France Monday joined Lebanese leaders in underlining the urgency for the quick formation of a new government as an essential move to carry out economic reforms demanded by the CEDRE conference to rescue Lebanon’s ailing economy.
Are president’s powers at root of impasse?
Less than two years in office, President Michel Aoun’s mandate has been jolted by rifts and a war of words over the prerogatives of the Maronite head of state in...
Wilmington Isle: Food, water handouts set in isolated city
With one of North Carolina's largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps...
French interior minister to quit by 2020 to run for Lyon mayor: l'Express
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said he would run for mayor of Lyon, France's third biggest city, in 2020 and that he would not wait until the last minute to...
Palestinian dies during arrest by Israeli army: officials
A Palestinian died after being arrested during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Israeli army said Tuesday, with his family accusing soldiers of beating...
Wanted man, suspected accomplice arrested in drug crackdown
A man and a woman were arrested in Metn’s Baabdat, in an investigation launched by the Internal Security Forces following an increase in drug deals targeting university...
Czech Airlines flight delayed at Beirut airport after striking bird
A Czech Airlines flight that arrived late to Beirut’s Rafik Hariri airport had to be delayed a second time after a bird hit the plane, a statement from the Civil...
Aoun won't 'wait forever' for new government to form
President Michel Aoun will not wait “forever” if a new government is not formed, he said in remarks published Tuesday, without revealing what steps he might take.
With one of North Carolina's largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people were rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods.
Turkish delight for Venezuela's Maduro draws opponents' fury
Videos going viral of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro feasting on a steak prepared by a celebrity chef at a time many in his crisis-wracked nation are going hungry...
French interior minister to quit in further blow to Macron
France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Tuesday that he will stand down next year to run again for his old job as mayor of the city of Lyon, in yet another...
Anti-Kremlin activist was likely poisoned: Berlin doctor
An anti-Kremlin activist who is in Berlin for treatment was likely poisoned, a doctor said Tuesday, adding that while the man was no longer in danger he still needed...
A Palestinian died after being arrested during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Israeli army said Tuesday, with his family accusing soldiers of beating him.
EU demands humanitarian protection under Idlib deal
A Russian-Turkish deal on Syria's rebel-held Idlib region must protect civilians and allow aid access, the European Union said Tuesday.
Israel disputes having downed Russian plane
Israel's military Tuesday disputed Russia's assertion that it used one of its aircraft as cover while it carried out a strike in Syria, leading to it accidentally being...
Netanyahu to speak to Putin: Israeli diplomatic source
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an Israeli diplomatic source said Tuesday, following the downing...
Putin: plane downed in Syria after 'chain of tragic accidental circumstances'
The startling rise of costs in end-of-service benefits for retired civil servants, Army and security personnel is adding an unnecessary financial burden and should be seen as a “time bomb,” one leading economist warned Monday.
Saudi fund invests $1B in U.S. electric car firm
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested over $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the...
IMF: UK economy will shrink without Brexit deal
Britain’s economy will shrink if it leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal and it will suffer some damage whatever terms it agrees, the International Monetary...
Gap between investors and Egypt’s offer grows
Egypt has managed to stay under the radar throughout the emerging-market rout, but that doesn’t mean its assets are unscathed.
Stocks hit on threat of new Trump China tariffs
Stock markets and the dollar fell Monday following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to hit China with another round of tariffs, dealing a blow to...
Saradar denies it dismissed staff without payoff
Saradar Bank Friday denied claims made by the Syndicate of Bank Employees that the management of the bank did not provide 61 discharged staff sufficient compensations.
Lebanon suspends lump sum tax
The Lebanese authorities Friday have suspended the implementation of the lump sum (fixed) tax in response to the appeals of the private sector.
Turkey continues to lure Lebanese tourists
Turkey’s high season for Lebanese tourists kicked off on a strong note in May of this year, with early bookings on well-priced package deals leading to tight traffic at...
Britain’s economy will shrink if it leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal and it will suffer some damage whatever terms it agrees, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Monday, challenging the promises of some Brexit supporters.
Turkey to plan help for banks with bad loans
The Turkish government will unveil measures to help banks tackle the expected pile-up of bad loans resulting from the lira’s plunge and soaring interest rates,...
Saudi sovereign fund secures $11B loan
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund said Monday it has secured its first ever international loan, boosting the kingdom’s diversification drive after its flotation of...
Riyadh to auction tycoon’s assets
Saudi Arabia will auction real estate owned by indebted billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company starting next month to help repay billions of riyals due to creditors,...
Stock markets and the dollar fell Monday following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to hit China with another round of tariffs, dealing a blow to hopes for conciliatory talks between the two economic giants.
China's yuan down as US fires fresh trade salvo; stocks steady
China's yuan currency pulled back against the dollar in early trading on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington will impose tariffs on an extra $200...
U.S. duties spare Apple gadgets but hit cloud industry
The United States will spare Apple Inc's Watch and other consumer gadgets from the latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, according to a list of products released by...
China vows to hit back as Trump targets $200B in goods
China has no choice but to retaliate against the latest U.S. tariffs and hopes the United States would correct its behavior, the commerce ministry said Tuesday in a...
EU targets BMW, Daimler, VW in pollution cartel probe
The EU opened an in-depth probe into alleged collusion by major German carmakers over anti-pollution technology Tuesday, a fresh blow to the scandal-hit industry three...
For 70 years, since the creation of Israel, the U.S. has involved itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, often putting the Jewish state’s interests above even its own and, in the supposed pursuit of peace, meting injustice to the 10 million Palestinians inside and outside occupied land.
Imposing a fait accompli
It has grown impossible not to recognize that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have reached the final stretch in their bid to wipe out the Palestinian people, their...
Trump’s self-defeating public Palestine policy
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration decided last month to cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides schools, health care,...
Who really creates value in an economy anyway?
After the 2008 global financial crisis, a consensus emerged that the public sector had a responsibility to intervene to bail out systemically important banks and...
The threat to democracy – from the left
For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession.”
Mass outcry over chaos at Beirut’s airport has reached a peak after weeks of calamity for travelers due to technical, staffing and myriad other issues.
Hands off the text
The Lebanese Constitution, as is the case in every democracy, is not a sacred text like the Bible or Quran, since it carries within its articles the means and tools for...
The Russians have altered the strategic dynamics of approaching war and peace by acting as part-time peacemakers, and warmongers the rest of the time.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration decided last month to cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides schools, health care, and other assistance to Palestinian refugees.
Global warming’s paper trail
One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the U.S....
Bachelet and Bolton’s battle over human rights
On Sept. 1, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, took office as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The West’s mainstreaming of mob racism
For obvious reasons, the sight of a German mob chasing foreigners through the streets and throwing up their arms in Hitler salutes is particularly disturbing.
Kerry’s memoir shows a strong man
The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump.
A president who places image over principle
Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak.
Why the global growth story might be ending
For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of last week should clarify.
Working with Moscow on cyber regulation
Imagine a bully who’s pounding your head against a wall.
Barcelona help to usher in a new-look to the Champions League Tuesday as fans adjust to new staggered kickoff times. Most matches in the group stage will now begin simultaneously at 9 p.m. Central European Time, 15 minutes later than in previous seasons.
Maradona makes Mexico debut with 4-1 win
Diego Maradona won big in his Mexican coaching debut Monday, as the Argentine legend's new club, Dorados, routed fellow second-division side Cafetaleros 4-1.
Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match
Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the...
Cool Corie steers Croatia into Davis Cup final
BornaCoriekept his cool to prevail in a thrilling winner-takes-all duel with fellow young gun Frances Tiafoe Sunday and steer Croatia into the final of the Davis Cup...
Wade returns to Miami Heat for ‘One Last Dance’
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will play a final season for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision in a YouTube video entitled “One Last Dance.”
Fallen giants Inter Milan chase Mourinho magic
Eight years have elapsed since Jose Mourinho’s reign as Inter Milan coach ended on a historic high of Champions League glory, and the fallen Italian giants are still...
Salah offered a stage to dispel struggles
Mohamed Salah outshone Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the Champions League stage last season, but as Paris Saint-Germain’s star duo head to Anfield Tuesday seeking to make...
West Ham’s wait for points ends at Everton
After four straight losses, West Ham finally collected their first Premier League points of the season on manager Manuel Pellegrini’s 65th birthday.
Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the Pan Pacific Open, just a week after she won the U.S. Open to become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Querrey fightback keeps US Davis Cup hopes alive
Understudy Sam Querrey came from the verge of two sets down to pull off a remarkable four-set victory over Croatia's talisman Marin Cilic and draw the United States...
Cilic and Coric give Croatia flying start
Marin Cilic gave Croatia a stranglehold over the United States as he beat Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-3 7-6(5) to put the hosts 2-0 ahead in their Davis Cup semifinal in Zadar...
Osaka not saddened by Serena row in final
Naomi Osaka said Thursday Serena Williams’s row with the umpire during the U.S. Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam, largely because she...
Lebanon fall to New Zealand after late collapse
Lebanon collapsed to a 63-60 loss in their World Cup qualification battle against New Zealand Monday after being in the lead for most of the game in Rotorua.
Lebanon conquer China in epic overtime win
An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday.
James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Kaepernick
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he 'stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Ginobili retires after ‘fabulous’ Spurs journey
Manu Ginobili retired at age 41 Monday after a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the San Antonio Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club
Two unheralded quarterbacks dazzled for the second week in a row and a pair of clutch field goal kickers were in the spotlight during the second week of the National Football League season.
Alvarez ends Golovkins unbeaten reign
Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin’s unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion Saturday, battling to victory by majority decision in a...
Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin
Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge pulverized the marathon world record with a blistering run Sunday, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best to land...
Simon Yates wins Tour of Spain as Viviani claims final stage
Simon Yates won the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) title on Sunday to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of British Grand Tour winners in 2018.
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2hr 1min 40sec.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes won big in Singapore Sunday and the signs are looking ominous for title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.
Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore win
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s...
Raikkonnen fastest,Vettel hits wall in Singapore
Kimi Raikkonen edged out Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap in Friday’s second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, but the Finn’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel...
Vettel needs to find way to hit back in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at the Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year.
Former F1 champion Raikkonen leaving Ferrari for Sauber
Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc.
The Grand Hotel Casino Ain Sofar was once an opulent jewel where celebrities like Umm Kalthoum and Abdel Halim Hafez spent their summers.
‘Green Book’ wins TIFFs audience award
Peter Farrelly’s dramatic comedy buddy movie “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize...
Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies
France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naive, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.
Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26: family
Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and...
'Game of Thrones,' 'Mrs. Maisel' triumph at Emmys
Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award...
Too much TV, too little time? What to watch
There’s more new television to watch than is humanly possible, but everyone has to make a time-allocation decision in the end, and that’s what we’re here to help with.
Lebanese film fest honors women
The Lebanese Film Festival has cast its 13th edition as a tribute to women in Lebanese cinema, and will commence and conclude with feature films by female directors.
Neons light up London Fashion Week
Winter coats with sandals?
Calls for respect for black America at Franklin funeral
As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved,...
Lana Del Rey nixes Israel concert after BDS pressure
Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists.
Fans of Aretha Franklin to pay respects before Detroit funeral
Thousands of Aretha Franklin fans are expected to pay their last respects to the Queen of Soul Tuesday and Wednesday when the singer's body lays in repose for two days...
Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award Monday at a ceremony that largely slighted its most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever.
Hawke spotlights a little-known legend in ‘Blaze
Ethan Hawke had long been enchanted by the songs of mysterious singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.
Stone, Hill make leap to TV with ‘Maniac’
Actors Emma Stone and Jonah Hill join the list of Hollywood stars turning to television with Netflix’s “Maniac,” a dark comedy mini-series looking at human connection.
Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey
The fall TV season officially kicks off next week and even avant-garde streaming platforms, which release shows nonstop, are part of the traditional September hoopla...
Xavier Dolan slips in English debut at TIFF
Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan made his English-language debut on Monday, premiering “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” at the Toronto film festival.
Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea's turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the...
Cranberries singer O'Riordan drowned due to alcohol intoxication: inquest
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest in London was told, media reported on...
Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
Sanctioned Russian singer Kobzon, dubbed Russia's Sinatra, dies aged 80
Veteran Russian singer and pro-Kremlin politician Iosif Kobzon, who was under European Union sanctions for supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, died...
Fashionistas can expect soft feminine looks for their wardrobes next spring, with labels Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Roland Mouret showing plenty of ruffles and lace at their London Fashion Week shows Sunday. Preen designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi used floral prints for their spring/summer 2019 dresses, which came in various styles.
Rare photos offer glimpse into Kennedy family
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has made hundreds of Kennedy family photos viewable online, giving a nation still obsessed with Camelot a candid new...
What to say when postpartum depression hits
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their...
Eye exam may predict Alzheimer’s
Advances in eye-exam technology could one day help doctors diagnose people with Alzheimer’s disease long before physical symptoms appear, researchers said Thursday.
Arak celebration shows young-old divide
In the village of Taanayel, tucked into the Bekaa’s forests and vineyards, lunch tables topped with vibrant-colored tablecloths punctuated Lebanon’s annual Arak Festival.
Voodoo revenge, self-colonoscopy win Ig Nobels
Anyone who’s ever been so furious with their boss that they feel like exacting revenge really needs to listen to Lindie Liang.
Presidential souvenirs on sale in France
Emmanuel Macron sold voters the promise of a new type of presidency for France, but it’s unlikely they imagined he would be selling them souvenirs as well.
VW to stop production of iconic Beetle in 2019
Volkswagen said Thursday it would stop producing its Beetle compact car in 2019, ending a model that looked backward to the 1960s counterculture as the automaker...
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories.
Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, medical study says
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8...
Beirut Design Fair extends its borders
The Beirut Design Fair, back this month for its second edition, will again showcase the designs, products and innovations of local and international talents at the...
NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.
Apple Watch inches toward becoming medical device
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday
Apple is expected to unveil its biggest and most expensive iPhone on Wednesday as part of a lineup of three new models aimed at widening the product's appeal amid...
‘Fortnite’: Could it soon be game over for the online craze?
It’s a question millions of parents want answered: Will the wildly popular online survival battle game “Fortnite” soon lose its grip on the attention of their children?
Useful, creepy? Gmail writes replies for you
Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf.
Far from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains.
Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China - despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.
Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Flood-battered west Japan braces for powerful typhoon
A powerful typhoon was expected to make landfall in west Japan on Thursday, raising the risk of more hardship for a region battered by deadly floods in July, and...
Two koalas die in a month at Belgian zoo
Two of the three koalas at a top Belgian zoo have died in the space of a month, officials said Tuesday while rejecting fears of an "epidemic" among the Australian...