President-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets -- by sending a tweet
Putin says 'clever' Trump will soon grasp weighty role
President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of...
Turkey charges 4 over deadly schoolgirl dorm fire
Turkish authorities on Sunday charged four people on Sunday in connection with a deadly fire that killed 11 schoolgirls at a dormitory in the southern Adana region,...
Saudi Arabia names new labor minister, reshuffles religious and Shura councils
King Salman bin Abdulaziz has replaced Saudi Arabia's labor minister, state media reported on Friday, after recent statistics showed a rise in unemployment in the...
Lebanon police arrest two Syrians tied to extremists
Police detained two Syrians in a Beirut neighborhood on the suspicion of communicating with extremists, state media reported Sunday
US woman alleges gang-rape in Indian capital
A US woman has told police she was gang-raped at a top hotel in the Indian capital during a visit earlier this year -- the latest in a series of alleged sexual assaults...
Castro to be laid to rest next to Cuban independence hero Marti
Fidel Castro will be laid to rest on Sunday alongside the mausoleum of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, ensuring that the polarizing nature of Castro's life will...
Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church, a Putin project
The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is consecrating a new church near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of President Vladimir Putin's influence...
Turkish authorities on Sunday charged four people on Sunday in connection with a deadly fire that killed 11 schoolgirls at a dormitory in the southern Adana region, state media reported
Saudi king starts tour of Gulf Arab states with visit to UAE
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin a regional tour aimed at strengthening relations with four neighboring Gulf allies
Egypt hikes tariffs on imported goods
Egypt is raising tariffs on some imported goods to up to 60 percent following a decree by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the finance ministry said Sunday
Bahrain court upholds bomb blast sentences
A Bahraini court on Sunday upheld three death sentences and seven life terms against a group convicted of killing police including an Emirati officer in a bomb attack,...
Sectarianism stronger than any president: Arslan
Lebanon's sectarian power structure is stronger than the most powerful head of state, Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan
Rainfall in Jezzine causes partial road collapse
Heavy rains caused part of a road in south Lebanon to collapse on Sunday, leading to fears that residents will be cut off a neighboring town
2 bodies with apparent gunshot wounds found in northeast Lebanon
The bodies of a young man and woman were found bearing gunshot wounds on the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese city of Hermel, state media reported
Canadian FM discusses bilateral ties with Hariri
Visiting Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion Saturday discussed with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri the bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Labor Ministry reiterated Friday its warning against Lebanese enterprises wrongfully sacking their employees.
All Lebanon to have fiber optic coverage by 2020
Lebanon has already started installing fiber optics in big cities, and 85 percent of the Lebanese population will have access to the service by the end of 2017,...
In Sudan, anger as economy crumbles
Mohammad Yassin’s minimarket occupies a prime spot in Khartoum but its shelves are largely empty as a plummeting currency and slew of subsidy cuts pushes prices up and...
Erdogan urges Turks to convert foreign currency
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks Friday to convert their foreign currencies into gold and lira to stimulate the country’s economy as the lira continued its...
WTO seeks trade deal on 'green' products
The heavyweights of world trade, including the United States, China and Japan, meet in Geneva this weekend to establish a list of environmentally friendly products for...
Lebanon is keen to fight cybercrime: Salameh
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh pledged that Lebanon would continue fighting for digital security and this will help in the fight against cybercrime.
Salameh: Banks can raise capital by $2.5B
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said that the recent financial engineering will allow commercial banks to raise their private equity by $2.5 billion and increase the...
Salameh projects slow growth in 2016
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh Thursday projected a 1.5 to 2 percent growth in GDP and zero inflation for 2016.
Mohammad Yassin’s minimarket occupies a prime spot in Khartoum but its shelves are largely empty as a plummeting currency and slew of subsidy cuts pushes prices up and customers away.
Erdogan urges Turks to convert foreign currency to lira
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks Friday to convert their foreign currencies into gold and lira to stimulate the country's economy as the lira continued its...
Gazans hope Coke plant refreshes economy
The head of the Gaza Strip’s first Coca-Cola plant said Thursday he hoped the venture would send a “message to investors” that the beleaguered Palestinian enclave was...
Turkish lira drops to record lows
The Turkish lira’s losses deepened Thursday, with the currency falling to record lows against the dollar and euro.
The heavyweights of world trade, including the United States, China and Japan, meet in Geneva this weekend to establish a list of environmentally friendly products for which tariffs can be eliminated or reduced.
Disabled Greeks protest as more austerity looms
Disabled people and patients with chronic illnesses from around Greece protested in central Athens Friday against austerity measures as the government races to clinch a...
Market tips and bold calls for 2017
Politics, economics and finance have all been turned on their head in 2016, and investors are already looking ahead to 2017 with anticipation and trepidation.
Energy firms swoop on startups in technology race
Europe’s biggest energy companies have ploughed more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) into startups, according to Reuters calculations, with several deals announced...
Brent heads for biggest weekly gain since 2009
Brent oil is headed for its biggest weekly gain since 2009 after OPEC approved its first supply cut in eight years, with attention now shifting to compliance with the...
Though it may be macabre, there are certain similarities between the Syrian civil war and an epic Hollywood blockbuster.
Democracy has descended on Fatah as its members gather for the first time since 2009.
Europe’s December day of reckoning
While most of the European Union seems panic-stricken by the prospect of a victory for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election in May,...
Why multilateralism still matters
Across the West, faith in international governance and economic globalization is declining.
Will Trump embrace new high-tech weapons
The Pentagon has begun briefing key allies on plans for advanced weapons technologies aimed at offsetting Russian and Chinese military gains.
Today we have more NGOs, awareness and activism geared toward gender equality and women’s rights than ever before.
Invitation to hell
Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s tour of Latin America and the Caribbean is accompanied by so much fanfare that he is almost treated as a latter-day...
Don’t wait for Godot
By definition, a country’s Cabinet should be a team of qualified people with expertise relevant to the portfolios they are assigned to, all of whom work as one to...
While most of the European Union seems panic-stricken by the prospect of a victory for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election in May, the EU’s next test will come much sooner.
Historically, before the existence of schools, people used to learn from each other.
Tunisia’s Carthage Agreement under scrutiny
In summer 2016, President Beji Caid Essebsi oversaw a process to produce a “government of national unity” that would, it was hoped, stabilize Tunisia.
Trump and the Middle East cauldron
One of the hallmarks of a presidential transition in the United States is a comprehensive policy review, aimed at determining which policies to retain and which to...
A world where the truth is losing
Richard Stengel, State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, bluntly states the problem that has been worrying him, and should worry us all: “In a global...
Be thankful for Donald Trump’s insincerity
Perhaps we should be thankful this week for Donald Trump’s insincerity.
President-elect flip-flop, I hope
So Donald Trump now says, in an interview with the New York Times, that he believes there is some connection between human activity and climate change, that Hillary...
Mideast ponders how to deal with Trump
What does Donald Trump’s election mean for the Middle East?
Chelsea cemented their position on top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at title rivals Manchester City, while Alexis Sanchez's hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of West Ham took Arsenal into second place on Saturday.
Al-Nabi Sheet stun Ansar to move second
Al-Nabi Sheet scored a stunning upset Friday, edging Ansar 1-0 to climb to second place in the standings in matchday 9 of the Lebanese Premier League.
Argentina takes maiden Davis Cup title
Federico Delbonis swept aside Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s deciding rubber as Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title with a stunning fightback...
Cilic, Dodig push Croatia to brink of Davis Cup
Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Argentine pair Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4, 6-3 in Saturday's doubles to put Croatia 2-1 up in the...
'Honeymoon over' as Bulls hand Cavs third straight defeat
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a third straight defeat Friday, and superstar LeBron James said it should serve as a wakeup call to the...
Barca desperate to break Madrid
Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Catalonia Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season, boasting a six-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Zidane and Luis Enrique get little credit
Despite being former heroes for the clubs they now manage, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and his Real Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane are afforded little credit for...
City plan to prove a point in Chelsea showdown
Manchester City’s aim to prove their hectic schedule won’t stop them winning the Premier League when leaders Chelsea visit Eastlands for a enthralling showdown Saturday.
Federico Delbonis swept aside Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s deciding rubber as Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title with a stunning fightback in Zagreb.
Murray takes aura of invincibility into 2017
Forget the latest addition to Andy Murray’s creaking trophy cabinet, the $2.4-million check and the adulation of a nation.
Murray wins Tour Finals, on top of world
Andy Murray will finish 2016 on top of the world rankings after an imperious 6-3, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic clinched his first ATP Tour Finals title Sunday.
Murray and Djokovic season comparisons
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have dominated 2016.
Here is a comparison of their respective seasons after Britain’s Murray beat his Serbian rival 6-3, 6-4 to win the...
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a third straight defeat Friday, and superstar LeBron James said it should serve as a wakeup call to the defending NBA champions.
Warriors edge Hawks 105-100 for 12th straight win
Golden State extended its winning streak to a dozen games by holding off Atlanta in a close finish and winning 105-100 Monday, led by 25 points and 14 rebounds from...
Golden State win 11th game in a row
Stephen Curry had 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Golden State overcame Draymond Green’s absence to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-102 Saturday night...
Spurs remain unbeaten on the road
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points as the San Antonio Spurs kept their undefeated record on the road intact by beating the Washington Wizards 112-100 Saturday.
Spurs rally past Celtics, Cavs set three point record
Kawhi Leonard scored nine points in the final 7:17 as the San Antonio Spurs kept rolling with a spirited 109-103 win over the Boston Celtics that extended three winning...
South African Brandon Stone stretched his Alfred Dunhill Championship lead to three shots on Saturday with a six-under-par 66 for a third-round total of 199 in the European Tour event.
Corruption-hit IAAF adopts Coe's reforms
The IAAF Saturday unanimously adopted a reform package drawn up by president Sebastian Coe in a bid to end "grotesque" corruption that has rocked track and field's...
Russia remains banned from athletics
Russia remains suspended from international athletics competition after the IAAF voted Thursday to extend the ban for state-sponsored doping with the next review...
Norwegian victorious again at World Chess Championship
On a dreary, rainy Manhattan night, a huge, happy roar arose in a crowd of chess fans from around the world.
Haye throws punch at Bellew at news conference
There were ugly scenes at a news conference to promote their 2017 heavyweight showdown as David Haye threw a punch at Tony Bellew Wednesday.
Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement has given champions Mercedes a headache as they seek to fill Formula One’s most desirable drive.
Rosberg stuns F1 with retirement bombshell
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world...
Reaction to Rosberg retirement
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday by announcing his retirement, only days after he had won the world championship with Mercedes at the season-ending Abu Dhabi...
F1 world champion Nico Rosberg
Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after winning his first world championship with Mercedes.
Miami’s art world does not stop for Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
Man Down waits too long to deliver worthy message
“Man Down” carries a poignant message about American veterans’ mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there.
Donnie Yen wants to be ‘good example’
Action star Donnie Yen placed his deadly hands and feet in cement at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre Wednesday, voicing hope that his career would inspire fellow Asians...
‘Westworld’ actress reveals she was raped twice
U.S. actress Evan Rachel Wood, who plays one of the leading characters in the new hit TV series “Westworld,” has spoken out about being raped twice in an open letter...
Neil Diamond to hit road for anniversary
Neil Diamond took “Song Sung Blue” to the top of the charts, and now he promises to leave “no song unsung” when he takes the stage next year for a world tour.
Planting a bomb with TGD
It’s pretty common for a band to pause near the end of a concert to introduce its members.
Sundance unveils slate of competition films
Jenny Slate reunites with her “Obvious Child” director in the ’90s-set “Landline.”
In Morocco, world’s oldest library holds gems
Nestled in a labyrinth of streets in the heart of old Fez stands the world’s oldest working library.
Action star Donnie Yen placed his deadly hands and feet in cement at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre Wednesday, voicing hope that his career would inspire fellow Asians to take up acting.
Natalie Portman on taking on an icon in Jackie
A new film about Jacqueline Kennedy, one of the most photographed yet private women of the 20th century, attempts to get behind her mystique by blending factual events...
U.K. politician wins hearts in dance show
Britain’s tabloids mourned Monday after former politician Ed Balls was booted out of a television dance contest, having won hearts with his try-hard attempts to improve...
Guest’s ‘Mascots’ fails to really cheer
It should be a match made in comedy heaven – director and writer Christopher Guest, whose fake documentary films explore the sad desperation in American subcultures,...
Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show
Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami Friday...
Selena Gomez the master of Instagram in 2016
Pop star Selena Gomez dominated Instagram in 2016, enjoying more followers than any other celebrity and accounting for the site's most popular photos.
Ariana Grande wins top American Music Award
Canadian rapper Drake won his first ever American Music Awards Sunday, Ariana Grande was named artist of the year, and punk band Green Day took aim at newly elected...
Green Day chants against Trump at American Music Awards
Green Day led a furious chant against President-elect Donald Trump Sunday at the American Music Awards, where Ariana Grande proved her superstar status by taking the...
Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.
Andrew Sachs, known as Manuel in Fawlty Towers, dies
LONDON (AP) - Comic actor Andrew Sachs, known primarily for his role as the well-intentioned but somewhat dim character of Manuel in the 1970s comedy "Fawlty Towers,"...
Big Mac inventor dies at age 98
The man who invented the quintessential American fast-food burger, the Big Mac, and inadvertently set off a race to create ever more expansive fast-food menus, has died.
NBC boss and hit-making producer Grant Tinker dies at age 90
Grant Tinker, who brought new polish to the TV world and beloved shows to the audience as both a producer and a network boss, has died. He was 90.
Fiat heir arrested in US for faking own kidnapping
One of the heirs to the Fiat automobile fortune, Lapo Elkann, has been arrested in New York for allegedly faking his own kidnapping, police said Tuesday, amid reports...
A startup company in Berlin is trying to help integrate last year's flood of migrants into the German workforce with a tailor-made online job market for new arrivals.
Mammoth battles at Nepal elephant polo
The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball.
European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash
European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test...
Icy basin in Pluto's heart may be natural sinkhole
The deep icy basin in Pluto's heart-shaped region may be a natural sinkhole.
Visiting a beach town where kings were born
The beach town of Lahaina in western Maui was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a place where kings were born.
Tom Ford: Melania Trump not necessarily my image
Designer Tom Ford says first lady-to-be Melania Trump likely won’t be wearing his clothes in the White House.
The woman in charge of the president’s wine
It came as a shock.
Chinese theme park to build Titanic … with Wi-Fi
Construction of the world’s first full-size replica of the Titanic has begun in China, state media reported Thursday, where it is expected to enjoy smoother sailing as...
European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said Friday.
Japan plans supercomputer to leap into future
Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and...
Hands-on toys that teach are hot
Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.
Biometrics not foolproof as secure digital keys
It sounds like a great idea: Forget passwords, and instead lock your phone or computer with your fingerprint.
Stairs from Eiffel sell for over half a million
A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for more than half a million euros, auctioneers said Wednesday – more than 10 times the presale estimate.
Sarajevo hostel offers taste of life in war
A hostel in Bosnia is offering visitors a unique experience: the opportunity to live like civilians in a war zone.
Now you can visit the Rolling Stones’ 1962 flat
When Mick Jagger was coming up with ideas for an exhibition highlighting The Rolling Stones’ five-decade-long career, he wanted to recreate the mood of the band in its...
A touch of ‘Thrones’ magic for Spanish town
When the mayor of the small southern Spanish town of Osuna called Jesus Cansino to tell him “Game of Thrones” was coming to shoot part of Season 5, he wouldn’t believe...
Following a rather eye-opening visit to the Los Angeles Car Show a few days ago, I quickly realized that most reviews focused on the fact that manufacturers are moving to meet the demand for sport utility vehicles.
Toyota GT 86 offers old-school fun
Come to sunny California, they said.
Italians help VW campers get back va-va-voom
How many enthusiasts does it take to restore a fleet of rust-riddled Volkswagen camper vans?
Car booster seats for kids are getting better
Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2016 Jeep Compass adept and affordable
Since I started conducting these test-drives, for the most part I’ve been sort of lucky in the sense that I’ve had some familiarity with most of the cars I’ve tried out.
It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno.
Feds target sleep apnea, speeding after deadly train crash
Federal regulators want all passenger train operators in the U.S.tested for sleep apnea after the engineer in September's deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was...
Monkey study could lead to ‘functional’ HIV cure
Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn’t make house calls.
Tunisia reports H5 bird flu in wild birds - OIE
Tunisia has reported an outbreak of
the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus among wild birds in the
north of the country, the World Organisation for Animal...
Want to delay death? Then swim, dance…
Swimming, racket sports and aerobics are associated with the best odds of staving off death, and in particular of reducing the risk of dying from heart disease or...