Two MPs Monday vowed to hold accountable public institutions that have reportedly hired a large number of employees since August 2017, in defiance of a mandatory hiring freeze.
U.S. creates task force targeting Hezbollah
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new task force aimed at zeroing in on Hezbollah, as well as four of the world’s most notorious street gangs and drug...
Macron moves ruling party chief to Interior Ministry in reshuffle
French President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his government Tuesday, naming loyalist and head of his ruling party Christophe Castaner to the sensitive post of interior...
Merkel to restore trust after ‘earthquake’ loss
German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Monday to restore trust in her government after her conservative allies suffered heavy losses in a regional election, which their...
Cyclone hitting Yemen leaving 'extensive damage': UN
The United Nations says strong winds and heavy rain from cyclone Luban have injured 33 people and affected 2,000 families in war-ravaged Yemen.
MPs reelect members to Secretariat
Parliament reelected the same MPs to its Secretariat Tuesday after Deputy Speaker Elie Ferzli chaired a session.
Joumblatt to Baabda after Arslan meets Aoun
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Joumblatt said he will sit down with President Michel Aoun Tuesday after the latter called for a meeting.
Families flee Mieh Mieh camp after clashes erupt
Violent clashes broke out Monday in the Mieh Mieh Palestinian camp near Sidon, leaving at least six militants wounded and causing residents to flee amid sounds of...
French President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his government Tuesday, naming loyalist and head of his ruling party Christophe Castaner to the sensitive post of interior minister.
Hungary homeless bans enforced
A tough new law that bans homeless people from sleeping on Hungary’s streets came into force Monday, prompting criticism from rights groups who say it is inhumane.
Keep planet cool by protecting nature: report
The best and fairest way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday.
May says Irish backstop cannot derail Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union Monday not to allow a standoff over the so-called Irish backstop to derail the Brexit talks, saying she...
Amnesty criticizes France over arms exports to Egypt
Amnesty International is criticizing the French government and accusing it of breaking its own rules over arms exports it has made to Egypt. The rights group says the...
UN rights chief calls to lift Saudi 'immunity' over Khashoggi
The U.N. human rights chief called Tuesday for the lifting of the immunity of officials who might be involved in the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist at the...
Saudi military jet crashes during training, killing crew
Saudi Arabia says a military jet has crashed during a training mission in the kingdom and that the members of its crew were killed.
Turkish police shoot driver who reportedly planned Israel protest: Anadolu
Turkish police shot a tractor driver in the leg after he refused to stop his vehicle and crashed into cars in central Ankara Tuesday, state-owned Anadolu news agency...
International Investment Bank Goldman Sachs expects the Central Bank to continue to take measures to prevent Lebanon from sliding into a financial crisis.
Lebanon hails reopening of Nassib crossing
President Michel Aoun, officials and industrialists Monday hailed the reopening of the crossing point between Syria and Jordan, stressing that Lebanon should seize this...
Riyal weakest in years over Khashoggi case
Saudi Arabia’s currency fell to its lowest level in two years and its international bond prices slipped Monday over fears that foreign investment inflows could shrink...
More banking executives pull out of Saudi investment conference
The chief executives of HSBC, Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse have pulled out of a high profile conference in Saudi Arabia next week, the latest business leaders...
Italy's PM criticizes economic sanctions against Russia
European Union sanctions against Russia are damaging Italian businesses, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday, underscoring growing unhappiness in Rome over the...
Fund looks to diaspora to revitalize real estate
Dark apartment windows outnumber the lit in the quiet night streets of Beirut’s waterfront and central districts, a reminder of Lebanon’s long economic and real estate...
Trump’s uneasy alliance with OPEC
There are four letters that seem to spark the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump: O-P-E-C, as oil prices marched to another four-year high.
Online mall for Lebanese brands to launch soon
A new innovative online mall. Technology s.a.r.l., is set to be launched in two weeks and will host an unlimited number of Lebanese shops and brands on a single platform.
Saudi Arabia’s currency fell to its lowest level in two years and its international bond prices slipped Monday over fears that foreign investment inflows could shrink as Riyadh faces pressure over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Turkish lira firms on hopes of better U.S. ties
Turkey’s lira and stocks rose Monday on hopes of a thaw in relations between Ankara and Washington while a late rally last week on Wall Street offered little respite...
Saudi stock index falls nearly 4 percent in opening minutes
Saudi Arabia's stock index fell 3.8 percent in the opening minutes of trade Tuesday, largely reversing its 4.1 percent rebound Monday.
Oil sheds gains after Trump turns down heat
Oil surrendered most of its early gains after tensions appeared to ease between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia amid growing international outrage over the disappearance of...
European Union sanctions against Russia are damaging Italian businesses, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday, underscoring growing unhappiness in Rome over the long-running curbs on Moscow.
Audi to pay $927M fine in Germany over diesel cheating
Volkswagen said Tuesday its subsidiary Audi had agreed to pay an 800-million-euro ($927 million) fine issued by German prosecutors to close a diesel cheating...
Iceland seeks 2008 crash closure with court case
The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy threw the United States into an epoch-defining financial storm. Imagine 300 of them going bust at once.
European shares rise cautiously
European shares hit their lowest level since December 2016 in early trading as trade wars, rising U.S. yields, Brexit and the Italy/EU budget row continued to weigh on...
Asian shares resume decline, Saudi tensions lift oil prices
Asian shares slipped on Monday as worries over Sino-U.S. trade disputes, a possible slowdown in the Chinese economy and higher U.S. borrowing costs tempered optimism...
They say that if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. With Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s self-imposed 10-day deadline to form a government upon us, it seems even the most well-intentioned wishes are doomed to remain elusive as long as other parties refuse to play ball.
Obstructor in chief
It’s time to say enough is enough because we’re out of time. Someone needs to step in and remove the cog obstructing the smooth running of our political system.
Authoritarian quacks, a mandatory
Why do conspiracy theories so often receive their strongest support from the world’s dictators?
Zero Hunger: Taking action today for our future
Just three years ago, in September 2015, all United Nations Member States approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Trump’s North American trade charade
When the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was announced, it was met by a sigh of relief around the world.
The press in distress
After Al-Anwar newspaper stood the test of time through Lebanon’s worst days, its closure after 60 years is nothing short of tragic, tantamount to a massacre of the...
It’s time to call out the actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who treats the world community as a group of nonentities, naive enough to be swayed by...
Time for legislating
It is truly lamentable that while Lebanon’s flailing economy is in dire need of attention by the country’s legislature, some of our newly elected deputies are yet not...
Russia’s mediating role in southern Yemen
On Sept. 7, Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin told reporters that southern Yemen was an important region of the country that must be adequately represented...
Is China winning the war for Africa?
While traveling in Africa in the ’80s and ’90s, I was surprised to see Chinese crews building roads, schools and houses.
Mitigating against India’s climate-change misery
The record-setting heat that blanketed the planet this summer was a sticky reminder that as global temperatures increase, people on the margins of society the sick, the...
A new Cold War against China is won at home
The Trump administration’s most significant and lasting decisions will be about U.S. policy toward China.
Western spy agencies strike back
One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries does something...
Supreme Court the real victim of Kavanaugh mess
The most consequential casualty of the recent confirmation battle is not Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump’s bullying tactics with Iran could backfire
President Donald Trump seems convinced that he has found the formula for success in foreign policy: Bully your adversaries, sanction them, squeeze them and then flatter...
The despair which followed Italy’s defeat by Portugal a month ago has suddenly turned to unbridled optimism following Sunday’s 1-0 stoppage-time win away to Poland in the Nations League.
Barca’s Turan could face over 12 years in jail
Turkish prosecutors Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to twelve-and-a-half...
‘New’ Djokovic is gunning for No.1 spot
The “new” Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world No. 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric...
Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title
Novak Djokovic continued his scintillating run of form as he breezed past Croatian Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time Sunday.
Five players to watch in the 2018-19 NBA season
Five players to watch in the 2018-19 NBA season that starts Tuesday.
Sprint star Bolt stunned by drug test notice
Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to...
German press hammer Loew after defeat
The German press turned on Joachim Loew after the hammering by the Netherlands left the future of Germany’s head coach in doubt with world champions France looming...
Spain above England’s level, Kane says
Harry Kane admitted England are not on the same level as pass masters Spain ahead of their Nations League encounter Monday, as he batted away doubts about his own...
The “new” Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world No. 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric Sunday.
Coric faces Djokovic in Shanghai final
Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final Sunday.
Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis
Roger Federer was turfed out of the Shanghai Masters semi-finals Saturday by 13th-seeded Borna Coric, the Croatian stunning the Swiss great 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic schools Zverev to reach Shanghai final
Novak Djokovic will rise to number two in the world after he dismantled a shell-shocked Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to surge into the Shanghai Masters final.
Warriors chase record as hungry rivals lurk
Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry will enjoy watching the Golden State Warriors hoist another championship banner Tuesday when they open the 2018-19 NBA...
Will LeBron give the Lakers a Hollywood ending?
Lebron James embarks on the latest and possibly final chapter of his glittering career with the basketball world watching and wondering if the greatest player of his...
Al-Ittihad edge Beirut, emerge Arab champs
Al-Ittihad Alexandria withstood a late comeback from Beirut Club to win the Arab Clubs Championship after a 74-70 win over the hosts Friday.
Tex Winter, innovative coach, dead at 96
Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died.
Todd Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Los Angeles Rams improved to 6-0 Sunday with a 23-20 NFL win over the struggling Denver Broncos.
Pepperell wins his second European Tour title
Eddie Pepperell won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters Sunday and likely secured the even bigger prize of a place in next...
Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round
Terence “Bud” Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose Benavidez hurled his way.
Eagles outclass Giants with great field position
Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes, including two to Alshon Jeffery, and the Philadelphia Eagles outclassed the New York Giants 34-13 Thursday night in East...
Speed queen Vonn to retire at end of ski season
Lindsey Vonn, widely regarded as the greatest female ski racer of all-time, will retire from competition after the 2018-19 season even if she fails to break the record...
Mick Schumacher is tipped to carry the famous surname into Formula One as the newly-crowned European Formula Three champion finished the season with his 14th podium placing Sunday.
New all-female series aims to get women to F1
A new all-female racing series was launched Wednesday, supported by former Grand Prix driver David Coulthard and top designer Adrian Newey, with the aim of helping...
Now ‘impossible’ for Vettel to win F1 title
Even Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise would baulk at the task facing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Marquez wins thrilling first Thai MotoGP
Marc Marquez won a thrilling inaugural Thailand MotoGP Sunday to extend his lead in the championship to 77 points as he goes in pursuit of a fifth premier class title.
Hamilton on brink of fifth title after Japan win
Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix to stand on the brink of a fifth Formula One title Sunday while Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel finished sixth after colliding...
Perched on a beachfront in El-Heri, Ras al-Chekka, stands the newly built two-floor Nabu Museum, a cube-shaped steel-and-glass structure that is now home to hundreds of regional antiquities and modern artworks.
25th Salon du Livre explores tech-literature ties
With the ambassadors of Switzerland, Belgium and France in attendance, Lebanon’s Institut Francais unveiled the program of its annual Salon du Livre Monday.
Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper' named most popular in UK
The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.
Spanish opera star Montserrat Caballe dies aged 85
Spain's world-famous opera star Montserrat Caballe has died in Barcelona, a source at the hospital where she was being treated said Saturday.
Kidman transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer,” playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history.
Banksy painting worth more: experts
When street artist Banksy destroyed one of his works of art last week seconds after it was sold at an auction, he probably added to its value, with some experts...
How two ‘rebel girls’ rocked the book world
Frustrated with children’s stories of passive princesses and damsels in distress, two Italian women crowdfunded their way into publishing history with a record-breaking...
Paris finds spot for Jeff Koons tribute
A controversial art tribute to victims of the 2015 Paris attacks created by U.S. artist Jeff Koons will be installed in central Paris at a site near the Champs Elysees,...
‘Beautiful Boy’ tackles family’s drug struggles
A family battling with drug addiction is the focus of new Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet drama “Beautiful Boy” with the duo portraying a father and son struggling...
Family and politics collide in ‘The Oath’
Satirical dark comedy “The Oath” could reflect many U.S. households this Thanksgiving with its depiction of a family getting through the holiday while trying to avoid...
Disney to release live-action Alladin remake
Street rat is back and this time in the flesh.
Astronauts with death ‘at their heels’
Neil Armstrong went down in history as the first person on the moon, but it was the personal sacrifices and challenges along his journey that most interested the makers...
A beaming Meghan Markle looked remarkably unfatigued by a 22-hour flight as she walked out of Sydney's airport with Prince Harry Monday for a rest day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
Luxury shoppers in China buying bags, not BMWs
China’s luxury shoppers are becoming more selective as the trade war rattles the world’s second-largest economy, shunning big ticket items like pricey cars but...
Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight set to get 28 years in prison
Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is expected to be sentenced to nearly three decades in prison in a Los Angeles court.
Cardi B gets assault summons but lawyer say she did no harm
Cardi B was given a summons on Monday for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault in connection with a melee at a New York strip club.
Five things to know about the man and brand, Michael Kors
Fashion giant Michael Kors announced Tuesday it had agreed to buy Versace, signaling an intention to move deeper into the global big league after snapping up shoemaker...
Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday.
Same-sex penguin couple incubate egg in Sydney
Two male penguins who built a nest together from ice pebbles at Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium are now fostering an egg given them by aquarium staff who suspected they were...
Technologys warning system for heart attacks
A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say.
The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilograms
In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos.
Rural gems at Beirut’s first fair trade market
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s...
Genius behind ‘Teletubbies’ in new kids show
“Teletubbies” creator Andrew Davenport has come up with a new show “guaranteed to stop children climbing the walls,” BBC bosses claimed Sunday.
Egypt seeks to weave cotton renaissance
Treading carefully among his sprawling green plants in the Nile Delta, Egyptian farmer Fatuh Khalifa fills his arms with fluffy white cotton picked by his workers.
From camping to karaoke: Unusual workspaces around Japan
From tiny, one-person cubicles in underground stations to camping tents beneath towering skyscrapers and even karaoke clubs: In workaholic Japan, salarymen are never...
Have appendicitis? Antibiotics now viable alternative to surgery
When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery.
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s iconic Trainstation.
Hikers set off on mountain trail fall trek
As trails coordinator for Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife and a board member of the World Trails Network, Kerstin Stender spends a lot of time in...
Tango enthusiasts gather in Jbeil for festival
This weekend, cultures are once again converging in Jbeil for the city’s annual tango festival, which has brought together visitors from Lebanon and abroad who are keen...
Designers explore local and world relationships
For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship...
The remarkable technique that was used to identify the suspected “Golden State Killer” four decades after his crimes genetic genealogy could be used to identify half of all Americans from their relatives’ DNA samples, a new study says.
Of mice and men: Babies produced from same-sex mice pairs
A team of researchers has produced viable offspring from same-sex pairs of mice, using a novel technology that involves stem cells altered to remove certain genes.
Rocket carrying space station crew fails in midair, crew safe
A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and U.S. astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed midair Thursday, forcing the...
Google’s new Pixel range follows industry trend
Google’s new Pixel phones mirror a trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures.
Moon may have been found outside our solar system
Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system, a gas behemoth the size of Neptune.
Facebook Inc. Monday released a smart speaker designed to ease video calls, but the company’s history of privacy mishaps and the device’s price and limited functionality could slow it from taking on market leaders Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation center outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it’s hard to see anything out of the ordinary.
Row rages over Great Barrier Reef
A row is raging over Australia’s warming-damaged Great Barrier Reef, with firms worried that scientists’ apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of the water.
Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut
Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a...
Drivers see red over Oslo’s green ‘Berlin Wall against motorists’
Determined to go green, Oslo is slowly but surely ridding its city center of motorists, angering some who say the “war on cars” is putting the brakes on individual...
In Greenland, a glacier's collapse shows climate impact
Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, I tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the...