The American University of Beirut Wednesday responded to a fracas caused by comments allegedly made by a professor to a student wearing a hijab in class earlier this week.
Cultural, technical issues plague STL attribution
The challenges facing the Special Tribunal for Lebanon regarding the attribution of cellphone evidence were reinforced Wednesday, as defense teams and the prosecution...
Kirkuk a flashpoint in independence vote
Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building...
Russia becomes Iraqi Kurds’ top funder
Russia, the only major power that has not called on Iraq’s Kurds to cancel a referendum on independence next week, has swiftly become the top funder of Kurdish oil and...
Trump’s Iran position bodes ill for NKorea deal
U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat before the world to obliterate North Korea left no doubt about his determination to stop the communist country’s nuclear weapons...
The first edition of Beirut Design Fair takes off
The first edition of Beirut Design Fair took off Wednesday evening in Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL) with visitors and design lovers enjoying...
Hasbani unveils new health care plan
A system to provide health coverage for all, free for the old and the poor, was outlined in a new health care proposal made by Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister...
Hariri stands by biometric IDs, election date
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the adoption of biometric identity cards and to holding next year’s parliamentary...
Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a highly-anticipated referendum on Kurdish independence.
Rights groups hand dossier on Israel to court
Palestinian human rights lawyers and activists Wednesday handed a 700-page dossier to the International Criminal Court alleging that Israeli authorities are responsible...
Daesh supporters use Instagram ‘stories’ feature
Researchers say Daesh (ISIS) supporters have found an ephemeral platform to share propaganda: Using Instagram’s “stories” feature, which causes posts to disappear in 24...
Suffering grips Sanaa after rebel takeover
Three years after Iran-backed rebels swept into Sanaa, a semblance of normality has returned to the Yemeni capital. But across the war-wracked country a humanitarian...
U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat before the world to obliterate North Korea left no doubt about his determination to stop the communist country’s nuclear weapons buildup. His disparagement of the Iran nuclear deal in the same speech offered Pyongyang little hope of a negotiated solution.
Obama begins lucrative Wall Street speaker role
Barack Obama has begun cashing in on his time in the White House with paid Wall Street speeches less than a year after leaving office, a practice which drew stinging...
Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch campaign
“We have been attacked. We are at war,” Morgan Freeman says.
A century on, Romanov letters return to Russia
From telegrams about hunting parties to anguished letters over the Bolshevik takeover, a trove of documents detailing the private lives of Russia’s Romanov family has...
Goats, sheep fight fires one bite at a time
When wildfires surrounded his family-run farm in northeast Spain four years ago, all that Pau Figueras Mundo could do was watch, helplessly, as the flames edged closer.
Parliament’s approval of the oil tax law with few amendments will encourage international oil firms to bid for offshore gas blocks on Oct. 12, a source close to the Petroleum Administration said Tuesday.
A reply to Banque du Liban’s report
Banque du Liban has recently issued a report, dated Sept. 13, 2017, in reply to my paper “Financial Crisis in Lebanon” that was published in August 2017 by La Maison du...
Egypt economy still recovering from 2011 uprising
Egypt’s economy has started to improve but has yet to recover from the 2011 uprising and the years of unrest that followed, an international credit rating agency said.
Lazard to solve Turkey’s biggest default
Banks that provided a $4.75 billion loan to Turk Telekomunikasyon AS’s major shareholder hired Lazard Ltd. to advise them on the nation’s biggest ever default,...
Toshiba board OKs chip sale to Bain Capital group
Toshiba’s board signed off Wednesday on selling its computer chip business to a group led by Bain Capital Private Equity, but the deal’s future remains unclear as...
Smart grids key for renewable energy: expert
Lebanon needs to invest in infrastructure and smart grids to ensure the success of renewable energy projects, a conference was told Monday.
Minister launches 600 KW solar tenders
Lebanon’s Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced Monday the launch of tenders for two solar power plants with a combined capacity of 600 kilowatts.
Banking secrecy lifted 42 times in 2016: report
Lebanon lifted banking secrecy in 42 cases of suspected involvement in money laundering, embezzlement and terrorist funding, according to the Central Bank’s financial...
Saudi Arabia plans $2.7B entertainment firm
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is setting up a company to invest in local entertainment, as the conservative kingdom tentatively opens up and pursues a long-term...
Moody's: Egypt economy still recovering from 2011 uprising
An international credit rating agency says Egypt's economy has started to improve but has yet to recover from the 2011 uprising and the years of unrest that followed.
Saudi Arabia creating $2.7 bn entertainment investment company
Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund is creating an entertainment investment company as the deeply conservative kingdom loosens the reins on fun.
Toshiba’s board signed off Wednesday on selling its computer chip business to a group led by Bain Capital Private Equity, but the deal’s future remains unclear as Toshiba’s U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital opposes it.
How Toys ‘R’ Us collapsed so fast
Toys ‘R’ Us Inc., which somehow managed to sustain a crushing debt load for more than a decade after its 2005 buyout, finally succumbed this week to a “dangerous game...
Better global relations need business leadership
As attention focuses on the U.N. General Assembly in New York, it’s important to remember that in a global economy, America’s relationship with the world does not...
Economists: Bank of England rate hike mistake
The Bank of England will raise interest rates for the first time in a decade at its next meeting, a Reuters poll of economists showed Wednesday, with a large majority...
Airbus opens first plane-completion center in China
Airbus Wednesday inaugurated its first completion center for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American...
A country’s constitution is an inherent part of its identity and the foundation on which a nation is built.
In the absence of tweets in the Middle East skies, communications have been accomplished by loud and clear tools.
Has the Syrian revolution failed?
From the perspective of September 2017, it seems that all the wrong people are celebrating the state of affairs in Syria: the country’s president, Bashar Assad;...
Peace Day: A human-focused design
The year 2017 has witnessed a growing number of terrorist attacks traumatizing communities around the world.
Trump’s welcome flirtation with the U.N.
When you discount the rhetorical overkill, the most surprising thing about President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations Tuesday was how conventional it was.
Fodder for violence
Mesopotamia from the beginning of time has been fertile ground for controversy, fire, fury and persecution.
Palestinian unity dawns
Palestinians Sunday were reveling in some good news, something they have not had for a very long time.
In Gaza, Ramallah and the diaspora, they welcomed the...
Searching for safety
The news that emerged from the Kazakh capital regarding de-escalation in Syria’s rebel-held areas is certainly welcome.
From the perspective of September 2017, it seems that all the wrong people are celebrating the state of affairs in Syria: the country’s president, Bashar Assad; Russia’s President Vladimir Putin; and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Ali Khamenei top the list.
Germany: The EU’s real puppet master
Who runs the European Union?
Closing the youth apathy gap
When the United Nations’ member countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals two years ago, they committed themselves to reduce substantially “the proportion of...
Reviving India’s economy
Not long ago, India was a poster child for political stability and economic growth among emerging economies.
The case for a more involved government
Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our...
Trump takes the shots, Tillerson runs the offense
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has often been the silent man in the Trump foreign policy team.
Miscommunication and mistakes can lead to war
When today’s historians look at the confrontation between the United States and North Korea, they’re likely to hear echoes of ultimatums, bluffs and botched messages...
When Daesh goes, should US troops stay in Syria?
As the U.S.-led coalition accelerates its campaign to destroy Daesh’s (ISIS) remaining strongholds in Syria, the Trump administration faces a big decision about the...
Real Madrid are the best represented club with a record 13 names on the international players’ association FIFPro’s shortlist of 55 contenders for its World XI Player Awards.
Infantino: Time to reform transfer rat race
FIFA president Gianni Infantino appealed to European football bosses Wednesday to help reform the sport’s transfer system and described the current setup as a “rat...
Nadal, Federer lead Europe in Laver Cup
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will set aside their longtime rivalry when they play for Europe against the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup tournament which...
Muguruza, Pliskova advance in Tokyo
New world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Olympic champion Monica Puig 6-4 6-0 to ease into the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Wednesday.
Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers
One retired jersey number just isn’t enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
UEFA boss to help cut rich-poor divide
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Wednesday that the European legislation was holding back the implementation of measures which could reduce the gap between rich...
Sampson fired as England women’s manager
England Women’s manager Mark Sampson was sacked Wednesday after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behavior” at a previous club.
Benzemas deal has 1 billion euro buyout clause
Real Madrid’s France forward Karim Benzema has signed a new contract at the club, which includes a 1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) buyout clause according to local media...
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will set aside their longtime rivalry when they play for Europe against the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup tournament which starts Friday.
No coach, no problem for Pliskova
Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is confident that splitting with coach David Kotyza will not be a hindrance as she attempts to go it alone over the home stretch of...
Cibulkova tears through Tokyo opener
Fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova pummelled Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to storm into the second round of the Pan Pacific Open
France reach Davis Cup final
France won a place in the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the host country an unassailable 3-1 lead over Serbia...
Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade
The blockbuster trade, delayed and in jeopardy of dying, is done: Kyrie Irving is headed to the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is coming to the Cavaliers and the NBA can take a...
Kyrie gets a new address but Cavs win trade
It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin took a stunning victory in the men’s time-trial at the the world championships in Bergen Wednesday.
Froome looks to cap year with world title
Chris Froome has a chance to end his best-ever season on yet another high when he tackles the hilly world time-trial championships course in Bergen Wednesday.
Rio Ferdinand launches boxing career
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said Tuesday he is launching a new career as a professional boxer two years after retiring from football as a way of channeling his...
Stafford’s two touchdown passes help Lions win
On a night when the New York Giants honored their 2007 Super Bowl championship team at halftime, the current Giants once again looked like chumps.
Haye says all set for rematch with Bellew
Former world heavyweight champion David Haye said Tuesday he was all set for a rematch with fellow Briton Tony Bellew after losing their first meeting in March.
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors give him the green light.
Vettel trails in title race after Singapore blip
In the space of three races, Sebastian Vettel has dropped twice as far behind Lewis Hamilton as he was ahead of him.
Farting competition tops off-track action
Five talking points from the Singapore Grand Prix night race, which Lewis Hamilton won in wet conditions Sunday:
Hamilton takes step toward fourth title
Lewis Hamilton took a huge stride towards a fourth Formula One title Sunday with victory in an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix after Ferrari title rival Sebastian...
McLaren split from Honda, switch to Renault
Former champions McLaren will swap their Honda engines for Renault ones at the end of the Formula One season after calling time on a troubled three-year partnership...
Featuring work from the Amine El Bacha Foundation collection, “Partitions and Colors: Homage to Amine El Bacha” captures the diversity and beauty of Bacha’s paintings across the different cities and landscapes.
‘Alone’ is perfect complement to ‘Dunkirk
Interest in the 1940 cross-channel evacuation of British soldiers amid the French collapse in World War II has sprung to life this summer – thanks to Christopher...
Lady Gaga calls off European tour, citing severe physical pain
Lady Gaga on Monday called off the European leg of her world tour, saying she was suffering from severe physical pain and was seeking medical treatment.
The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other
Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a...
‘Stronger’ spawns a friendship
As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s TIFF premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the...
Goethe-Institut celebrates reopening
After five years of renovations, the Goethe-Institut Lebanon is celebrating the completion of its new residence in Gemmayzeh with a packed cultural program and a new...
Monet’s ‘secret’ art collection on show
The “secret” art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of impressionism, is on display for the first time in Paris, 90 years after the great painter’s death.
‘Three Billboards’ takes coveted TIFF prize
Martin McDonagh’s darkly hilarious film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the Toronto film festival (TIFF)’s audience prize for best picture Sunday,...
Lady Gaga says taking a break after fifth album tour
Lady Gaga said Friday she plans to take a break after her current Joanne World Tour ends in mid-December
Taylor Swift soars atop US chart, ends 'Despacito' reign
Taylor Swift's vengeful new track topped the US singles chart Tuesday with the year's highest one-week sales, halting the historic reign of global sensation "Despacito.
Singer Tom Jones postpones US tour on medical advice
British pop star Tom Jones is postponing the start of his U.S. tour, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, due to advice from doctors, the star posted on Twitter
As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s TIFF premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting.
Spicer thinks Emmys critics should lighten up
Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too...
‘The Simpsons’ actress finds her own voice
For most fans of “The Simpsons,” the name Nancy Cartwright may ring a bell as the voice of 10-year-old troublemaker Bart Simpson over 28 seasons of the Fox animated show.
Dr. Seuss company loses blocking Grinch parody
A New York playwright has convinced a federal judge that his new play is a parody of Dr. Seuss’ classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and that in this legal fight,...
Why ‘mother!’ got an exclamation point
Darren Aronofsky does not just want audiences to watch his new film “mother!” He wants to shake them up and leave them thinking about his genre-defying, surreal...
The second sexual assault trial of American television legend Bill Cosby will open on April 2, 2018, the presiding judge ruled Friday
Husker Du drummer, singer Grant Hart dies of cancer
Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for pioneering indie rock band Husker Du, which was seen as a major influence for Nirvana, the Pixies and other bands, has died at...
Serena Williams shows off baby girl Alexis in photos, video diary
American tennis star Serena Williams on Wednesday announced the name and released first pictures of her baby girl, revealing that they had spent a week in the hospital...
Victoria Beckham brings Play-Doh sparkle to New York
Victoria Beckham unveiled her latest fashion collection in New York on Sunday, throwing shade at her once beloved black for the colors of Play-Doh and for sparkly...
US historian who lived in Afghanistan dies at 90
An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the war-torn country died Sunday.
London Fashion Week has reached its giddy conclusion, the extravaganza more than meeting expectations with a string of shows, parties and presentations.
Gucci goes like totally 80s in Milan
Gucci's Alessandro Michele unveiled on Wednesday a loud and proud ode to the 1980s on the opening day of the latest Milan Fashion Week, with big bangs, square suits and...
'Cyberchondria' costs the UK health service £56m a year
Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise...
French fashion giants LVMH, Kering ban ultra-thin models
A host of French-owned fashion labels spanning Christian Dior to Saint Laurent pledged Wednesday to ban ultra-thin models from their advertising and catwalk shows in...
Discover Jordan, the gem on our doorstep
Summer may almost be over, but there’s still time for a final quick getaway, and those looking to travel without going through the hassle of getting a visa need look no...
In London, Kane, Erdem mix it up
London Fashion Week roared into its fourth day Monday with Christopher Kane showing his signature sexy style, Erdem emphasizing retro glamour and Emilia Wickstead...
Craft beers trickle into Dubai
At Dubai’s Black Tap restaurant, the Americana doesn’t stop at the hamburgers cooking on the grill or hip-hop pumping from the speakers.
Armani says successor need not be Italian
Octogenarian fashion designer Giorgio Armani said Monday the image of his brand might benefit if he picked a successor, who did not necessarily have to be Italian, for...
Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise in "cyberchondria"
3 scientists, Planned Parenthood win Lasker medical prizes
Two scientists who paved the way for widely used vaccines and another who discovered key players in cell growth have been awarded prestigious medical research awards
Zika virus could offer new tool to fight brain cancer
The Zika virus can wreak havoc on the brain of a developing fetus, but its destructive power may also be harnessed to fight a stubborn form of adult brain cancer,...
US clears gene therapy for childhood leukemia
Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of...
Summer may almost be over, but there’s still time for a final quick getaway, and those looking to travel without going through the hassle of getting a visa need look no further than the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Brazilian Festival opening full of flair
On a mild Friday evening, guests arriving at a terrace overlooking the bay were welcomed by the cawing of parakeets, lovebirds and parrots, and plied with trays of...
The sporting hero that Lebanon lost and forgot
The shop run by Tareq Abou Zahab feels smaller than it is.
A father’s bookish vision brought to life
In April 2016, for the first time in years, Lana Halabi stepped into her father’s store – a space that had become a treasure trove of literature and knick-knacks over...
Festival brings Formula 1, Supercars to Beirut
Formula One style racing came to Beirut Waterfront Thursday afternoon for the latest extravagant event of the #WeDreamLebanon festival.
Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday.
Cassini spacecraft burns up in the skies of Saturn
NASA said Friday Cassini spacecraft has burned up in the skies over Saturn as planned, ending a 20-year mission to circle Saturn and transform the way we think about...
Apple unveils iPhone X in major product launch
Apple Inc. Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive...
iPhone X puts exclamation point on pricing strategy
Apple has made a luxury iPhone that punctuates its technological swagger with a high-priced exclamation point. And that exclamation point appears to be a sign of things...
Dutch engineer aims high with green roof design
Standing between raised beds of plants on top of a ex-naval hospital, Joris Voeten can look across to the garden, cafe and terrace that decorate the sloping roof of...
An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the ’60s is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues – with a little help from its jet-set visitors.
I keep munchies in my car, along with bottles of water and tissues.
Buyers beware of bargain cars after U.S. storms
If you’re in the market for a pre-owned car, perhaps a recently imported one that hasn’t yet been exposed to the “trials” that comprise motoring in Lebanon, be aware...
Aventador S gets second life with radical refresh
I’ve had a passion for automobiles ever since I was a toddler.
Durability, reliability are very different things
My petrol-head friends and I have a topic that we frequently rehash: That they don’t make cars like they used to.
Top eight picks for reliable cars under $20,000
One of the consequences of living in a country with a laughable private sector salary scale as well as high car tariffs and registration is that we don’t all have the...