Saudi Arabia intercepted four missiles fired by Yemeni rebels Tuesday, an Arab coalition said, in what it described as evidence of arms smuggling through a rebel-held Red Sea port.
Coalition pressured over Mosul blast
Investigators are in the Iraqi city of Mosul to determine whether a U.S.-led coalition strike or Daesh-rigged (ISIS) explosives caused a blast that destroyed buildings...
Playing with life and death to reach Europe
In the dead of night, as wild animals howled nearby, Syrian migrant Aras Mahmoud clung to his children as they slept on damp grass in the Bulgarian mountains en route...
May to fire starting gun on exit from EU
British premier Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain...
War unlikely despite Israeli rhetoric
Israel’s saber-rattling in recent weeks has prompted speculation that a new war between the Jewish state and Lebanon is imminent, yet analysts remain unconvinced.
Disputed Iraqi province votes to fly Kurdish flag
Provincial councillors in oil-rich Kirkuk province voted Tuesday to fly the Kurdish regional flag over government buildings, a move likely to increase tensions with...
Russia, Iran ink deals as Rouhani visits Moscow
Russia signed Tuesday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official visit...
Political, regional clouds gather over Israel
Israel’s politics are darkening: The governing coalition, in power for barely two years, is in tumult and regional tensions are rising.
In the dead of night, as wild animals howled nearby, Syrian migrant Aras Mahmoud clung to his children as they slept on damp grass in the Bulgarian mountains en route to Serbia, praying that his family would live another day.
Scottish lawmakers back referendum call
Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, to be held within the next two years – an unwanted headache for the British government as it...
Five ways Brexit will transform the EU
Leaving the European Union, to be triggered by Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday, may transform Britain but it will also change the EU.
Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump cuts aid
The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed...
A reply to Deputy Mikke
“Tell me about one invention a woman came up with?
Restaurant bandits caught, confess to crime
The following crimes were reported in Lebanon Tuesday.
Families of detainees protest in Beirut
Around 200 people rallied Tuesday outside the Military Tribunal in Beirut, part of an ongoing movement by families of detainees who are pushing for a general amnesty...
Tripoli mayor, Italian ambassador open park
The Al-Imam Garden in the Abi Samra area in the northern city of Tripoli was inaugurated Tuesday, according to a press statement from the Italian Embassy in Beirut.
IDAL launched new set of initiatives Tuesday to open new markets for Lebanese-made agro-food products.
Hajj Hasan promises protectionism
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan repeated his promises to protect local production and increase the local industry’s competitiveness.
Saudi Arabia to set up $3B joint fund for Jordan
Saudi Arabia is to set up a $3 billion joint investment fund for Jordan, among 15 cooperation agreements signed by King Salman during a visit to Amman, state media said...
Qatar sees Brexit as chance to supply UK more gas
Qatar sees Britain’s exit from the European Union as an opportunity to boost supplies of liquefied natural gas to the world’s fifth-largest economy and is open to...
Amazon buys Souq.com after $800M counteroffer
Amazon purchased the Middle East’s biggest online retailer Souq.com Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million...
Bekaa exports up from 2016, potato chips on top
Bekaa Valley exports increased by 17.87 percent in 2016 compared to a year earlier, said a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in...
Lebanon free of bad Brazilian meat: ministry
The Agriculture Ministry said Friday that Lebanon hadn’t received any contaminated Brazilian meat and has banned imports from the institutions involved in the meat...
Economy minister vows to curb merchants’ hikes
Economy Minister Raed Khoury vowed Friday to take strict measures against merchants who attempt to illegally raise prices.
Saudi Arabia is to set up a $3 billion joint investment fund for Jordan, among 15 cooperation agreements signed by King Salman during a visit to Amman, state media said Tuesday.
Russia's Gazprom, Iran's NIOC sign memorandum on gas cooperation
Russian top gas producer Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company signed a memorandum on cooperation in the gas sphere on Tuesday.
Saudi Aramco tax slashed to prepare for giant IPO
Saudi Arabia slashed the tax rate paid by state oil producer Saudi Aramco, a key milestone in preparing the company for what may be the world’s biggest initial public...
Qatar set to invest $6.2B in UK over 5 years
Qatar will invest 5 billion pounds $6.23 billion in Britain within five years in a boost for the post-Brexit economy, premier Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa...
Amazon purchased the Middle East’s biggest online retailer Souq.com Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million counteroffer.
Banks, nervous staff prepare for Brexit job moves
Banks are treading carefully, enacting two-stage contingency plans, to avoid losing nervous London-based staff as they work out how many jobs will have to move to...
Carry trade not immune from dollar’s drop
A high-risk corner of the $5.1 trillion-a-day currency market has become the collateral damage of the dollar selloff.
China Southern, American Airlines announce tie-up
China Southern Airlines said Tuesday it would sell almost a one-tenth stake to American Airlines in a $200 million tie-up that could see two of the world's biggest...
London mansion owners turn to Airbnb
Frustrated after searching for a buyer for two years, the owner of a luxury apartment overlooking London’s Hyde Park decided to rent it out for 1,500 pounds ($1,880) a...
Lebanon is represented at the Arab League summit this week with a unity and presence not seen for many years.
Light at end of tunnel
For the Lebanese, the tackling and solving of the country’s chronic and scandalous electricity issues would show that Lebanon is finally on the right track.
Britain’s messy divorce
As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to...
The coming ban on nuclear weapons
On March 27, the United Nations will start negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
Mattis, Tillerson: secretaries of stabilization
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the...
Reprehensible act of terror
One cannot but condemn Wednesday’s attack in Westminster, the heart of London.
The Syrian cauldron
Two things were made clear by the U.S. exploits in Syria Wednesday.
A solution fair for all
When future generations study Lebanese history, they will have to pick through the 100 different suggestions for an electoral law that vary from the sectarian to...
As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening.
The Arab Spring and the Western winter
There are many striking parallels between the “Arab Spring” that began in 2010 and the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the election of U.S. President Donald Trump,...
More discoveries by President Obvious
Seeking and winning the presidency has been a magical voyage of discovery for Donald Trump.
A cue from Churchill on how to fight terror
It has emerged that one of the four people murdered during the Westminster terror attack in London last week, 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, used to be Winston Churchill’s...
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world.
Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the baton to China
We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The next big threat: War in space
Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane.
Hacking is the digital world’s oldest profession
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange’s revelation last week of the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools had a misplaced tone of surprise, a bit like Claude Rains’ famous line in...
Cyberwarfare is the real menace to America
Last week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war.
Lebanon’s Asian Cup qualification campaign got off to the perfect start Tuesday with a comfortable 2-0 win against Hong Kong in the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium.
Bukharov saves Russia in first Sochi match
Alexander Bukharov netted an injury-time equalizer as Russia battled back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Belgium in the first-ever match at Sochi’s Fisht Arena...
Federer rolls into fourth round at Miami Open
Roger Federer took a look around as he entered the stadium court at the Miami Open, immediately feeling the energy of the crowd.
Nadal wins in 1000th match, Raonic withdraws
Rafa Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour-level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open.
Spurs drop Cavs to second in East
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and left to a standing ovation Monday as the San Antonio Spurs humbled the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 less than three weeks...
Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win
Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia...
Messi banned for four international matches
Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals, which included Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia, for swearing at...
Murray, Tsonga skip Davis Cup France tie
Britain will have to make do without world No. 1 Andy Murray for their Davis Cup quarterfinal in France after he was omitted Tuesday from captain Leon Smith’s team due...
No Nadal for Spain's Davis Cup quarter vs Serbia
Rafael Nadal will not feature in Spain's team for the April 7-9 Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia, Spanish captain Conchita Martinez confirmed Tuesday.
No Tomic for Australia's Davis Cup tie with USA
Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt left out Bernard Tomic on Tuesday as he named an unchanged team for the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final clash with the United States.
World number one Murray out of Davis Cup quarter: final
World number one Andy Murray has been ruled out of the British team to play France in next month's Davis Cup quarter-final with an elbow injury, it was announced Tuesday.
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and left to a standing ovation Monday as the San Antonio Spurs humbled the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 less than three weeks before the start of the playoffs.
Spurs drop Cavs to 2nd in East, Westbrook's Thunder roar back
Williams, Harden lead Houston over Oklahoma City
Lou Williams scored 31 points while James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets cruised to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City...
Shanghai Shenhua's home stadium catches fire
The home stadium of China's Shanghai Shenhua football club caught fire early Tuesday but there were no casualties and the blaze was extinguished by mid-morning, the...
Williams, Harden lead Rockets over Thunder
National Football League team owners gave the green light Monday to the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas, paving the way for the building of a $1.9 billion stadium in the U.S. gambling capital.
European trio receive PGA Tour special temporary membership
European Tour players Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood have accepted Special Temporary Membership of the U.
Scottish kickboxer dead of heatstroke ahead of Thai match
A Scottish kickboxer has died after an apparent attempt to lose weight in preparation for a fight in Thailand.
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.
Fredericks steps aside from IAAF work, to skip Council meet
IAAF president Sebastian Coe says Frank Fredericks has stepped aside from his duties at athletics' governing body but has not resigned from its ruling council while...
With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new regulations for Formula One cars seemingly needed only one Grand Prix to produce one of the desired effects.
Stung Mercedes vow to strike back in China
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes are vowing to come back hard in China after being ambushed by resurgent Ferrari in the Formula One season-opener in Australia.
Vettel's drought-breaker for Ferrari sets up F1 duel in 2017
With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new regulations for Formula One cars seemingly needed only one Grand Prix to...
Hamilton in league of his own after Aussie blitz
Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being “in a league of his own” Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year’s opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix.
Maverick a new challenge for Marquez
Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing, and Valentino Rossi’s new Yamaha teammate will have triple-world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season...
Having created art exhibitions in varying styles, Mona Hecker’s latest series of canvasses, “Quantum, Vortex, Gravity,” takes an abstract approach, trying to capture the energy of circular motion.
Nobel laureate play seeks sense in Trump reality
American theatergoers got a small taste Monday of a new play by Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek that tries to understand President Donald Trump and what he...
Kline says Broadway farce not as easy as it looks
At a press event celebrating his return to Broadway, Kevin Kline wanted to be crystal clear on one topic: He’s not having a midlife crisis.
Power Rangers reboot is cheesy, self-serious
There’s a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material?
Dylan gives rare interview, talks Sinatra, Elvis
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted...
Ai Weiwei to build fences in New York
The Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei will build dozens of fences in New York for an exhibition opening in October that focuses on walls that divide people and mark...
Life is a mediocre science-fiction thriller
Life is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller.
Feast for the soul: Jim Harrison on wine and food
In 2004, Jim Harrison wrote an article for The New Yorker about a 37-course lunch he ate in France "that likely cost as much as a new Volvo station wagon."
Gyllenhaal brings ‘Life’ to alien invasion genre
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with...
Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death
Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher.
‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris passes away
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show,” has passed away.
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted exclusively to his website Wednesday.
Kanye West settles with Hungarian singer over alleged song theft
Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song...
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance
Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in...
Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France
Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros ($324,000), found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed...
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that...
Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January.
Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds
Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths
Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Sen. Cory Booker
A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on Fox's "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.
'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87
George Clooney pays surprise visit to devoted UK fan
Actor George Clooney has startled an 87-year-old fan in Britain by showing up at her assisted living facility with flowers and a card to wish her a happy birthday
The president of the United States holds a trademark in Jordan for a Donald Trump casino, despite the fact that gambling is illegal in the kingdom.
Shanties top once iconic Casablanca buildings
Shanties have mushroomed on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city’s once-prestigious center crumbles below.
Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users
Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and...
Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones
Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.
Tawlet’s soup kitchen, hoping to help
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated...
Young refugees build new lives in Greece
Jawad Ahmadi, an 18-year-old Afghan, reached the island of Lesbos a year ago with his older brother and cousin, believing Greece would be just a temporary stop on his...
Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to the Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a...
Skiing: Big ambitions in Kashmir’s ‘paradise’
It’s an area better known as a hotbed of insurgency but Indian Kashmir’s only ski resort – a favorite among aficionados for its silky snows – is now trying to attract...
Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields.
Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide
Paris, March 21, 2017 (AFP) - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.
German scientists test artificial sun
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun” and which they hope will help shed light on new ways...
Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter
The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many “soup kitchen” dinner parties.
What’s in a whisky? Generations of hard work
Ian Colluim is living out his dream job.
Winemaker serves up utterly tasty experience
World-renowned winemaker Fabrice Guiberteau treated guests this week to four different Chateau Kefraya wines with an impassioned talk on the art of drinking.
Lebanese fashion blogger struts her stuff
“Hard work pays off, consistency is key and we should always keep dreaming,” Lebanese fashion blogger and entrepreneur Lana El Sahely said as she reflected on her...
New Beirut tech hub looks to the future
While co-working spaces have mushroomed in Beirut in recent years, a new concept tailored to the independent workforce is currently being pioneered by a tech hub in the...
At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.
In the wilds of Mongolia: Horses, sand dunes and stargazing
I'm a city girl. I did not grow up camping, have never pitched a tent and know nothing of the Girl Scouts beyond Thin Mints or Samoa cookies. Certainly no one would use...
Myanmar's ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory
On the stairway rising to Moulmein's great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the...
Air India claims record with all-female round-world flight
India's national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women
What to look for when you're booking a photo safari
Shopping for a wildlife safari is like taking a multiple-choice exam.
If someone asks me about my favorite decade for music, it would be the ’80s hands down.
Revolutionary Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1
Revolutions in the auto industry are few and far between these days, especially as we’ve grown to expect that cars will feature performance, styling and technologies...
Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics
Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian...
Peugeot’s 504: The enduring workhorse and spy car
I’ve often heard it said that in the event of a nuclear explosion, the only things that would survive are taxes and cockroaches.
Hum of optimism as Geneva car show hits the road
Gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva for Europe’s biggest annual car show, leading automakers expressed cautious optimism Tuesday about the industry’s prospects for...
Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial.
Dig deeper before mocking 'crazy' pet parents
It's easy to jump directly to "crazy cat lady" or poke fun at "stay-at-home dog moms" when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets.
Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal.
Short, white men more likely to go bald: study
Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent, according to a new study.
Vaccine for Ebola-ravaged chimps
Scientists said Thursday they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild...