Hezbollah gained more ground on the northeastern Lebanese border with Syria over the weekend, as part of its offensive launched Friday against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham positions on the Arsal outskirts.
Arsal officials’ silence seen as ‘tacit approval’
President Michel Aoun and senior government officials have so far kept mum on Hezbollah’s military offensive against militants holed up on the rugged terrain of the...
8 dead in US truck in suspected trafficking case
Eight people were found dead Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of...
Headway on AIDS threatened by funding slowdown
Progress in beating back the AIDS epidemic risks being eroded by a funding shortfall set to grow under Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to global health projects, experts...
Don’t meddle in our affairs, Erdogan tells Berlin
Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey’s domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the...
Diaspora returns for dabke competittion
Jacqueline Martinez took her first steps on Lebanese soil in a dabke line.
ICRC offers aid in Arsal
International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) teams have been providing humanitarian and medical aid to Arsal since the offensive began on Friday, ICRC head in Lebanon...
Rai decries poor state performance
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Sunday blasted Lebanese state officials for under-performance in running public affairs
Eight people were found dead Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of “ruthless” human traffickers.
U.K. to tighten drone rules after near misses
British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation.
Afghan police search for kidnapped villagers
Afghan police Sunday launched a search operation for some 30 villagers still missing two days after a mass kidnapping blamed on Taliban in the southern province of...
BBC women want wide gender pay gap fixed now
Some of the BBC’s most prominent female journalists and TV presenters are banding together to demand that the broadcaster fix its wide gender pay gap immediately rather...
Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey’s domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency.
Al-Azhar sets up religious booths in Cairo metro
Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s foremost religious institution, has set up booths in Cairo metro stations to provide religious edicts to commuters.
Egypt forces kill eight militants at camp
Egyptian security forces have killed eight suspected Islamist militants belonging to the Hasm Movement in what officials said was a training camp in a southern desert...
Daesh corpses await recovery from Libya
Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Daesh (ISIS) in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities...
Bridge sole link for Mosul residents
On a pontoon bridge connecting east and west Mosul, residents of a city shattered by the battle to expel Daesh (ISIS) cross back and forth trying to rebuild their lives...
Lebanon’s private sector is up in arms after Parliament endorsed new taxes and approved the salary scale for civil servants and public school teachers.
New taxes could reduce banks’ profitability
The newly endorsed taxes will probably affect Lebanese banks’ consolidated profits in the coming years but will not dissuade lenders from financing the state’s needs,...
Why be a buyer of Saudi Aramco IPO
Like cats transfixed by a pigeon, the world’s bankers are quivering in anticipation of next year’s initial public offering by Saudi Aramco, the state oil group.
IMF sees Saudi growth close to zero on oil prices
Saudi Arabia’s economy will stall this year with growth “close to zero” due to lower oil revenue, the International Monetary Fund said.
Pizza brands battle for Russian far-flung regions
Global pizza brands Domino’s and Papa John’s are preparing an assault on Russia’s provinces, betting they can turn a profit far from Moscow as online card payments...
Household sentiment decline reflects discontent
The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index dropped by 6.3 percent in the second quarter of the year compared to the previous quarter due to the decline in household...
Illegal seaside ventures post challenge for fines
The newly endorsed fines on seaside properties will test the government’s determination to collect long overdue money from investors who profited for over 20 years from...
EDL boosts electricity production to new high
Lebanon’s electricity production has exceeded 2,200 megawatts from 1,650 and 1,700 MW just a few months ago, state-owned Electricite du Liban said in a statement Monday.
DAE raises $2.3B in bonds for AWAS deal
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has priced $2.3 billion in senior bonds split across three tranches, the company said Sunday.
Saudi Arabia curtails crude flow to U.S.
Saudi Arabia is making good on promises to curtail oil shipments to the United States with the likely intention of draining visible inventories and support prices.
JPMorgan, Citi expect Mideast bonds slow
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., the biggest debt arrangers in the Middle East and North Africa, expect regional sales to slow for the rest of the year after...
Global pizza brands Domino’s and Papa John’s are preparing an assault on Russia’s provinces, betting they can turn a profit far from Moscow as online card payments become more widespread and consumers get to know foreign brands better.
Fox: Reaching U.S. trade deal won’t be easy
Removing commercial barriers with the U.S. could generate an additional 40 billion pounds ($52 billion) in trade with the U.K. by 2030, Trade Secretary Liam Fox said...
After the Trump trade, markets bet on inaction
The president struggles to legislate, but might manage to hurt trade.
Nigeria’s ex-minister battles slew of graft cases
Nigeria’s former oil minister faces charges only at home but her name crops up in a growing number of international cases that lift the lid on the scale of alleged...
EU warns on not applying money laundering rules
Brussels has rebuked national governments in the EU for failing to apply rules aimed at making it harder for terror organisations and criminal gangs to hide their money...
Israel’s outrageous actions have gone so far beyond its typical aggression that even the derelict Arab League has finally spoken, accusing the Jewish state of playing with fire and warning that Jerusalem is a red line.
An Army to be proud of
The clashes seen Friday around Arsal and the Lebanese-Syrian border are in no way a surprise.
The rising wave of anti-vaxxing
Unfounded skepticism about vaccines in some communities, in developing and developed countries alike, has emerged in recent years as one of the most serious impediments...
The Middle East’s next war
With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, Daesh (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past.
Donald Trump’s lost opportunity
There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity.
Just ink on paper
The real tragedy in America’s decision to renege on its commitment to aid Syria’s moderate rebels lies in the fact that the move surprised no one.
A political travesty
At times of heightened political interest, naysayers, party puppets, ambitious politicians and some of the more subjective media search for controversy wherever they...
A start, and a good one
The voyage of the salary scale has finally come to an end.
Unfounded skepticism about vaccines in some communities, in developing and developed countries alike, has emerged in recent years as one of the most serious impediments to global progress in public health.
Urfa: Aspirations and education meet
Since the year 2011 ]the world has been witnessing the biggest displacement crisis since World War II.
Britain’s European ties that bind
Since the official start of Brexit negotiations last month, attention has been focused largely on the most contentious issues: How much the United Kingdom owes to the...
A ‘Macroneconomic’ revolution?
Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on Aug. 9, 2007, when Banque Nationale de Paris announced that the value of...
Star-crossed history of CIA paramilitary action
What did the CIA’s covert assistance program for Syrian rebels accomplish?
Is there a role for political Islam?
The diplomatic machinations that have enveloped Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar may seem like a membership feud in a Gulf club for the wealthy.
Cooperation with Russia: The right step in Syria?
When Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin Friday in Hamburg, Germany, the two presidents should have had in the back of their minds the insignia worn by the Syrian...
Daesh after Raqqa
On June 6, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the launch of the battle to liberate Raqqa from Daesh (ISIS).
Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record.
Spurs open preseason with 4-2 win over PSG
ORLANDO Harry Kane’s penalty helped Tottenham Hotspur start their preseason preparations in emphatic fashion as French champions Paris St. Germain imploded in Orlando.
Roddick reflects on career
International tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick said Saturday he was honored to have played in the era of the Big Four, but also acknowledged that they caused...
Wimbledon trophy Federer’s hangover cure
Croaky and hungover, Roger Federer could barely recall where he had been as he celebrated until dawn.
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball posts triple-double, in Adidas
Lonzo Ball had another strong performance in the NBA Summer League, this time in another brand of footwear.
U.S. down Costa Rica to reach Gold Cup final
Clint Dempsey’s milestone goal sealed the U.S.’ 2-0 victory over Costa Rica Saturday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Dallas, Texas.
Danilo joins Manchester City from Real Madrid
Danilo will be fulfilling his ambition to play under Pep Guardiola after signing for Manchester City from Real Madrid Sunday.
Salvadoran players banned after biting incidents
Henry Romero received a six-game ban and Darwin Ceren for three Saturday for “anti-sporting” behavior in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in which they bit U.S. players.
International tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick said Saturday he was honored to have played in the era of the Big Four, but also acknowledged that they caused him no end of frustration in his career.
Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon
Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who...
Muguruza eyes more trophies, not rankings
Newly crowned Wimbledon women’s champion Garbine Muguruza says she would rather be ranked 10th in the world and win more Grand Slams than focus on reaching the top of...
Roger Federer, from Mr. Angry to Mr. Perfect
From racket-smashing enfant terrible with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected sporting role model and modern icon, Roger Federer has come a...
Harden signs extension in richest NBA deal ever
James Harden became a star in Houston, and now he’s ready to call the city home.
Iguodala sticks to Warriors, Tucker joins Rockets
Free agent swingman Andre Iguodala has agreed on a three-year deal to remain with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, with the 33-year-old reserve confirming the...
Curry inks $200 million deal with Warriors
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has clinched a new five-year deal worth $201 million, the richest contract in NBA history, ESPN reported on Friday
Rockets to take Chris Paul, Jackson leaves Knicks
A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
Katie Ledecky is off to a golden start at the world championships. Make that a double gold start.
Jordan’s wild journey: Spieth wins British Open
Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion, just like expected. Not like anyone could have imagined.
Kuchar ‘crushed’ by defeat to Spieth at Birkdale
American Matt Kuchar said he was “crushed” after he lost out by three strokes to compatriot Jordan Spieth in a classic head-to-head battle at the British Open Sunday.
Vindicated Froome heading for Tour yellow record
When Chris Froome rolled over the line on the Champs Elysees in Paris Sunday to win his fourth Tour de France he took another step closer to greatness.
Near-perfect Froome claims fourth Tour title
Chris Froome put on a near perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and move within one title of cycling’s greatest Sunday as Team Sky tightened their...
Lewis Hamilton has hinted he could walk away from Formula One at the end of the season, while also indicating it was highly unlikely.
Hamilton slashes Vettel’s lead to one point
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row Sunday while a penultimate-lap puncture slashed Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a...
Hamilton reigns at Silverstone to cut Vettel lead
Lewis Hamilton swept to his fourth consecutive victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday to move within a single point of world championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Bottas doubles up in Silverstone practice
In-form Valtteri Bottas registered a “double top” ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to confirm his title credentials in Friday’s opening practice sessions ahead...
Motor racing-Hamilton on pole for home British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home British Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Saturday with a sensational lap that left him one step away from...
Malaysia has banned "Despacito" on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song's record-breaking popularity
N.Y. museum honors Muppetmeister Jim Henson
Jim Henson, the relentless innovator who gave the world Kermit the Frog and “The Muppet Show,” is getting a permanent tribute in New York, nearly 30 years after his...
Baby Driver is toe-tapping, engine-revving jolt
There’s nothing like an epic getaway chase to kick a movie into high gear, and the first five minutes of “Baby Driver” are pure movie magic.
R.L. Stine talks ‘Goosebumps’
“Goosebumps” creator R.L. Stine got a surprise during his first trip to San Diego Comic-Con.
Netflix makes ‘Hall H’ debut with big budget
Imagine “End of Watch” with orcs and fairies and magic.
Jim Henson, the relentless innovator who gave the world Kermit the Frog and “The Muppet Show,” is getting a permanent tribute in New York, nearly 30 years after his death.
Exhumation of Dali remains finds moustache intact
Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test – a move that...
Besson’s Valerian struggles for liftoff
When even most of the good spectacles carry a strong whiff of prepackaging, try taking in the air of Luc Besson’s sci-fi extravaganza “Valerian and the City of a...
Syrian Billy Elliot dances his way to a new life
From Palmyra to Paris, Ahmad Joudeh, the Syrian Billy Elliot, is set on showing the real image of his country and erasing the horrors of Daesh (ISIS).
GoT creators look to alternate U.S. Civil War
The creators of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has neither dragons nor an undead...
John Lasseter: Disney man to infinity and beyond
When John Lasseter was in high school, he was astonished to discover that people could make money from drawing.
Theron on a mission to defy gender norms
Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron said she hoped to even the playing field in the male-dominated spy film genre with her latest role as a deadly agent in...
R&B star R. Kelly on Monday denied explosive allegations that he was holding women in virtual slavery with control over all aspects of their lives
Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89
Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile...
Pop star Beyonce posts first pictures of twins on Instagram
Pop star Beyonce posted the first pictures of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, in an Instagram post on Friday
Topless protesters disrupt Woody Allen concert in Germany
Topless activists interrupted a concert by Woody Allen in Germany, calling for an end to the "culture of silence" around sexual abuse allegations against the US director
Baalbeck festival honors composer Romeo Lahoud
Baalbeck International Music Festival Friday debutted with a ‘Lebanese night’ and an honorary ceremony for renowned music composer and playwright Romeo Lahoud
HIV experts at an international conference starting on Saturday are keenly courting colleagues in oncology to explore whether advances in harnessing the immune system against cancer can help the search for a cure for AIDS.
Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise
The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since...
‘Let 1994 go’: Simpson racial symbolism, a relic
Justin Zimmerman was a 7-year-old black boy in Moreno Valley, California, when O.J. Simpson was on trial for murder.
Retro trend lights up London’s neon labyrinth
Whether in search of a glowing skull or a bright red heart, God’s Own Junkyard in London is a maze of multicolored neon of all shapes and sizes which is thriving on its...
Peregrine falcon dies after flying into UC Berkeley window
One of two baby peregrine falcons born on the University of California, Berkeley campus died after flying into a window, university officials said Wednesday
Living healthily, learning more could cut dementia cases by a third
Learning new things, eating and drinking well, not smoking and limiting hearing loss and loneliness could prevent a third of dementia cases, health experts said Thursday
Are asteroids humanity’s ‘greatest challenge?’
Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species...
Something fishy: Thai doctors battle cancer-causing fish dish
It wasn’t until he got to medical school that Narong Khuntikeo finally discovered what caused the liver cancer that took both of his parents’ lives: their lunch.
Syrian barber creates art on clients’ heads
In a city full of hair stylists, Muhannad Khaled Omar stands out. Omar, 26, is a Palestinian-Syrian stylist known for shaving celebrity portraits into clients’ hair.
Battering rams of the Arctic: Icebreakers
When ice floes stretch to the horizon in the Arctic Circle, threatening to strand ships, icebreakers are in their element.
Northwest Passage’s history marked by death
Explorers had long speculated about the existence of an Arctic route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and would avoid the long journey around South...
Britain's Natural History Museum unveils huge whale skeleton
Britain's Natural History Museum in London suspended a gigantic skeleton of a blue whale in its main entrance Thursday, drawing attention to vanishing species in an...
Tech companies wage war on mosquitoes
American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other...
New way to see artery damage before heart disease sets in
Researchers have developed a new way to non-invasively peer into a person's arteries, detect inflammation, and possibly ward off heart disease before it becomes too...
Sexist Silicon Valley culture denounced
A growing chorus of voices denouncing sexist culture is echoing through male-dominated Silicon Valley, knocking a number of internet industry executives from their...
For three weeks, as the Tour de France riders did their thing, a team of Associated Press journalists who followed them valiantly ate and drank their way through the gastronomic offerings along the 3,540-kilometer route.
1983 shouldn’t have been particularly memorable for most people, but for me it was traumatic.
Electric cars in Beirut? The joke of the century
Developments over the past week or so have forced me to come to a startling conclusion: There’s a new crisis heading toward us and it’s unavoidable.
Tesla produces first Model 3 sedan
Electric automaker Tesla has produced its first Model 3 sedan, a highly anticipated car because it carries a relatively low sticker price.
MB 190E 2.5-16 Evo II: Humble start to legend
I’m still feeling nostalgic for the days when the car industry kept us enthralled and wondering what new marvelous machine they would come up with next.
Tesla says its Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday
Electric car maker Tesla says its much-ballyhooed Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday.