Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil Tuesday lashed out at several parties for what he said were efforts to slow progress on increasing electricity supply in Lebanon, while they were now claiming to have been part of the solution.
Government to study disastrous tobacco harvest
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri ordered a government survey of recent major losses by tobacco farmers in south Lebanon’s Rmeish, as a virus-ridden summer harvest...
Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting buried in Karachi
A Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting in Texas last week was buried in her home town of Karachi on Wednesday, her coffin draped with Pakistan's green...
"Referendum" result due on France's big railway shake-up
France's rail unions will announce on Wednesday the results of a staff ballot on government plans to create a leaner, more efficient public railway company before the...
Israel hits more Hamas targets after cross-border raid
Israeli warplanes blasted Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a fresh round of retaliation after a Palestinian cross-border raid the day before, the army...
Hariri: Syria property law prevents refugee return
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized Tuesday night a Syrian law introduced last month that threatens to confiscate millions of refugees’ properties within...
First session of new Parliament begins, as MPs set to elect speaker, deputy speaker
First session of new Parliament begins, as MPs set to elect speaker, deputy speaker
Nabih Berri re-elected as parliamentary speaker, in first session of new Parliament
Nabih Berri re-elected as parliamentary speaker, in first session of new Parliament
A Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting in Texas last week was buried in her home town of Karachi on Wednesday, her coffin draped with Pakistan's green and white flag.
Many protests planned against Berlin right-wing party rally
Berlin police say more than a dozen groups are planning weekend protests against a rally by the right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany being staged under the...
NKorea allows SKorean journalists to cover nuke test closing
Eight journalists from South Korea departed for rival North Korea on Wednesday after the North allowed them to join the small group of foreign media in the country to...
French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camp
France's interior minister has ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 migrants camped in Paris amid a standoff with City Hall over how to handle the long-running problem.
Israeli warplanes blasted Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a fresh round of retaliation after a Palestinian cross-border raid the day before, the army said.
Iran calls U.S. leaders cruel and disloyal, says armed forces 'prepared'
A senior Iranian military official branded U.S. leaders disloyal and cruel on Wednesday and told Parliament Tehran would not bow to Washington's pressure to limit its...
France says US Iran strategy will reinforce conservatives
France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he disagreed with the United States' decision to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and warned that its method of adding more...
Iran says will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons - IRNA
The chief of staff of Iran's armed forces dismissed on Wednesday U.S. demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region, and said it would not seek permission from...
US says ambassador tricked over Jerusalem picture
The newly-opened US embassy in Jerusalem has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a photo of east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa...
The Interior Ministry’s elections operations room said Friday there were “no lost expatriate votes” in the parliamentary elections, adding that the ministry was not responsible for any vote counting errors amid complaints of uncounted or lost ballots abroad.
MP-elect Henri Chedid confirms to join Future bloc
MP-elect Henri Chedid confirmed Thursday that he was set to become a member of the Future Movement bloc, after confusion over which political bloc he planned to join.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda: Election near misses
Lebanon’s elections on May 6 set tongues wagging when people learned Eddy Demerjian had won a seat in Zahle with just 77 votes.
Electoral committee calls on candidates to submit accounts
The Electoral Supervisory Committee Monday urged parliamentary candidates to submit reports accounting for their monthly campaign contributions and expenditures, in...
Future disbands its electoral supervisory bodies
The Future Movement called Saturday for the dissolution of the party’s electoral supervisory bodies, in a statement from the Secretariat-General.
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has a long list of measures to stimulate the sluggish economy, combat rampant corruption and red tape as well as deal effectively with the growing public debt when he is appointed again to head the Cabinet.
Fitch warns against slow Cabinet formation
Ratings agency Fitch has warned against a drawn-out Cabinet formation process, as this would delay necessary reforms.
Banks to back plan to solve Turkey’s big default
Banks that provided a $4.75 billion loan to the owner of Turk Telekomunikasyon AS are backing a proposal that would settle Turkey’s biggest default, sources with...
Syrian Kurd traders suffer from twin taxes
Many Kurds in Syria may dream of self-rule, but for business owners in the semi-autonomous region in the country’s north, it now comes with a painful pinch: double taxes.
Eurozone economy outlook dims as sentiment weakens: survey
The pace of growth of eurozone business activity continued to slow in May, as companies became less optimistic about the state of the economy in Europe, a key survey...
Finance Ministry, BDL do $5.5B swap
The Finance Ministry Friday swapped $5.5 billion worth of Lebanese pound bonds held by BDL with dollar-denominated Eurobonds to meet its refinancing needs in foreign...
U.S. warns against Hezbollah Cabinet role
A senior U.S. official Thursday described Hezbollah as a “cancer” that must be removed, urging the Lebanese government not to include the party's members in the new...
ABL renews compliance to all banking rules
The Association of Banks in Lebanon reiterated Wednesday the commitment of the banking sector to all rules of compliance and transparency under the supervision of the...
Banks that provided a $4.75 billion loan to the owner of Turk Telekomunikasyon AS are backing a proposal that would settle Turkey’s biggest default, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
UAE extends visas to boost property
As homebuilders in Dubai and Abu Dhabi think up extravagant incentives to shake the property market out of its long slumber, the government will offer potential buyers...
Dubai’s biggest bank bets $3.2B on Denizbank AS
By most accounts, Dubai’s biggest bank got a good deal when it agreed to buy Turkey’s Denizbank AS for $3.2 billion.
Egypt's Suez Canal revenues rise to $479.3 mln in April
Egypt's Suez Canal revenues rose to $479.3 million in April, up from $463 million in March, official statistics Tuesday showed.
The pace of growth of eurozone business activity continued to slow in May, as companies became less optimistic about the state of the economy in Europe, a key survey showed on Wednesday.
China, U.S. near deal on ZTE reprieve
Washington neared a deal to lift its ban on U.S. firms supplying Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp, sources said Tuesday, and Beijing announced tariff cuts on car...
Sony spends $2.3B to own 90 percent of EMI Music
Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to...
Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend $9B on image sensors
German economists oppose 'high risk' Macron euro zone reform plan
Prominent German economists opposed French President Emmanuel Macron's euro zone reform proposals Tuesday, dismissing them as risky and saying that the single currency...
Up until a little about two weeks ago, the airwaves were filled with electioneering rhetoric and vows of servitude from politicians trying to win parliamentary seats.
Massacre in Gaza
With the blessing of U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared war on the Palestinians and buried the chance of any peace...
Five steps to a world free of tuberculosis
When Mabruka was 18, she came home from school one day and started coughing up blood.
Pompeo’s Iran ‘Plan B’: An inadequate cure
In an audacious speech before the Heritage Foundation on May 21, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a litany of complaints about the nuclear deal with Iran...
Trump is fomenting a trans-Atlantic rift
President Donald Trump’s dismissive treatment of Europe is beginning to erode the trans-Atlantic alliance, which for many decades has been the central pillar of U.S....
We will not forget
Seventy years after the Nakba and the creation of the state of Israel on land stolen from Palestinians, some things have changed, but one thing has remained exactly the...
Security by dissociation
Following months of hostile rhetoric and threats to nix the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump, against the wishes of the world powers involved in the pact,...
Hands off Beirut
Monday’s acts of intimidation and violence on Beirut’s streets, at the hands of unruly thugs, have struck at the heart of Lebanese of every region, sect and tribe.
Europe must confront America’s sanctions
Donald Trump’s renunciation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on that country threaten global peace. Europe’s...
Lebanese civil society’s need for classification
Civil society has been defined as the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that reflect the interests and will of citizens.
Haftar’s ailing narrative
In early April, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, one of the most powerful leaders in conflict-divided Libya, was treated for an unspecified ailment at a military hospital...
President Donald Trump’s dismissive treatment of Europe is beginning to erode the trans-Atlantic alliance, which for many decades has been the central pillar of U.S. national security policy.
Is Moscow the answer to Iranian containment?
Arab leaders love the idea that President Trump is ready to give Iran a punch in the nose.
Trump has just proved Iran’s hard-liners right
Jeb Bush said Donald Trump would be a “chaos president.” And last week, Trump lived up to the billing, choosing to defy virtually the entire world, including America’s...
Sane Iran policy bets on people, not regime
So what’s next with Iran?
Day for Students with Learning Difficulties
Sunday April 22, millions of people received a cellphone message from the Telecommunications Ministry announcing that it was the “National Day for Students with...
To Juergen Klopp, Saturday's much-anticipated Champions League final will rest on whether Real Madrid's drive to win their third successive title outstrips Liverpool's desire for their first since 2005.
Ronaldo lauds Liverpool attack, says Real better
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo knows a thing or two about being part of a pacey, direct forward line and has compared the Liverpool team to Real sides of the...
Returning Serena Williams ready to deny Paris convention
Convention would have it that to succeed on the grueling clay courts of Roland Garros requires playing a stack of matches and having miles in your legs.
French Open organisers launch assault on tardy diners
The French Open is mostly a picture of elegance -- well-dressed spectators in Panama hats watching the ball sizzle across the red clay in searing sunshine.
LeBron scores 44 to lead Cavs over Boston
LeBron James scored 44 points, adding more records to his amazing NBA legacy, and powered the Cleveland Cavaliers over Boston 111-102 Monday, equalizing their Eastern...
Kane named England captain for World Cup
Striker Harry Kane will wear the captain’s armband for England at next month’s World Cup, ending speculation about who would lead Gareth Southgate’s squad in Russia.
FIFA: Russia squad doping-free
Host nation Russia’s World Cup squad was declared free of doping by FIFA Tuesday after the global football body followed up on the McLaren report, which uncovered...
Rival captains back Guerrero in bid to lift ban
The captains of the three countries set to play Peru at the World Cup have co-signed a letter urging FIFA to find a way for team captain Paolo Guerrero – currently...
Australian Open semifinalist Chung pulls out of French Open
Surprise Australian Open semifinalist Chung Hyeon won't have a chance to repeat his Grand Slam heroics at the French Open: the 22-year-old Korean withdrew from the...
From Serena and Rafa to rain, what to know
As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what - whether she's attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practicing at Roland Garros.
Evert blasts decision to not seed Serena in Paris
French Open organizers are wrong to stick rigidly to the WTA ranking list and not seed three-time champion Serena Williams for this year’s tournament, fellow American...
LeBron James scored 44 points, adding more records to his amazing NBA legacy, and powered the Cleveland Cavaliers over Boston 111-102 Monday, equalizing their Eastern Conference final at two wins each.
All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics
LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.
Curry silences critics as Warriors thrash Rockets
Stephen Curry silenced his critics with a 35-point display as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the Houston Rockets 126-85 to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Western...
Cavs school Celtics, trim deficit
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Boston Celtics 116-86 Saturday, powering their way back into the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
Rockets romp to level NBA series with Warriors
The Houston Rockets ramped up the intensity Wednesday, powering past the NBA champion Golden State Warriors 127-105 to level their Western Conference finals series at...
Australia's Rohan Dennis won the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 34.2-kilometer individual time-trial between Trento and Rovereto in northern Italy Tuesday.
Vegas Golden Knights turn impossible to possible
“Welcome to Impossible.”
New world tour with massive prize money proposed
A new global golf circuit is being planned, multiple sources have confirmed to Reuters, in what would be the biggest upheaval in the professional game in decades.
Ireland's Bennett wins Giro 12th stage, Yates maintains overall lead
Ireland's Sam Bennett of the Bora team won the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia for his second win of this year's race Thursday.
Yates extends Giro d'Italia lead with 11th stage win
Briton Simon Yates of the Mitchelton team extended his lead in the Giro d'Italia Wednesday by winning the 11th stage.
Defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won a crash-marred French MotoGP Sunday, extending his overall lead in the championship as he chases a fifth world title.
Zarco hopes home advantage will deliver first win
French star Johann Zarco will have huge home support at Le Mans Sunday as he attempts to claim a first MotoGP win and dent Marc Marquez’s quest for a fifth title.
Saudi Arabia to host Formula E's 2018-19 season opener
The all-electric Formula E motor racing series will start its 2018-19 season in Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, organizers said Thursday.
Hamilton says close to new Mercedes deal
Lewis Hamilton says he is close to signing a new Mercedes contract after winning Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix watched by several members of the all-conquering German...
Dominant Hamilton wins in Spain, Vettel fourth
Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in a commanding Mercedes one-two Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel from four to 17 points.
Gerard Avedissian recalls meeting Victoria in 1974.
Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85
Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, has died at 85.
YouTube to launch music streaming service next week
Google's YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid...
Norway artists file complaint against Tidal over false streaming
Norwegian songwriters, composers and music publishers on Monday said they had lodged a complaint against Jay Z's music platform Tidal after a media report said its...
Obamas sign Netflix production agreement
Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multiyear agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service announced...
‘Book Club’: a corny but sweet look at ageing
Jane Fonda said recently that “Book Club” was the most fun she’s ever had making a movie.
New Mathaf guide questions history
Lebanon’s National Museum has a new audio guide for its archaeological exhibits. Unlike the electronic tours of other museum collections, this guide provides no...
Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Penn Museum
Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in...
Google's YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming.
Spotify to stop promoting R. Kelly songs over sex abuse claims
Spotify Thursday announced it would no longer feature R. Kelly songs in its playlists or user recommendations, after the Time's Up movement for gender equality urged...
Andrew Lloyd Webber weighs in on Tony Awards favorite
Andrew Lloyd Webber has written some of the most successful stage musicals of all time.
Gibson guitar maker sees a future with bankruptcy protection
Gibson guitars have been such a fixture in music history that Chuck Berry was laid to rest with his, B.B. King affectionately named his "Lucille," and Eric Clapton...
Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multiyear agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service announced Monday.
Khartoum protests Egyptian TV series
Sudan has complained to Cairo about an Egyptian television series that shows some Egyptians living in the African country being involved in “terrorism.”
CBS looks back for reboot-heavy TV season
Glance at next season’s schedule for CBS and you could be forgiven for wondering what decade it is. The network is adding remakes of 1980s series “Murphy Brown” and...
Barack and Michelle Obama to produce content for Netflix
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement with Netflix Inc to produce films and series, the online streaming...
Ramadan row as Riyadh objects to TV star
Soaps and dramas normally unite binge-watching Arab audiences during Ramadan but this year an Egyptian series has been caught up in a bitter dispute with Saudi Arabia...
Windsor Castle became an eclectic catwalk of colorful frocks and shapely hats Saturday as celebrity guests offered up an array of royal wedding outfit styles, eagerly watched by fashionistas around the world. As attendees like Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife Amal, tennis champion Serena Williams and fashion designer Victoria Beckham arrived for the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, all eyes were on what they were wearing.
Royal wedding bridges Atlantic, breaks molds
The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry’s royal heritage, Meghan Markle’s biracial...
Clare Waight Keller behind Markle’s gown
Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk boat-necked gown and long billowing veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down...
Harry and Meghan go straight to work after lavish wedding
Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan began married life on Sunday after their spectacular, rule-breaking wedding, but will be delaying a honeymoon as they turn...
Sealed with a kiss
Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan set off on a carriage procession around the town of Windsor after marrying on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony in front of...
Allegations of sexual assault against U.S. celebrity chef Mario Batali spotlight once again an industry known for its macho work environment as the #MeToo era claims yet another high-profile American scalp.
Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck
A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of...
An egg a day may keep the doctor away: study
For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a study Tuesday said an egg a day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease...
Study of pop music finds rise in sadness
A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy...
Beirut Cat Yoga session seeks to boost adoptions
Guillaume the cat didn’t look impressed at the sight of a room full of yoga students stretching for almost an hour, but still struggled to place their leg behind their...
On a winger and a prayer: the miraculous rise of Mountain Top FC
One of Nigeria's biggest evangelical churches was on to a winner when it set up a football club - backed by millions of dollars and the power of prayer.
Algeria boosts fish farming in Sahara desert
In a corner of his sprawling farm, Milouda Mohammed proudly unveiled his latest venture – a pond full of catfish that could herald a new future for farmers like him on...
On Damascus rooftop, dyeing silk a dying craft
On a rooftop in Syria’s capital, Mohammad al-Rihawi plunges silk threads into emerald green dye, preparing it to be woven into the city’s famed brocade.
For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a study Tuesday said an egg a day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Study links body clock to mood disorders
Messing with the natural rhythm of one’s internal clock may boost the risk of developing mood problems ranging from garden-variety loneliness to severe depression and...
WHO sends first doses of experimental vaccine to tackle Congo Ebola outbreak
The World Health Organization sent the first 4,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine to Congo Wednesday, the first time the experimental vaccine has been deployed since it was...
London bans junk food ads on public transport to fight child obesity
London plans to ban junk food advertising on its entire public transport network to tackle child obesity, which is among the highest in Europe, Mayor Sadiq Kahn said...
Guillaume the cat didn’t look impressed at the sight of a room full of yoga students stretching for almost an hour, but still struggled to place their leg behind their heads.
Ink unites tattoo lovers, artists at festival
Lebanon’s second tattoo festival took place over the weekend, gathering the country’s tight-knit creative community of tattoo lovers and artists in the Concrete 1994...
When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don’t amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses.
'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar system
An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident...
Facebook's Zuckerberg apologizes to EU lawmakers
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologised to European Union lawmakers Tuesday for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has...
Tech 'Nobel' awarded to Finnish physicist for small smart devices
Finnish materials physicist Tuomo Suntola, who developed a groundbreaking technology to reduce the size of complex devices, Tuesday won Finland's take on the Nobel...
What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass.
Indian officials Tuesday urged tourists to steer clear of monkeys after two French visitors were attacked by apes while taking selfies at the Taj Mahal.
As price comes down, risk goes up for Everest ‘trophy hunters’
Everest is the ultimate mountaineering “trophy,” but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top...
Fats, food and fun: 1st weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off
Thousands of people are converging on the Crescent City this week for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Uber rides again in Vienna after two-day suspension
Ride-hailing service Uber has resumed operations in Vienna after a two-day suspension to comply with an injunction pending a ruling in a local taxi firm's lawsuit.
Tunisia: Sea, sand, medinas, Arab Spring
The colors of Tunisia’s landscape change hourly with the light of the Mediterranean sun.
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has sought to play down a report identifying "big flaws" in its Model 3 sedan, admitting there is a braking issue with the vehicle but saying it will be fixed with a software update within days.
Model 3 price hype helps Tesla shares bounce
Shares in Tesla Inc jumped more than 4 percent Monday as investors were encouraged by the company's placing a $78,000 price tag on the fully-loaded version of its Model...
BMW expands UK vehicle recall to 390,000 cars
LONDON: BMW is expanding a recall of vehicles in Britain, which it launched last week, by 88,000 cars to a total of 390,000, in the wake of a BBC investigation which...
Volkswagen to recall 411,000 cars over rear seatbelt problem
German carmaker Volkswagen AG will recall about 220,000 of its new Polo vehicles in the coming weeks due to a problem with the rear seatbelt lock, it said Friday,...
VW's Audi finds emissions problem with another 60,000 cars
Audi has discovered emissions-related problems with a further 60,000 cars, it said Tuesday, dealing a fresh setback to parent Volkswagen more than 2-1/2 years after it...
In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.
Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses
An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing...
Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip
A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.
UN, EU call for global action to protect bees
The United Nation's food agency and the European Union Saturday called for global action to protect pollinators, and bees in particular, which are crucial for ensuring...
France to host 'red list' endangered species congress
Keepers of the planet's "Red List" of endangered species will meet in the southern French city of Marseille next year, where they will try to rally support for efforts...