The party of Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won municipal elections seen as a key step in the country's transition to democracy from the authoritarian rule of ousted strongman Blaise Compaore
Philippines' Duterte apologises for captive Canadian's beheading by militants
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to the Canadian prime minister for the beheading of a Canadian by an Islamist militant group, saying he would...
Car bomb kills 3 security force members in Turkey's mainly Kurdish region
A car bomb attack on a gendarmes station in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast killed three members of the security forces and wounded three others on Wednesday,...
Leaked ISIS documents to be used in French extremist trial
French prosecutors will use leaked ISIS documents to help identify seven suspected extremists going on trial next week, including the brother of a Paris attacker,...
Gunman from Hezbollah-linked group behind firefighter's death
The Internal Security Forces have identified the suspect behind the gunfire that killed a Beirut firefighter earlier this month as a member of a Hezbollah-linked armed...
Biden urges Cyprus leaders to resume talks
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to resume settlement negotiations during separate...
UN chief urges dialogue with N. Korea
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged a return to talks with North Korea, during a visit to South Korea that has fueled speculation of his presidential...
Japan's Abe takes G7 leaders to shrine as economy tops summit agenda
Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe escorted Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site Thursday before a summit covering topics from risks to the...
A car bomb attack on a gendarmes station in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast killed three members of the security forces and wounded three others on Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said.
UN's Ban wants to ramp up Yemen peace effort
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing a plan to beef up the U.N. mediation in Yemen to overcome deep differences in peace talks, according to a letter...
Sudan accuses UN official of 'false' reports on displaced
Sudan Wednesday accused a senior United Nations humanitarian affairs official it effectively expelled of having filed "false reports" about people displaced by conflict...
Instagram account for Iranian general briefly inaccessible
An Instagram account associated with a powerful general who leads an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard briefly was inaccessible on the application.
The Internal Security Forces have identified the suspect behind the gunfire that killed a Beirut firefighter earlier this month as a member of a Hezbollah-linked armed group, a security source said.
Lebanon marks 16th Liberation Day anniversary
Lebanon Wednesday commemorated the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from the country, known as Resistance and Liberation Day.
Body of man in 70s dumped on roadside near Beirut
The body of an old man was discovered south of Beirut, local media reports said Wednesday.
Hariri urges political factions to end presidential vacuum
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called on Lebanon’s political factions to end the presidential vacuum as the country officially completed two years in the absence of...
Hezbollah destroys Nusra tank on Lebanon-Syria border
Hezbollah targeted a Nusra Front vehicle along the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday, killing everyone inside, media affiliated with the party said.
The creation of an economic zone in Tripoli would benefit the area and the rest of Lebanon and would bring in additional investments, the head of the board of directors of Tripoli’s economic zone said Tuesday.
Insurance companies should get bigger: Mirza
Only insurance companies with a minimum capital of $10 million must be allowed to operate in Lebanon, said Asaad Mirza, president of the Association of Insurance...
Arab Bank settlement over militant attacks tied to U.S. appeal
Arab Bank Plc's agreement to settle litigation brought by Americans who accused it of facilitating militant attacks in Israel is linked to the outcome of an appeal of a...
In Iran, dividends of deal slow to show
Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to...
Disney ditches its iconic dollar
The iconic home of Mickey Mouse said Wednesday it would no longer print and sell its beloved currency, the Disney dollar, sparking a buying frenzy among collectors
Salameh vows to sustain anti-terror fight
The Central Bank will continue to issue regulations and circulars to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, Gov. Riad Salameh said Monday.
Lebanon lifted bank secrecy in 28 cases
Lebanon lifted banking secrecy on 28 bank accounts in 2015 as part of efforts to combat money laundering, terrorism funding, fraud and financial embezzlement.
Banking sector stable but weak: Fitch
score well on risk, but research still finds them lacking
Arab Bank Plc's agreement to settle litigation brought by Americans who accused it of facilitating militant attacks in Israel is linked to the outcome of an appeal of a jury's 2014 verdict finding it liable, according to a court filing
Qatar energy minister wants ‘fair’ oil price
The oil market is slowly recovering from its steep drop over the past two years but crude is still not trading at a “fair price” to encourage necessary investment,...
Dubai to stretch waterfront into city with canal
Waterfront homes and floating restaurants in the heart of downtown are part of Dubai’s latest effort to enhance its attraction as a tourist destination.
Bahrain wealth fund to invest over $400M abroad
Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund plans to invest over $400 million this year on international deals as it seeks to further diversify away from domestic assets, said the...
EU to pursue checks on web platform deals with businesses
With ECB powers limited, Europe needs more integration: policymakers
The European Union needs more growth to restore people's confidence but monetary policy is nearing its limits so more integration is needed, top European central...
Royal Dutch Shell says to axe further 2,200 jobs
Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell Wednesday said it was cutting at least another 2,200 jobs owing to low oil prices and following its takeover of smaller rival BG Group
IMF prods France to reform
France’s economy is not recovering quickly enough to cut unemployment and debt significantly, and will not do so without further reforms, the International Monetary...
Now, after results from three sets of municipal elections have rolled in, one thing is certainly clear: the word “tsunami” must be struck from the Lebanese political vocabulary.
Men of good will
Relations between Islam and Christianity have throughout history had periods of peaceful coexistence and others marred by differences.
Brazil’s salvation: It’s not the economy, stupid!
In his first speech as the new acting president of Brazil, Michel Temer said on May 12 that he would form a government of “national salvation.”
We must learn from young Batoul
From the battlegrounds of the Middle-East, come exemplary stories of courage and resolve that we must all listen to and learn from.
Fighting for a nation called Syria
The raw Sunni recruits in crisp camouflage uniforms, popping off rounds at the firing range at a U.S. training camp here, illustrate the dilemma for the U.S. as it...
U.S. change of tack?
The secret to visit to Syria by Gen. Joseph Votel, commanding general of U.S. Central Command, warrants several interpretations and messages at this critical juncture...
Beware the Kardashian
Steeped in a centuries-old legacy of cultural, social and scientific innovation, Iran and the Persian Empire before it has a history of making an indelible mark on the...
A prudent game plan
After two years of political bickering over polls and outrageous interpretations of the Constitution that reached a deadlock, the maestro has stepped in and thrown the...
The targeting of Mullah Mansour
The history of Afghanistan is full of monumental mistakes by foreign forces, however well meaning their intentions, who temporarily occupied the land or allied with...
Hiroshima visit with or without remorse?
The announcement that U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan later this month will include a stop in Hiroshima is welcome news.
Would you rather lose your job or your country?
As my father checks in our luggage in Maiquetia airport in Caracas, Venezuela, I look at my plane ticket that shows my next destination – Beirut, Lebanon
The raw Sunni recruits in crisp camouflage uniforms, popping off rounds at the firing range at a U.S. training camp here, illustrate the dilemma for the U.S. as it seeks to form a strong military force to drive Daesh (ISIS) from its capital, Raqqa.
Will we attack our defects as we battle Daesh?
Two years or so since Daesh (ISIS) declared itself and its caliphate in parts of northern Syria and Iraq, we are now finally approaching the moment when decisive,...
Taking the fight to Daesh’s backyard
Amid hedgerows of computer screens in the joint operations center that runs the war against Daesh (ISIS), Marine Brig. Gen. Bill Mullen explains the complex assault...
Diplomats get punished for doing their jobs
On Oct. 21, 2014, Robin Raphel, a former assistant secretary of state, got an urgent call from her daughter, who said that something had triggered the burglar alarm at...
A critical Palestinian shift worth watching
On this 68th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel and the exile and refugeehood of half the Palestinian Arab population of 1948, Israelis, Zionists and...
Rafael Benitez has signed a three-year contract to stay on as Newcastle United manager, after agreeing to lead their quest for an immediate return to the Premier League, the club said Wednesday.
Messi in Argentina for pre-Copa friendly
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi joined the Argentina squad on Wednesday as it prepared for a friendly with Honduras ahead of next month's Copa America tournament, the...
Djokovic, Serena cruise as Kerber, Azarenka out
Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his bid for a first French Open title with a routine victory while Serena Williams began the defense of her crown, but Australian Open...
Wawrinka escapes historic blow
Stan Wawrinka avoided becoming the first defending champion to lose first round at the French Open Monday when he battled past combative Lukas Rosol in five tough sets.
Cavaliers rebound at home to rout Raptors
LeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto...
Ronaldo trains ahead of Champions League final
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo alleviated concerns over his fitness ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid as the three-time World...
Giggs' dilemma: Fly solo or keep waiting at Man United?
A banner draped over one of the giant stands at Old Trafford reads: "Giggs - Tearing You Apart Since 1991"
Schweinsteiger expects to be fit for Euros
Ascona, Switzerland, May 25, 2016 (AFP) - Bastian SchweBastian Schweinsteiger said Wednesday he would recover from a knee injury in time to captain Germany at the...
Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his bid for a first French Open title with a routine victory while Serena Williams began the defense of her crown, but Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber crashed out Tuesday.
No roof at French Open before 2020
Year after year, as rain affects the schedule and players spend long hours waiting in the locker rooms, a key question keeps coming up at the French Open: Why isn’t...
Murray battles past Stepanek in cliffhanger
Andy Murray survived a nervy fifth-set decider against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek to complete a 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 comeback win and scrape into the French Open...
Kyrgios lights up damp day at French Open
seed mainly let his
racket do the talking during the game
LeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday
Cavs loss puts LeBron’s streak in jeopardy
LeBron James has had a standing reservation with the NBA Finals for five consecutive years but the best player of his generation is suddenly in jeopardy of seeing his...
Wilting Warriors need to find quick fix for playoff problems
The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the...
Cavs loss puts LeBron's Finals streak in jeopardy
Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavs to tie series
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern...
Ten medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high-jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples, state television reported Tuesday.
Scandal-hit Tokyo seeks crumbs of comfort from IOC
Beleaguered Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers will be hoping for some warm words of comfort from the International Olympic Committee when senior officials arrive for talks...
McIlroy may skip Rio Games over Zika fears
Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide if he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world No. 3 could now miss golf’s return to the Games...
Brother of Brussels suicide bomber set for Rio Olympics
Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels suicide bombers, has won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships and is now set to compete for Belgium at the...
Swede Sjostrom ready to smash her 100 fly record
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom reckons her 100 meters butterfly world record is on borrowed time ahead of the Rio Olympics because she believes she can go significantly faster
Jorge Lorenzo overtook Marc Marquez at the line to win the Italian MotoGP Sunday, as home favorite Valentino Rossi retired with a mechanical problem
Bodyguard not needed in Rossi's backyard, says Marquez
Spanish rider Marc Marquez says MotoGP has gone too far in providing bodyguards for himself and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo as protection from Italian fans at rival...
Mercedes bring in Wehrlein for second F1 test day
Formula One world champions Mercedes made a surprise switch to their test arrangements Wednesday, bringing in Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein for the second day in...
Resurgent Red Bull have plenty in the pipeline
Red Bull are hoping that engine and chassis upgrades will help them beat Ferrari and Formula One champions Mercedes more often after Max Verstappen’s Spanish Grand Prix...
Verstappen makes Formula One history
Mercedes drivers Hamilton, Rosberg collide and crash out on the opening lap
It’s a bit of bad timing for “X-Men: Apocalypse,” coming third in this summer’s superhero lineup.
Photo exhibit shows Yellowstone changes over 140 years
An upcoming exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole will show how Yellowstone National Park has changed over more than 140 years
Carroll's fantasy world returns in "Alice Through the Looking Glass"
Lewis Carroll's much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in "Alice Through the Looking Glass", going through a mirror and then...
Cranston goes All the Way in LBJ role
For five seasons of “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston displayed his versatility through the dramatic evolution of his character, Walter White, from milquetoast...
Punk rockers Misfits to reunite after three decades
Misfits, whose horror film-inspired punk rock became a major influence on heavy metal but who became embroiled in legal feuds, are reuniting for the first time in 33...
Verhoeven’s rape tale hands woman the power
A twisted rape thriller by “Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven drew rave reviews Saturday in Cannes as one of two films about a woman trying to prise back control...
Lebanon’s Critics’ Week entry wins the Rail D’Or
The winners of Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique competition were awarded Friday evening, with “Tramontane,” the feature film debut of Lebanon’s Vatche Boulghourjian...
Looking through another’s eyes
Writers gather to
discuss how literature illuminates the
experiences of others
Lewis Carroll's much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in "Alice Through the Looking Glass", going through a mirror and then travelling back in time to help her friend, the flamboyant Mad Hatter
Netflix recreates drug lord Escobar’s death
Studio draws on vast research to paint
accurate, nuanced portrait of kingpin
Kevin Spacey mocks Trump at fundraiser
Kevin Spacey bashed Donald Trump during an AIDS fundraiser, saying he would enjoy visiting a place with “so many casinos to bankrupt.”
Neighbors 2: A funny but ill-conceived retread
In Nicholas Stoller’s sequel to his 2014 “Neighbors,” even the with-it girls – the ones too freethinking to join a cookie-cutter sorority – are so dumb they make the...
Misfits, whose horror film-inspired punk rock became a major influence on heavy metal but who became embroiled in legal feuds, are reuniting for the first time in 33 years.
Axl Rose to make debut with AC/DC at Lisbon concert
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will make his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock...
Radiohead social media goes blank, raising album hopes
Radiohead's social media profiles went blank Monday as speculation mounted that the British band was about to release a new album
A former model who claims Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 has filed a lawsuit against the comedian and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
Country music legend Guy Clark dead at 74
Country legend Guy Clark, whose vivid tales of lonesome characters and the rough Texas landscape inspired generations of songwriters, died Tuesday. He was 74.
JK Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian work
J.K. Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump
Chicago-area police issue Sinead O'Connor well-being check
Police in suburban Chicago have put out a well-being check for Irish singer and musician Sinead O'Connor.
Woody Allen’s Cannes nightmare
Cannes may be the world’s most glamorous film festival, but for veteran American director Woody Allen, whose “Cafe Society” opened the jamboree Wednesday, it is a trial...
Encouraging people to eat a low-fat diet is making Britain’s weight problem worse not better, and having a disastrous impact on health, two anti-obesity campaign groups said Monday.
Millions dished out for rare Burgundy in Geneva
A Geneva auction house raked in more than $4 million Sunday for a collection of “grand crus” from Burgundy’s renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate.
'Inventive' Neanderthals may have been first cave dwellers: study
Long thought of as thick-skulled brutes, Neanderthals were building complex underground structures by firelight, possibly for rituals as far back as 176,500 years ago,...
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth
One-hundred-thousand laps around Earth, and the International Space Station is still sailing right along.
Denim: The look of the summer
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Egypt’s 1st woman rally driver, a winner
When Yara Shalaby got lost in the desert during her first race, she felt she had handed victory to all those who had mocked her decision to become Egypt’s first woman...
Central Park reopens secret sanctuary
Eighty years after it was shut off to the world, New York has reopened a secret woodland sanctuary a stone’s throw from Fifth Avenue, just in time for summer.
Luxury wines go to ‘unique’ auction
More than 1,400 bottles of “grand crus” from Burgundy’s renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to...
Long thought of as thick-skulled brutes, Neanderthals were building complex underground structures by firelight, possibly for rituals as far back as 176,500 years ago, a study asserted Wednesday.
NASA says 1,284 new planets found by Kepler telescope
NASA Tuesday announced the discovery of 1,284 new planets outside our solar system, more than doubling the number of known exoplanets found with the Kepler space...
Scientists peel back the carrot's genetic secrets
Scientists have gotten to the root of the carrot, genetically speaking
NASA announced Tuesday the discovery of 1,284 new planets outside our solar system, more than doubling the number of exoplanets found with the Kepler space telescope.
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Marathon challenge raises autism awareness
Grace, Sandra, Sonia, Nadine, Houry and Laura have one thing in common: a passion for running. While some team members have been running for years, others only took to...
Sporty looks jog into summer fashion scene
Silk museum reemerges from winter cocoon
In the tranquil setting of Aley’s Bsous is nestled the historically rich Silk Museum that offers a look into a past when silk production was a major, thriving industry...
Heating up the Beirut night, one step at a time
Saturday afternoon I found myself entering the LAU campus near Hamra to make my first foray into tango, an art I knew nothing about apart from the few ideas in my mind,...
A busy street connecting downtown Denver to the interstate, roaring with trucks and running alongside railroad tracks, might not sound like a trendy neighborhood in the making.
Sandringham: British royals’ much-loved retreat
It is unique among royal residences, a country retreat that is the private property of Queen Elizabeth II, a place at once so private and so beguiling that King George...
In Jordan’s spring, hints of human history
For a brief time, Jordan’s eastern desert blooms.
Critics question mine exploration near Alaska eagle preserve
In early winter, after most tourists have fled Alaska, another kind of visitor flies in: bald eagles, up to 4,000 of them.
Albania hopes to lure tourists with Communist nuclear bunker
Who doesn't want to see a formerly top-secret Communist nuclear bunker?
British motoring show "Top Gear" roars back onto television screens this weekend with a new line-up of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programs.
Hyundai Creta: Budget crossover you’ve waited for
This isn’t the first time I drive the Hyundai Creta; I sort of tried it once before, several months ago, for all of three minutes, and only around the Hyundai...
Hyundai raids Bentley to turbo-charge Genesis luxury drive
After poaching Bentley's design chief last year, Hyundai Motor Co said on Monday that it has also secured the services of the luxury marque's exterior designer.
Harley Low Rider, Roadster: 1 brand, 2 identities
MARSEILLE, France: Before last week I had never sat atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Never cared to. The weight and bulkiness of a cruiser, the low seating position,...
BMW veers in new direction with X1 crossover
The world, it appears, wants crossovers, and the more the better.
A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said Monday.
Data shows Zika virus stays longer in urine than blood: US CDC
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its diagnostic testing guidelines for the Zika virus Tuesday, based on early data showing that it can be...
Study suggests fake sweetener link to infant size, obesity
Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened beverages may be more likely to have overweight infants than women who do not, a study suggested Monday
World must tighten laws on breast-milk substitutes: UN report
Legislation against the promotion of breast milk substitutes must be significantly tightened if global efforts to encourage breast feeding are to succeed, a U.N. report...
Scientists using smartphone app warn of 'global sleep crisis'
Social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep, contributing to a "global sleep crisis," according to a new study based on research collected through a...