Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday expressed optimism that there will soon be a consensus parliamentary electoral law, after he met with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace
Aoun follows up on World Bank projects
President Michel Aoun Thursday met with World Bank director for the Middle East Ferid Belhaj at Baabda Palace, discussing the organization's projects in Lebanon.
Canada's Trudeau urged Trump not to pull out of NAFTA: source
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA in a call on Wednesday, saying such a move would be...
Ukraine readies project to jam separatist broadcasting
Ukraine plans to jam the airwaves transmitting broadcasts in support of Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region, a top Ukrainian defense official said...
Syria to buy latest Russian anti-missile system: Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Damascus is negotiating with regime ally Moscow to buy the latest Russian anti-missile system to repel Israeli and American attacks
Army intensifies strikes on Daesh border posts
The Lebanese Army Thursday pounded Daesh (ISIS) posts along Lebanon's northeastern border, state media reported.
Bassil compares Lebanon's Muslims to those of Mosul
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Thursday compared the Muslims of Lebanon to those of Iraq, a day after a video emerged showing Muslims in Mosul lifting the cross to...
ICRC repatriates bodies of two Lebanese from Israel
The International Committee of the Red Cross Thursday repatriated the bodies of two Lebanese from Israel, state media reported
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA in a call on Wednesday, saying such a move would be counter-productive, a Canadian source familiar with the matter said on Thursday
United cuts overbooking, hikes compensation after passenger fiasco
United Airlines on Thursday announced it will offer bumped passengers up to $10,000 in compensation and reduce overbooking following the dragging incident on board one...
Putin hosts Japan's Abe in Moscow, discuss disputed islands
Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks in Moscow
Pentagon launches probe into Trump's ex-security adviser Flynn
A Pentagon inspector general is launching its own investigation into whether President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn took payments from...
British man, wife detained on Turkish-Syrian border
An official says a British man and his wife have been detained on the Turkish border after arriving from an area of Syria held by ISIS
Turkish PM Yildirim calls Medvedev over Russian ship
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev to express his sadness over the collision involving a Russian vessel off Turkey's...
Turkey detains dozens for suspected links to US-based cleric
Twenty-five people were detained in Turkey and more than 200 police officers temporarily suspended for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen according to...
Jailed Bahrain activist on hunger strike
A prominent Bahraini activist jailed for life for his role in anti-regime protests has been on hunger strike for two weeks to protest the treatment of prisoners,...
Lebanon added eight companies Wednesday to its list of firms that will be allowed to bid in the country’s first offshore oil and gas licensing round, bringing the number to 53 “prequalified” companies.
Salameh: Capital markets create jobs
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Wednesday that activating Lebanon’s capital market wound help create jobs as well as reducing private sector indebtedness by...
Turk Telekom’s bailout to stumble over license
A plan to bailout the majority owner of Turkey’s biggest phone operator is being hindered because the operator’s license doesn’t leave enough time for potential buyers...
HSBC, RBS Saudi ventures in merger talks
HSBC Holdings PLC and Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC’s Saudi Arabia ventures are exploring a potential merger to create the kingdom’s third-largest lender with $78...
Lufthansa positive despite net loss in first quarter
German airline group Lufthansa Thursday reported a much larger net loss in the first three months of the year, but sought to play up a return to positive operating...
Azhari: Lebanon needs infrastructure overhaul
Saad Azhari, the chairman and general manager of BLOM Bank, Wednesday underlined the importance of investing more in Lebanon’s infrastructure and tackling unemployment.
8 new firms qualify for second oil and gas bidding stage
A Russian and an Iranian firms were among eight companies that were selected in a prequalification round ahead of the second bidding stage for oil and gas exploration...
Lebanon on mission to curb further sanctions
A high-ranking Lebanese political and banking delegation is set to travel to Washington in May in a bid to dissuade U.S. authorities from expanding the list of American...
A plan to bailout the majority owner of Turkey’s biggest phone operator is being hindered because the operator’s license doesn’t leave enough time for potential buyers to recoup their investments, according to people familiar with the matter.
Riyadh’s new financial hub struggling
A glitzy $10 billion financial district in Riyadh hopes to open its first phase for business this year but is struggling with red tape and uncertainty about its...
Egypt suspends fish exports to lower local prices
Egypt has halted fish exports after a surge in sales to foreign markets following last November's currency devaluation led to supply shortages locally and a spike in...
Egypt eyes faith and luxury in tourism plan
Egypt plans to promote religious, medical and luxury trips, and develop new markets in India and eastern Europe, as it pushes to revive its vital tourism industry to...
German airline group Lufthansa Thursday reported a much larger net loss in the first three months of the year, but sought to play up a return to positive operating results
Plan to slash business taxes to test Congress
U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday proposed slashing tax rates for businesses and on overseas corporate profits returned to the country in a plan greeted as an...
Turkey unexpectedly raises key rate
Turkey’s central bank unexpectedly increased the interest rate used for about 90 percent of recent funding to commercial lenders, a decision that gives it additional...
Britain could lose Deutsche Bank jobs
Deutsche Bank could move up to 4,000 jobs away from Britain, the group’s compliance chief said Wednesday, as Germany’s largest lender struggles to work out the...
Alitalia to go to ‘highest bidder
Italy’s center-left government said Wednesday that Alitalia would be sold to the “highest bidder,” once again ruling out a state rescue as fears mounted that the...
There are legal ways to protest in Lebanon.
Blind, deaf and dumb
For the past few days events have been held across Israel and the world to mark the Holocaust, and remember that unspeakable crime.
What Turkey should do now?
On April 16, 2017, Turkish citizens voted and approved a very seismic and important referendum, giving their consent to adopt the new constitution.
New life for the SDR?
The rise of anti-globalization political movements and the threat of trade protectionism have led some people to wonder whether a stronger multilateral core for the...
National defense and a media-obsessed White House
As President Trump nears the 100-day benchmark, it’s a good moment to examine the relationship that has evolved between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in...
The Lebanese today have demonstrated the highest possible level of democracy, but unfortunately the voters were dual-nationality Lebanese who were casting their ballots...
Heading off the storm
A storm was brewing in the wake of Hezbollah’s invitation to the media to tour the south in a clear challenge to the government’s policy of adhering to 1701 – the...
In Lebanon there is clear separation between the powers of the presidency, the premiership and Parliament.
Wrangling over Iraq’s election laws
In his third year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing another political fight in Baghdad over provincial elections (set for this year) and national...
Trump’s quixotic energy policy
April 22, 2017 – International Earth Day – marked one year since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, which entered into force last November, and now has 195...
The G-20’s time for climate leadership
At the start of 2016, the United States was well positioned to lead the global fight against climate change.
As President Trump nears the 100-day benchmark, it’s a good moment to examine the relationship that has evolved between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in chief and his unflappable Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy
Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world.
Can young prince refashion Saudi Arabia?
Two years into his campaign as an agent of change in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be gaining confidence and...
Trump could learn from Harry Truman
The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman.
How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome
I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome – hatred of Donald Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.
Crystal Palace will need a "big, big effort" to defeat Burnley in Saturday's Premier League clash as they aim to reach the 40-point mark and put an end to relegation concerns, manager Sam Allardyce has said
Stakes high as White Hart Lane set to stage final derby
If Sunday's clash does indeed turn out to be the last north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur's historic White Hart Lane stadium, the stakes could hardly be higher for...
Sharapova marks comeback with win
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in...
Nadal wins, reaches Barcelona third round
Rafael Nadal saw off Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the last 16 of the Barcelona Open, while Andy Murray advanced after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew.
Rockets oust Thunder, Spurs and Jazz close in
James Harden scored 34 points and the Houston Rockets withstood a furious effort from Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to oust the Thunder from the NBA playoffs...
Moyes not quitting Sunderland despite fan chants
David Moyes is not stepping down as Sunderland manager despite the Premier League club's fans chanting for his ouster during Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough that...
Dejected Bayern out to secure last title on offer
After a season that promised so much, Bayern Munich have been sent packing from two Cup competitions in the space of eight days and Carlo Ancelotti's side are...
Wenger soothed by simplicity of Arsenal's task
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side know exactly what they must do in the Champions League qualification race after watching them gain a 1-0 win over Leicester...
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.
'Cheater' Sharapova should not be allowed to play again: Bouchard
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has lashed out at the WTA for giving Maria Sharapova the chance to compete in tournaments after serving a 15-month doping ban and said the...
Murray ready to work overtime in Barcelona
World No. 1 Andy Murray returns to the Barcelona clay courts that launched his career this week as he puts in some overtime ahead of the French Open.
All eyes on Stuttgart as Sharapova returns
Not much fazes Roberta Vinci after 16 years on Tour but the maelstrom swirling around her opening match in Stuttgart against Maria Sharapova will test even the...
James Harden scored 34 points and the Houston Rockets withstood a furious effort from Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to oust the Thunder from the NBA playoffs Tuesday.
Madrid's title credentials to be tested by visit of Valencia
Real Madrid's bid for a first La Liga title in five years will be put to test Saturday when they host Valencia, who won their earlier meeting in the season
Warriors sweep past Blazers, Raptors take control
The Golden State Warriors swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs Monday with a crushing 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry scored...
Rockets oust Westbrook's Thunder, Spurs and Jazz close in
Drake to host first-ever 'NBA Awards' on June 26
Drake will host the NBA's first-ever awards show this June.
Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan bowed out of the World Championship Wednesday after spurning a shot at a 147 break during a 13-10 quarterfinal loss to China’s Ding Junhui.
Rule change after Lexi fiasco
Golf’s governing bodies Tuesday announced sweeping rule changes to the use of video evidence in the wake of the furor that erupted after Lexi Thompson was deprived of...
Boxing not so dead after all
Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights.
Pacquiao lands Down Under, tells Horn to be ready
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao concedes his next opponent Jeff Horn is a bit of an unknown quantity but has told the Australian he needs to be in peak...
Wanjiru holds off Bekele as Keitany breaks record
Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru held off a late charge from Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to win the London Marathon Sunday in 2 hours 5 minutes 48 seconds.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.
Mercedes mull team orders to foil Ferrari
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff says he is considering introducing team orders in a bid to halt Ferrari's momentum in this year's world championship
Bottas takes first career pole position in Bahrain
Finland's Valtteri Bottas claimed a first career pole position on Saturday when he edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Rowland targets F2 title to further F1 bid
Second chances for unproven drivers are scarce in Formula One.
Revamped F1 season already living up to its hype
A pair of multiple world champions level on points, Mercedes and Ferrari neck-and-neck. This season’s revamped Formula One is already living up to the hype.
The unparalleled brilliance and puckish wit?
Soviet avant-garde art collection comes to Moscow
Vladimir Lysenko’s painted bull stares with flat black eyes like a double-barrel shotgun, one of his horns festooned in a mosaic of bright rectangles, the tip of his...
'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies at 73: publicist
Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" has died at the age of 73, his publicist said on Wednesday
Oprah Winfrey conquers acting fears
Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a...
Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit
For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.
‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’
Author Robert M. Pirsig died Monday, age 88. Though more than 100 publishers turned it down, his novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” became a...
Elisabeth Moss is back as an oppressed woman
“The timing has been uncanny,” says Margaret Atwood, marveling at how her 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has been given renewed life as a TV series, and gained...
On the trail of poachers, in VR
As a filmmaker drawn to the most visceral forms of cinema, it was probably inevitable that Kathryn Bigelow’s high-adrenaline curiosities would lead her to virtual...
How to get away with writing
Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” keeps a lid on plot twists.
‘O’Reilly Factor’ not the same without Bill
Through four days of Bill O’Reilly’s enforced vacation, his show’s viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of his substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg...
Hollywood honors actor, veteran activist Sinise
Oscar-nominated actor and longtime armed forces champion Gary Sinise was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a markedly military ceremony.
Lady Gaga, sensual and acrobatic, debuts song at Coachella
Lady Gaga debuted a R&B-tinged love song Saturday as she headlined the Coachella festival, where the pop diva cast herself as sensual rather than sensational
Year of the glitch: Sound fails Radiohead at Coachella
Radiohead salvaged a headlining set at the Coachella festival from disaster Friday, following a glitch-plagued opening in which the audio system repeatedly crashed.
Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer
Ukraine Saturday complained of "unprecedented and unacceptable" calls from the Eurovision Song Contest's organizers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia's contestant.
First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes
Afghanistan's first – and only – all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women.
Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday in an Associated Press interview about her rocky road to transition and why she wrote a tell-all memoir, "The Secrets of My Life."
Maqamat dance company honors Lebanese choreography icon Abdel Halim Caracalla
Maqamat dance company paid tribute to the achievements of choreographer Abdel Halim Caracalla under the auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, state media said Sunday
Tributes and discord one year after Prince death
One year after Prince's death, the pop legend's purple-clad fans converged Friday on his estate for a festive celebration, but some found it marred by commercialism and...
Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes
Britain Friday marked Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home.
Ousted Fox host O'Reilly could get $25M
Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly will receive an exit payout of as much as $25 million after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations, according to American media...
The world’s last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive.
‘Flying car’ maker plans deliveries this year
A Silicon Valley “flying car” startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced...
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions
Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.
Samsung to update software over 'red screen' smartphone
Electronics giant Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained...
Glitterati step out for Beirut Fashion Week
Beirut Fashion Week opened early this week, ushering in what the organizers say is one of the biggest international events hosted in Lebanon and the region.
Fast Arctic thaw threatens massive costs: report
The Arctic’s quickening thaw is melting the permafrost under buildings and roads from Siberia to Alaska, raising world sea levels and disrupting temperature patterns...
Cairo company turns containers into homes
An Egyptian design duo has begun repurposing old steel shipping containers, transforming them into living spaces, shops and restaurants in an effort to introduce...
Undergrads build prosthetic arm for violinist
The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the...
Researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’
It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water.
Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin
Russian, American two-man crew blasts off to ISS
A Russian and an American blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the first two-person launch to the International Space Station in over a...
Tripoli’s new language institute offers immersion
The Levantine Institute of Tripoli – unique in its location and core mission – welcomed the local community and potential students to a rooftop event last weekend in...
Sanaa Ayoub launches sparkling fashion collection
Lebanese fashion designer Sanaa Ayoub launched her 2017 spring/summer collection earlier this week, with a range of looks best described as eveningwear flirting with...
Before last year's Brexit vote, Scott McCready was struggling to fill his holiday cabins on the coast of southwest England
Bangkok 'unique' despite street stall edict: Thai tourism boss
Bangkok's street food culture will survive a crackdown on vendors, Thailand's tourism chief vowed Thursday, assuring travelers that a city renowned for its chaotic...
Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard
In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City.”
Musicians chase fame on west Africa's musical islands
Every April, the tiny island capital of Cape Verde is taken over for a week by musicians of all stripes, trailing dreams of record deals and sold-out stadiums
Essentials of Buenos Aires: Evita, tango and pope's hometown
During Buenos Aires' heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina's agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world's richest by the...
I often remind myself that to truly appreciate something old, I must judge it not by today’s standards, but according to those prevailing at the time of its conception.
Timeless Mercedes roadster that refuses to age
Pick pretty much any mass-produced car rolling off the factory floor today. It looks spiffy and smart doesn’t it, all gleaming with its new coat of paint, sprightly...
Giddy Up! Automakers raise horsepower, speed to new heights
Fred Croatti often drives his silver Dodge Charger Hellcat to the grocery store, turning heads as he rumbles through the parking lot with a supercharged 6.2-Liter...
Black Badge: The dark side beckons
Sometimes you need to tackle a topic head on, call a spade a spade if you will, and here it is: No one ever dropped several hundred thousand dollars on a Rolls-Royce...
A Rolls-Royce Dawn and a sibling’s escapades
It turns out I make a good assistant.
The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities.
Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India
A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation...
Global tobacco death toll still climbing
The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has...
Orphaned bear cubs win hearts in Montenegro
Two orphaned bear cubs have captured hearts in Montenegro after a farmer rescued them from starving to death in the wild.
One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby
About one in 10 women in the United States who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant had a fetus or baby with deformities last year, U.S. government scientists...