An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.
Suicide bomb in Mogadishu market kills 39
A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu Sunday, killing 39 people and wounds around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president.
Europeans ask if Trump will act on Pence’s words
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly...
Could Dutch ‘Nexit’ follow Brexit?
For a small nation that has grown hugely wealthy thanks to centuries of doing business far and wide, the political mood in the Netherlands has turned surprisingly inward.
An avant-garde mosque, for others
From a distance, there’s little to suggest that the building at the entrance of the Druze heartland village of Mukhtara in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains is a mosque.
Israel-U.S. to talk settlements, Netanyahu says
Israel and the U.S. will set up a joint team to discuss Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, days after talks...
Turkey eyes strong Trump alliance, despite splits
Turning a blind eye to multiple policy differences, Turkey is seeking a tighter alliance with Washington under President Donald Trump but the road to a rapprochement...
Blowing up houses: Iraqis purge Daesh
The mood was festive as seven men each carried a bomb into a house on the edge of a village in northern Iraq.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly support NATO and demand that Russia honor its commitments to end fighting in Ukraine.
New Ukraine truce to come into force
A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev said, though some separatists were already...
Renzi defies foes, opens way for leadership fight
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) Sunday, opening the way for a leadership fight in which he will take on...
Pro- and anti-pope factions clash
A real-life version of the hit political drama “House of Cards” is unfolding at the Vatican, from cardinals openly defying the pope to anonymous posters sullying his...
Ambassador visits Lebanese prisoner in Iran
A Lebanese national held in Iran on charges of cooperating with the United States was visited last week by the Lebanese ambassador to Iran for the first time since he...
Militants supply truck seized, suspects arrested
The following security incidents took place across the country Sunday.
Hadath hospital fire extinguished
A fire that erupted on the first floor of the St. George’s Hospital in Hadath Sunday morning was successfully extinguished later that afternoon, a source told The Daily...
Minister to prosecute Health Ministry employees
Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani approved the prosecution of two health inspectors from the northern district of Akkar Sunday.
Lebanon should treat countries that complicate the export of locally made pharmaceuticals the say way they treat the Lebanese companies, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan said Friday.
Bulk of agriculture budget for salaries: minister
Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said Thursday that his ministry can’t serve the farmers with a budget of 67 billion Lebanese pounds, 60 billion of which goes to...
Tourism shows signs of recovery in Egypt
Tourists are slowly returning to Egypt, easing pressure on a key sector battered by years of turmoil and the 2015 bombing of a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers.
Bank of Singapore to use Dubai as regional base
The private banking arm of Singapore’s second-biggest lender OCBC is targeting annual growth of assets of more than 20 percent from its new office in Dubai, which it...
EU negotiators push back on Brexit
The EU’s Brexit negotiators expect to spend until Christmas solely discussing Britain’s divorce from the bloc, denying London any trade talks until progress is made on...
ArabAd, Ipsos release results on MENA performers
This month, like every year, ArabAd and Ipsos release the figures pertaining to the MENA region’s top performers.
Opposition mounts to proposed taxes
Taxes proposed by the Finance Ministry are coming under mounting criticism from economists, bankers and businesses who are warning that these measures would add more...
It doesn’t pay to be a farmer in Lebanon
Harvesting the crops and picking olives and apples from trees in the blazing sun is undoubtedly one of the most honorable jobs in the world.
Saudi bank Samba names woman CEO
Saudi Arabia’s Samba Financial Group named Rania Mahmoud Nashar as chief executive officer, the second woman recruited for a top finance-industry position in recent...
Kuwait MPs fight back against govt price rise
A parliamentary panel in Kuwait Sunday approved draft legislation calling for the scrapping of government plans to raise petrol and power prices to combat a budget...
Egypt sets itself apart from Nigeria
Back in early November, Egypt and Nigeria were in the same situation, crying out for dollars to revive their sinking economies and trying to curb rampant...
The EU’s Brexit negotiators expect to spend until Christmas solely discussing Britain’s divorce from the bloc, denying London any trade talks until progress is made on a €60bn exit bill and the rights of expatriate citizens.
Dumb phone reveals uncomfortable truth
The Nokia 3310 was my first, and best loved, mobile phone when it was released 17 years ago.
Bond market’s Trump scepticism feeds euphoria
Donald Trump has been consistent in his first month in office.
Ford sees big Russia gamble vindicated
Ford has become the first major foreign carmaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously...
Merkel to meet Lagarde as IMF’s involvement rises
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet the chiefs of two of the institutions auditing Greece’s bailout next week as questions over the International Monetary Fund’s...
The majority of Lebanese are citizens whose chief concerns are their family, livelihood and security.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought to a halt Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon, has regulated life in the south for 11 years and provided stability...
Global citizens, national shirkers
Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship.
China needs a new grand strategy
The Cold War ended in December 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated.
Flynn may be gone, but questions remain
President Trump confronts complicated problems as the investigation widens into Russia’s attack on our political system.
Trampling on hope
In an exceptionally cordial atmosphere that’s not unusual with the new occupiers of the White House, President Donald Trump in four lines poured cold water on decades...
Free press is a responsibility
Since the ’50s Lebanon’s media has suffered attacks.
Tribute to Rafik Hariri
The bad news for late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s murderers is that their crime might have succeeded in killing the man, but it failed to dim his vision of a better...
Learning from Bill Gates
Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending.
The rigid application of the Goldwater Rule
In 1964, the magazine Fact published the article “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.”
Trump and the rebirth of press freedom
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has shocked the mainstream press by bullying news outlets and unabashedly trafficking in “alternative facts” (also known as...
Michael Flynn’s star burns out
A strange and circuitous path led Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn toward his fateful telephone contact in late December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and the flameout...
Bannon’s ideas – and his very different actions
Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy.
The danger of a Daesh breakout
Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Donald Trump, shows visitors a map predicting what will happen to Daesh (ISIS) after its stronghold in Mosul...
The Arab Spring, what changed six years later?
The Arab Spring may seem like a distant memory, but a new report by a team of Arab and American analysts argues that across the Middle East people still feel the same...
Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley hailed his giantkillers for bringing the “magic” back to the FA Cup Saturday but, 24 hours later, Tottenham and Manchester United restored order to the competition
Bale back with a bang on return from injury
Gareth Bale was given a rousing welcome back by Real Madrid supporters when he came off the bench against Espanyol Saturday and just 12 minutes later gave them a goal...
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...
Kerber keen for revival, not top spot
Angelique Kerber insisted Sunday that reviving her flagging fortunes on tour is her main priority rather than reclaiming the world No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams at...
Green clarifies 'slave master mentality' remark
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green backed off his comment Friday that New York Knicks owner James Dolan used "slave master mentality" toward former Knicks...
Five things we learned about the Bundesliga
Bayern Munich needed a 96th-minute goal to draw in Berlin, Karim Bellarabi hit the German league’s 50,000th goal and Thomas Mueller’s poor form continues.
Lyon boost Euro push, Saint-Etienne lose
Alexandre Lacazette scored his 21st league goal of the season as Lyon fought back from behind to win 4-2 at home to Dijon in the Ligue 1 Sunday.
Roma rout Torino to keep title dream alive
Edin Dzeko struck his 19th Serie A goal and Francesco Totti came off the bench to provide an assist as Roma kept their scudetto hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Torino...
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 tournament.
Qatar Open could end without winner
The rain-ravaged Qatar Open could finish without a winner this year, a senior official conceded Friday as the tournament was again battered by heavy rainfall and raging...
Rafter quits amid Tomic, Kyrgios stand-off
Pat Rafter stepped down as Tennis Australia's head of performance Friday, ending his rocky relationship with the country's two polarising stars Nick Kyrgios and Bernard...
Cibulkova through but rain wins at Qatar Open
Three players reached the quarterfinals of a soggy Qatar Open Wednesday during another rain-affected day which left top seed Anqelique Kerber still waiting to play her...
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green backed off his comment Friday that New York Knicks owner James Dolan used "slave master mentality" toward former Knicks legend Charles Oakley.
James helps carry Cavs, Butler shines in return
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a huge night from Andrew Wiggins to record a 116-108 win over the Minnesota...
Knicks are Forbes most valuable NBA team
The New York Knicks are the NBA’s most valuable team for the second consecutive year despite having been shut out of the playoffs since 2013, according to a Forbes poll...
Knicks beat Spurs, Pistons defeat Raptors
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points as the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 Sunday.
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 172.
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...
Trump's sons Eric and Donald Jr. open golf club in Dubai
Two of U.S. President Donald Trump's sons arrived in the United Arab Emirates for an invitation-only ceremony Saturday to formally open the Trump International Golf...
French language groups protest English-only Olympic slogan
Groups defending the French language are lodging legal protests over the English-only slogan used for Paris' 2024 Olympic bid.
Mayweather quashes McGregor fight rumors
Floyd Mayweather has shot down rumors of a deal to fight martial arts star Conor McGregor, insisting he is content to remain retired.
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 reviews than I can count.
Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry
Retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has warned his replacement Valtteri Bottas not to expect an “easy ride” from teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Ecclestone dismisses rival series rumors
Former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed speculation that he might set up a rival series and said he would never want to undermine the...
F1 needs fresh start after ‘dictator’ Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone’s four-decade reign as a “dictator” of Formula One had to end if the sport is to have the fresh start it needs, new chairman and chief executive Chase...
If you like Ice Cube surly and sneering, find penis drawings hilarious and believe real men solve problems by throwing punches, “Fist Fight” is the movie for you.
Rocker Khatib frees style and explores identity
Craving a new outlet despite his growing success, the indie rocker Hanni El Khatib took his cues from a perhaps unexpected source – the rap world.
Jackman sheds a tear for end of ‘Wolverine’
Hugh Jackman’s rip-roaring final turn in the “Wolverine” franchise premiered at the Berlin Film Festival Friday, as he admitted he shed a few tears saying goodbye to...
Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia
Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a...
Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards
Adele Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce,...
Dubai street art turns sprawl into a museum
The streets of Dubai may be known for architectural excess, like Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the Middle East’s largest shopping center.
Arctic cultures take climate fight to Berlin fest
They are fighting to preserve their ancient lifestyles and the very ground under their feet as the Arctic ice cap shrinks and the tundra’s permafrost slowly turns to...
Film depicts Beuys as laughing revolutionary
A documentary about German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys has wowed the audience at its world premiere in Berlin, depicting him as a creative wizard and provocative...
Hugh Jackman’s rip-roaring final turn in the “Wolverine” franchise premiered at the Berlin Film Festival Friday, as he admitted he shed a few tears saying goodbye to the juggernaut role.
Filmmaker Rosi brings Med migrant crisis to Oscars
A female voice crackles over the radio, begging for rescue from a crowded migrant boat sinking into the Mediterranean as the coastguard barks over and over: "What is...
Refugee comedy, transgender love story lead pack at Berlin fest
A European refugee comedy and a transgender love story are tipped to clinch prizes Saturday at the Berlin film festival, which has been dominated by criticism of rising...
For Verbinski, a fresh start after Lone Ranger
Say what you like about Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger.”
Adele Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce, calling her an idol.
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...
Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into Hall of Fame
Neil Young, nicknamed the Godfather of Grunge for his influence on the Seattle sound, will induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it announced Friday
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...
Rosie O'Donnell mirrors Steve Bannon in new Twitter pic
After saying she'd like to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has apparently changed...
Scarlett Johansson, post breakup, resurfaces for a gala
Scarlett Johansson made a rare public appearance since news broke that she split with husband, Romain Dauriac.
British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies at 45
Former British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, a close friend of Prince Charles, died Wednesday at the age of 45, a year after being diagnosed with a non-malignant...
At the 18th-century Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, startup artisans like 22-year-old Emma Price are moving into abandoned buildings and breathing new life into a once-mighty industry.
London Fashion Week: Versus rocks on
London Fashion Week kicked it up a notch Saturday with the latest womenswear previews for fall and winter – just as the weather in the British capital took a decidedly...
SpaceX rocket is launched from historic NASA pad in Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Sunday from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that has sat idle since the end of the space...
Smartphones are revolutionizing medicine
Smartphones are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices,...
Airbnb imposes limits on rentals in Barcelona
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...
Jasper Conran reworks masculine classics at London womenswear show
British designer Jasper Conran reworked classic masculine looks for his latest womenswear collection at London Fashion Week Saturday, presenting a clean-cut line of...
Chalayan brings Greece, glitter explosion to London
Hussein Chalayan returned to the London catwalk Saturday for the first time in 16 years, with relaxed but structured tailoring inspired by Greek folk culture -- and an...
Talk and let babies babble back to bridge word gap
Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Sunday from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that has sat idle since the end of the space shuttle program nearly six years ago
SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior
SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff Saturday due to a "slightly odd" technical issue with the...
Foot-level traffic lights for phone users
“Oy, get your head out of your phone!”With pedestrians increasingly glued to mobile screens and straying into roads and oncoming traffic, a Dutch town has launched a...
Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create
Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything - baby...
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.
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 vehicle on the road by 2021.
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.
Hyundai’s delightful Veloster bucks convention
One of the ironies of the auto industry is that every gain in any aspect of a car comes at the expense of something else.
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 kindness and to urge people to do good deeds without expecting anything in return
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.
‘Lock-in’ paralysis patients report being happy
International scientists for the first time have found a way to communicate with people who are completely paralyzed from degenerative motor neuron disease – and found...
Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs
Scientists say they've grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs inside animals to transplant...