Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe discussed a long-running territorial dispute over a Pacific island chain during a meeting on Friday, a Kremlin spokesman was cited as saying by the RIA news agency
Law firm warns against 'Panama Papers' being released online
The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal said Friday it has issued a cease-and-desist letter to a journalists' collective urging it not to release online...
Morocco arrests suspect linked to extremist group in Libya
Morocco's Interior Ministry says a person suspected of ties with an extremist group active in Libya has been arrested.
Turkish editor says journalism on trial as court set to rule
A prominent Turkish newspaper editor said Friday journalism was on trial as he gave his final defense against charges of revealing state secrets in a case that has...
Hariri urges Beirutis to vote for coexistence
Voters in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley head for polling stations Sunday to cast their ballots in municipal elections, widely viewed as vital for maintaining equal power...
Shootings at two Maryland shopping centers kill 1, wound 3
Shootings at two shopping centers in Washington suburbs left one person dead and three wounded Friday, although it was unknown if the incidents were related, police said
Food crisis as fishermen block access to island in Chile
Food and gas are running dangerously low in this Chilean archipelago that has been blocked from the mainland by desperate fishermen who have lost their livelihood to...
Panama Papers source breaks silence, denies being a spy: Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Friday that the source of millions of documents leaked to the German newspaper from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had sent them a...
'Russian Rambo,' hero of Kremlin's Syria campaign, buried with pomp
By Maria Tsvetkova and Andrew Osborn
A special forces officer killed in Syria, nicknamed the Russian Rambo by state media, was buried Friday in a blaze of publicity...
Iran filmmaker sentenced to 233 lashes says he's no activist
An Iranian director sentenced to 223 lashes for making a film that has never been officially shown in his homeland said Friday he just wanted to be left alone to work...
UN's Ban 'outraged' by attack on Syria camp for displaced
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday he was "outraged" by the deadly attack on a camp for displaced Syrians and said those responsible must face justice
Voters in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley head for polling stations Sunday to cast their ballots in municipal elections, widely viewed as vital for maintaining equal power sharing between Muslims and Christians, as former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday urged supporters to vote for coexistence and national unity.
EDL contract workers force closure of KVA company in east Lebanon
Electricite du Liban contract workers at private electricity service provider KVA Friday shut down the facility's branch in the eastern city of Baalbek, state media said
Ali Mohammad Diab, Lebanese actor, passes away
Lebanon's renowned actor Ali Mohammad Diab Friday passed away at the age of 88
Army vows strict security measures during municipal polls
The Lebanese Army Friday announced that all the essential security measures have been taken in the capital Beirut and the eastern Bekaa Valley to ensure the safety of...
Islamists rally in south Lebanon against Aleppo violence
Lebanese Islamists demonstrated Friday in the southern city of Sidon in solidarity with the Syrian people of Aleppo, which has recently been rocked by violence
A disorganized queue of people clutching official documents behind a counter stacked with thick folders is a familiar sight for anybody who visits ministries or state intuitions in Lebanon.
Hajj Hasan looks to boost ties with Iran visit
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said he would visit Iran soon to discuss with his Iranian counterpart the possibility of cooperation between the two countries in...
Saudi Arabia raises oil prices for Asia
Saudi Arabia raised its pricing for June oil sales to Asia by the most since April 2015, a sign that the world’s biggest crude exporter expects demand to recover as the...
Saudi allows Binladin Group tenders after layoffs
Saudi authorities have allowed construction giant Binladin Group to tender for public building projects in the kingdom again, local media reported, just days after the...
Deutsche Bank targeted in Italian government bond probe
German banking giant Deutsche Bank is the target of a criminal probe into government bond market manipulation, the bank and plaintiffs said Friday
Lebanon-Brazil business ties key: Choucair
Lebanon’s private sector must strive to increase its cooperation with Lebanese expats in Brazil to bolster the economy, said Mohammad Choucair, president of the Chamber...
Coca-Cola, others fire staff illegally: ministry
The Labor Ministry said a number of people have complained that they were laid off in an arbitrary manner and in contravention of labor law.
Easter boosts tourism numbers
Tourist arrivals from Jordan and Syria improved during the Easter season, but tourism activity is still low, said Pierre Ashkar, president of the Syndicate of Hotel...
Saudi Arabia raised its pricing for June oil sales to Asia by the most since April 2015, a sign that the world’s biggest crude exporter expects demand to recover as the global market rebalances.
Bad loans and bankruptcies sound alarm in Turkey
After years of growth fueled by credit and domestic consumption, bad debts and bankruptcies are rising in Turkey, squeezing banks and exposing a fragile real economy...
Riding on the Dubai property roller coaster
For more than 10 years Dubai property prices have been on a roller coaster, creating and wiping out fortunes, but recently they appear to have run out of steam.
Saudi allows Binladin Group tenders after layoffs: report
UK lawmaker appoints Philip Green's former foes to help in BHS probe
The chairman of a British lawmakers committee has risked ratcheting up a row with retail tycoon Philip Green by recommending the appointment of two former adversaries...
Oil prices down as traders await key US jobs report
Crude prices dipped in Asia Friday as traders await a closely watched U.S. jobs report that could provide clues on the health of the world's biggest economy and the...
European stocks down for fourth straight day
European stocks headed for their longest losing streak in more than a month as the latest batch of earnings failed to lift investor sentiment.
Air France: Falling fares to offset cheap fuel
Air France-KLM Group said airfares will come under sustained pressure this summer amid a glut in capacity, making it tougher to maintain the pricing discipline that...
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s speech today was certainly noticeable, and not only for the way he exhausted every adjective and superlative when talking about the glories of Lebanon’s yesteryear.
Time to get involved
Thanks to the constant moaning about certain politicians who call the shots and make promises that will never be kept, the streets of Lebanon are never silent.
War and peace and water
India is currently facing its worst water crisis in years, with an estimated 330 million people – one-quarter of its population – affected by severe drought.
Educating Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Roughly one of every two Syrian refugee children aged 5 to 17 in Lebanon is currently out of school, or more than 180,000 children.
The Middle East needs a new order
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement that formed Iraq, Syria and the other fragile nations of the modern Middle East.
A vote for futility
With Parliament in dire need of elections after two postponements, politicians met Tuesday in a first step toward creating a draft electoral law.
Scorched earth tactic
At a time when Damascus is accusing the opposition of breaking the controversial cease-fire that never was except on paper, the Syrian regime has increased its brutal...
Justice just a theory
According to tradition, justice is blind. And indeed, in many places across the globe this is the case. In the U.S., for example, members of the security services from...
Emerging markets should go for the gold
Are emerging-market central banks overweight in dollars and underweight in gold?
Syria’s transition: Are the rules being bent?
U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura recently released a “Mediator’s Summary of the 13-17 April Round of U.N. Facilitated Intra-Syrian Talks.”
Reinventing Europe to face coming challenges
Since 2009, when the financial crisis that started in America in 2008 shook the eurozone to its core, crisis management has become Europe’s new normal.
Battle over Arab public space and ideas
It is not a good sign when a government says it promotes democracy yet sends its police to intimidate and arrest journalists and prevent peaceful public demonstrations.
A slow and shaky takeoff for the Mosul offensive
From a sandbagged hilltop outpost here, you can see the front line of Daesh (ISIS) in the muddy brown houses of Al-Nasr, a village on the next ridgeline, about a mile...
A manifesto to mend our politics
It has become a truism to say that the American political system is suffering from dysfunction.
Ten observations on the wars in Syria
The various wars and ideological contestations taking place simultaneously in Syria have entered their sixth year, with no sign of how they might end and Syria’s...
Daniel Sturridge was involved in all three goals as Liverpool beat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield Thursday to set up a Europa League final date with holders Sevilla.
Real braced for tough Atletico sequel
As soon as the final whistle confirmed Real Madrid’s berth in the Champions League final against local rivals Atletico with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Manchester City...
Djokovic, Murray cruise into Madrid quarters
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic racked up his 30th win of a dominant season with a 6-2, 6-1 destruction of Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Madrid Masters...
Djokovic criticizes Tomic for giving up on match point
Novak Djokovic has criticized Bernard Tomic for giving up on match point in a loss at the Madrid Open this week, saying the young Australian player is lacking...
Warriors star Curry to miss game three against Trail Blazers
Golden State guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's game three of the Warriors' NBA playoff series against Portland as he continues to recover from a knee...
Knee injury ends Chamberlain's Euro 2016 hopes: Wenger
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces up to two months on the sidelines with a knee injury that also rules the England international out of the European...
Brazil's 'Leicester' one win from giant-killing glory
Leicester City did it in England and Brazilian fans are hoping for their own rags to riches story this weekend when tiny Gremio Osasco Audax take on Santos in the Sao...
New Guardiola clash with medical staff
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's already tense relations with the club's medical staff have worsened over insinuations by the Spaniard that they take too long to...
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic racked up his 30th win of a dominant season with a 6-2, 6-1 destruction of Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Madrid Masters quarterfinals Thursday.
Djokovic beats Coric to advance in Madrid
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday.
Nadal makes commanding start in Madrid
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal stretched his perfect start to the European clay court season to 11 matches with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Russia’s Andrey...
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal stretched his perfect start to the European clay-court season to 11 matches with a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over Russia's...
Golden State guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's game three of the Warriors' NBA playoff series against Portland as he continues to recover from a knee sprain
Three for all: Cavs make record 25 3-pointers
Dropping jump shots from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers hit an NBA record 25 3-pointers during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday to...
Raptors turn up heat in overtime to beat Miami
DeMarre Carroll finished with a team-high 21 points as the Toronto Raptors evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at 1-1 with a 96-92 overtime win over the...
Cavs use long-range 3 point onslaught to pound Hawks
The Cleveland Cavaliers fired a record-setting 25 three pointers as they pummeled the Atlanta Hawks 123-98 to seize a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference playoff series...
Pacers part company with Frank Vogel
The Indiana Pacers parted company with head coach Frank Vogel Thursday after five seasons with the franchise
Mike Fisher ended the longest game in Nashville Predators history with a rebound goal at 11:12 of the third overtime early Friday morning, giving them a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks to tie the Western Conference semifinal at 2-2
Khan would join British greats with Alvarez win
Amir Khan will have to produce one of the greatest displays ever seen by a British boxer if he is to beat WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas Saturday,...
Olympic flame arrives in Brazil
The Olympic flame arrived in Brasilia Tuesday aboard a flight from Geneva to embark on a procession across Brazil culminating in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games...
South Korea's Park begs for Olympic chance
South Korea's Park Tae-hwan got down on his knees and begged for the chance to compete at the Rio Games Monday as the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) shows no signs of...
Stars win series opener over Blues
Radek Faksa had two points and Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in game one of their second-round NHL playoff series Friday
A Formula E race scheduled for Moscow on June 4 has been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances" relating to road closures, the electric motor racing series said Friday
Mercedes deny Rosberg favoritism claims
Mercedes released an open letter to fans Wednesday in which they dismissed claims that the German team are deliberately favoring Nico Rosberg over world champion Lewis...
Hotshot Verstappen replaces Kvyat at Red Bull
Former champions Red Bull replaced Daniil Kvyat with Dutch hotshot Max Verstappen Thursday in a team shake-up that punished the Russian for a nightmare home grand prix...
Mercedes surprised by Ferrari's lack of pace
By Alan Baldwin
Ferrari are still waiting to take the fight to Formula One champions Mercedes after a Russian Grand Prix that left even their dominant rivals...
Nico Rosberg wins Russian Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg rattled off his fourth straight win of the season at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday with his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton taking second.
At his first performance in Beirut Wednesday night, Keziah Jones moved his Liban Jazz audience with bluesy riffs, funky rhythms and soulful voice.
Redrawing convention: JABAL opens in Beirut
The 12th edition of JABAL commenced at Le Yacht Club Gallery, Zaitunay Bay Wednesday.
‘Jessica Jones’ star says part her dream role
The star of Netflix hit “Jessica Jones” said she knew she had found her dream job even before she read for the role of the titular superhero sleuth.
Hollywood cashes in on golden age cinema revival
Cinema from Hollywood's golden age is enjoying a revival with the emergence of retro video streaming and a burgeoning festival scene belying the old joke that nostalgia...
Axl Rose to make debut with AC/DC at Lisbon concert
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will make his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock...
Audiard’s Dheepan is a timely refugee thriller
French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist.
After Bank of Greece, Cyprus Central Bank also reports cyber attack
The website of the Central Bank of Cyprus briefly came under cyber attack, days after a hacking collective said it conducted a similar attack on the Greek central...
Tajik court says ISIS plot targeted president
Two Tajiks recruited by the militant group ISIS planned to assassinate President Imomali Rakhmon last year, a court in the capital Dushanbe said Friday
Attenborough still an eager student of nature
David Attenborough, who turns 90 Sunday, isn’t resting on his laurels, or any other element of the natural world he’s explored so fully.
‘Angry Birds’ maker wants phones out
The creators of “Angry Birds” hope movie theater audiences don’t get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of “The Angry...
'Angry Birds' maker wants phones out as film credits roll
The creators of "Angry Birds" hope movie theater audiences don't get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of "The Angry...
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will make his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock band's world tour
Radiohead social media goes blank, raising album hopes
Radiohead's social media profiles went blank Monday as speculation mounted that the British band was about to release a new album
Huge crowd ahead of Prince tribute in Minneapolis
Prince's death raises numerous questions about his health
Despite his debauched stage presence and erotically charged music, Prince had a reputation for clean living and an ability to put on shows that were electrifying in...
Axl Rose, back with Guns N‘ Roses, to front AC/DC
Axl Rose fired up a reunited Guns N’ Roses at the Coachella festival Saturday as he was announced as the new front man of a veteran hard rock group – AC/DC.
feni Shakur, the political activist mother of slain rap icon Tupac Shakur who inspired her son's work and striven to keep his legacy alive, has died. She was 69.
Remo Belli, musician who pioneered synthetic drumheads, dies
Remo Belli, who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound, has died
‘Oh no, not again!’
“Prince, surely not? Can we turn this year off and turn it back on when it stops being a giant exit for all the most talented people?”
Renowned Congolese musician Papa Wemba dies: concert organizer
Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast, the concert organizer said Sunday
The ‘dirty,’ complicated mind of Prince
On Prince’s 1981 album “Controversy,” released days after he opened for the Rolling Stones dressed in bikini underwear and got booed off stage, the singer quipped that...
Hundreds of women took part Friday in an unprecedented run through the streets of the Algerian capital to raise awareness about sports in the conservative Muslim country
Apple app launches in UK pays people to get fit
A free smartphone app that will pay people to be physically active launches Wednesday in Britain, with users given digital “sweatcoins” depending on how many steps they...
Tech world eyes digital life beyond the smartphone
The smartphone revolutionized how people live and work, but the technology world is now struggling to see what comes next
World's largest particle smasher set to push physics into unknown
The world's most powerful proton smasher is preparing for its biggest run yet which scientists hope will uncover new particles that could dramatically change our...
Grunge is back with a wicked vengeance
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Pregnant at 15,Romania’s teenage mothers
“God has given me a beautiful little girl.
Ghanaian crowned first 'Miss Africa Continent'
Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca...
In Internet age, pirate radio arises as surprising challenge
In the age of podcasts and streaming services, you might think pirate radio is low on the list of concerns of federal lawmakers and broadcasters. You'd be wrong.
Gene mutation explains why some dogs work for treats
Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that appears to make certain dogs, like Labrador retrievers, extra motivated by food and treats and also more likely to be...
Chrome crowned top Internet browser by market tracker
Google Chrome on Monday was crowned the top Internet browser, officially ending the long reign of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE).
Move over drones, driverless cars – unmanned ship up next
It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday – ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Rappers brawl with words in Beirut
Bashir is a Lebanese-American freestyle rap artist who goes by the name of Dizaster.
Handbags geared to tell a tale this year
Lebanese designer’s moorish patterns
Tony Hage: The rise of a Lebanese photographer
For a brief time, Jordan’s eastern desert blooms.
Critics question mine exploration near Alaska eagle preserve
In early winter, after most tourists have fled Alaska, another kind of visitor flies in: bald eagles, up to 4,000 of them.
Albania hopes to lure tourists with Communist nuclear bunker
Who doesn't want to see a formerly top-secret Communist nuclear bunker?
Come for the ghosts, stay for the history
One of New York’s newest tourism ventures is more dare than invitation.
Traveling Europe on a rented motorcycle
Gingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grape vines.
MARSEILLE, France: Before last week I had never sat atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Never cared to. The weight and bulkiness of a cruiser, the low seating position, thunderous noise, and more than anything, the feeling that you belonged to an elite club ... none of it appealed to me.
But there I was, strapped inside the plush, one-person saddle of a 2016 Low Rider S with its 1,801cc twin-cylinder motor and six-speed gearbox packed inside a narrow frame delivering eye-popping power. The bik
BMW veers in new direction with X1 crossover
The world, it appears, wants crossovers, and the more the better.
China auto show highlights luxurious SUVs in slowing market
Automakers are showcasing a new generation of luxurious SUVs at China's biggest auto show of the year as they battle for buyers in the country's cooling, crowded market
GMC’s handsome Acadia rides like a dream
For years Lebanese motorists have had a love affair with SUVs that I could never quite grasp.
2016 MX-5 brings back carefree driving thrills
Unlike most people, I don’t view cars merely as a mode of transportation.
Just one shot of a lab-produced antibody protected macaques against a sort of monkey HIV for nearly six months, said a study Wednesday into a potential vaccine alternative
McNugget makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe
McDonald's wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets
Experimental cancer drug reverses intellectual disability in mice
An experimental cancer drug may help reverse the effects of an intellectual disability known as fragile X syndrome, which is commonly found in people with autism,...
Teamwork or torture? Japan’s dangerous gym class
Rushed in for emergency surgery to stop bleeding on the brain, doctors at Matsudo City Hospital said the child was lucky to be alive.
Brain implant lets paralyzed regain use of hand
A paralyzed 24-year-old man has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain.