The stench emanating deep from the hill cave is nauseating. In the vicinity, clothes, dirty blankets and canned food littered the ground.
Bassil holds conference to woo Lebanese expats
Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil praised the accomplishments of the diaspora at the opening of a national conference for Lebanese expatriates Thursday.
Regime raid in Aleppo kills 40 rebels
At least 40 rebels were killed as a regime airstrike on their base in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo triggered a huge explosion Thursday.
Iran voices support for Yemen talks
Iran voiced support Thursday for efforts to relaunch peace talks on Yemen but said it opposed foreign interference in the conflict in which it backs the Houthis.
Osama bin Laden as director of human resources
“Please enter the required information accurately and truthfully.
Nasrallah remarks on Arsal a 'call for strife': Hariri
Future Movement chief Saad Hariri Thursday criticized calls for a military intervention on Arsal's outskirts to oust jihadis from Lebanese territory.Hariri described...
Cabinet approves funds transfers for Lebanon projects
Cabinet Thursday approved the transfer of funds for projects as well as the nomination of a number of new ambassadors to Lebanon.
Lebanon military court rejects appeal by Salafist sheikh
The Military Court of Cassation Thursday rejected an appeal by Salafist preacher Sheikh Omar Bakri Fustoq against his prison sentence over terrorism charges, media...
Minneapolis man facing child support joins jihad
Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.
Embittered, Moroccan leaves family for Syria
Journalists and activists in Morocco during the heady days of the Arab Spring knew Anas Haloui, a slight, serious, wispy-bearded man in his 30s who would bombard them...
A Georgian region is fertile ground for ISIS
In the summer of 2012, a former Georgian army corporal who had served prison time for illegal possession of ammunition burned his photo albums and quit his native...
To join Al-Qaeda, first a few questions
In Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, applicants for the terrorist roster were asked a battery of sometimes surprisingly mundane questions, according to a U.S. translation of...
Frustrations of allied warfare, Al-Qaeda-style
If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden’s frustrations.
Europe migrant terror threat overblown: experts
The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fueled nightmare scenarios of jihadi infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is...
Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea
More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said Thursday. One...
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said Wednesday that talks with Egyptian officials on reducing the charges of Lebanese goods shipped by sea have reached an advanced stage.
Zeaiter: Airport needs more staff, resources
Rafik Hariri International Airport needs more staff and the appointment of a regulatory authority as soon as possible, Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter...
Mideast youth unemployment rises
Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky – even...
Stuck in Gaza, hackers open lines to world
With jobs scarce and time on their hands, some tech-savvy Gazans have found a new way to make money – hacking Internet-based phone lines and routing international calls...
Record gap between rich and poor: OECD
The gap between the rich and poor in most of the world’s advanced economies is at record levels, according to an OECD study that also found glaring differences between...
Lebanon eyes export boost via Expo Milano
The volume of Lebanese exports to Italy is too small and Lebanon should work on improving these figures, Economy Minister Alain Hakim said Tuesday.
Khalil inaugurates new $17M tobacco factory
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil inaugurated Tuesday a $17-million tobacco factory that could help increase Regie Company revenues by $40 million a year.
Nissan sales in region rise 3.3 percent in 2014
Japanese carmaker Nissan expanded its market share in the Middle East for the third consecutive year, registering a 3.3 percent growth in sales in 2014 to a record...
Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky – even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage.
Emaar plans first post-Arab spring Egypt land buy
Emaar Properties PJSC plans to buy land in Egypt for the first time since the 2011 Arab Spring after the initial public offering of its local unit, Emaar Misr.
Tunisian towns call strike over economy, jobs
Four towns in Tunisia’s main phosphate-producing region began a general strike Wednesday to protest against unemployment, as figures showed industrial activity fell...
Gazans reach beyond blockade through startup
Dozens of workers sit with their eyes glued to computer screens and fingers clicking away on keyboards writing code and tapping in data for clients around the globe.
The gap between the rich and poor in most of the world’s advanced economies is at record levels, according to an OECD study that also found glaring differences between men and women.
Six reasons to pay more attention to Canada
North of the world’s largest economy sits Canada, a wealthy, peaceful nation that is often overlooked in discussions of the global economy and financial markets.
Euro area recovery stutters
The euro area’s economic recovery stuttered in May as Germany lost momentum, while weakness in China’s manufacturing industry persisted.
Russia: Ukraine repayment law amounts to default
Russia demanded Wednesday the timely repayment of all debts owed to it by Ukraine and accused Kiev of effectively preparing the way for default with a new law.
Greece says it will default in June without aid
Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said...
The leaders of dictatorial regimes are always in danger of falling deep into the “bunker mentality,” where their isolation is a prelude to a dramatic demise.
Geneva is undoubtedly a lovely city to visit, but the United Nations appears to be obsessed with hosting “peace talks” on Middle East crises as a default approach,...
Don’t let rich corporations dictate how we live
The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements.
Abadi struggles to assert his control
On April 8, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to the Habbaniya military base in east Anbar for a follow-up to the liberation of Tikrit.
Internecine quarrels are helping ISIS in Iraq
President Barack Obama is right in pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi, the capital of the province of Anbar, last weekend.
Don’t rock the boat
While Lebanon remains in a precarious situation, any “initiatives” which seek to bide time and score political points are not just a waste of time but are potentially...
The militia nation
Late last year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised a fuss about the discovery of 50,000 “ghost soldiers” in his country’s army – he vowed to stamp out...
Bungled U.S. policy
This weekend’s raid into Syria by U.S. commandos is the latest twist in a saga that doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon – not the war raging in Syria, but the...
A Syriza default would inflict greater austerity
Once again, Greece seems to have slipped the financial noose. By drawing on its holdings in an International Monetary Fund reserve account, it was able to $851 million...
High military spending hurts Russia
On May 9, Russia held its largest military parade since the Soviet era. In the tradition of that era, Red Square was filled with the army’s latest equipment, including...
Documenting sectarian cleansing in Syria
There have been reports and rumors of certain areas of Syria being emptied of their Sunni residents, to be replaced with Shiite and Alawite supporters of the Syrian and...
Why Hezbollah may seek to change Taif
Tammam Salam made it clear earlier this week that the prospect of a resolution to the presidential crisis was slim. One doesn’t need the prime minister to reach a...
Baghdad must empower Sunnis or lose Iraq
The capture of Ramadi last weekend by ISIS fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul,...
Europe can reverse U.S. failures on Palestine
The European Union’s desire to play a more active role in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace, as its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday as she set out...
Too much caution only discredits Hillary Clinton
President Barack Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was “absolutely...
Luis Figo and Michael van Praag pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race Thursday, leaving Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favorite Sepp Blatter.
Liverpool cancel talks over Sterling’s future
Raheem Sterling’s future at Liverpool was plunged into fresh doubt Thursday after the Premier League club reportedly canceled a meeting to discuss a new contract for...
Riyadi look to close out finals at home
Riyadi Beirut will hope to be celebrating their 25th title after they host UBA in Game 5 of the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese Basketball League at Manara...
Curry sparks Warriors to Game 1 victory
Stephen Curry won his personal duel with James Harden as the Golden State Warriors overcame an early deficit and survived a late scare to edge the Houston Rockets...
Nadal no longer immovable in Paris: Courier
Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to twice former winner Jim Courier.
‘Irreplaceable’ Xavi calls time on Barca career
If you ask Barcelona and Spain fans about their most cherished footballing memories over the past decade the chances are they will involve an exquisite intervention...
Blatter’s blushes spared as Van Praag pulls out
Michael van Praag’s decision to pull out of FIFA’s presidential race is unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in...
Matri winner keeps Juve treble alive
An extra-time winner by Alessandro Matri kept Juventus on track for the treble after the Italian champions ended a 20-year wait for Coppa Italia final victory with a...
Riyadi Beirut will hope to be celebrating their 25th title after they host UBA in Game 5 of the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese Basketball League at Manara Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota Timberwolves win top draft pick
The Minnesota Timberwolves won the National Basketball Association’s draft lottery Tuesday, giving them the opportunity to make the first selection in June’s draft.
UBA avoid finals sweep with win
UBA avoided a finals sweep as they defeated Riyadi Beirut 83-73 in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series in the Lebanese Basketball League at Jbeil Tuesday.
Riyadi a win away from 25th league title
Riyadi Beirut will aim to secure their 25th title when they visit UBA in Game 4 of their finals series of the Lebanese Basketball League Tuesday at Jbeil.
Djokovic beats Federer to win fourth Italian Open
Top seed Novak Djokovic warmed up for the French Open with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer to claim his fourth Italian Open title Sunday.
Nadal woes raise French Open flag for rivals
For the past 10 years Rafael Nadal has been virtually unbeatable at Roland Garros, but that could all change at this year’s French Open as the Spaniard’s woes continue...
Murray wins opener to stay unbeaten on clay
Unbeaten Andy Murray kept his clay court purple patch alive Wednesday, defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Italian Open.
Djokovic starts with Rome win, Murray to play
Holder Novak Djokovic needed a late break in the final set to beat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in an opening match at the Italian Open Tuesday.
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
Alonso gets his points prediction in early
Undeterred by his last points prediction coming back to bite him, Fernando Alonso has said he expects his misfiring McLaren F1 team to open their account for the season...
Lorenzo closes in on Rossi in title race
Spain’s two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo won his second successive MotoGP Sunday when he took the French race for the fifth time in his career at the Bugatti...
F1 revamp on agenda at crucial strategy meeting
Formula One bosses and top teams will meet Thursday to discuss a revamp of the sport as well as technical concerns, but with considerable doubt over how much they can...
Rosberg checks Hamilton’s momentum
If last year is anything to go by, Nico Rosberg’s Spanish Grand Prix victory could be the start of a run of success for the German that puts the heat back on Mercedes...
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Oliver flies past to set alight Bird’s Nest
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest...
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
Patriots owner will not appeal NFL penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will “reluctantly” accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL...
McIlroy allays burnout fears
Rory McIlroy may be battling fatigue when he continues his five-week trans-Atlantic playing schedule in Europe over the next fortnight but the world No. 1 has shrugged...
What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a sociopath, a rabid animal, a cocker spaniel, a demon and an angel.”
Got a baby? Need some gear? Tips from Baby Sho
How new or expectant parents navigate the megaworld of baby gear and its precursor, the megaworld of pregnancy gear, is an individual quest.
This is a man’s world
While it would do well to be wary of anyone proclaiming to know a universal truth, the organizers of the MEN’S WORLD exhibition, launched Thursday in La Marina Joseph...
Aley: a legacy with a great view
The Mount Lebanon city of Aley boasts a legacy shaped over the decades that has made the picturesque area one of Lebanon’s most appealing spots for tourists.
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
New law offers hope for U.K. pubs
Britain’s traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanize the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of...
White House gets busy to save the bees
The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the...
From Brando to Waco, bikers a slice of Americana
Marlon Brando played one in a movie.
While it would do well to be wary of anyone proclaiming to know a universal truth, the organizers of the MEN’S WORLD exhibition, launched Thursday in La Marina Joseph Khoury in Dbayeh, claim just that.
Summer Fashion Week kicks off at St. Georges
High-heeled women strutted their way down the red carpet in perfect makeup and fashionable outfits past waiting cameramen.
Brand Lebanon ready for export
If the rumors are to be believed, Lebanon’s up for grabs.
Restaurant La Crêperie returns with vigor
Perched on a cliff with stunning views over the harbor at Jounieh is La Crêperie, recently reopened after a three-year renovation.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Mazda 6 proves excellence is affordable
As much as I have a passion for cars, I can’t claim to follow every model of every marque ever produced, and in the case of Mazda, except for the 3, I really haven’t...
Common sense is as important as traffic laws
I don’t think anyone doubts that human error is the culprit behind the majority of car crashes.
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound riches that shine even brighter.
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
Italy’s Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time
Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you are on a movie set – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi coast near Naples and Venice’s lagoons come to mind.
For Dubai biz travelers, soak up the sun and souq
If you’re visiting Dubai for a long stopover or business trip, make sure to leave a little space in your bag for a bathing suit, flip-flops and souvenirs.
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
The rebirth of Greece’s majestic wine industry
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
A good reason to love your grill’s warming rack
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
Frittatas: the ultimate weeknight dinner
Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner.
A grill-friendly take on stuffed sweet potatoes
To be honest, it’s hard not to get inspired by potatoes, those deliciously crisp and creamy potatoes that are thinly sliced so they fan out accordion-style during...
Parents who say their children’s music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader’s reading level.
Caine, Keitel, Fonda drama sharply divides Cannes
Hollywood legends Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda premiered one of the most divisive contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, the ensemble...
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Riviera gets raunchy as ‘Love’ comes to Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival got its first taste of full-blown controversy Thursday after a late-night session with director Gaspar Noe’s hyper-sexual 3-D tale, “Love.”
‘Tomorrowland’ is fun, but tries too hard
There’s a lot to like about Disney’s “Tomorrowland.” It’s got George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, robots and explosions, a positive message, and it puts the fate of the...
US TV legend David Letterman ends career
The king of late-night television, David Letterman, brought the curtain down on a 33-year career in an emotional final show packed with jokes and farewells from US...
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a judge Monday.
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
Gerhaher and Harteros top singers at International Opera Awards
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera...
A burly man straddles a motorbike, glowering at the camera. This is not your typical macho biker dude. Instead of leather boots, he’s wearing a pair of plastic flip-flops. Instead of a helmet, his head is wrapped in a white cloth.
Arabs in space: the art of socially driven sci-fi
“Gravity does not cause things to fall,” Mehreen Murtaza writes. “Instead falling causes gravity."
Baalbeck announces a varied lineup
Aside from providing an excuse to turn on air conditioning, the present bout of blistering weather serves to remind Lebanese with disposable income of one thing – it’s...
Pianist looks to Syria’s musical past for peace
Malek Jandali may only have been alive for four decades but the award-winning composer insists he feels ancient, having revived some of the oldest melodies from his...
Shirin Neshat, self-appointed narrator of history
Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat is immediately recognizable.