A new war of words flared up Tuesday between rival ministers over the constitutionality of a decree promoting a number of Army officers, reflecting a deepening political rift between the president and the speaker of Parliament, and marking a grave escalation in a monthlong standoff that threatens to plunge the country into uncertainty and paralyze the work of state institutions.
Hariri, ICRC discuss return of Syrian refugees
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday discussed the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, during a meeting with a delegation from the International Committee of...
Italian lawmakers pass anti-terror military mission to Niger
Italian lawmakers have approved sending a military mission to Niger to combat human trafficking and terrorism.
Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila: UN
Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior UN official told a news conference in Geneva.
Saudi preacher shot dead in Guinea village
A Saudi Arabian preacher was shot dead in Guinea's east after organizing a prayer service that angered some villagers in the majority-Muslim West African country.
Aoun downplays rift with Berri
President Michel Aoun Wednesday downplayed the furor surrounding a controversial decree that has sparked tensions between the president and Speaker Nabih Berri in...
State Security arrests fugitive, asks victims to come forward
State Security arrested a Lebanese man wanted for fraud, extortion and counterfeiting, a statement from the agency announced Wednesday.
Lebanon a solid partner in fighting terrorism: EU's Lassen
Lebanon has proved a solid partner with the European Union in fighting terrorism, the EU Ambassador said Wednesday.
UN must step up pressure on Pakistan: US
US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan.
EU accuses Russia of 'orchestrated' disinformation campaign
The European Union accused Russia of pumping out thousands of pieces of disinformation in an "orchestrated strategy" aimed at destabilizing the bloc.
Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 12, injure 48: govt aid agency
Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 48 others in an attack on Wednesday on the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.
Greek, Turkish patrol ships collide near disputed islets
A Greek gunboat Wednesday collided with a Turkish patrol boat near a disputed islet group in the Aegean, the Greek navy said.
Syria peace talks to resume in Vienna Jan 25-26: UN
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting to be held next week in Vienna,...
Half of drought-hit Somalia needs aid in 2018: UN
About 6.2 million people in Somalia - half the population - need emergency aid, such as food, water and shelter, due to unprecedented drought and ongoing conflict.
Ethiopian PM arrives in Egypt for talks on sharing Nile
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo for a two-day visit to discuss a massive dam that Egypt fears will cut into its share of the Nile.
Saudi-based company Kingdom Holding sold its stake in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for $120 million to a group of Lebanese and Arab investors, sources said Tuesday.
Beirut to host Chinese trade agency office
Lebanon has been chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon’s Foreign...
Palestinians see Gaza peace dividend pass them by
Life began to look up for Gaza’s Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October...
Jordan to increase fuel, bread prices: reports
Jordan is to increase the price of fuel and bread as it seeks tax revenues to redress a debt-riddled economy rattled by the war in neighboring Syria, reports said...
Goldman Sachs posts $1.9B loss due to new tax law
Goldman Sachs posted a $1.93 billion loss in the fourth quarter as the investment bank had to record more than $4 billion in charges related to the new tax law. It was...
Chinese trade agency selects Beirut for MENA office
Lebanon was chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon's Foreign Ministry...
BDL calls time on selling insurance from banks
The Central Bank (Banque du Liban) has asked commercial banks not to sell insurance policies from their branches and to refrain from promoting insurance products with...
Khoury: McKinsey to pitch Lebanon economic model
International consulting group McKinsey & Company will submit a recommendation to the Lebanese government in the next five to six months on the ideal economic model...
Life began to look up for Gaza’s Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October brought a drop in crippling prices.
Looser dollar peg strengthens Moroccan dirham
It finally happened: Morocco eased its grip on the dirham.
Kazakhstan to purchase Boeing planes, build new GE locomotives
Kazakhstan President said the country has reached agreements with several US companies worth billions, including contracts to supply passenger planes and locomotives to...
Firms split with McKinsey in South Africa
Coca-Cola Co.’s South African units and oil and gas company Sasol Ltd. aren’t awarding new business to McKinsey & Co. pending the outcome of corruption probes into the...
Goldman Sachs posted a $1.93 billion loss in the fourth quarter as the investment bank had to record more than $4 billion in charges related to the new tax law. It was the bank's first quarterly loss in more than six years
China to step up cryptocurrency crackdown
China is preparing for a new crackdown on cryptocurrency, planning to stamp out remaining trading in the country, according to state media.
Carillion collapse costs staff, suppliers
The collapse of British services group Carillion started to hurt thousands of small contractors Tuesday, with some laying off workers after the rapid demise of a...
Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge
Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible...
Dow breaches 26,000 mark
Wall Street’s main indexes rose sharply Tuesday, with the Dow hitting the 26,000 mark for the first time, as the fourth-quarter earnings season kicked into high gear.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office was marked by broken promises and the application of pressure against the Palestinians.
Use fame to spur change
Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech over the weekend was not only a challenge to successful women to use their fame and popularity for worthy causes, such as empowering...
Rivalry between two rebel groups in Syria
On Oct. 10, 2017, Al-Jabha al-Shamiya (the Levantine Front) handed over the Bab al-Salama checkpoint along the Turkish-Syrian border, to the Syrian interim government...
How Britain could change its mind about Brexit
Will 2018 be the year when the United Kingdom changes its mind about leaving the European Union?
NKorea nuclear crisis will resume after Olympics
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing...
True face of Lebanon
Picture if you will tens of thousands of people from numerous sects joining together across the country in brotherhood to celebrate the advent of the New Year.
Happy New Year?
As another year comes to a close, the Lebanese people, as they do every year, rekindle a sense of hope that things will finally change for the better.
Suffer the children
Recent years have left no doubt that Syria’s conflict has been one of the dirtiest, fiercest and the most complex wars.
On Oct. 10, 2017, Al-Jabha al-Shamiya (the Levantine Front) handed over the Bab al-Salama checkpoint along the Turkish-Syrian border, to the Syrian interim government along with all its staff and financial resources.
A Bangladeshi prescription for cholera
By now, cholera should be history.
Why is Japan populist-free?
Even as a wave of right-wing populism is sweeping Europe, the United States, India and parts of Southeast Asia, Japan has so far appeared to be immune.
Good times at last?
In February 2017, I wrote an optimistic commentary called “The Global Economy’s Surprising Resilience.”
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing its continuing confrontation with North Korea.
Iran faces a period of instability
The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago.
Study reveals small but powerful Iran cyberthreat
When it comes to cyberweapons, America is an elephant and Iran is a flea.
The Pentagon’s puzzles for 2018
As Vice President Mike Pence fawningly praised Donald Trump’s achievements at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, the camera caught Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shuffling his...
Feltman: North Korea reluctant to enter talks
A senior U.N. envoy who visited Pyongyang this month with a pressing appeal for diplomacy was told by his North Korean hosts that it was “too early” for steps that...
Ronaldinho, "the ever-smiling magician" of Barcelona, as described by his former club, has ended his professional career.
VAR intervenes for FA Cup goal in 1st for English soccer
In a first for English soccer, a goal was awarded thanks to the intervention of a video assistant referee as Leicester advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup Tuesday.
Tsonga fights back to beat Shapovalov in five-set thriller
Former winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought back to vanquish rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Wozniacki scrapes through Australian Open epic
Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points to scrape through to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday after being 5-1 down in the final set to unheralded...
Durant in command as Warriors down Cavs
Kevin Durant scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Cleveland Cavaliers with a late rally to score a 118-108 win in a pulsating clash between the...
Sanchez move hinges on Mkhitaryan deal
Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way, the Armenian player’s agent said Tuesday as Antonio Conte...
Wenger allegedly branded referee Dean a disgrace
Arsene Wenger reportedly called Mike Dean a “disgrace” and accused the referee of dishonesty after barging into the official’s dressing room for a furious rant...
Suarez back to his lethal best
Since the start of the season La Liga leaders Barcelona have been flying, but the same is not true for striker Luis Suarez.
Federer, Djokovic take control in Melbourne
Flawless Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stamped their mark on the Australian Open Tuesday with focused former champion Maria Sharapova also successfully negotiating...
Djokovic: Players met but boycott not discussed
Novak Djokovic has rejected reports that leading men could potentially boycott future Grand Slams over prize money, though he did confirm that players held an hourlong...
Nadal into 3rd round; Wozniacki saves 2 MPs to advance
Rafael Nadal had to wait while Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points and worked her way back into the Australian Open in the preceding match on Rod Laver Arena.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Cleveland Cavaliers with a late rally to score a 118-108 win in a pulsating clash between the two NBA archrivals Monday.
No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game
Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.
Durant's 32 points send Warriors past LeBron, Cavs 118-108
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King...
Davis powers Pelicans, Timberwolves beat Portland
Anthony Davis scored a season-high 48 points as the New Orleans Pelicans rallied from a 19-point third quarter deficit to defeat the New York Knicks 123-118 in overtime...
Cyrille Regis, pioneering black soccer player, dies at 59
Cyrille Regis, a pioneer for black soccer players in England who endured racist abuse while forging a career with West Bromwich Albion and playing for England, has died.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was in talks for a blockbuster bout with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered the best "pound-for-pound" fighter on the planet.
Joshua laughs off Parker’s drug taunts
Britain’s Anthony Joshua dismissed a claim by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker he is the “king of steroids” ahead of their world heavyweight title unification bout.
England says Stokes available for selection following charge
England allrounder Ben Stokes is available to play international cricket again while he contests a charge of affray following a violent incident outside a nightclub in...
Jones extends England rugby contract until 2021
England coach Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in one of rugby's most high-profile jobs until 2021.
Vikings dump Saints on last-play shocker
Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs on a desperation game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass on Sunday’s final play, giving the Minnesota Vikings a dramatic 29-24 NFL...
Lewis Hamilton’s social media posts have long been a talking point in Formula One but the absence of any from the four-time world champion so far this year is also attracting attention.
Formula One: Ferrari pay tribute as Schumacher turns 49
Italian Formula One team Ferrari paid tribute to Michael Schumacher on Wednesday as the former seven-time world champion turned 49 years
F1 champion Hamilton apologizes for video mocking nephew
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has apologized for posting a video online in which he can be heard yelling at his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.
Everything belongs to fiction.
France considers loaning Britain historic Bayeux Tapestry
French officials said Wednesday they plan to loan the historic Bayeux Tapestry to Britain, allowing the 11th-century artwork depicting the conquest of England to leave...
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said....
Egypt detains female singer for debauchery over racy video
Egypt has detained a female singer over a racy video posted online, the second singer to face such legal action in recent months.
Cult movie ‘Heathers’ gets TV makeover
The 1988 cult movie “Heathers” and the title characters get makeovers in a new TV series.
Death of Cranberries singer not suspicious
Dolores O’Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly at a London hotel Monday.
Al Bustan Festival is Bach in style
Al Bustan International Festival of Music will celebrate its 25th edition this year, with a program around Johann Sebastian Bach – the composer whose music, for many,...
Liam Neeson rides again in ‘The Commuter’
“Lives are on the line” – the tagline for the Liam Neeson Metro-North thriller “The Commuter” – feels like a missed opportunity.
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. The cause of death was unclear.
Music sales soar in US, as streaming takes over market
Music sales grew at a robust pace for a third straight year in the United States in 2017 as listeners kept flocking to streaming outlets, an industry monitor said...
SZA breaks out with five Grammy nods
After SZA created the drums-drenched, reggae-tinged song “Consideration,” she thought she had finally found the sound of her debut album.
Costner says he’s no fan of sequels
Kevin Costner isn’t a big believer in doing film sequels for a simple reason.
Clooney to make TV return for ‘Catch-22’
American actor-director George Clooney will produce, co-direct and act in the new series “Catch-22,” the celebrity’s first regular television role since he left “ER”...
DiCaprio to star in Manson-era Tarantino film
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader.
Whately revisits Bowie to show final years
After British filmmaker Francis Whately captured David Bowie in his 2013 film, “David Bowie: Five Years,” he thought documenting the life of his musical hero was...
Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari has acknowledged a sexual encounter with an anonymous accuser but insisted it was "completely consensual."
Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegations
Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.
Liam Neeson: 'Bit of a witch hunt' over sex allegations
Actor Liam Neeson says the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked "a bit of a witch hunt."
Einstein archives, letters to lovers set for Asian exhibits
Handwritten pages from Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, letters to his lovers and other parts of his archive stored in Jerusalem are to be exhibited for the...
Ricky Martin ties knot with partner Jwan Yosef
Singer Ricky Martin of "Livin' la Vida Loca" fame announced Wednesday he has married his partner of two years, Jwan Yosef.
A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Melania’s fashion style true to her Europe roots
Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband’s “America First” agenda and stay true to her roots, if there’s a message to be taken from her...
Early periods, menopause linked to heart disease: study
Women who started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger, or entered menopause before 47, face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study...
Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells: study
Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said on...
Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans
David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging...
Adventurous Armani, fanciful Fendi close Milan
And in a flash, it was over.
For Prada, black nylon is a safe haven in a storm
With social and political crises unsettling the globe, Milan Fashion Week was all about slogans this season.
Top fashion photographers accused of harassment
Male models who worked with top fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances and unnecessary...
Women who started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger, or entered menopause before 47, face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published Tuesday.
Two tomatoes a day may keep lung disease at bay
Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all, scientists said Thursday.
Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China, enters human food
Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner...
Scientists tune into brain to uncover music's healing power
Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking...
David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems.
What robot strippers say about sexism in tech
On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines – not to mention our robot future.
Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts
Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a...
Gadgets for kids still big despite concerns
The children’s section at the giant Consumer Electronics Show this week touted “innovations that enable 21st-century kids to learn and play smarter than ever.”
GM seeks US approval for car with no steering wheel
General Motors is seeking approval from US regulators for an autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, the automaker announced Friday.
Germany's competition watchdog Thursday rubbished Lufthansa's claim that recent price hikes on domestic routes were purely down to automated booking software, saying companies shouldn't "hide behind algorithms".
Signature Parisian drinks and where to find them
Thirsty for fabulous sightseeing, strolling and shopping?
German high-end carmaker BMW said Friday it booked record sales for the seventh year in a row in 2017, but continued to trail rival Mercedes-Benz.
Hyundai, Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021
Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with U.S. based self-driving technology startup Aurora...
Sales of large cars remain bright spot in slowing US auto market
Automakers were on track Wednesday to report the first annual decline in U.S. sales since the financial crisis, a dip offset by continued strength in the sales of...
Let’s restrict abuse of power to the asphalt
Hey look at that, another year passed.
Future of cars more fantastic than we imagined
Whenever any discussion tackles the subject of the future, cars somehow end up taking center stage.