The Internal Security Forces raided the home of a smuggler in Zahle and seized over 300 identity documents confiscated from Syrian nationals, a statement from the security agency said Saturday.
Rights groups write to U.N. on free speech
Several human rights organizations wrote an open letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Friday concerning to the recent surge in the number of...
More Genoa bridge collapse victims found
Firefighters searching the rubble of a collapsed bridge in Genoa have found human remains inside a car, emergency services told AFP Saturday, as the Italian city...
Toll rises to 42 in Italy bridge collapse ahead of funerals
Italy's president spoke quiet words of comfort to families of many of the dead in the Genoa bridge collapse at state funeral held on the city's fair grounds.
Iran anti-money laundering law faces challenge as deadline looms
A top Iranian constitutional body has demanded changes to anti-money laundering measures passed by parliament, state-run media said Saturday, as Tehran nears a deadline...
Suspect behind string of thefts in Khaldeh arrested
A wanted man was arrested for a series of thefts carried out in Khaldeh after being chased down by the police, the Internal Security Forces said Saturday in a statement.
Saudi Embassy issues 5,000 more hajj visas
More pilgrims are expected to depart to Saudi Arabia for the hajj through Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport, as the Saudi Embassy in Beirut issued 5,000...
Hariri assassination verdict likely in 2019
Are the four Hezbollah-affiliated individuals accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri guilty?
Firefighters searching the rubble of a collapsed bridge in Genoa have found human remains inside a car, emergency services told AFP Saturday, as the Italian city prepared to hold a state funeral for the victims.
Putin hails Annan's 'wisdom and courage'
Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday sent a message of condolences to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres following the death of the former head of the world...
Another trial looms for ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort
As jurors weigh Paul Manafort's fate in a sprawling financial fraud case, the former Trump campaign chairman still has another trial looming in the nation's capital –...
Manafort judge says he fears for jurors' safety
The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says he has received threats and he fears for the "peace and safety" of the jurors deciding the fate of the former...
A top Iranian constitutional body has demanded changes to anti-money laundering measures passed by parliament, state-run media said Saturday, as Tehran nears a deadline to pass legislation to help it attract investment while facing U.S sanctions.
US-backed forces repel Daesh attack in Syria
U.S.-backed forces have repelled a raid by Daesh (ISIS) targeting barracks housing American and French troops in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...
Egypt president approves law tightening internet controls
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has signed off on a law tightening controls over the internet in the country, the official gazette said Saturday.
Qatar accuses Saudis of barring hajj pilgrims, Riyadh denies
Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's hajj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making...
Navy mounts new defense system on warship: Iran
Iran's navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying...
The fall of the Turkish lira against the dollar and its economic ramifications on emerging markets have become one of the main news headlines around the world, as analysts rush to provide different scenarios on the future of Turkey.
BDL sets 25 pct ceiling for loans in pounds
The Central Bank set a ceiling of 25 percent of a customer’s total Lebanese pounds deposits for borrowing in the local currency, according to a circular by Banque Du...
Economy not in 'dead-end' from US sanctions: Iran
Iran's vice president said Saturday the Islamic Republic would resist pressures from U.S. sanctions by relying on its oil and other natural resources.
Erdogan says to challenge 'games' on the economy
A day after two major ratings agencies downgraded Turkey closer to junk status amid a currency crisis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would challenge...
Trump backs CEOs, proposes easing corporate reporting rules
U.S. President Donald Trump asked securities regulators to explore replacing quarterly reporting requirements with half-yearly filings at the urging of executives...
Lebanese banks suck in dollars to keep peg
Lebanese banks are pulling out the stops to bring in dollars as the country strives to preserve a 2-decade-old currency peg, offering high returns to customers willing...
Forbes Middle East honors Lebanese figures
The prestigious Dubai-based Forbes Middle East magazine Monday night honored 29 Lebanese men and women from different professions in recognition for their achievements...
Lebanon flops on competitiveness: report
Lebanon is the lowest-ranking Arab country for economic competitiveness, according to a new report by the International Finance Corporation and the World Economic Forum.
Turkish court rejects pastor’s appeal, lira drops
Turkey’s battered lira weakened 5 percent Friday after a Turkish court rejected a U.S. Christian pastor’s appeal for release, a day after the United States warned of...
Aramco’s oil output falls from annual record
Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s largest crude exporter, said its production last year fell from the annual record it reached in 2016 as it led producers in curbing...
China offers Turkey moral support, says can overcome difficulties
China believes Turkey has the ability to overcome temporary economic difficulties, the Asian nation's foreign ministry said Friday, adding that it hoped the relevant...
U.S. President Donald Trump asked securities regulators to explore replacing quarterly reporting requirements with half-yearly filings at the urging of executives including PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi, reigniting a debate about how often companies should give financial updates to investors.
Tesla falls after teary Musk interview
Tesla Inc.’s stock price plunged Friday after Elon Musk told The New York Times no one saw or reviewed his tweet about the plan to take the company private before he...
Stocks wobble as chip weakness weighs on tech
U.S. equities swung between gains and losses Friday, continuing their up-and-down pattern this week, as disappointing earnings guidance from U.S. chipmakers Nvidia...
Russian oil sector would weather ‘bill from hell’
Stiff new U.S. sanctions against Russia would only have a limited impact on its oil industry because it has drastically reduced its reliance on Western funding and...
Over a trillion in corporate cash coming to U.S.
The biggest U.S. asset managers are going head-to-head to win a piece of a $1.5 trillion corporate cash comeback.
While the Lebanese wonder what is planned for their country, they are witnessing attempt after attempt to sink the political debate into unprecedented lows.
Far beyond a joke
As Lebanon bakes, we are being bombarded with statements, lectures, sermons and warnings proclaiming the dire need to form a government immediately – since there is a...
Egypt dashes Nubians’ hopes of returning home
On June 5, the Egyptian Parliament approved the Upper Egypt Development Agency bill, dealing a crushing blow to the hopes of the Nubian minority.
Focus on the positive: A better world is here
It’s very easy to form the view that the modern world is coming apart.
Trump takes another step toward the abyss
What Donald Trump did Wednesday isn’t supposed to happen in a democracy.
Pay up or else …
A very-well-known mafia, common knowledge to all, has decided to come out of the shadows with a vengeance, crowning several weeks of hard-boiled negotiations with the...
Hold your horses
President Michel Aoun has at last lifted the lid on the not-so-secret secret.
Cooling hot heads
It has become obvious that the Free Patriotic Movement has a well-armed social media militia, always on high alert to attack opponents or anyone who dares to criticize...
The Turkish emerging-market time bomb
Turkey’s falling currency and deteriorating financial conditions lend credence, at least for some people, to the notion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”
Realizing globalization’s innovative potential
Globalization has come under fire in recent years, with people in some countries becoming increasingly frustrated with the uneven distribution of its gains.
How Europe can learn to stop worrying, love power
U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may have averted a trade war last month, but the challenges confronting the European...
The victories of the Lebanese National Pact
The concept of democracy, strength and power of the people (demos – people; kratos – force, power), that was born in the bosom of the city of Athens, and more precisely...
Pompeo tries to be the disruptor’s diplomat
When Mike Pompeo became secretary of state on May 1, he advised his new colleagues at Foggy Bottom: “I want the State Department to get its swagger back.”
Why is the U.S. still building aircraft carriers?
Will the Pentagon, with its 30-year planning cycle for building ships, still be launching aircraft carriers in 2048 – even though they’re highly vulnerable to attack...
There is only one way out of Afghanistan
Donald Trump campaigned as someone who wanted to get America out of the Middle East.
The renewed optimism that permeated north London after Arsene Wenger relinquished his role as Arsenal manager could evaporate just as quickly when Arsenal play Chelsea away Saturday.
Ronaldo set for first Serie A appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo will make his much-anticipated Serie A debut for Juventus who open their campaign for an eighth straight Italian league title Saturday.
Djokovic ahead in Cincinnati, Muguruza stunned
Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He’s inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout...
Major Davis Cup shake-up gets go-ahead
World tennis chiefs Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup revamp that will overhaul the 118-year-old competition, condensing the annual worldwide showpiece into an...
Anthony signs one-year deal with Houston Rockets
Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets Monday.
Guardiola links De Bruyne injury to fatigue
Pep Guardiola has suggested post-World Cup fatigue could have been a factor in the knee injury that has ruled out Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne for around three...
Six new signings to watch in Serie A
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has injected an air of expectation into the Italian championship not felt in decades while spending has smashed the 1 billion euro...
Six new signings to watch out for in La Liga
Spanish football heads into the post-Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta era as the 2018-19 La Liga season begins this weekend.
Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He’s inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career.
Williams crushes Gavrilova, Pouille ousts Murray
Serena Williams re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters Monday.
Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati Masters
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal Sunday withdrew from this week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters event as he prepares for this month’s U.S. Open.
Halep dominates Venus to end long day at Rogers Cup
Top seed Simona Halep made quick work of Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 on Thursday to end a long day at the Rogers Cup that saw her advancing to the quarter-finals.
Wade says will only play for Heat if he returns
Dwyane Wade is still deciding whether he will return and play a 16th season this fall. But one thing is certain, if the future Hall of Famer is in the NBA, he will...
NBA star Curry shoots 71 in Web.com event
Stephen Curry trailed the leaders by eight strokes after shooting a one over 71 on Thursday in the opening round of the Web.
Magic to face Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December
The Orlando Magic will face the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in a pair of games in Mexico City this December, the NBA announced Tuesday.
Jordan backs James after Trump mocks player
NBA legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to Lebron James’ defense Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player’s intelligence in a...
North and South Korea marched together behind the Korean Unification flag at the Asian Games opening ceremony Saturday, in the latest demonstration of their rapprochement.
Kuwait's Olympic suspension provisionally lifted
The International Olympic Committee says it has provisionally lifted Kuwait's suspension which had been in place for nearly three years.
Tarnished weightlifting fights for Olympic survival at Asian Games
Doping-ravaged weightlifting begins its Asian Games competition on Monday without a banned traditional powerhouse and with the sport's boss warning it would "slowly...
Ryder Cup captain hints at spot for Woods
Tiger Woods has earned a spot on the American Ryder Cup team with his recent hot form, captain Jim Furyk hinted Monday.
Koepka: From injury to two major wins
Sitting on a couch watching the Masters on television with an injured left wrist, Brooks Koepka never dreamed he would win two majors this year, much less battle his...
Carlos Sainz has signed a multiyear deal in order to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren from the 2019 Formula One season, the team confirmed Thursday.
Schumacher not moving: spokeswoman
Ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is not being moved from his home in Switzerland to the Spanish island of Mallorca, a spokeswoman said Thursday, denying a...
Alonso to retire from F1 at end of season
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One at the end of the season and potentially move to IndyCar in the U.S.
Alonso: F1 master moves on, legacy assured
His two world championships now a distant memory, Fernando Alonso has finally had enough of life in the slow lane with McLaren.
Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with...
American singer-songwriter Ben Harper’s eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music will grace the stage at Bacchus Temple this Saturday, with his band The Innocent Criminals.
Movie theaters try three-screen immersion
Sit at the back of the movie theater and it’s possible to see the appeal of ScreenX, the latest attempt to drag film lovers off the sofa and away from Netflix.
MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin
The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin – they're just not sure how they will do it.
The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive...
US 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill: report
Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family...
Cohan up for change after killing zombies
Even battling zombies day in and day out can get repetitive.
Genadry draws on light, emptiness in BAC show
People can be obsessive about place.
‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies, aged 76
Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died...
A wacky, weird, wonderful cabaret
“Discotheque Nana,” Metro al-Madina’s latest offering, premiered at the Hamra cabaret space Monday night, delighting its audience with a whimsical blend of nostalgia,...
The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin – they're just not sure how they will do it.
The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press Friday that his team is "working on a lot of different options."
Drake drops 'In My Feelings' video chock full of cameos
Celebrities abound as Drake strolls through the streets of New Orleans in his "In My Feelings" video.
J. Lo to receive Video Vanguard Award at VMAs
Jennifer Lopez's two-decade music career will be honored at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Walker’s brothers open to ‘Fast’ return
Nearly five years after Paul Walker’s death, his brothers say they’re open to playing his character again in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Glenn: I’ve bloomed late, like ‘The Wife’
Glenn Close may be known for playing strong, often ruthless women, but, like her long-subdued character in “The Wife,” she says she’s only just starting to feel...
‘Asian August’ tests waters but will it last?
“Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, is about to hit theaters along with two other predominantly Asian films.
Critics unimpressed with ‘Insatiable’
Netflix’s new series “Insatiable,” which hit screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills. Instead,...
Thomas Markle has not spoken to his daughter Meghan since her star-studded wedding to Britain's Prince Harry and fears she will not contact him again, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday.
Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna at 60 Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60
Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time,...
Photographer says Bill Murray harassed him at restaurant
A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant.
Spain taxman knocks 2 million euros off Ronaldo tax settlement: report
After ordering football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay 18.8 million euros ($21.6 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, Spanish authorities have reduced the sum by...
PEN America giving artistic expression award to Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will be honored this fall by PEN America.
When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule.
Women heard empowerment in Franklin’s anthems
Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine.
Abed Mahfouz unveils fall/winter collection
Lebanese haute couture designer Abed Mahfouz turned his Downtown atelier into a catwalk Wednesday , unveiling his stunning Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection.
Celebs flock to designs by Lebanon’s Sabaji
Lebanese designer Jean Louis Sabaji is making his mark on the fashion industry.
Tesla forms three-member panel to look at any Musk deal
Tesla Inc's board named a special committee of three directors on Tuesday which will evaluate Elon Musk's proposals to take the company private, although it said it was...
Gaza fisherman fighting poverty with plastic boat
With hundreds of empty plastic bottles collected from the shores of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, fisherman Muath Abu Zeid has turned litter into a floating source...
Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer
Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age 4.
Ex-city dwellers find harmony making cheese in Siberia
When Alexei Dubovets and his wife Natalia Kurochkina yearned for a change from Russian city life, they moved to a village in Siberia and began to dabble in the art of...
Tesla Inc's board named a special committee of three directors on Tuesday which will evaluate Elon Musk's proposals to take the company private, although it said it was yet to see a firm offer from the company's chief executive.
NASA to launch first spacecraft to 'touch Sun'
NASA counted down Friday to the launch of a $1.5 billion spacecraft that aims to plunge into the Sun's sizzling atmosphere and become humanity's first mission to...
Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets.
New Samsung smartphone expected at NYC event Thursday
Samsung is expected to unveil its next major smartphone at a New York event on Thursday.
UK watchdog fines child care company for selling data
Britain's information watchdog has fined a firm that offers advice on pregnancy and child care 140,000 pounds ($180,000) for illegally collecting and selling personal...
Standing outside their yellow hut on a ridge 3,200 meters above sea level, two French gendarmes peer through binoculars at a group of foreign climbers making their way across a scree-littered stretch on what has become one of the deadliest routes to the top of Mont Blanc.
A tiny English village abandoned during WWII
Explore Britain’s southern coast carefully and you can still find relics of the dark years when the country awaited Nazi invasion: abandoned radar stations, tank-traps...
Eiffel Tower shut in dispute over 'monstrous' queues
Staff at the Eiffel Tower shut down the Paris landmark on Wednesday afternoon in protest over a new access policy that they say is generating "monstrous" queues for...
Dead gorgeous: Ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics
Archaeologists say a third-century sarcophagus found in what is now western Germany contained the remains of a young Roman woman who was buried along with perfume...
Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific...
The Ford Mustang – an iconic American brand and a symbol of cool – reached a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant.
One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle.
Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'
Scientists in Florida are on the cusp of developing promising methods to control toxic algae blooms like the "red tide" that has been killing marine life along a...
Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus
For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years.
Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo
American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health...
Tunisian anti-litter activist takes up 30-beach challenge
Bin bags at the ready, “long-distance activist” Mohammad Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia’s Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds...