France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is set to resign on Tuesday, a source close to the former investment banker said, taking one of the country's most popular politicians a big step closer to launching a run for the presidency next year
Car bomb kills 5 soldiers outside Somali president's palace
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A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president's palace in...
World Vision urges Israel to try 'Hamas aid' case in public
World Vision's global president has questioned Israeli accusations that the NGO's Gaza head diverted millions of dollars in aid to Hamas and said his trial should be...
U.S. urges halt to Turkish-Kurdish clashes
The U.S. Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat Daesh (ISIS).
MPs seek quick fix to garbage crisis
Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee said Monday that decentralization was the ultimate solution for the garbage crisis and called on a number of municipal unions...
German EU commissioner 'wouldn't bet big money on Brexit'
Germany's European Union commissioner says public opinion in Britain could shift against leaving the bloc if the economy worsens as a result of the country's decision...
Mexico police chief fired over execution allegations
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto fired federal police chief Enrique Galindo on Monday over allegations police summarily executed at least 22 suspected members of a...
Typhoon threatens to bring flooding to northern Japan
A typhoon is about to barrel into northern Japan, threatening to bring floods to an area still recovering from the 2011 tsunami.
World Vision's global president has questioned Israeli accusations that the NGO's Gaza head diverted millions of dollars in aid to Hamas and said his trial should be open to the public
Daesh bombing kills 54 govt recruits in Yemen
A suicide car bombing claimed by Daesh (ISIS) in Yemen’s southern city of Aden Monday killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, officials said, underscoring how the...
Russian air power fails in Aleppo
Russia’s politically sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving...
Iran deploys S-300 air defense around nuke site
Iran has deployed a Russian-made S-300 air defense system around its underground Fordo nuclear facility, state TV reported.
Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee said Monday that decentralization was the ultimate solution for the garbage crisis and called on a number of municipal unions to meet later this week to discuss possible plans.
Lebanese football stars face legends
The European Championship and the Olympics may be over, but many world-renowned football superstars will be making their way to Lebanon in September.
Families mark Day of the Disappeared in Sidon
Families of those who went missing during Lebanon’s Civil War held a ceremony in Sidon Monday to commemorate International Day of the Disappeared, marked Aug. 30.
Tele Liban to appoint new board
Parliament’s Information and Telecommunications Committee recommended Monday that a new board should be installed at Tele Liban to replace the temporary members now...
Campaign slams Bassil over citizenship policy
The “My Nationality is a Right for Me and My Family” Campaign lashed out Monday at Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, describing his approach to granting Lebanese...
Electricite du Liban Monday gave contract workers less than 24 hours to open the customer service gate at the company’s headquarters in Beirut before filing a lawsuit.
Fine raised for wrongfully sacking Lebanese
Lebanon’s Labor Ministry Monday announced a steeper penalty for companies and institutions that fire Lebanese employees in favor of foreigners working under false titles.
OPEC likely to compete, not freeze output
Iran’s plan to keep boosting crude production until it regains its OPEC market share is dimming prospects of collective action by major producers to freeze output,...
Egypt fungus-wheat ban fuels confusion
Egypt will no longer accept imported wheat containing any traces of the ergot fungus, the Agriculture Ministry said, sowing fresh confusion that has hampered shipments...
Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges
When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual...
BMI predicts higher growth in health insurance
A London-based research group predicted bigger demand for health insurance in Lebanon due to the aging population.
Lebanon’s largest banks see 8 pct rise in profits
Profits of the 14 leading banks in the first six months of 2016 grew by 8 percent to $1.1 billion compared to the same period in 2015, a report said Monday.
Labor ministry raises penalty for unlawful sacking of Lebanese nationals
Lebanon's Labor Ministry Monday announced a steeper penalty for companies and institutions that fire Lebanese employees in favor of foreigners working under false...
Iran’s plan to keep boosting crude production until it regains its OPEC market share is dimming prospects of collective action by major producers to freeze output, according to Patrick Allman-Ward, chief executive officer of Dana Gas PJSC.
S.Sudan seeks $300 million to support budget
South Sudan’s government wants $300 million in aid and loans to support its next budget, as it seeks to stabilize the country, which has been scarred by civil conflict...
Persian carpets take off as artistry enchants US
Like many of the thousands of visitors who packed into a Persian carpet exhibition in Tehran, Mohammad could not afford to buy the exquisite rugs – he simply wanted to...
Empty chairs greet Dubai ruler on spot check
A bad day to turn up late: Dubai’s ruler encountered a lot of empty chairs Sunday when he decided to do a surprise spot check on two ordinarily busy government offices.
When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency.
Central bankers stuck in brave new world
The message from the meetings in Jackson Hole was clear: there is no winding the clock back to the pre-crisis world of central banking as officials seek ways of...
US jobs report takes center stage
Investors are going to spend the week mulling over whether the Federal Reserve will move to raise rates when it meets next month.
HSBC executive pleads not guilty in US over forex scheme
A senior HSBC Holdings Plc executive pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he participated in a fraudulent scheme to front-run a $3.5 billion currency transaction...
AB Inbev to cut thousands of jobs in takeover
The world’s largest brewer, AB Inbev, expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce – equivalent to thousands of jobs – once it completes its huge takeover of...
Lebanon has given birth to a new culture that has risen to become a science, rarely experienced anywhere from Ouagadougou to the smallest village in Mongolia.
Deluded and debased
Just when we think the Free Patriotic Movement has exhausted every kind of innuendo, insinuation, misinformation and fabrication, it appears to have developed its...
The burqa and French values
Many Western media outlets were highly critical of France’s 2010 law banning face coverings, such as burqas that cover a woman’s face and entire body, and local decrees...
Press freedom isn’t free
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is cracking down on Turkish civil society following the failed coup in July.
Australia seeks balance on China’s influence
Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the U.S., even if it upsets Beijing.
Dashed by geopolitics
For the past two weeks, following their victory in Manbij and encouraged by a tacit nod from the U.S., the Kurds have clung to the dream that they would take control of...
The Kurdish dream lives
As things stand now Daesh (ISIS) will be defeated, sooner or later.
The spirit of sport
Although the Olympic Games closing ceremony was certainly a fusion of samba, spectacle, smiles and sport, it was also an intoxicating mix of emotions.
Many Western media outlets were highly critical of France’s 2010 law banning face coverings, such as burqas that cover a woman’s face and entire body, and local decrees adopted this year banning full-body “burkini” swimsuits on public beaches have drawn further negative attention.
The easy money contagion
To consider the actions taken by the world’s major central banks in the past month is to invite an essential question: When – and where – will all this monetary easing...
The rise and fall of Middle Eastern health system
Much of the progress in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades appears to have been reversed by the political unrest and civil wars...
Vaccines for young and old reap benefits for all
The world’s population is getting bigger – and older.
Israelis, Palestinians: seeking leadership
Amazing as it may sound to many skeptics who have watched the Israeli-Palestinian conflict become increasingly violent, a new joint poll by Israeli and Palestinian...
Fleeing fighters could spur ‘boomerang effect’
Daesh (ISIS) hasn’t had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.
Trump and the politics of cultural despair
For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well.
Omran’s picture elicits anger … and fear
The pictures of 5-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sitting dazed and bloodied Wednesday in the back of an ambulance have rightly sparked worldwide anger and sympathy.
Wayne Rooney’s midfield experiment with England is over, with the Manchester United captain set to revert to playing as a deep-lying forward for the national team under new coach Sam Allardyce.
Former LA Dodgers owner McCourt to buy Marseille
Frank McCourt, ex-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, said Monday he entered exclusive negotiations to buy Olympique de Marseille and vowed to restore the...
Kerber breezes in U.S. Open, Gasquet stunned
Angelique Kerber needed just over 30 minutes to get her pursuit of a first U.S. Open off to a winning start Monday as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepared to make...
Serena takes burden of history at U.S. Open
Serena Williams once again arrives at Flushing Meadows poised to rewrite the tennis record books – if her own troublesome right shoulder and increasingly emboldened...
U.S. NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in...
Ramos surprised by Casillas exclusion from squad
Spain defender Sergio Ramos was surprised to learn that the country’s record appearance maker and long-time captain Iker Casillas had been left out of the Spain squad...
Messi Argentina return in doubt
Lionel Messi’s return to international duty with Argentina could be delayed by a groin injury his club side Barcelona stated Monday.
Messi hurts hamstring, doubtful for Argentina's WCup matches
Barcelona says that Lionel Messi has hurt his left hamstring and may not play in Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Angelique Kerber needed just over 30 minutes to get her pursuit of a first U.S. Open off to a winning start Monday as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepared to make their bow.
‘Best yet’ Murray poised to pounce at U.S. Open
Andy Murray admits he’s playing his best ever tennis as he looks to capitalize on the growing frailties of his rivals and capture a second U.S. Open title.
French ban top women players over Olympic row
The French Tennis Federation Sunday slapped a ban on the country's top women players following 'unacceptable' conduct at the Rio Olympics
Djokovic, Nadal drawn for potential US semi clash
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and fellow two-time winner Rafael Nadal were drawn for a potential U.S. Open semifinal clash Friday.
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s final.
NBA stars bring curtain down on Rio
The United States' NBA superstars bring the curtain down on the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday as the last 12 gold medals are decided
Bilic backs Conte to succeed at Chelsea
West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic is backing Antonio Conte to make a big impact at Chelsea, but is confident his side can cause problems for their London rivals when...
Turkish star 'disowned by family' over Gulen support
The family of one of the most prominent Turkish basketball players in the NBA Tuesday publicly disowned him after he openly supported the U.S.-based preacher who Ankara...
Senegal gets Rio mugging from U.S.
Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began...
The International Olympic Committee Monday strongly condemned the Kuwait authorities for using police to seize the headquarters of two key sports bodies as part of a mounting power struggle.
Jebet breaks world record,wins 3,000 steeplechase
Olympic champion Ruth Jebet broke the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase world record by six seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Paris Saturday Meanwhile, Kendra...
Maia stops Condit in Vancouver
Demian Maia backed up his calls for a welterweight title shot with an early submission victory over Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC Fight Night at Rogers Arena...
Lawyers for jailed former Irish IOC exec seek release this week
Lawyers for Patrick Hickey, the top European official of the International Olympic Committee until his arrest this month on accusations of illegal ticket sales, said...
Irish scam suspect freed: lawyer
Brazilian authorities have provisionally released an Irish businessman held over an alleged ticket scam at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one of his lawyers said
He’s very fast, very young and very confident.
Rosberg surprised by Hamilton podium
A victorious Nico Rosberg had no idea where his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had finished in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix until he studied the results after...
Rosberg wins but Hamilton fights back
Nico Rosberg rekindled his world championship ambitions with victory in Sunday’s chaotic crash-hit Belgian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton staged an astonishing fightback...
Rosberg tops session, Hamilton takes penalties
Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday morning's opening free practice for this weekend's...
F1 driver Rio Haryanto replaced by Esteban Ocon: Manor
British motor racing team Manor announced Wednesday it was dropping Indonesian Formula One driver Rio Haryanto and replacing him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Beyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna to Britney Spears.
Brazilians turn a lens on a country in transition
Brazil holds a special place in Lebanese pop culture.
Alan Menken looks to put the E in EGOT
With eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony vying for space on his mantelpiece, Alan Menken’s bill for dry-cleaning tuxedos might match the box-office of most Off-Broadway...
Don’t Breathe is a well-plotted, thrilling trap
Detroit-area robbery crews, be warned. It’s not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big, and final, score. Take our word for it, walk away. It sounds...
Hundreds bid farewell to Belgian jazz legend Thielemans
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career...
Iraq’s youth orchestra: A dream that shattered
For nearly six years, young Iraqis defied the war, coming from all over the country to play in an orchestra, but the emergence of Daesh has dashed their dream of making...
Love tears McCrory apart in The Deep Blue Sea
You might not think there’s much overlap between Amy Winehouse and the work of playwright Terence Rattigan, chronicler of upper-crust British stiff upper lips.
Egypt economic crisis weighs heavily on heritage
Egypt cannot afford to keep its museums open, the country’s antiquities minister says, let alone search for ancient buried treasures.
With eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony vying for space on his mantelpiece, Alan Menken’s bill for dry-cleaning tuxedos might match the box-office of most Off-Broadway openings.
At last! Spears biopic coming to TV
The turbulent life of Britney Spears – who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder – is becoming a television biopic.
Lawrence tops best paid actress list, again
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world’s highest-paid actress for the second year Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.
Another off-kilter role for Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul loves playing a dad, however flawed that dad might be.
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career spanning seven decades.
Frank Ocean releases second album 'Blonde'
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released...
Canada celebrates, mourns as rockers Tragically Hip say good-bye
The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on...
Japan's long-running, all-male pop group SMAP to break up
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will go their separate...
Bennett turns 90, seeks new collaboration
Crooner Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, declaring himself in great health and ready for a new collaboration.
Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
Jon Stewart gives heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore
Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run
Austria charges US rapper Freddie Gibbs with sexual assault
U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been charged in Austria with sexually assaulting a woman while on tour last year in Vienna, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home
"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane...
Duke of Westminster, British billionaire landowner, dies at 64
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a...
An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
Newspaper says it uncovered KFC's secret recipe
Is the secret KFC recipe a secret no more?
A US newspaper says it may have inadvertently stumbled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the...
No Man’s Sky: To boldly shoot rocks … that’s it
The allure was irresistible: more than 18 quintillion unique undiscovered planets to explore, a starship to do it in, and virtually no loading times.
'Strong signal' stirs interest in hunt for alien life
A "strong signal" detected by a radio telescope in Russia that is scanning the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life has stirred interest among the scientific...
Trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17
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...
Claw law: Legislator targets arcade favorite
It’s an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base.
Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can
Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers...
Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo
It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.
Robot baby schemes may increase teen pregnancy
Electronic dolls designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy do not work, a new study has found, and may even raise the number of babies born to young moms.
Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of...
‘Baby, it’s hot outside’: Why birds sing to eggs
Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world,...
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.
Go on, ‘Donate Your Running Shoes’
Jeweler celebrates 130th anniversary of Tiffany
Massive summer sales and new colors for fall
A compass on the smartphone screen points toward Red Square.
High in Bolivia, a tour of Aymara sacred sites
At a gasp-inducing 4,000 meters-plus above sea level, a post marks the spot where Andean gods are said to dwell at the foot of towering, snow-covered peaks.
Thailand’s tiger tourism expands
Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found...
Tourists learn alongside locals on safaris
It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
A night behind bars in Slovenian prison-turned-hostel
Fancy spending the night in a former military prison that is now a youth hostel with an artistic twist?
There’s a sweet spot in automotive manufacturing that arises when all aspects of a car come together so harmoniously that the final product is nothing less than stellar.
3-Series sets benchmark for compact sedans
At long last, after nearly two years of reviewing scores of automobiles from numerous different marques, I finally get to review the one car that started it all for me.
2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.
718 Boxster S a testament to Porsche ingenuity
How can anyone pass up the opportunity to gloat? Can you? I know I can’t – I’m not that noble.
Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show
Mercedes-Benz gave a sneak preview of a new ultra luxury coupe on Thursday in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns...
They’re young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital … or worse, dead.
Study in mice shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new...
Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos
With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country’s web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.
Organ network mapping a path to more fair liver transplants in U.S.
The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die...
Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble save lives
They have proven their worth in detecting land mines but Africa’s giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation – saving lives by speeding up...