Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election.
Chad ex-dictator found guilty, sentenced to life
Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity during his time in power, Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam...
Lieberman tries to smooth ruffled feathers
When Israel scrambled two F-15 fighter jets last month to intercept an Egyptian airliner after faulty communication with the cockpit raised fears of a hijack, it took...
Erdogan accuses Russia of arming PKK
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of providing anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),...
Forever temporary: The refugee life
Infrastructural challenges, a weakened state and the scale of the Syrian refugee challenge leave Lebanon unable to naturalize Syrian refugees, even if there were the...
Unlikely crew saves lives in the Mediterranean
They are unlikely members of the same crew: Career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a...
More than 50 police killed in Afghan fighting
More than 50 Afghan police have been reported killed over the past two days in heavy fighting around the capital of the southern province of Helmand, officials said...
Holder: Snowden did 'service,' but should still be punished
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a "public service" in stoking a national debate about secret domestic surveillance programs, but...
When Israel scrambled two F-15 fighter jets last month to intercept an Egyptian airliner after faulty communication with the cockpit raised fears of a hijack, it took several tense minutes for the plane to be cleared to land.
Head of Egypt’s journalists union detained
The head of Egypt’s journalists union and two of its board members have been questioned by prosecutors over allegations that they spread false news and harbored...
Migrant crossings to Italy – what do we know?
With 13,000 people rescued in one week and hundreds presumed drowned, what do we know about migrant flows across the Mediterranean to Italy?
Iraq: from Daesh gains to the battle for Fallujah
Events in Iraq from the breakthrough by Daesh (ISIS) in 2014 to government counterattack.
Infrastructural challenges, a weakened state and the scale of the Syrian refugee challenge leave Lebanon unable to naturalize Syrian refugees, even if there were the will to do so, a number of officials and analysts said.
Machnouk: Security forces stops Daesh plots
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk revealed for the first time that in the past three months security forces have been able to thwart three attempts by Daesh (ISIS)...
Kaag talks security, stability with UAE officials
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag discussed issues pertaining to Lebanon’s security and stability with United Arab Emirates officials Monday, according...
Local families beat political parties in vote
An emerging pattern in the final installment of municipal elections, held across north Lebanon Sunday, reveals that political parties failed to effectively tackle the...
Lebanon court grants bail release to ex-MP Hasan Yaacoub
A Lebanese court Monday agreed to release on bail former MP Hasan Yaacoub, who is accused of being involved in the kidnapping of Hannibal Gadhafi.
Lebanon’s budget deficit in the first four months of this year rose to 37.2 percent of spending compared to 33.75 percent in the same period last year, according to data release by the Finance Ministry.
Torch looks to light a fire with coding training
In the past couple of years Lebanon has seen multiple initiatives focused on supporting entrepreneurs, be it with funding, training or other services tailored to ensure...
Oil states seen to stick by Saudis
OPEC members gathering in Vienna June 2 are expected to go along with a Saudi Arabia-led policy focused on squeezing out rivals amid signs the strategy is working.
First sale for newly approved Israeli gas project
The U.S.-led consortium leading the development of Israel’s offshore gas reserves has announced its first sales deal since a reworked agreement on a key offshore field...
Strikes, protests pose headache for Paris tourism
As Paris tourism struggles to overcome last November’s Islamist attacks, the world’s most visited city faces a new threat from a wave of protests and further planned...
Lebanon pirates 70 percent of its software
The software piracy rate in Lebanon remained nearly unchanged in 2015 at 70 percent compared to 71 percent in 2013, according to the U.S.-based Business Software...
Hariri pledges support for young entrepreneurs
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed Friday to offer the support young entrepreneurs need to create businesses.
Hezbollah MPs can be sanctioned: U.S.
A senior U.S. official made it clear that Hezbollah’s MPs and ministers are potentially subject to American sanctions, just like anyone who acts at the party’s direction.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign assets fall to 4-year low
Saudi Arabia’s net foreign assets fell for the 15th month in a row in April, as the kingdom announced its “vision” for a post-oil future.
Kuwait signs $4.4B airport project with Turkish firm
Kuwait's Public Works Minister Ali al-Omair Monday signed a $4.4-billion contract with Turkish firm Limak Construction for a new airport terminal that will more than...
Dubai stocks post best streak in eight months
Dubai stocks gained a fifth day amid declining trading across Gulf Arab equity markets, with some investors taking a long weekend and the start of Ramadan about a week...
As Paris tourism struggles to overcome last November’s Islamist attacks, the world’s most visited city faces a new threat from a wave of protests and further planned strikes, tourism officials warned Monday.
Fed official says markets prepared for rate hike
St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said Monday that global markets appear to be “well-prepared” for a summer interest rate hike from the Fed, although he...
Greece tells lenders it can’t implement demands
Greece told its European and International Monetary Fund creditors it cannot implement some of the changes sought in exchange for fresh bailout loans, sources close to...
French PM refuses to bow to protesters
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is determined not to join a long list of politicians who have conceded defeat to protesters, he told the Journal Du Dimanche...
Why opinion is divided reserve currency prospects
The world and financial markets have become messier places in recent weeks.
Lebanon’s municipal elections are behind us, and what we have seen is an invitation to parties and politicians to climb down from their ivory towers and see the country for what it is.
Leave the church alone
The Lebanese pride themselves on their forefathers the Phoenicians’ invention of the alphabet.
An Russian offer well-worth refusing
On May 20, 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposed that the United States and Russia coordinate airstrikes against Nusra Front positions in northwestern...
Twin decisions to put the EU trust to the test
June is shaping up to be a fateful month for the European Union.
On Syria, the U.S. and Turkey need each other
Here’s a positive move by Turkey, a country that often seems to be heading in the wrong direction: Despite Ankara’s severe misgivings, it is allowing the U.S. military...
Legacy of strategic flops
Barack Obama is racing against time as he searches for a legacy in the ashes of gaffes and failures that not only characterize his presidency but which he has...
Bear’s forked tongue
On the face of it the Russia-Gulf Cooperation Council conference in Moscow Thursday was a meeting of minds.
Forget about tsunamis
Now, after results from three sets of municipal elections have rolled in, one thing is certainly clear: the word “tsunami” must be struck from the Lebanese political...
On May 20, 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposed that the United States and Russia coordinate airstrikes against Nusra Front positions in northwestern Syria.
Nature’s answer to climate risk
Nearly half the world’s population – some 3.5 billion people – lives near coasts.
Negotiating jihad in Ain al-Hilweh
On May 12, heavy celebratory gunfire broke out in Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh, in Southern Lebanon, after Daesh (ISIS) reported that two of its affiliates,...
Saudi Arabia, Iran playing chicken at OPEC
The upcoming meeting of OPEC member states on June 2 will generate lots of discussion about the current slump in global oil prices. What it probably won’t do is yield...
Here’s a positive move by Turkey, a country that often seems to be heading in the wrong direction: Despite Ankara’s severe misgivings, it is allowing the U.S. military to fly daily bombing missions from here against Daesh (ISIS) – in support of a Syrian Kurdish militia called the YPG that Turkey regards as a terrorist threat.
America is still great, but needs to stay strong
Donald Trump’s positions on public policy have shifted over the years, months, even days.
Ennahda pioneers another Arab era, test
The decision last week by Tunisia’s successful Ennahda Party to separate its political from its religious functions strikes me as one of the most important developments...
Defeating Daesh means getting politics right
A tour of the war zones in Iraq and Syria with the top American commander ends, appropriately enough, here in Turkey, the strongest power in the region and the place...
Fighting for a nation called Syria
The raw Sunni recruits in crisp camouflage uniforms, popping off rounds at the firing range at a U.S. training camp here, illustrate the dilemma for the U.S. as it...
Chelsea captain John Terry expects Jose Mourinho to be a success at Manchester United, saying the Portuguese is the right manager to lead the 13-time Premier League champions back into contention for major honors.
Ronaldo rests to show the ‘jealous’ who’s best
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Portugal’s pre-European Championship friendly against England Thursday as he rests from his third Champions League triumph but he...
French Open suffers first washout in 16 years
The French Open suffered its first complete washout since 2000 Monday when all scheduled matches were canceled due to heavy rain.
Wawrinka, Murray into last 8 and a Spanish lefty
Perennial Grand Slam title contenders Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray were joined in the French Open quarterfinals by two unfamiliar faces Sunday as the Parisian clay...
Lebanon fall to Iran in WABA opener
The Lebanese national basketball team fell to Iran 81-75 Monday in their opening game of the WABA Championship which is currently taking place in Jordan.
Mexican authorities rescue kidnapped footballer
Mexican authorities have rescued football star Alan Pulido following his kidnapping in his crime-plagued home state of Tamaulipas, with the player declaring early...
Ahed edge Ansar to book Cup final place
Runners-up Ahed reached the final of the Lebanese Cup Monday with a 2-1 win over rivals Ansar.
Victorious Real get heroes welcome in Madrid
Thousands of Real Madrid fans chanted and waved supporter scarves under a rain of confetti Sunday in the Spanish capital as the team returned home after an historic...
French Open suffers Monday washout
The French Open suffered its first complete washout since 2000 Monday when all scheduled matches were cancelled due to heavy rain, organizers announced.
Murray, Isner target French Open landmarks
Paris, May 29, 2016 (AFP) - Andy Murray takes a 5-0 career lead over John Isner into their French Open last-16 clash Sunday as both men seek to set new national...
Ramos-Vinolas reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final
Unheralded Spanish left-hander Albert Ramos-Vinolas reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic
Riyadi beat Sagesse to take 2-1 series lead
Riyadi snatched a 2-1 lead in the finals of the Lebanese Basketball League after defeating their archrivals Sagesse 100-84 in Game 3 Sunday.
Thompson, Curry rally Warriors to force Game 7
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry saved the season for defending NBA champion Golden State, sparking a stunning fourth-quarter rally to beat host Oklahoma City 108-101...
Thompson, Curry rally Warriors to force game 7 with Thunder
Klay Thompson and NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry sparked a stunning fourth-quarter rally and defending champion Golden State beat host Oklahoma City 108-101 to...
Riyadi rout Sagesse to level up Finals
Riyadi responded to Sagesse’s surprising Game 1 win to level up the Finals at 1-1 after winning Game 2 91-74 Friday at Ghazir and regaining home court advantage.
Keni Harrison equaled the second-fastest 100-meter hurdles ever run and fellow American Justin Gatlin breezed to a sparkling but wind-assisted 100-meter victory at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting Saturday.
Nibali wins dramatic 99th Giro d’Italia
Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali secured his second Giro d’Italia triumph Sunday after topping a dramatic 99th edition that saw key rival Steven Kruijswijk agonizingly crash...
Farah opens outdoor season with world-leading mark
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah surged into the lead with 60 meters remaining to claim victory in the fastest 10,000 meters of the year at the Prefontaine...
Retests positive for 23 athletes from 2012 Games
Twenty-three athletes from five sports tested positive for banned drugs in rechecks of 265 samples from the 2012 London Olympics, the International Olympic Committee...
WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika
The World Health Organization (WHO) Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by large outbreak of Zika virus...
Winning the Monaco Grand Prix transformed Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One season and also provided a timely boost for those working on the triple world champion’s side of the Mercedes garage.
Buoyant IndyCar geared up for challenge ahead
Supercharged by the success of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar sped into a new era Sunday but the road ahead is an uncertain one for both the series...
Hamilton wins Monaco showcase Formula One
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his first win of the Formula One season at the Monaco Grand Prix Sunday after Mercedes told teammate Nico Rosberg to move aside and Red Bull...
Rossi's heart in Monaco, mind on Indy 500 win
Alexander Rossi's mind will be focused on the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday but his heart may be riding along at the Monaco Grand Prix
Ricciardo fastest in Monaco on day of crashes
Australian Daniel Ricciardo set the pace for Red Bull in Monaco Grand Prix practice Thursday, with crashes and a loose drain cover putting safety back in the spotlight...
The fair-skinned man with the hoodie and dark ski cap sits on a bench outside McNally Jackson Books in downtown Manhattan, where neither patrons nor employees seem aware that he’s the author of a work so in demand at the store that it’s often out of stock.
Maya & Marty aims to show variety spice of life
If you doubt that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are funny together, just recall their memorable number on the 40th anniversary special for “Saturday Night Live.”
Carroll’s fantasy world returns to theaters
Lewis Carroll’s much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” going through a mirror and then...
Carroll's fantasy world returns in "Alice Through the Looking Glass"
Lewis Carroll's much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in "Alice Through the Looking Glass", going through a mirror and then...
Punk rockers Misfits to reunite after three decades
Misfits, whose horror film-inspired punk rock became a major influence on heavy metal but who became embroiled in legal feuds, are reuniting for the first time in 33...
Next stop on Rome’s new train: Hadrian’s barracks
Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian’s bodyguard have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground...
Classic ‘Naked Lunch’ to be reborn in punk album
“Naked Lunch,” one of the seminal and controversial novels of the Beat Generation, will be reborn as a punk album based on recordings by late author William S. Burroughs.
Biopic on singing hero pays homage to Gaza
Raised in a refugee camp in the ramshackle Gaza Strip, singer Mohammed Assaf emerged as a symbol of Palestinian resilience as he persevered to win the “Arab Idol”...
Lewis Carroll’s much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” going through a mirror and then traveling back in time to help her friend, the flamboyant Mad Hatter.
Cranston goes All the Way in LBJ role
For five seasons of “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston displayed his versatility through the dramatic evolution of his character, Walter White, from milquetoast...
Netflix recreates drug lord Escobar’s death
Studio draws on vast research to paint
accurate, nuanced portrait of kingpin
Kevin Spacey mocks Trump at fundraiser
Kevin Spacey bashed Donald Trump during an AIDS fundraiser, saying he would enjoy visiting a place with “so many casinos to bankrupt.”
Misfits, whose horror film-inspired punk rock became a major influence on heavy metal but who became embroiled in legal feuds, are reuniting for the first time in 33 years.
Axl Rose to make debut with AC/DC at Lisbon concert
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will make his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock...
Radiohead social media goes blank, raising album hopes
Radiohead's social media profiles went blank Monday as speculation mounted that the British band was about to release a new album
A former model who claims Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 has filed a lawsuit against the comedian and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
JK Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian work
J.K. Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump
Country music legend Guy Clark dead at 74
Country legend Guy Clark, whose vivid tales of lonesome characters and the rough Texas landscape inspired generations of songwriters, died Tuesday. He was 74.
Chicago-area police issue Sinead O'Connor well-being check
Police in suburban Chicago have put out a well-being check for Irish singer and musician Sinead O'Connor.
Woody Allen’s Cannes nightmare
Cannes may be the world’s most glamorous film festival, but for veteran American director Woody Allen, whose “Cafe Society” opened the jamboree Wednesday, it is a trial...
Whether the ingredients are traditional, exotic or frankly bizarre, French liqueurs are reliable “ambassadors of quality,” an industry leader says.
Great sports and great spots to party hard
From the breathtaking view at a ski station in the French Alps to a horse race that “stops the nation” Down Under to the wackiest golf hole in the Arizona desert – make...
Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world's largest
Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
Cave structures show off Neanderthal skills
Mysterious ring-shaped structures fashioned 176,000 years ago by Neanderthals using broken stalagmites deep inside a cave in southwestern France indicate that our...
Dream-makers meet for annual gala dinner
One of the NGOs that really touches me is Tamanna, which means “Make a wish,” as they make dreams come true for children that are suffering from terminal illnesses.
Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal ... in a kayak
A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on...
Australian Dion Lee a designer for all seasons
Fashion retail is experiencing a seismic shift: the audience is global, seasons are increasingly irrelevant and the rise of social media means consumers don't want to...
In image-conscious Dubai, even police patrol in luxury cars
Image is everything in Dubai – even when fighting crime.
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth
One-hundred-thousand laps around Earth, and the International Space Station is still sailing right along.
Scientists peel back the carrot's genetic secrets
Scientists have gotten to the root of the carrot, genetically speaking
NASA says 1,284 new planets found by Kepler telescope
NASA Tuesday announced the discovery of 1,284 new planets outside our solar system, more than doubling the number of known exoplanets found with the Kepler space...
Ahla Fawda festival takes over Hamra Street
Hamra Street was closed Sunday for a festival organized by Ahla Fawda, an NGO that is using joy and entertainment to pursue their goal of making city streets more...
A night out in Beirut, without the hipsters
It’s no secret that Beirut has the most vibrant nightlife in the Arab world.
Sustainable fashion comes to Beirut
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...
Designer’s Week opens at Zaitunay Bay
The 4th edition of Designer’s Week kicked off at Zaitunay Bay, drawing large crowds of enthusiastic sponsors, spectators and artisans from Lebanon and around the world.
Puffing out clouds of vapor continuously is a volcanic phenomenon not far from Naples.
Seattle museum celebrates Star Trek at 50
It’s been 50 years since the Starship Enterprise began its five-year mission to boldly go where no man had gone before, and Seattle’s EMP Museum is marking the...
A hipster Denver ‘hood in the making’
A busy street connecting downtown Denver to the interstate, roaring with trucks and running alongside railroad tracks, might not sound like a trendy neighborhood in the...
Sandringham: British royals’ much-loved retreat
It is unique among royal residences, a country retreat that is the private property of Queen Elizabeth II, a place at once so private and so beguiling that King George...
In Jordan’s spring, hints of human history
For a brief time, Jordan’s eastern desert blooms.
Some cars are tougher to review than others.
Britain's motor show 'Top Gear' returns with new line-up
British motoring show "Top Gear" roars back onto television screens this weekend with a new line-up of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programs.
Hyundai Creta: Budget crossover you’ve waited for
This isn’t the first time I drive the Hyundai Creta; I sort of tried it once before, several months ago, for all of three minutes, and only around the Hyundai...
Hyundai raids Bentley to turbo-charge Genesis luxury drive
After poaching Bentley's design chief last year, Hyundai Motor Co said on Monday that it has also secured the services of the luxury marque's exterior designer.
Harley Low Rider, Roadster: 1 brand, 2 identities
MARSEILLE, France: Before last week I had never sat atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Never cared to. The weight and bulkiness of a cruiser, the low seating position,...
A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said Monday.
Study suggests fake sweetener link to infant size, obesity
Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened beverages may be more likely to have overweight infants than women who do not, a study suggested Monday
Data shows Zika virus stays longer in urine than blood: US CDC
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its diagnostic testing guidelines for the Zika virus Tuesday, based on early data showing that it can be...
World must tighten laws on breast-milk substitutes: UN report
Legislation against the promotion of breast milk substitutes must be significantly tightened if global efforts to encourage breast feeding are to succeed, a U.N. report...
Scientists using smartphone app warn of 'global sleep crisis'
Social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep, contributing to a "global sleep crisis," according to a new study based on research collected through a...