Electoral battle lines are finally being drawn in East Beirut.
Kids with disabilities missing out on school: HRW
Every morning, 9-year-old Basmah throws a backpack over her shoulders and goes on a short car ride from her Akkar home to school, together with her siblings. Unlike...
Strikes across France challenge Macron’s reforms
Tens of thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers joined forces to march against French President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms Thursday, causing...
Sarkozy blasts ‘lack of evidence’ of corruption
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy blasted what he said was a lack of evidence for corruption charges against him over claims the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi...
Hamas officers, bomb suspect killed in raid
The man Hamas called the main suspect in a bomb attack against the Palestinian prime minister in Gaza was killed in an arrest raid Thursday that also left two members...
Former General Security head to testify at STL
Former General Security head Jamil al-Sayyed is set to testify at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon at the end of June, President of the Trial Chamber Judge David Re...
LF-PSP list registered in Baabda, Bou Assi at top
A Lebanese Forces and Progressive Socialist Party list headed by Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi was officially registered at the Interior Ministry Thursday.
‘Reconciliation List’ registers in Chouf-Aley
The coalition list for Chouf-Aley that will bring together the Progressive Socialist Party, Lebanese Forces and the Future Movement was registered at the Interior...
Tens of thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers joined forces to march against French President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms Thursday, causing widespread travel disruption and bringing brief clashes with police in some cities.
Weinstein Co. bankruptcy could bring new accusers
Is #MeToo part two on the way?
May seeks EU unity against Russia in poisoning
British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to rally European Union leaders into a unified stance Thursday against Russia, saying the poisoning of a former spy on English...
Prosecutor: Men plotted to kill Kansas Muslims
Three militia members plotted to bomb a Kansas mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants to kill as many Muslims as possible, a federal prosecutor said...
The man Hamas called the main suspect in a bomb attack against the Palestinian prime minister in Gaza was killed in an arrest raid Thursday that also left two members of the movement’s security forces dead.
‘Wagner Group’ serving Putin in Syria
The deaths of several members of the so-called “Wagner Group” in Syria last month shone a light on the mysterious Russian private army that is operating in the war-torn...
Abbas’ health scares spark succession talk
A series of recent health scares have raised new concerns about octogenarian Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reviving anxiety about a potentially chaotic, and even...
U.S. drops charges for Turkish security team
Federal prosecutors decided to dismiss charges against 11 of 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team who had been charged in connection...
Qatar places 28 on new terrorism list
Qatar said Thursday that it had placed 28 people and entities on a terrorism list, including several Qatari nationals already blacklisted by rival Arab states who...
Journalists and media personalities running for the May parliamentary elections said their campaigns wouldn’t impact the public’s professional perception of them.
Vote alliances take shape as cutoff looms
Days before the deadline to form electoral lists, political parties and alliances appear to be taking shape and becoming clearer.
Chouf-Aley 'Reconciliation List' registered
LF-PSP list registered in Baabda
A Lebanese Forces and a Progressive Socialist Party list headed by Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi was officially registered at the Interior Ministry Thursday.
917 electoral candidates left after withdrawals
Fifty-eight candidates who initially registered to run for office in Lebanon’s upcoming parliamentary elections have withdrawn their candidacy, the Interior Ministry’s...
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has emphasized that one of the top priorities of the Lebanese government at this stage is to buttress the productive sector as a way to achieve growth and create more jobs for the youth.
BDL announces new LL100,000 note
A new LL100,000 banknote with a new design will enter circulation from April 10, Lebanon’s central bank said Wednesday.
BP squeezed out of Abu Dhabi offshore oil
When oil-rich Abu Dhabi put a string of offshore fields up for auction, suitors from China to Italy vied for a slice of the pie.
Saudis hunt foreign investment in U.S.
The delegation of hundreds of Saudis that has descended on the U.S. for three weeks will meet executives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Pfizer and other companies as they...
Can May crack EU on Brexit trade?
Signs of cracking in the European Union’s common front on Brexit may encourage hopes in London that Prime Minister Theresa May can exploit continental divisions to...
HORECA puts spotlight on hospitality
Contests, master classes and tastings are all on the menu this week for one of Lebanon’s most important sectors: food and hospitality.
Hariri to seek $6B for infrastructure program
Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday that Lebanon would seek to raise $6 billion worth of funds at the upcoming CEDRE conference to cover its infrastructure program...
Parliamentary committee OKs ministries budgets
Lebanon’s Finance and Budget Parliamentary Committee intensified its meetings to finalize the 2018 draft budget before sending the bill to the House of Representatives...
Kuwait raises key rate for first time in a year
Kuwait raised its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a year, tracking a quarter-point increase in the U.S. Federal Reserve benchmark rate.
Iranian imports in Iraq sign of Tehran influence
It isn’t hard to find signs that Iran is winning a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Iraq.
Eni: East Mediterranean gas could supply Europe
The East Mediterranean could become a hub to export gas to Europe – and the fastest and cheapest way to do that is to utilize idle processing plants in Egypt, a senior...
Signs of cracking in the European Union’s common front on Brexit may encourage hopes in London that Prime Minister Theresa May can exploit continental divisions to secure British advantage.
Bank of England keeps rates on hold
The Bank of England kept its interest rates unchanged Thursday but appeared to hint that another rate hike in May was possible as inflation remains high.
U.S. spending bill passes House as deadline looms
U.S. lawmakers advanced a critical $1.3 trillion federal spending bill Thursday, as Congress sprints to avoid a another embarrassing government shutdown ahead of a...
Equities, commodities dented by trade war worries
The threat of a global trade war pushed benchmark equity indexes in the United States and Europe deep into the red Thursday and cut into commodity prices, a day after...
Beijing follows Fed with rate hike
China Thursday raised the amount it charges lenders to borrow cash as it looks to prevent cash outflows after the Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate hike.
It’s election season in Lebanon and politicians are loading their propaganda weapons and going into battle. Most maintain a level of ethical and moral restraint.
Don’t just vote, elect
Lebanon is truly blessed.
The West’s unilateral Cold War
Rising tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia are but further proof that Russia and the West, according to no less an authority than Richard N. Haass, president...
Guns the next target for conscientious investors?
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, standing in a conference room in France full of institutional investors from around the world – representing pension, sovereign-wealth...
With Turkey in Afrin, let’s not let Manbij fall
The seizure of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Sunday by Turkish forces is a rerun of one of modern history’s saddest recurring themes: The Kurds struggle for...
Deserving of support
The Rome II donor conference Thursday, to be held in support of Lebanon’s Army and the Internal Security Forces, heralds a new era of challenges and expectations.
Slicing up the cake
If the war in Syria is this century’s Spanish civil war, then, according to respected British newspaper The Independent, the carnage now occurring in Eastern Ghouta is...
Equality all year round
It’s a fact. The gender gap is real, it needs to be closed all over the world, and Lebanon is no exception.
Rising tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia are but further proof that Russia and the West, according to no less an authority than Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, have entered a “Cold War II.”
Open classrooms to children with disabilities
Basmah, a 9-year-old girl from Akkar, starts her day like most Lebanese children, putting on a backpack as her siblings get ready for school.
The threat that Brexit is posing to British security
Some moments in history are steeped in irony.
Pollution: 21st century’s neglected menace
Pollution is one of the great existential challenges of the 21st century.
The seizure of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Sunday by Turkish forces is a rerun of one of modern history’s saddest recurring themes: The Kurds struggle for survival while their friends among the great powers stand aside and watch.
Key figure in Japan land scandal to testify in Parliament March 27
Former Japanese tax agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa, a key figure in a cronyism scandal that has sparked a political crisis for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be summoned...
Putin can’t talk his way out of this mess
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC’s Megyn Kelly this month that in using power, you “must be ready to go all the way to achieve the goals.”
Trump will have a kindred spirit in Pompeo
The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners.
Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now – much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the MLS side this month, Sports Illustrated reported Thursday.
Bale nets hat-trick as Wales demolish China
Ryan Giggs’ first game as Wales coach got off to a flying start Thursday with a 6-0 demolition of China as Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick.
Osaka powers past Serena in Miami
Naomi Osaka continued her stunning run of form with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open Wednesday,...
Djokovic says he’s playing pain-free at last
Novak Djokovic insists he is playing pain free for the first time in “years” as he pursues his comeback at the Miami Masters.
LeBron sparks Cavs over Raptors
LeBron James shrugged off five absent players and an ill coach with a virtuoso performance Wednesday, rallying the host Cleveland Cavaliers over NBA Eastern Conference...
Saudi Arabia seek Spanish help ahead of World Cup
Saudi Arabia’s attempts to prepare for the World Cup are not confined to arranging friendlies or hiring world-famous coaches.
Guardiola lost faith in me at Barca: Pique
Gerard Pique is unsure whether he would have stayed at Barcelona had former manager Pep Guardiola remained at the club beyond 2012 after the now Manchester City boss...
Van Dijk named Netherlands captain ahead of England friendly
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named captain of the Netherlands by manager Ronald Koeman Thursday, a day ahead of his first game in charge of the national team...
Naomi Osaka continued her stunning run of form with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open Wednesday, the latest big win for the 20-year-old Japanese player.
Del Potro hopes to make another splash in Miami
The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week.
Navratilova ‘angry’ at pay gap to McEnroe in BBC
Martina Navratilova is “angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at...
Del Potro victory ends Federer’s win streak
Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points in a thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open Sunday before handing world No. 1 Roger Federer his first loss of the year...
LeBron James shrugged off five absent players and an ill coach with a virtuoso performance Wednesday, rallying the host Cleveland Cavaliers over NBA Eastern Conference leader Toronto 132-129.
Rockets shoot down red-hot Blazers
The league-leading Houston Rockets ended the Trail Blazers’ 13-game NBA winning streak Tuesday with a hard-fought 115-111 victory in Portland.
Rockets win 115-111 to snap Blazers' 13-game winning streak
James Harden says he's constantly working on his step-back 3-pointer. It paid off against Portland.
Spurs beat injury-riddled Warriors
The San Antonio Spurs boosted their bid for a 21st consecutive NBA post-season appearance with an 89-75 victory over the injury ravaged Golden State Warriors Monday.
Thunder end Raptors run
Russell Westbrook’s fifth straight triple double helped the Oklahoma City Thunder end the Toronto Raptors 11-game NBA winning streak Sunday, as the Portland Trail...
The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get - and how much they pay for - streaming TV and movies.
McIlroy ends title drought at Bay Hill in style
Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016...
Injury-riddled Cavs and Warriors win
LeBron James’ 70th career triple-double propelled the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, when the injury plagued...
Klaebo becomes youngest cross-country ski World Cup champ
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, 21, became the youngest man to win the overall cross-country ski World Cup title Sunday, while his fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng retained the...
Wheelchair curling sets Pyeongchang pulses racing
It's probably the slowest sport at the Winter Paralympics, but curling has proved an unlikely hit, with spectators flocking to watch wheelchair-bound athletes...
The tension of a rivalry that produced “road rage” and acrimony between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2017 was absent Thursday as the four-time Formula One champions made nice before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Grid girls to chainsaws: F1 talking points
AFP Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the 2018 Formula One season, which starts Friday in Melbourne.
Vettel seeks 'ultimate satisfaction' of F1 title
Sebastian Vettel says he is searching for the "ultimate satisfaction" of winning his fifth Formula One world title driving for Ferrari ahead of this weekend's season...
Opportunity knocks for Ricciardo in new F1 season
Daniel Ricciardo faces a pivotal year in his Formula One career with expectations of a much-improved Red Bull performance and mounting speculation over exactly where he...
Psychology not a main part of Verstappen’s makeup
Max Verstappen says his remarkable success in a short pace of time on the Formula One circuit is not down to being stronger mentally than others, but simply because he...
For the first time, Lebanon will be officially represented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, with a national pavilion at the Arsenal, one of the event’s main exhibition venues.
Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens City of Culture
Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-awaited complex to showcase its cultural wealth.
Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric
A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance
Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
‘Narcos’ producer probes Brazil corruption case
A vast corruption investigation in Brazil that has toppled businessmen and lawmakers, haunted two presidencies and captivated the media, debuts as a Netflix series this...
‘Sound of Music’ deemed U.S. national treasure
The soundtrack from “The Sound of Music,” Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album “Rumours” and the 1984 song “Footloose” were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures...
The experience of sound in space
Tourists to the contemporary art world remark upon its fixation with “space.”
Brazil gallery selling Pollock to stay afloat
Rio de Janeiro’s Modern Art Museum is selling one of its most prized works, a Jackson Pollock painting, to help stay afloat.
Shaquille O'Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.
Spotify, controversial king of music streaming
Spotify may incontestably be the king of music streaming, but as the Swedish firm prepares for a stock listing, there is still a divide whether its reign is benign or...
Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
A vast corruption investigation in Brazil that has toppled businessmen and lawmakers, haunted two presidencies and captivated the media, debuts as a Netflix series this week, long before anyone can predict how the real-life probe will end.
Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for new movie
Renee Zellweger has transformed her looks and is working on her singing skills as she starts a new film about Judy Garland.
Ringo Starr knighted by Prince William
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace Tuesday and joked with reporters afterward: “I expect you to use my title.”
Comedy Central host tackles gun control
Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper is planning a slumber party for young activists pushing for action on gun control.
Twitter: 'Black Panther' is most tweeted about movie ever
The pop culture sensation "Black Panther" has set another record: most tweeted about movie ever.
Christian Dior has announced that its long-time menswear designer Kris Van Assche is to leave the Parisian fashion house.
French designer Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91
Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his...
Nun involved in lawsuit with Katy Perry over convent dies
A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance.
Common singles out NRA, Kimmel takes aim at Trump at Oscars
Hollywood seized the microphone at Sunday's Oscars and wasn't shy about its passions, sprinkling political moments throughout a show that included anti-gun and...
Kimmel jokes about Oscars envelope issues
Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as Oscars host with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year’s historic envelope malfunction.
A group of chefs in Turkey claimed a world record for the largest baklava Thursday with a giant tray of the pastry dessert weighing over half a ton.
Ax throwing: the next Olympic sport?
Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects.
Helmet scanner images brain on the move
British scientists Wednesday unveiled a next-generation wearable brain scanner that can be donned like a helmet and allows patients to move freely while being scanned,...
Mini cars drive away
children’s fears of surgery
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public...
Women discuss juggling families, careers
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a...
France to give on-the-spot fines for harassment
France announced a series of measures against sexual violence Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for...
‘Saudization’ spells scarcity of gold salesmen
A Riyadh gold souk festooned with glittering jewelry has run short of salesmen after a government edict to replace foreign workers with Saudis, part of contentious...
Superheroes to the rescue of storm-battered Puerto Rico
Comic book superheroes are coming to the rescue of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
British scientists Wednesday unveiled a next-generation wearable brain scanner that can be donned like a helmet and allows patients to move freely while being scanned, potentially revolutionizing neural care for children and the elderly.
Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes
It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow.
Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead
On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
Cancer therapy works in 75 pct of patients: study
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown...
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a question remains: Where does this progress leave motherhood?
Italian Design Day joins sustainability, flair
At the colorful Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, a large yellow chair in the corner still somehow manages to stand out in spite of the stunning...
Syrian Farmer With Carriage Garden
With his three-wheeled wooden cart overflowing with plants, Syrian refugee Mohammad Mustafa walks the streets and alleys of Sidon peddling flowers.
British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.
If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish
When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion.
Apple grabs two-year lead in 3-D sensing race
Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3-D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters,...
Robots break ground in construction
As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging...
Stem cell eye treatment safe, restores some vision
Two people with severe vision loss due to a degenerative eye disease are able to read after embryonic stem cell treatment, researchers said Monday.
Europe’s tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with “overtourism,” where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
During strife at Panama City hotel, Trump Mojitos but no water
If you can overlook the intermittently running water, Friday’s four-hour power outage and occasional police presence in the lobby, the Trump hotel in Panama City...
Spanish climber's winter Everest summit bid in question
A Spanish climber has abandoned an attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mount Everest for 25 years, the expedition organizer said Tuesday, after "lethal weather"...
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney's Paris expansion
The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge
A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa's capital Pretoria, local media reported.
Shareholders of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. have approved an ambitious pay package for iconic CEO Elon Musk that could net him more than $50 billion if he meets lofty milestones over the next decade, according to a person briefed on the vote.
China to see driverless cars in '3-5 years': Baidu
Self-driving cars will hit the roads in China "within three to five years", the founder of Chinese internet giant Baidu, one of the world's leading designers of...
Ford recalling 1.38 mln sedans over steering defect
Ford announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the...
German automakers biggest spenders on electric cars
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published Monday found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to...
Electric sports cars blur need for speed
Sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini are losing the speed crown to lesser-known rivals offering electric supercars boasting record acceleration.
Across Japan’s capital, delicate pink-and-white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle.
Fish species in fight for survival with sea lions
The 318-kilogram sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below.
World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather
A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves,...
German prosecutors raid BMW in diesel emissions probe
Prosecutors in Germany have raided high-end carmaker BMW in a fraud probe relating to more than 11,000 vehicles they suspect were rigged to appear less polluting in...
Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that...