The Kremlin Tuesday dismissed as absurd allegations it was behind the hacking of U.S. Democratic Party emails, saying unidentified individuals were trying to cynically exploit fear of Russia for electoral purposes.
Bernie Sanders loses control of his own movement
It should have been a triumphant night for Hillary Clinton when her rival Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech urging his supporters to vote for her in the Nov. 8 U.S....
WhatsApp gives insight into Turkish coup plot
As technology evolves, so do coups. Research on the online journalism platform Bellingcat has revealed how military commanders involved in the attempted coup in Turkey...
Turkey backs Cyprus talks, warns Greek Cypriots
Turkey backs U.N.-led reunification talks for Cyprus, but sees this round of negotiations as the last chance for Greek Cypriots to show a constructive approach and...
New airport taxi rule blocks private cabs
A new safety rule for the airport – adopted earlier this month – blocking all non-airport-run taxis from the arrivals terminal has been met with anger from drivers and...
Japan knife attacker kills 19 disabled people
A knife-wielding man broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo early Tuesday and killed 19 patients as they slept, authorities said, Japan’s...
Bavarian leaders urge tough immigration policies
Germany must face the fact that Islamist terrorism has arrived and respond with tougher security and tighter immigration policies, Bavaria’s state premier said Tuesday.
Controversial religious procession barred from entering Kiev
Authorities in Ukraine's capital say pilgrims in a major religious procession connected with a Moscow-loyal church will be taken to their goal by bus, a compromise...
As technology evolves, so do coups. Research on the online journalism platform Bellingcat has revealed how military commanders involved in the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 used the WhatsApp messaging service to plot, coordinate and, eventually, disband.
Turkish military a fractured force
Just weeks ago, commander Adem Huduti was inspecting Turkish troops on the Syrian border and being praised in the media for his role in the fight against Daesh (ISIS)...
Putin and Erdogan to meet as rapprochement grows
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month for the first time in almost a year, a sign that a rapprochement...
South Sudan president replaces rival as VP
South Sudan’s president Tuesday replaced his deputy and opposition leader Riek Machar, who fled into hiding this month amid renewed clashes with government forces.
A new safety rule for the airport – adopted earlier this month – blocking all non-airport-run taxis from the arrivals terminal has been met with anger from drivers and passengers and glee from the Airport-run syndicate.
Litani River committee meets in Baalbek
A special committee tasked with supervising the environmental cleanup of the Litani River called after a meeting for cooperation between all relevant ministries and...
Witness Platt returns to STL for more testimony
Prosecution witness Gary Platt, an investigator with expertise on covert cellular networks, returned to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Tuesday to give further...
Killing a priest the worst human act: Hariri
Future Movement leader Saad Hariri Tuesday condemned the killing of a priest in northern France by a militant from Daesh (ISIS) and expressed his solidarity with the...
Army delegation inspects units deployed in south
An Army delegation representing the chief of staff inspected Tuesday the outskirts of the Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh and the city of Sidon in general, sources...
Byblos Bank announced Tuesday that its net profits in the first six months of 2016 rose by 6 percent to $73.8 million compared to the same period in 2015.
Capital inflows to Lebanon expected to drop: IIF
Nonresident net private capital inflows to Lebanon are projected to stand at $5 billion in 2016, a decrease of 11.6 percent from $5.7 billion in 2015, and down steeply...
A year after Iran deal, oil flows but money stuck
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to...
Turkish central bank maintains inflation outlook
Turkish central bank Gov. Murat Cetinkaya kept his estimates for year-end inflation unchanged from April and said lower-than-predicted food prices will offset the...
Banks jettison customers as era of empires ends
How does a company lose 69 million customers?
BLOM confirms talks to acquire HSBC Lebanon operations
BLOM Bank confirmed over the weekend that it’s currently holding talks with HSBC in a bid to acquire its operations in Lebanon
Lebanese cancel Turkish holidays after coup
The Turkish ambassador to Lebanon assured Friday that the state of emergency in Turkey would have no impact on tourism or tourists, even as travel agencies confirmed...
Azzi explains adjustment to daily minimum wage
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Thursday assured that deducting LL4,000 from the daily minimum wage by the Cabinet would have no impact on the minimum monthly wages.
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to unveil their nuclear accord and Iran’s economy is on the mend.
Aramex founder said to sell stake
Aramex PJSC founder and Vice Chairman Fadi Ghandour sold his entire 9.9 percent stake in the logistics company to Gulf investors including Emaar Properties PJSC...
Iran caps salaries in bid to end scandal
Iran’s government said Tuesday it would cap salaries for public officials as it seeks to dampen a scandal over exorbitant pay that has threatened to derail President...
Libyan oil ports’ reopening delayed
Two of Libya’s biggest oil ports may not reopen soon as the hardening positions of rival factions pose a fresh challenge to international efforts to reunite the country...
Fed seen holding rates firm, eye on inflation
The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged this week, deferring any possible increase until September or December, as policymakers hold out...
Verizon Q2 profits hit by mass strike
Verizon Communications said Tuesday that a strike by 40,000 employees hurt its results in the second quarter, and the company’s revenue fell short of projections.
Goldman is sued in US over merger linked to Malaysia's 1MDB
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was sued Tuesday by a major shareholder of a Malaysian bank it once advised, and which accused the Wall Street bank of fraudulently...
Swiss to pass information on HSBC accounts to US tax agency
Switzerland said it plans to give information to U.S. tax authorities about accounts at HSBC Holdings Plc's Swiss private bank, as part of a U.S. investigation into tax...
In the high-stakes game of Middle East diplomacy, it’s advisable to keep your cards close to your chest.
Usually corruption sees individuals or groups benefit themselves at the expense of taxpayers, utilizing illegal means to take advantage of their positions for money or...
Civil society against terrorism
After the terror attacks in Paris last November – a carefully coordinated series of assaults carried out by multiple attackers, resulting in 130 deaths – there was...
Clinton and the Scandinavian-American dream
This week, Hillary Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to accept her party’s presidential nomination and present its platform.
Arab summits and frivolous governance
The sad spectacle of the truncated “summit” of Arab leaders in the Mauritanian capital Monday was even more embarrassing than usual for this recurring event.
For decades, in fact ever since the 1950s when the first Arab Summit was held in Egypt and then resumed in the 1960s to eventually become an institution, it has proved...
In Lebanon a crisis is never far away, and Thursday the Lebanese woke up to the latest hysterical headlines: Qaraoun Lake is dead.
Threat worse than terror
Party conventions in the United States have always been a circus, serving up the entertainment every four years.
After the terror attacks in Paris last November – a carefully coordinated series of assaults carried out by multiple attackers, resulting in 130 deaths – there was intense pain and fear, but also a spirit of unity and resilience.
The EU’s bold new strategy
When problems accumulate, as in Europe – where the failed coup in Turkey comes hard on the heels of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union –...
The SDF’s obstacles to liberating Raqqa
The Syrian Democratic Forces announced a military campaign against Daesh (ISIS) at the end of May, aiming to gain control of the northern countryside of Raqqa.
The British leadership disease
Ethical political leadership is in short supply worldwide, from the United States to Turkey to the Philippines.
Lew heads to China to rebut Trump’s globalization attacks
After a week of relentless Republican attacks on trade deals and globalization, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is heading to a meeting in China that he hopes will steady...
America presents itself as a banana republic
Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his...
Syria becomes ever more complicated
The failed military coup in Turkey and the country’s many links with key regional actors in Syria, Russia, Iran, NATO and clarify how difficult it has become to achieve...
Coup attempt is new blow to U.S.-Turkey ties
In the uproar following the attempted military coup in Turkey, relations between Washington and Ankara, already badly strained, appear to be headed for new difficulty.
Gonzalo Higuain completed a sensational move to Juventus after the Italian champions agreed to pay a 90 million euro ($99 million) fee, the third highest in history, to wrest the Argentine striker from Napoli Tuesday.
Five most expensive football transfers
The following are the five most expensive transfers after Italian champions Juventus splashed out 90 million euros ($98.8 million) to prise Argentina striker Gonzalo...
Federer to miss Olympics and rest of season
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” after...
Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hard court surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Duncan thanks team-mates in open letter
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the...
Allardyce targets England’s fear factor
New England manager Sam Allardyce vowed Monday to break the psychological barrier hindering the performance of the country’s big-name players at international level.
Chinese fans feel neglected as big money comes
Big money signings and investments in European clubs, and the backing of a president who is an avid football fan: Things should be looking up for millions of Chinese...
Olympic hoodoo still haunts hosts Brazil
Football fans of a certain age will always remember Falcao at the World Cup in 1982 and his starring role alongside Zico, Socrates and Cerezo in one of the greatest...
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” after knee surgery earlier this year as he bids to prolong his career.
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and said he will miss the rest of the season as he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" following knee surgery earlier...
Rejuvenated Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World number one Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hardcourt surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Venus eyes 50th WTA title in Stanford
Top-seeded Venus Williams will play for her 50th WTA title Sunday in Stanford, in the tournament where she made her professional debut 22 years ago
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the Spurs website
College player in alleged assault released by team
A U.S. college football player, who alleges he was struck by Golden State Warrior star Draymond Green, has been released by his school, the coach said Wednesday night
Duncan’s retirement latest in summer of goodbyes
Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a...
Silver wants more balance after Durant move
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league might look at ways of maintaining competitive balance following Kevin Durant's blockbuster move to join the...
Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan
San Antonio Spurs long time coach Gregg Popovich described five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan Tuesday as the best example of a leader any coach in the NBA could hope for
Greatness can be hard to define but two words suffice for Olympic swimming – Michael Phelps.
More Russians banned in mounting Rio toll
Seven athletes including a canoeing gold medalist became the latest Russian competitors to be banned from next month’s Rio Olympics after an explosive report revealed...
Usain Bolt: The sport needs me to win
Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there’s one constant: Usain Bolt’s bravado and self-confidence. It’s what is expected from the world’s fastest man...
Relief, outrage after IOC ‘passes buck’ on Russia
Russia breathed a sigh of relief after the IOC declined to impose a blanket ban on its competitors at the Rio Games over state-run doping, but the decision met fierce...
At least 85 Russians barred from Rio Olympics over doping
At least 85 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have so far been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping...
The mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($36.5 million) in ransom, according to reports in a leading Brazilian news magazine.
Hamilton on top, surrounded by flag controversies
Lewis Hamilton departed Budapest Monday as the beaming new leader of this year’s world championship and at the center of a trio of controversies in the wake of his...
Hamilton wins in Hungary to take overall lead
Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday to seize the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this...
Rosberg fastest in practice as Hamilton crashes
Nico Rosberg ended the opening day of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix fastest after Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed out Friday.
Rosberg signs deal to stay at Mercedes until 2018
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a new contract that will keep him at Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton until the end of the 2018 season, the team...
Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career of engaged filmmaking. State-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported that Khan died at Al-Andalusia Hospital, in the upscale Cairo district of Maadi, following a sudden health crisis.
A haunting portrayal of beleaguered Aleppo
Syrian-Armenian filmmaker Avo Kaprealian’s “Houses without Doors” is an honest and heartbreaking, if slightly confusing, portrayal of the demise of Aleppo’s...
‘Blair Witch’ sequel unveiled at Comic-Con
Participants at Comic-Con that went into a screening for upcoming horror movie “The Woods” last week were surprised to come out from the movie having watched the sequel...
Thrones cast tight-lipped on final season
Jon Snow isn’t dead, but he was missed.When the cast of “Game of Thrones” gathered at Comic-Con it was minus a few key figures – including Kit Harrington, George R. R....
Taylor Swift world’s highest-paid celebrity
At the tender age of 26, Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity, pulling in a whopping $170 million over the past year, Forbes magazine said Monday.
Wagner fest cheers despite German security fears
Security concerns after killings in Germany, coupled with Islamic elements in a new production of Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal,” created a nervous opening for the annual...
Caracalla premiers its latest show in Baalbek
The cast is comprised of over 100 dancers from Lebanon, Spain, Ukraine, China, UAE
French take ‘Sunday painter’ Rousseau into their hearts
He was once regarded as a bit of a joke – a self-taught “Sunday painter” who couldn’t do hands, who other artists mocked for his amateurish technique
Participants at Comic-Con that went into a screening for upcoming horror movie “The Woods” last week were surprised to come out from the movie having watched the sequel to the 1999 found-footage horror film hit, “The Blair Witch Project.”
Marvel returns to Comic-Con with showstopper
Coogler said it was an emotional experience being at the
convention once again
A touch of humor invades Star Trek Beyond
In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs.
Bourne-again Damon returns as spy of few words
In international espionage, discretion is considered the better part of valor.
Drummer Steven Adler rejoins Guns N' Roses on summer tour
Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N' Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century.
Mustang Sally composer Sir Mack Rice dead at 82
Mack Rice, the composer of ’60s hit “Mustang Sally” and co-writer of the Staple Singers’ landmark “Respect Yourself” has died in Detroit.
Hungarian novelist Peter Esterhazy, widely regarded as one of the leading figures of 20th century Hungarian literature, died aged 66 Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer his publisher said.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry collapses in concert
Aerosmith's hard-rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York and was said Monday to be in stable condition at a hospital.
Sophia Loren becomes honorary citizen of Naples
Sophia Loren has been made an honorary citizen of Naples, the city that formed her and became the backdrop of many of her films.
Iranian director Kiarostami dies in France at 76: reports
Acclaimed Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France following a battle with cancer, Iranian media reported on Monday.
French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies aged 93
ves Bonnefoy, France's most famous contemporary poet and celebrated translator of Shakespeare whose poems were translated into 30 languages, has died at the age of 93,...
Everyone’s surprised that “Pokemon Go” is getting people out from behind their screens and out of the house.
Yemen’s ancient art of brickmaking endures war
Traditional mud brick tower houses have always been a source of pride to Yemenis, and over a year into a devastating civil war, they are also providing some much-needed...
Dutch, Latvians are world’s tallest
Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet’s tallest people but Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century, according to the...
Belgian scientists make novel water-from-urine machine
A team of scientists at a Belgian university say they have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer using solar energy, a technique which...
Saab brings New York glam to the catwalk
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...
Can’t find a room
at Rio Olympics? Try the luxury
Can’t get a room at the Rio Olympics? Worry not, the Villa Reggia has beds – oh, and sex chairs and an S&M cage
New artificial reef sunk off Florida’s Pompano Beach
Cheering and whistle blowing filled the coast of Pompano Beach as approximately 300 boats watched Lady Luck sink Saturday afternoon
The best fast food, picked by top chefs
At the airport. En route to another critical meeting.
Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet’s tallest people but Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century, according to the largest-ever study of height around the world.
Is DNA the future of information storage?
Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” – a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science...
Solar plane's arrival highlights UAE's clean-energy push
The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy.
Behavior changes offer clues dementia brewing
Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing – changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.
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.
Chakra’s star shines in bright Paris Fashion Week
Life’s a peach: Bikfaya brings people together
Winding past bars and restaurants late Friday through the busy Beirut streets balancing a box of 24 peaches with the name Bikfaya splashed across, someone calls out...
Afkart: Promoting local designers since 2002
On the sea-front boardwalk of Zaitunay Bay, Afkart exhibition 2016 opened for the 15th edition of the annual art, craft, and event show.
An unforgettable stay on the Turkish Riviera
For many families, the true definition of a holiday means not having to worry about a thing.
The skies were clouding over as I strode briskly across that famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, ready for a productive day checking off Florentine must-sees.
Man-made hills on NYC island offer great views
Four new hills built on New York City’s Governors Island offer sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, unique places to hike and climb, and massive...
Bucharest a showcase of eclectic architecture
Bucharest was once known as “Little Paris of the East.” But English, not French, is the preferred foreign language in Romania’s capital city, and 96 percent of its...
What color is paella? A chef’s answer
Of course we are familiar with the Spanish rice dish paella, we say. It is the color of a Mediterranean sunrise, a coral red or saffron yellow. Chef Rosa Camprodon...
A culinary expedition with Peru's top chef
As a teenager on the streets of Lima, Virgilio Martinez aspired to a life of extremes, hoping to become a professional skateboarder.
For a country afflicted with a creaky infrastructure, especially on the transportation and energy fronts, and a society which for the most part is as much concerned about global warming as it is about the price of tea in China, the Lebanese mindset ironically is probably among those best suited to rapidly embrace an energy-conscious, eco-friendly culture that seeks to curb reliance on fossil fuels.
Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla into trucks, buses and car sharing
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy...
BWW 4-Series car world’s answer to couture
I think carmakers are deliberately trying to mess with me, especially the two marques that for some reason I find myself helplessly drawn to.
Finland auctions Soviet cars abandoned by migrants
Collectors with a penchant for old Soviet cars will head to the Arctic this weekend where the Finnish customs will auction dozens of cars abandoned by migrants crossing...
Durango: A brawny rebel in a sea of conformity
If there’s one thing that’s undeniable about the car market today, it’s that customers are spoiled for choice a great deal more than they were at any time in the past.
Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills hundreds of thousands every year.
Europe's medicine watchdog okays preventive AIDS pill
Europe's medicine watchdog said Friday it has recommended the licencing of the first-ever AIDS prevention pill for the European Union.
Could fruit,veggies boost your happiness?
The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve well-being...
Zika outbreak to end in 2 to 3 years, scientists predict
The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the...
Redhead gene may boost skin cancer risk: study
gene variant carried by people with red hair, pale skin and freckles may boost skin cancer risk even without exposure to the Sun's rays, researchers said Tuesday.