Venezuela called Monday for the suspension of an Organization of American States meeting intended to discuss the South American OPEC nation’s economic crisis and political standoff.
No proof of Daesh links in London attack
British police said Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain’s Parliament last week, had any association...
Bahrain alleges Iran-backed cell in terror plots
Bahrain said it had broken an Iranian-linked “terrorist cell” suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior...
Referendum deeply divides Turks in Germany
As polling stations opened Monday in Germany, acrimony has been rising among the Turks here whose votes are crucial in the tight race over whether to expand the powers...
Female battle: Writer to stand for Parliament
“I have been through so many confrontations in my life, on different levels.
NATO to spend $3.2B on satellite, cyber defense
NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to...
Northern Ireland gets more time to form govt
The British government Monday gave Northern Ireland’s largest political parties a few more weeks to clinch a deal on a power-sharing regional government, staving off...
‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force
Since President Donald Trump’s election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York’s Union Theological Seminary have been filled to...
Bahrain said it had broken an Iranian-linked “terrorist cell” suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, Bahrain state news agency BNA reported.
Netanyahu skips thorny U.S.-Israel issues
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted a close and growing relationship with the new Trump administration during a speech Monday to a major pro-Israel lobby...
UAE donates $54 million to Interpol
The United Arab Emirates announced Monday that it has donated $54 million to the Interpol Foundation, as the Gulf country prepares to host a joint forum on global...
Settler leader: End of two-state solution
The number of Israeli settlers living in the occupied West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler...
Activist charged for ‘insulting’ Facebook post
Baabda Judge Pierre Francis issued an arrest warrant Monday against activist Ahmad Amhaz on charges of defamation and insulting high-ranking officials, a judicial...
Framing colleague ruined my life, defendant says
The following security-related incidents took place across Lebanon Monday.
Vendors protest at fines over cellphone cards
Taking out a pink sheet of paper, Hasan Khalil brandished the ticket he received Monday after the Economy Ministry slapped shops with fines for selling mobile phone...
Tripoli bombing suspects assigned court date
Suspects in the 2013 twin bombing in the northern city of Tripoli are set to be tried in May, the state-run National News Agency reported Monday.
Bekaa Valley exports increased by 17.87 percent in 2016 compared to a year earlier, said a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Zahle and Bekaa Valley.
Lebanon free of bad Brazilian meat: ministry
The Agriculture Ministry said Friday that Lebanon hadn’t received any contaminated Brazilian meat and has banned imports from the institutions involved in the meat...
Saudi Aramco tax slashed to prepare for giant IPO
Saudi Arabia slashed the tax rate paid by state oil producer Saudi Aramco, a key milestone in preparing the company for what may be the world’s biggest initial public...
Qatar set to invest $6.2B in UK over 5 years
Qatar will invest 5 billion pounds $6.23 billion in Britain within five years in a boost for the post-Brexit economy, premier Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa...
London mansion owners turn to Airbnb
Frustrated after searching for a buyer for two years, the owner of a luxury apartment overlooking London’s Hyde Park decided to rent it out for 1,500 pounds ($1,880) a...
Economy minister vows to curb merchants’ hikes
Economy Minister Raed Khoury vowed Friday to take strict measures against merchants who attempt to illegally raise prices.
Spoiled Brazilian meat didn't reach Lebanon: ministry
The Agriculture Ministry Friday said that the Lebanon hadn’t received any contaminated Brazilian meat in an attempt to quell public concerns over the recent meat...
Regie raised tobacco prices to stop illegal gains
The Regie raised the prices of tobacco in anticipation of the government’s decision to impose taxes on this commodity in the aim of controlling the market and...
Saudi Arabia slashed the tax rate paid by state oil producer Saudi Aramco, a key milestone in preparing the company for what may be the world’s biggest initial public offering.
London-listed oil producers cut expectations
It was described by former BP chief executive Tony Hayward as the “one of the last great frontiers in the oil and gas industry”.
Iranians’ struggle adds to pressure on Rouhani
Ibrahim cannot remember the last time he could afford to feed his family chicken – the cheapest meat available in Iran.
Qatar wealth fund to open office in Silicon Valley
Qatar's Sovereign Wealth Fund said on Monday it would open an office in San Francisco to expand its growing U.S. portfolio, and was still considering investing in a...
Frustrated after searching for a buyer for two years, the owner of a luxury apartment overlooking London’s Hyde Park decided to rent it out for 1,500 pounds ($1,880) a night.
New Zealand and China plan to expand free-trade deal
New Zealand and China announced Monday they would open talks soon to expand a successful free-trade deal in place for nearly a decade.
The announcement came during a...
EU stalls Russian gas pipeline
Russia has the European Union in a bind.
Of bread and wine: the world's most expensive cities
Singapore remains the world's most expensive city to live in, a study showed on Tuesday, with two Japanese cities – Tokyo and Osaka – returning to the top 10 thanks to...
Europe’s financial lifeline from London in doubt
For companies in the European Union, London is the chief gateway to finance. Rerouting the financial lines that run through London will be complex, experts say.
For the Lebanese, the tackling and solving of the country’s chronic and scandalous electricity issues would show that Lebanon is finally on the right track.
Reprehensible act of terror
One cannot but condemn Wednesday’s attack in Westminster, the heart of London.
More discoveries by President Obvious
Seeking and winning the presidency has been a magical voyage of discovery for Donald Trump.
A cue from Churchill on how to fight terror
It has emerged that one of the four people murdered during the Westminster terror attack in London last week, 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, used to be Winston Churchill’s...
Mattis, Tillerson: secretaries of stabilization
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the...
The Syrian cauldron
Two things were made clear by the U.S. exploits in Syria Wednesday.
A solution fair for all
When future generations study Lebanese history, they will have to pick through the 100 different suggestions for an electoral law that vary from the sectarian to...
Transparency wins the day
For some 25 years corruption has flourished in Lebanon, thanks mostly to the Syrian occupation and its lackeys who milked the country mercilessly in ways that could...
Defending liberal democracy in Poland
Since coming to power in 2015, Poland’s populist Law and Justice (PiS) party has launched a systemic assault on the country’s liberal-democratic institutions.
Trump the destroyer, a lack of leadership
With all the skill of an experienced arsonist, U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing America for a firestorm.
Who’s really threatening Europe?
Opponents of immigration into the EU typically make one or more of four arguments: immigrants are weakening Christian values, undermining liberal democratic...
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world.
Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the baton to China
We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The next big threat: War in space
Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane.
Hacking is the digital world’s oldest profession
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange’s revelation last week of the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools had a misplaced tone of surprise, a bit like Claude Rains’ famous line in...
Cyberwarfare is the real menace to America
Last week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war.
Home support and squad unity can guide Lebanon to Asian Cup qualification, manager Miodrag Radulovic said on the eve of the Cedars’ first Group B game against Hong Kong in Beirut Tuesday.
Australia in control of World Cup fate: coach
Underpressure Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has downplayed the significance of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against United Arab Emirates as the Socceroos battle to...
Nadal wins in 1000th match, Raonic withdraws
Rafa Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour-level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open.
Andy Murray a doubt for Davis Cup with elbow injury
World number one Andy Murray is likely to miss Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final trip to France due to an elbow injury, his brother Jamie Murray has said.
Williams, Harden lead Houston over Oklahoma City
Lou Williams scored 31 points while James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets cruised to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City...
Thiago is Spain’s heir to Xavi
Barcelona and Spain have been searching for a player to hold their teams together like glue, orchestrating the midfield as Xavi Hernandez used to do for club and country.
South Korea can afford no more slip-ups, says Stielike
South Korea head coach Uli Stielike has labelled Tuesday's Group A World Cup qualifier against Syria at the Seoul World Cup Stadium a "must-win" match after his side...
Player gets 4-year ban cut in Champions League steroid case
Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi has had his doping ban for an anabolic steroid reduced to two years on appeal.
Rafa Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open...
Tomic pulls out at Miami with back injury
Bernard Tomic's woes continued Thursday as he pulled out of the Miami Open due to a back injury, the latest setback in a disappointing year for the Australian.
Federer, Nishikori missing from Monte Carlo line-up
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori were the only members of the world top 10 missing from the entry list for the Monte Carlo Masters which was released on Thursday.
Lou Williams scored 31 points while James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets cruised to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday.
Williams, Harden lead Rockets over Thunder
Thompson's second half sparks Warriors past Grizzlies 106-94
The Warriors took a big step forward in securing home-court advantage in the playoffs with yet another offensive surge in the second half, keyed by a stifling defense.
Spurs down Grizzlies while Raptors beat the Heat
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 to power San Antonio over visiting Memphis 97-90 Thursday, moving the Spurs within two games of...
New York's Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for doping violation
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended 20 games without pay by the NBA on Saturday after failing a doping test.
A Scottish kickboxer has died after an apparent attempt to lose weight in preparation for a fight in Thailand.
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.
Fredericks steps aside from IAAF work, to skip Council meet
IAAF president Sebastian Coe says Frank Fredericks has stepped aside from his duties at athletics' governing body but has not resigned from its ruling council while...
Newlywed Mullinax top at lightning-hit Puerto Rico Open
American rookie Trey Mullinax remained atop the leaderboard after Friday's conclusion to the opening round of the lightning-halted US PGA Puerto Rico Open.
Cycling: Tour de France unveils Shanghai criterium
Cycling's Tour de France will stage a Shanghai criterium featuring top riders this year as it bids to attract a following in China, organizers said on Thursday.
With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new regulations for Formula One cars seemingly needed only one Grand Prix to produce one of the desired effects.
Stung Mercedes vow to strike back in China
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes are vowing to come back hard in China after being ambushed by resurgent Ferrari in the Formula One season-opener in Australia.
Vettel's drought-breaker for Ferrari sets up F1 duel in 2017
With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new regulations for Formula One cars seemingly needed only one Grand Prix to...
Hamilton in league of his own after Aussie blitz
Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being “in a league of his own” Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year’s opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix.
Maverick a new challenge for Marquez
Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing, and Valentino Rossi’s new Yamaha teammate will have triple-world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season...
“Stitching Palestine,” Carol Mansour’s latest documentary, takes a close look at the lives, memories and identities of 12 women and their Palestinian life stories, all connected through their varied and personal relationship with Palestinian embroidery.
The joys of Ghost Hunting
While casting “Ghost Hunting” (Istiyad Ashbah), Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni interviewed many Palestinian men – some former detainees, others laborers in need of...
Power Rangers reboot is cheesy, self-serious
There’s a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material?
Gyllenhaal brings ‘Life’ to alien invasion genre
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with...
Dylan gives rare interview, talks Sinatra, Elvis
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted...
Life is a mediocre science-fiction thriller
Life is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller.
Feast for the soul: Jim Harrison on wine and food
In 2004, Jim Harrison wrote an article for The New Yorker about a 37-course lunch he ate in France "that likely cost as much as a new Volvo station wagon."
Jane Austen faked her own marriage twice
British author Jane Austen, known the world over for her insightful take on 19th century society, created fake marriage documents with two separate men, archives have...
Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death
Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher.
‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris passes away
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show,” has passed away.
Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning tribute
Renowned World War II entertainer and patriot Vera Lynn celebrated turning 100 years old with a special tribute, Monday.
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted exclusively to his website Wednesday.
Kanye West settles with Hungarian singer over alleged song theft
Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song...
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance
Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in...
Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France
Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros ($324,000), found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed...
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that...
Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January.
Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds
Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths
Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Sen. Cory Booker
A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on Fox's "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.
'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87
George Clooney pays surprise visit to devoted UK fan
Actor George Clooney has startled an 87-year-old fan in Britain by showing up at her assisted living facility with flowers and a card to wish her a happy birthday
Should the “Fearless Girl” stand up to Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” forever?
Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to the Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a...
Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users
Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and...
Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones
Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.
Tawlet’s soup kitchen, hoping to help
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated...
Skiing: Big ambitions in Kashmir’s ‘paradise’
It’s an area better known as a hotbed of insurgency but Indian Kashmir’s only ski resort – a favorite among aficionados for its silky snows – is now trying to attract...
Divine diamonds: A pastor’s 709-carat find
Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.
Lady Gaga's Japanese designer makes Tokyo debut
They've dressed Lady Gaga and now they want to dress more fashionistas in Asia: the husband-and-wife team behind Japan's award-winning ROGGYKEI label made their Tokyo...
Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields.
Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide
Paris, March 21, 2017 (AFP) - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.
German scientists test artificial sun
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun” and which they hope will help shed light on new ways...
Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter
The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many “soup kitchen” dinner parties.
What’s in a whisky? Generations of hard work
Ian Colluim is living out his dream job.
Winemaker serves up utterly tasty experience
World-renowned winemaker Fabrice Guiberteau treated guests this week to four different Chateau Kefraya wines with an impassioned talk on the art of drinking.
Lebanese fashion blogger struts her stuff
“Hard work pays off, consistency is key and we should always keep dreaming,” Lebanese fashion blogger and entrepreneur Lana El Sahely said as she reflected on her...
New Beirut tech hub looks to the future
While co-working spaces have mushroomed in Beirut in recent years, a new concept tailored to the independent workforce is currently being pioneered by a tech hub in the...
At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.
In the wilds of Mongolia: Horses, sand dunes and stargazing
I'm a city girl. I did not grow up camping, have never pitched a tent and know nothing of the Girl Scouts beyond Thin Mints or Samoa cookies. Certainly no one would use...
Myanmar's ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory
On the stairway rising to Moulmein's great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the...
Air India claims record with all-female round-world flight
India's national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women
What to look for when you're booking a photo safari
Shopping for a wildlife safari is like taking a multiple-choice exam.
If someone asks me about my favorite decade for music, it would be the ’80s hands down.
Revolutionary Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1
Revolutions in the auto industry are few and far between these days, especially as we’ve grown to expect that cars will feature performance, styling and technologies...
Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics
Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian...
Peugeot’s 504: The enduring workhorse and spy car
I’ve often heard it said that in the event of a nuclear explosion, the only things that would survive are taxes and cockroaches.
Hum of optimism as Geneva car show hits the road
Gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva for Europe’s biggest annual car show, leading automakers expressed cautious optimism Tuesday about the industry’s prospects for...
Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial.
Dig deeper before mocking 'crazy' pet parents
It's easy to jump directly to "crazy cat lady" or poke fun at "stay-at-home dog moms" when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets.
Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal.
Short, white men more likely to go bald: study
Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent, according to a new study.
Vaccine for Ebola-ravaged chimps
Scientists said Thursday they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild...