Zeina paid over LL300,000 ($200) in water bills to the government last year to ensure she got access to water. It still wasn’t enough.
Rai puts faith in Aoun to fix country’s problems
In a sermon Sunday to mark the feast of St. Charbel, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai expressed hope that President Michel Aoun would be able to lift Lebanon out of the...
Military studies ‘hyperfit’ women
In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women, at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated from...
Vatican opens burial rooms in hunt for teenager
The Vatican Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a...
Battle for change far from over for Sudan women
She may have spent 40 days in jail for demonstrating against President Omar al-Bashir, who has since been toppled, but activist Amani Osmane says the battle for women’s...
Drug war ‘more dangerous’ than real conflict
Health Minister Jamil Jabak said Sunday that the war on drugs in Lebanon was “more dangerous” than a real war.
Boustani: Sidon area to get power boost
A new power plant set to be built in Zahrani will increase the district of Sidon’s supply and lead to fewer hours of cuts for its residents, Energy and Water Minister...
Aoun, officials attend St. Charbel feast day mass
President Michel Aoun arrived at a mass led by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Sunday morning to mark the feast day of St. Charbel.
In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women, at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated from Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret training.
Hackers target Scotland Yard’s Twitter, emails
London’s Metropolitan Police apologized Saturday after its Twitter, emails and news pages were targeted by hackers and began pumping out a series of bizarre messages.
Johnson tipped to win race, U.K. eyes rocky ride
Britain is getting a new prime minister. Buckle up for a rocky ride.
U.K. Treasury chief vows to quit if Johnson wins
British Treasury chief Philip Hammond said Sunday that he would quit if - as widely expected - Boris Johnson becomes prime minister this week on a promise to leave the...
She may have spent 40 days in jail for demonstrating against President Omar al-Bashir, who has since been toppled, but activist Amani Osmane says the battle for women’s rights in Sudan is far from over.
Egypt expresses dismay at BA flight suspension
Egypt’s aviation minister Sunday expressed his dismay to the U.K.’s ambassador to Cairo over British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital.
Specter of new American-led war with Iran looms
The United States is deploying troops in Saudi Arabia as tensions soar with its archrival Iran, raising concerns over navigation in the Gulf’s strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Hostile skies encircle airlines in Middle East
Airlines in the Middle East are used to avoiding trouble spots, but airspace closures spurred by mounting tension between Iran and the U.S. mean they now face...
Israeli minister boasts his country has been 'killing Iranians'
An Israeli minister boasted Sunday that his country was the only one that "has been killing Iranians," after tensions between Britain and Iran rose in the Gulf.
Lebanon’s budget deficit in the first four months of 2019 dropped by nearly 28 percent of spending compared to the same period of 2018, thanks to a decline in expenditures, the Finance Ministry said Friday.
Salameh: BDL won’t subscribe to T-bills at 1 pct
Banque du Liban has no intention of subscribing to Treasury bills at 1 percent interest, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Wednesday, but added that BDL would seek...
High stakes in Turkey-Cyprus gas standoff
Longtime adversaries Cyprus and Turkey are locked in a tense “game of chicken” over the prospect of a multibillion-dollar Mediterranean gas bonanza, with neither side...
Libya's NOC confirms 290,000-bpd production at Sharara offline
Libya's National Oil Corporation confirmed Saturday that production at its 290,000-barrels-a-day El Sharara oil field was currently offline.
In sluggish Russian economy, halal sees growth
The manager of a sausage factory near Moscow, Arslan Gizatullin says his halal business has been feeling the pinch - not so much from Russia’s sluggish economy but...
Fitch: Lebanon banks have low vulnerability
International ratings agency Fitch said Lebanese banks had low-level potential vulnerability, similar to their peers in the United States and Germany.
Beirut fourth most expensive city in region
The mid-2019 Cost of Living Index produced by crowdsourced global database Numbeo ranked Beirut fourth-highest among 21 Arab cities and 157th among 377 cities around...
Lebanese Eurobonds up over reports of Saudi buy
Prices of Lebanon’s Eurobonds increased slightly Tuesday following reports that Saudi Arabia is preparing to provide some kind of assistance to help the government...
Longtime adversaries Cyprus and Turkey are locked in a tense “game of chicken” over the prospect of a multibillion-dollar Mediterranean gas bonanza, with neither side willing to capitulate, analysts say.
Iranians seek day jobs in Kurdish Iraq
When the car pulled up to the curb in Iraq’s Irbil, a half-dozen Iranian laborers swarmed around it. Squeezed by U.S. sanctions on Tehran, they were hunting for work...
Sudan turmoil drives fears of economic collapse
Sales have tumbled at Hashem Abul Fadel’s shopping centers in Sudan, where he and fellow business owners fear that months of political turmoil could bring on a...
Bitcoin craze hits Iran as sanctions bite
Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make...
The manager of a sausage factory near Moscow, Arslan Gizatullin says his halal business has been feeling the pinch - not so much from Russia’s sluggish economy but competitors vying for a piece of a growing Islamic market.
IMF/World Bank: 75 years financial firefighters
At the critical moment of a Hollywood movie starring A-lister Sandra Bullock, Bolivia’s newly elected president calls in the International Monetary Fund to bail out the...
More bad news when major banks report next week
Earnings of major European banks kick off next week with UBS Group AG, Banco Santander SA and Deutsche Bank AG among those reporting.
Fed’s balance sheet unlikely to shrink more
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to reduce interest rates this month.
France to search for candidate to head IMF
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier Thursday he will lead talks on finding a single European candidate to succeed Christine Lagarde as head of the...
The recent crackdowns on undocumented foreign labor in Lebanon which appear to target Syrian and Palestinian refugees are quite worrisome, as they raise questions about the motives behind the moves.
Criminal land theft
Israel’s recent moves in the West Bank, which all aim at annexation, expropriation and evictions, have made the purpose of the Bahrain conference very clear.
How Africa measures up on governance
Government ministers are attending the United Nations High-level Political Forum this week to review countries’ progress toward several of the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable...
Central banks might be losing their big bet
In recent years, central banks have made a large policy wager.
Toxic accord on U.S. defense spending
You often hear that in these polarized times, Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked on almost everything.
Back to earth
In 2016, the Lebanese celebrated the election of a new president with Reform and Change as the promise the country was waiting for.
The blight of anarchy
There are many absurdities that plague Lebanon, but perhaps one of the more outrageous practices is the blocking of key conduits by burning tires whenever anyone,...
Students come first
Somewhere along the way people appear to have completely forgotten the true purpose of the Lebanese University.
Government ministers are attending the United Nations High-level Political Forum this week to review countries’ progress toward several of the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
From moon walk to space wars
Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat.
Tackling inequality is a political choice
The world has made impressive strides in reducing extreme poverty, but that progress has slowed considerably in recent years.
The nutrition challenge
It’s easy to think of starvation as a challenge that entered the rich world’s consciousness in the 1980s and was largely solved through charity rock concerts.
U.S.’ immediate Gulf challenge: Maritime security
Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure Saturday of a small oil tanker about 380 kilometers northwest of Muscat: Thus far, it has brought only a...
Democratic surprise: Why not get tough on Iran?
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also...
Trump played a hunch with Kim. Now what?
In dealing with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump should remember that he is a snake handler, not a snake charmer. (The same advice applies to Kim,...
Trump cannot rewrite the American story
President Donald Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail.
Hasan Maatouk made an ideal start to his Ansar career Saturday, helping his new side to a 1-0 win over Akhaa Ahli Aley in their Elite Cup opener.
Bale close to leaving Real Madrid: Zidane
Forward Gareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after team manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the...
Serbia press crowns Djokovic ‘King of Tennis’
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion...
Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic
Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss threw at him to claim a fifth Wimbledon title in the...
It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcome change
There is no favorite.
Arsenal Next Gen ready to ‘take on the world’
After impressing in a starting role for Arsenal in their 3-0 win over Fiorentina Saturday, 17-year-old Bukayo Saka said he is ready to “take on the world” as part of an...
Kane stunner earns Spurs victory over Juventus
Harry Kane scored a stunning 93rd minute winner from the halfway line as Tottenham Hotspur edged Juventus 3-2 in an entertaining preseason friendly in Singapore Sunday.
Real Madrid ready to move Welsh star Bale
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says the La Liga giants are poised to offload Welsh star Gareth Bale in the coming days.
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion Roger Federer.
Novak: King of court but not of people’s hearts
From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place among the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both divide and...
Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic
Here’s a fact box on Novak Djokovic, who beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to win his 16th Grand Slam title Sunday.
Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy
Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set...
Clippers make their move, land Leonard, George
The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off two major acquisitions late Friday night, as ESPN and The Athletic reported that free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the...
Durant, Irving make Nets talk of the town
Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. But Sunday, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin...
Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant says he will signing with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
Tearful Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season Monday.
Thibaut Pinot emerged as the strongest of the main contenders to win the Tour de France after dominating his rivals for the second day in the 15th stage, a 185-kilometer mountain battle won by Briton Simon Yates Sunday.
Lowry weathers storm to win British Open
Ireland’s Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood Sunday.
Tearful Sun roars to gold as Peaty beats record
China’s Sun Yang captured a record fourth 400 meters freestyle world title in an acrimonious final Sunday just before Britain’s Adam Peaty produced an eye-popping world...
Pacquiao downs Thurman to take WBA crown
Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history, with a thrilling split-decision victory over WBA...
Swim bad boy Sun under fire
As the cream of world swimming limbers up for the world championships, explosive doping allegations against Chinese giant Sun Yang that refuse to go away could...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points. Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favor by handing the home favorite a free pit stop in a thrilling race.
Bottas leads Hamilton in U.K. practice
Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in practice for the Formula One leader’s home British Grand Prix Friday, with...
Decade of dominance for King of the Ring Marquez
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez kept his crown as “King of the Ring” with a 10th successive German Grand Prix victory, across all classes, Sunday to stretch his overall...
Verstappen wins in wheel-banging Austrian duel
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix and ended Formula One champions Mercedes’ streak of success, after beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in a...
Vinales wins at Assen, Marquez stretches lead
Spaniard Maverick Vinales won the Dutch TT at Assen Sunday for Yamaha’s first win of the year while Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez settled for second to extend his...
The Beirut Holidays Festival played host to a mixture of musical influences Friday night, delivered by non-other than Ziad Rahbani.
Depardieu charms Beiteddine with Barbara tribute
Saturday night saw the Beiteddine Art Festival host one of France’s national treasures, legendary actor Gerard Depardieu, in a tribute concert to his friend Barbara.
Social media reacts to Marcel Khalife’s refusal to play national anthem at Baalbeck performance
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the...
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be performing there in the latest eye-popping announcement as the kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.
Stevie Wonder getting kidney transplant this fall
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this...
Queen tribute rocks Byblos
The energy of epic rock and a symphony orchestra slammed together in perfect harmony Saturday night, for the Byblos International Festival performance of “Queen...
Big boots to fill at Beiteddine opener
The 35th edition of Beiteddine Art Festival opened Thursday with “A Meeting on the New East,” which left the audience with a medley of mixed feelings.
‘This Side of Night’ intriguing, suspenseful
In Texas’ Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott’s previous two novels, may have run into more than he and his small-town coppers can...
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the national anthem while opening the Baalbeck International Festival.
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.
Brazilians mourn death of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto
Brazilians – most of them at least – are mourning the loss of Jo?o Gilberto, one of the inventors of bossa nova music, which gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s.
Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini, who risked drowning at sea while fleeing her war-torn country four years ago, heaved a deep sigh after failing to set a personal best at the world swimming championships Sunday.
Paris exhibition gives humble back its place in limelight
It does not usually make it into the spotlight but the humble back is always there, yet almost never seen in fashion images, forgotten amid the focus on the front and...
Different approaches to saving old buildings
“You can tell from the stuff you find here that people used to study science,”
VR gears up to go back in time at Sidon castle
Sidon’s Sea Castle is said to have stood for almost 800 years. Built by crusaders, destroyed by the Mamluks and restored by Fakhreddine
US celebrates moment Armstrong set foot on Moon
Houston's Space Center counted down Saturday night to the exact moment 50 years ago that Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon, marking one of...
Move over Hollywood, Cyprus ready to roll
Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus that has built a reputation as a tourist magnet thanks to its pristine beaches wants a...
Machine-meshed superhumans still fantasy
A bold vision by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to mesh human brains with artificial intelligence remains more science fiction than reality.
Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance
When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn’t the first thing that pops into your head.
Blazing the trail for Ultra running in Lebanon
“Why would you run on tarmac when you can run on beautiful trails, and why would you run on roads when you can run through Cedar reserves?”
Heavenly day at ‘Neighborhood of the Sky’
On a rugged mountain peak nearly 1,000 meters above the red-tiled roofs of Bsharri in north Lebanon, a blissful summer getaway awaits those ready to make an effort to...
Summer festivals dealing with funding challenges
Lebanon’s famous summer festivals, a staple of many communities across the country, face hardships this year with the absence of public funding.
Houston's Space Center counted down Saturday night to the exact moment 50 years ago that Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon, marking one of humanity's greatest achievements.
Russia launches major new telescope into space
MOSCOW: Russia's space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.
U.K. spy agency decrypts secrets in exhibition
Historic gadgets used by British spies will be revealed for the first time later this week, as one of the country’s intelligence agencies steps out the shadows to mark...
Scientists uncover how some fish can change sex as adults
New Zealand researchers are offering the first detailed view of the molecular machinery that allows some fish to change their sex.
Armstrong hometown set to mark moon landing
An Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son’s history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said Monday.
Rebuilding China’s Great Wall
Nature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking - and...
The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch’s sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.
Antarctic ice cover in dizzying decline since 2014: study
After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record...
Everest campsite buried under tons of garbage
After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different.