The final preparatory measures for the Arab Economic and Social Development summit kicked off Thursday morning with a meeting to discuss the summit’s agenda, which will be followed in the afternoon by a preparatory session of high-level officials.
Two dead, one missing as storm ravages Lebanon
Authorities Wednesday found the body of a Syrian girl swept away by floods in southern Zahrani, raising the death toll from storm Miriam to two, while the girl’s...
Tunisia hit by general strike, amid economic tensions
Workers around Tunisia are on strike to demand higher pay in a standoff with a government struggling to reduce unemployment, poverty and social tensions.
Britain searches for Brexit 'plan B'
Prime Minister Theresa May will try Thursday to break the impasse in Britain's political elite over how to leave the European Union by searching for an emergency exit...
Qatar gives Somalia armored vehicles
Qatar donated 68 armored vehicles to Somalia Thursday, Qatar's Defense Ministry said, a sign that Doha is pushing for influence in the country with the role of its Gulf...
Sarraf, Australian minister talk military deal
Caretaker Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf Wednesday discussed a possible bilateral military agreement to support the Lebanese Army with Australian Defense Minister...
Rai: Preserve power-sharing system
The head of the influential Maronite Church warned Wednesday against attempts to change the country’s ruling system based on equal power-sharing between Muslims and...
Bassil holds off on sending pro-Syrian letter
Lebanon’s foreign minister has decided to withhold a letter calling for Damascus to be readmitted to the Arab League ahead of this weekend’s economic summit, a senior...
Tell us what you want, German conservative Weber urges London
Delaying a March 29 deadline for Britain's planned exit from the European Union only makes sense if London sets out plans on how to proceed after British lawmakers...
Pompeo's NKorean counterpart boards flight for Washington
North Korea's top envoy involved in denuclearization talks with the United States boarded a flight in Beijing for Washington Thursday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency...
Sex seminar model who claimed Trump secrets deported from Thailand
A model from Belarus who was arrested during a "sex training seminar" in Thailand and then claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald...
Qatar donated 68 armored vehicles to Somalia Thursday, Qatar's Defense Ministry said, a sign that Doha is pushing for influence in the country with the role of its Gulf rival, the United Arab Emirates, under strain.
Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing
Gaza's Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing.
U.S. military says troops killed in Syria blast
A number of U.S. soldiers were killed in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a...
Yemeni teachers paid, learning returns to Taiz
Its books have been looted and walls blown out, but a school in war-torn southern Yemen is hopeful that the resumption of regular salary payments can keep teachers and...
Fighting flares up in Tripoli, wounding 17
Libyan authorities say fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, four months after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.
Dollar accounts in Lebanon represented 70 percent of total customer deposits in 2018, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Wednesday, a slight increase from the previous year.
Debt restructuring off table, Eurobonds rise
The prices of Lebanese Eurobonds bounced back again Monday after officials reiterated that there was no intention to restructure the public debt.
Turkish home sales to foreigners surged in 2018
Turkish home sales to foreigners last year surged at more than triple the pace in 2017 as buyers flocked to benefit from a weaker lira.
Property slump to weigh on UAE banks
Lenders in the United Arab Emirates will come under pressure this year as a property and retail slump take its toll.
U.S. import prices see largest drop since 2016
U.S. import prices fell for a second straight month in December as the cost of petroleum products tumbled and a strong dollar curbed prices of other goods, leading to...
Money transfer agencies ordered to pay in LBP
All money transfer offices must pay cash wired electronically from abroad to the recipients in Lebanese pounds only and not in U.S. dollars, Lebanon’s Central Bank...
Lebanon GDP growth at 1.3 pct in 2019: source
The World Bank projected Lebanon’s GDP growth in 2019 at 1.3 percent compared to 1 percent in 2018.
Khalil reassures holders of Eurobonds
Caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Friday reassured Lebanese bankers of the ministry’s full commitment to meeting its obligations for the holders of sovereign...
Saudi stocks may get reality check in 2019
For Saudi equities, 2019 may be a story of two halves.
Qatar Air could snub OneWorld anniversary event
Qatar Airways may boycott a gathering of fellow Oneworld members in London next month amid a simmering spat with partners in the marketing alliance.
Falih urges ‘fair’ energy transition
Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a “fair” and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy program.
U.S. import prices fell for a second straight month in December as the cost of petroleum products tumbled and a strong dollar curbed prices of other goods, leading to the largest year-on-year drop in more than two years.
Sears chairman wins in bankruptcy auction
Sears Holdings Corp. Chairman Eddie Lampert prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for the U.S. department store chain with an improved takeover bid of roughly $5.2 billion,...
Global economy headed for recession
Global growth is slowing and the world economy is headed for a recession in 2019 unless something happens to provide it with renewed momentum.
Renault planning Ghosn’s ouster
Carlos Ghosn is on the verge of losing his final tether to power, with Renault SA said to be laying plans to remove him as its leader almost two months after the car...
Cars of the future may have laser headlights
Most people don’t turn on their car’s headlights and think, I wish they were brighter.
Musa Sadr is a national icon revered by Muslims, Christians and peace-loving Lebanese of all sects.
Chance of a lifetime
Since the advent of the 1975-90 Civil War, Lebanon has had a reputation as a cauldron of conflict for much of the world that doesn’t truly know the country.
Selecting the right leader for the World Bank
Jim Yong Kim’s sudden resignation as president of the World Bank Group offers an opportunity to reflect on the direction, legitimacy and effectiveness of that...
Is immigration any different from trade?
Despite the current backlash against free trade, exemplified most prominently by U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist “America First” agenda, the economic case...
Trump lost the chance his populist campaign gave
Donald Trump is giving an unintentional gift to the burgeoning field of Democratic presidential candidates: He is teaching them how they can win.
The clock is ticking
The Lebanese have always prided themselves on being the only democracy in a jungle of dictatorships.
All the shuttle diplomacy, horse-trading, conditions and disputes over ministerial seats and portfolios may seem to keep the political scene in Lebanon active, but the...
Logic and consistency
Logic and consistency seem to have eluded several March 8 elements who have been hammering into the Lebanese people how vital it is to invite Syria to the Arab Economic...
Jim Yong Kim’s sudden resignation as president of the World Bank Group offers an opportunity to reflect on the direction, legitimacy and effectiveness of that 75-year-old institution.
An end to Lebanon’s tale of Syrian refugees?
The influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon that started in 2011 following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war has created a serious problem not only for Lebanon but...
Upsetting the status quo on Western Sahara
After a six-year break, direct and interested parties to the Western Sahara conflict Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania held fresh talks in Geneva on...
The trans-Atlantic leadership void
Trans-Atlantic security today looks a lot like a ghost plane.
It’s time for Congress to curb president’s powers
HWatching the struggle over funding for a border wall, I am struck by the way in which, in one sense, Donald Trump has already achieved success.
Life without the steadying hand of Mattis
At home and abroad, people are now asking a question they’ve dreaded for nearly two years: How will the erratic presidency of Donald Trump function without the...
What Trump’s decision means on the front lines
The voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, is tight and controlled as he describes President’s Donald Trump’s...
Everywhere, there is growing backlash to populism
Emmanuel Macron has been the great hope for those who worry that global politics is being dominated by populism, nationalism and racism.
Lebanon face the unenviable task of having to beat North Korea by four clear goals Thursday to guarantee their place in the second round of the Asian Cup.
Blood, thunder, no goals as Iran, Iraq draw
Iran claimed bragging rights over archrivals Iraq Wednesday as they finished top of their Asian Cup group after an engrossing but goalless draw at a packed Al-Maktoum...
Federer, Nadal stay on track in Melbourne
Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with longtime rival Rafael Nadal...
Djokovic, Serena devastate in Australia openers
A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent...
Warriors score record 51 points in 1st quarter in win over Nuggets
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors amassed an NBA record 51 first-quarter points Tuesday on the way to a 142-111 win over Denver in a duel for the Western...
Son sparks Koreans to Asian Cup win over China
An effervescent Son Heung-min inspired title-chasing South Korea to a comfortable 2-0 victory over China Wednesday to finish top of their Asian Cup group.
Son Heung-min helps South Korea beat China 2-0 at Asian Cup
Son Heung-min was just the player South Korea needed to really get their Asian Cup campaign going.
Federer, Nadal stay on track as Sharapova sets up Wozniacki showdown
Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with long-time rival Rafael Nadal...
Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with longtime rival Rafael Nadal also safely through in his drive toward an 18th Grand Slam title.
Ominous Serena, Djokovic make Open statements
A focused Serena Williams sends an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition as world number one Novak Djokovic destroys his opponent as...
Murray crashes out as Federer, Nadal fight on
A battling Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Monday, but it was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who joined...
Battling Murray crashes out as Federer, Nadal fight on
A battling Andy Murray bows out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle, but it was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who join Caroline...
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors amassed an NBA record 51 first-quarter points Tuesday on the way to a 142-111 win over Denver in a duel for the Western Conference lead.
Haidar stars as Beirut trounce Atlas
Ali Haidar finished with a game-high 21 points as Beirut Club bounced back from three straight losses with a 97-72 rout of Atlas in the Lebanese Basketball League at...
Red-hot Curry delivers 48 pts, Raptors edge Wizards
Stephen Curry scored 48 points and drained 11 three pointers as the Golden State Warriors stretched their win streak to four straight with a 119-114 victory over the...
Riyadi dispatch Homenetmen to top
Riyadi underlined their title intentions with a comfortable 90-77 win over defending champions Homenetmen Friday in a rematch of last season’s finals of the Lebanese...
Harden hot streak powers Rockets to victory
James Harden recorded his third straight 40 point game to power the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday. Harden finished with 41...
Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes.
Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships
The NFL's highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday.
Rams oust Cowboys, Chiefs down Colts to advance in NFL playoffs
A record-setting rushing performance sparked the Los Angeles Rams over Dallas and into the NFL playoff semifinals Saturday alongside with Kansas City Chiefs, whose...
Takeda: No bribery in Tokyo 2020 bid
Japan's Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda said on Friday he has not been indicted by French authorities and that no improper actions such as bribery took place in...
Vatican launches athletics team of Swiss Guards, priests
The Vatican has launched an official athletics team.
Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher turned 50 Thursday with Formula One and his fans paying tribute to the sport’s most successful driver with a mixture of celebration and sorrow.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price, or Mr. Glass as he prefers to be called, was by far the most compelling part of M. Night Shyamalan’s slow-burn comic book send-up “Unbreakable.”
Israel museum’s ‘McJesus’ sparks outrage
An art exhibition in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country’s Palestinian Christian minority.
Lady Gaga wins best original song at Golden Globes
Lady Gaga's songwriting chops have won her the second Golden Globe of her career.
Majida el-Roumi serenades Saudi historical ruins
Renowned Lebanese soprano Majida el-Roumi performed at the Winter at Tantoura festival in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula province Friday night, marking the stars first...
Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV
Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV...
Arctic art house: Russia nurtures local film boom
In Russia’s remote Yakutia region, the film industry is booming, despite shooting schedules being restricted by some of the coldest winters on Earth and directors...
Ground zero art exhibit featuring Saudi flag to be moved
An art exhibit installed on the grounds of the World Trade Center that features a giant candy sculpture wrapped in the Saudi flag will be relocated following complaints...
Algeria’s pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery
Dating back centuries, Algeria’s pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era but a dearth of research has left the Jeddars shrouded in mystery.
Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV hosts.
'Game of Thrones' final season to debut on April 14
"Game of Thrones" fans, get ready.
Alfonso Cuaron wins Golden Globe for best director
Auteur Alfonso Cuaron picked up the third Golden Globe of his career Sunday for directing "Roma," his deeply evocative, semi-autobiographical paean to growing up in...
Netflix pulls comedy show episode in Saudi Arabia: media
Netfilx pulled an episode of the comedy show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" from its Internet streaming service in Saudi Arabia after kingdom officials complained,...
‘Burning,’ ‘Cold War’: The best films this year
It was, for sure, an extraordinary movie year.
British actor Hugh Grant has a plea for the thief who broke into his car: Please return the script that was inside.
Kevin Spacey charged with indecent assault in groping case
Kevin Spacey was formally charged Monday with the indecent assault of a teenager who alleged the U.S. actor groped him at a bar in Massachusetts in 2016.
In the 1980s, the “Back to the Future” film franchise suggested we would all eventually wear self-lacing sneakers.
Revolution at the gates of Paris men’s fashion
Paris men’s fashion week started Tuesday with a tsunami of new talent but with shows also threatened by the “yellow vests” protest movement that has been rocking France.
What the latest dieting studies tell us
Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among...
Starving to obese: Nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for change
With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is...
Kids, influencers celebrate Christmas together
Twenty children aged 5 to 8 from poor backgrounds sat down Wednesday with a group of high-profile social media influencers to receive gifts and enjoy a festive dinner...
Milan sends sign with feminine touch on menswear
Milan menswear designers are sending clear signals for next fall and winter: Feminine touches are not only acceptable, they are necessary.
Designer hopes slogan can fight harassment
It’s only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli’s collection, but they carry a powerful message: “Not your...
Age no barrier for China's senior catwalk models
Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years.
Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year. Two major studies last year provided more fuel for a particularly polarizing topic - the role carbs play in making us fat.
South African jazz artist plays guitar during brain surgery
South African jazz artist Musa Manzini has played his music all over the world, but one performance stands out – strumming his guitar while surgeons operated on his...
Twenty children aged 5 to 8 from poor backgrounds sat down Wednesday with a group of high-profile social media influencers to receive gifts and enjoy a festive dinner at Le Vendome hotel.
Need a last-minute gift? We’ve got you covered
Christmas is fast approaching, and many in Lebanon are preparing to travel for the holidays.
A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said Tuesday.
The right to human relevance
Artificial Intelligence is the new rising technology that is affecting every aspect of our daily lives, evolution of societies and governance of institutions.
Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades
It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating...
Smart but nosy: Latest gadgets want to peer into our lives
Many of the hottest new gadgets are also the nosiest ones.
‘Family tech’ appeals to parental anxieties
Every year, the CES gadget show brings more devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. Sure, the kids might love them too: Who wouldn’t...
Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter.
SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.
Designed for the track, developed for the road
Acknowledged as a pioneer of race driven technology, McLaren finally decided to build a sports car to be driven every day of the week.
In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.
Japan considers leaving IWC to resume commercial whale hunts
Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts, the Fisheries Agency said Thursday, after unsuccessfully campaigning for...
Big dinosaur predator from Italy was given a burial at sea
Scientists have unearthed fossils of a large meat-eating dinosaur that stalked northern Italy 198 million years ago that was remarkable both in life and in death.