stir Tuesday when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw from the Rio Games because of Zika, but officials said later it was too soon to decide on the impact of the virus.
Denver dons orange to welcome Broncos
Hundreds of thousands of cheering, orange-clad Denver Broncos fans lined the city’s streets Tuesday for a parade and rally to welcome home the team after their upset...
As ugly as it was, it was beautiful for Manning
A pack of Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera had seen enough.
Newton wilts under Super Bowl spotlight
After basking in the spotlight of a career season, the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton fell flat under the glare of the world’s biggest stage.
Denver defense kryptonite to Superman Newton
The Denver Broncos shocked the Carolina Panthers 24-10 as the Super Bowl closed out its first half-century Sunday with an upset and a cliffhanger as Peyton Manning left...
Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch Wednesday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor.
News about Schumacher 'not good:' Montezemolo
The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said Thursday
Maldonado loses Formula One drive at Renault
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado announced Monday he had lost his Formula One drive, with the seat at Renault-owned Lotus now looking certain to be taken by Denmark's Kevin...
Lorenzo kicks off MotoGP 2016 test season on top
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding a Yamaha was fastest on day one as the 2016 test season got off to a blistering start at Malaysia's Sepang circuit...
Marussia name disappears from Formula One
The Marussia name will disappear from Formula One this season after the team owners were granted a request to change it to Manor Racing Tuesday
Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit. It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show.
Inarritu triumphs at DGA awards
Hollywood’s directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for “The Revenant” at a gala ceremony Saturday, helping focus the race for the Oscars.
Warner settles 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for $14M
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million...
Berlin's three main orchestras stage free concert for refugees
Three of the world's top conductors, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Ivan Fischer are teaming up for a free concert by Berlin's three main orchestras next month...
War-scarred ruins of Syria’s Homs inspire artists
Devastated by 20 months of combat between regime forces and rebel fighters, the haunting ruins of the Old City of Homs serve as inspiration for some Syrian artists.
'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend
"Kung Fu Panda 3" remained atop the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice...
Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" has opened more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, the country where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and...
Fiennes defends decision to play Michael Jackson
Joseph Fiennes has defended his decision to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy, despite a furore over the casting of a white British actor in the role of a...
The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million to end a lawsuit over the song is approved by a U.S. court, it will be free for all to use as they please
Springsteen showcases new way of serving fans
Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia.
Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song
Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called "White Privilege II" - rapping about a white person's position in society with black people fighting...
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband, dies near Las Vegas
Rene Angelil was a former singer-turned-manager when he received an audiotape of a 12-year-old singer from her mother.
In ‘Hail, Caesar!’ a studio fixer’s faith is tested
In “Hail, Caesar!” the Coen canon reaches a crescendo – or rather a warped inversion of one – when the brothers assemble a quartet of religious leaders from various...
Watanabe vows he’ll be back from cancer
Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer.
Crime and Punishment’s dark world lit up
Inside an old Saint Petersburg flat that was once home to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a new exhibition plunges visitors into the dark and complex world of “Crime and...
Israel tries to bolster image via Oscars gifts
Top Academy Award nominees will have a politically charged gift in their swag bag this year – a luxury trip to Israel paid for in part by a government that hopes such...
Violette Verdy, one of the ballet world's most loved ballerinas and choreographers, has died aged 82, after leading a life that inspired generations of dancers, the Paris Opera announced Tuesday
Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90
Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend...
David Bowie wanted ashes scattered in Bali
Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow,...
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit...
Saab in the spotlight at Paris Fashion Week
Mode a Paris’ Haute Couture collections, one of the most prestigious catwalk shows in the world, concluded this week in the French capital.
As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature.
Humor, upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl ads
From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
Camera makers battle phone onslaught
High-schooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years – she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot...
Twitter to let hot tweets rise to top of timeline
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the “best” tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the...
Top 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts
For some the most awaited time of the year is just a few days away, for others it is a high-stakes, consumerist, shopping nightmare that can make or break a relationship.
Manolos for the people? Luxury designer opens up
Could “Manolos” come to the high street?
Los Angeles is new icon of menswear cool
Long derided for flashiness or faded grunge, Los Angeles and a new generation of designers are bringing a new brand of chic to American menswear.
Love beyond barriers in ethnically split Cyprus
They met though social media, inspired by their love of music.
High-schooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years – she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot understand why anyone would bother with a separate device for photos.
Twitter lets hot tweets rise to top of timelines
Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the "best" tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the...
NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month
NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said Friday
Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment
Germany: Scientists in Germany have switched on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power
Couples spoiled for choice on Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Makeup off the runways
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...
Lebanese CEO leads music revolution
Since its official launch in December 2015, the major music sharing platform Muzeit has expanded its presence in some 155 countries with hundreds of thousands of...
New app offers carpooling for students
Not having your own car can be frustrating, but a new carpooling app that is gaining ground with Lebanon’s students is trying to make that a thing of the past
Some visitors may be steering clear of the world’s top tourist destination after terror attacks in the French capital, but for lovers, shoppers and gourmands who dare to go, Paris will always be Paris.
Geologist says dinosaur fossils found in western India
A geologist said Saturday his team has discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils in the western Indian state of Gujarat that could be millions of years old
India’s ‘cleanest village’ clings to its serenity
In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India’s far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers – but its reputation as Asia’s cleanest village...
The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver
Mitsubishi Lancer refuses to call it quits
As the car industry grows more sophisticated and automobiles increasingly come packed with options that used to astonish us just a few years ago, we as consumers are...
SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show despite pollution crackdown
India's flagship auto show opened its doors in New Delhi Wednesday with a new batch of diesel-guzzling SUVs on proud display, despite industry uncertainty about a...
India's Tata decides to rename 'Zica' car as virus spreads
India's biggest carmaker Tata Motors said Tuesday it would rename its new Zica hatchback as global alarm grows over an outbreak of the identical-sounding Zika virus
Infiniti Q70 flagship offers enticing alternative
For several decades the executive sedan market has arguably been dominated by European marques, and to some degree American brands.
Travelers coming back from any outbreak zones of the Zika virus will need to wait at least 28 days before giving blood to avoid any risk of transmission, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Sunday
US doctors upgrade Zika precautions; virus found in saliva, urine
Brazilian scientists announced Friday they had found Zika in the saliva and urine of two patients, as U.S. health officials advised more stringent measures for...
Brazilian health institute says discovered Zika in saliva, urine
Brazilian government health institute Fiocruz said Friday it had discovered for the first time active Zika virus in saliva and urine samples and would investigate the...
New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras
It’s glitter season in New Orleans.
A cell’s change gives insight on cancer’s origin
Researchers have for the first time witnessed how a single cell can change and give rise to cancer, raising hopes that scientists may discover a way to stop tumors...