Wal-Mart's court fight to sell liquor at its stores in Texas looks to be back on track, but the courtroom is getting crowded.
Clinton receives intelligence briefing
Washington, Aug 27, 2016 (AFP) - Hillary Clinton received a briefing from US intelligence officials on Saturday, a privilege reserved for the top two White House...
U.N. Syria envoy presses for speedy Aleppo aid delivery
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called for all warring sides to agree by Sunday on a green light for a first safe delivery of relief supplies to the divided...
Turkish warplanes hit ISIS, Kurdish militia sites in Syria - sources
Two Turkish F-16 warplanes struck six ISIS targets and a position of the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia in Syria on Saturday, Turkish security sources said.
Hezbollah attacks militants on border
Hezbollah fighters ambushed a group of militants belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham outside the northeastern border town of Arsal Friday, the group’s War Media Center...
Nevada becomes one of Trump's big hopes for swing state win
Russ Wheeler bears the financial scars of Nevada's lost decade, and he hopes Donald Trump can heal them.
Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers
A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia's emergency services said.
Bangladesh 'free of curse' after police kill militant: PM
Bangladesh's prime minister said the nation was "free of another curse" Saturday after police stormed a militant hideout, shooting dead the suspected mastermind of an...
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called for all warring sides to agree by Sunday on a green light for a first safe delivery of relief supplies to the divided city of Aleppo.
Egypt court orders release of lawyer who defied president
An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President...
Turkish planes destroy ammunition store in Syria: military sources
Turkish warplanes destroyed an ammunition store south of the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus Saturday, military sources told Reuters after a group in the region allied...
Iran detects malware in petrochemical plants, says not linked to recent fires
Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, a senior military official said Saturday, after announcing last week it was...
Hezbollah fighters ambushed a group of militants belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham outside the northeastern border town of Arsal Friday, the group’s War Media Center said.
General Security chief marks agency's 71st anniversary
Lebanon's General Security Chief Saturday vowed that "terrorism" would be defeated and diversity would prevail despite the rising risks imposed by regional crises.
Metn mayors agree on temporary waste site amid landfill feud
Heads of Metn district municipalities Saturday agreed on an area to temporarily store the area's trash, after a waste storage site that catered to the district was...
Army immune to political bickering: Kahwagi
The military remains unaffected by political disputes over security officials’ term extensions, Army Chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said in remarks published Saturday.
Health inspectors seize unequipped vehicle transporting meat
Lebanon's Health Ministry inspectors Saturday seized an unrefrigerated vehicle that was distributing meat to butchers in the southern city of Sidon.
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Friday sent his 2017 draft budget to the Cabinet and urged ministers to pass it.
Khalil to submit 2017 budget to Cabinet
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Wednesday appealed to ministers and lawmakers to discuss and approve the 2017 draft budget he intends to submit to the Cabinet within...
Turkey opens new bridge between continents
Turkey opened one of the world’s biggest suspension bridges Friday, creating a new link between two continents with the latest megaproject in a $200 billion building...
Iran wants pre-sanctions oil market share
Iran wants its pre-sanctions share of the crude market, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Friday, dampening the prospects of agreement on an output freeze at an OPEC...
AB Inbev to cut thousands of jobs in takeover
The world’s largest brewer, AB Inbev, expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce – equivalent to thousands of jobs – once it completes its huge takeover of...
Lawsuit filed against LCB’s auditing firm
A shareholding company in the defunct Lebanese-Canadian Bank is suing Deloitte & Touche’s Middle East operation and its managing partner Joseph al-Fadl for what it...
Retail sales plunge more than 5 percent in Q2
Retail activity in the second quarter of 2016 plunged 4.68 percent as the purchasing power of the Lebanese shrinks, according to a recently released report.
Middle East shows luxury goods growth potential
Deloitte said Monday that there was still great potential for growth in global luxury goods in the Middle East and most notably in the Arab Gulf states.
Turkey opened one of the world’s biggest suspension bridges Friday, creating a new link between two continents with the latest megaproject in a $200 billion building spree that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes will secure his place in history.
Iran, South Korea to begin economic trade in euro
Iran and South Korea are to start trading in euros, legally circumventing U.S. sanctions on dollar transactions with Tehran, a senior official announced Friday.
Zain South Sudan cuts operations, fires staff
Zain South Sudan, a unit of Kuwait’s largest mobile-phone service provider, has reduced operations and cut the number of its expatriate staff in an attempt to survive...
Oil prices dip, Saudis dampen hopes on output talks
Oil prices dipped in Asia Friday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister cast doubt on the need to cut output, denting hopes for a deal at talks next month aimed at...
The world’s largest brewer, AB Inbev, expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce – equivalent to thousands of jobs – once it completes its huge takeover of its closest rival, SABMiller.
Cuba says U.S. commercial flights welcome
Cuba said Friday it was ready to receive U.S. commercial flights beginning next week and that it viewed their renewal after being suspended in 1961 as another positive...
Yellen suggests rate hike is coming
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the...
British economy accelerates in second quarter: data
Britain's economic growth picked up speed in the second quarter, official data confirmed Friday, but economists expressed concern about the longer-term impact of Brexit
WhatsApp plans to share your number with Facebook
Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company.
Just when we think the Free Patriotic Movement has exhausted every kind of innuendo, insinuation, misinformation and fabrication, it appears to have developed its tactics into a certain kind of culture, boasting a sophisticated art of spin.
Dashed by geopolitics
For the past two weeks, following their victory in Manbij and encouraged by a tacit nod from the U.S., the Kurds have clung to the dream that they would take control of...
The rise and fall of Middle Eastern health system
Much of the progress in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades appears to have been reversed by the political unrest and civil wars...
Vaccines for young and old reap benefits for all
The world’s population is getting bigger – and older.
Australia seeks balance on China’s influence
Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the U.S., even if it upsets Beijing.
The Kurdish dream lives
As things stand now Daesh (ISIS) will be defeated, sooner or later.
The spirit of sport
Although the Olympic Games closing ceremony was certainly a fusion of samba, spectacle, smiles and sport, it was also an intoxicating mix of emotions.
Sexism mars Rio coverage
It’s an undeniable fact that the media thrives on scandal and jumps at every opportunity to cover hot-button issues including gender-based discrimination.
Much of the progress in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades appears to have been reversed by the political unrest and civil wars afflicting the region.
The Burkini: Another victim of globalization
Everyone knows by now that the burkini, or burquini, is the creation of a Lebanese-born Australian designer named Ahedi Zanetti.
Syria: Will a child lead?
As Aleppo writhes in torment under bombs dropped by Russian aircraft launched from an Iranian air base, one wonders if it occurs to anyone in the White House that...
The politics of negative interest rates
Objects of desire come at a cost.
Israelis, Palestinians: seeking leadership
Amazing as it may sound to many skeptics who have watched the Israeli-Palestinian conflict become increasingly violent, a new joint poll by Israeli and Palestinian...
Fleeing fighters could spur ‘boomerang effect’
Daesh (ISIS) hasn’t had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.
Trump and the politics of cultural despair
For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well.
Omran’s picture elicits anger … and fear
The pictures of 5-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sitting dazed and bloodied Wednesday in the back of an ambulance have rightly sparked worldwide anger and sympathy.
Danny Rose's second-half equalizer earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday in a match between two outsiders for the English Premier League title.
UEFA keeps it in the family as CL changed
UEFA announced significant changes to their flagship Champions League Friday, saying they had managed to “keep it in the family” after staving off the threat of a...
Djokovic, Nadal drawn for potential US semi clash
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and fellow two-time winner Rafael Nadal were drawn for a potential U.S. Open semifinal clash Friday.
Tennis: I'm not 100 percent, admits 'electric' Djokovic
Novak Djokovic admitted Friday that he has undergone electric shock-style treatment to heal a worrying wrist injury, but he's still not 100 percent fit as he prepares...
U.S. NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in...
Liverpool look to their Mane man at Spurs
Such is the impact Sadio Mane has made on Liverpool that the 24-year-old is an automatic pick to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League Saturday while experienced...
Man Utd set to meet Van Persie in Europa League
Manchester United will come up against their former striker Robin van Persie after being placed in the same group as the Dutchman’s current club Fenerbahce in Friday’s...
Luis Enrique seeks 100th victory as Barca coach
Barcelona will attempt to give Luis Enrique his 100th victory in his 125th game in charge of the team when they play at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga Sunday.
Nadal to play in Australia ahead of Open for first time
World number five Rafael Nadal will play in the Brisbane International next year, organizers said Wednesday, the first time the Spaniard has kicked off his season in...
Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final
Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati...
Kerber going for women’s No. 1 in Cincinnati
Angelique Kerber has a chance to become No. 1 at the Western & Southern Open. The men’s bracket is wide open, too, providing an opportunity for someone outside the Big...
Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s final.
NBA stars bring curtain down on Rio
The United States' NBA superstars bring the curtain down on the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday as the last 12 gold medals are decided
Bilic backs Conte to succeed at Chelsea
West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic is backing Antonio Conte to make a big impact at Chelsea, but is confident his side can cause problems for their London rivals when...
Turkish star 'disowned by family' over Gulen support
The family of one of the most prominent Turkish basketball players in the NBA Tuesday publicly disowned him after he openly supported the U.S.-based preacher who Ankara...
Senegal gets Rio mugging from U.S.
Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began...
A Brazilian court authorized the release of Ireland's Kevin James Mallon, the director of international sports hospitality company THG arrested on Aug. 5 for alleged illegal scalping of Olympic tickets, the local G1 news site said late Friday.
Three top Kenyan OIympic officials arrested
Three top Kenyan Olympics officials have been arrested as investigators probe allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the Rio Games, police sources said.
Track and field gets ready for post-Bolt era
As Usain Bolt parties in London, around 30 Olympic medalists, including nine champions, have headed to Switzerland for the first major track and field meeting since the...
Weightlifting medalists fail doping retests
Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the...
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo
The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo Wednesday as Japan’s capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio’s sometimes shaky 2016...
Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday morning's opening free practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix
F1 driver Rio Haryanto replaced by Esteban Ocon: Manor
British motor racing team Manor announced Wednesday it was dropping Indonesian Formula One driver Rio Haryanto and replacing him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Advantage Hamilton as F1 breaks for summer
Triple champion Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to speed but the rapid turnaround in his title prospects has left even the blindingly quick Briton stunned, as he heads...
Police rescue Ecclestone’s mother-in-law
Brazilian police said they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of British Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone unharmed after more than a week in captivity and arrested...
Happy Hamilton revels in German success
Lewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised at his own good fortune Sunday after winning the German Grand Prix to take a clear championship lead into Formula One’s annual...
Published in 2014, Joumana Haddad’s tragicomic novel “Kafas” (Cage) suggests that the gender divide is a more complex thing than “haves” and “have nots,” and that it is not only women who live in cages.
Painting not work of artist Doig, judge rules
A U.S. judge has agreed that a celebrated artist didn’t paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker.
Don’t Breathe is a well-plotted, thrilling trap
Detroit-area robbery crews, be warned. It’s not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big, and final, score. Take our word for it, walk away. It sounds...
At last! Spears biopic coming to TV
The turbulent life of Britney Spears – who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder – is becoming a television biopic.
Hundreds bid farewell to Belgian jazz legend Thielemans
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career...
Hillbilly Elegy traces America’s downcast
For pundits and politicos baffled by the appeal of a wealthy New York businessman to the struggling white working class in Appalachia and Rust Belt mill towns, J.D....
Music and masters at Molaeb Museum
Jamil Molaeb is among Lebanon’s better-known modernist artists. Born in Baysour, Chouf, the young Molaeb (b. 1948) studied with such noted artists as Chafic Abboud and...
Banksy mural destroyed by building work
A mural by British street artist Banksy which mocked government surveillance has been destroyed during building works on the house on which it appeared in 2014. It has...
Detroit-area robbery crews, be warned. It’s not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big, and final, score. Take our word for it, walk away. It sounds like an easy hit.
Lawrence tops best paid actress list, again
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world’s highest-paid actress for the second year Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.
Another off-kilter role for Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul loves playing a dad, however flawed that dad might be.
Lohan requests a meeting with Putin
Troubled U.S. star Lindsay Lohan has demanded a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in return for appearing on a Russian chat show, its host said, confirming U.S....
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career spanning seven decades.
Frank Ocean releases second album 'Blonde'
After months of suspense and weeks of cryptic online teasing ahead of the release of his long-awaited second album, hip-hop breakout star Frank Ocean has released...
Canada celebrates, mourns as rockers Tragically Hip say good-bye
The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on...
Japan's long-running, all-male pop group SMAP to break up
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will go their separate...
Bennett turns 90, seeks new collaboration
Crooner Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, declaring himself in great health and ready for a new collaboration.
Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
Jon Stewart gives heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore
Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run
Austria charges US rapper Freddie Gibbs with sexual assault
U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been charged in Austria with sexually assaulting a woman while on tour last year in Vienna, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home
"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane...
Duke of Westminster, British billionaire landowner, dies at 64
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a...
An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
Newspaper says it uncovered KFC's secret recipe
Is the secret KFC recipe a secret no more?
A US newspaper says it may have inadvertently stumbled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the...
Robot baby schemes may increase teen pregnancy
Electronic dolls designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy do not work, a new study has found, and may even raise the number of babies born to young moms.
Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app
Facebook Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of...
Trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Claw law: Legislator targets arcade favorite
It’s an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base.
Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can
Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers...
Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo
It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.
‘Baby, it’s hot outside’: Why birds sing to eggs
Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world,...
China launches world first quantum satellite
China launched the world's first quantum satellite Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system...
Great balls of fire! Prepare for meteor outburst
Northern Hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat Thursday night with a rare shooting star “outburst,” which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Go on, ‘Donate Your Running Shoes’
Jeweler celebrates 130th anniversary of Tiffany
Massive summer sales and new colors for fall
Striking styles: Makeup for the season
A compass on the smartphone screen points toward Red Square.
High in Bolivia, a tour of Aymara sacred sites
At a gasp-inducing 4,000 meters-plus above sea level, a post marks the spot where Andean gods are said to dwell at the foot of towering, snow-covered peaks.
Thailand’s tiger tourism expands
Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found...
Tourists learn alongside locals on safaris
It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.
A night behind bars in Slovenian prison-turned-hostel
Fancy spending the night in a former military prison that is now a youth hostel with an artistic twist?
There’s a sweet spot in automotive manufacturing that arises when all aspects of a car come together so harmoniously that the final product is nothing less than stellar.
3-Series sets benchmark for compact sedans
At long last, after nearly two years of reviewing scores of automobiles from numerous different marques, I finally get to review the one car that started it all for me.
2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.
718 Boxster S a testament to Porsche ingenuity
How can anyone pass up the opportunity to gloat? Can you? I know I can’t – I’m not that noble.
Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show
Mercedes-Benz gave a sneak preview of a new ultra luxury coupe on Thursday in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns...
They’re young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital … or worse, dead.
Study in mice shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new...
Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos
With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country’s web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.
Organ network mapping a path to more fair liver transplants in U.S.
The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die...
Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble save lives
They have proven their worth in detecting land mines but Africa’s giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation – saving lives by speeding up...