Hong Kong's legislature was again reduced to chaos Wednesday as political divisions deepen over the swearing in of two new lawmakers who advocate a split from Beijing
Kyrgyzstan government resigns after coalition break-up
Kyrgyzstan's government resigned Wednesday after President Almazbek Atambayev's party quit the ruling majority coalition earlier this week, deepening a rift between the...
With turn of wrench, woman breaks barriers
It is graduation day, and Maryam Mutlaq is celebrating her transformation from stay-at-home mom to licensed plumber.
U.S. indicates Raqqa campaign imminent
The United States Tuesday made its strongest indication yet that the battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh (ISIS) could be fast approaching, saying it...
How Parliament elects a president
So far, all signs indicate that a quorum of a two-thirds majority – 86 MPs – will be secured for the Parliament session to elect a president on Oct. 31, that will...
EU parliament asks France to probe UKIP fracas
European Parliament head Martin Schulz said Wednesday he would ask the French authorities to look into a violent altercation which left the favorite to lead the anti-EU...
Montenegro's veteran PM stepping down for new govt: party
Montenegro's veteran leader Milo Djukanovic will not continue as prime minister in the next government according to his party, which topped recent parliamentary polls
EU's Tusk says CETA signing summit still possible Thursday
A planned EU-Canada summit to sign a free trade deal was still possible Thursday, European Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday as Belgian politicians entered a...
Canada parliament votes to take in Yazidi refugees
Canada's parliament adopted Tuesday an opposition motion to resettle Yazidi refugees within four months, while declaring ISIS' persecution of Yazidis near the Syrian...
Al Shabaab takes Somali town from Ethiopian, govt troops; no resistance
Islamist militant group al Shabaab took control Wednesday of a town in southern Somalia after African Union peacekeepers and government troops abandoned it, residents...
EU concerned over politicians' detention in Turkey
Top European Union officials have voiced concern over the detention of two leading political figures in the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast
So far, all signs indicate that a quorum of a two-thirds majority – 86 MPs – will be secured for the Parliament session to elect a president on Oct. 31, that will subsequently put an end to the power vacuum that lasted two and a half years.
Jumblatt aims end to political stalemate: official
The Democratic Gathering bloc is inclined to reach a settlement that puts an end to the presidential deadlock, a Progressive Socialist Party official said Wednesday
Aoun election seems certain despite holdouts
With five days to go before a Parliament session to elect a president, MP Michel Aoun appears to be edging closer to achieving his long-cherished dream of being chosen...
Tripoli Captagon bust highlights rising trend
The Finance Ministry reported Tuesday that authorities had seized 1 million pills of Captagon bound for Saudi Arabia at the Tripoli Port.
Aoun, Hariri posters torn down in Tripoli
Political posters supporting former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and presidential candidate MP Michel Aoun were torn down by youth in Tripoli Tuesday, prompting the Army...
A leading Lebanese venture capital fund announced Tuesday that it has sold its stake in three of the 15 portfolio companies with a 14.4 percent profit.
Moody’s: Banks upped public debt exposure
Moody’s warned that Lebanese banks’ exposure to the public debt has grown after the last financial engineering of the Central Bank.
Turkey to seek bids for $3 billion bridge
Turkey will seek bids in January to build a 10 billion lira ($3.25 billion) suspension bridge over the Dardanelles Straits and has already received interest from Asian...
Turkish govt steps in to tame food prices
The Turkish government plans to take a more active role in fighting inflation and will attempt to tame volatile food prices, senior economic officials said, moves...
The rich brace for higher taxes under Clinton
For wealthy Americans, a big win by Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 could get pretty expensive.
Banks becoming more vigilant on cybercrime
The head of the Special Investigation Commission said Monday that Lebanese banks were already taking extraordinary measures to check the rise of cybercrime in Lebanon.
Teaching kids to write Arabic … with AI
This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing successful Lebanese entrepreneurs.
Industrial exports drop 15 percent
The high cost of transportation, fierce competition and the economic slowdown in some Arab countries have led to a further drop in Lebanese industrial exports, Industry...
Turkey will seek bids in January to build a 10 billion lira ($3.25 billion) suspension bridge over the Dardanelles Straits and has already received interest from Asian and Turkish contractors, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday.
Saudi bond sale spurs record Gulf borrowing
Gulf borrowers have raised a record amount in the public debt markets in 2016, and they’re not finished yet.
Egyptians losing patience with Sisi
A cartoon which appeared on social media shows a drowning Egyptian, only his hand protruding from the depths, waving for help.
Ministers grade Saudi economy
Saudis who switched on a popular talk show last week to listen to officials explain why state employees had their take-home pay cut were in for a shock.
U.S. judge approves $14.7 billion VW settlement
A U.S. federal judge Tuesday approved Volkswagen AG’s record-setting $14.7 billion settlement with regulators and owners of 475,000 polluting diesel vehicles and the...
May defies critics to back new Heathrow runway
Britain Tuesday backed a $22 billion expansion of Heathrow Airport, ending 25 years of indecision and promising to boost global trade links following the vote to leave...
Eurozone equities slide as London advances
Eurozone markets closed lower Tuesday as investors turned cautious despite upbeat German data, while London held onto some gins on a weak pound and plans to expand busy...
AT&T CEO expects Time warner deal clearances
AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson Monday told investors he expects the planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to receive regulatory clearances...
Presidential hopeful Sleiman Frangieh’s assertion Monday that he would continue his bid for Lebanon’s top post, despite the odds, comes as a breath of fresh air.
Seven days to watch
Lebanon is witnessing very intense and positive political actions, for a change. It now appears near certain that Gen. Michel Aoun will be elected as president.
After 2016: Trumpism fading or apocalypse?
All polls and probability estimates point already to a victory for Hillary Clinton.
The return of dollar shortages
Immediately after World War II ended, a new phrase entered the economic lexicon: “dollar shortage.”
Surprise attacks, bombing won’t defeat Daesh
The battle for Mosul will soon demonstrate that the key to success is not that Washington should have surprised Daesh (ISIS) or “bombed the hell” out of it.
Aleppo to the slaughter
The Aleppo onslaught has resumed after the three-day truce, regarded as a response to global outrage over atrocities carried out by the Russians and the Syrian regime,...
When patriotic figures such as Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan leave us, Lebanon misses them bitterly.
Your move, Hezbollah
“It is a great political risk, but I am ready to take risks on myself, my popularity and my political future a thousand times to protect you all, and am not ready to...
Brexit: The chilling effect of the unknown
The French mathematician Blaise Pascal famously said, “It is not certain that everything is uncertain.”
BRICS: Reordering the world order
As its name suggests, BRICS is set to become another giant bloc to restructure or balance the world’s uneven economy and upset the political cartel of the West.
Going beyond the Paris climate agreement
Now that it has been ratified by India and the European Union, the Paris climate agreement is set to enter into force.
Trump treats foreign policy like ‘Survivor’
Reality TV is about winning.
As election nears, the world holds its breath
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton...
Struggling to deal with the North Korean danger
When South Korean officials talk about the growing nuclear challenge from the North, they use red-alert phrases like “existential threat,” “imminent danger” and “dagger...
The end of the Republican Party
Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal.
Daniel Sturridge served a reminder of his worth to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with both goals in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in England’s League Cup Tuesday.
The Carlos Alberto goal that became legend
Brazil were winning 3-1 and the 1970 World Cup final against Italy was over as a contest when Carlos Alberto looked up to see the whole of the right wing open to him...
Kerber’s new style overwhelms Halep
Angelique Kerber produced a polished display to claim her second straight win at the WTA Finals with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Simona Halep Tuesday, the world No. 1...
Kuznetsova edges Radwanska in Singapore stunner
Svetlana Kuznetsova dug deep into her reserves to overcome Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in their WTA Finals round robin opener Monday, the late-arriving Russian...
Record 113 international players at NBA
A record 113 players from outside the United States were on NBA rosters as the league opened its 2016-17 season , with at least one international player on all 30 clubs.
Guardiola wants Aguero to stay at Man City
Pep Guardiola has reassured Sergio Aguero that he has a future at Manchester City.
Brazil’s Carlos Alberto dies from heart attack
Carlos Alberto, who scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in the 1970 final against Italy, has died aged 72 following a...
Heat on Mourinho, Guardiola in League Cup derby
Manchester United and Manchester City resume hostilities in the League Cup later Wednesday with rival managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola starting to feel the heat
Angelique Kerber produced a polished display to claim her second straight win at the WTA Finals with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Simona Halep Tuesday, the world No. 1 booking a spot in the semifinals of the elite eight-woman event.
Kerber outlasts Cibulkova in finals opener
Angelique Kerber was forced to dig deep in her WTA Finals opener before the German world No. 1 battled past Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 in a high-class baseline...
Del Potro wins first ATP title in three years
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro clinched his first ATP title in almost three years with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over American Jack Sock in Sunday’s final in...
Halep overpowers Keys at WTA Finals
Simona Halep laid down the gauntlet at the WTA Finals Sunday, demolishing rising American Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 in the opening match of the $7 million end-of-season event
Warriors vow to bounce back after Spurs mauling
Shellshocked Golden State Warriors players and coaches vowed to bounce back after launching their season with a crushing 129-100 defeat at home to the San Antonio Spurs...
LeBron leads Cavs romp as Warriors crash
LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers in a season-opening rout of the New York Knicks Tuesday as the vaunted Golden State Warriors super-team suffered a resounding...
Cavs, Warriors favored as season begins
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will celebrate their city’s first sports crown in 52 years Tuesday, raising their championship banner as the 2016-17 NBA...
Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings
Up until last week, Manny Pacquiao was concentrating on trying to get the death penalty restored in the Philippines.
Proposed Joshua-Klitschko fight scrapped
Anthony Joshua’s proposed world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko in December will not go ahead.
IOC asks Russia for records of anti-doping procedures
The IOC is asking Russia to provide details of how anti-doping procedures were carried out over a five-year period as the Olympic body investigates the country's drug...
Brilliant Thomas defends CIMB Classic title
Justin Thomas fired a final round eight-under-par 64 to overturn a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and successfully defend his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia...
Cubs, Indians set to meet in World Series
Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series.
Malaysia is planning to take a “temporary break” from Formula One because of mounting losses, officials said Tuesday, in ominous signs for one of Asia’s longest-running grands prix.
Rosberg blocks out reliability fears
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg is refusing to be rattled by reliability concerns as he prepares for his first “match point” of the season in Mexico this...
Hamilton wins U.S. Grand Prix to stay in F1 title
Lewis Hamilton got the victory he needed to keep his Formula One championship hopes alive, winning the U.S. Grand Prix for the fourth time in five years Sunday.
Crutchlow wins in Australia after Marquez error
Cal Crutchlow seized on a blunder by new world champion Marc Marquez at Australia’s Phillip Island Sunday to win only his second MotoGP.
Hamilton powers to pole at United States Grand Prix
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton powered to pole position for the United States Grand Prix when he out-paced Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg...
The Arab world lost one of its most important, and prolific, senior artists Saturday.
New Palestinian award to promote local cinema
A Palestinian film organization has launched a new cinema award in an attempt to stimulate the local filmmaking industry and promote cinema culture in the Palestinian...
War drama brings Mel Gibson back
“Hacksaw Ridge,” the true story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor, marks the directorial return of actor Mel Gibson a decade after...
Leslie Jones hits back at hackers in SNL rant
A day after hackers unleashed an attack on some of the world’s best-known websites, comedian Leslie Jones weighed in on cybersecurity in a commentary on “Saturday Night...
Sting to perform, receive honor at American Music Awards
Sting will hit the stage at the American Music Awards next month, and the icon will receive a special honor for his successful career.
Bill Murray awarded Mark Twain prize for humor
In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray’s elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was...
Henri Barande makes rare showing in London
Reclusive French artist Henri Barande hid his paintings and sculptures from the world for half a century.
Feces, swastikas for Trump at Mexico museum
His golden hair twists into smelly, fly-infested excrement.
“Hacksaw Ridge,” the true story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor, marks the directorial return of actor Mel Gibson a decade after his last stint behind the camera.
‘Accountant’ Affleck delves into autism
Ben Affleck said he found his latest role as a blunt-speaking accountant and assassin refreshing after playing the tormented, weary superhero Batman this year.
Cumberbatch joins the Marvel universe
British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his...
TV programmers to rethink damaging princess shows
The Disney princess may not be dead yet, but children’s television programmers are under pressure to create more adventurous female characters as fears grow over the...
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray's elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was honored with the nation's top prize for comedy.
Julie Andrews returns to TV to help kids put on a show
Hollywood legend Julie Andrews is making her first television series in more than a decade to teach children how to put on a show, its producers said Sunday
Steve McQueen: bringing art to the silver screen
Director Steve McQueen, whose poetic visual style helped secure a best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave", brings a sensibility to his films even when tackling...
Bound and gagged Kardashian Halloween costume pulled
An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that made light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West.
Damon and Affleck resurrect 'Good Will Hunting' roles
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck resurrected their "Good Will Hunting" roles, not to mention their Boston accents, in a special one night only live read from the script...
When Noelia Garella was a child, a nursery school rejected her as a “monster.”
Bosphorus ship spotters watch Russian war boats
Minutes after fishermen tip him off that a ship is about to pass through Istanbul’s Bosphorus, Yoruk Isik drops what he’s doing and rushes to his favorite vantage...
Crash-landing may have wrecked Mars probe
Scientists say Europe’s experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it was traveling too fast.
Monkeys break new ground on stone tool theory
The creation of primitive stone tools has long been hailed as a landmark in the human odyssey – but should our species’ much-trumpeted smartness take all the credit?
Karoline Lang International: Lebanon’s latest fashion export
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...
Hunting gastronomic gold in truffle country
“It is not a job. It’s a passion, a real sickness!”
French show robust interest in roe-deer hunting
Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying renewed interest in France.
Pets at work may help atmosphere
When a conference call turns tedious, Brent Robertson can still count on getting a smile from watching Gus rolling around on the floor.
New Milky Way map to help show how galaxies form
A new superdetailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form, Australian and German scientists behind the project said Thursday.
European Mars lander's fate still uncertain: ESA
European scientists are still not certain whether a space lander that reached Mars Wednesday touched down on the Red Planet in good working condition, the European...
Google’s Pixel: Not much, still a standout
Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new.
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 on all things fashion.
I love Beirut ... DBeirut
Paris Fashion Week and the new visions
Elie Saab brings back the age of disco glam
I can think of very few things I hate as much as having to wake up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, an undertaking that is made ever more abhorrent considering my very late work hours.
Mazda CX-9 proves SUVs can be mesmerizing
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that of all the cars I’ve test-driven, SUVs consistently emerge as the car of choice when it comes to...
Jeep has scored a winner and its name is Renegade
As the world’s most renowned maker of SUVs, it was inevitable that Jeep would venture into the subcompact crossover at some point.
2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS: A classic in its prime
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
To reduce the risk of sudden death, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, U.S. doctors said Monday.
Scan for horses can hold promise for humans
Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still...
Anti-vaccination nurses in Australia face punishment
Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent...
Devils’ milk could fight superbugs: scientists
Mother’s milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly “superbugs” which resist antibiotics, Australian...
World's first three-parent IVF baby birth 'revolutionary': doctor
A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a "three-parent" in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the...