Senior officials of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces Wednesday held eleventh-hour negotiations in a bid to resolve the problem of Christian representation
Al-Akhbar denies editor-in-chief paid STL fine
Journalist at daily claims tribunal lied, calls on court to
publish receipt as proof
Wounded in Crimea school attack to be flown to Russia
At least 10 of the wounded in a school shooting and bomb attack carried out by a student at a vocational school in Crimea will be airlifted to hospitals in Russia, the...
Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid tensions
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Thursday after earlier talks were scrapped amid soaring tensions between the nuclear powers over...
U.N. Syria envoy to make last push before leaving
United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he would step down at the end of November for personal reasons
Lebanese computer scientists form new syndicate
The audience members were sparse Wednesday at the news conference announcing the formation of the Syndicate of Computer Sciences in Lebanon. But ambition was abundant.
Lebanon is stable: Hariri
Lebanon is stable in part because of its “modern” legislation and the support of its allies, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday from the Grand Serail.
Ferzli: MPs have ‘right’ to lie to constituents
Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli Wednesday said elected officials have the “right” to lie to Lebanese citizens about their voting record in Parliament, in comments...
At least 10 of the wounded in a school shooting and bomb attack carried out by a student at a vocational school in Crimea will be airlifted to hospitals in Russia, the health minister said Thursday.
Cyprus airline Cobalt halts flights amid lack of investment
Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air says it has indefinitely suspended all of its operations amid a struggle to find investors.
Uber driver charged with kidnapping
An Uber driver in New York City kidnapped a woman who fell asleep in his vehicle, groped her in the back seat and then left her on the side of a highway in Connecticut,...
Briton killed in Alps was ‘monster,’ mother says
The mother of a British cyclist killed by a hunter in the Alps has celebrated his death, saying she believed he was responsible for raping a young girl, British media...
Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean rites
Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in...
Iran calls U.S. sanctions ‘blind vindictiveness’
Iran called new U.S. sanctions against its paramilitary Basij group an act of “blind vindictiveness” Wednesday, amid reports that members of the Iranian Revolutionary...
Iran prosecutor: No repeat of women at stadiums
Iran’s prosecutor general said Wednesday there would be no repeat of women watching football matches inside stadiums, saying it would “lead to sin.” The comments by...
Russian, Egyptian leaders sign new treaty
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi signed a strategic cooperation treaty Wednesday that is intended to bolster trade and other...
News that Lebanon’s Cabinet formation is imminent has reflected positively on the performance of Solidere shares, which jumped by an average of more than 17 percent in the past two days.
Assessing Lebanon’s economic database
It is widely known that data in Lebanon is lacking, and difficult to access even in cases where it does exist.
Don’t mention price: NOPEC threat prompts change
OPEC has urged its members not to mention oil prices when discussing policy in a break from the past, as the oil producing group seeks to avoid the risk of U.S. legal...
Saudi tensions add to Dubai stock’s bad year
Traders are running out of reasons to stay in Dubai’s stock market as it heads for its worst year since the 2008 debt crisis. Dubai’s main equities gauge has lost 19...
Pound recovers after PM says open to longer Brexit transition
The British pound recovered to turn positive on Thursday after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed she was open to discussing an extension of the transition period...
Goldman Sachs expects BDL to avert crisis
International Investment Bank Goldman Sachs expects the Central Bank to continue to take measures to prevent Lebanon from sliding into a financial crisis.
Lebanon hails reopening of Nassib crossing
President Michel Aoun, officials and industrialists Monday hailed the reopening of the crossing point between Syria and Jordan, stressing that Lebanon should seize this...
Fund looks to diaspora to revitalize real estate
Dark apartment windows outnumber the lit in the quiet night streets of Beirut’s waterfront and central districts, a reminder of Lebanon’s long economic and real estate...
OPEC has urged its members not to mention oil prices when discussing policy in a break from the past, as the oil producing group seeks to avoid the risk of U.S. legal action for manipulating the market, sources close to OPEC said.
Peace for S.Sudan may depend on oil price
A civil war has cast South Sudan into five years of bloody upheaval. The latest peace deal may hinge on something that’s almost as unpredictable: the oil price.
Iran: U.S. efforts to cut oil exports a bluff
Statements by the United States that it would reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero are a “political bluff,” the head of state-run National Iranian Oil Company said,...
SocGen CEO cancels attendance at Saudi Arabia investment conference
The chief executive of French bank Societe Generale has cancelled his attendance at a Saudi Arabia investment conference, as leading business executives pull out amid...
The British pound recovered to turn positive on Thursday after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed she was open to discussing an extension of the transition period after Brexit.
Massive tax scam cost Europe 55 bln euros: report
A gigantic years-long tax scam saw banks drain 55 billion euros ($63 billion) from national treasuries in Europe, a far larger sum than previously thought, media from...
Stocks wobble as Wall Street cuts losses
A gauge of stocks across the world pared losses Wednesday as a rally in bank shares helped buoy Wall Street, but the outlook on earnings soured after a warning on the...
Samsung buys network analysis firm in 5G push
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said Wednesday it has bought Barcelona-based network data analysis firm Zhilabs, as the South Korean giant gears up to launch products for...
Turkmenistan opens $3.4B chemical plant
Turkmenistan opened Wednesday a $3.4 billion petrochemical plant as the it seeks to obtain greater value from natural gas and reduce its reliance on exports to China...
At long last, after months of feuding, hostile rhetoric and one-upmanship, by all accounts government formation appears to be just around the corner.
They say that if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. With Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s self-imposed 10-day deadline to form a government upon us, it...
Discontent among Assyrians in Syria’s northeast
Prominent Assyrian Christian writer and dissident Souleman Yusph was in his home in northeastern Syria’s Qamishli two weeks ago when local security personnel reportedly...
The four potential plays of the Brexit endgame
The United Kingdom’s “Remainers,” who still hope to reverse Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, have placarded British cities with a simple question:...
An AI wake-up call from ancient Greece
In discussions about the implications of artificial intelligence (AI), someone almost always evokes the ancient Greek myth of Pandora’s box.
Obstructor in chief
It’s time to say enough is enough because we’re out of time. Someone needs to step in and remove the cog obstructing the smooth running of our political system.
The press in distress
After Al-Anwar newspaper stood the test of time through Lebanon’s worst days, its closure after 60 years is nothing short of tragic, tantamount to a massacre of the...
It’s time to call out the actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who treats the world community as a group of nonentities, naive enough to be swayed by...
Prominent Assyrian Christian writer and dissident Souleman Yusph was in his home in northeastern Syria’s Qamishli two weeks ago when local security personnel reportedly burst in, arrested him and carried off his laptop and cellphones with them.
The evolution of human capital
The value of human input in growth and development has been recognized since the invention of modern economics.
Authoritarian quacks, a mandatory
Why do conspiracy theories so often receive their strongest support from the world’s dictators?
Zero Hunger: Taking action today for our future
Just three years ago, in September 2015, all United Nations Member States approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Just say no to agricultural gene drive technology
First, the agribusiness giants came to take our land and disrupt our food systems with synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, proprietary seeds, and genetically modified...
Winning the war on tuberculosis
The world is finally waking up to the threat posed by one of the most overlooked diseases of our time.
Trump’s North American trade charade
When the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was announced, it was met by a sigh of relief around the world.
A new Cold War against China is won at home
The Trump administration’s most significant and lasting decisions will be about U.S. policy toward China.
Thierry Henry hopes his illustrious playing days will help underpin a successful career in management as he embarks on his first top job in club football at Monaco.
Lloris hails France’s mental strength after win
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hailed the mental strength that saw World Cup winners France overcome a patchy opening period to beat Germany 2-1 Tuesday.
Revamped Davis Cup not about individuals: Pique
The focus of the new-look Davis Cup should be about teams and not individuals, Gerard Pique said Wednesday, brushing aside concerns that top names such as Roger Federer...
‘New’ Djokovic is gunning for No.1 spot
The “new” Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world No. 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric...
Warriors raise title banner, silence Thunder
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant accepted their championship rings Tuesday for leading Golden State to a third NBA title in four campaigns, then powered the Warriors over...
Real objects to La Liga’s game in Miami
Real Madrid has written to Spain’s football federation outlining its opposition to La Liga’s plans to stage a match between Girona and Barcelona in Miami, delivering...
FA: Wembley sale off after Khan withdrew offer
England’s Football Association says their plan to sell Wembley Stadium will not go ahead after potential purchaser, American Shahid Khan, withdrew his offer. “At a...
Last-minunte goal gives Chile win over Mexico
Nicolas Castillo followed up his own stinging drive to score in the 89th minute and hand Chile a 1-0 win over Mexico in a thrilling friendly in Queretaro on Tuesday.
The focus of the new-look Davis Cup should be about teams and not individuals, Gerard Pique said Wednesday, brushing aside concerns that top names such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will not want to participate in next year’s competition.
Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title
Novak Djokovic continued his scintillating run of form as he breezed past Croatian Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time Sunday.
Coric faces Djokovic in Shanghai final
Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final Sunday.
Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis
Roger Federer was turfed out of the Shanghai Masters semi-finals Saturday by 13th-seeded Borna Coric, the Croatian stunning the Swiss great 6-4, 6-4.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant accepted their championship rings Tuesday for leading Golden State to a third NBA title in four campaigns, then powered the Warriors over Oklahoma City 108-100 in their 2018-2019 season opener.
Five players to watch in the 2018-19 NBA season
Five players to watch in the 2018-19 NBA season that starts Tuesday.
Warriors chase record as hungry rivals lurk
Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry will enjoy watching the Golden State Warriors hoist another championship banner Tuesday when they open the 2018-19 NBA...
Will LeBron give the Lakers a Hollywood ending?
Lebron James embarks on the latest and possibly final chapter of his glittering career with the basketball world watching and wondering if the greatest player of his...
Al-Ittihad edge Beirut, emerge Arab champs
Al-Ittihad Alexandria withstood a late comeback from Beirut Club to win the Arab Clubs Championship after a 74-70 win over the hosts Friday.
Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan struck a maximum 147 break Wednesday at a venue that only two days before he had condemned as a “hellhole” that smelt of urine.
Alvarez inks $365M streaming service deal
World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has signed a lucrative long-term deal with sports streaming service DAZN that will see him earn at least $365 million...
Packers beat 49ers on Crosby’s dramatic kick
Mason Crosby, who missed four kicks a week ago, connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired Monday to lift the Green Bay Packers over San Francisco 33-30 in an...
IAAF delays new hormone rules over Semenya case
The IAAF announced Tuesday it had agreed to postpone by five months the implementation of controversial new rules on high testosterone levels in female athletes to...
Gurley powers unbeaten Rams
Todd Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Los Angeles Rams improved to 6-0 Sunday with a 23-20 NFL win over the struggling Denver Broncos.
Mick Schumacher is tipped to carry the famous surname into Formula One as the newly-crowned European Formula Three champion finished the season with his 14th podium placing Sunday.
New all-female series aims to get women to F1
A new all-female racing series was launched Wednesday, supported by former Grand Prix driver David Coulthard and top designer Adrian Newey, with the aim of helping...
Now ‘impossible’ for Vettel to win F1 title
Even Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise would baulk at the task facing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Marquez wins thrilling first Thai MotoGP
Marc Marquez won a thrilling inaugural Thailand MotoGP Sunday to extend his lead in the championship to 77 points as he goes in pursuit of a fifth premier class title.
Hamilton on brink of fifth title after Japan win
Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix to stand on the brink of a fifth Formula One title Sunday while Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel finished sixth after colliding...
“Write what you know.” Metric tons of aspiring fiction writers have internalized that adage. It’s informed decades of creative writing classes and is responsible for untold numbers of bruised egos and fractured friendships wounds resulting from people finding they’ve inspired “characters” in the “fiction” of their writer “friends.”
Kingsolver’s ‘Unsheltered’ blends fact, fiction
Barbara Kingsolver does something amazing in her new novel. She takes a historical figure a naturalist who corresponded with Charles Darwin in the late 19th century and...
Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper' named most popular in UK
The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.
Spanish opera star Montserrat Caballe dies aged 85
Spain's world-famous opera star Montserrat Caballe has died in Barcelona, a source at the hospital where she was being treated said Saturday.
Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ a triumph
There can be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne. You might not even miss her that much. ABC aired the first episode of its Roseanne Barr-free spinoff “The Conners” Tuesday...
Burns wins Booker Prize Troubles tale ‘Milkman’
Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern...
Tripoli’s forgotten fair basks in glow
The 15 monumental structures that make up Tripoli’s Rashid Karami International Fair have been largely forgotten.
Hawking warns education and science in danger
Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn that science and education are under threat around the world.
There can be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne. You might not even miss her that much. ABC aired the first episode of its Roseanne Barr-free spinoff “The Conners” Tuesday night.
Outrageous new dating shows cut to the chase
Once upon a time, people made an effort to get to know each other learning each other’s names, say before hopping into bed.
Kidman transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer,” playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history.
‘Beautiful Boy’ tackles family’s drug struggles
A family battling with drug addiction is the focus of new Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet drama “Beautiful Boy” with the duo portraying a father and son struggling...
Family and politics collide in ‘The Oath’
Satirical dark comedy “The Oath” could reflect many U.S. households this Thanksgiving with its depiction of a family getting through the holiday while trying to avoid...
The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney for 16-day tour
A beaming Meghan Markle looked remarkably unfatigued by a 22-hour flight as she walked out of Sydney's airport with Prince Harry Monday for a rest day before they...
Luxury shoppers in China buying bags, not BMWs
China’s luxury shoppers are becoming more selective as the trade war rattles the world’s second-largest economy, shunning big ticket items like pricey cars but...
Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight set to get 28 years in prison
Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is expected to be sentenced to nearly three decades in prison in a Los Angeles court.
Cardi B gets assault summons but lawyer say she did no harm
Cardi B was given a summons on Monday for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault in connection with a melee at a New York strip club.
From Hollywood to hip hop, it’s the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult status but the business is still shrouded in mystery in its native Austria.
Rio’s ballet dancers return to the stage
Ballet is a world conjuring images of luxury and entertainment, a preserve for the cultured, the elite. That may be true in many cases.
Technologys warning system for heart attacks
A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say.
The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilograms
In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos.
Rural gems at Beirut’s first fair trade market
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s...
Building a lifelong love of opera in toddlers
Two-year-old Emily is already on her way to a lifetime love of Opera. She also particularly likes the hopping. Welcome to London’s Royal Opera House, where Opera Dots,...
Life span 2040: U.S. down, Spain on top
Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the...
New dating app for Trump fans leaks data: report
New dating app DonaldDaters was supposed to help lonely conservatives find each other discreetly. But the app leaked its database of users on launch day, a report said...
Have appendicitis? Antibiotics now viable alternative to surgery
When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery.
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s iconic Trainstation.
Hikers set off on mountain trail fall trek
As trails coordinator for Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife and a board member of the World Trails Network, Kerstin Stender spends a lot of time in...
Tango enthusiasts gather in Jbeil for festival
This weekend, cultures are once again converging in Jbeil for the city’s annual tango festival, which has brought together visitors from Lebanon and abroad who are keen...
Designers explore local and world relationships
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship...
It's now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the field.
Most Americans identifiable by relative’s DNA?
The remarkable technique that was used to identify the suspected “Golden State Killer” four decades after his crimes genetic genealogy could be used to identify half of...
Of mice and men: Babies produced from same-sex mice pairs
A team of researchers has produced viable offspring from same-sex pairs of mice, using a novel technology that involves stem cells altered to remove certain genes.
Rocket carrying space station crew fails in midair, crew safe
A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and U.S. astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed midair Thursday, forcing the...
Google’s new Pixel range follows industry trend
Google’s new Pixel phones mirror a trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures.
Facebook Inc. Monday released a smart speaker designed to ease video calls, but the company’s history of privacy mishaps and the device’s price and limited functionality could slow it from taking on market leaders Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Former United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon warned Tuesday that the world is at the "point of no return" on climate change as he launched an international commission on responses to global warming.
S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first
Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation center outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it’s hard to see anything out...
Row rages over Great Barrier Reef
A row is raging over Australia’s warming-damaged Great Barrier Reef, with firms worried that scientists’ apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of the water.
Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut
Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a...
Drivers see red over Oslo’s green ‘Berlin Wall against motorists’
Determined to go green, Oslo is slowly but surely ridding its city center of motorists, angering some who say the “war on cars” is putting the brakes on individual...