Speaker Nabih Berri is more convinced of the need to extend Parliament’s term in light of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s opposition to holding parliamentary polls before electing a president, his visitors said Thursday.
Cabinet restricts Syrian entry into Lebanon
The Cabinet Thursday restricted Syrian refugees from entering Lebanon, save exigent cases, in the first serious attempt to address a mounting crisis that has put...
Saudi women jailed for readying sons for jihad
Four women in Saudi Arabia have been jailed for preparing their sons to wage war and for supporting Al-Qaeda, official media said, in the kingdom’s latest “terrorist”...
South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war
South Sudanese women peace activists have suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.
Canada baffled by homegrown jihadist threat
Lawmakers returned to the bullet-chipped halls of Canada’s parliament Thursday after two jihadist attacks in three days forced their nation to confront a deadly new...
Working together for Lebanon’s stability
When I arrived in Lebanon in February 2012 to take up my position as the secretary-general’s special coordinator for Lebanon, the Arab world was already in the throes...
Cabinet votes to stop accepting refugees
The Cabinet Thursday agree on a policy to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, information minister Ramzi Joreige announces after the session.
Lebanon headed towards the unknown: Jumblatt
Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt forecasts a grim future for Lebanon, saying that Parliament was headed towards an extension, and predicting a prolonged...
Four women in Saudi Arabia have been jailed for preparing their sons to wage war and for supporting Al-Qaeda, official media said, in the kingdom’s latest “terrorist” convictions.
Germany offers to help reconcile Armenia, Turkey
Germany’s foreign minister Thursday offered Berlin’s experience in postwar reconciliation to Armenia and Turkey to help them forge peace a century after a World War...
Victims’ families want Blackwater guards executed
Four former Blackwater guards found guilty for their role in the 2007 massacre of at least 14 civilians in Baghdad’s busy Nisur Square should be executed, relatives of...
Tunisian policeman killed in clash with militants
A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before...
Lawmakers returned to the bullet-chipped halls of Canada’s parliament Thursday after two jihadist attacks in three days forced their nation to confront a deadly new home-grown threat.
Heads roll in Russia after crash kills Total CEO
Heads rolled in Russia Thursday over the plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, with top airport managers resigning and four other staff members...
New Japan minister hit by S&M scandal
Japan was stung Thursday by its third political scandal in a week after the country’s new industry minister – whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending –...
Militants kidnap 25 girls in Nigeria
Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200...
EU names Cypriot as Ebola czar
EU leaders on Thursday named Christos Stylianides of Cyprus as the bloc's coordinator to fight Ebola which has claimed nearly 4,900 lives in west Africa.
Bank Audi’s net profits were 7.1 percent higher in the first nine months of 2014 than they were in the same period of 2013, mainly owing to the bank’s successful expansion in Turkey.
Bank Audi says first 9 months' profit for 2014 up
Lebanese lender Bank Audi's net profit in the first nine months of the year was up 7.1 percent at $280 million, it said on Thursday.
Libya oil to flow as rival governments face off
A struggle has broken out for control of Libya’s state-run energy sector as rival governments in Tripoli and the east compete for power, but a common interest in...
Egypt regulator pins bond hopes on central bank
Egyptian authorities are eager to develop an active bond market but are counting on the central bank to ensure the participation of commercial lenders, the head of the...
U.S. jobless claims data suggest rise in hiring
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week.
Lebanon plans $450M Eurobond issue by year-end
Lebanon’s government plans to issue a $450 million Eurobond by the end of this year in order to meet the country’s funding needs, the country’s finance minister told...
Microfinance association to streamline sector
The launch Wednesday of a new microfinance association that gathers non-governmental organizations and financial institutions under one umbrella will minimize...
Khalil targets real estate department graft
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil referred a number of officials and staff in the Real Estate Department to the prosecution office on suspicion of corruption and abuse...
A struggle has broken out for control of Libya’s state-run energy sector as rival governments in Tripoli and the east compete for power, but a common interest in maintaining oil revenues will keep exports flowing for now.
Egypt tourism minister confident of recovery
Egypt’s tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country’s most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient...
Oil reliance hindering Iran: Khamenei
Iran’s dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic’s economy at the mercy of major powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
Iran shuns image as OPEC hawk
Iran, eager for an end to sanctions that have restricted its oil exports, is shunning its image as OPEC’s price hawk by avoiding calls for an emergency session of the...
Europe banks face verdict after ECB review
The eurozone’s 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank’s final verdict on their finances Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent...
Currency wars evolve in bid to avoid deflation
Currency wars are back, although this time the goal is to steal inflation, not growth.
Flat Coke, IBM struggle to please investors
Coca-Cola Co. and International Business Machines Corp. got a stark message from investors this week: If they can’t keep their businesses in growth mode, they’d better...
Total names refining boss to replace de Margerie
French oil company Total has appointed refining boss Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to succeed Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow...
While MP Nicholas Fattoush denies physically attacking Justice Ministry employee Manal Daou, he does admit verbally abusing her, and any attack on a public servant should be taken as an attack on the national flag.
While the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition conducts under a dozen air raids around Ain al-Arab a day, Syria’s regime seems to be intensifying its bombardments across the...
An ounce of prevention on terrorism in Abu Dhabi
“Hedayah” certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here in Abu Dhabi.
ISIS is the latest of many Islamisms
The frightening rise and expansion of ISIS, which has now triggered yet another round of American-led foreign military attacks in the Levant, continues to confound many...
Trio of inequalities: income, wealth, opportunity
There were quite a few disconnects at the recently concluded Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Lebanese politicians are certainly adept at two things – using technology and predicting the future.
With a fatality rate of 70 percent and no certified cure, people around the world are understandably concerned about Ebola.
Practice what you preach
Lebanon’s interior minister engaged in a good deal of candor when he spoke over the weekend about responsibility for the security situation in the country.
Obama should contain, not escalate against ISIS
From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.
There’s nothing to fear but panic itself
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had...
New hair-brained ideas in the Middle East
Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the...
The other Nobel winners: 2.2 billion children
They’re going to need an extra-big stage in Oslo this year. When Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai pick up their Nobel Peace Prizes, there are going to be a lot of...
Exploiting Morocco’s security threat
Authorities in Morocco are increasingly concerned about the impact of Moroccan jihadists returning from Syria.
ISIS is a game changer for Algeria
The emergence of ISIS as a military force and existential threat to Iraq has once more turned the region into a global strategic playground for extremists.
Unleashing Africa’s girl power
Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies have boomed in recent years.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked exasperated when he asked, “Is this the Mario Balotelli press conference?”
Juventus at a loss to explain poor European form
Juventus are at a loss to explain why they fail to play with the same conviction and authority in Europe that they have shown in dominating Serie A over the past three...
Fittipaldi in top panel for Bianchi crash probe
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules...
Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory...
Serena bounces back to best at WTA Finals
Serena Williams awoke Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals...
Lille hold Everton as Napoli beaten in Bern
Everton retained top spot in Group F Thursday as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Lille in Europa League action following a day of trouble and fighting in the city center...
Ronaldo leads rout as Real outclass Liverpool
Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield Wednesday which...
Nadal beats Herbert for Basel last-eight place
Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday to reach the Swiss Indoors...
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.
Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia
Valentino Rossi of Italy wins his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP - and first since 2005 - when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.
Montezemolo: Alonso leaving to win again
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team’s ex-chairman Luca...
Marussia hits out at false Bianchi reports
Formula One team Marussia has hit back at claims it contributed to Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by urging him to ignore yellow...
Serena Williams awoke Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals crown.
Murray and Ferrer cruise into Valencia last eight
Andy Murray inched closer to sealing his place at the World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini to reach the Valencia Open quarterfinals Thursday.
Williams suffers heaviest loss in 16 years
Simona Halep handed an out-of-sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world No. 1 6-0, 6-2 at the...
Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova
Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world No. 1 by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6(4)...
Federer flirts with perfection
Life couldn’t be better – or more surprising – for Roger Federer as the 33-year-old takes aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss...
Riyadi wrapped up their record 14th Houssam Din al-Hariri tournament title and fourth in a row after defeating Moroccan champions AS Sale 87-66 in the finals Friday.
Riyadi face AS Sale in quest for 14th title
Lebanon’s Riyadi edged closer to title number 14 in the Houssam al-Din Hariri basketball tournament by defeating Sporting Egypt 75-61 in the semifinals Thursday to set...
Riyadi stretch unbeaten run to four
Reigning champions Riyadi finished on top of the standings of the preliminary round of the Houssam al-Hariri tournament after beating direct rivals AS Sale from Morocco...
Riyadi keep perfect record in Hariri tournament
Lebanese champions Riyadi Beirut remained unbeaten in the Houssam El-Din Hariri tournament, after registering their third victory against Sporting of Egypt 86-76 Monday.
Riyadi notch second win of Hariri tournament
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut claimed their second victory in the 24th Houssam Din Al-Hariri basketball tournament after edging Tunisia’s ESS 68-63 Sunday.
Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of grueling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial – Tour de France organizers have designed one of the most exciting courses for the 2015 race, which will heavily favor the climbers.
Croatian boxer gets life ban for hitting referee
Croatian amateur boxer Vido Loncar and his coaches have been given provisional life bans by world body AIBA after he hit a Polish referee and continued punching him on...
McIlroy taking time off for legal dispute
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is taking time away from golf early next year to better deal with the multimillion dollar legal dispute he has with his former management...
Golovkin stops Rubio in 2nd, defends WBA title
Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday night, defending his WBA middleweight title with his 18th consecutive stoppage victory.
Golovkin tries to keep KO streak alive
Gennady Golovkin puts his unbeaten record and World Boxing Association middleweight world title on the line Saturday against resilient Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio –...
Whether artisanal or oozing with luxury, lip balms are having a moment.
A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math
Ready for the annual Thanksgiving math quiz?
Iron Heyoka tribe hopes to reshape Lebanese TV
“We call our self a tribe,” said DC Habib, a co-founder, content creator and partner at the Iron Heyoka production house.
Molding a brighter future for Lebanon’s artisans
It seems plenty of people were willing to brave traveling off the beaten track to reach the Potter’s Festival held at Bkerzay in the Chouf at the weekend.
Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2
If I’ve seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I’ve probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are).
1914: Great War, great champagne vintage
Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger Champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most...
Oscar de la Renta dies at age 82
At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model...
On the road to find the world’s funniest person
It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns...
Affection not affected: Hala Ajam's makeup
Makeup is an art mastered by few. Contrary to what many believe, it’s not the quantity or intensity of the product that enhances a woman’s beauty.
France in the heart of Mar Mikhael
The Beirut district of Mar Mikhael’s historical train station will be transformed into a platform of cultural exchange between France and Lebanon during a...
Sidon’s Nijmeh Square gets a facelift
The municipality of Sidon is now in the last stages of reconstructing its main square, as part of a bigger project of rehabilitation in the city.
Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago
Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists reported on Thursday.
Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US
Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said Monday.
Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy.
Moscow hotel goes halal to woo Muslim visitors
No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors...
Five free things in Berlin: Cold War legacy
In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century.
Chablis: the world’s purest chardonnay
The Chablis region of France produces the world’s purest expression of chardonnay.
Relics stir Queen of Sheba mythos at Smithsonian
Growing up in California in the 1950s, Merilyn Phillips Hodgson lived in awe of her big brother, a strapping young American adventurer on the trail of the biblical...
A paralyzed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment which one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough “more impressive than a man walking on the moon” – although others urged caution.
Ebola: Five questions about the killer virus
The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever...
Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex
Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about...
Under new world vines, glimpse of old world wine
With its acclaimed shiraz and other experimental varietals, the Casale del Giglio estate near Rome is at the cutting edge of Italian winemaking.
'Hidden hunger,' often overshadowed but devastating
A major international research group rings alarm bells over the scourge of hidden hunger, also known as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affects over two billion...
Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum designed by Frank Gehry opens to the public.
Paris's Picasso museum finally reopens
A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Paris's Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a...
Filming in fear: Edward Snowden as 'Citizenfour'
U.S. documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen.
‘Fury’ aims for an unvarnished look at war
At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt, a tank commander’s head is blown off while he’s hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle...
'Healthy' Zellweger broaches storm over new-look face
Renee Zellweger hit back Wednesday at the online furore triggered by her new-look face, saying she was simply older and happier.
How Cooper will stay limber for 'Elephant Man'
Bradley Cooper will contort his body into uncomfortable positions for eight shows a week when he begins his run in the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man.
David Cronenberg joins filmmaker-novelists ranks
To finish his first novel, David Cronenberg had to work around a few other projects, like the four movies he completed over the past eight years.
Madonna memorabilia takes center stage in celebrity auction
Costumes, gowns and jewelry worn by Madonna in films such as "Evita" and "A League of Their Own" and in the "Material Girl" music video will be the highlights of a...
Animated robots and trolls dig up new film fans
An oversized personal health-care robot assistant might seem out of place next to the princesses and furry animals that have won over legions of fans, young and old, in...
"Annabelle" beats "The Judge" for Lebanon top spot
Drawing in the same faith-based crowds that popularized "The Conjuring," "Annabelle" edge out "The Judge" to hold top spot at Lebanon's box office.
'Fury' wins war at N. American box office
Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" slayed its way straight to the top of North America's box office, knocking "Gone Girl" out of first place, industry data showed Monday.
Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza
Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing...
'Goodfellas' actor sues 'The Simpsons' for $250 mn
"Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero is suing Fox Television for $250 million for allegedly ripping off his wise-guy cinematic character and using it on "The Simpsons.
Argentina complains to BBC over Top Gear
Argentina’s ambassador in London has made a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing Jeremy Clarkson, the host of globally popular TV motoring show “Top Gear,” of...
Sax and the City: Kenny G hits sour note in China
Best-selling U.S. jazz musician Kenny G struck a bum note in China on Wednesday when he appeared among Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, prompting the country's...
U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera
Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural...
Lorde's 'Royals' banned by baseball rivals
Lorde's smash hit "Royals" is suddenly taking on a renewed significance -- and, to one set of sports fans, unwelcome -- as the Kansas City Royals head to baseball's...
Pitbull to host American Music Awards
Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards.
1948 Palestinians risk arrest for Arab Idol
Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition.