A Syrian shepherd was found dead Tuesday in a field east of Baalbek, after an old shell exploded near him.
Army arrests 2, confiscates weapons in Hermel
The Lebanese Army has arrested two Lebanese men in east Lebanon over possession of military arms and a fake ID, the military said in a statement.
Morocco arrests four over 'burning alive' fatwa
Morocco arrests four people n the Western Sahara after they allegedly issued a fatwa authorizing the burning alive of a person they accused of rejecting Islam, the...
Kuwaiti activist jailed 10 years for petrol bomb tweet
A Kuwaiti court sentences an opposition activist to 10 years in jail for publishing a diagram on Twitter showing how a petrol bomb is made, the court ruling says
Swedish top court allows Assange to appeal detention order
Sweden says it will allow Julian Assange to appeal a detention order against the WikiLeaks founder over allegations of sex crimes.
Italian official in Beirut to discuss ties
Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli arrived in Beirut Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials on the region and bilateral relations.
Baalbek shopkeepers protest against ‘extortion’
Shopkeepers briefly shut down their businesses on Tuesday and staged a sit-in at the entrance to the city center in Baalbek, east Lebanon, to protest against extortion...
Ghazaleh had something to say before death: Hariri
Former Syrian intelligence general Rustom Ghazaleh had a desire to reveal something before he died, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in remarks published Tuesday.
Morocco arrests four people n the Western Sahara after they allegedly issued a fatwa authorizing the burning alive of a person they accused of rejecting Islam, the interior ministry says
Saudi-led coalition continues to pound Yemen's Shiite rebels
Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Shiite rebels and their allies overnight and early Tuesday in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and in the south, while officials loyal...
UK man accused of killing US soldier with bomb in Iraq
Anis Abid Sardar, a 38-year-old British citizen, is accused of making bombs in Syria that were planted on the western outskirts of Baghdad in 2007
ISIS has killed over 2,000 off battlefield since June: activists
ISIS insurgents have killed at least 2,154 people off the battlefield in Syria since the end of June when the group declared a caliphate in territory it controls, a...
WFP says 1.4 million need emergency food aid in Nepal
The World Food Program (WFP) said Tuesday it will try to get emergency food aid to 1.4 million people in Nepal over the next three months following the country's...
Cars to be fitted with automatic emergency calling from mid-2018
All cars and light vans in Europe will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices from April 2018 under new rules approved by European Union lawmakers
UN warns of major challenge in reaching Nepal quake victims
Relief workers face huge challenges in reaching the remote mountain areas worst hit by the earthquake in Nepal, with heavy rains exacerbating the problems, the UN say
EU lawmakers demand migrant burden be shared
EU lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the bloc share the burden of accepting asylum seekers as the pressure on southern European countries from migrants crossing the...
Lebanese trade has been less affected by the Syrian conflict than other regional countries, a World Bank study released Monday said.
Byblos Bank’s profits rise 6.7 percent in Q1
Byblos Bank said Monday that it maintained a solid financial performance in the first quarter of 2015, posting an increase in its unaudited consolidated net profit by...
Abu Dhabi rolls out red carpet for market-makers
The two main stock exchanges in the United Arab Emirates are trying to attract market-makers but some industry professionals say Abu Dhabi is offering more generous...
UAE billionaire calls for family business rules
One of the United Arab Emirates’ most prominent businessmen is leading calls for regulations across the Gulf Arab region to smooth the transfer of ownership of family...
Greeks push Tsipras to compromise in talks
Greece resumed efforts to break a deadlock with its creditors as weekend polls showed a majority of the country’s people want the government to make compromises needed...
BankMed profits surge by 4 pct to $133M
BankMed, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, continued to maintain good results last year despite local and regional challenges.
BLOM profits reach $91.17 million
BLOM Bank reported a 4.17 percent increase in net profits in the first quarter of 2015 from the same period last year, driven by an increase in the income of the bank’s...
Hajj Hasan: Buy Lebanese-made drugs
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Friday called for reducing imports of pharmaceutical products in order to encourage locally made medications.
The two main stock exchanges in the United Arab Emirates are trying to attract market-makers but some industry professionals say Abu Dhabi is offering more generous financial terms and more liberal rules than Dubai, suggesting it may have more success.
Ending Egypt's currency black market brings new challenges
Egypt's currency black market, a thorn in the side of successive governments, has virtually disappeared in the past two months following a central bank crackdown.
Damascus fair encourages people to ‘buy Syrian’
Syria’s entrepreneurs, suffering from crippling losses after four years of civil war, have launched a drive to encourage consumers, hit by burgeoning inflation as well...
Rebel seizure of Syrian border post hits traders
Syrian rebels’ seizure of the main frontier crossing with Jordan has dealt a heavy blow to the Damascus government’s efforts to revive a once thriving export trade...
Greece resumed efforts to break a deadlock with its creditors as weekend polls showed a majority of the country’s people want the government to make compromises needed to release funds for its economy.
Traffickers act like tour operators: investigator
The best way to understand the commercial scale of human trafficking across the Mediterranean, says a leading Italian investigator, is to view the people smugglers as...
Central banks ability to pilot economies in doubt
Most central banks have been easing policy since the start of the year and are set to do more, but it still isn’t clear whether that new activism, which has pushed...
If Greece falls, no one wants be held responsible
“We’re going bust.” “No, you’re not.” “You’re strangling us.” “No we’re not.” “You owe us for World War II.” “We gave already.”
Investors’ climate change ‘gamble’ exposed
Nearly half of the world’s biggest investors have been accused of failing to protect their portfolios from climate change and of “gambling” on companies heavily exposed...
The pace of military developments in Syria has picked up noticeably in recent weeks; nearly all of the news has been bad for supporters of President Bashar Assad.
Enough blunders by de Mistura
The U.N. envoy to Syria is gearing up for another attempt to end the conflict but his approach now borders on the reckless. One might have expected that as the third...
The U.S. must be balancer in the Mideast
Haider al-Abadi made his first visit to the White House on April 14 as the prime minister of Iraq and requested expedited delivery of U.S. weapons and F-16s to fight...
Bangladesh’s secularism is being subverted
In February, while returning from a book fair at Dhaka University, Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger known for his atheism and his wife were dragged from their...
Looking for hope on the Armenian genocide
Where did I look for hope on Friday, the day that marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide?
Politics of genocide
As Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide against their people, in which over 1 million were killed, and as similar acts of...
Leading by example
As former Prime Minister Saad Hariri continues his meetings in the U.S., having met Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry, politicians at home in Lebanon are...
Talks, not demands
For the sake of what remains of a cohesive Yemeni state, is it essential that the Houthis and their backers now take the opportunity for peace, and take part in genuine...
Haider al-Abadi made his first visit to the White House on April 14 as the prime minister of Iraq and requested expedited delivery of U.S. weapons and F-16s to fight ISIS.
Curb weapon flows to global areas of conflict
Some truths are best left unsaid, particularly in polite company.
Can an Arab military force really work?
The framework nuclear agreement that Iran and the P-5 (China, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and the United States) plus Germany recently reached represents...
Disinvest from ExxonMobil over Arctic drilling
ExxonMobil’s business strategy is a danger to its shareholders and the world.
New ideas to end the Palestine stalemate
What should we make of these developments related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that occurred Thursday?
Border wars will determine Assad’s fate
In recent months there has been much talk of a Hezbollah offensive in the Qalamoun district of Syria.
Obama strives to engage Iran and Saudi Arabia
President Barack Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies that the United States is...
The GCC faces the regional tsunami
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to grasp how they see the world is the best way to understand their behavior.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp plans to shatter Bayern Munich’s dreams of a treble-winning season in Tuesday’s German Cup semifinal clash.
Hernandez making strong case for Real move
Javier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance...
Cavs sweep Celts, Clippers even series
LeBron James scored 27 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93...
Champville stun Riyadi to level series
Champville silenced the critics as they defeated reigning champions Riyadi Beirut 96-88 to level the best-of-seven semifinal series 1-1 Sunday at Dik al-Mehde.
Federer still fears ‘difficult to beat’ Nadal
Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favorite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish...
Barca guarding against complacency in title push
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has stressed his side won’t take their eye off the ball despite having a comfortable run-in to the end of the La Liga season as they chase...
Humble star Hazard shines brighter than the rest
Chelsea believe Eden Hazard is the third best performer in world football so it was little surprise the Belgium winger was voted the Professional Footballers’...
Hazard wins England's PFA player of the year award
Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard won England's PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea...
LeBron James scored 27 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 victory Sunday.
Lebanese star Arakji to declare for NBA draft
Wael Arakji, the Lebanese point guard sensation that has been likened to Miami Heat and Slovenia star Goran Dragic, will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, it was...
Champions Riyadi crush Champville in Game 1
Reigning champions Riyadi Beirut routed Champville 113-69 at home in Game 1 of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the Lebanese Basketball League Friday.
Curry leads Warriors to OT win
Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 40 points, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to complete a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback that allowed the...
Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favorite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star’s troubled start to the clay court season.
Nishikori retains Barcelona title
Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar...
Nadal beats Almagro, Cilic exits
Rafael Nadal avenged last year’s loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic...
Struggling Nadal bemoans 'awful', 'negative' exit
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal describes his performance as "awful" as he crashes out of the Barcelona Open 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) to Italian Fabio Fognini.
Top-seeded Nishikori eases past at Gabashvili
Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia Tuesday.
After winning three out of four races and taking a 27-point lead in the standings, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has a new challenge as he and Mercedes prepare for the start of the European season.
Ferrari revived, but Mercedes retain control
Buoyed by the a revitalized driver pairing and a much-improved power unit, Ferrari have breathed new life into Formula One’s world championship battle this year – and...
Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant
Qatar’s hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add...
Hamilton wins again under Bahrain floodlights
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny...
Hamilton and Rosberg back at scene of battle
Just days after their latest spat following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg return this weekend to the scene of one of their most dramatic...
Judd Trump will play China’s Ding Junhui in the quarterfinals of the World Championship after defeating Hong Kong’s Marco Fu, the other remaining hope of a first Asian world champion at this year’s tournament, Monday.
Big hype, huge money for fight of the century
The countdown is on to Saturday’s showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the $400 million “fight of the century” with a place in boxing’s pantheon of...
Curry red hot as Warriors sweep series
Golden State’s Stephen Curry put in a match-winning performance as the Warriors became the first team to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs by beating New...
Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign
Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion with a unanimous points decision over a game but limited Bryant Jennings...
Kipchoge wins fierce London battle with Kipsang
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five...
In the chaotic last days of the Vietnam War, the U.S. airlifted thousands of children out of Saigon.
Fashion houses await birth of a style heavyweight
Whether wrapped in pink or blue, the new baby of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will have the power to influence trends across the globe as the latest addition to a...
Hayek classy and classical in Lebanon
Salma Hayek opted for a classy and classical look during her stay in Lebanon to promote “The Prophet,” a film she co-produced based on a book written more than 100...
Haute gastronomy meets haute couture
Delectable tastes and artsy presentations characterized “Abstract Rose” the menu Lebanese couturier Tony Ward concocted with the chefs at Phoenicia Hotel’s...
Satisfying China’s demand for urban 4x4s
Car manufacturers are targeting the Chinese appetite for “crossover” vehicles, 4x4s suitable for urban terrain being snapped up by status-conscious consumers as...
De la Renta unveils bridal line
Peter Copping had hoped to work alongside Oscar de la Renta, but it was not to be: Just days after Copping was hired, the legendary de la Renta passed away from cancer.
For some, prom is platform for social change
Proms have traditionally been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing. Some teens now see...
Workplace workouts snag on stressful culture
As evidence mounts that fit employees are productive workers, companies have slotted into the corporate routine an array of workplace workout initiatives, from in-house...
Salma Hayek opted for a classy and classical look during her stay in Lebanon to promote “The Prophet,” a film she co-produced based on a book written more than 100 years ago by renowned Lebanese-American poet and philosopher Gibran Khalil Gibran.
Spring vibes at STATION’s Feelgood Market
STATION, a hybrid cultural space with dynamic programming in art, design, music and lifestyle projects, is welcoming spring with its Feelgood Market, a seasonal pop-up...
‘Little Italy’ draws in crowds at HORECA
Crowds gathered round to watch as one of the chefs at TOT?’s live cooking station at the Italian National Pavilion in HORECA tossed pizza dough into the air.
Wonder women thrive on mixed martial arts
“Women can either build or destroy the society. In my opinion,” Perla Abi Rached, owner of Eshtebak gym, says.
Car manufacturers are targeting the Chinese appetite for “crossover” vehicles, 4x4s suitable for urban terrain being snapped up by status-conscious consumers as automakers fight for sales in an otherwise slowing market.
Toyota beats VW, GM for top place in sales
Toyota Motor Corp. is still at the top in global vehicle sales after the first quarter, selling 2.52 million vehicles around the world, outpacing rivals Volkswagen and...
Ford unveils new Taurus influenced by China
With its newest Taurus, Ford is joining the race to appeal to Chinese business buyers by offering bigger, more luxurious backseats.
Genesis Coupe revives historic sports car lore
When I review cars, more often than not I find myself selecting cars that I find intriguing or appealing, which makes it all the more surprising that over the past...
When buying a car, timing is everything
The prospect of buying a new car can be so exciting that people often let their impatience and emotions get the best of them and as a result miss out on what could be...
Conde Nast may best be known as the publisher of fashion, culture and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, but it is hoping to draw new consumers and advertisers through the realm of virtual reality.
Good-bye keys: ‘Smart locks’ let you in
When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with one...
Free home heating offered by e-Radiators
A Dutch energy firm is trailing a scheme that offers both the promise of free energy to homeowners and a cheap alternative to large data centers for computing firms.
Japan train breaks new world speed record
Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 km/hr mark, as Tokyo races to...
Apple Watch to boost glance journalism
With the Apple Watch expected to sell in the millions, news organizations are refocusing their efforts to become part of that tiny screen.
There are two must-have selfies for any visitor to show off from Miami: One on the sands of South Beach, and one against the bold murals of Wynwood.
The Black Forest: dark woods and fungi
The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight.
Swiss hotel schools look to remain world best
It feels like a luxury restaurant, with starched-uniformed waiters pouring pricy wine and explaining the intricate details of a gourmet menu as diners gaze out at a...
St Helena: a remote island with a rich history
Saint Helena’s major claim to fame is as the place where the fallen French emperor Napoleon died in exile, but now the destiny of the tiny island is about to change...
Curonian Spit, a placid refuge in Lithuania
At the edge of the Valley of Silence, the landscape changes so suddenly it’s like strolling to another continent – from a placid, fragrant pine forest to a soaring wall...
If delicate green cardamom pods are the queen of spices, black cardamom might be Maleficent.
A chicken curry dinner for a cool spring evening
A warm curry for a cool spring evening? Sounds about right. This weeknight-friendly chicken curry rich with spices and coconut milk is a perfect dinner on a chilly, wet...
Fascinating wines from the island of Gods
Greek myth tells us that Dionysus, son of Zeus, the king of the gods, gave wine to the world. In recognition, his face appears on the badge that sommeliers wear.
UN sees uphill malaria fight
Malaria still claims nearly 600,000 lives a year, the UN says , urging further action to boost recent strides in combating the disease.
Mind training effective in combating depression
A form of mental training which helps people recognize the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers...
Reality television star Kim Kardashian pledged her full support on Monday for her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who said last week that he identifies as a woman.
Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality
In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about...
Singer Amy Winehouse's father says new biopic misleading
A new film about the late British singer Amy Winehouse is misleading, her father said on Monday, and the family of the six-time Grammy Award winner was disassociating...
Avengers expands universe with ‘Ultron’
The caped crusaders are back in force in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but this time, the evil they battle is bringing them face to face with the darker consequences of...
Gerhaher and Harteros top singers at International Opera Awards
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera...
Gunshots fired at rapper Lil Wayne's tour buses on Georgia highway
Multiple gunshots were fired early Sunday into two buses carrying Grammy-winning rap music star Lil Wayne and his entourage on a Georgia highway following a performance...
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow files for divorce from Chris Martin
A year after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their decision to "consciously uncouple," the Oscar-winning actress has filed divorce papers in a Los Angeles...
Willie Nelson joins the celebrity pot trade
Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner...
A new film about the late British singer Amy Winehouse is misleading, her father said on Monday, and the family of the six-time Grammy Award winner was disassociating itself from the production.
Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan to write wrestling storylines
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan on Monday was named senior producer of a professional wrestling program and said he would try to push boundaries on cultural...
Box Office: 'Furious 7' Races Past 'Age of Adaline'
Native Americans walk off Sandler movie
When a group of Native American actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week, their decision generated praise and scorn on social media.
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera Awards on Sunday.
Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Furious 7's Walker keeps UK chart top spot
American rapper Wiz Khalifa's tribute to actor Paul Walker, "See You Again", kept the top spot in Britain's music charts for a second week, the Official Charts Company...
Stromae taps Kanye West in Coachella surprise
Belgium's Stromae brought in a fellow superstar from across the Atlantic, Kanye West, in a surprise Sunday on the final day of the Coachella festival.
Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee
Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month.
Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert big winners at Country Music awards
Luke Bryan won the fan-voted top prize of entertainer of the year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, which drew more than 70,000 fans to the AT&T...
How did Cairo look in 1991?
Syrian bands rock Beirut alternative music scene
Syrian rock bands fleeing the war are finding safety and new fans in neighboring Lebanon, where they are revitalizing a Westernized scene with their focus on Arabic...
A slippery meeting of man and wax
Kneeling on stage, Christophe Beranger leaned forward, slid his hands beneath a sheet of translucent wax several meters across, and lifted it.
All new Whitney Museum opens in NYC
Four years after breaking ground, New York’s much-loved Whitney Museum for American Art reopens Friday in a futuristic $422 million premises built by Italian architect...
Sudanese poet Muhammad al-Fayturi dies in Rabat
Sudanese poet Muhammad al-Fayturi died in a Rabat hospital Friday, after a long struggle with illness.