Lebanese schools spend a whopping $16 million on paper products every year, a new survey has found.
Veterans to block three main highways into Beirut
Military retirees will cut off three main arteries to Beirut Thursday as part of ongoing protests against austerity measures included in the draft 2019 state budget,...
A year after attack, city embraces journalists
Standing ovations. A surge in subscriptions. Hugs from random readers.
Dozens were killed in fighting during Ethiopian foiled coup
Dozens of people were killed in fighting during a foiled coup in Ethiopia's Amhara region at the weekend, the regional government spokesman said - the first official...
Iran to allow women passing nationality
Iran plans to scrap a law banning women from passing their nationality to their children, which human rights experts said could help thousands of children living in...
Gen Sec rebuffs Amnesty’s report on torture
General Security has denied allegations of torture and mistreatment of detainees made in a report published Wednesday by Amnesty International.
Lawyers file lawsuit against Aoun
Chaos broke out in the Baabda Justice Palace when a large crowd of lawyers gathered to protest Mount Lebanon Public Prosecutor Ghada Aoun’s order to arrest two...
Lebanon rejects US deal on Palestine: Hariri
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday stressed Lebanon’s rejection of the so-called deal of the century, the United States’ proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Dutch police seize 2.5 tons of methamphetamine
Dutch police say they have made Europe's biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine after discovering 2.5 tons of the drug stashed behind a wall in a building in the port...
Moon denies US-NKorea nuclear talks in 'stalemate'
South Korean President Moon Jae-in Wednesday dismissed the idea that nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington had stalemated but stressed patience was...
Russia will respond to any NATO steps over missiles: minister
MOSCOW, June 26 (Reuters) - Moscow will respond in kind to any steps NATO takes over Russia's decision to suspend a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign...
Iran plans to scrap a law banning women from passing their nationality to their children, which human rights experts said could help thousands of children living in legal limbo by letting them acquire citizenship.
Trump ‘not talking boots on ground’ for Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was “not talking boots on the ground” should military action be necessary against Iran, and that any conflict would not...
Barak stages return to ‘topple Netanyahu’
Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is returning to politics and forming a new party that will aim to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin...
Khashoggi probe fails to target chain of command
An official Saudi Arabian investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents has failed to examine who may have ordered the killing, a U.N....
Cyberattack on Iran shrouded in ‘fog of war’
A claim by U.S. officials that a retaliatory cyberattack ordered by the White House crippled Iranian missile launching systems will remain almost impossible to...
Lebanon’s GDP growth has fallen to zero percent so far this year, but the prospects of an improved economic performance for the end of 2019 is still on the horizon, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Tuesday.
Lebanon has 0 pct growth in 2019: Salameh
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh Tuesday revealed that Lebanon’s GDP achieved zero percent growth so far in 2019, but said there were still prospects for economic growth.
OPEC+ deal pot looking sweeter for Russia
When the courtship between Russia and Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies began more than four years ago, the prospect of billions in new investment for the region was a...
ADFG agrees to merge with Shuaa
Abu Dhabi Financial Group agreed to a reverse merger with Shuaa Capital PSC that will create a bank managing $12.8 billion of assets.
Bitcoin surge pushes weekly gain to 30 percent
Bitcoin’s furious run is starting to look more and more like it did at the height of crypto-mania two years ago.
New vision connects Lebanon to Silk Road
Lebanon now has its own 2030 vision.
Central Bank governor says does not see any problem with Lebanon paying back maturing Eurobonds this year
Central Bank governor says in first 4 months of 2019 budget deficit did not exceed $1B, which is a good indication
When the courtship between Russia and Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies began more than four years ago, the prospect of billions in new investment for the region was a big selling point for the Kremlin.
UAE eases residency rules for business executives
The United Arab Emirates said foreign executive directors will be eligible for long-term residency permits if they earn a monthly salary of 30,000 dirhams ($8,200), in...
Shares in Brenntag drop on report of sale of dual-use chemicals to Syria
Shares in German chemicals distributor Brenntag dropped 4.4% Wednesday with traders citing a media report that the company sold substances to Syria that could go into...
Putin to meet with MbS days before OPEC+ gathers
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the Group of 20 summit in Japan this week, just days before OPEC and its allies...
Renewables surpass coal in U.S. power mix
Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April.
Eurozone bond yields nudge upward
Germany’s 10-year bond yield nudged off record lows Wednesday as comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials tempered the market’s most aggressive U.S. rate cut bets.
U.S.-China tariffs reshaping global trade
President Donald Trump often cites China’s massive exports to the U.S. as a grave injustice hanging over the world economy.
Gold soars to near six-year high
Gold soared to almost a six-year high Tuesday on escalating U.S.-Iran tensions and U.S.-Sino trade anxiety, leading traders to pile into safe-haven government debt and...
Somewhere along the way people appear to have completely forgotten the true purpose of the Lebanese University.
Cart before the horse
If the Bahrain conference, ostensibly to unveil the Trump administration’s “deal of the century,” proves anything, it’s that after 70 odd years, the Americans still do...
Istanbul shows how democracy is won
When the Turkish High Election Council, dominated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appointees, annulled Istanbul’s all-important municipal election on May 6, the...
What Carrie Lam should do next
I do not know Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, very well.
Demonizing one another won’t bridge our divide
When Paula White, who’s often described as President Trump’s personal spiritual adviser, railed in her invocation at his re-election kickoff railed last week against...
Say no to racism
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...
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.”
When the Turkish High Election Council, dominated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appointees, annulled Istanbul’s all-important municipal election on May 6, the world was right to be concerned. But now that another vote has been held, it is Erdogan who should be worried.
The Gulf of deniability
What will constitute yet another act of war in the Middle East?
Toward an open government in Lebanon
Under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Development and the Public Governance Directorate of the...
U.S. bipartisan climate-policy failure
U.s. President Donald Trump’s anti-climate agenda is in full swing.
When Paula White, who’s often described as President Trump’s personal spiritual adviser, railed in her invocation at his re-election kickoff railed last week against “every demonic network who has aligned itself” against Trump, her words bothered me, personally and spiritually.
Shanahan’s exit comes at risky time
President Donalld Trump has a credibility problem at a time when his confrontation with Iran is moving toward a dangerous test.
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...
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?
The Women’s World Cup that kicked off in France earlier this month has so far proved an unqualified success, as the female game continues to grow at an exponential rate.
USA left alone to fight European domination of WC
Holders the United States are the last ones standing in the way of a European winner at the women’s World Cup heading into the quarterfinals, as coach Jill Ellis and...
Djokovic gets Nadal’s Wimbledon gripes
Spaniard Rafael Nadal received support from Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic Tuesday after criticizing the unique seedings formula used by the grass-court Grand Slam...
Federer battles into 15th Halle semis, Zverev out
Roger Federer’s resolve was tested again Friday as he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the last four of the ATP event in Halle...
Tearful Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season Monday.
Nigeria move to next Cup of Nations round
Nigeria became the first side to advance to the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations Wednesday as they beat Guinea 1-0, having taken more than an hour to break...
Brazil look to avoid Copa America upset
Brazil don’t have fond memories of Paraguay in the Copa America.
Italy beat China to reach quarters
Valentina Giacinti and Aurora Galli scored and Italy earned their first appearance in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup since 1991 after beating China 2-0...
Spaniard Rafael Nadal received support from Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic Tuesday after criticizing the unique seedings formula used by the grass-court Grand Slam that gets underway at the All England Club Monday.
Murray flooded with offers for mixed doubles
French Open champion Ashleigh Barty may have rejected Andy Murray’s request to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon but the Scot has been flooded with offers from players...
Federer survives scare to reach last eight
Roger Federer avoided a major setback in his preparations for Wimbledon as he scrapped to a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5 victory over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second...
Del Potro out after refracturing kneecap
Juan Martin’s del Potro’s injury curse has struck again with the Argentine requiring more surgery after refracturing his kneecap during this week’s Queen’s Club...
Pelicans choose Williamson first overall in draft
The New Orleans Pelicans made Duke standout Zion Williamson the No. 1 selection in the National Basketball Association entry draft Thursday.
Davis trade a win-win for both sides
The saga is over.
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...
Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo was named as host of the 2026 Winter Olympics Monday, beating off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden and giving Italy the showpiece event for the third time.
Cedars boycott averted after legal threat
A planned boycott by players of the Lebanese national rugby league team of an upcoming fixture was narrowly avoided Wednesday, after the sport’s international...
Semenya says IAAF used her as ‘human guinea pig’
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...
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...
Valtteri Bottas outpaced teammate Lewis Hamilton to top the times in second free practice at the French Grand Prix Friday, as Ferrari’s bid to be granted a review of Sebastian Vettel’s penalty in Montreal was rejected.
Marquez wins after Lorenzo takes out rivals
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...
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...
Multimedia artist Liz Zito is so immersed in the Mueller Report that she wrote fan fiction to fill in the parts redacted by the Justice Department.
Qatar megalibrary woos younger readers
The Gulf’s largest book collection, Qatar’s National Library, has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region and wooed younger readers in its first year, as an...
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.
Egerton glitters in conventional ‘Rocketman’
Whatever you say about Dexter Fletcher’s glossy, glittering, blinged-out Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” it doesn’t lack for sparkle.
Sixteen faces of Beirut in Paris
“When they came back and told me we will exhibit in the hammam [“Turkish bath”], I was not sure,” Joana Hadjithomas said by phone in the minutes before her...
Book stars 1980s film funnymen
Sharing “Saturday Night Live” DNA, the 1980s’ favored funnymen found success and endured the decade despite some appallingly unfunny lows.
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.
During the day, Gadoora checks his patients at a clinic near Khartoum, but at night he locks himself in his room rapping songs that echo the sentiments of Sudan’s “revolution.”
French restaurant run by Argentine chef crowned world’s best
France’s Mirazur restaurant - whose Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco draws inspiration from the sea, the mountains and his own garden - was crowned Tuesday the world’s...
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...
Boozy Jordanian app set to get Lebanon Woozy
Beirutis who love their booze will soon be in for a treat.
NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions
Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched.
Campbell says racial diversity in fashion should not be just a trend
Racial diversity in fashion has improved in recent years, but the industry must not treat it like a catwalk trend, British model Naomi Campbell told Reuters.
Venus de Milo to get an extra whiff of glamour
She was one of the great beauties of antiquity, and soon we are going to find out what the “Venus de Milo” smells like.
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...
Kfar Matta: Little known summer mountain paradise
Every so often, when the hustle and bustle of the Lebanese capital becomes too much, Beirutis might need a breath of fresh air and an escape from the choking traffic.
Snails set pace as chefs race to challenge tastes
The concept of slow food took on a new meaning Friday at the inaugural Beirut Snail Festival.
Beirut to mark EU Green Day
Join the European Union at the Beirut Hippodrome on June 15 for the second edition of EU Green Day.
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.
SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying 24 experimental satellites in what Elon Musk's rocket company called one of the most difficult launches it has attempted.
UK study shows seal singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'
Researchers in Scotland say gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
How ‘jumping genes’ could transform gene editing
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...
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.
After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different.
Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash - mostly bags - in the...
Brands break vow not to destroy forests: report
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...