Brazil is considering designating Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, as President Jair Bolsonaro increasingly aligns his government with the U.S. on foreign policy.
No radiation risk to Lebanon from Russian blast
Lebanese monitoring stations have detected no rise in radiation levels after a mysterious explosion in northern Russia, the director of the Lebanese Atomic Energy...
U.S. tests cruise missile after exiting INF US tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty
The Pentagon said Monday it tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers, the first such test since the...
Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants
As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding, a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the...
No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syria island
In the years before Syria’s war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade...
Defense minister dismisses LF criticism
Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab Monday dismissed criticism of his handling of illegal border crossings as a “political attack” by the Lebanese Forces.
Abu Faour to close factories for polluting river
The industry minister Monday ordered the closure of more than a dozen noncompliant factories in Baalbeck and the Bekaa Valley as part of a crackdown on businesses that...
LF invites Aoun to Mass remembering martyrs
President Michel Aoun Monday officially received an invitation to a Mass scheduled for next month that will commemorate fallen members of the Lebanese Forces.
The Pentagon said Monday it tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers, the first such test since the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The United States formally withdrew from the landmark 1987 pact with Russia on Aug. 2 after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.
Andrew ‘appalled’ by Epstein abuse claims
U.K.’s Prince Andrew has said he was “appalled” by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home...
Putin, Macron spar over ‘yellow vest’ protests
Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday vowed to prevent the emergence of any mass demonstrations in Moscow
19 killed in Uganda fuel truck blast: police
Nineteen people died when a fuel truck barreled into other vehicles in a busy town in western Uganda and exploded, police said Monday.
In the years before Syria’s war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade has withered.
Young Libyans chose danger at sea over peril at home
For three young Libyans plucked from a deflating dingy in the Mediterranean, the perils of trying to cross the sea were still preferable to what they had left behind in...
Iran tanker heading to Greece
An Iranian tanker at the center of an angry confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar, as...
Netanyahu’s partisan streak has paid off, but for how long?
In the eyes of critics, Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen at the request of President Donald Trump is the latest reckless gamble by a...
Aden standoff delays Saudi summit intended to forge govt
The refusal of Yemeni southern separatists to hand back control of Aden port has delayed a summit in Saudi Arabia that is due to discuss reshuffling Yemen’s ousted...
The Lebanese commercial banks investments in foreign bonds and equities in 2018 dropped by 10.2 percent in 2018 to $3.56 billion compared to 2017
New car sales drop in first seven months of year
New cars in Lebanon continued to reel under severe economic conditions as sales of vehicles fell by more than 22 percent in the first seven months of 2019.
Saudi-Trump tug-of-war keeps oil in $60-75 range
Ask Saudi Arabia about its preferred oil price and the kingdom will say it has no target.
Bank of Sharjah plans dollar bond sale
Bank of Sharjah PJSC plans to issue dollar-denominated bonds later this year to help the UAE lender repay existing debt, people with knowledge of the plan said.
From bankruptcy to record low yields
Less than a decade ago, investors could barely be compensated enough to hold the bonds of Spain and Portugal for fear the nations could be severed from the European...
Lebanon may cross distress threshold
Lebanon’s sovereign ranking will probably be cut deeper into junk by S&P Global Ratings within days
Salameh: Floating pound leads to hyperinflation
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh warned Friday that floating the Lebanese pound would have deleterious effects on the economy, vowing to maintain the peg to the dollar.
Lebanon’s public debt edges up to $85.7B
Lebanon’s public debt as at the end of June climbed by 0.7 percent to $85.7 billion compared to the end of last year, figures released by the Finance Ministry showed.
Aramco remains world’s most profitable company
Energy giant paid out $46.4B in dividends despite dwindling price of oil
Israeli firm stole millions using bogus options
Four Israeli citizens and the financial firms they owned or operated were sued by U.S. securities regulators for allegedly using bogus swap and option trades to steal...
The dumb money may be wising up
When the market doesn’t go your way, there’s a certain deflective comfort to be found in blaming the market. The slump in energy stocks has spurred some talk of getting...
Less than a decade ago, investors could barely be compensated enough to hold the bonds of Spain and Portugal for fear the nations could be severed from the European Union.
Majority of economists see 2021 recession
A strong majority, 74 percent, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they...
The last thing banks need is even lower rates
It’s generally accepted that one of the keys to a healthy economy is a robust banking system. For some reason, though, central banks seem intent on doing everything in...
U.S. whiskey exporters struggle after EU tariffs
When Europe’s tariffs on U.S. whiskey hit in June 2018, craft distillery Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC lost 10 percent of its sales overnight as its European distributor...
White House: Trade war not hurting U.S.
White House officials pushed back Sunday against concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on...
There’s no avoiding the fact that Lebanon’s economy is in a critical state, and something must be done to set it back on the path to recovery in order to ease concerns both here and abroad.
Hands off the Taif Accord
It took 15 years and tens of thousands killed, displaced and scattered around the world, for Lebanon’s tribes to realize they had no choice but to coexist in peace and...
Beware ‘moral hazard’ in Hong Kong
Watching videos of Chinese protesters singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of “Les Miserables” during a...
IMF poor track record’s latest financial victims
The process of selecting the International Monetary Fund’s next managing director must change. In particular, the tradition of choosing a European for the post - based...
China challenge is America’s new Sputnik moment
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable...
At a time when Lebanon needs everyone to go beyond the call of duty to safeguard the nation’s interests, we are instead witnessing the same old games meant to advance...
The pillage of Palestine
Whoever said crime doesn’t pay failed to mention that the exception is when you have the Trump administration in your corner.
Watching videos of Chinese protesters singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of “Les Miserables” during a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn’t want to assist these brave people who are fighting for their freedom.
Trump’s deficit economy leaves a lot to worry about
In the new world wrought by U.S. President Donald Trump, where one shock follows another, there is never time to think through fully the implications of the events with...
Maintain stability of ‘Pearl of the Orient’
Hong Kong, enjoying a reputation as “Pearl of the Orient,” is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China.
World Humanitarian Day: Women at the front line
Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to the millions of women in crises worldwide.
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable issues, has been nearly absent from the debate.
In U.S.-China ties, ‘friction is the new normal’
Where is the United States heading in its confrontation with China, which moved this week from a trade dispute to a currency battle - with more dangerous tests in Hong...
U.S. intelligence shakeup could be risky
Among intelligence professionals, President Trump’s nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America’s spy agencies prompted deep dismay - but...
A U.S. ally in Syria confronts new threats
In the direct and disciplined voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Syrian Kurdish militia, you can hear the determination that has made the Kurds a great...
America’s military muscle in the Gulf
Ronald Dowdell was on the starboard side of the bridge, looking toward Iran, as his vessel passed through the Strait of Hormuz on July 18.
Manchester United were held 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanders and missed out on taking top spot in the Premier League Monday as a sumptuous Ruben Neves strike cancelled out Anthony Martial's first-half goal and Paul Pogba missed a late penalty.
Bayern sign Coutinho on loan from Barca
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the season, the two clubs confirmed Monday, with the player hoping for...
Federer, Djokovic advance as Serena pulls out
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic overwhelmed opponents at the WTA-ATP Cincinnati Masters Tuesday, where Serena Williams withdrew because of back trouble.
Kyrgios reverts to form with towel tantrum
Nick Kyrgios looked to have turned over a new leaf in recent weeks, his playful banter with fans and improved focus helping him produce some of his best tennis, but his...
Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt
Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn’t start to work until they were deep in the fourth round.
Balotelli happy to be home in Brescia
Mario Balotelli said Monday he had “thought of nothing else” after receiving an offer from Brescia, the club in the city where he grew up. “I chose Brescia because when...
Talking points from the La Liga weekend
Barcelona began their title defense with a 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao Friday, while Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 Saturday. Here are the five big...
Real’s loss is Arsenal’s gain as Ceballos shines
As he bewildered two Burnley midfielders with a center-field pirouette, delivered a stream of dangerous set-pieces and generally controlled play, it was easy to see why...
Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field
Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads the field for the ATP Montreal Masters that starts Monday with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opting out of the key U.S. Open...
Australia’s Lyon rips through England at Ashes
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through England’s batting lineup as the hosts lost the first Ashes Test by 251 runs after being bowled out for 146 in their second...
Australia dominate England in Ashes opener
Steve Smith hit his second century of his comeback Test Sunday as Australia set England a daunting 398 to win the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.
Smith turns tide for Australia in Ashes opener
Steve Smith marked his first Test since completing a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal with a superb century to rescue Australia on the opening day...
England seek double as Auss eye Ashes history
England return to “Fortress Edgbaston” for the first Test against Australia Thursday looking to round off an already memorable season by completing a World Cup and...
Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez won the rain-affected Czech MotoGP in Brno Sunday, his sixth victory of the season, and became only the fourth rider to achieve 50 premier-class victories.
Hamilton hunts down Verstappen to win
F1 leader Lewis Hamilton hunted down Max Verstappen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record-extending seventh time Sunday and surge 62 points clear in the...
Marquez in charge as MotoGP resumes in Brno
As Moto GP teams and riders gather in Brno for Sunday’s Czech GP to kick off the second half of the season, there is no doubt that defending champion Marc Marquez...
Gasly and Verstappen lead Hungarian GP practice
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly finished ahead of teammate Max Verstappen in a rain-affected second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix Friday.
Verstappen looms large in Hamilton’s rear mirror
After two stunning wins in three races, the force in Formula One is with Max Verstappen, who will this weekend bid for another victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“They refer to us as the foreigners,” says a downbeat employee at the Ohio car glass factory where hundreds of Chinese laborers have come to work, far from their wives, children and homeland.
'Scared' US rapper A$AP Rocky testifies in Sweden assault trial
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky Thursday told a Stockholm court he felt "scared" and had tried to "walk away" before a street brawl, in an assault case that has stirred...
Lost Mahfouz manuscript unearthed
“The Quarter” is perhaps what every scholar of a deceased author dreams of finding: something new and unseen in a landscape that had previously seemed finite,...
In Tarantino’s latest, a radiant Hollywood fable
Quentin Tarantino has, for a while now, been reminding us what’s so great about movies - or at least, what he thinks is so great about them.
‘Angry Birds’ can’t fly, but sequel stays aloft
It’s hard to have huge expectations for a movie called “The Angry Birds Movie 2.”
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky Thursday told a Stockholm court he felt "scared" and had tried to "walk away" before a street brawl, in an assault case that has stirred diplomatic tensions and outraged fans.
Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise’s house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.
Alaskan discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy
A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this...
U.S. scientists announce 3-D heart printing
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they...
Clues on diet’s impact on cancer treatment
Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment...
An unusual haven in the mountains of Akkar
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks...
Doggy Con: A convention for furry fanatics
Atlanta’s scorching August heat didn’t stop Megan Nelson from slipping on a long faux fur coat and dressing up like Cruella de Vil for her first Doggy Con convention, a...
U.S. probes lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a “cluster” of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use after such cases...
Music fests, dance parties return to Baghdad
Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets, burst out of their semicircles to break dance, their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glow...
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they say could one day create entire organs.
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks carrying loads of watermelons and other goods from the Bekaa Valley.
Your smartphone is your confidant, your connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities.
Chlamydia vaccine shows hope in early tests
The first chlamydia vaccine encouragingly triggered an immune response in women during preliminary clinical trials and was found to be safe, researchers said Tuesday.
Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks
A new locally developed app helps Palestinian drivers in the occupied West Bank negotiate traffic at Israeli military checkpoints and uncover routes to towns mainstream...
Sunbeam-sailing spacecraft deemed ‘success’
A small crowd-funded satellite promoted by TV host and science educator Bill Nye has been propelled into a higher orbit using only the force of sunlight blowing against...
Potentially habitable planet found in new solar system
An international team of astronomers has discovered a new solar system with a planet that could be habitable, a Spanish astrophysicist who led the research said Thursday.
Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canal-side streets of Amsterdam - and that’s how they want it to stay.
‘Chernobyl’ series sends visitors to Lithuania
A HBO miniseries featuring Soviet-era nuclear nightmares has sparked global interest in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and boosted tourism in Lithuania.
Sicily lures visitors with ‘ethical tourism’ free of Mafia taint
At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily has lured hordes of visitors in its 2,500-year history.
Top spots crack down on overtourism
It is not the sheer number of tourists descending on Venice that bothers Italian food blogger Monica Cesarato so much as the type of visitor.
From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction.
Mussels as ‘superfilters’ against pollution
Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution.
Climate deniers get far more media play: study
Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fueling public confusion and slowing the response to global...
Alaska’s hottest month shifts it into ‘unfrozen state’
July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing...
Diet a major factor in global warming: report
Not everyone needs to become a vegetarian, much less vegan, to keep the planet from overheating, but it would surely make things easier if they did.