Regime and rebel figures will head to Kazakhstan Monday for negotiations on ending Syria’s brutal war, but are arriving with diametrically opposed approaches to the aims of the talks.
Syrians elect first civilian council for Idlib
Syrians in northwestern Idlib cast their ballots Tuesday for members of the first civilian council to run their city, two years after it was overrun by rebels and...
Seoul court considers arrest of Samsung de facto head
A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders,...
Philippine police murdered SKorean businessman: authorities
Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said...
AUB receives largest donation in its history
American University of Beirut announced the largest financial gift in the institution’s history at a ceremony Monday.
Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail
Turkish prosecutors Tuesday demanded up to 142 years in prison for the leader of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party, in a case that has intensified concerns over...
Egypt keen to save Saudi ties after island ruling
Cairo will do all it can to preserve crucial ties with Saudi Arabia, experts say, after an Egyptian court ruled against government plans to transfer control of two...
Renegotiating deal ‘meaningless’: Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday U.S. President-elect Trump cannot unilaterally cancel the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers including...
A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders, on charges of bribery and other offenses
MH370 search ends after nearly three years
The nearly three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended Tuesday, possibly forever – not because investigators have run out of leads, but because the...
Brazil struggles to curb prison violence
Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts...
Putin doubts Trump met with Moscow prostitutes
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he doubted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump had met with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room several years ago, referring...
Row over elections law heats up
President Michel Aoun vowed Tuesday to hold the upcoming parliamentary elections under a new vote law, sending the clearest signal yet of his opposition to keeping the...
Beirut native joins Forbes 30 Under 30 in games
Lebanese-born Khaled Abdel-Rahman made it to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 – Games list, after working on his first professional project with the smash hit Pokemon GO.
Hezbollah seizes crashed Israeli drone
The following security developments took place across Lebanon Tuesday.
Running out of time for a new vote law
Lebanese politicians are running out of time to agree on a new electoral law ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections, given that all reject the idea of extending the...
International ratings agency Moody’s sees growing exposure to sovereign debt in Lebanon following the Central Bank’s recent swap operation that widened lenders’ liabilities to $18 billion from $15 billion at the beginning of 2016.
Hajj Hasan heads industrialists in visit to Aoun
The goal of the Industry Ministry is to reach a GDP of $70 billion to $80 billion in Lebanon with the industry sector representing 15 percent of it, equivalent to $12...
Egypt markets first Eurobonds since 2015
Egypt is pushing ahead with plans to tap overseas bond markets, bolstered by a $12 billion IMF loan – the lender’s largest in the region.
Dubai home prices set for more decline: CBRE
Dubai home prices are set for another year of decline with supply outstripping demand even as developers delay the completion of properties, according to real estate...
Sterling on course for best day since ’98
Sterling Tuesday saw its biggest gains since at least 1998 as Prime Minister Theresa May promised a parliamentary vote on Britain’s deal to leave the EU and sought to...
Lebanon targets 12 pct renewable energy by 2020
Renewable energy in 2020 will represent 12 percent of the country’s total electricity production and this will lead to a drop in the oil bill, said Energy and Water...
Moody’s hails Lebanon’s passage of 2 gas decrees
Moody’s rating agency suggested that the passage of two crucial decrees pertaining to gas exploration could improve Lebanon’s rating.
Gearing up for manufacturing growth in 2017
What’s on tap for Lebanese manufacturers in 2017? Nothing but net (profits, that is) as manufacturers kick off the year with an optimistic eye to the future.
Ship insurers to resume coverage for Iran oil
Global shipping insurers have devised a way to ensure nearly full coverage for Iranian oil exports from next month after striking a deal to provide cover without...
Egypt fixes customs dollar exchange rate
Egypt will fix its customs dollar exchange rate and adjust it on a monthly basis to help importers better cope with pricing of their products after the central bank...
Sisi: Pound can hit ‘fair value’ in six months
The Egyptian pound can attain its “fair value” in about six months, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said, trying to reassure his anxious nation that a price surge since...
Sterling Tuesday saw its biggest gains since at least 1998 as Prime Minister Theresa May promised a parliamentary vote on Britain’s deal to leave the EU and sought to draw a line under discussion of a “hard” or “soft” Brexit.
In Davos, Xi makes case for Chinese leadership
Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a vigorous defense of free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos Tuesday in a speech that underscored Beijing’s desire to play...
Davos is on the wrong side of history
Spare a thought for the Davos delegates traveling to the World Economic Forum this week.
IFC, WEF partner to support MENA entrepreneurship
The International Finance Corporation Tuesday signed an agreement designed to support entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa.
Spanish bankers with golden parachutes land in jail
A Spanish court has jailed five former executives who got millions in severance pay from a struggling bank that later had to be nationalized, a first in a country still...
There is no doubt that the Turkish authorities must be commended for finding the man responsible for the Reina nightclub attack and taking him into custody alive.
It’s now or never
This week Parliament is slated for two legislative sessions to address a 47-item agenda full of pressing issues.
Karoshi and the call for a cognitive revolution
“It’s 4 a.m., my body’s trembling ... I’m going to die. I’m so tired ... I want to die ... I’m physically and mentally shattered.”
Advising Trump on Syria
The incoming president and his national security team suffer no shortage of free advice on a full range of national security and foreign policy issues.
Trump can’t easily undo climate change progress
If you’re worried about climate change, it’s scary to think that the incoming Trump administration could reverse gains made in recent years.
Practice what you preach
Reports emerged Sunday that Russia is seeking to upgrade its Hmeimin air base near Latakia and naval base in Tartous, cementing its presence in Syria.
Travesty in Paris
Though the Paris Middle East conference might look like politics, actually it is tragedy and farce.
The devil is in the details
The drafting of a new electoral law is being treated by some politicians like a crossword puzzle.
The Trump deficit
It is a post-financial-crisis myth that austerity-minded conservative governments always favor fiscal prudence, while redistribution-oriented progressives view large...
UNSC Resolution 2334: Why history matters
On Dec. 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, stating that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of...
The struggle for Syria goes on
Ever since the state was formed in the 1920s, the struggle for Syria began.
How Trump is helping China’s strategy
Donald Trump has perhaps attacked no country as consistently as he has China.
We need to root out the truth on Russia
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters Marcellus as ghosts and mad spirits haunt Elsinore Castle in the first act of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.
The briefing on Russia that Trump should get
I’m glad that Donald Trump finally got a briefing on the unanimous conclusion of America’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind the hacking of...
America is at its greatest when it’s inclusive
For America, 2016 was a dark year.
Essam El Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations as Egypt drew 0-0 with Mali on their return to the tournament Tuesday.
China bid for Costa, Cavani collapse in clampdown
China’s clampdown on big-spending football clubs has scuppered a bid by Tianjin to buy Diego Costa and a host of other Europe-based stars, its chairman said.
Djokovic, Serena share stage with Karlovic
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Australian Open campaigns in style Tuesday as Ivo Karlovic smashed a record 75 aces in an unprecedented, 84-game...
Murray, Federer take step into the unknown
Andy Murray and Roger Federer are both facing unknown quantities as they bid to reach the Australian Open’s third round Wednesday.
Golden State humble LeBron’s Cleveland 126-91
The Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champions.
Zidane leans on squad to bounce back from defeat
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he has no reason to panic and will once again use the depths of his squad against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey Wednesday...
‘Iron Tulip’ Van Gaal to retire
Firebrand manager Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from professional football after more than three decades, citing “family reasons,” a Dutch newspaper...
Zidane leans on squad to bounce back from rare defeat
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Australian Open campaigns in style Tuesday as Ivo Karlovic smashed a record 75 aces in an unprecedented, 84-game marathon.
Federer returns with a win, joins Murray
Roger Federer shanked a few shots and was unsettled by how nervous he felt after six months on the sidelines, despite the familiar surroundings at the Australian Open.
Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his Australian Open title defense in Melbourne Tuesday
Serena swats doubts, Bencic aside to advance
Two matches in four months, a dodgy knee and a sweltering day had doubts swirling around Serena Williams as she took centre court for her first round match against...
Warriors humble Cavaliers 126-91
The Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champions
Dunleavy settles in, Raptors batter Knicks
Mike Dunleavy is fitting in nicely with his new team, scoring a season-high 20 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 Sunday
Suns beat Spurs in Mexico City
Devin Booker scored a career-high 39 points for the second straight game in Mexico City as the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 Saturday in the fifth...
Clippers get their revenge, Suns rally past Spurs
The Los Angeles Clippers avenged a Christmas Day loss with a 113-97 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers in Saturday's rematch at Staples Center arena
Mason Crosby kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Green Bay Packers downed the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in a thrilling NFL playoff battle Sunday.
Jack, DeGale fight to draw
Badou Jack knocked out a tooth and almost knocked out the referee but he couldn’t convince the judges Saturday that he did enough against James DeGale to become the...
Patriots topple Texans, Falcons outgun Seahawks
The New England Patriots advanced to the AFC title game for a record sixth straight time as Dion Lewis scored touchdowns three different ways in a 34-16 win over the...
Storm pips McIlroy for ‘dream’ SA Open win
Graeme Storm of England defeated world No. 2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in a playoff Sunday to win the South African Open 83 days after losing his European Tour...
Lebanese athlete wins two silver medals in ski competition
A Lebanese athlete won second place in an international ski competition, local media said Sunday
Niki Lauda believes new Mercedes signing Valtteri Bottas can be as fast as the man he replaced, retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.
F1 champions Mercedes sign Bottas, Massa returns
Valtteri Bottas replaced retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes Monday, with Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to take the...
Mercedes Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas
Factbox on Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas, who was announced by Mercedes Monday as the replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg.
Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa back at Williams
Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will race alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton at Formula One team Mercedes this season.
Wehrlein joins Sauber, Bottas move imminent
German driver Pascal Wehrlein will race for Sauber this season, the Swiss-based Formula One team said Monday in a move that clears the way for Finland's Valtteri Bottas...
Robert De Niro may play the role of Bernie Madoff, the man behind the biggest stock-market fraud in history in HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” but that doesn’t mean he understands him.
Sundance to engage and provoke with climate focus
This year’s Sundance Film Festival promises to set the agenda for independent cinema and to start the Oscars buzz a month before this year’s statuettes are awarded.
Harrelson live-streaming film from London
Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that’s never been done before, although he’s starting to realize why his feat would be a first.
‘Things have to change,’ Reese says
Fed up with Hollywood gender bias, Reese Witherspoon is calling for an end to the practice of handing excellent actresses only “thankless roles.”
Willie Nelson wants Loretta Lynn to try pot again
Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to...
UK's Tate art galleries get first female chief
Britain's prestigious Tate institution, which runs four of the country's best known art galleries, announced Tuesday it would have its first female director with the...
Quaker group marks centennial with ‘Waging Peace’
The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of nonviolent activism with the exhibition “Waging Peace,” which showcases the group’s accomplishments...
Iraqi artist recreates destroyed works
As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamist militants, an artist in nearby Irbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to...
Scorsese warns about ‘tossing away’ spirituality
Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese said despite “horrific” conflicts around the world involving religion that “we shouldn’t toss away spirituality.”
No plans to digitize Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films
The makers of "Star Wars" have put a quick end to rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on.
New 'Twin Peaks' teaser ahead of May 21 return
U.S. cable channel Showtime on Friday aired its latest teaser-trailer for its revival of "Twin Peaks," David Lynch's cult television series, which will return on May 21...
Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to give pot a second chance.
A year on, Bowie tributes around world
Bearing flowers, lipstick and glitter, fans around the world paid tribute to rock icon David Bowie Tuesday, a year after his shocking death.
French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92
French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
Young maestro dazzles at Vienna New Year's Concert
The Vienna Philharmonic rung in 2017 with its famed New Year's Concert Sunday under the baton of the orchestra's youngest-ever conductor, charismatic Venezuelan Gustavo...
First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies
Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles who drove the band on their formative trip to Hamburg in 1960, has died at the age of 86, his old club announced.
Steve Harvey has apologized for "offending anyone" with jokes targeting Asian men during his syndicated television chat show earlier this month.
Katherine Heigl announces birth of baby boy, Joshua Bishop
Katherine Heigl has given birth to a baby boy.
Fans celebrate Betty White on actress' 95th birthday
Betty White says the best thing about being 95 is that she's still employed.
Shakira urges Davos elite to nurture future leaders
Music star Shakira urged world and business leaders at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum on Monday to support efforts to feed, educate and care for...
Gene Cernan, last person to walk on the moon, dies at 82
Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, has died at age 82, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Monday.
Impish, boyish looks are permeating the Milan menswear runway this season, and the mood seems to be a search for a simpler past.
Prada goes in search of the naïve
This is the season of renewal, with new faces at some of Milan’s top fashion brands.
SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball...
UK to close Halley Research Station in Antarctica for winter
British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety.
Vienna’s homeless show tourists life on the street
On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna’s central train station.
Melania Trump and the political fashion police
She may be tall, slim and a former model, but incoming first lady Melania Trump faces a new kind of fashion police – designers refusing to dress her because of her...
Ringling’s evolution: Freak shows to the big top
From New York to Wisconsin to London and beyond, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has performed for millions of fans during its 146-year reign as one of...
Prized Turkey pigeons fetch top prices
As nighttime approaches in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, most of the alleyways of the city’s old bazaar are emptying out, except for one.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.
Scientists activate predatory switch in mice
U.S. scientists have ramped up predatory behavior in mice by stimulating a region of the brain known for its role in emotions like fear and pleasure, according to a...
Astronauts upgrade orbiting lab’s power grid
Astronauts took another spacewalk Friday to plug in new and better batteries outside the International Space Station.
Driverless shuttle is new thrill in downtown Las Vegas
There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas.
London Fashion Week shakes up tradition
Men and women are sashaying down catwalks together at London Fashion Week, in a shake-up of tradition backed by celebrated designers like Vivienne Westwood.
Speyside distilled: Whisky, wool and walking
Forget the three Rs. I went to Speyside, Scotland’s “single-malt capital of the world,” to brush up on the three Ws: whisky, wool and walking.
Athens, a pleasant (winter) destination
As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than...
Full moon party defies Thai troubles
For many ravers on the tropical oasis of Koh Phangan, the origins of the Thai island’s debauched full moon parties are as hazy as their memories of the beach bash the...
Look folks, we can try all we want to pretend it isn’t true, but no one who owns or drives a car picked one randomly just to get from point A to point B.
F430 Scuderia: F1 invades Ferrari street cars
Most guys, and I suppose some girls, who first hit their teens in the ’80s had posters of the Ferrari Testarossa or the Lamborghini Countach adorning the walls of their...
991 GT3 RS: Blend of civility, sheer exhilaration
You would assume that selecting the perfect car to cap off the year would be a monumental task.
Q50 Red Sport: A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Years ago I used to have a beautiful Siberian husky named Aki, one of the most fiercely loyal dogs I’d ever had the pleasure to own.
After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.
Eat your veggies? Now, a urine test can tell
A simple urine test can reveal whether you had steamed fish or a fat-riddled steak for dinner, and could one day end dietary dishonesty, a study published Friday said.
Less salty diets would save millions: study
Reducing salt intake worldwide by only 10 percent could save millions of lives and people who suffer migraines are at a higher risk of stroke after surgery, studies in...
Work email overload: Can law lead a fightback?
Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France’s new “right to disconnect” law that guarantees all employees...
Tips from the pros on how to lose weight
We make ’em, we break ’em.