The Taliban group in Afghanistan on Sunday used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to plant more trees for worldly and other-worldly good
Obama-era veteran picked to lead Democratic Party
Opposition Democrats on Saturday chose Tom Perez as their new leader, tapping an establishment figure to lead the fight against President Donald Trump and the...
Egypt puts off raising entry visa price for visitors
Egyptian officials say plans to more than double charges for entry visas paid by foreign visitors arriving in the country have been put off until July 1
Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has decided to run for re-election in May, the vice-president for parliamentary affairs said on Sunday, according to state news agency...
Activists rally in Beirut to demand proportional vote law
The We Want Accountability civil society movement Saturday rallied in Beirut's Martyr's Square to press officials to quickly approve a new electoral system based on...
In Trump's first speech to Congress, will decorum hold?
A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum.
France places two under formal investigation for planning attack
French judges have placed two people under formal investigation and detained them on suspicion of wanting to travel to Syria or planning attacks in France, a judicial...
French presidential candidate Macron to meet Merkel
France's centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March, his team said Saturday.
Morocco king urges UN measures on Western Sahara
Morocco's King Mohammed VI has called on the United Nations to take "urgent measures" following months of tensions with the Polisario independence movement in the...
Berlin rebukes Ankara over 'unjust' journalist detention
The German government Saturday denounced Turkey's detention on terrorism-related charges of a journalist for the Die Welt newspaper, adding its voice to a growing...
Syria vows 'retaliation' for Homs assault: Damascus envoy
Syria will retaliate following the deadly suicide assault in its third city Homs on Saturday, the Damascus government's envoy to U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva...
The We Want Accountability civil society movement Saturday rallied in Beirut's Martyr's Square to press officials to quickly approve a new electoral system based on proportional representation.
Car crash foils east Lebanon abduction attempt
Two armed men attempted to abduct a Lebanese citizen in the eastern city of Baalbeck, only to be stopped by a car crash.
Official government photographer Habib Dalati dies
Habib Antoine Dalati, a prominent Lebanese journalist and the government's official photographer, died on Saturday.
Four wounded in Ain al-Hilweh clashes
Four people were wounded in clashes that erupted in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp Saturday, hours after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas departed Lebanon...
South Lebanon truckers protest work restrictions
Truck drivers Saturday briefly blocked a road in south Lebanon in protest of restrictions on the number of days they are allowed to work in a week.
Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah Friday announced a plan to revamp the landline communications network in Lebanon.
Hajj Hasan: More Egypt imports need more exports
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Thursday stipulated that Lebanon would boost its imports from Egypt if the latter increased its own imports from this country.
Good times are over for expats in Saudi Arabia
Seventeen years after first setting foot in Saudi Arabia, Dominic Steck shipped his two cats and returned to Germany with his wife and school-age children, who hardly...
Some have misgivings on selling Aramco shares
Jamil Farsi, a prominent Saudi Arabian jewelry tycoon, made an impassioned plea to the investment minister at a meeting of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce this month.
China to be Germany’s biggest trading partner
China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data...
Hariri: Big taxes hurt Lebanon’s economy
Premier Saad Hariri said the Lebanese economy can’t handle big taxes at the moment.
Lebanon firm on gas licensing round
The Lebanese government is determined to go through with the first round of oil and gas tenders based on transparent standards, Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abi...
Retail activity stagnant in Q4 2016
Commercial and retail activity in the fourth quarter of 2016 did not feel the impact of the positive political development, a study released Thursday showed.
Seventeen years after first setting foot in Saudi Arabia, Dominic Steck shipped his two cats and returned to Germany with his wife and school-age children, who hardly know their homeland.
British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalize loan deal
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalized a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF...
Hajj Hasan talks projects with Iranian Tobacco Co.
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan emphasized Friday the need to create joint industrial projects between Lebanon and Iran during his meeting with Mohammadian...
Currency rout pushes Yemen to brink of starvation
Anwar Abdullah goes to work every day but he hasn’t been paid in five months.
China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed Friday.
Doubts grow over Trump stock market surge
How much more can the “Trump bump” lift the U.S. stock market?
Warren Buffett says don't waste money on investment fees
U.S. Billionaire Warren Buffett wants investors to be wary of the high fees Wall Street routinely charges because of the damage they do to investment returns, and he...
Luxury London home sales at risk
The number of wealthy people granted investor visas to live in the U.K. fell by more than 80 percent last year from the peak in 2014, a sign that luxury home sales in...
Phone firms turn to AI at top mobile fair
Phone-makers will seek to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world’s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain.
Though sports may divide into teams and promote competition, it unifies like little else.
Avowal of commitment
Michel Aoun Thursday affirmed Lebanon’s policy toward Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who for 70 years have been guests of the state, and assertedthe country’s policy...
Mutually assured deterrence can save the world
The degradation of governance within the international system is a hot topic nowadays – and for good reason.
Mapping the future of AI
Artificial intelligence already plays a major role in human economies and societies, and it will play an even bigger role in the coming years.
Russia’s hacking efforts are far from a ‘ruse’
One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence...
Spare us your tripe
Election polls in France resemble a yo-yo gone wild, with candidates’ chances hit by everything from scandal to challenges from within their own parties.
Wrong PR forum
It’s an undeniable fact that the French culture, language, fashion, etc. have played a prominent role in Lebanon, prompting education and the country’s development in...
Just days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th president, he took on as his first task the abolishment of Barack Obama’s legacy and the dismantlement of...
Populism versus the media
I am old enough to remember when the best thing about populism was that it was not popular.
Achieving an African industrial revolution
In the mid-2000s, after decades in the slow lane, African economies hit the accelerator.
How trumpocracy corrupts democracy
American democracy is a complex, self-organizing system.
One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence elections across Europe.”
The Trump bump in Moscow’s market
Financial markets have been sending an interesting message about President Donald Trump and Russia.
The art of the North Korean deal
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will...
Forget the jobs, enjoy the Trump circus
Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about – an honest, hardworking American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a...
Flynn may be gone, but questions remain
President Trump confronts complicated problems as the investigation widens into Russia’s attack on our political system.
Racing edged Ijtimaai Tripoli closer to relegation Friday, defeating the northern side 3-2 to leave them eight points adrift of safety with five matches remaining in the Lebanese Premier League.
Barca to rediscover top form at Atletico
Title hopefuls Barcelona need to capitalize on a rare lapse by Real Madrid if they are to take full advantage of Valencia’s midweek success against La Liga leaders.
Kerber to rest knee after missing out on top ranking
Angelique Kerber said she needed to nurse her injured knee after a semi-final defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday ended her chances of reclaiming the...
Kerber survives as leading seeds stumble in Dubai
Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships Tuesday.
Lakers can’t count on celebrity to bring glory
Chasing celebrity isn’t mentioned anywhere in the first chapter of the playbook to NBA relevance.
Inter host Roma as De Boer levels heavy criticism
Inter Milan’s Champions League qualifying hopes could hinge on victory over Roma this Sunday, and former coach Frank De Boer believes the “Nerazzurri” only have...
Sevilla beat rivals Betis to go joint top
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli hailed his side's second-half "rebellion" to take the spoils once more in the Seville derby with a 2-1 win over Real Betis on Saturday and...
Napoli suffer shock home defeat by Atalanta
Napoli's remote hopes of overhauling Serie A leaders Juventus were dealt a possibly fatal blow when they lost 2-0 at home to Atalanta on Saturday.
Angelique Kerber said she needed to nurse her injured knee after a semi-final defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday ended her chances of reclaiming the world number one ranking.
Federer to keep playing in Basel until 2019
Roger Federer may be 35 but he showed retirement is far from his mind by committing to play at the Swiss Indoors for another three years.
Former world number one Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
No coach, no problem for Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off the absence of his coach to defeat David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday and earn a first career title at the Rotterdam World Tennis...
Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal: reports
Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas, according to...
Lakers promote Magic in major shake-up
The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling...
Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy...
Lots of points, not a lot of All-Star defense
It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference...
Youth and Sports Minister Mohammad Fneish issued a decision Friday that terminated the practice of Mixed Martial Arts in Lebanon, reportedly because of excessive violence and a lack of regulation.
Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit
Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.
Johnson cruises to win and No. 1 ranking
Dustin Johnson secured the world No. 1 ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California Sunday.
Emelianenko debut at Bellator 172 canceled
Matt Mitrione was hospitalized with a kidney stone Saturday, forcing the cancellation of his fight against heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Bellator...
Rumford wins first World Super 6 title
Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6...
The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500.
Hamilton hails ‘awesome’ new Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes “pretty awesome” Thursday after lapping a blustery Silverstone circuit in the car he hopes will secure him a fourth Formula One...
Renault targets top five in Formula One
The Renault Formula One team unveiled their new-look 2017 car Tuesday with a target of the top five in the championship, and possible podium finishes, after struggling...
Renault confident of moving up a gear with new car
Renault chiefs believe the new car they unveiled on Tuesday will see drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer propel them into the top five this forthcoming Formula...
Exquisite Q30S embodies future of car industry
I’ve been an avid follower of the car world my whole life and, like most other people interested in developments in the automotive industry, I’ve probably read more...
Ahead of Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for what many expect to be a “La La Land” sweep.
Bush to unveil portraits of 'war on terror' US veterans
Former U.S. president George W. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in 2009. But he is set to reveal some of the fruits of his second career on...
Jimmy Kimmel shares his pre-Oscars concerns
Jimmy Kimmel says he never wanted to host the Academy Awards.
'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' win Razzie 'worst' films
Even the Razzie Awards are getting political.
Help! McCartney lends Ringo a hand on new album
Ringo Starr got a little help from his friend when Paul McCartney dropped by to work on his new album – the first time the two surviving Beatles have come together in...
French artist is entombed in rock for a week
A French artist was entombed inside a 12-ton boulder for a week, Wednesday.
Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel
Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his...
Drabble confronts old age in The Dark Flood Rises
A car races along a British motorway.
Huppert: I’m not an artist, I’m the canvas
She’s made more than 100 films over 45 years, not to mention her frequent stage work, and is recognized as one of the world’s great actors.
Iranian-American space experts to step in for Farhadi at Oscars
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has chosen an Iranian-American female engineer and a former NASA scientist to represent his film "The Salesman" at Sunday's Oscar...
'24: Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video
The executive producers of the new Fox series "24: Legacy" are apologizing for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people.
Ringo Starr got a little help from his friend when Paul McCartney dropped by to work on his new album – the first time the two surviving Beatles have come together in the studio in seven years.
Bowie wins as Brit Awards pay tribute to George Michael
David Bowie posthumously won two Brit awards Wednesday in an emotional London ceremony which also saw tributes paid to the late George Michael
Jazz-rock fusion pioneer Larry Coryell dead at 73
Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell, one of the first guitarists to win an audience bringing a rock edge to the jazz guitar, has died. He was 73.
Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards
Adele triumphed once again at the Grammys Sunday, with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads. She used her moment in the sun to heap praise on Beyonce.
Vera Lynn to release new album at 100
Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn will celebrate her next birthday by becoming the first singer in history to release a new album at age 100, her record label said...
As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights.
Father-to-be Clooney 'will stop going to war zones'
Hollywood star George Clooney said Thursday that he will be stopping his visits to the world's troublespots now that his wife is pregnant with twins
Lindsay Lohan says she was profiled while wearing headscarf
Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport.
Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz
Actress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to musician Lenny Kravitz.
Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69
Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line...
The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles.
Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival in Brazil hits full stride
Rio de Janeiro's famed Carnival bacchanalia hit full stride on Saturday, as hundreds of thousands roared into the streets for one of the city's oldest and by far its...
Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king
The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched...
Google rolls out AI tool to combat online trolls
Google said it will begin offering media groups an artificial intelligence tool designed to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites.
Women break bones, build bonds in roller derby
On a typical Sunday night, you’ll find 21-year-old Nada Ben Jemaa skating on four wheels, bumping her friends to the ground and sometimes making a trip to the emergency...
Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug
Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly...
Bottega Veneta seduces with 1940s silhouettes
Bottega Veneta looked to the 1940s for inspiration for its understated but luxurious autumn-winter 2017 collection showing Saturday in Milan, with fitted waists,...
'It's like tripping' says French artist entombed in rock
An artist entombed inside a 12-tonne rock for nearly three days has described the experience as like "tripping", insisting he would stick it out for a week
The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched Saturday
Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades: experts
Australia's plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last...
Bees can learn to roll a ball for food: study
Entice them with a sweet reward and bumblebees can be trained to roll a ball into a goal, revealing unexpectedly complex learning abilities for an insect, researchers...
Scientists turn to Chile's Atacama desert to study life on Mars
Astrobiologists seeking to understand where life might be found on Mars, and what form it might take, are finding that the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest in the...
On a typical Sunday night, you’ll find 21-year-old Nada Ben Jemaa skating on four wheels, bumping her friends to the ground and sometimes making a trip to the emergency room with broken-limbed teammates.
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads with local authorities.
Bathers revel at alternative to Rio beach scene
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite – the no-fuss atmosphere of a...
In the wake of Vikings, a North Atlantic cruise
Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance.
Chinese Lunar New Year feast begins with drums
Four men in traditional yellow costumes bang large drums to announce the start of the New Year’s Eve banquet in Liuminying village.
There are baffling mysteries out there that constantly gnaw at me.
Ford invests $1B in robotics startup in driverless car quest
Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless...
Looks, pep count for everything and CX-3 delivers
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d grown increasingly convinced that the auto industry simply wasn’t interested in pampering customers with modest budgets.
Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study.
Off-label antidepressant use not backed by science: study
Most off-label use of antidepressants is not backed by evidence that the drugs will work as intended, scientists said Wednesday
After son's suicide, dad starts 'The Kindness Challenge'
A New Jersey father mourning the suicide of his son figured a few dozen family friends might join the page he launched on Facebook, his attempt to share stories of...
Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes
Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odor.
‘Thirdhand’ smoke may harm infants: study
The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health.