Saudi tourists consider Lebanon “to be their second home” and look forward to visiting the country, the head of a Saudi Shura Council delegation told President Michel Aoun Wednesday.
LU professors need approval to leave country: president
Fouad Ayoub, the head of the Lebanese University, Wednesday issued a reminder to teachers at the school that they must obtain special permission before traveling abroad...
Labour's Corbyn backs second referendum in Britain on any Brexit deal
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Wednesday it was "right to demand" a second referendum on any Brexit deal, his strongest backing yet for a vote he...
Russians, Ukrainian to face murder charges over downing of flight MH17
Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial...
Libya air raid destroys warehouse, wounds three: oil firm
Libya's National Oil Company deplored an air raid that Tuesday evening destroyed a warehouse operated by a subsidiary and wounded three personnel near Tripoli.
Committee approve presidency's budget allocations
Parliament's Finance and Budget Committee approved allocations for the presidency in the draft 2019 state budget during an evening session Wednesday, the state-run...
Putin envoy tries to revive refugee return plan
The Russian president’s special envoy to Syria arrived in Lebanon Tuesday as part of efforts to bolster communication between Beirut and Damascus to solve the refugee...
Veterans launch new round of austerity protests
Military veterans blocked the entrances to a number of public institutions Wednesday morning in the latest round of protests against austerity measures proposed in the...
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Wednesday it was "right to demand" a second referendum on any Brexit deal, his strongest backing yet for a vote he said must offer "real choices" for both those who want to leave and stay in the EU.
Phoenix residents boo police, demand reforms after child shoplifter incident
Phoenix police and city officials were met with shouts and boos at a community meeting Tuesday over a viral cellphone video showing an officer pointing a gun at the...
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...
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...
Algeria presses corruption case against ex-PM and other senior figures
A prosecutor has referred Algeria's former prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia, along with a minister and two ex-ministers, to the Supreme Court over graft accusations in an...
Sudan's army call for unconditional talks with protesters
Sudan's military council urged opposition leaders Wednesday to resume negotiations on the transition of power, without preconditions, but the comments could further...
Mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in tanker attack: US
The United States Navy Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week, saying the...
Scaling back on accord is 'minimum' measure: Rouhani
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday pulling out of some commitments under the nuclear deal was a "minimum" measure that Tehran could adopt a year after the...
The sharp drop in the number of Lebanese and international companies taking part in a major construction and contracting event in Beirut was a clear indication that the market sentiment and mood appeared to have discouraged other major firms from participating.
Fixing Lebanon’s power problems through PPPs
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palestinian finances near collapse as cuts deepen
Palestinian finances are on the brink of ruin after the suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. aid, the head of the Palestine Monetary Authority said...
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...
EU high court rules against Adidas in trademark case
A European union high court ruled Wednesday against German sports apparel giant Adidas' claim that its famous three stripes, applied in any direction, deserve trade...
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...
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.
Platini released after questioned over Qatar World Cup
Michel Platini, the former head of European football association UEFA, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of...
Chile begins Copa America title defense with win over Japan
Chile's experienced Copa America team proved too good for Japan's young squad.
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 revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself sold for 162,500 euros ($182,000) at a Paris auction Wednesday – nearly three times the estimate.
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.
Lower trust in vaccines among people in richer countries: survey
People in Europe have the lowest levels of trust in vaccines, according to a global survey of public attitudes toward health and science published Wednesday.
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...
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.
‘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...
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.
Paris rediscovers appetite for its ‘bouillons
Every weekend a queue snakes down the street not far from the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
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...
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...
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...