United Nations chief Antonio Guterres urged all Lebanese parties to stop meddling in the Syrian conflict, in a report naming the Lebanon-based, Iran-backed Hezbollah.
Rabid dog attack in Nabatieh injures three
Three people, including two minors, were wounded overnight Thursday in an attack by a reportedly rabid dog in the southern district of Nabatieh.
Islam ‘doesn’t belong’ to Germany: Seehofer
New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam does not belong to Germany, and set out hard-line immigration policies in his first major interview since being sworn in...
Court rejects man’s claim he’s alive
Constantin Reliu learned in January that he was dead.
Thousands of Syrians flee as two major battles rage
Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns to escape battles at opposite ends of Syria on Saturday, where two different offensives have prompted an exodus in...
Women’s citizenship law rally gets political
Hundreds of women and children gathered in Riad al-Solh Square in Downtown Beirut Friday to protest a law that forbids Lebanese women to pass their citizenship onto...
UNRWA trudges on with pennies in the bank
After raising only a fifth of its $500 million emergency appeal to the international community Thursday evening, the future for the struggling United Nations agency for...
Rome II just the start of the road for Lebanon
The level of support shown at the Rome II conference Thursday illustrated again that Lebanon’s security remains the red line for the international community but also...
New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam does not belong to Germany, and set out hard-line immigration policies in his first major interview since being sworn in this week, as he sought to see off rising far-right challengers.
Some Russian youth speak out against Putin
When Stepan Mikhailov, a 19-year-old linguistics student, talks about his lifetime spent under Russian President Vladimir Putin, a troubled look passes over his face.
Democrats ponder midterm choices
Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the new miracle men of the Democratic Party, offer a clear model for how to run in Republican territory: Focus on...
Top job for Juncker’s aide sparks cronyism row
When EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced at a last-minute news conference that his top aide was being promoted, it initially caused few ripples...
Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns to escape battles at opposite ends of Syria on Saturday, where two different offensives have prompted an exodus in recent days.
Hamas shuts Qatari cell provider in Gaza after convoy attack
Gaza's Hamas rulers shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider Saturday in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the...
European sanctions would affect nuclear deal: Iran official
Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said...
More than 150,000 flee Afrin since Wednesday: monitor
More than 150,000 civilians have fled the city of Afrin in northern Syria since Wednesday evening to escape a Turkish-led military offensive against a Kurdish militia,...
Two Israeli soldiers killed in car ramming
Two Israelis soldiers were killed and two others injured when a Palestinian rammed a car into a group of troops in the occupied West Bank Friday, the Israeli army said.
President Michel Aoun is starting to distance himself from Hezbollah despite the political alliance between the two sides, Future Movement Secretary-General Ahmad Hariri said.
Taymour Jumblatt announces electoral alliances
Taymour Jumblatt, who this year is heading the Progressive Socialist Party’s electoral bid for the first time, Thursday night announced the electoral alliances he has...
Opposition to Hezbollah-Amal list in Baalbeck-Hermel 'allies of Daesh and Nusra': Nasrallah
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Thursday that those opposed to Hezbollah and the Amal Movement’s joint electoral list in the Baalbeck-Hermel...
LF-Future alliance in Baalbeck-Hermel unlikely
With less than two weeks to go until the deadline for finalizing electoral lists, political parties are scrambling to agree alliances.
Lebanese elections still lack credibility
Much work lies ahead for the upcoming parliamentary elections to gain credibility, D.C.-based non-profit the National Democratic Institute concluded at the end of its...
Fransabank, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, received a $50 million credit line from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance trade activities in Lebanon.
Salameh: IMF criticism valid, but budget a good start
IMF criticism of Lebanon’s public finances is valid, but the country’s draft 2018 budget sends a good signal as it seeks to cut one of the world’s highest debt-to-GDP...
Aramco to get cool response from U.S. investors
Saudi Arabia’s willingness to delay the initial public offering of state oil company Aramco to 2019 has several motivations, from regulatory risk to competing projects...
IMF: Morocco can take time over currency reforms
The International Monetary Fund said it sees no reason for Morocco to accelerate the pace of the currency reform it kick-started this year to make its economy more...
China building Arctic cruise ship for "Polar Silk Road"
China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global...
Parliament seeks to approve budget by April
The 2018 draft budget is expected to a get the nod of approval from Parliament before the CEDRE conference in April.
EBRD acquires 2.5 pct stake in Bank Audi
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development acquired a 2.5 percent stake in Bank Audi for nearly $65 million, the bank said Thursday.
Event looks at ways to up sustainable energy use
Until recently, the development of renewable energy in Lebanon has been impeded by bureaucracy, political stagnation and high prices.
Saudi Arabia’s willingness to delay the initial public offering of state oil company Aramco to 2019 has several motivations, from regulatory risk to competing projects in the government’s crowded agenda.
Kingdom Holding revives talks for $1 billion loan
Kingdom Holding Co. is reviving talks to raise up to $1 billion in loans, weeks after its chairman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from detention.
Saudi state likely to take Binladin Group stake
The Saudi government is expected to take a 35-percent stake in construction giant Saudi Binladin Group as part of a financial settlement with state authorities, sources...
Moody downgrades Tunisia’s rating
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Tunisia’s credit rating on its deteriorating fiscal situation, complicating the government’s plans to raise capital on...
China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic.
Russian ruble hits one-month low on tensions
The Russian ruble hit a one-month low Friday as mounting tensions between Moscow and the West weighed on the currency.
Uber drivers fear for their lives in Istanbul
An Uber driver keeps a metal rod close at hand during his daily drives through Istanbul.
World Bank OKs $295M to overhaul transport
The World Bank approved Thursday a $295 million package to overhaul Lebanon’s decaying transport sector and secure employment for thousands of unskilled Lebanese and...
Pound recovers as world supports U.K. in spy case
The British pound recovered Friday from weakness prompted by a Russian decision to expel British diplomats, as the world rallied in support for London in a crisis...
It’s election season in Lebanon and politicians are loading their propaganda weapons and going into battle. Most maintain a level of ethical and moral restraint.
Don’t just vote, elect
Lebanon is truly blessed.
The next phase of finance, a learning path
The decade since the global financial crisis has been tumultuous, to say the least.
A trade war on the world’s poorest
U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel tariffs have brought the prospect of a trade war closer to reality.
Putin can’t talk his way out of this mess
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC’s Megyn Kelly this month that in using power, you “must be ready to go all the way to achieve the goals.”
Deserving of support
The Rome II donor conference Thursday, to be held in support of Lebanon’s Army and the Internal Security Forces, heralds a new era of challenges and expectations.
Slicing up the cake
If the war in Syria is this century’s Spanish civil war, then, according to respected British newspaper The Independent, the carnage now occurring in Eastern Ghouta is...
Equality all year round
It’s a fact. The gender gap is real, it needs to be closed all over the world, and Lebanon is no exception.
A story on belonging and identity
Two days ago, I watched “36 Abbas Street, Haifa,” a play written and performed by Raeda Taha and directed by Junaid Sarieddine.
Syria: Is a pathway to diplomacy possible?
The bewildering complexity of a conflict in Syria that marked its seventh anniversary causes eyes to close and heads to shake among political leaders and their...
The U.N.’s crimes of omission
When the United Nations was founded, its primary goals, as stated in its Charter’s preamble, included saving future generations from “the scourge of war” and...
Trump will have a kindred spirit in Pompeo
The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners.
Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now – much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.
Pakistan under pressure to rein in blasphemy law
One of the most frightening things about Pakistan's blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty.
Xi and China: Is Washington taking notice?
Amid the flurry of news about Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner and last week’s Trump reality show on guns, it would be easy to miss what’s happening in China.
Defending champions Ahed overcame a turgid first half to see off Safa 2-0 Friday to reclaim their place atop the standings in matchday 20 of the Lebanese Premier League.
Liverpool draw City; Real face Juve in quarters
Manchester City will face Liverpool in a mouthwatering all-English Champions League quarterfinal while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in...
Federer, Venus Williams in semis at Indian Wells
The seniors are rolling into the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open.
Haas calls time on over two-decade career
Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than...
Harden helps Rockets hold off Clippers
The Houston Rockets continued to steam toward the NBA playoffs Thursday with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James and the Cleveland...
Dembele and Barca look to maintain La Liga surge
Two hundred days after becoming Barcelona’s most expensive signing, Ousmane Dembele finally scored his first goal for the club against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Bayern set to take first silverware of the season
Bayern Munich will know before they take to the pitch at RB Leipzig Sunday if they will get the chance this weekend to seal their sixth successive Bundesliga title.
FIFA lifts ban on Iraq hosting international matches
FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football, a move hailed by the country's sports authorities Saturday as a boost for its most popular...
Tennis: Federer chases Chung to reach semi-finals
Defending champ Roger Federer equalled his best start to a season with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Chung Hyeon to book his spot in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters...
Federer breezes into quarters at Indian Wells
World No. 1 Roger Federer’s remarkable run continued as he booked his quarterfinal berth in the ATP Indian Wells Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy Wednesday.
Halep, Osaka reach Indian Wells semifinals
World No. 1 Simona Halep punched her ticket to the Indian Wells semifinals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Croatia’s Petra Martic n Wednesday.
The Houston Rockets continued to steam toward the NBA playoffs Thursday with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ run of disappointment in Portland continued.
Durant shines as Warriors halt Lakers
Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors shrugged off their injury crisis to overpower the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday.
Westbrook reaches triple ton, Raptors recover
Russell Westbrook snared the 100th triple-double of his career Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder closed in on a playoff berth with a 119-107 defeat of the Atlanta...
Westbrook one shy of 100 triple-doubles
Paul George and Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points apiece to help the Oklahoma City Thunder register a 106-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday at Chesapeake...
Rockets beat Mavs to clinch playoff berth
The Houston Rockets clinched an NBA playoff berth with a 105-82 rout of the Mavericks in Dallas Sunday as reigning champions Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers...
It's probably the slowest sport at the Winter Paralympics, but curling has proved an unlikely hit, with spectators flocking to watch wheelchair-bound athletes skillfully slide stones over a sheet of ice.
Italy lead Scotland 17-12 at half-time in Six Nations
Italy powered to a 17-12 lead at half-time against Scotland in the two team's final Six Nations Test at the Stadio Olympico in Rome Saturday.
Ireland bid for Six Nations clean sweep
The eyes of the rugby union world will turn to a wintry Twickenham on Saturday as Ireland try to jump the "final hurdle" that will see them win just their third grand...
Woods brings his comeback to Bay Hill
Tiger Woods takes his rousing comeback tour to one of his favorite haunts – Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill layout, where the 14-times major winner has triumphed eight times.
French watchdogs issue early warning on Paris Olympic cost
Barely six months after Paris was picked to host the 2024 Olympics and more than six years before those Games are scheduled to open, French budgetary watchdogs are...
Valentino Rossi has been around MotoGP longer than any rider and reckons the fans could be in for a thriller in 2018, the 39-year-old Italian’s 23rd racing season and 19th in the top flight.
McLaren’s F1 woes persist despite new engine
New engine. Same dismal result. McLaren, a proud Formula One team, hoped to put an end to three years of misery using Honda-made motors by ditching the Japanese engines...
Ferrari fastest as F1 tests end
Ferrari ended Formula One preseason testing with the fastest times, while Mercedes ran the most laps over the eight days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Kimi...
Vettel smashes day-old track record in Spain
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel signed off from Formula One’s preseason testing Thursday with the fastest lap yet around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.
Ricciardo sets record in Formula 1 testing
Daniel Ricciardo broke the unofficial track record at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona in Formula One preseason testing Wednesday, while McLaren again struggled with...
Only Miss Piggy’s creator knows the depths of her tragic origin story.
Vikander shines in ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot
In “Tomb Raider,” which has elements of “Indiana Jones,” “Batman” and even “Tron: Legacy,” but with an angsty young woman at the center instead of an angsty young man,...
Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric
A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance
Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
Bartender, bandmate: Tales of Bill Murray
The stories told in a new documentary about Bill Murray are the stuff of an offbeat legend, taking the star to a Scottish house party where he washed the dishes, to...
Brutal reality of 24 hours ‘In Syria’
In writer-director Philippe Van Leeuw’s Arabic-language drama “In Syria,” an apartment in contemporary Damascus becomes the site of two families’ day-to-day struggle...
Waters and Palestinian band team up in protest
Rock icon Roger Waters has joined Palestinian artists for a new song billed as a response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Rockefeller’s Picasso part of biggest art sale
A rare Picasso once owned by Gertrude Stein is part of an art trove belonging to the Rockefeller dynasty that could raise half a billion dollars this year, in what...
Shaquille O'Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.
Spotify, controversial king of music streaming
Spotify may incontestably be the king of music streaming, but as the Swedish firm prepares for a stock listing, there is still a divide whether its reign is benign or...
Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
The stories told in a new documentary about Bill Murray are the stuff of an offbeat legend, taking the star to a Scottish house party where he washed the dishes, to singing with an accordion player in Slovenia and surprising a guy in a bar bathroom.
Danny Boyle ‘working on script’ for new Bond film
Danny Boyle says he’s working on the script for the next James Bond movie.
Queen in ‘The Crown’ paid less than prince
Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.
Claire Foy paid less than co-star on 'The Crown'
A producer of hit royal drama "The Crown" says Claire Foy, who played the central role of Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her on-screen husband.
‘Tomb Raider’ tests Vikander’s star power
When video game character Lara Croft first debuted in “Tomb Raider” on the big screen nearly two decades ago, she was a daring, action superwoman embodying a role...
Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday.
Nun involved in lawsuit with Katy Perry over convent dies
A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance.
Common singles out NRA, Kimmel takes aim at Trump at Oscars
Hollywood seized the microphone at Sunday's Oscars and wasn't shy about its passions, sprinkling political moments throughout a show that included anti-gun and...
Kimmel jokes about Oscars envelope issues
Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as Oscars host with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year’s historic envelope malfunction.
Donald Trump Jr reports for jury duty but isn't picked
Donald Trump Jr. reported for jury duty in Manhattan - but didn't get picked for a case.
The Daily News says Trump was among the prospective jurors for an attempted...
Hollywood director Terry Gilliam said Friday that the #MeToo movement has morphed into “mob rule,” claiming that while some women suffered, others used Harvey Weinstein to further their careers.
Celebrated Portuguese luthiers face end of line
Surrounded by planers and other woodworking tools, Joaquim Capela carefully sculpts a new bridge for a violin at a tiny workshop in northern Portugal as it drizzles...
Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes
It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow.
Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead
On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
Women discuss juggling families, careers
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a...
World's priciest chocolate goes on display in Portugal
The world's most expensive chocolate went on display at a chocolate fair in Obidos in Portugal Friday.
Truffle-mad Kuwaitis flock to specialty souk
White or beige, but never black, the “desert truffle” is a rare delicacy with a dedicated marketplace in Kuwait, where remnants of the Iraqi invasion and changing...
Versace and Furla join labels ditching fur
Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories-maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their work, joining a growing list of luxury labels turning...
Cancer therapy works in 75 pct of patients: study
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown...
Dementia linked to chronic boozing says study
Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet...
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a question remains: Where does this progress leave motherhood?
Italian Design Day joins sustainability, flair
At the colorful Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, a large yellow chair in the corner still somehow manages to stand out in spite of the stunning...
Syrian Farmer With Carriage Garden
With his three-wheeled wooden cart overflowing with plants, Syrian refugee Mohammad Mustafa walks the streets and alleys of Sidon peddling flowers.
A one-page job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflected the Apple founder's technology aspirations sold for $174,000 at a U.S. auction, more than three times its presale estimate.
Rihanna takes aim at Snapchat after beating ad
Rihanna Thursday accused Snapchat of shaming domestic abuse victims after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown.
YouTube tries to crack down on conspiracy videos
YouTube says it's cracking down on conspiracy videos, though it's scant on the details.
Microsoft finds few gender discrimination complaints valid
Only one of 118 gender discrimination complaints made by women at Microsoft was found to have merit, according to unsealed court documents.
Nickname for Pluto-explorer's next target: Ultima Thule
There's a new nickname for the icy world next up for the spacecraft that explored Pluto: Ultima Thule.
Europe’s tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with “overtourism,” where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
During strife at Panama City hotel, Trump Mojitos but no water
If you can overlook the intermittently running water, Friday’s four-hour power outage and occasional police presence in the lobby, the Trump hotel in Panama City...
Spanish climber's winter Everest summit bid in question
A Spanish climber has abandoned an attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mount Everest for 25 years, the expedition organizer said Tuesday, after "lethal weather"...
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney's Paris expansion
The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge
A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa's capital Pretoria, local media reported.
Self-driving cars will hit the roads in China "within three to five years", the founder of Chinese internet giant Baidu, one of the world's leading designers of driverless cars, said Thursday.
Ford recalling 1.38 mln sedans over steering defect
Ford announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the...
German automakers biggest spenders on electric cars
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published Monday found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to...
High-end sports cars gleam in Geneva
When it comes to gawking at high-end sports cars, the Geneva International Motor Show is a pretty good place to be.
Electric sports cars blur need for speed
Sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini are losing the speed crown to lesser-known rivals offering electric supercars boasting record acceleration.
Capturing snowflakes isn’t as easy as sticking out your tongue.
First Hawaiian monk seals of 2018 born on Lanai, Big Island
The first two Hawaiian monk seals pups of 2018 have been born.
U.S. government sued after failing to submit climate change report
An environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. government Tuesday for failing to release records that could show why it has not filed a report required under a global...
Major Chinese city orders traffic, factory curbs due to smog
One of China's biggest cities has imposed curbs on traffic and factories due to a spike in air pollution and told elderly people and children to stay indoors.
China to build massive $1.5 bln panda conservation area
The Bank of China has pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province.