The Internal Security Forces Friday announced the arrest of three drug dealers in two separate raids across Metn and Kesrouan in which several kilos of drugs were seized.
We’re working toward general amnesty: Zeaiter
Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said Thursday his Amal Movement was working to secure a general amnesty for those convicted of nonviolent crimes that would also...
Russia's Constitutional Court rejects Putin critic Navalny's election complaint
Russia's Constitutional Court has refused to review a complaint from opposition leader Alexei Navalny over a ban on him running in a March presidential election citing...
Group urges Sudan to halt arresting reporters amid protests
The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Sudanese authorities "to cease harassing and arresting" journalists and confiscating newspapers covering anti-inflation...
HRW accuses Saudi Arabia of repression despite reforms
Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia Thursday of violating international humanitarian law in Yemen and stepping up arrests and prosecutions of activists seeking...
Joint committee concerned about U.S. UNRWA cuts
Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee chairman warned this week that the U.S. decision to cut $65 million in funds to UNRWA will negatively impact one of its most...
EU hosts regional workshop on extremism
A regional workshop on preventing and countering violent extremism was held Wednesday and Thursday in Beirut to tackle radicalization in prison and online.
Man who murdered ex-wife claims honor killing
The ex-husband of a young woman found murdered and buried on Rmeileh beach confessed to killing her for what he claimed was retribution for alleged adultery, a security...
Russia's Constitutional Court has refused to review a complaint from opposition leader Alexei Navalny over a ban on him running in a March presidential election citing legal problems with it, the RIA news agency reported on Friday.
German Daesh rapper killed in airstrike in Syria: monitor
A German rapper turned Daesh (ISIS) fighter who reportedly married the FBI translator hired to spy on him has been killed in an airstrike in Syria, a U.S.-based...
Russian teenager attacks schoolmates with an ax, wounding 6
Russian officials say a teenager armed with an ax has attacked fellow students at a school in southern Siberia, wounding five children and their teacher.
Peru's indigenous await Pope Francis in scorching Amazon
After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis Friday in a visit to the world's largest rainforest that native...
Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia Thursday of violating international humanitarian law in Yemen and stepping up arrests and prosecutions of activists seeking reform or voicing peaceful dissent.
Zimbabwe mourns Bennett, 'sharpest thorn' in Mugabe's side
He was called the "sharpest thorn" in Robert Mugabe's side. Zimbabwe is mourning Roy Bennett, a white founding member of the main opposition party who died Thursday in...
Duterte says may ban sending Filipinos to work in Kuwait due to abuses
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is considering banning workers being sent to Kuwait because of abuses he said were being inflicted on Filipino domestic helpers...
Egypt raises extreme concern about Nile dam
Egypt’s president Thursday expressed his “extreme concern” to Ethiopia’s visiting prime minister over the lack of progress in talks on the impact of a massive upstream...
Sisi sacks his intelligence chief: state media
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has fired his powerful intelligence chief, state media said Thursday, in the latest shake-up of the country’s security services.
It is not very common for a new and small firm to win a contract to drill for oil in the competitive markets in the Middle East.
S&P warns Lebanon of sovereign debt exposure
International rating agency S&P said Lebanese banks are well-regulated but warned their exposure to the public debt is increasing.
BP to help Iraq boost oil flow
BP PLC agreed to help increase crude production at northern Iraq’s Kirkuk fields as the government pushed to restore output and exporting capacity after recapturing the...
Emirates throws A380 lifeline with $16B deal
The Middle East’s largest airline, Emirates, is throwing Airbus a lifeline for its troubled A380 jumbo jet.
China economy picks up steam in Q4 2017
China’s economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven...
Kingdom Holding sells stake in Beirut hotel
Saudi-based company Kingdom Holding sold its stake in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for $120 million to a group of Lebanese and Arab investors, sources said Tuesday.
Beirut to host Chinese trade agency office
Lebanon has been chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon’s Foreign...
Chinese trade agency selects Beirut for MENA office
Lebanon was chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon's Foreign Ministry...
BP PLC agreed to help increase crude production at northern Iraq’s Kirkuk fields as the government pushed to restore output and exporting capacity after recapturing the oil-rich region from semi-autonomous Kurdish forces in October.
Iran’s central bank claims billions from Germany
German stock market operator Deutsche Boerse said Thursday that Iran’s central bank had leveled claims for billions of dollars against its Luxembourg subsidiary...
Qatar’s QNB plans to expand
Qatar National Bank QPSC has absorbed the shock of last year’s Saudi Arabia-led isolation of the gas-rich state and plans to push ahead with its expansion strategy.
Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with jumbo order
Emirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt...
China’s economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.
Bitcoin holds gains after rally from $10,000
The January roller coaster for cryptocurrency investors eased Thursday as bitcoin held onto gains after roaring back from its first plunge below $10,000 since December.
European stocks stutter as dollar weakens
Most of Europe’s stock markets ran into profit-taking Thursday as the continent’s main currencies posted fresh gains against the dollar, weighing on export-heavy...
WhatsApp inches closer to revenue plan
Messaging application WhatsApp said Thursday that it would begin allowing business accounts for the first time, a step that brings the free service closer to a plan...
Russia to create defense bank to shield lenders
Russia will create a state bank to service the defense sector, the Finance Ministry said Thursday, after a tightening of U.S. sanctions heightened the risks for...
Since he took office, President Donald Trump has shown unwavering support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians, and his decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state has only revealed the real face of U.S. policy.
Backs to the wall
U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office was marked by broken promises and the application of pressure against the Palestinians.
Ending sexual harassment and abuse at the U.N.
Around the world, brave women (and some men) have been breaking the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse committed by those in positions of power.
Is global warming making us hungrier?
For more than a decade, annual data showed global hunger to be on the decline.
NKorea nuclear crisis will resume after Olympics
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing...
Use fame to spur change
Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech over the weekend was not only a challenge to successful women to use their fame and popularity for worthy causes, such as empowering...
True face of Lebanon
Picture if you will tens of thousands of people from numerous sects joining together across the country in brotherhood to celebrate the advent of the New Year.
Happy New Year?
As another year comes to a close, the Lebanese people, as they do every year, rekindle a sense of hope that things will finally change for the better.
You cant talk business without politics
Nobody wants to discuss politics.
While Germany slept
Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds. Far from the aggressive bully of 20th-century war...
Can fake news be outlawed?
How can societies combat the stream of false, often fabricated information that surges across the internet and through social media, polluting political debates almost...
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing its continuing confrontation with North Korea.
Iran faces a period of instability
The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago.
Study reveals small but powerful Iran cyberthreat
When it comes to cyberweapons, America is an elephant and Iran is a flea.
The Pentagon’s puzzles for 2018
As Vice President Mike Pence fawningly praised Donald Trump’s achievements at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, the camera caught Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shuffling his...
Feltman: North Korea reluctant to enter talks
A senior U.N. envoy who visited Pyongyang this month with a pressing appeal for diplomacy was told by his North Korean hosts that it was “too early” for steps that...
Manchester United are set to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal by making him the Premier League’s highest paid player, according to several reports Thursday.
Pique extends Barcelona deal until 2022
Barcelona were given a fresh boost Thursday when key defender Gerard Pique signed a contract extension until 2022.
Physically extraordinary Djokovic is battle ready, Agassi says
Novak Djokovic is "physically extraordinary" and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi...
Dimitrov back on track in furnace Open
World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov got his Australian Open back on track Friday with a gutsy win on another searing day, as organizers defended the tournament heat policy.
Warriors equal team record with 14th road win
Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday, giving the Warriors a club...
Son rises to celebrated Premier League status
He’s the humble Tottenham attacker in the form of his life, breaking records in the Premier League and helping to carry his nation’s hopes heading into the World Cup.
Dortmund deny contact with Arsenal for Aubameyang
Borussia Dortmund said Thursday they have had no contact with Arsenal amidst reports their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is chasing a move to the Premier...
Leading Cedars Lebanon football team ranked 84th in the world
Lebanon reached their highest ever FIFA ranking of 84 Thursday, eclipsing their previous record of 85 that had stood for 20 years.
Novak Djokovic is "physically extraordinary" and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday.
Wawrinka, Muguruza out as heat soars in Australia
Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open.
Playing in heat was a risk, says Monfils
Gael Monfils said playing Novak Djokovic in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius Thursday was a 'risk' to health and that the 25-second rule between points should have...
Kerber sets up Sharapova clash of the champions
Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday Thursday by setting up a mouth-watering clash between the only two former Australian Open champions left in the draw.
Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday, giving the Warriors a club record-matching 14th consecutive road victory.
Davis scores 45 as Pelicans defeat Celtics
Anthony Davis scored 45 points as the New Orleans Pelicans jolted the Boston Celtics 116-113 in an overtime thriller at the TD Garden Tuesday.
Durant in command as Warriors down Cavs
Kevin Durant scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Cleveland Cavaliers with a late rally to score a 118-108 win in a pulsating clash between the...
No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game
Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.
Durant's 32 points send Warriors past LeBron, Cavs 118-108
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King...
Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.
Mcllroy’s patience tested on return
Rory McIlroy's patience was tested Thursday on his comeback and he needed three late birdies to register a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round...
Doubts over McGregor as UFC announces title fight
UFC president Dana White has said that the organization’s lightweight title will be put up for grabs in a showdown between interim holder Tony Ferguson and Khabib...
Pacquiao says in talks to fight Lomachenko
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was in talks for a blockbuster bout with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered the best...
Joshua laughs off Parker’s drug taunts
Britain’s Anthony Joshua dismissed a claim by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker he is the “king of steroids” ahead of their world heavyweight title unification bout.
Lewis Hamilton’s social media posts have long been a talking point in Formula One but the absence of any from the four-time world champion so far this year is also attracting attention.
Formula One: Ferrari pay tribute as Schumacher turns 49
Italian Formula One team Ferrari paid tribute to Michael Schumacher on Wednesday as the former seven-time world champion turned 49 years
F1 champion Hamilton apologizes for video mocking nephew
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has apologized for posting a video online in which he can be heard yelling at his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.
It’s raining. Daytime temperatures on the eastern Mediterranean coast have dropped below 20C.
‘Downsizing,’ a big-picture film of little people
It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird – or is it weirdly wonderful?
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said....
Egypt detains female singer for debauchery over racy video
Egypt has detained a female singer over a racy video posted online, the second singer to face such legal action in recent months.
Turning the tables on ‘fake news’ awards
Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting.” Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win...
Ferrell brings laughs to Australian Open
American actor and comedian Will Ferrell isn’t just at the Australian Open this week for the tennis.
Forgotten Van Goghs, Flincks go on show
Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent Van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after...
France to lend Bayeux Tapestry to Britain
France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century treasure that depicts the tale of how William the Conqueror came to invade England in 1066, an official at...
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. The cause of death was unclear.
Music sales soar in US, as streaming takes over market
Music sales grew at a robust pace for a third straight year in the United States in 2017 as listeners kept flocking to streaming outlets, an industry monitor said...
SZA breaks out with five Grammy nods
After SZA created the drums-drenched, reggae-tinged song “Consideration,” she thought she had finally found the sound of her debut album.
Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting.” Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win votes. His rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them “The Stupid People’s Choice Awards.”
Cult movie ‘Heathers’ gets TV makeover
The 1988 cult movie “Heathers” and the title characters get makeovers in a new TV series.
Costner says he’s no fan of sequels
Kevin Costner isn’t a big believer in doing film sequels for a simple reason.
Clooney to make TV return for ‘Catch-22’
American actor-director George Clooney will produce, co-direct and act in the new series “Catch-22,” the celebrity’s first regular television role since he left “ER”...
DiCaprio to star in Manson-era Tarantino film
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader.
Woody Allen Thursday issued another denial of child molestation, accusing his ex-lover's family of "cynically" jumping on the Time's Up movement in Hollywood to repeat a "discredited allegation."
Actor Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations
Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari has acknowledged a sexual encounter with an anonymous accuser but insisted it was "completely consensual."
Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegations
Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.
Liam Neeson: 'Bit of a witch hunt' over sex allegations
Actor Liam Neeson says the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked "a bit of a witch hunt."
Einstein archives, letters to lovers set for Asian exhibits
Handwritten pages from Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, letters to his lovers and other parts of his archive stored in Jerusalem are to be exhibited for the...
French film legend Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking for extra publicity.
Ansari story triggers media ethics debate
What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy?
Early periods, menopause linked to heart disease: study
Women who started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger, or entered menopause before 47, face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study...
Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells: study
Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said on...
Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge
Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the US economy.
Grammy fashion through the decades
On May 4, 1959, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Autry and other musical stars sat down to formal dinners and golden statues in Los Angeles and New York...
Optimism in Iraq fuels interest in vintage cars
When Iraqi forces drove Daesh (ISIS) militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955...
Syrians get taste of prewar Raqqa
Raqqa is still mostly a sinister ghost town of gutted buildings and rubble-strewn streets but there is one place teeming with activity in the Syrian city: Ammar...
Women who started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger, or entered menopause before 47, face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published Tuesday.
Two tomatoes a day may keep lung disease at bay
Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all, scientists said Thursday.
Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China, enters human food
Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner...
Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans
David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging...
What robot strippers say about sexism in tech
On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines – not to mention our robot future.
Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts
Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a...
Gadgets for kids still big despite concerns
The children’s section at the giant Consumer Electronics Show this week touted “innovations that enable 21st-century kids to learn and play smarter than ever.”
Germany's competition watchdog Thursday rubbished Lufthansa's claim that recent price hikes on domestic routes were purely down to automated booking software, saying companies shouldn't "hide behind algorithms".
Signature Parisian drinks and where to find them
Thirsty for fabulous sightseeing, strolling and shopping?
German high-end carmaker BMW said Friday it booked record sales for the seventh year in a row in 2017, but continued to trail rival Mercedes-Benz.
Hyundai, Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021
Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with U.S. based self-driving technology startup Aurora...
Sales of large cars remain bright spot in slowing US auto market
Automakers were on track Wednesday to report the first annual decline in U.S. sales since the financial crisis, a dip offset by continued strength in the sales of...
Let’s restrict abuse of power to the asphalt
Hey look at that, another year passed.
Future of cars more fantastic than we imagined
Whenever any discussion tackles the subject of the future, cars somehow end up taking center stage.