Israel and the Palestinians remain as far apart as ever after a Paris conference, with attention now turning to whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will shake up the long-stagnant Middle East peace process.
Obama speaks out about Israel, Trump
The increase of Israeli settlements has “gotten so substantial” that it is inhibiting the possibility for an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state,” President Barack...
Eight men are as rich as half the world: Oxfam
The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael...
U.S. will get the Trump it elected as president
After 10 weeks, dozens of tweets and one rollicking news conference, Donald Trump’s transition into the White House has left little doubt that the man Americans elected...
Startups pioneering hydroponics in region
Lack of space and harsh environmental conditions often translate into limited farming opportunities, but several Lebanese companies are tackling the problem with a...
EU opposes shift of U.S. Embassy site in Israel
European Union foreign ministers Monday opposed any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could...
Iraq forces retake Daesh-bombed ‘Jonah’s tomb’
Iraqi forces battling Daesh (ISIS) in Mosul Monday retook an area where the militants leveled one of the city’s most well-known shrines in 2014, officials said.
Reina attack involved intel organization: Turkey
The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organization, Turkish Deputy Prime...
The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.
Trump to Putin: End of sanctions for nuke cut
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal...
Obama prepares for a busy retirement
For Barack Obama, there’s a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to champion and a book to write.
U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia
Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there.
Lack of space and harsh environmental conditions often translate into limited farming opportunities, but several Lebanese companies are tackling the problem with a farming method allowing plants to grow without soil.
Lack of customers final nail for coffin-maker
In a tiny workshop in Lebanon’s Tripoli, coffin-maker Michel Homsi takes a drag on a cigarette, surrounded by his carefully crafted handiwork, waiting for customers...
‘Syria Street’ shows stories of Tripoli conflict
A project capturing the stories of those living on both sides of the drawn-out conflict between the Tripoli neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh was...
Suspect questioned in Hezbollah convoy bomb
“The results are excellent ... may God grant you strength and hopefully a lot of them have been killed,” Abou Hallak said via SMS, a day after a bomb was set off...
Israel erects barricade near border village
The following security-related incidents took place across Lebanon Monday.
The goal of the Industry Ministry is to reach a GDP of $70 billion to $80 billion in Lebanon with the industry sector representing 15 percent of it, equivalent to $12 billion, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said.
Lebanon targets 12 pct renewable energy by 2020
Renewable energy in 2020 will represent 12 percent of the country’s total electricity production and this will lead to a drop in the oil bill, said Energy and Water...
Sisi: Pound can hit ‘fair value’ in six months
The Egyptian pound can attain its “fair value” in about six months, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said, trying to reassure his anxious nation that a price surge since...
Saudi to launch multibillion renewable scheme
Saudi Arabia is set to launch a renewable energy program worth up to $50 billion, as the world’s largest oil exporter vies to diversify its economy, its energy minister...
Who are the 8 richest? All men, mostly Americans
The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology.
Moody’s hails Lebanon’s passage of 2 gas decrees
Moody’s rating agency suggested that the passage of two crucial decrees pertaining to gas exploration could improve Lebanon’s rating.
Gearing up for manufacturing growth in 2017
What’s on tap for Lebanese manufacturers in 2017? Nothing but net (profits, that is) as manufacturers kick off the year with an optimistic eye to the future.
Banks willing to help finance Iraq reconstruction
Lebanese banks are willing to help finance the reconstruction drive in Iraq thanks to the big assets held by these lenders, the head of the Association of Banks in...
The Egyptian pound can attain its “fair value” in about six months, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said, trying to reassure his anxious nation that a price surge since the abandonment of currency controls is temporary.
IMF slashes Saudi Arabia growth forecast
The International Monetary Fund cut its growth outlook for Saudi Arabia on lower oil production, underscoring the challenges facing the kingdom as it seeks to overhaul...
Saudi carrier flynas signs deal for 80 Airbus planes
Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas Monday signed an $8.6 billion deal with European plane manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets
Egypt to cut subsidies, boost revenues
Egypt will make further “significant” cuts to energy subsidies, raise taxes and seek more international financing as it pursues economic reforms this year, Finance...
British pound sags ahead of May’s speech
After months of repeating the mantra that “Brexit means Brexit,” Prime Minister Theresa May is set to reveal details of Britain’s closely guarded plans for leaving the...
Davos elites struggle for answers in Trump era
The global economy is in better shape than it’s been in years.
Britain may change economic model
Britain could change its economic model to regain competitiveness if it were to leave the European Union without an agreement on market access, British Finance Minister...
Echoes of Thatcher in railway battle
Rona Jeff loved her job as a PR consultant for an education charity in central London.
This week Parliament is slated for two legislative sessions to address a 47-item agenda full of pressing issues.
Practice what you preach
Reports emerged Sunday that Russia is seeking to upgrade its Hmeimin air base near Latakia and naval base in Tartous, cementing its presence in Syria.
UNSC Resolution 2334: Why history matters
On Dec. 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, stating that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of...
The struggle for Syria goes on
Ever since the state was formed in the 1920s, the struggle for Syria began.
How Trump is helping China’s strategy
Donald Trump has perhaps attacked no country as consistently as he has China.
Travesty in Paris
Though the Paris Middle East conference might look like politics, actually it is tragedy and farce.
The devil is in the details
The drafting of a new electoral law is being treated by some politicians like a crossword puzzle.
Govt turned into workshop
Since the government won the confidence of Parliament, it’s obvious that Prime Minister Saad Hariri has replaced the previous Cabinet of bluster, pontification and...
On Dec. 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, stating that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity.”
Russia is learning about Hezbollah
Hezbollah has been a useful non-state partner to Russian forces in Syria.
Donald Trump’s favorite tweets
Donald Trump has shown he has no rivals using Twitter, a technique that he has mastered and that serves him to attack enemies, deflect attention and settle personal...
Natives of the digital language
Being connected to the internet takes up the biggest portion of adolescents’ daily routines.
We need to root out the truth on Russia
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters Marcellus as ghosts and mad spirits haunt Elsinore Castle in the first act of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.
The briefing on Russia that Trump should get
I’m glad that Donald Trump finally got a briefing on the unanimous conclusion of America’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind the hacking of...
America is at its greatest when it’s inclusive
For America, 2016 was a dark year.
Illiberal democracy in America
Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend – the rise of illiberal democracy.
Ivory Coast were held to a 0-0 draw by Togo as they began the defense of their African Nations Cup title with an uninspiring display in the opening Group C game Monday.
China to cut foreign player numbers on pitch
China said Monday it would cut foreign player numbers in top-flight teams to curb massive spending on overseas talent, with Chelsea’s Diego Costa the latest to be...
Federer returns with a win, joins Murray
Roger Federer shanked a few shots and was unsettled by how nervous he felt after six months on the sidelines, despite the familiar surroundings at the Australian Open.
Nadal battling chronic pain, not giving up dream
Rafael Nadal Sunday revealed his battle against chronic pain, but also said that he was hopeful of keeping his Grand Slam career alive as he launches his partnership...
Dunleavy settles in, Raptors batter Knicks
Mike Dunleavy is fitting in nicely with his new team, scoring a season-high 20 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 Sunday
Sevilla keep impressing as title bid rolls on
Sevilla’s ambitious hopes of becoming La Liga contenders are beginning to materialize.
Everton crush City, Ibrahimovic saves United
Pep Guardiola suffered the largest league defeat of his managerial career as Manchester City were thrashed 4-0 by Everton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late equalizer...
Real coach Zidane stays positive after rare loss
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident that a first defeat in nine months which ended the club's record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions will not have a...
Murray takes aim at Australian Open jinx
Andy Murray sets out Monday to end a record run of Australian Open final defeats, even as his great rival Novak Djokovic vies to become the tournament’s greatest...
Kerber lurks as Serena chases record Slam
Serena Williams has vowed to make life difficult for top seed Angelique Kerber and a host of dangerous players out to derail her at the Australian Open, warning she is...
Top seed Kerber battles into second round
World number one Angelique Kerber battled past Lesia Tsurenko in a stuttering start to her first Grand Slam title defense at the Australian Open Monday, admitting she...
Suns beat Spurs in Mexico City
Devin Booker scored a career-high 39 points for the second straight game in Mexico City as the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 Saturday in the fifth...
Clippers get their revenge, Suns rally past Spurs
The Los Angeles Clippers avenged a Christmas Day loss with a 113-97 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers in Saturday's rematch at Staples Center arena
Cavs snap skid, Grizzlies down Rockets
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a two-game skid Friday, with Kyrie Irving leading the way with 26 points in a 120-108 victory over the Kings in Sacramento.
Leonard scores 31 as Spurs thrash slumping Lakers
Kawhi Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quarters as the San Antonio Spurs dominated in every facet of play Thursday with a emphatic 134-94 blowout of the Los...
Mason Crosby kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Green Bay Packers downed the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in a thrilling NFL playoff battle Sunday.
Jack, DeGale fight to draw
Badou Jack knocked out a tooth and almost knocked out the referee but he couldn’t convince the judges Saturday that he did enough against James DeGale to become the...
Patriots topple Texans, Falcons outgun Seahawks
The New England Patriots advanced to the AFC title game for a record sixth straight time as Dion Lewis scored touchdowns three different ways in a 34-16 win over the...
Storm pips McIlroy for ‘dream’ SA Open win
Graeme Storm of England defeated world No. 2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in a playoff Sunday to win the South African Open 83 days after losing his European Tour...
Lebanese athlete wins two silver medals in ski competition
A Lebanese athlete won second place in an international ski competition, local media said Sunday
Valtteri Bottas replaced retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes Monday, with Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to take the Finn’s seat at Williams.
Mercedes Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas
Factbox on Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas, who was announced by Mercedes Monday as the replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg.
Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa back at Williams
Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will race alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton at Formula One team Mercedes this season.
Wehrlein joins Sauber, Bottas move imminent
German driver Pascal Wehrlein will race for Sauber this season, the Swiss-based Formula One team said Monday in a move that clears the way for Finland's Valtteri Bottas...
Lowe leaves Mercedes for ‘new challenge’
Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe is departing the Formula One world champions and has started on a period of “gardening leave” before a likely move to rivals Williams.
The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of nonviolent activism with the exhibition “Waging Peace,” which showcases the group’s accomplishments while also illustrating work that remains to be done.
Iraqi artist recreates destroyed works
As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamist militants, an artist in nearby Irbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to...
‘Things have to change,’ Reese says
Fed up with Hollywood gender bias, Reese Witherspoon is calling for an end to the practice of handing excellent actresses only “thankless roles.”
Scorsese warns about ‘tossing away’ spirituality
Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese said despite “horrific” conflicts around the world involving religion that “we shouldn’t toss away spirituality.”
Willie Nelson wants Loretta Lynn to try pot again
Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to...
JT LeRoy doc explores absorbing literary scandal
To the general public, the name JT LeRoy probably rings only the vaguest of bells, if any at all.
Poets to fight Trump with words
America’s leading poets are averse to Donald Trump, and they’re not about to go gentle into that good night.
Cuban artist tastes fame at 101
Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera has been painting for decades.
No plans to digitize Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films
The makers of "Star Wars" have put a quick end to rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on.
New 'Twin Peaks' teaser ahead of May 21 return
U.S. cable channel Showtime on Friday aired its latest teaser-trailer for its revival of "Twin Peaks," David Lynch's cult television series, which will return on May 21...
Michael Jackson spoof show scrapped after family complaints
A comic film about Michael Jackson was dropped by British makers on Friday after the daughter of the late American pop star described the episode, which casts a white...
Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to give pot a second chance.
A year on, Bowie tributes around world
Bearing flowers, lipstick and glitter, fans around the world paid tribute to rock icon David Bowie Tuesday, a year after his shocking death.
French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92
French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
Young maestro dazzles at Vienna New Year's Concert
The Vienna Philharmonic rung in 2017 with its famed New Year's Concert Sunday under the baton of the orchestra's youngest-ever conductor, charismatic Venezuelan Gustavo...
First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies
Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles who drove the band on their formative trip to Hamburg in 1960, has died at the age of 86, his old club announced.
Music star Shakira urged world and business leaders at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum on Monday to support efforts to feed, educate and care for underprivileged children.
Gene Cernan, last person to walk on the moon, dies at 82
Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, has died at age 82, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Monday.
Johnny Depp sues ex-managers alleging millions in losses
Johnny Depp sued his former business managers on Friday alleging they mismanaged his earnings throughout a lucrative period of his career, although the company says the...
Actors Johnny Depp, Amber Heard finalize bitter divorce
Film star Johnny Depp's tumultuous divorce from actress Amber Heard was finalized Friday, ending the couple's marriage after months of highly publicized claims by Heard...
Alleged mastermind of Kardashian Paris robbery charged: prosecutor
Six more suspects in the October armed robbery in Paris of U.S. television reality star Kim Kardashian were charged Friday including the alleged mastermind of the...
This is the season of renewal, with new faces at some of Milan’s top fashion brands.
Melania Trump and the political fashion police
She may be tall, slim and a former model, but incoming first lady Melania Trump faces a new kind of fashion police – designers refusing to dress her because of her...
UK to close Halley Research Station in Antarctica for winter
British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety.
SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball...
Vienna’s homeless show tourists life on the street
On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna’s central train station.
Ringling’s evolution: Freak shows to the big top
From New York to Wisconsin to London and beyond, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has performed for millions of fans during its 146-year reign as one of...
Prized Turkey pigeons fetch top prices
As nighttime approaches in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, most of the alleyways of the city’s old bazaar are emptying out, except for one.
Mom, dad and son all share a birthday
Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other’s birthday.
Scientists activate predatory switch in mice
U.S. scientists have ramped up predatory behavior in mice by stimulating a region of the brain known for its role in emotions like fear and pleasure, according to a...
Astronauts upgrade orbiting lab’s power grid
Astronauts took another spacewalk Friday to plug in new and better batteries outside the International Space Station.
Driverless shuttle is new thrill in downtown Las Vegas
There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas.
London Fashion Week shakes up tradition
Men and women are sashaying down catwalks together at London Fashion Week, in a shake-up of tradition backed by celebrated designers like Vivienne Westwood.
Speyside distilled: Whisky, wool and walking
Forget the three Rs. I went to Speyside, Scotland’s “single-malt capital of the world,” to brush up on the three Ws: whisky, wool and walking.
Athens, a pleasant (winter) destination
As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than...
Full moon party defies Thai troubles
For many ravers on the tropical oasis of Koh Phangan, the origins of the Thai island’s debauched full moon parties are as hazy as their memories of the beach bash the...
Look folks, we can try all we want to pretend it isn’t true, but no one who owns or drives a car picked one randomly just to get from point A to point B.
F430 Scuderia: F1 invades Ferrari street cars
Most guys, and I suppose some girls, who first hit their teens in the ’80s had posters of the Ferrari Testarossa or the Lamborghini Countach adorning the walls of their...
991 GT3 RS: Blend of civility, sheer exhilaration
You would assume that selecting the perfect car to cap off the year would be a monumental task.
Q50 Red Sport: A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Years ago I used to have a beautiful Siberian husky named Aki, one of the most fiercely loyal dogs I’d ever had the pleasure to own.
A simple urine test can reveal whether you had steamed fish or a fat-riddled steak for dinner, and could one day end dietary dishonesty, a study published Friday said.
Less salty diets would save millions: study
Reducing salt intake worldwide by only 10 percent could save millions of lives and people who suffer migraines are at a higher risk of stroke after surgery, studies in...
Work email overload: Can law lead a fightback?
Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France’s new “right to disconnect” law that guarantees all employees...
Tips from the pros on how to lose weight
We make ’em, we break ’em.
French baby dies after taking product to treat Vitamin D deficiency
A 10-day-old French baby died on Dec. 21 after getting a dose of a product used to treat Vitamin D deficiencies, said a French medical safety watchdog body late Monday.