Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Iran has been trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.
No immediate plans to launch Yemen ground operation, but forces are ready: Saudi coalition spokesperson
Portolano holds separate talks with Salam, Berri
The head of the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Lebanon met separately with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Speaker Nabih Berri Thursday, a statement said.
Nasrallah may address Yemen in Friday speech
Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah will deliver a speech Friday night, a statement by his party's news office said.
Pilot locked out of Airbus cockpit before crash-NYT
Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down,...
Syrian government shells kill 18 in south, activists say
Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country's south killed at least 18 people on Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said.
After US airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit
Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United...
US general: No decision to shield US-trained rebels in Syria
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East says he'd like his forces to protect the Syrian rebels the U.S. is training to fight the Islamic State group.
Nurseries operating in a 'jungle': Abu Faour
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Thursday ordered the immediate closure of 120 unlicensed nurseries across Lebanon after two babies died in separate incidents.
Cabinet refers Btedaai case to Judicial Council
Lebanon’s Cabinet Thursday declared that the case of the Christian couple murdered by fugitives from the Jaafar clan in eastern Lebanon last year would be referred to...
LCP denounces 'sectarian' war on Yemen
The Lebanese Communist Party denounced Thursday the "sectarian" intervention by a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen, after the force launched deadly airstrikes targeting...
Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New York Times reported
Argentine court confirms dismissal of case against president
An Argentine appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss the case against President Cristina Kirchner on accusations that she shielded Iranian...
Cuba proposes quick start to human rights dialogue with US
Cuba proposes that a pending human rights dialogue with the United States begin on Tuesday in Washington in parallel to ongoing negotiations about restoring diplomatic...
Niger, Chad troops pursue Boko Haram near border
Troops from Chad and Niger pursue Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigeria border area, driving them out of a village they held there and causing some to flee into...
Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West
President Vladimir Putin voices confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stays its ground
The Arab world is far behind China and Western countries in terms of online shopping and E-commerce, according to a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report issued Tuesday.
Zeaiter launches express transport project
Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter announced Tuesday the launching of an express transport project linking Beirut to Jounieh at a cost of $250...
EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran freight firms
The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an...
Saudi bonuses for uncovering labor violations
Saudi Arabia is tightening a crackdown on illegal foreign workers in the kingdom, giving the Labor Ministry more powers, including the right to distribute financial...
For Brazilians in US, window-shopping is the rage
The effects of the plunging Brazilian currency are easy to spot on the streets of New York.
Salameh: Incentives drove 50 pct of growth
The Central Bank’s incentive packages have contributed to more than 50 percent of GDP growth since the program was launched in 2013, the governor of Banque du Liban,...
Industrial exports rise by 2.4 pct in January
Industrial exports in January 2015 increased by 2.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a statement issued by the Industry Ministry Monday.
Mena Invest accused of violating laws
Capital Market Authority Monday issued a warning to Mena Invest Company for breaching the laws and procedures and threatened to penalize the firm if it did not rectify...
The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an easing of trade restrictions, letters sent from the EU showed.
Saudi real estate shares tumble on tax plan
Saudi Arabian real estate shares tumbled Tuesday after the Cabinet approved a proposal to tax undeveloped land in urban areas – a policy that could shake up investment...
Gulf firms go Islamic as markets deepen
Last month Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of Britain’s Vodafone Group, said it had switched all its financial activity to Islamic transactions.
Dubai’s Arabtec lifts UAE markets
A rebound by Dubai builder Arabtec lifted the mood of investors in United Arab Emirates stock markets Monday, while other bourses in the Middle East moved very little...
Euro stocks rise on data, dollar rebounds
European stocks held near record highs Tuesday on signs the eurozone economy was gaining momentum, while the dollar recovered from recent losses and oil fell.
After Pirelli, Chinese buying in Italy to go on
After years of economic decline, Italy has become a hunting ground for Chinese companies keen to take control of prized but cash-strapped corporate names such as...
Eurozone economy leads as China struggles
Eurozone businesses ramped up activity this month, just as the European Central Bank starts printing money to spur growth and inflation, while a slowdown among Chinese...
U.S. faces few options for Russia sanctions
The United States will struggle to follow through on threats to impose deeper sanctions on the Russian energy sector, as European fears over collateral economic damage...
Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”
Europe has to lower its reliance on gas imports
The ongoing transition of global energy systems replaces fossil fuels with renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass. Renewable sources of energy are rapidly...
The U.S. must now embrace the Arab plan
What should Israel, the Palestinians and the world make of the statement by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that the United States expects the next Israeli...
Exploit the new openings on Palestine
We should keep our eyes on one arena and two actors in any serious assessment of the repercussions of the national election in Israel this week that resulted in a...
Siniora’s hard truths
Fouad Siniora’s testimony to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week is doing much to explain why pro-Syrian figures expressed such harsh criticism and fiery...
Isolate Israel after Bibi’s Palestine rejection
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu certainly has reason to celebrate.
Capital controls deserve a prominent place
So-called “frontier market economies” are the latest fad in investment circles.
Change the Lebanese system from within
The problem in Lebanon is not the Lebanese citizen, who is not empowered to exercise his democratic right of choice, but the political sectarian system governing us.
What should Israel, the Palestinians and the world make of the statement by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that the United States expects the next Israeli government to end nearly 50 years of occupation and clear the way for a Palestinian state?
The U.S. gains from ambiguity in the Middle East
It’s March Madness in the Middle East: The United States and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant...
As Netanyahu wins, the U.S. disengages
Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in Israel’s general elections means that any hope of serious negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians – never particularly high in...
The Cold War has returned with a vengeance
The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about...
Fouad Siniora’s testimony to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week is doing much to explain why pro-Syrian figures expressed such harsh criticism and fiery denunciations of the former prime minister in the run-up to his appearance before the STL.
Hollow calls for president
Lebanon is in the grips of political paralysis because Baabda Palace has been vacant for nearly a year, and in the grips of a wave of rhetoric by one of the sides in...
One voice, one strategy
Now that it is clear the new Israeli government will be more hawkish than ever, and less interested in Palestinian interests, it is time for the international community...
Killed by their own
The skies above the Middle East are alive with the sound of fighter jets, but the earth beneath them is full of death and destruction.
The brazen attack on a tourist site in downtown Tunis Wednesday was highly symbolic, as it targeted the country where the Arab uprisings first erupted and the biggest...
Lukas Podolski has been out of favour since joining Inter Milan on loan in January but the former Arsenal forward could afford a smile after becoming Germany's third highest goalscorer on Wednesday.
Germany will improve against Georgia, promises Loew
Germany will be more focused when the World Cup winners take on Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday for their Euro 2016 qualifier after a lacklustre performance in their 2-2...
Irving scores 24 to lead Cavaliers past Grizzlies 111-89
Kyrie Irving scors 24 points, and Kevin Love adds 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers roll o a 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Warriors smother Wizards for 107-76 win
Stephen Curry had 24 points as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort in the third quarter to pound the Washington Wizards 107-76 Monday.
Djokovic defends Indian Wells title
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 to defend his Indian Wells crown and claim his 50th career ATP title Sunday.
Platini wins at UEFA, attacks Blatter
Football legend Michel Platini Tuesday scored a hat-trick of victories for the presidency of UEFA and made an immediate attack on Sepp Blatter’s leadership of world...
Conte calls Verratti to midfield helm
Italy coach Antonio Conte has called on Marco Verratti to take the next step toward replacing Andrea Pirlo as the Azzurri’s midfield orchestrator ahead of this...
Loew wants Germany fired up for Australia
Joachim Loew wants to see fire in his Germany side for Wednesday’s friendly against Asian champions Australia to test their mettle ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier...
Spurs win 114-95 against faltering Hawks
San Antonio won comfortably at Atlanta 114-95 in Sunday’s clash of two teams with form lines heading in opposite directions leading up to the NBA playoffs.
Champville steal back second place
Veteran point guard Rony Fahed nailed a career-first triple double as he registered 16 points.
NBA star Steve Nash announces retirement
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash announced his retirement Saturday, quietly ending a 19-year NBA career that included two MVP awards.
Djokovic fells Federer to keep Indian Wells title
World number one Novak Djokovic fights off a determined challenge from Swiss great Roger Federer to claim back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and celebrate his 50th...
Halep battles back to claim Indian Wells crown
Simona Halep wins the BNP Paribas title with a 2-6 7-5 6-4 victory over former world number one Jelena Jankovic in a pulsating final at Indian Wells.
Federer to face Djokovic in blockbuster final
Roger Federer roars into the final of the ATP Indian Wells Masters where he will face Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster showdown between the world's top two players.
Murray, Djokovic cruise into semis
Andy Murray set a record for Open Era wins by a British man with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Feliciano Lopez to reach the Indian Wells ATP Masters semifinals Thursday.
Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas are given the all-clear to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix after missing the season's start because of injury.
Alonso ready to race in Malaysia: McLaren
Fernando Alonso will race in Sunday’s Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix providing he passes final fitness tests at the Sepang circuit, his McLaren team said Monday.
Van der Garde settles dispute with Sauber
Dutch driver Giedo Van der Garde recognized his hopes of racing in Formula One were over Wednesday after Sauber paid “significant compensation” to end a contract dispute.
Rosberg invites Vettel to Mercedes debrief
Nico Rosberg has invited Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to attend Mercedes’ Friday debrief at the Malaysian Grand Prix after a light-hearted exchange between the Formula...
Hockenheim boss rules out German GP this year
There will be no German Grand Prix this year, Hockenheim circuit boss Georg Seiler says in a decision that ended months of uncertainty over the country's Formula One...
Australia will play fellow co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne after they beat defending champions India by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
New rule could bar S.Korea’s Park from Rio Games
The 18-month suspension handed to South Korea’s four-time Olympic swimming medalist Park Tae-hwan for failing a dope test could see him miss the 2016 Olympic Games,...
Mayweather-Pacquiao revenue over $400 million
Record-shattering revenue totals for Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming boxing showdown with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather could surpass $400 million, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN in...
South Africa falter yet again at critical moment
South Africa faltered yet again at the critical moment of a cricket World Cup Tuesday when New Zealand snatched a semifinal victory which had appeared to be beyond...
New Zealand win stunning semi against S. Africa
New Zealand defeated South Africa by four wickets Tuesday in one of the greatest World Cup matches ever played to go through to Sunday’s final as co-hosts Australia get...
Near the Dannawi roundabout of Abi Samra in Tripoli, 31-year-old Rabih Hosher, known locally as “the acrobat of dough,” puts on a show for customers who flock to his small manakeesh shop to enjoy both his delicious food and culinary performances.
Pearls shine in Abi Nader’s Bridal collection
This season, brides shouldn’t be satisfied by a glass half full. Veteran Lebanese designer Robert Abi Nader makes it his mission to ensure that every woman feels...
Lagos uses beach polo to hook investors
Porsches and Jaguars are parked in the sand while businessmen and their partners, in high heels and hats, sit in the sheltered grandstands, champagne in hand.
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: WWD
Marc Jacobs plans to end its Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).
BBC drops 'Top Gear' host Clarkson over producer attack
The BBC announces that it is dropping one of its most popular presenters, 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, after he verbally and physically attacked a producer
Is it overly optimistic to expect flowers from one’s husband on Mother’s Day? Apparently it is. “You are not my mother,” proclaims the empty-handed and totally...
Downtown Beirut set to bloom this weekend
Romanticizing prewar Beirut is a national pastime in Lebanon for the young and the old alike.
How to enjoy Lebanon this spring
While we might not be out of the woods just yet – the occasional storm is still in the offing – it is definitely time to start taking advantage of the clearer skies and...
Pinball paradise lives on in Budapest basement
Glistening signs, flashing lights and nonstop tinkling lure tourists in Budapest to Europe’s largest pinball museum, where a passionate collector is bent on reviving...
Tokyo men stay one step ahead in style
Feminine glamour may turn the most heads at fashion weeks in New York or Paris, but in Tokyo it is the style-conscious men who set the sartorial trends.
New York celebrates 'Mad Men' end in style
"Mad Men" captured the style and drive of New York's finest -- and drunkest -- 1960s ad men, enthralling viewers with tales of their creative genius and tortured...
Self-driving cars in Lebanon: a future disaster
Whenever word of new technologies in development reaches the general public, their reaction tends to be characterized by awe, with a bit of impatience thrown in until...
Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile road trip
Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.
Ford EcoSport: A trendy urban road warrior
Sometimes when I start writing automobile reviews I spend hours trying to figure out where to begin.
BMW’s sales crown scrutinized as profits shrink
For years, record sales of high-performance sports cars meant big profits at BMW that could fund incentives and investment in technology to meet the EU’s fuel...
Facebook is turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication.
Line app hopes cute factor will win worldwide
Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny.
Windows 10 to allow sign in with face, iris
The new Windows 10 operating system will allow users to sign in to a device without a password by using biometrics, including facial recognition, Microsoft announced...
Apple in talks to launch online TV service: WSJ
Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) much-hinted-at TV service may soon become a reality as the iPhone maker is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks...
Yahoo: ‘end-to-end’ email encryption by year-end
Yahoo said Sunday it plans to introduce “end-to-end encryption” for email this year to boost privacy protection for users concerned about snooping from governments or...
In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary’s wealth, might and technological prowess.
Morikami Japanese Gardens in south Florida
Like a lot of folks who live in places with long stretches of gray and chilly weather, I occasionally head to Florida for sunshine and relaxation.
Chinese descend on remote Palau islands
Chinese tourists are flocking to the remote Palau islands as China’s growing number of rich seek new frontiers abroad, but not everyone in the Micronesian paradise is...
From sand dunes to ski slopes Moroccan style
On a clear day, skiers can see the dunes of the Sahara desert shimmer in the distance from the Moroccan ski resort of Oukaimeden, the highest in North Africa.
Visiting LA: What’s new, classics and more
Mountainside hikes along urban cityscapes. Ramen noodle bars, Korean tea houses and taco trucks serving every regional Mexican specialty. Sure, Los Angeles is known for...
Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie said she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother at the age of 56.
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: Women's Wear Daily reports
Marc Jacobs plans to end its separate entry-level Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women's Wear...
Young winemakers refresh Rheinhessen wines
Until recently Germany’s Rheinhessen region had few well-known premium estates. But it was home to some huge brands like Black Tower and Blue Nun, producers of...
Want a dinner with easy flavor? Grab some cream
Sure, we’re all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that’s no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrigerator.
Truth is, a little...
An oat pudding that makes a healthy breakfast
The trick to making a nutritious breakfast a daily habit is never being more than 60 seconds away from something healthy. Because in the morning rush, it’s too easy to...
Albums by The Doors, Radiohead and Lauryn Hill will be preserved by the Library of Congress in recognition of their historical contributions.
Humanizing the enemy: Wannous’ The Rape
After “The Rape” was over, or so it seemed, a Syrian playwright and an Israeli psychiatrist struck up a conversation about the morality of it all.
Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life
Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologised to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish boy...
BBC drops 'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson over attack
The BBC on Wednesday dropped British "Top Gear" motoring show presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who built a global fan base while repeatedly causing offense with strongly...
Kendrick Lamar tops Billboard 200 for first time
Rapper Kendrick Lamar topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, as his latest album became the second biggest seller of the year...
‘We are all Baalbek,’ festival organizer says
After last year’s Baalbeck International Festival was disrupted by the shaky security situation in east Lebanon in the wake of the opening concerts, subsequent...
Chicago artist marks centennial of Armenian killings with Guernica-size work
One hundred years after the mass killing of Armenians, a Chicago artist has created a monumental painting to honor the victims and celebrate a culture that nearly...
4 African authors among Man Booker International finalists
The "Memoirs of a Porcupine," the "Confessions of the Lioness" and the lessons from the Sahara desert are just some of the titles and themes explored by the four...
Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologised to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish boy band for doing so.
Naomi Watts on comedies and 'While We're Young'
After a slew of dramas including "The Impossible" and "Diana," actress Naomi Watts said she was looking for something that would "feel lighter.
'Mad Men' star Hamm out of booze rehab
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm has completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction, shortly before the final season of the hit TV series airs, a publicist said Wednesday.
China's Weiwei and US' Baez nab Amnesty rights award
Amnesty International has given its top 2015 human rights award to both Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, a fierce critic of Beijing who has been banned from leaving...
Rapper Kendrick Lamar topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, as his latest album became the second biggest seller of the year so far.
Oak Ridge Boys, Browns named country music inductees
The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, and the late guitarist Grady Martin were named on Wednesday as the 2015 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
A-ha announce new comeback three decades after 80s debut
Norwegian pop band A-ha, who have sold more than 35 million albums since they first topped the charts in the 1980s, announced a comeback Wednesday just five years after...
Paul McCartney to headline Lollapalooza festival
Paul McCartney will headline Lollapalooza, the US counterculture festival turned Chicago fixture, as the ex-Beatle keeps up an active touring schedule.
'The Prodigy' still fighting war on pop, 25 years on
Twenty-five years after gate-crashing the British music scene with a furious mix of punk attitude and electronic beats, The Prodigy is not finished with its war on...
"Mad Max: Fury Road", the fourth film in the dystopian cult saga by director George Miller, will screen on May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival, the organisers confirmed Wednesday.
'X-Files' returns after 13-year 'commercial break'
Cult sci-fi TV show "The X-Files" is returning for six new episodes, 13 years after David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's last outing as agents Fox Mulder and Dana...
Stars help Corden take over Late Late Show
Award-winning British actor James Corden settled in to his new late-night gig Monday, welcoming stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis to his first show as host of CBS’ “The...
Hanks, Kunis help James Corden take over 'Late Late Show'
Award-winning British actor James Corden settled in to his new late-night gig on U.S. television on Monday, welcoming stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis to his first show...
Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama
Whether it's the earnest Josiah Bartlet from "The West Wing" or the manipulative Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Americans prefer television presidents to their...