Iran denied U.S. accusations Saturday that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.
Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership
ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's president says the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership.
Poland charges 11 over bizarre Auschwitz stunt
Polish prosecutors on Saturday said they had pressed charges against 11 people who slaughtered a lamb and then stripped naked at the former German Nazi death camp...
Armed heist at Cartier shop in Monaco, 1 suspect captured
Police in Monaco say robbers have carried out an armed heist at a luxurious Cartier jewelry shop in Monte Carlo and one of the suspects has been captured.
Lebanese women wage painful custody battles
Every week, young divorcee Rita Choukeir looks forward to the three precious hours she gets with her young son in Lebanon, where child custody is awarded according to...
Erdogan says would be 'easier' if EU rejects Turkey bid
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday lashed out again in the diplomatic row with the European Union saying it would be "easier" if the EU just rejected...
US military investigating alleged civilian casualties in Mosul strike
The U.S. military acknowledged Saturday that U.S. aircraft struck at the request of Iraqi security forces a location in West Mosul where dozens of civilian casualties...
Coalition airstrikes kill 16 rebels in Yemen: military official
Sixteen rebels have been killed and 24 wounded in 24 hours of air raids by a Saudi-led coalition targeting the insurgents in Yemen, a military official and medics said...
Polish prosecutors on Saturday said they had pressed charges against 11 people who slaughtered a lamb and then stripped naked at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Thousands march to protest abortion in Romanian capital
Several thousand people including Orthodox priests have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to express their opposition to abortion and their support...
Serbian PM to visit Putin ahead of April 2 presidential vote
Serbia's populist prime minister said Saturday he will pay an official visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a trip apparently designed to boost his bid for the...
Lawyer for NY bomb suspect wants attempted murder trial moved
A lawyer for the man accused of setting off bombs last year in New Jersey and New York, injuring dozens, is seeking a change of venue for his trial on attempted murder...
Every week, young divorcee Rita Choukeir looks forward to the three precious hours she gets with her young son in Lebanon, where child custody is awarded according to religious rulings
Jbeil farmers demand restoration of irrigation water
Mount Lebanon farmers Saturday demanded immediate solutions to a monthslong cut to their irrigation water supply, state media reported.
Hezbollah open to electoral law discussions: Qassem
Hezbollah is open to talks on any electoral law proposal, the party's deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem said Saturday.
Gunfight rattles south Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh
A gunbattle between family members Saturday rocked Lebanon's largest Palestinian camp in the southern city of Sidon, wounding two.
Tajeddine charged with violating terror-related sanctions
U.S. authorities arrested an alleged Hezbollah financier Friday on charges of violating U.S. terror-related sanctions, after he was apparently deported to the United...
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 scandal.
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.
Tunisia pushes ‘economic emergency’ bill
Tunisia is drafting an “economic emergency” bill that will let the government bypass bureaucratic hurdles and speed up large-scale projects as it seeks to boost growth...
Only one kind of trader doing well in Egypt
Since Egypt devalued its currency, life in Cairo has gotten a lot easier if you sell stocks for a living – and a lot harder if you sell fruit.
EU stalls Russian gas pipeline
Russia has the European Union in a bind.
Spoiled Brazilian meat didn't reach Lebanon: ministry
The Agriculture Ministry Friday said that the Lebanon hadn’t received any contaminated Brazilian meat in an attempt to quell public concerns over the recent meat...
Regie raised tobacco prices to stop illegal gains
The Regie raised the prices of tobacco in anticipation of the government’s decision to impose taxes on this commodity in the aim of controlling the market and...
Replacing Salameh would be risky, experts say
The debate has intensified in the past few weeks over whether Riad Salameh should remain at the helm of the prestigious Central Bank for another six years at a time...
Tunisia is drafting an “economic emergency” bill that will let the government bypass bureaucratic hurdles and speed up large-scale projects as it seeks to boost growth and create jobs, a senior official said.
The West Bank wants tourists
And now a message from the Palestinian Authority: Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, enjoy some savory hummus and stuffed grape leaves, and please, please, please spend...
Turkey freezes plan to sell $10B in seized firms
Turkey put on hold a plan to sell almost 600 companies worth about $10 billion that were seized in the aftermath of a failed military coup, according to two people with...
Saudi Arabia rating cut by Fitch
Saudi Arabia’s creditworthiness was cut a level by Fitch Ratings, which said low oil prices were worsening public and external finances.
Of bread and wine: the world's most expensive cities
Singapore remains the world's most expensive city to live in, a study showed on Tuesday, with two Japanese cities – Tokyo and Osaka – returning to the top 10 thanks to...
Europe’s financial lifeline from London in doubt
For companies in the European Union, London is the chief gateway to finance. Rerouting the financial lines that run through London will be complex, experts say.
Smartphone maker Samsung backs away from split
The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung, assailed by a shambolic recall and embroiled in South Korea’s wide-ranging corruption scandal, backed away from a planned...
Eurozone lights way for ECB pullback
If the latest surveys of business intentions are to be believed, the eurozone economy is sparkling, growing at a pace that easily explains the hints from some European...
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.
Trump the destroyer, a lack of leadership
With all the skill of an experienced arsonist, U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing America for a firestorm.
Who’s really threatening Europe?
Opponents of immigration into the EU typically make one or more of four arguments: immigrants are weakening Christian values, undermining liberal democratic...
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...
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...
Transparency wins the day
For some 25 years corruption has flourished in Lebanon, thanks mostly to the Syrian occupation and its lackeys who milked the country mercilessly in ways that could...
Demonstrations represent the highest form of democratic exercise, whether in protest, celebration or any of a plethora of other reasons.
Nationalists and globalists
The Dutch election was the first bright spot in a while for people in Europe and the United States who are deeply worried that the backlash against globalization will...
The EU’s road to Rome
At the end of this month, European Union leaders (except for British Prime Minister Theresa May) will gather in Italy to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of...
America’s confidence economy, make it or break it
Financial markets seem convinced that the recent surge in business and consumer confidence in the U.S. economy will soon be reflected in “hard” data, such as GDP...
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.
Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup Finals Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.
Deschamps refuses to be drawn on exiled Benzema
A day after Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema demanded talks with the France coach over his ongoing international exile, Didier Deschamps flatly refused to discuss the...
Tomic pulls out at Miami with back injury
Bernard Tomic's woes continued Thursday as he pulled out of the Miami Open due to a back injury, the latest setback in a disappointing year for the Australian.
Federer, Nishikori missing from Monte Carlo line-up
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori were the only members of the world top 10 missing from the entry list for the Monte Carlo Masters which was released on Thursday.
Spurs down Grizzlies while Raptors beat the Heat
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 to power San Antonio over visiting Memphis 97-90 Thursday, moving the Spurs within two games of...
Sweden cruise, unbeaten Swiss on track for Russia
Sweden crushed Belarus 4-0 to keep the pressure on their rivals in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup as Switzerland remain unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Latvia.
Hart to captain England in Lithuania clash
Gareth Southgate has named Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart as England captain for their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
Soul-searching in Russia as World Cup hosts hit new low
Stanislav Cherchesov's ability to coach Russia to the 2018 World Cup was under the spotlight Saturday after the hosts hit a new low with a first defeat to an African...
No. 1 Kerber looks for Miami boost
Germany’s Angelique Kerber heads into this week’s Miami Open in the unusual position of having regained the world No. 1 ranking despite a disappointing start to the...
Raonic back to avenge Queen's defeat
Canadian tennis ace Milos Raonic warned Tuesday he was determined to avenge last year's final defeat to Andy Murray in the key Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Queen's...
Federer in full flight heading into Miami
Roger Federer keeps saying he’s still on the comeback trail, but he’s covering ground faster than he ever imagined.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 to power San Antonio over visiting Memphis 97-90 Thursday, moving the Spurs within two games of NBA-leading Golden State.
New York's Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for doping violation
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended 20 games without pay by the NBA on Saturday after failing a doping test.
Suns guard Booker scores 70 points to join elite club
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker became the unlikeliest member of an elite scoring club when he erupted for 70 points Friday against the Boston Celtics
DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84
Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic
Westbrook's 35th triple double powers Thunder win
NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook unleashed his 35th triple double of the season Wednesday, powering the Oklahoma City Thunder over visiting Philadelphia 122-97 and...
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...
Newlywed Mullinax top at lightning-hit Puerto Rico Open
American rookie Trey Mullinax remained atop the leaderboard after Friday's conclusion to the opening round of the lightning-halted US PGA Puerto Rico Open.
Cycling: Tour de France unveils Shanghai criterium
Cycling's Tour de France will stage a Shanghai criterium featuring top riders this year as it bids to attract a following in China, organizers said on Thursday.
McIlroy, Spieth suffer upsets at WGC Match Play
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth suffered upset defeats as underdogs bared their teeth on the opening day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play Wednesday.
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...
Rain, wind threatens to blow Qatar MotoGP off course
Torrential rain and high winds threatened to push the season-opening Qatar MotoGP back 24 hours as the weather caused havoc with Saturday's qualifying plans under the...
Ricciardo sorry as home title hopes spin out
Daniel Ricciardo was left apologizing to the Red Bull garage after his hopes of becoming the Australian Grand Prix's first home winner spun out during qualifying Saturday
Hamilton takes pole for Mercedes at Australian GP
Briton Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix Saturday, edging Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel into second on the grid
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.
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...
Jane Austen faked her own marriage twice
British author Jane Austen, known the world over for her insightful take on 19th century society, created fake marriage documents with two separate men, archives have...
Calls for Hong Kong to get more creative
Hong Kong sees a creative surge when Art Basel comes to town, but there’s a push for a more permanent change to the visual landscape of the city better known for its...
Revisiting the here and now
Gilbert Hage doesn’t like to give interviews.
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 extraterrestrial life.
‘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.
Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning tribute
Renowned World War II entertainer and patriot Vera Lynn celebrated turning 100 years old with a special tribute, Monday.
With Julia, Sesame Street tackles autism
“Sesame Street” has often experimented with new ways of teaching children about social issues as well as their ABCs since its launch nearly 50 years ago. Now it’s...
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...
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
Roman Polanski wants 1977 rape case over, attorney tells LA judge
Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski will have to wait up to three months to hear whether he can resolve his four-decade-old rape case without serving more jail time...
Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.
Lady Gaga's Japanese designer makes Tokyo debut
They've dressed Lady Gaga and now they want to dress more fashionistas in Asia: the husband-and-wife team behind Japan's award-winning ROGGYKEI label made their Tokyo...
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...
Gaza Barber blazes hair styles with fiery method
Palestinian barber Ramadan Adwan has found a fiery way to trim his client's hair – if they are brave enough.
Syrian refugee tent finds life as dress with a past
Once home to a family of Syrian refugees, a U.N. tent has found a new life as a dress still bearing the marks and stains of its past.
Swiss cannabis entrepreneurs develop craving for low-potency pot
Entrepreneurs have high hopes for cannabis in Switzerland, where business has suddenly taken off in recent months, six years after the country legalized low-potency...
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...