A Brazilian judge issued an order Monday blocking the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application nationwide, the second such shut-down in six months
Anti-Muslim acts triple in France in 2015: report
Anti-Muslim acts in France tripled in 2015, with peaks in activity coming after two sets of deadly terror attacks, a government advisory commission said Monday
UN mediator urges Russia, U.S. to push nationwide Syria ceasefire
The United Nations mediator in the Syrian conflict called on the United States and Russian Federation to try to salvage and renew a cessation of hostilities, after...
Turkish legislators fight again over bill to strip immunity
A Turkish parliamentary committee has again erupted in chaos over a contentious ruling party proposal to strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution
Hezbollah firm on position in regional battle
Hezbollah will not back down on its battles despite all campaigns working against it, the deputy head of Hezbollah's executive council said, warning that attempts to...
Pakistan raps Trump over vow to free doctor who helped track bin Laden
Pakistan angrily criticized Donald Trump, front-runner for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, for saying he would force the country to free a jailed Pakistani...
22 dead in Haiti after weekend storms: official
A boat capsized in rough waters during a violent weekend storm, killing 22 people, officials in Haiti said Monday
French far right party punishes Jean-Marie Le Pen's allies
Marine Le Pen's far right National Front has punished two leading party figures for attending a Paris rally led by her father
The United Nations mediator in the Syrian conflict called on the United States and Russian Federation to try to salvage and renew a cessation of hostilities, after fighting intensified in many areas
Israel to reopen second crossing for trucks into Gaza
Israel plans to reopen a second border point for commercial traffic into the Gaza Strip, an official said Monday, a step in gradually easing the blockade imposed on the...
Turkey says prevented 85 security 'incidents' since January
Turkey has prevented 85 would-be "incidents" since January, 49 of which involved live bombs, government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus said Monday
Russia says Lavrov and Kerry urged observance of Syria truce
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday in which the two called on the sides in the Syrian conflict to...
Hezbollah will not back down on its battles despite all campaigns working against it, the deputy head of Hezbollah's executive council said, warning that attempts to topple the resistance will not succeed
One man injured in gunfight in east Lebanon village
A man was wounded Monday during a gunfight in an east Lebanon village, the state-run National News Agency reported
March 14 Secretary-General mother passes away
Former MP Nohad Soueid, the mother of the March 14 Secretary-General Fares Soueid, passed away Monday at the age of 85, the state-run National News Agency reported
Lebanese drowns in south Lebanon river
A Lebanese national Monday drowned in a river in the southern district of Jezzine after he slipped into deep waters, state media reported
Truck drivers briefly cut off Mt. Lebanon road over quarry permits
Truckers briefly cut off the road in a Mount Lebanon town on Monday in protest over the discretionary granting of licenses for sand transport from the region’s quarries.
Mohammad Choucair, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, called on officials to issue a new law limiting companies to 10 percent foreign staff in a bid to protect the local labor force.
Credit to private sector at 88 pct of GDP
Credit to the resident private sector in Lebanon constituted 87.8 percent of GDP by the end of 2015, according to Merrill Lynch, as reported by Lebanon This Week, an...
Saudi Binladin Group lays off 77,000 workers: report
One of Saudi Arabia's most powerful firms, the Saudi Binladin Group, has laid off 77,000 foreign workers, a Saudi daily reported Monday, citing an anonymous company...
Rebels do for oil market what producers couldn’t
Leftist guerrillas in Colombia, rebels in Libya and militants in Nigeria are succeeding where the world’s biggest oil producers failed, helping keep a 1.5...
Virgin Australia warns business travel cooling as election simmers
Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd joined rival Qantas Airways Ltd in slashing seating capacity, warning firms like mining companies are delaying business travel during a...
Syria rebuilding exhibition invites companies
Tamer Yaghi, general manager of Al Basheq for Trading and Fairs, called upon Lebanese companies to participate in the “Re-Build Syria 2016” exhibition which will take...
Real estate transactions up 16 percent in Q1
Real estate transactions increased by 15.73 percent to 14,985 at the end of the first quarter of 2016 from 12,948 in the same period last year, according to the Weekly...
Growing bank scrutiny targets money transfers
Lebanese executives based overseas are facing increasingly stringent scrutiny over international bank transfers as Washington adds more rules to tighten the noose on...
One of Saudi Arabia's most powerful firms, the Saudi Binladin Group, has laid off 77,000 foreign workers, a Saudi daily reported Monday, citing an anonymous company official
Political rifts threaten Tunisia economic reform
Political divisions in Tunisia’s ruling coalition risk undermining economic reforms and paralyzing the government as it tries to revive the country’s post-revolution...
Libya outlines plans to restore oil output
Libya’s National Oil Corporation has ambitious plans to restore output to pre-2011 levels after years of violence and disruption, officials said.
Turkish conglomerates race into construction
Turkish conglomerates are racing to add high-end apartment blocks and office towers to Istanbul’s rapidly changing skyline, turning to one of the world’s most...
Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd joined rival Qantas Airways Ltd in slashing seating capacity, warning firms like mining companies are delaying business travel during a 10-week election campaign that will fuel doubts on economic policy
Ukraine energy firms turn to arbitrator over Crimea losses
Two Ukrainian energy companies that lost control of assets in Crimea when Russia seized control of the peninsula have asked a U.N. arbitrator to award compensation, the...
US Supreme Court rejects appeal in shareholder suit against BP
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company...
Marchionne named Ferrari's new CEO
Sports carmaker Ferrari NV says Sergio Marchionne has been named CEO, while retaining his position as chairman
Recent rise in yen 'extremely worrying': Japan finance minister
Japan's finance minister said late Saturday the recent sharp rise in the yen is "extremely worrying," adding Tokyo will take action when necessary
At a time when Damascus is accusing the opposition of breaking the controversial cease-fire that never was except on paper, the Syrian regime has increased its brutal onslaught.
Justice just a theory
According to tradition, justice is blind. And indeed, in many places across the globe this is the case. In the U.S., for example, members of the security services from...
The battle for strategic Palmyra
The Syrian Arab army finally retook the historic city of Palmyra on March 27, after 10 months under control of the Daesh (ISIS).
Looking for a second coming of political decency
In Britain these days, one can’t avoid hearing and seeing more and more about the wretched campaign to spit in the face of the world (and of reality) and quit the...
A manifesto to mend our politics
It has become a truism to say that the American political system is suffering from dysfunction.
A vision for a future
With its Vision 2030 economic plan, Saudi Arabia is truly taking the bull by the horns.
High time for peace
When it comes to peace in Yemen, there already exists a U.N. Security Council resolution that all the warring parties agreed was suitable for ending the chaos.
If U.S. President Barack Obama thought that his trip to Saudi Arabia would ease much of the tension his administration has stirred up with countries in the region, he...
A Roman Europe
As the European Union begins to disintegrate, who can provide the leadership to save it?
Opening up Malaria research, a wide collaboration
In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in the battle against malaria.
An April day of Arab despair, radical change
During a very fast one-day visit to Washington, D.C. Monday this week, I participated in a day of lectures and panel discussions organized by a private company on some...
Ten observations on the wars in Syria
The various wars and ideological contestations taking place simultaneously in Syria have entered their sixth year, with no sign of how they might end and Syria’s...
The delusion of copying Lebanon’s system
A flurry of press reports and analyses about the future of Syria, like the regular Elvis Presley sightings I always enjoy, are dramatic, captivating, slightly wondrous,...
Sage advice from a foreign policy veteran
Bob Gates has unusual standing in the debate about the Obama administration’s foreign policy: He was defense secretary both for a hawkish President George W. Bush and...
Sanders’ balanced Israel-Palestine views
As a symbol of the incremental changes occurring in the public debate in the United States on the Israel-Palestine conflict and how the U.S. should be involved in...
Morocco midfielder Sofiane Boufal is set to undergo surgery and will miss Lille's final two games of the season after injuring his knee in Saturday's 1-0 victory at Lorient
FIFA told to reconsider Gibraltar membership application
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ordered football's governing body FIFA to reconsider Gibraltar's application for membership and submit it to Congress as...
Federer out of Madrid Open with back injury
Former world number one Roger Federer has pulled out of this week's Madrid Open with a back injury
Serena’s absence blows Madrid tournament open
In the absence of world No. 1 Serena Williams, who withdrew from the tournament Friday after suffering from flu, a whole host of players will be targeting victory at...
Warriors keep cruising, Heat and Raptors book clash
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made sure the Golden State Warriors barely missed injured superstar Stephen Curry Sunday in a 118-106 victory over Portland in the...
Pellegrini defends decision to rotate ahead of Madrid clash
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said he had no option but to name a much-changed team for Sunday's 4-2 Premier League defeat by Southampton with the club's...
Leicester's Vardy named football writers' player of the year
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA)
Ronaldo steps up training ahead of City return
Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of facing Manchester City in the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final Wednesday were boosted as the Portuguese took a...
Serena pulls out of Madrid Open with flu
World number one Serena Williams has pulled out of the Madrid Open, which begins this weekend, with flu, organizers announced Friday
Chasing pack closing on Serena, says Navratilova
Serena Williams remains the "queen" of women's tennis but don't be surprised if she's no longer number one by the end of the year, Martina Navratilova said Thursday
Nadal wants his drug-test results made public
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal asked for the results of all drugs tests he has taken in his career to be released to the public in a letter to the...
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made sure the Golden State Warriors barely missed injured superstar Stephen Curry Sunday in a 118-106 victory over Portland in the first game of their NBA Western Conference second-round playoff series
Spurs storm past Thunder in series opener
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 38 points in just three quarters on Saturday as the San Antonio Spurs stormed to a 124-92 victory over Oklahoma City in game one...
Brilliant Wade lifts Heat to win over Hornets in Game Six
When the Miami Heat needed someone to step up at crunch time Friday, Dwyane Wade delivered
Lakers put faith in Walton to lead return to glory
Luke Walton, the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will leave the league's hottest team to take charge of an acclaimed NBA franchise that has fallen on hard...
Sagesse edge Tadamon to make final four
Sagesse are through to the final four for the 22nd time in their history after overcoming Tadamon in a thrilling series 3-1 following their 86-84 victory in Game 4 of...
South Korea's Park Tae-hwan got down on his knees and begged for the chance to compete at the Rio Games Monday as the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) shows no signs of lifting the additional doping sanctions it has imposed on the swimmer
Stars win series opener over Blues
Radek Faksa had two points and Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in game one of their second-round NHL playoff series Friday
Klitschko glad of fury defeat, seeks revenge
Wladimir Klitschko has insisted he was “glad” to have lost his world heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury in December ahead of a rematch with the British boxer.
Rio Games: Venues ready but issues remain
Brazil has long been known as a country that can throw a great party as long as the guests do not mind a location that still has the builders in it.
Britain's Olympic cycling coach resigns over comments
One of the key figures behind Britain's successful Olympic cycling team resigned Wednesday, soon after being suspended by the national governing body for allegedly...
By Alan Baldwin
Ferrari are still waiting to take the fight to Formula One champions Mercedes after a Russian Grand Prix that left even their dominant rivals surprised by the gap in performance
Nico Rosberg wins Russian Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg rattled off his fourth straight win of the season at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday with his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton taking second.
Vettel out after Kyvat shunt in Sochi
Sebastian Vettel crashed out of the Russian Grand Prix after a first lap collision with the Red Bull of Daniil Kyvat Sunday
Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton's engine fails again
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after a car failure ended his qualifying...
Hamilton fastest in Russia, Vettel stops
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton boosted his morale with the fastest lap in Russian Grand Prix practice Friday after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg set the...
An Indian teenager accidentally shot himself in the head with his father's gun while trying to take a "selfie" photograph, police said Sunday, the latest in a series of such accidents
Watch the trailer for Works on Paper, a series of contemporary art interventions in daily newspapers
Within the framework of “A Museum in the Making,” The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) with the contribution of Temporary Art...
‘Angry Birds’ maker wants phones out
The creators of “Angry Birds” hope movie theater audiences don’t get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of “The Angry...
'Angry Birds' maker wants phones out as film credits roll
The creators of "Angry Birds" hope movie theater audiences don't get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of "The Angry...
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
Mussolini museum project awakes demons of past
Tiptoeing through pigeon droppings in a building where Benito Mussolini once barked orders, the mayor sighs wearily as he recounts his long battle to get agreement on...
Jordan bans Lebanese band, songs anti-religion
Jordan has banned a performance by a Lebanese rock band on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of...
Thoughts on the bare naked Arab
“After greeting me she started taking off her clothes saying, ‘My husband told me yesterday that you are painting a picture and that you have been kept from completing...
The creators of “Angry Birds” hope movie theater audiences don’t get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of “The Angry Birds Movie” and point them at the screen.
Hollywood resets button on game adaptations
Hollywood seems to have pushed the reset button on its video game adaptations.
GoT stuns fans with season six reveal
Hit fantasy TV show “Game of Thrones” returned for its season six premiere Sunday appearing to answer the question “Is Jon Snow dead?”
A peek inside thriller The Invitation
For the movies, and Los Angelenos, the Hollywood Hills are laced with mythology.
Huge crowd ahead of Prince tribute in Minneapolis
Prince's death raises numerous questions about his health
Despite his debauched stage presence and erotically charged music, Prince had a reputation for clean living and an ability to put on shows that were electrifying in...
Axl Rose, back with Guns N‘ Roses, to front AC/DC
Axl Rose fired up a reunited Guns N’ Roses at the Coachella festival Saturday as he was announced as the new front man of a veteran hard rock group – AC/DC.
N.W.A. upbeat, Steve Miller lashes out at Rock Hall of Fame
Gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. called their success a lesson for youth as they entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, but the institution came under blistering...
Remo Belli, who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound, has died
‘Oh no, not again!’
“Prince, surely not? Can we turn this year off and turn it back on when it stops being a giant exit for all the most talented people?”
Renowned Congolese musician Papa Wemba dies: concert organizer
Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast, the concert organizer said Sunday
The ‘dirty,’ complicated mind of Prince
On Prince’s 1981 album “Controversy,” released days after he opened for the Rolling Stones dressed in bikini underwear and got booed off stage, the singer quipped that...
Oprah rejoices as Harriet Tubman selected to be on $20 bill
"I love it," Oprah Winfrey shouted, pumping her fist in the air
Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first Miss Africa Continent
In Internet age, pirate radio arises as surprising challenge
In the age of podcasts and streaming services, you might think pirate radio is low on the list of concerns of federal lawmakers and broadcasters. You'd be wrong.
Scientists discover three 'potentially habitable' planets
An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system
Boiling water may be cause of Martian streaks: study
The results of Earth-bound lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water – though in an otherworldly manner,...
Lebanese designer’s moorish patterns
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...
Kitten stars of 'Keanu' destined for posh Hollywood futures
Anyone who's spent time with a cat might agree with filmmaker Peter Atencio when he says cats are the "15-year-olds of the animal kingdom"
Alaska weighing rules to allow use of pot at licensed stores
ome activists have a vision for Alaska's upstart marijuana industry that could have Anchorage looking more like Amsterdam in the years ahead
Nothing fishy about trout skin sandals
Let the scales fall from your eyes. A French shoe manufacturer is urging fashionistas to take the plunge with what he claims is the world’s first range of trout skin...
230 million-year-old dinosaur footprint found in north Spain
Spain says a footprint of a dinosaur that roamed the area 230 million years ago has been found in northeastern Catalonia, and says it's the best preserved dinosaur...
Africa's giant eye in the sky proving worth its SALT
South Africa's SALT telescope has helped detect the first white dwarf pulsar, the latest co-discovery that has astronomers eager to use the largest optical telescope in...
Lacking vision: Has Apple lost its magic?
Is Apple facing a rare, simple pause in growth in a tough global economy or has it lost its magic for dreaming up must-have new gadgets like the iPhone?
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.
Tony Hage: The rise of a Lebanese photographer
Black and white dresses, wardrobe essentials
Growing the beautiful scent in life
Local florists are now exhibiting their products in the Beirut Souks for the Lebanese Flower Market, a three-week event for flower sellers to hawk exotic varieties and...
Beirut to hold cultural festival in May
The Beirut Cultural Festivals Association has announced the first edition of the Beirut Cultural Festivals that will be held next month at the capital’s seafront area.
Who doesn't want to see a formerly top-secret Communist nuclear bunker?
Come for the ghosts, stay for the history
One of New York’s newest tourism ventures is more dare than invitation.
Traveling Europe on a rented motorcycle
Gingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grape vines.
Royalty, Obama, fans mark 400 years since Shakespeare died
U.S. President Barack Obama marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death Saturday by visiting the Globe theater for a 10-minute performance of a scene from...
Guyana: Waterfalls, cliffs, tiny golden frogs
From 6,000 feet above Guyana’s rain forest, the jungle canopy below spread to the horizon in every direction, like wall-to-wall green carpeting.
The world, it appears, wants crossovers, and the more the better.
China auto show highlights luxurious SUVs in slowing market
Automakers are showcasing a new generation of luxurious SUVs at China's biggest auto show of the year as they battle for buyers in the country's cooling, crowded market
GMC’s handsome Acadia rides like a dream
For years Lebanese motorists have had a love affair with SUVs that I could never quite grasp.
2016 MX-5 brings back carefree driving thrills
Unlike most people, I don’t view cars merely as a mode of transportation.
CLS redefines conceptions of luxury and style
As hard as this might be to fathom, today there are no fewer than 100 different brands of mass production marques on the market, with each manufacturing anything from a...
Just one shot of a lab-produced antibody protected macaques against a sort of monkey HIV for nearly six months, said a study Wednesday into a potential vaccine alternative
McNugget makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe
McDonald's wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets
Experimental cancer drug reverses intellectual disability in mice
An experimental cancer drug may help reverse the effects of an intellectual disability known as fragile X syndrome, which is commonly found in people with autism,...
Teamwork or torture? Japan’s dangerous gym class
Rushed in for emergency surgery to stop bleeding on the brain, doctors at Matsudo City Hospital said the child was lucky to be alive.
Pollutants in fish may prevent humans from expelling toxins
Fish that contain environmental pollutants may harm people who eat them by preventing the human body from doing its natural job of flushing out toxins, researchers said...