France has detected the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus at two poultry farms in the southwest Dordogne region, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, a week after finding the first case in eight years in a back yard in the same area
Planned Parenthood shooting suspect to appear in court
The gunman accused of killing three people and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was due to appear in court by video link from jail on...
US: Russia violated Turkish airspace, but dialogue needed now
U.S. and Turkish evidence shows a Russian military jet violated Turkish air space before it was shot down last week, but it is important now that Moscow and Ankara work...
Iran denies links to 2 alleged operatives arrested in Kenya
Iran has denied any links to two detained Kenyans accused of spying and plotting attacks on Western targets in Nairob
Army opens fire at vehicle n.Lebanon
The Lebanese Army opened fire Monday at a car that allegedly failed to heed orders to stop at a military checkpoint in north Lebanon
Fighting in Somalia kills over 30 and forces 40,000 to flee
The United Nations says renewed fighting between armed forces in Somalia's central Galmudug region and semi-autonomous Puntland to the north have killed more than 30...
Syria strikes will get parliament majority: UK FM
British foreign minister Philip Hammond said Monday he was confident the government would secure a parliamentary majority in support of launching airstrikes against...
Texas threatens resettlement agency over Syrian refugees
Texas wanted assurances Monday from a major resettlement agency that it will not accept Syrian refugees and threatened legal action if Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's...
U.S. and Turkish evidence shows a Russian military jet violated Turkish air space before it was shot down last week, but it is important now that Moscow and Ankara work to de-escalate the situation, the U.S. State Department said on Monday
White House: Russia has intensified strikes on ISIS in Syria
he White House said Monday it has seen "some intensification" of Russian airstrikes against ISIS in Syria during the past several weeks
Turkey to act 'patiently' before taking measures against Russia
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday his government would act "patiently, not emotionally" before taking any measures in response to Russia's decision to impose...
Tax bill sparks brawls in Algeria's parliament
A new finance bill in Algeria is dividing lawmakers so much it has sparked exchanges of insults and brawls on the parliament floor
Security chief won't abandon bid to free hostages
General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said he will not abandon efforts to release 16 servicemen held by the Syria-based Nusra Front, no matter what obstacles...
Servicemen’s release hits fresh hurdles
Last minute demands by the Nusra Front delayed a swap deal to release 16 Lebanese servicemen held by the Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group for over a year, but the...
Rai highlights key role of Christians in Mideast
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said during a homily at St. Vandal’s Church in Frankfurt Sunday that the Christians of the Middle East were deeply rooted in their land...
Myriam Skaff to carry the torch of late husband
Myriam Skaff was announced Sunday the president of the Popular Bloc, succeeding her late husband, former Minister Elias Skaff, and assuring supporters that no group...
Health care indicators in Lebanon have improved significantly in recent years and are generally better than in countries in the Middle East & North Africa region, said the World Bank.
Tech startup wins spot in global contest
Ranging from hydroponic farming to obituaries, nearly a dozen tech startups competed Thursday in the third edition of Seed Stars, an international competition focused...
Dubai homes remain target for wealthy foreigners
Dubai is sensitive to the health of the global economy, and no sector more so than residential property. When world markets are down, it is a fair bet that luxury real...
Investment helps Dubai rediscover its verve
For the past five years, Dubai has been rekindling its dynamism. After the turmoil of the 2009 debt crisis, the unrest of the Arab spring in 2011 channeled money and...
Analysts see Russia ostracism ending
Russia is returning from the investment wilderness after last year’s oil price collapse and Western business sanctions with funds attracted by falling interest rates...
Budget deficit exceeds 26 pct as revenues fall
Lebanon’s budget deficit in the first nine months of 2015 rises to 26.51 percent compared to 21.93 percent in the same period of last year due to a fall in revenues.
Retail sales shrink despite fall in CPI
Lebanon’s retail sector continued to suffer slow growth despite the fall in prices of some commodities in the third quarter of 2015, a report by Fransabank said Thursday.
BBAC still active in Cyprus after crisis
Lebanese and foreign banks in Cyprus have seen a quick exit of customer deposits after the Cypriot central bank lifted the ceiling of withdrawal of funds two years ago.
Dubai is sensitive to the health of the global economy, and no sector more so than residential property. When world markets are down, it is a fair bet that luxury real estate sales in Dubai are also softening.Memories of 2009, when the credit crisis almost bankrupted the emirate, are strong.
Middle East stocks decline
Stocks in Abu Dhabi led most Middle East markets lower, even as Dana Gas PJSC, an energy explorer based in the United Arab Emirates, soared after winning a court order...
Gulf unwilling to tighten oil taps alone
Saudi-led Gulf OPEC members will reject pressure to shoulder the cost of cutting oil production alone despite warnings that prices risk sliding further, officials and...
Kuwait oil minister leaves post before OPEC meet
Kuwait named Deputy Prime Minister Anas al-Saleh as acting oil minister to replace Ali al-Omair, who became public affairs minister and retained his role as state...
Russia is returning from the investment wilderness after last year’s oil price collapse and Western business sanctions with funds attracted by falling interest rates and a light 2016 debt repayment calendar.
China stocks tumble most since summer slump
Chinese shares sank more than 5 percent Friday in their biggest drop since this summer’s rout after Reuters reported the stock regulator had widened its probe on...
Black Friday crowds thin in US
Crowds were thin at U.S. stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Black Friday and on Thanksgiving evening as shoppers responded to early holiday discounts with...
Acclaimed Palestinian theatre in Jerusalem faces closure
By Luke Baker
The Palestinian National Theater, which for three decades has been the leading performing arts and cultural center for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing...
Barclays fined for complacence on crime checks
Britain’s markets watchdog said on Thursday it had fined Barclays 72 million pounds ($109 million) for cutting corners on checking customers for potential financial...
For any government to function, it needs healthy institutions that operate in a harmonious and synchronized manner. Simply put, every organ must function smoothly.
Turkey’s response to Russia’s involvement along its border with Syria not only destroyed a Russian jet and an uneasy understanding between those fighting ISIS, but also...
West partly responsible for recent terror attacks
Terrorist attacks on civilians, whether the downing over Sinai of a Russian aircraft killing 224 passengers, the horrific Paris massacre claiming 130 innocent lives, or...
Iran seeks to overthrow regional balance
Inviting Iran to the recent round of talks on the Syria crisis in Vienna, Austria, had far-reaching implications.
The Palestine conflict is not a sideshow
Major developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict last week were simultaneously tragic and comic: tragic because Palestinians and Israelis have killed each other...
The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is a clear indication of further escalation of the war in Syria at a time of fraught ties between Russia and Turkey.
The forgotten innocents
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Ever since the war in Syria started there have been two mantras: Barack Obama saying any solution requires Bashar Assad’s departure, and Vladimir Putin saying any...
Terrorist attacks on civilians, whether the downing over Sinai of a Russian aircraft killing 224 passengers, the horrific Paris massacre claiming 130 innocent lives, or the tragic bombing in Ankara that killed 102 peace activists, are crimes against humanity.
Against ISIS, our love of life must prevail
Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner,...
Why did Leon’s Libya mission fail?
After a long and difficult journey in the Libyan political minefield that deeply affected both his mission and reputation, United Nations Special Representative to...
Anti-Muslim populism plays into the hands of ISIS
Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential...
Major developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict last week were simultaneously tragic and comic: tragic because Palestinians and Israelis have killed each other by the handful recently, usually on the basis of a whim; and comic because of the incompetent governments on both sides, and the failed mediation efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Three Arab heroes show us a different Middle East
If you were cringing this Thanksgiving at the homicidal youth gang that calls itself ISIS, you might consider the narratives of three young people in the Middle East...
How should world respond to ISIS threat?
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right...
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
Syria peace process a play without actors
While the world has been preoccupied with the ISIS and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna...
A Gareth Bale header and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Real a much-needed 2-0 victory over Eibar in La Liga Sunday, following their hammering by leaders Barca last weekend, and put them six points off the top of the standings.
PSG crowned autumn champions on emotional day
Paris Saint-Germain are guaranteed to end 2015 on top of the Ligue 1 table after a 4-1 win against Troyes on a day marked by tributes to the victims of the terror...
Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Warriors crush Lakers for best start in history
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night...
Fury vows to be most charismatic champ since Ali
Britain’s Tyson Fury has vowed to be “the most charismatic champion since Muhammad Ali” after delivering on his promise to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko and become the...
Aubameyang nets twice Dortmund see off Stuttgart
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice Sunday as second-placed Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win at home to VfB Stuttgart, despite dropping...
Van Gaal calms fears over Rooney injury
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has moved to calm fears that captain Wayne Rooney is set for a spell on the sidelines after the striker limped out of...
Costa 'privileged' to be dropped so late, says Mourinho
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is "privileged" to be one of the last first-team regulars to be dropped from the starting line-up, Blues manager Jose Mourinho said
Bryant sinks in his likely final season
As the Golden State Warriors steamrolled Los Angeles Lakers to a historic start Tuesday, aging star Kobe Bryant sank to a new low in a trying season expected to be his...
LeBron joins Robertson on elite list, leads Cavs
LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a...
Warriors on cusp of history
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015.
Britain’s Tyson Fury has vowed to be “the most charismatic champion since Muhammad Ali” after delivering on his promise to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko and become the new world heavyweight champion.
Briton DeGale beats Bute to defend title
Former Olympic gold medalist James DeGale successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title for the first time Saturday with a unanimous decision over Canada’s...
Klitschko demands rematch after loss
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko demanded a rematch minutes after losing his four world titles to British challenger Tyson Fury Saturday in a stunning...
Batman Fury must prove he’s no joker
Tyson Fury faces the acid test of his boasts that he will end Wladimir Klitschko’s four-year reign as undisputed world heavyweight champion when the pair clash in...
Russia accepts ‘full’ doping ban
Russia has accepted its “full suspension” from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the International Association of Athletics...
Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years in Ghent Sunday when Andy Murray defeated David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of the reverse singles to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Belgium.
Murray levels Davis final
Britain’s Andy Murray leveled the Davis Cup final at 1-1 with a comfortable defeat of Ruben Bemelmans after David Goffin had escaped from two sets down to give Belgium...
Britain counting on Murrays for Davis Cup
Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years this weekend when they take on Belgium in Ghent, although if they do succeed the Scottish town...
Belgium need baby-faced Goffin to come of age
If Belgium are to win the Davis Cup final for the first time this week then baby-faced David Goffin will have to come of age.
Murray set for Davis Cup final despite alert
Andy Murray said Tuesday he had no qualms about playing the Davis Cup final in Belgium despite the security alert, but added that he would understand if any British...
Fernando Alonso launched an angry outburst at motorsport’s ruling body Sunday, telling them to focus on the serious problems facing Formula One and to be fairer in their decision-making after being penalized on his way to 17th place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Rosberg ends F1 season on a hat-trick high
Nico Rosberg wrapped up the Formula One season on a winning high in Abu Dhabi Sunday with teammate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton second in a record 12th...
F1 needs to put on a show and take fight to Mercedes
Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has made it his mission to wipe the smile off the face of Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff next season but others fear Formula One...
Rosberg fastest as Mercedes dominate in Abu Dhabi
Nico Rosberg knocked triple world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the Abu Dhabi timesheets as Mercedes dominated the final Friday practice session of...
Hamilton ready to wrap up season on a high
Lewis Hamilton will find his number is up in lights in Abu Dhabi, and that can only be a good omen as the triple F1 world champion seeks to end another dominant season...
Egypt Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.
Is Adam Lambert just too sexy for Singapore?
Adam Lambert may have been a hit on American Idol but rival petitions in Singapore have gathered thousands of online votes in a lively debate over whether he is too...
Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death
Three children of the radio personality Casey Kasem and his brother sued his widow Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Iran orchestra barred over women musicians
A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was canceled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious...
O’Donnell relishes role on Empire
Rosie O’Donnell was delighted when “Empire” creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star on the Fox drama, then got a case of nerves.
Ab: Beit Byout works just fine
A cancer-ridden matriarch with a serious addiction, unintentional incest between two lost souls, a teenager with a penchant for hashish and a dark family secret.
'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York
A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was canceled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said Sunday.
Da Vinci painting inspired by checkout girl
One of Britain’s most notorious art forgers has claimed responsibility for what is believed to be a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, saying it was inspired by a...
Alice still shapeshifting 150 years after Wonderland
A century and a half after first being published, the surreal classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" still fascinates readers and inspires artists with its eerie...
Resonant Danish Girl explores life of Lili Elbe
Most people probably don’t know the name Lili Elbe. Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” will make sure you won’t soon forget the name, even if this well-intentioned,...
Pixar’s trippy Good Dinosaur stumbles
“The Good Dinosaur” is Pixar’s most trippy and tripped-up film.
Actor John Stamos pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of driving in Beverly Hills, California, under the influence of a drug and was sentenced to three years’ probation, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said.
Poland decides not to extradite Polanski
A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding Friday after...
On Walk of Fame, Radcliffe says will never stop "feeling lucky"
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
Sure, DVDs are slightly old-school in this age of streaming media. But a boxed set of a great TV show has elegance that goes beyond the episodes it has compiled. And it’s a welcome backup when your cable or Internet goes on the fritz. Here are some DVD suggestions, listed decade by decade from TV’s infancy.
Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian has set a world record by illuminating a Christmas tree in the capital, Canberra, with 518,838 twinkling lights.
Give the gift of tech charging in bags, wallets
There are so many ways to charge a cellphone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Cooling pastels hot for the winter
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...
Fake guitars to toys, gifts for any gamer
Video-game players aren’t that difficult to shop for. Let’s face it: It’s an expensive hobby, and most gamers have something on their list that they’ve set aside in the...
Box sets from Bruce, Aretha, Bob … for holidays
Selected box set reviews from The Associated Press:Bruce Springsteen, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” (Columbia) $119.98 No one does deluxe album reissues...
In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition
They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
'Breakthrough' winners earn over $21 million in prizes
Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists.
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.
Weaving the Sea blends Mediterranean cultures
“Weaving the Sea,” a two-week-long exhibition, kicked off in Beirut Tuesday with the aim of reinforcing creativity and the regeneration of Mediterranean neighborhoods.
Standing up for youth entrepreneurship
Where do we begin to understand the challenges facing the Middle East’s youth today?
Your new best friend: Follow Me Suitcase
The future of Lebanon lies in the hands of its youth.
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou offers all the hustle, bustle, culture and commerce of other major Asian metropolises minus the massive tourist crowds.
Seoul district to erect "Gangnam Style" statue
A statue dedicated to South Korean singer Psy's global music video hit "Gangnam Style" is to be erected in the eponymous, upscale Seoul district made famous by the song
Most cars are merely a collection of parts: steel, glass, plastic and, if you’re lucky, real leather. If you’re luckier than most, your ride is blisteringly quick, flawlessly built and beautiful enough to warrant becoming the wallpaper on your computer screen.
Infiniti QX60: Smooth, stylish and comfortable
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said Monday
New confirmed case in former Ebola-free Liberia: WHO
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....
For a happier life, give up Facebook: study
Always envious? Got a nonexistent social life and struggle to concentrate?