Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt took to Twitter early Tuesday to express his rejection of any attempts to reestablish close ties with Syria.
Man tries to light himself on fire in north Lebanon
A man attempted to self-immolate Tuesday morning after he was stopped at a police checkpoint in north Lebanon, state media reported.
Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish independence vote risks regional crisis
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey Tuesday said a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq could lead to fresh conflicts in the Middle East.
Palestinian activist to be deported to Jordan from Chicago
A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem will be deported to Jordan Tuesday, her spokesman said.
France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals
French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to...
State Security chief: Embassy security alerts 'routine'
State Security head Maj. Gen. Tony Saliba said Tuesday that the information prompting foreign embassies to issue security alerts last week was nothing new, and Lebanese...
Bassil hits back at Berri's proposal for early elections
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil hit back at Speaker Nabih Berri's proposal to shorten Parliament's term, which was originally set to end next year.
Berri skeptical on new IDs, seeks early polls
In a quick rebuff to the Cabinet’s adoption of biometric identity cards to be used in next year’s parliamentary elections.
US will forfeit trust if exits nuclear deal: Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that the United States would forfeit the trust of the international community if it abandons a nuclear accord with Tehran.
Turkish warplanes kill three Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army
Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Tuesday, killing three militants, the military said, as part of a widening campaign against the...
Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal: state media
Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation, Saudi state news agency SPA said Tuesday, redoubling efforts to counter Iran in...
French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold.
Scandal-plagued Lula heads Brazil election poll
Brazil's scandal-plagued former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and a tough-talking rightwing congressman lead voter intentions ahead of next year's...
Over 40 million people trapped in slavery: new global figure
More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labor and forced marriages, almost three quarters of them women and girls, according to the first...
Hurricane Maria leaves 1 dead, 2 missing in Guadeloupe
At least one person was killed as Hurricane Maria battered Guadeloupe, officials said Tuesday, in the first confirmed casualty from the huge storm sweeping the eastern...
NGO demands Italy release seized migrant rescue boat
A German NGO whose migrant rescue boat was impounded by Italian authorities on suspicion of collusion with people traffickers said Tuesday it had been the victim of a...
Lebanon needs to invest in infrastructure and smart grids to ensure the success of renewable energy projects, a conference was told Monday.
Minister launches 600 KW solar tenders
Lebanon’s Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced Monday the launch of tenders for two solar power plants with a combined capacity of 600 kilowatts.
Barges cheaper than power from Syria: CEO
The CEO of the Turkish company that currently provides Lebanon with two floating power ships Monday defended his firm’s activities in Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia mulls phasing out fuel subsidy soon
Saudi Arabia is considering a plan to phase out subsidies for gasoline and jet fuel in November at the latest, as the world’s biggest oil exporter pushes a program to...
Tech helps insurers promote safer behavior
Insurers are counting on real-time technology to help them cut back payouts, from a system warning ships of nearby pirates to an app offering to buy sleepy drivers a...
Banking secrecy lifted 42 times in 2016: report
Lebanon lifted banking secrecy in 42 cases of suspected involvement in money laundering, embezzlement and terrorist funding, according to the Central Bank’s financial...
Transparency key in oil and gas: experts
How can Lebanon improve its transparency for its potential oil and gas sector? As the country continues to lay the groundwork for possible offshore energy exploration.
Assets of commercial banks reach $209B
The consolidated balance sheets of Lebanese commercial banks through July 2017 reached $208.5 billion, an increase of 2 percent over the same period in 2016.
Egypt inflation has peaked: central bank governor
Egyptian central bank Gov. Tarek Amer said inflation in the most populous Arab country has peaked after policymakers responded to the surge in prices by raising...
Egypt to plug budget gaps with more foreign debt
Egypt’s finance minister says the country will face a $10 to $12 billion budget shortfall for the current 2017-18 fiscal year and plans expanded foreign debt issuance...
Dubai contracts last phase of solar park
Dubai announced Saturday the award of a $3.8 billion contract for the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030.
Insurers are counting on real-time technology to help them cut back payouts, from a system warning ships of nearby pirates to an app offering to buy sleepy drivers a coffee on the motorway.
BAE, financials pick Britain’s FTSE up from low
The U.K.’s top share index advanced Monday, rebounding from the previous session’s four-month low as shares in financials rose and higher oil prices boosted energy...
Toys R Us files for Chapter 11 reorganization
Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations.
Apple, Dell join bid for Toshiba’s chip business
U.S. tech titans Apple and Dell have joined a bid to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business, a deal seen as key to the survival of the cash-stripped Japanese industrial...
‘Those pennies from ETF fees add up’
Tad Hunter topped the US music charts with “Young Love” when the S&P 500 index was launched on March 4 1957. That tune faded into obscurity over the following six...
Mesopotamia from the beginning of time has been fertile ground for controversy, fire, fury and persecution.
Palestinian unity dawns
Palestinians Sunday were reveling in some good news, something they have not had for a very long time.
In Gaza, Ramallah and the diaspora, they welcomed the...
Afghanistan’s dire health situation grinds on
As the war in Afghanistan shows no signs of abating, the health of the people in the country continues to be cause for concern.
Political space for 1948 Palestinians?
On July 14, three Palestinian citizens of Israel from the town of Umm al-Fahm attacked two police officers outside Al-Haram al-Sharif, known to Jews as the Temple...
The case for a more involved government
Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our...
Searching for safety
The news that emerged from the Kazakh capital regarding de-escalation in Syria’s rebel-held areas is certainly welcome.
A cause for concern
Iraqi Kurdistan can be described as just one entity among a number of ethnic ambitions that have marred this region’s history for a century, with Israel the first...
Watching the misery
Smile, you’re on planet Lebanon.
Counting what counts in development
To most people, “development” is best measured by the quantity of change – like gains in average income, life expectancy or years spent in school.
Kim Jong Un – unpredictable or smart, strategic?
I am sometimes asked what world figure I would most want to interview.
Positive coverage might lure Trump to seek more
It’s generally agreed in Washington, D.C., that Donald Trump’s presidency is entering a new phase.
Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our lives.
Trump takes the shots, Tillerson runs the offense
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has often been the silent man in the Trump foreign policy team.
Miscommunication and mistakes can lead to war
When today’s historians look at the confrontation between the United States and North Korea, they’re likely to hear echoes of ultimatums, bluffs and botched messages...
When Daesh goes, should US troops stay in Syria?
As the U.S.-led coalition accelerates its campaign to destroy Daesh’s (ISIS) remaining strongholds in Syria, the Trump administration faces a big decision about the...
Trump signs on to the forever war in Afghanistan
There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of American foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp believes his side have the depth in the squad to compete in different competitions but did not rule out signing reinforcements in January.
Euro football: What to watch mid-week
What to watch in the leading football competitions in Europe Tuesday and Wednesday:
Cibulkova tears through Tokyo opener
Fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova pummelled Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to storm into the second round of the Pan Pacific Open
France reach Davis Cup final
France won a place in the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the host country an unassailable 3-1 lead over Serbia...
Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers
One retired jersey number just isn’t enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
PSG win but tensions rise between Neymar, Cavani
Paris Saint-Germain kept their perfect start to the season going Sunday, but the 2-0 win over Lyon also laid bare certain tensions in their all-star front line.
Shearer: Liverpool have not improved under Klopp
Former England striker Alan Shearer has said Liverpool have made no significant headway under Juergen Klopp since the German replaced Brendan Rodgers as the Merseyside...
Rooney hit by two-year driving ban
Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to...
Brazilian tennis player fined $1,500 for 'racist' gesture
Brazilian player Guilherme Clezar was fined $1,500 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Saturday for making what appeared to be a slit-eyed gesture in a...
Serena Williams announces baby’s birth
Go ahead and add another title to Serena Williams’ collection: Mom.
Nadal hails ‘best season’ and ‘incredible era’
Rafael Nadal described the year 2017 as “one of the best of his career” Sunday after winning a third U.S. Open and 16th Grand Slam.
Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade
The blockbuster trade, delayed and in jeopardy of dying, is done: Kyrie Irving is headed to the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is coming to the Cavaliers and the NBA can take a...
Kyrie gets a new address but Cavs win trade
It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.
The New England Patriots’ early-season struggles didn’t last long. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 302 of his 447 passing yards in a 30-point first-half burst and the Super Bowl champion Patriots bounced back from a season-opening defeat with a 36-20 rout of the Saints in New Orleans Sunday.
Froome looks to cap glorious year with world title
Chris Froome has a chance to end his best ever season on yet another high when he tackles the hilly world time-trial championships course in Bergen on Wednesday
Leishman takes game to a whole new level
Marc Leishman allowed himself to dream of being among the best, even if there were times that that looked a long way off.
Openings to begin in trial of NBA players accused of assault
NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris go on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a beating outside a Phoenix recreation center more than two years ago
Golovkin, Alvarez battle to brutal draw
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin argued afterward about who won their middleweight showdown. No one could argue it wasn’t a great fight.
In the space of three races, Sebastian Vettel has dropped twice as far behind Lewis Hamilton as he was ahead of him.
Farting competition tops off-track action
Five talking points from the Singapore Grand Prix night race, which Lewis Hamilton won in wet conditions Sunday:
Hamilton takes step toward fourth title
Lewis Hamilton took a huge stride towards a fourth Formula One title Sunday with victory in an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix after Ferrari title rival Sebastian...
McLaren split from Honda, switch to Renault
Former champions McLaren will swap their Honda engines for Renault ones at the end of the Formula One season after calling time on a troubled three-year partnership...
Red Bull’s Ricciardo shines in Singapore practice
Daniel Ricciardo put on a dazzling display under the floodlights to go fastest ahead of teammate Max Verstappen, as Red Bull laid down a marker on the opening day of...
Martin McDonagh’s darkly hilarious film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the Toronto film festival (TIFF)’s audience prize for best picture Sunday, giving it a leg up in the race for the Oscars.
Trump omnipresent at Emmys
U.S. President Donald Trump never won an Emmy, it’s true, but his presence was felt at this year’s television awards ceremony more than any actor, writer or producer.
Lady Gaga calls off European tour, citing severe physical pain
Lady Gaga on Monday called off the European leg of her world tour, saying she was suffering from severe physical pain and was seeking medical treatment.
The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other
Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a...
‘The Simpsons’ actress finds her own voice
For most fans of “The Simpsons,” the name Nancy Cartwright may ring a bell as the voice of 10-year-old troublemaker Bart Simpson over 28 seasons of the Fox animated show.
All the secrets these trees could tell
If trees could talk, what stories would they tell? This question is at the heart of “Diary of a Mulberry Tree,” which opened at Masrah al-Madina over the weekend.
French artist JR’s return to fame from infamy
The French artist JR made headlines last weekend with his huge “Kilroy was here” photo of a Mexican toddler leaning over the border wall with the United States.
‘American Assassin’ introduces a new action hero
Mitch Rapp is an action hero in the vein of Jack Ryan or John McClane. He’s an impossibly tough and determined everyday guy out to save the world.
Lady Gaga says taking a break after fifth album tour
Lady Gaga said Friday she plans to take a break after her current Joanne World Tour ends in mid-December
Taylor Swift soars atop US chart, ends 'Despacito' reign
Taylor Swift's vengeful new track topped the US singles chart Tuesday with the year's highest one-week sales, halting the historic reign of global sensation "Despacito.
Singer Tom Jones postpones US tour on medical advice
British pop star Tom Jones is postponing the start of his U.S. tour, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, due to advice from doctors, the star posted on Twitter
Dr. Seuss company loses blocking Grinch parody
A New York playwright has convinced a federal judge that his new play is a parody of Dr. Seuss’ classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and that in this legal fight,...
Why ‘mother!’ got an exclamation point
Darren Aronofsky does not just want audiences to watch his new film “mother!” He wants to shake them up and leave them thinking about his genre-defying, surreal...
Spicer gently pressed as Kimmel guest
It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night.
Colbert rolls out red carpet for Emmys
If this whole TV thing doesn’t work out for Stephen Colbert, he has a bright future in carpet sales.
The second sexual assault trial of American television legend Bill Cosby will open on April 2, 2018, the presiding judge ruled Friday
Husker Du drummer, singer Grant Hart dies of cancer
Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for pioneering indie rock band Husker Du, which was seen as a major influence for Nirvana, the Pixies and other bands, has died at...
Serena Williams shows off baby girl Alexis in photos, video diary
American tennis star Serena Williams on Wednesday announced the name and released first pictures of her baby girl, revealing that they had spent a week in the hospital...
Victoria Beckham brings Play-Doh sparkle to New York
Victoria Beckham unveiled her latest fashion collection in New York on Sunday, throwing shade at her once beloved black for the colors of Play-Doh and for sparkly...
US historian who lived in Afghanistan dies at 90
An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the war-torn country died Sunday.
London Fashion Week got an injection of Italian glamour Sunday, with Donatella Versace’s Versus and Emporio Armani joining Britain-based designers, among them Preen and Topshop, on the show schedule.
Burberry brings back vintage check in London
Unfazed by the London subway attack, celebrities, models and fashion editors flocked to London Fashion Week Saturday to celebrate all things stylish.
'Cyberchondria' costs the UK health service £56m a year
Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise...
French fashion giants LVMH, Kering ban ultra-thin models
A host of French-owned fashion labels spanning Christian Dior to Saint Laurent pledged Wednesday to ban ultra-thin models from their advertising and catwalk shows in...
Discover Jordan, the gem on our doorstep
Summer may almost be over, but there’s still time for a final quick getaway, and those looking to travel without going through the hassle of getting a visa need look no...
Ig Nobels for big-ear, didgeridoo research
Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence...
Jamaica's Violet Brown dies at 117; Japan woman now oldest
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The world's oldest person has died in Jamaica.
Kenya dump dwellers make a living recycling hair extensions
In one of Africa's largest dumps, some residents are making a living by collecting and recycling hair from mountains of rubbish.
Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise in "cyberchondria"
3 scientists, Planned Parenthood win Lasker medical prizes
Two scientists who paved the way for widely used vaccines and another who discovered key players in cell growth have been awarded prestigious medical research awards
Zika virus could offer new tool to fight brain cancer
The Zika virus can wreak havoc on the brain of a developing fetus, but its destructive power may also be harnessed to fight a stubborn form of adult brain cancer,...
US clears gene therapy for childhood leukemia
Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of...
Summer may almost be over, but there’s still time for a final quick getaway, and those looking to travel without going through the hassle of getting a visa need look no further than the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Brazilian Festival opening full of flair
On a mild Friday evening, guests arriving at a terrace overlooking the bay were welcomed by the cawing of parakeets, lovebirds and parrots, and plied with trays of...
The sporting hero that Lebanon lost and forgot
The shop run by Tareq Abou Zahab feels smaller than it is.
A father’s bookish vision brought to life
In April 2016, for the first time in years, Lana Halabi stepped into her father’s store – a space that had become a treasure trove of literature and knick-knacks over...
Talk to the glove: LAU students topple barriers
A team of engineers from the Lebanese American University has developed a new type of glove that can translate the gestures and movements of sign language into spoken...
Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday.
Cassini spacecraft burns up in the skies of Saturn
NASA said Friday Cassini spacecraft has burned up in the skies over Saturn as planned, ending a 20-year mission to circle Saturn and transform the way we think about...
Apple unveils iPhone X in major product launch
Apple Inc. Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive...
iPhone X puts exclamation point on pricing strategy
Apple has made a luxury iPhone that punctuates its technological swagger with a high-priced exclamation point. And that exclamation point appears to be a sign of things...
Dutch engineer aims high with green roof design
Standing between raised beds of plants on top of a ex-naval hospital, Joris Voeten can look across to the garden, cafe and terrace that decorate the sloping roof of...
I keep munchies in my car, along with bottles of water and tissues.
Buyers beware of bargain cars after U.S. storms
If you’re in the market for a pre-owned car, perhaps a recently imported one that hasn’t yet been exposed to the “trials” that comprise motoring in Lebanon, be aware...
Aventador S gets second life with radical refresh
I’ve had a passion for automobiles ever since I was a toddler.
Durability, reliability are very different things
My petrol-head friends and I have a topic that we frequently rehash: That they don’t make cars like they used to.
Top eight picks for reliable cars under $20,000
One of the consequences of living in a country with a laughable private sector salary scale as well as high car tariffs and registration is that we don’t all have the...