Lebanon fell one place in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, according to the annual ranking from Reporters Without Borders.
Hariri primes Lebanon for steep austerity measures
Lebanon will need to endorse the most austere budget in the country’s history in order to avoid catastrophic financial collapse, Prime Minister Saad Hariri told...
U.S. cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela
The Trump administration Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions...
France launches contest to replace Notre Dame
France announced Wednesday that it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre Dame cathedral after a devastating...
Israeli defense sales top $7.5B in 2018: ministry
Israel’s defense exports exceeded $7.5 billion in 2018, with the bulk going to Asia and the Pacific region, the government said Wednesday.
Refugees minister to submit return plan to Cabinet 'soon'
Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Saleh Gharib Thursday said he was finalizing a plan for Syrian refugee returns that he will submit to Cabinet soon.
Vegetables find space on Ain al-Hilweh’s rooftops
Salwa Sleiman is tending to her greenhouse, which is crammed with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
Judge suspended as part of reform effort: Serhan
Justice Minister Albert Serhan said Wednesday that a judge and seven assistants had been suspended in line with “cleansing the judicial body.”
The Trump administration Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the “three stooges of socialism.”
Climate-change protesters disrupt U.K. trains
Two environmental activists climbed onto the roof of a train in London’s Canary Wharf financial district Wednesday as part of a third day of action to force Britain to...
Peru ex-leader kills himself to avoid arrest
Peru’s former President Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima Wednesday, hours after shooting himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with a bribery probe,...
Disney donates $5M to restore Notre-Dame
Disney will donate $5 million for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, the company announced Wednesday, calling the French cathedral an "irreplaceable masterpiece."
Bashir moved to prison, protesters seek handover
Sudan’s military rulers transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to a prison in the capital as hundreds of people marched Wednesday to a sit-in outside the army...
Fear haunts shelter near Libya front line
Sadness and fear are etched into the faces of those lining up for food near the front line of fighting that is raging on the outskirts of Libya’s capital.
Trump vetoes Congress resolution on Yemen war
President Donald Trump has vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance for the Arab coalition’s war in Yemen.
Sudan's military rulers arrest Bashir's brothers
Sudan's new military rulers say two brothers of ousted President Omar al-Bashir have also been arrested, over corruption.
Lebanese ministers reasserted Wednesday the government’s strong commitment to carry out reforms that will be “painful but imperative.”
Consumer confidence fails to pick up
Consumer confidence remained below expectations in the first quarter of 2019 despite the formation of the Cabinet and the pledge to implement reforms, according to the...
World Bank urges fix to Israel-PA tax standoff
The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening economic crisis in the occupied West Bank if the Palestinian Authority and Israel do not resolve a dispute over tax...
U.S. to tie Iran sanctions review to Saudi moves
The White House will have to weigh costs and benefits carefully before tightening sanctions on Iran and Venezuela further - and decide whether the economic price is...
Fish on $20B EU tariff list over plane subsidies
ors, shovels and fish are part of an 11-page list of U.S. imports worth $20 billion that the European Union Wednesday said it could hit with tariffs in a trans-Atlantic...
JPMorgan sees rise in Lebanon’s downside risk
A leading international investment bank has seen significant downside risks in Lebanon despite an expected slight improvement in growth in 2019.
Parties, unions reject cutting civil servant pay
Infuriated political parties and trade unions have called on authorities to look for other means of reducing the budget deficit after Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s...
Lebanon to issue $2 billion in Eurobonds
Lebanon’s Finance Ministry is expected to issue round $2 billion in Eurobonds in May or June, a ministry advisor has told Bloomberg.
The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening economic crisis in the occupied West Bank if the Palestinian Authority and Israel do not resolve a dispute over tax transfers.
Turkey looking at new trade mechanisms with Iran to avoid US sanctions
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday Turkey is looking into establishing new trade mechanisms with Iran, like the INSTEX system set up by European countries...
Sudan's military council orders seizure of 'suspect' funds
Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize "suspect" funds, state news agency SUNA...
Iran oil buyers stay on sidelines
The biggest buyers of Iranian oil are said to be putting their purchases on hold as they wait to see whether the U.S. will extend waivers allowing them to keep buying...
ors, shovels and fish are part of an 11-page list of U.S. imports worth $20 billion that the European Union Wednesday said it could hit with tariffs in a trans-Atlantic aircraft subsidy dispute.
U.S. trade deficit hits eight-month low
The U.S. trade deficit fell to an eight-month low in February as imports from China plunged, suggesting President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda was starting to...
New EU rules put spotlight on Google, Facebook
Google and Amazon will have to tell companies how they rank products on their platforms while Facebook and other tech firms will have to be more transparent about their...
Basque Country boosts fragile Spanish economy
At his factory in Elgoibar in Spain’s northern Basque Country, Pello Rodriguez stops before an imposing machine tool that is used to shape metal for products such as...
US lifts ban on US lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba on May 2
The United States on May 2 will lift a ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms doing business in Cuba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.
Lebanon is hurtling toward economic disaster, and none will be saved if the country tips over the edge.
Reward of valor
The jubilation and celebrations of the Sudanese people after forcing Omar al-Bashir to quit was short-lived, with the army announcing that the dictator would be...
Will free trade make Africans sick?
Earlier this month, Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The closing of the Chinese mind
Lou Jiwei may not be a household name in the West, but the former Chinese finance minister is well-known and highly respected among financiers and economic policymakers.
Does Assange merit First Amendment protection?
Is Julian Assange a journalist?
Farewell M.E. peace
Israelis, who day in day out proclaim that their system of government is the only democracy in the region, have delivered a blow to democracy, justice and peace.
Partners in crime
Benjamin Netanyahu has never aspired for peace with the Palestinians, as was made amply clear in an ad preceding the upcoming polls that featured footage of him telling...
Gifts to Netanyahu
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that both the U.S. and Russia are united in their quest to see Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Israeli prime minister in next...
Putin’s art of the purge brings back memories
High-level political purges are gathering pace in Russia.
Women shaping the peace deal
As rapidly as musical sequence leading up to a classic sonata, the world is building momentum toward the upcoming 20th anniversary of the U.N. Security Council...
Peaceful coexistence 2.0 is desperately needed
The world economy desperately needs a plan for “peaceful coexistence” between the United States and China.
Trump’s Iran sanctions could backfire
The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran assumes that economic sanctions are weakening the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and that more...
Private-equity fund sparks entrepreneurs in Egypt
You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade.
Moscow shouldn’t misjudge the Mueller moment
Russian claims this week that they’ve been exonerated by Robert Mueller’s final report make my skin crawl.
The rich can fight inequality, too
When wealthy people espouse left-wing causes, such as redistribution of wealth, those on the right often label them hypocrites.
Beirut held their nerve late in the game to see off defending Lebanese Basketball League champions Homenetmen 76-72 Wednesday and knot their best-of-five Final Four series at 1-1.
Spurs survive seven-goal thriller, end City quest
Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semifinals on away goals as a...
Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win
Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Djokovic survives Kohlschreiber scare
Novak Djokovic was severely tested before securing a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber to survive his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday. The...
Clippers stun Warriors with biggest comeback
The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time...
Salah shines as clinical Liverpool see off Porto
A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg...
Reality bites in Barcelona as Man Utd remain miles behind
This time there was no Manchester United Champions League miracle at the Camp Nou as the magic of Lionel Messi and the visitors' mistakes helped Barcelona cruise into...
Ajax eliminate Juve with scintillating display
Ajax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus Tuesday and...
Federer beats Isner in Miami for 101st title
Roger Federer lifted the 101st title of his remarkable career Sunday, beating ATP Miami Open defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in just 63 minutes.
Roger Federer shines on a soggy day at the Miami Open
Ashleigh Barty waited six hours to get her spot in the Miami Open women's final. Denis Shapovalov needed to pull off yet another comeback to earn his berth into the...
Kvitova attacker gets eight-year prison sentence
An attacker who stabbed two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her home was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison by a Czech regional court, a court...
The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Lou Williams scored 36 points and Montrezl Harrell nailed a couple of clutch late free throws as the Clippers surprised even themselves to square the first round playoff series at 1-1.
Champville collapse, Riyadi close in on finals
Champville blew a seven-point, fourth-quarter lead before losing to Riyadi 68-65 in Manara Tuesday to go 2-0 down in their best-of-five Final Four series. Riyadi...
Murray inspires Nuggets as Raptors, Blazers win
Jamal Murray led a dramatic late fightback as the Denver Nuggets scored a series-levelling 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday in their Western...
Homenetmen take 1-0 lead over Beirut
Homenetmen overcame a sluggish first quarter before storming past Beirut Club 98-80 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series Monday.
Antetokounmpo shines as Bucks obliterate Pistons
Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in only 23 minutes as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the visiting Detroit Pistons...
Belgian Victor Campenaerts set a new one-hour world record for distance covered on a track Tuesday with 55.089 km (approximately 34 miles), edging past the previous record set by British great Bradley Wiggins.
Nicklaus major record in play again for Woods
The Tiger Woods major watch, stagnant for so long that it had almost been abandoned, is back on and Jack Nicklaus might yet be proved correct. As the years ticked by...
Kenya's Cherono wins men's Boston Marathon
The two-time Boston Marathon champion turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two others with the finish line in sight.
Poirier beats Holloway for interim title
Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the...
McIlroy powers into Masters, Woods lies in wait
Rory McIlroy is in fearsome form as he arrives at Augusta National chasing a rare career Grand Slam, but a renewed Tiger Woods could have something to say about the...
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the Formula One standings Sunday with a comfortable victory in China that ticked off two more milestones in an already stellar career.
Hamilton wins 1,000th race in Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One grand prix Sunday after grabbing the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner and powering to victory...
Bottas edges Vettel to set the pace in China
Valtteri Bottas edged out Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Grand Prix Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari in Bahrain
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari Tuesday at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father...
As ever, expect the unexpected in Formula One
Formula One has been criticized for being altogether too predictable in the past but not so far this season, even if Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the podium in...
If you’re looking for a resonant point of departure for contemporary art, you could do worse than Dura Europos.
Ancient manuscripts digitized at Egypt monastery
In St. Catherine’s Monastery, at the foot of Egypt’s Mount Sinai, the silence in the library is broken only by low electrical humming, as an early manuscript is bathed...
Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure enter Rock Hall of Fame
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet...
'Game of Thrones' sets sets a viewership record for HBO
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that...
Arab, international stars honored at Murex d’Or awards
Artists and celebrities from Lebanon, the Arab world and beyond were honored in a range of categories in acting, singing and entertainment at the 19th annual Murex d'Or...
Aretha Franklin, Richard Powers win Pulitzers
Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.”
2019 winners and finalists in journalism
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in journalism.
A leafy theater for exploring borders
Kenan Nuraydin paces up and down a water hose that’s been stretched out along the grass. He stops, pausing at a carefully selected point and fixes a cable tie around...
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet Jackson entered the shrine in an induction many industry insiders consider long overdue.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.
Live-action 'Dumbo' struggles to soar at box office
Disney's "Dumbo" isn't exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have.
Their faces contorted by the effort needed to lift 200 kilograms or more, these burly competitors keep alive one of the traditional sports of Spain’s rural north one heavy stone at a time.
New York considers banning sale of fur
A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
Pot vs. tobacco: What science says
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public...
A step to saving fertility of boys with cancer
Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility - and the proof is the first monkey born from the...
Seeing the unseeable: First photo of black hole
Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics
Hungary winemaker aims to revive royal heritage
A Hungarian winemaker in the Tokaj region known for its golden dessert wine is selling a vintage for $40,000 a bottle, hoping to revive the royal heritage of a wine...
For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors
At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday.
Women ‘better at hiding infidelity’
You can’t hide your lying eyes: Scientists have revealed that women can judge whether a man is likely to be unfaithful just by looking at his face but men are less able...
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking.
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.
How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX
Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation.
Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board
Google Thursday confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership.
Robot can’t slam dunk but shoots 3-pointers
It can’t dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota’s basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer.
Saddled with long dark winters at home, Swedes have for decades been frequent flyers seeking out sunnier climes, but a growing number are changing their ways because of air travel’s impact on the climate.
Poacher crushed by elephant, devoured by lions in South Africa
A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and his body was devoured by lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, officials said Monday.
Province to ban single use plastics: Egyptian official
An Egyptian official says his Red Sea province will impose a ban on disposable plastics, prohibiting everything from single use straws to plastic bags in an effort to...
Drought wipes Chilean lake off the map
The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass.