Lebanon should coordinate with European governments to look into the fate of missing Lebanese journalist Samir Kassab, the director of a media freedom NGO said Sunday, five years after Kassab was kidnapped in Syria.
Bassil deliver summit invites, discuss bilateral relations
Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil left Monday on a regional tour of Egypt, Oman and Qatar, where he will deliver invitations for an upcoming economic and...
New York witches cast hex on Kavanaugh
Newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was hexed over the weekend by a coven of New York witches, U.S. media reported Saturday.
Working with Trump 'not always simple,' says Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said working with US President Donald Trump is "not always simple," as he welcomed the successful renegotiation of the North...
US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria
Turkish and American troops could begin conducting joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij within the coming days, the top U.S....
Nothing new as govt deadlock enters 6th month: Berri
Speaker Nabih Berri has not seen any positive sign that the formation of a new government is back on track, the speaker was quoted as saying in remarks published Monday.
Sunni MP reiterates demand for representation in govt
Independent Sunni MP Abdel-Rahim Mrad reiterated Monday that the Sunnis outside the Future Movement have a right to representation in the new government.
Committee approves health care card draft law
Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee Monday approved a draft law to create a standardized health care card for every Lebanese citizen, but put on hold four of its...
Four earthquakes strike off Canada's west coast
Four earthquakes – measuring from 4.9 to 6.8 magnitude – struck in quick succession off Canada's west coast late Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Indicted Prigozhin ordered beatings, killing: Russian paper
An independent Russian newspaper says a security aide of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been indicted in the U.S. for trying to interfere with the 2016 U.S....
2 Koreas, US-led UN Command meet again at Koreas' border
Military officers from the two Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command met again at the Koreas' border village Monday to examine an ongoing effort to disarm the area.
Turkish and American troops could begin conducting joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij within the coming days, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Sunday.
Germany presses for EU unity on Saudi Arabia arms exports
A top German official pressed Monday for the European Union to show a united front on arms exports to Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on such exports over the...
Turkey turns up heat on Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi
Turkey's pro-government media published new claims Monday linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after President...
Two children die after migrant boat sinks off western Turkey
Two children died after a boat carrying migrants sank just 50 meters off Turkey's western coast near Bodrum early Monday, the coastguard said.
Saudi king, crown prince call Khashoggi's son
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist...
The Movenpick Hotel in Beirut’s Raouche has been bought by a group of Lebanese businessmen for close to $110 million from Saudi-based Kingdom Holding Company, which is owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a source familiar with the deal said.
BDL e-platform coming soon: Salameh
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Thursday that BDL will soon launch an electronic platform to enhance shares trading and international connections.
Syria seeks to revive trade via Jordan
By reopening a key crossing with Jordan this month, the Syrian regime is inching toward a return to trade with the wider region as it looks to boost its war-ravaged...
Iran names new economy minister in reshuffle
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed academic Farhad Dejpasand as the new economy and finance minister in a Cabinet reshuffle Sunday, state television reported,...
Italy's Conte defends deficit hike, says economy needs a lift
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte defended on Monday Italy's 2019 budget, which has fallen foul of the European Commission, saying the failure of previous efforts to...
Hariri shows dedication to sustainable growth
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday Lebanon was firmly committed to achieving the sustainable development goals, through solid partnership with all key...
Solidere shares surge on Cabinet hope
News that Lebanon’s Cabinet formation is imminent has reflected positively on the performance of Solidere shares, which jumped by an average of more than 17 percent in...
Assessing Lebanon’s economic database
It is widely known that data in Lebanon is lacking, and difficult to access even in cases where it does exist.
By reopening a key crossing with Jordan this month, the Syrian regime is inching toward a return to trade with the wider region as it looks to boost its war-ravaged economy.
Riyadh: no plans for embargo despite Khashoggi row
Saudi Arabia said Monday it had no plans to repeat its harsh 1973 oil embargo, even as relations with the West sour following the killing of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.
German industry slams U.S. pressure on Iraq deal
Germany’s main industry federation said that pressure from the United States to quash Siemens AG’s $15 billion power-plant deal with Iraq was unacceptable and showed...
Iraq’s Luaibi reverses INOC call, targets 7M bpd
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has reversed his decision to transfer the ownership of nine state-owned oil companies from the ministry to the newly formed National...
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte defended on Monday Italy's 2019 budget, which has fallen foul of the European Commission, saying the failure of previous efforts to stimulate the economy meant a new approach was needed.
With market on edge, investors look to tech trio
The pressure is on for Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft as they prepare to report quarterly results at a time when confidence in those market leaders looks increasingly...
Trump’s EU trade talks quickly become testy
The European Union and U.S. are reviewing their trade ties, spurred by U.S. accusations that the bloc is duping American businesses.
Next IMF loan the last: Pakistan minister
Pakistan’s finance minister promised Saturday to end the country’s reliance on International Monetary Fund bailouts to shore up its shaky economy, as officials prepare...
Italy’s coalition solves tax row
Italy’s ruling coalition patched up a row over a tax amnesty Saturday and struck a more conciliatory tone toward EU institutions, saying it wanted to discuss its budget...
At long last, after months of feuding, hostile rhetoric and one-upmanship, by all accounts government formation appears to be just around the corner.
They say that if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. With Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s self-imposed 10-day deadline to form a government upon us, it...
Are Britons really softening on immigration?
In the United Kingdom, the new conventional wisdom is that attitudes toward immigration are softening.
When agricultural workers go hungry
Food is a powerful storyteller. Our diet signals whether we cook at home, shop locally, prefer inexpensive dishes, or even think about what we eat.
An AI wake-up call from ancient Greece
In discussions about the implications of artificial intelligence (AI), someone almost always evokes the ancient Greek myth of Pandora’s box.
Obstructor in chief
It’s time to say enough is enough because we’re out of time. Someone needs to step in and remove the cog obstructing the smooth running of our political system.
The press in distress
After Al-Anwar newspaper stood the test of time through Lebanon’s worst days, its closure after 60 years is nothing short of tragic, tantamount to a massacre of the...
It’s time to call out the actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who treats the world community as a group of nonentities, naive enough to be swayed by...
The ‘no-growth’ prescription for misery
From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet.
Policing for Syrian refugees in Jordan
Jordan’s official refugee camps, where roughly 20 percent of Jordan’s 671,000 registered Syrian refugees live, have served as testing grounds for policing models since...
The ongoing civil war in the United States
America continues be in a state of civil war.
Just say no to agricultural gene drive technology
First, the agribusiness giants came to take our land and disrupt our food systems with synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, proprietary seeds, and genetically modified...
Winning the war on tuberculosis
The world is finally waking up to the threat posed by one of the most overlooked diseases of our time.
Trump’s North American trade charade
When the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was announced, it was met by a sigh of relief around the world.
A new Cold War against China is won at home
The Trump administration’s most significant and lasting decisions will be about U.S. policy toward China.
Hassan Maatouk made a scoring return for Nejmeh as the league leaders comfortably dispatched Salam Zgharta 2-0 Sunday to maintain their perfect start after four rounds.
Hamilton waits for F1 title, Raikkonen wins US GP
Lewis Hamilton was forced to wait for a fifth world title when he finished third at the U.S. Grand Prix Sunday as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took a first victory in more...
Pliskova stuns Wozniacki in Singapore
Big-serving Karolina Pliskova used her most potent weapon to damaging effect as she overwhelmed defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 in their opening round...
Halep withdraws from WTA Finals
World No. 1 Simona Halep pulled out of next week’s WTA Finals due to a lower back injury Thursday, handing first alternate Kiki Bertens a spot at the season-ending...
Lakers’ early struggles are normal: James
Los Angeles Lakers’ new forward LeBron James said he was not disappointed with the defeats in the first two games and the early struggles were normal for a side that...
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Manchester City were in sparkling form during a 5-0 win over Burnley while Liverpool kept pace with the leaders by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield.
Bayern end winless streak, Dortmund still on top
Ten-man Bayern Munich ended their four-match winless streak Saturday as Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg, a day after the club’s hierarchy...
Ronaldo celebrates landmark goal, Juve run snaps
Cristiano Ronaldo scored but wasteful Juventus had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate at home to Genoa to end the Italian champions’ perfect start to the season Saturday.
Big-serving Karolina Pliskova used her most potent weapon to damaging effect as she overwhelmed defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 in their opening round robin match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Sunday.
Revamped Davis Cup not about individuals: Pique
The focus of the new-look Davis Cup should be about teams and not individuals, Gerard Pique said Wednesday, brushing aside concerns that top names such as Roger Federer...
‘New’ Djokovic is gunning for No.1 spot
The “new” Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world No. 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric...
Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title
Novak Djokovic continued his scintillating run of form as he breezed past Croatian Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time Sunday.
Los Angeles Lakers’ new forward LeBron James said he was not disappointed with the defeats in the first two games and the early struggles were normal for a side that overhauled their roster in the offseason to bring in the league’s best player.
James delivers but Portland spoil Lakers debut
LeBron James began his Los Angeles Lakers era with two rim-rattling dunks Thursday, but the 14-time All Star couldn’t reverse a string of losing debut games with new...
Blazers spoil LeBron's Lakers debut
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points, and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24 points in his first appearance in a Portland uniform, leading...
Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets
Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Elfrid Payton finished with a triple-double as the New Orleans Pelicans got their NBA season off to a roaring start by clobbering the...
Warriors raise title banner, silence Thunder
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant accepted their championship rings Tuesday for leading Golden State to a third NBA title in four campaigns, then powered the Warriors over...
Brooks Koepka became world No. 1 for the first time Monday after the American fended off a game Gary Woodland to earn a four-stroke victory at the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup in South Korea.
Pacquiao ‘90 percent’ sure he will face Broner
Philippine boxing idol Manny Pacquiao said a January fight in the U.S. with American Adrien Broner is almost certain, but he dodged the mounting speculation of a...
O’Sullivan hits maximum 147 break at ‘hellhole’
Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan struck a maximum 147 break Wednesday at a venue that only two days before he had condemned as a “hellhole” that smelt of urine.
Alvarez inks $365M streaming service deal
World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has signed a lucrative long-term deal with sports streaming service DAZN that will see him earn at least $365 million...
Packers beat 49ers on Crosby’s dramatic kick
Mason Crosby, who missed four kicks a week ago, connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired Monday to lift the Green Bay Packers over San Francisco 33-30 in an...
Spain’s Marc Marquez wrapped up his third straight MotoGP championship with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday after title rival Andrea Dovizioso fell on the penultimate lap while trying to find a way past the Honda rider.
Hamilton fastest in wet 1st practice at US Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest lap in Friday's rain-soaked first practice for the U.S. Grand Prix as he chases a fifth career championship this...
Hamilton poised to join five-time champions club
Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of history this week as he needs to outscore Sebastian Vettel by eight points at the United States Grand Prix to become only the...
‘Michael’s genes’: Schumacher lifts F3 title
Mick Schumacher is tipped to carry the famous surname into Formula One as the newly-crowned European Formula Three champion finished the season with his 14th podium...
New all-female series aims to get women to F1
A new all-female racing series was launched Wednesday, supported by former Grand Prix driver David Coulthard and top designer Adrian Newey, with the aim of helping...
“Our Vast Dreams,” the latest production of the Saida-based Minwal Theatre Company, imaginatively stages the stories of its actors Palestinian and Syrian young people living in south Lebanon.
Le Carre’s TV series showcased in London
A tale of espionage and intrigue by Britain’s master spy novelist John le Carre is the latest TV series to grab the limelight usually reserved for movies.
Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper' named most popular in UK
The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.
Spanish opera star Montserrat Caballe dies aged 85
Spain's world-famous opera star Montserrat Caballe has died in Barcelona, a source at the hospital where she was being treated said Saturday.
Telling reporter Marie Colvin’s story
Award-winning American war reporter Marie Colvin was known for her dispatches from some of the world’s most brutal conflicts. Now a new film starring “Gone Girl”...
Worlds collide at Roald Dahl Museum
From a battered armchair in a hut tucked away in the English countryside, author Roald Dahl dreamed up worlds that have enchanted youngsters across the globe.
Murakami: Joy of writing is not knowing endings
Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn’t know how they’ll end up.
Deezer launches MENA services
A new partnership between Deezer, the global music streaming service, and Rotana might see music fans switching from the popular Anghami, with the launch of Deezer’s...
Award-winning American war reporter Marie Colvin was known for her dispatches from some of the world’s most brutal conflicts. Now a new film starring “Gone Girl” actress Rosamund Pike tells her story about being fearless on the battlefront.
McCarthy, Grant on forgery and friendship
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is a film about Lee Israel, a biographer who started a side hustle writing fake letters as Noel Coward, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Parker and...
Time for women to sexualize men, Issa Rae says
Rising U.S. star Issa Rae shrugged off sexualizing men in her hit television series “Insecure,” Wednesday, saying it was time for the “female gaze” to have its day.
Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ a triumph
There can be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne. You might not even miss her that much. ABC aired the first episode of its Roseanne Barr-free spinoff “The Conners” Tuesday...
Outrageous new dating shows cut to the chase
Once upon a time, people made an effort to get to know each other learning each other’s names, say before hopping into bed.
Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died.
Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took separate boats Monday to Queensland's Fraser Island as their tour of Australia and the South Pacific continued with a reduced...
Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring
The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney for 16-day tour
A beaming Meghan Markle looked remarkably unfatigued by a 22-hour flight as she walked out of Sydney's airport with Prince Harry Monday for a rest day before they...
Luxury shoppers in China buying bags, not BMWs
China’s luxury shoppers are becoming more selective as the trade war rattles the world’s second-largest economy, shunning big ticket items like pricey cars but...
The U.S. Mega Millions jackpot grew to $1.6 billion, a world record for a lottery, after Friday’s drawing produced no winner of the grand prize, officials said.
FBI: Sotheby’s defrauded of $5M
A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman’s identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and...
Technologys warning system for heart attacks
A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say.
The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilograms
In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos.
Rural gems at Beirut’s first fair trade market
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s...
School in Cairo slum struggles to fund pupils
Among the poorest of Egypt’s poor, the so-called “zabbaleen” who scavenge through garbage to eke out a living in a Cairo slum struggle to keep their children in school.
Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi
British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands Friday as they hit Sydney's famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their...
Salvinis savvy social media skills
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has doubled support for his far-right party in just seven months by cultivating a savvy social media presence that any...
Have appendicitis? Antibiotics now viable alternative to surgery
When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery.
Held for the first time in Beirut, “Souk Jana Loubnan” this weekend is showcasing the best that 50 rural cooperatives across the country have to offer, at Mar Mikhael’s iconic Trainstation.
Hikers set off on mountain trail fall trek
As trails coordinator for Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife and a board member of the World Trails Network, Kerstin Stender spends a lot of time in...
Tango enthusiasts gather in Jbeil for festival
This weekend, cultures are once again converging in Jbeil for the city’s annual tango festival, which has brought together visitors from Lebanon and abroad who are keen...
European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
China to launch lunar lighting in outer space
China is planning to launch its own “artificial moon” by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday.
Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition
It's now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition...
Smell and stress sensors a smash at Tokyo tech fair
State-of-the-art sensors that can measure stress levels, mood, posture, performance and even smell took center stage at Asia's top high-tech fair in Tokyo.
Most Americans identifiable by relative’s DNA?
The remarkable technique that was used to identify the suspected “Golden State Killer” four decades after his crimes genetic genealogy could be used to identify half of...
Facebook Inc. Monday released a smart speaker designed to ease video calls, but the company’s history of privacy mishaps and the device’s price and limited functionality could slow it from taking on market leaders Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
The loud crack rang out from the fog above the Baishui No. 1 Glacier as a stone shard careened down the ice, flying past Chen Yanjun as he operated a GPS device.
Climate change 'at point of no return': Ban
Former United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon warned Tuesday that the world is at the "point of no return" on climate change as he launched an international commission on...
S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first
Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation center outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it’s hard to see anything out...
Row rages over Great Barrier Reef
A row is raging over Australia’s warming-damaged Great Barrier Reef, with firms worried that scientists’ apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of the water.
Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut
Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a...