When Lebanon’s largest-ever beach cleanup campaign took place last week under the title “Save Our Face,” it was touted as a sign that the new Environment Ministry would take serious strides to redress Lebanon’s ecological woes.
Chehayeb threatens legal action for exam cheaters
Education Minister Akram Chehayeb Tuesday threatened legal action against those who photographed and circulated question papers during this year’s Brevet exams.
‘You’re still on the wire’: Petit nears 70
Weeks from his 70th birthday, and a few decades from his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, world-famous French tightrope artist Philippe...
Hong Kong protesters slam leader’s apology
Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and activists rejected a new apology Tuesday by the city’s leader over a highly unpopular extradition bill, demanding that she quit...
Qatar sends experts to Gaza, eyes new power line
A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides...
Daher backtracks on resignation
Youssef Daher, the head of the League of Lebanese University Full-Time Professors’ executive committee, withdrew his resignation Tuesday, the state-run National News...
Kubis commends Army’s ‘remarkable progress’
The United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon Tuesday commended what he called “remarkable progress” by the Army in deploying along Lebanon’s eastern border.
Saudi rulers keen on developing ties: delegation
Ties between Beirut and Riyadh are “distinguished,” a Saudi delegation from the kingdom’s Shura Council said Tuesday.
Weeks from his 70th birthday, and a few decades from his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, world-famous French tightrope artist Philippe Petit continues to defy gravity.
Alarm at killing of German politician
Germans have voiced shock at the suspected far-right murder of a pro-migrant official fueling debate Tuesday on whether the country has failed to take seriously a...
Shanahan will not be next U.S. defense secretary
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to head the U.S. military, President Donald Trump said Tuesday, stoking uncertainty about the...
Hundreds of thousands flee violence in DRC: U.N.
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two weeks, local authorities and...
A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid efforts for Palestinians.
Israeli ex-general to attend peace workshop
A former general who served as Israel’s chief liaison officer to the Palestinians will attend next week’s U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain in a...
Syria’s struggling farmers get free chickens
The Syrian government will distribute free chickens and feed to farmers to support rural areas ravaged by years of conflict, an Agriculture Ministry official said told...
Houthis to allow U.N. to inspect ships in Hodeida
Yemen’s Houthi movement and the United Nations have agreed on a mechanism to inspect ships docking at Hodeida following the group’s withdrawal from three Red Sea ports...
Tunisia approves law excluding presidential candidate leading in polls
Tunisia's Parliament passed an amendment to its electoral law on Tuesday that would bar businessman Nabil Karoui, owner of a private TV station critical of the...
The perennial problems of electricity in Lebanon, the details of which we are naturally more privy to as a result of our role as one of the Distribution Service Providers in Lebanon, are, by all accounts, as much of a technical nature as they are of a socio-economic and political one.
CMA CGM chair pledges more Lebanon investment
The chairman and CEO of CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, has expressed keen interest in maintaining investment in his country of origin, Lebanon.
Saudi Arabian Airlines places big Airbus order
Saudi Arabian Airlines, the kingdom’s national airline, said Tuesday it had ordered 65 A320neo-type aircraft from Airbus, worth more than $7.4 billion at list prices,...
Turkey on brink of economic tipping point
Hizir Albayrak began work in a tiny children’s store in the Istanbul bazaar 25 years ago, in the same year that future President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took over as mayor...
Facebook betting high on own currency
Facebook Inc. unveiled plans for a new cryptocurrency that the social-media giant hopes will one day trade on a global scale much like the U.S. dollar.
Ghosn’s wife urges Trump to talk to Abe
The wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn called upon U.S. President Donald Trump to raise her husband’s case with Japan’s prime minister at a summit of world leaders...
MEA orders four newly launched Airbus A321XLRs
Middle East Airlines became one of the few airlines to order four new Airbus A321XLRs to join its fleet in 2020-22, chairman Mohamad al-Hout said Monday.
Boustani: Russia, Europe eye oil and gas sector
Russian and European firms are mulling investments in Lebanon’s nascent oil and gas sector as it prepares to launch offshore drilling by the end of 2019, Energy...
Saudi Arabian Airlines, the kingdom’s national airline, said Tuesday it had ordered 65 A320neo-type aircraft from Airbus, worth more than $7.4 billion at list prices, giving an early boost to the European manufacturer at the Paris Air Show.
Qatar sportscaster fires 300, blames piracy
Broadcaster BeIN Media Group has cut almost a fifth of staff at its Qatari base, citing a hit to pay-TV income from rampant piracy that it says is backed by Saudi Arabia.
Aleppo’s scattered business owners yet to return
In the old khan, a stone courtyard off Aleppo’s medieval souk, most of the 41 cloth shops are deserted.
Egypt, Israel agree on $500 million fine over gas
Egypt reached a settlement agreement with state-owned Israel Electric Corp. to pay a reduced fine for halting deliveries of natural gas, ending a dispute that started...
ECB chief sends stocks skyward, infuriates Trump
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi sent Europe’s stock and bond markets surging Tuesday by hinting at further eurozone interest rate cuts, while the euro fell...
German investor confidence sinks
Investor confidence in Germany’s economic outlook worsened dramatically in June after the Bundesbank predicted the economy would shrink this quarter.
Firms urge Trump not to expand tariffs
What happens if President Donald Trump carries out his threat to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese goods that he hasn’t already hit with 25...
Boeing dealt new blow as Airbus launches A321
Boeing suffered a fresh setback on the opening of the Paris Airshow Monday as its engine supplier announced a delay for the U.S. planemaker’s all-new 777X jet while...
It’s safe to say that we have seen tolerance for racism around the world drop drastically in recent decades, even in Africa and South America.
Let’s hope that the stockpiles of venom and slander leveled against Prime Minister Saad Hariri - either by design or flagrant insinuation - and against what he...
The world is running out of time
In 2015, the international community launched a renewed effort to tackle collective global challenges under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development...
Fiscal money can make or break the euro
It’s a curious feeling to watch your plan being deployed to do the opposite of what you intended.
Is Iran-U.S. tinderbox about to ignite?
As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from...
Deal with the devil
A recent article on the Khartoum massacre in respected daily The Guardian headlined, “The military crackdown in Sudan lays bare the dark heart of Bashir’s regime.”
Palestine not for sale
U.S. President Donald Trump has distinguished himself in that any statement, speech or tweet he makes immediately receives the fact sheet treatment, highlighting...
Recent days have seen FPM leader Gebran Bassil navigating Lebanese politics in a rudderless boat, overloaded with delusions of grandeur, sailing into uncharted waters.
In 2015, the international community launched a renewed effort to tackle collective global challenges under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).
Hold the Brexit con artists to account
In late May, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court decided to hear a complaint brought by activist Marcus Ball, who had accused Boris Johnson, the former U.K. foreign...
As populists rise, Latam’s economies will fall
Though U.S. President Donald Trump tends to grab most of the headlines, he is hardly a global exception.
What’s wrong with environment impact assessments
Walhi, Indonesia’s largest environmental organization, recently took the government to court for issuing construction permits to a Chinese company based on what it...
As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from the two tankers that were struck Thursday.
Trump’s actions, D-Day words clash
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke the right words in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but did he mean them?
Mueller went out like a lamb
What happens when one side in a dispute plays carefully by the rules and the other side repeatedly lies, threatens and intimidates?
Will Trump ease up on Huawei? Don’t be so sure
With the Huawei case, as with so many other Trump administration gambits, the puzzling question is whether the president is using tough tactics to make a deal - or...
Accept responsibility for your militants
For sheer hypocrisy, it’s hard to match the European nations that are refusing responsibility for dozens of their nationals who became militant “foreign fighters” over...
Marta became the leading scorer in the history of the men's and women's World Cups Tuesday after firing home the penalty that downed Italy and secured Brazil's place in the last 16 of this year's tournament in France.
Platini questioned in 2022 World Cup probe
The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was held for questioning Tuesday in connection with a criminal probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Federer opens grass season with victory in Halle
Roger Federer began his run-up to Wimbledon with a win as he beat Australian John Millman in straight sets to reach the second round of the ATP tournament in Halle...
Golden trio tightening grip on men’s game
It has been more than 15 years since Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their collection of Grand Slam titles and the bad news for anyone eyeing...
Davis trade a win-win for both sides
The saga is over.
Argentina again facing early Copa elimination
A year later, Argentina are again facing the prospect of an early elimination.
Chile begins Copa America title defense with win over Japan
Chile's experienced Copa America team proved too good for Japan's young squad.
Bali Utd scores in stock market first for SE Asian club
Bali United soared on its stock market debut in Jakarta Monday, marking the first time that a Southeast Asian football club has gone public.
Roger Federer began his run-up to Wimbledon with a win as he beat Australian John Millman in straight sets to reach the second round of the ATP tournament in Halle Tuesday.
Paris bookends remarkable decade for Barty
Ashleigh Barty hated her first trip to Paris but 10 years later, after one of the more remarkable tennis journeys, she woke up in the French capital Sunday as queen of...
Nadal claims record-stretching 12th French Open
Defying the years and one of the most fierce onslaughts he has ever faced at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal won his 12th French Open crown Sunday, leaving Dominic Thiem...
Federer suffers worst Slam loss in 11 years
Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals Friday, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros...
Fury downs Schwarz in second-round TKO
British heavyweight Tyson Fury made quick work of German Tom Schwarz Saturday as he danced and jabbed his way to a dominant second-round TKO before finishing his...
Leonard’s future with Raptors blurry
The Toronto Raptors took down the dynastic Golden State Warriors to win Canada’s first NBA title but now face perhaps their toughest battle yet as they try to convince...
A global game now has a truly global champ
The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room.
Injuries pile up, Warriors’ reign ends
In the end, they were just battered and broken.
Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya has accused the global athletics governing body of using her as a human guinea pig, as it emerged that the IAAF had sought to have her declared a “biological male” in proceedings before sport’s highest court.
St. Louis’ Stanley Cup triumph a new dawn
Few Stanley Cup trophies have ever been as heavy as the one earned Wednesday by the St. Louis Blues, who lifted the weight of a championship-starved city that had long...
Woods, Koepka ready for classic U.S. Open test
The 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach has the makings of a classic as Tiger Woods returns to the scene of a signature triumph to take on a new generation of stars led by...
'Very seriously' injured Froome out of Tour de France
Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after hitting a wall at high speed and suffering severe injuries in a training accident at the Criterium du Dauphine...
Women boxers striking a blow for equality in Cuba
In the musty funk of a Havana boxing gym, Idamelys Moreno smacks a series of whomping right hooks into a heavy punching bag.
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won his home Grand Prix of Catalunya Sunday after Honda teammate Jorge Lorenzo took out the Spaniard’s main rivals in a mass crash on the second lap.
Alonso gets second Le Mans win, title with Toyota
Double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso struck lucky and won the Le Mans 24 Hours sports car race for the second year in a row Sunday with Toyota teammates Kazuki...
Hamilton takes controversial Canada win
Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ record winning start to a season Sunday when he was handed a controversial victory, courtesy of a disputed stewards’ decision to...
Hamilton and Mercedes set their sights on seven
The sevens are aligning for Lewis Hamilton in Canada with another of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One records in his sights as Mercedes aim for a seventh win in seven...
Petrucci takes first MotoGP win at Mugello
Danilo Petrucci, an Italian riding for local team Ducati, held off defending world champion Marc Marquez to gain a first ever MotoGP victory Sunday in the Italian Grand...
“The first traffic jam in Lebanon happened the day the Casino du Liban officially opened in 1959,” Carlos Younes joked.
UAE gift helps France reopen ‘forgotten theater’
An exquisite 19th-century French theater outside Paris that fell into disuse for 1 1/2 centuries has been restored with the help of a 10 million euro ($11.2 million)...
US fashion icon, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dead at 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes...
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for operas, films and television, has died in Rome at the age of 96.
NY exhibit features bulletproof vests for kids
Rows of tiny bullet-proof vests hang on clothing racks and “safety defense” lunchboxes adorn the walls.
Van Goghs ‘suicide’ revolver to go on auction
The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.
Economy takes center stage at new Paris museum
Do consumers make rational choices?
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in U.S. history, died Monday at the age of 95, her son CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper said.
A record 885 people climbed Everest in May this year, figures showed Tuesday, capping a deadly traffic-clogged season that also saw 11 climbers die on the world’s highest mountain.
In Germany, activists battle food waste with dumpster diving
Wearing a balaclava and a headlamp under the cover of night, Andrea slips under an imposing fence into the backyard of a Berlin supermarket.
Aerosol chemo offers hope for stomach cancer
“Classic chemotherapy was awful … but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new...
U.S. measles outbreak hits 1,022 cases this year
The United States' worst measles outbreak in a quarter-century spread to Idaho and Virginia last week as public health authorities Monday reported 41 new cases of the...
Souk el Tayeb celebrates 15th anniversary
“I used to bake saj at home,” Rima Massoud recalled. “At first I was embarrassed to take my saj oven down to the market.
Paris rediscovers appetite for its ‘bouillons
Every weekend a queue snakes down the street not far from the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
Streetwear in focus in Milan
Youthful dressing and streetwear were in focus on the third day of Milan Fashion Week previews of (mostly) menswear for next spring and summer.
Tough sell: Baijiu, China's potent tipple, looks abroad
It may be China's national spirit, but for London bartender Ellie Veale it's clear from the first swig why baijiu has not caught on overseas.
“Classic chemotherapy was awful … but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.
Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded –...
Schools reckon with social stress: 'I'm on my phone so much'
High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices...
Amgen drug shows high response rate in small lung and colon cancer trial
An experimental Amgen Inc. drug that targets a specific genetic mutation significantly reduced tumor size in half of evaluated patients with advanced lung cancer in a...
Eating options sprout as veganism takes root
Patrick Aramouni, also known as “the Shirtless Vegan” on Instagram, came to Lebanon two months ago for the sole purpose of opening a vegan restaurant.
Proof’s in the pastry for Lebanese culinary scene
Flour milling has always been the Bakalian sisters’ family business.
Dancing, discarded food at anti-waste Disco Soup
At the Badaro Farmers Market, a group of volunteers prepare and hand out lemonade and tomato soup to passersby.
For years, scientists have used a tool akin to a pair of scissors for the complex task of gene-editing, but a newly discovered technique using “jumping genes” could offer a seamless, safer alternative.
Star Wars game creator tries to rival Fortnite
Electronic Arts Inc., creator of a Star Wars line of video games, showed off two of its newest titles, illustrating how the industry is wrestling to compete with the...
Ai-Da, humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition
Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper.
A lucky few will be able to live the adventures of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in 80 Days.”
NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020
NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station for tourism and other business ventures as of next year, as it seeks to financially disengage from the...
Pioneering sustainable tourism in Bangladesh
The sandy shores of Cox’s Bazar dissolve into the Bay of Bengal, and on either end into the horizon.
Bangladesh, off the beaten track
Many will have heard of Bangladesh as a populous country with a large majority-Muslim population, sitting on the Bay of Bengal next to its much larger neighbor, India.
Istanbul’s ferry can be a soulful experience
It’s already one of the world’s most original commutes the ferry trip between Istanbul’s European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers...
A rainforest area the size of Spain will have been destroyed by firms growing consumer staples such as palm oil in the decade to 2020, industry’s self-imposed deadline to end deforestation, Greenpeace said Tuesday.
Iraqis turn to ecotourism to save marshes
Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down...