Journalists and activists held a solidarity stand with Nida Al Watan newspaper after its editor-in-chief and responsible director were summoned to appear at the Justice Palace over a controversial front-page article published last week. Editor-in-Chief Bechara Charbel and Responsible Director George Berbari are set to appear at the Justice Palace in Beirut on Sept. 18.
UN backs Aoun’s preventive diplomacy academy bid
The U.N. General Assembly Monday adopted a resolution endorsing President Michel Aoun’s initiative to set up the Academy for Human Encounters and Dialogue in Lebanon
UN mission urges accountability for Myanmar 'genocide'
A special UN fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority.
Purdue files for bankruptcy in bid to settle opioid crisis cases
Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy in a settlement agreement that it hopes will provide more than $10 billion to address the opioid crisis, the company said in a...
Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria talks
The latest summit on Syria hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara with his Russian and Iranian counterparts started Monday, with attention focused...
Deporting Syrians violates non-refoulement act
Syrian refugees’ deportations from Lebanon could be a violation of the principle of non-refoulement and pose a safety threat to persons being sent back, several NGOs...
Over 70 Palestinians infected with Hepatitid A
Over 70 Palestinians have been infected with Hepatitis A resulting from drinking contaminated water, Palestine Red Crescent Society’s Balsam Hospital in Rashidieh’s...
ISF seizes 35 plastic containers of cocaine, arrests two
Internal Security Forces announced that it had seized 35 plastic boxes containing cocaine Monday from two individuals attempting to sell drugs on the coastal highway...
Boris Johnson likens himself to Hulk in Brexit fight
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasizing his determination to take Britain out of the European Union...
Tear gas, Molotovs and brawls mark 99th day of Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs Sunday, tipping the violence-plagued city back...
Contours of a Brexit deal now clear, UK says
The contours of a possible Brexit deal are now clear, so divorce talks between Britain and the European Union are at a crucial juncture, British Foreign Secretary...
The latest summit on Syria hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara with his Russian and Iranian counterparts started Monday, with attention focused on Damascus’ push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani met Erdogan for separate bilateral talks in the Turkish capital before they sat down together for their fifth summit on the conflict since 2017.
Families sue French foreign minister over kids stuck in Syria
The families of several children and wives of French militant fighters in Syria have filed lawsuits against France’s top diplomat over his refusal to let them come to...
Trump backed off on Iran last time, but will he again?
Donald Trump famously canceled a missile strike on Iran in June, but Tehran will not be resting easy following the unpredictable president’s warning that the United...
Saudi Arabia to pay $500M for Yemen relief: U.N. aid chief
United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock said Saudi Arabia plans to pay $500 million next week of a pledge it made in February to help fund a humanitarian response in...
Daesh leader calls on fighters to free comrades IS leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades
The leader of Daesh (ISIS) has released a new alleged audio recording calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free Daesh detainees and women...
Credit Libanais Monday received a $100 million credit line from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to expand finance and trade facilities for small and medium-sized enterprises in Lebanon, the bank said in a statement. It added that the EBRD financing comprised a senior loan to the value of $50 million to enhance its lending to SMEs, in addition to a trade financing limit of $50 million, under the Trade Facilitation Program to finance cross-border trade facilities.
ABL denies U.S. to sanction four Lebanese banks
The Association of Banks in Lebanon Monday denied a news report that the U.S. authorities intended to slap sanctions on four Lebanese banks.
Saudi Arabia battles market jitters after attacks
Saudi energy giant Aramco is battling to reassure markets after devastating attacks on two oil plants, where a prolonged shutdown risks roiling investor confidence...
Aramco: From ‘Prosperity Well’ to energy giant
From its beginnings in 1938 when it first struck oil with the aptly named “Prosperity Well,” Saudi Arabia’s national energy giant Aramco has delivered unimaginable...
Wall Street drops after Saudi attacks
U.S. stocks fell Monday on global growth worries after weekend attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude facilities hit 5 percent of the world’s supply, but a sharp jump in crude...
Lebanon still considering dollar debt sale option
Lebanon is still considering the option of a new dollar debt sale and has not yet announced any issuance, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil told Reuters Thursday.
Dollar demand ‘nothing unusual’, Lebanese bankers say
Demand for cash dollars is "nothing unusual" and banks are satisfying client requests to exchange Lebanese pounds for the U.S. currency, senior banking sources said...
Lebanon unlikely to default on debt: IFF
The London-based Institute of International Finance has said that despite a recent Fitch downgrade of Lebanon’s rating to CCC from B-minus, the country is unlikely to...
Saudi energy giant Aramco is battling to reassure markets after devastating attacks on two oil plants, where a prolonged shutdown risks roiling investor confidence ahead of the state-owned giant’s mega stock listing, analysts say. A wave of drones struck Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil processing facility, and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia, knocking out nearly half of the kingdom’s crude production and exposing the vulnerability of its energy infrastructure.
While Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for the predawn strike Saturday, Washington blamed Iran for what it called an “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”
Saudi, Gulf stocks fall after attacks on plants
Saudi stocks fell sharply Sunday after attacks on two plants at the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry a day earlier knocked out over half of Saudi crude output.
Inside Saudi Aramco’s oil operations
Here are key facts about Aramco, including details released this year of its finances and operations.
Saudi prince’s oil diplomacy makes mark
Since the launch of its strategy to revive global oil markets three years ago, one of the biggest challenges faced by OPEC and its allies is that not all the producers...
U.S. stocks fell Monday on global growth worries after weekend attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude facilities hit 5 percent of the world’s supply, but a sharp jump in crude prices lifted beaten-down energy stocks and kept losses in check. The attack sent oil prices up more than 20 percent before easing as various nations said they would tap emergency reserves to ensure stable supplies.
Euro surges as investors see ECB stimulus over
The euro rocketed to a 17-day high against the dollar Friday as German government bond yields surged on the back of investors thinking the European Central Bank was...
LSE rejects HKEX $39B takeover offer
The London Stock Exchange emphatically rejected the Hong Kong bourse’s $39 billion takeover offer Friday, opting to stick with its planned purchase of data and...
ECB vows stimulus buys for as long as needed
The European Central Bank promised an indefinite supply of fresh asset purchases and cut interest rates deeper into negative territory Thursday, an effort to prop up...
Trump reverses course, seeks negative rates
U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday called on the “boneheads” at the Federal Reserve to push interest rates down into negative territory, a move reluctantly used by...
The two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has suffered blow after blow over the years.
Set aside politics
As Lebanese political leaders kick off their mission to rescue the economy with a conference called for by President Michel Aoun, the one indisputable fact is that we...
The clean-energy fast track
The global transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuels to cleaner, more reliable renewables like wind and solar is already well underway.
Trump can still get a win on foreign policy
As he moves on to his fourth national security adviser in less than three years, it’s become clear that U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is in shambles. It...
Score one for American diplomacy
Six weeks ago, Turkey was threatening to invade the Kurdish region of northeast Syria.
Running out of time
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence has been locked in high gear for the past few months.
There’s no need to reiterate that Lebanon faces numerous challenges, not least the dire economy and Israeli violations.
Focus on recovery
All of Lebanon has been waiting with bated breath for Standard & Poor’s report, due later today, on the country’s credit rating.
Dunford was steady hand in Trump turmoil
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who will retire this month, is that rare senior official in President Donald Trump’s Washington whose...
Trump’s North Korean appeasement
Having met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times - all to great fanfare - U.S. President Donald Trump may still believe that denuclearization is underway in...
World, U.N. must reduce population growth
On Sept. 24-25, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to review progress toward the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Chance to reset the table in Afghanistan
Every president since Jimmy Carter has dreamed of signing a peace agreement at Camp David.
Trump’s diplomacy in China has no clear policy
As we move into the fall, there’s one overriding foreign-policy priority for America: Find a strategy to deal with a rising China that protects U.S. interests but...
Why U.S. is losing information war
Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information “idealist.”
Is a weary public tuning out of politics?
You could say many things to describe a week in which President Trump got in a snit about buying Greenland, called the Federal Reserve chairman an “enemy,” reversed his...
While the battle for the Champions League of the future is fought behind the scenes, this week the continent’s biggest clubs begin their latest quest for European glory with holders Liverpool dreaming of reaching another final in Istanbul. The current 32-team group stage format leading to a knockout round of 16 was introduced in 2003. Since then, an ever smaller group of clubs has competed to win the trophy, with the last 15 champions coming from Spain, England, Germany or Italy.
Reus plots painful Dortmund path past Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus insisted Monday that his team could beat Barcelona regardless of whether Lionel Messi played or not, but feared that Dortmund would...
Nadal motivated by love of game, not Grand Slams
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard...
Nadal finds unlikely second home at U.S. Open
Unlike at his beloved Roland Garros, success did not arrive overnight for Rafael Nadal on the unforgiving hard courts of the U.S. Open, where he surged to within a...
U.S. clinches worst big-tournament finish
The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It’ll go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.
David de Gea signs new deal at United
David de Gea has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club announced Monday, ending months of speculation over his future. The...
We can’t win all the time: Glum Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shrugged off his team’s shock 3-2 defeat by newly promoted Norwich City in the Premier League Saturday, saying his team simply...
Camp Nou discovers Barca teen sensation
A teenage sensation led Barcelona to a commanding victory over Valencia in the Spanish league Saturday, while Eden Hazard made his long-awaited debut for Real Madrid...
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard said it was his love of the game, not records, that motivates him.
Nadal takes five-set U.S. Open thriller for 19th Slam title
Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7,...
Canada toasts ‘Queen B’ Andreescu after triumph
Most Canadians had never heard of Bianca Andreescu a year ago but Sunday they woke up to realize her U.S. Open triumph was not a dream and she had in fact claimed the...
Nadal beats Berrettini to reach U.S. Open final; Medvedev next
Rafael Nadal has moved closer to his fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over...
Shocker: France beat U.S. in WC quarters
The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006...
Greece fury after NBA MVP Antetokounmpo exits WC
Greece are calling for the officials who oversaw their final game at the basketball World Cup to be banned after NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team exited the...
Jokic ejected as Spain stun Serbia at World Cup
All-Star Nikola Jokic was ejected for “a stupid reaction” in the third quarter as strongly fancied Serbia were stunned 81-69 by Spain to blow the basketball World Cup...
Spain squeeze into World Cup quarters
Title-contenders Spain produced a devastating late burst to seal a 67-60 victory over Italy and squeeze into the basketball World Cup quarterfinals Friday - and take...
Another officiating insult was nothing compared to the hand injury to quarterback Drew Brees Sunday as the New Orleans Saints fell 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL playoff rematch. Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another TD.
Fury overcomes bloody cut over eye to beat Wallin
Blood was flowing down Tyson Fury’s right cheek, and Otto Wallin was in his face. His scheduled rematch with Deontay Wilder suddenly in jeopardy, Fury needed to dig...
Fury faces great unknown against Wallin
Tyson Fury shouldn’t have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he’s arguably the best heavyweight fighter...
Brady’s Patriots stomp Steelers; Chiefs beat Jags
Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 341 yards (311 meters) as the New England Patriots began the defense of their Super Bowl title with a 33-3 rout of Pittsburgh...
Australia overcome stubborn England to keep Ashes
Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs at Old Trafford Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the series with just one test remaining.
Charles Leclerc triggered a frenzy of Ferrari celebration Sunday after holding off a racelong Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team’s first home grand prix victory since 2010.
Leclerc fastest in practice for Monza
Charles Leclerc set the pace in practice for his Ferrari team’s home Italian Grand Prix Friday with Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels for...
Leclerc empowered for Ferrari home race
Charles Leclerc will be propelled by an upgraded Ferrari power unit and his own raw emotions this weekend when he bids to claim a second career victory at the Italian...
Leclerc leads Vettel in Belgium
Charles Leclerc knocked teammate Sebastian Vettel off the top of the timesheets to go fastest on a dominant opening day of practice for Ferrari ahead of the Formula One...
A German cinema blitz commences Wednesday with the opening of German Film Week, which will see contemporary and classic films from the country projected through Oct. 1. Running in parallel (Sept. 19-23) is Talents Beirut, an incubator platform for aspiring filmmakers from around the MENA region, affiliated with Berlinale Talents and FID Marseille. Leading off the slate of seven contemporary titles is Andreas Dresen’s award-winning biopic “Gundermann,” the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards.
‘Jojo Rabbit’ wins Toronto audience prize
Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany-set satire “Jojo Rabbit” won the People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, a prize that has historically been one...
Stars rally around Elissa after retirement decision
The pop star Elissa received an outpouring of support over the past 24 hours, calling for her to reconsider a recent decision to quit the music industry that she has...
Lebanese star named best Arab actress 2019
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five...
Lebanese feature ‘1982’ wins TIFF’s NETPAC Award
A Lebanese coming-of-age tale set on the first day of Israel’s 1982 Lebanon invasion has won the Toronto International Film Festival’s prestigious NETPAC Award.
Chagall work painted on a tablecloth
Marc Chagall, the 20th century French-Russian artist who delighted fans with his vividly colored, whimsical works, did many of his paintings using the same nine...
Apple TV+ premieres with star-filled period drama
Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in “Dickinson,” a...
The pop star Elissa received an outpouring of support over the past 24 hours, calling for her to reconsider a recent decision to quit the music industry that she has likened to the mafia.
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five Thirty).
Eleven more women have accused Spanish opera star Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct, allegations that the leading tenor described Thursday as “riddled with inconsistencies.”
Fashion influencer Ferragni steals show at Venice festival
The longest queues at the Venice Film Festival have not been to see Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson.
Red, red wine ... could be good for digestive system
Time to raise a glass to better gut health?
Aquafina drives recycling platform
With a commitment to public responsibility and in line with the company’s long-established values of caring for the environment by reducing waste and acting for the...
Casino du Liban celebrates Greek culture
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner...
Germany celebrates 70 years of currywurst sausage
Germans Wednesday celebrated 70 years of the currywurst, a Berlin specialty of sliced sausage smothered in curry powder and ketchup, as they celebrated its national day.
Five ways the right lighting can elevate your home
When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room.
Chess offers Nigerian slum kids new move
Crowds of children bustle around chessboards in Nigeria’s Lagos, figuring out their next moves as part of a project that aims to bring hope in one of the city’s...
In Ethiopia, a rehabilitation center takes on qat addiction
Yonas Getu Molla started chewing qat as an architecture student, when he and his friends would munch on the leafy stimulant late into the night to help them study.
Heart attacks halved by daily polypill: study
A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third, and heart attacks by...
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner was still being served in Lebanon.
Phoenicia creates gastronomic experience
Grape harvesting tour, wine tasting and a lunch of local ingredients, prepared by international chefs.
Coffee Culture: Resurrection of a trend
Among the daily rush of customers ordering coffee to go in Hamra’s Rossa Cafe sits a group of men in their 70s and 80s
Scientists reported Thursday they had picked up human-like electrical activity in lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether the pea-sized brains are conscious: the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not because the activity resembles that of preterm babies, but they cannot say for certain, opening up a new ethical dimension to this area of research.
Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before
When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her...
Rolling Stones get name on Mars rock that rolled
There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.
Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet - or at least on Facebook.
Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon
An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits.
The idea of starting a Russian choir in rural Australia began as a vodka-fueled lark, but five years on a rag-tag bunch of farmers, lawyers and laborers have become unlikely international folk heroes.
Star Wars hotel like a cruise into space
It’s going to be a cruise to nowhere, but that will be just fine with die-hard “Star Wars” fans.
Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at sea to break the tide.
Australia lowers reef outlook to ‘very poor’
The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans.
Wake up and smell the coffee from Ukrainian sunglasses
Ukraine’s innovative OCHIS eyewear brand is getting customers to literally smell the coffee - by making sunglasses out of coffee waste.
NASA looks into melting ocean ice above Greenland
Skimming low over the gleaming white glaciers on Greenland’s coast in a modified 1940s plane, three NASA scientists, led by an Elvis-impersonating oceanographer, waited...
Banana industry on alert as disease arrives in Colombia
It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus.