A new British ambassador is in town – and he is ready to hit the ground running, looking at ways to improve bilateral ties as well as maintain support for the Lebanese Army.
Controversy erupts over street name in Ghobeiri
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday blasted a municipality that chose to name a street after former Hezbollah military commander Mustafa Badreddine, even as...
Merkel takes gamble with new law on immigration
Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes a new immigration law will make it easier for foreign workers to find jobs in Germany, but her push to fill a record number of vacancies...
U.S. Air Force seeks sharp growth to stay ahead
The U.S. Air Force is predicting it will need to grow sharply over the next decade or so, boosting the number of operational squadrons by nearly a quarter to stay ahead...
Battle to ‘liberate’ Hudaida from rebels resumes
Arab coalition-backed government forces in Yemen launched a series of attacks on rebel-held Hudaida, military officials said Tuesday, raising fears of a humanitarian...
Bird crash causes Czech Airlines to reschedule flight at Beirut airport
A Czech Airlines flight that arrived late to Beirut’s Rafik Hariri airport had to be delayed a second time after a bird hit the plane, a statement from the...
STL: Defense says phones not proved to be Merhi’s
Mohammad Aouini, lead counsel of Hassan Merhi’s defense team, argued Tuesday that his client was not the user of phones linked to the assassination of former Prime...
Wanted man, suspected accomplice arrested in drug crackdown
A man and a woman were arrested in Metn’s Baabdat, in an investigation launched by the Internal Security Forces following an increase in drug deals targeting university...
Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes a new immigration law will make it easier for foreign workers to find jobs in Germany, but her push to fill a record number of vacancies risks angering voters who still resent her open-door refugee policy. With an aging population and a shrinking workforce, Germany needs greater flexibility to fill more than a million empty positions, business leaders say.
Maduro’s Turkish delights draw fury
Videos going viral of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro feasting on a steak prepared by a celebrity chef at a time many in his crisis-wracked nation are going hungry...
Korean leaders meet for business, peace talks
South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday with possibly his hardest mission to date – brokering some kind...
UK: Couple's illness in Salisbury not suspicious
Police say the case of a couple who fell sick at a restaurant near where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent is not suspicious.
Arab coalition-backed government forces in Yemen launched a series of attacks on rebel-held Hudaida, military officials said Tuesday, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis as an 11-week pause in the battle for the port city ended.
More Iran hacks as sanctions loomed: firm
An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm...
Somalian activists: anti-FGM law imperative
A spate of deaths of young girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) has renewed calls for Somalia to outlaw the tradition, one of six FGM-practising nations in Africa...
Amiri withdraws candidacy for Iraqi premiership
Shiite militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, withdrew his candidacy for prime minister Tuesday, putting the country one step closer to...
Uncertainty swirls over Kavanaugh hearing
The woman who has accused President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago has not yet agreed to appear at a public hearing...
The startling rise of costs in end-of-service benefits for retired civil servants, Army and security personnel is adding an unnecessary financial burden and should be seen as a “time bomb,” one leading economist warned Monday.
Saudi fund invests $1B in U.S. electric car firm
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested over $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the...
Trump crushes Iran oil exports ahead of sanctions
Aggressive and undiplomatic, certainly, but also extremely effective. With nearly 50 days to go before new U.S. oil sanctions against Iran enter into force, U.S....
Turkish lira slides as rate-hike euphoria fades
The lira slipped for a third day as the euphoria surrounding last week’s rate hike fades and attention turns to the challenges Turkey’s economy faces.
European shares survive China tariffs
European shares shuddered, then recovered, Tuesday after Beijing retaliated with new tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, less than 24 hours after U.S. President...
Saradar denies it dismissed staff without payoff
Saradar Bank Friday denied claims made by the Syndicate of Bank Employees that the management of the bank did not provide 61 discharged staff sufficient compensations.
Lebanon suspends lump sum tax
The Lebanese authorities Friday have suspended the implementation of the lump sum (fixed) tax in response to the appeals of the private sector.
Turkey continues to lure Lebanese tourists
Turkey’s high season for Lebanese tourists kicked off on a strong note in May of this year, with early bookings on well-priced package deals leading to tight traffic at...
Aggressive and undiplomatic, certainly, but also extremely effective. With nearly 50 days to go before new U.S. oil sanctions against Iran enter into force, U.S. President Donald Trump has already managed to crush the country’s petroleum exports, dealing severe economic damage to Tehran.
Qatar Airways reveals cost of embargo
Qatar Airways revealed the impact of a Saudi-led embargo of its home state while striking a defiant note by suggesting the losses suffered are lower than rival nations...
Qatar stocks shine as Dubai lacks sparkle
When it comes to their Gulf stock-market rivalry, Doha is easily outshining Dubai. The main Qatari equities index is 2018’s best performer worldwide in dollar terms, up...
IMF: UK economy will shrink without Brexit deal
Britain’s economy will shrink if it leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal and it will suffer some damage whatever terms it agrees, the International Monetary...
European shares shuddered, then recovered, Tuesday after Beijing retaliated with new tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, less than 24 hours after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
Who will the U.S.-China tariffs hurt?
By imposing tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, U.S. President Donald Trump has intensified his trade war with Beijing and triggered the...
Traders ramp up bets on U.S. rate hikes
Bond traders are increasing bets the Federal Reserve will raise U.S. short-term interest rates into 2019 as the jobs market tightens and with inflation seen climbing...
U.S. duties spare Apple gadgets but hit cloud industry
The United States will spare Apple Inc's Watch and other consumer gadgets from the latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, according to a list of products released by...
China's yuan down as US fires fresh trade salvo; stocks steady
China's yuan currency pulled back against the dollar in early trading on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington will impose tariffs on an extra $200...
For 70 years, since the creation of Israel, the U.S. has involved itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, often putting the Jewish state’s interests above even its own and, in the supposed pursuit of peace, meting injustice to the 10 million Palestinians inside and outside occupied land.
Imposing a fait accompli
It has grown impossible not to recognize that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have reached the final stretch in their bid to wipe out the Palestinian people, their...
Trump’s Russia sanctions won’t change status quo
U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 12 issued a new executive order authorizing sanctions in response to interference in U.S. elections, likely as an attempt to...
Can trade agreements and labor be friends?
Labor advocates have long complained that international trade agreements are driven by corporate agendas and pay little attention to the interests of working people.
The threat to democracy – from the left
For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession.”
Mass outcry over chaos at Beirut’s airport has reached a peak after weeks of calamity for travelers due to technical, staffing and myriad other issues.
Hands off the text
The Lebanese Constitution, as is the case in every democracy, is not a sacred text like the Bible or Quran, since it carries within its articles the means and tools for...
The Russians have altered the strategic dynamics of approaching war and peace by acting as part-time peacemakers, and warmongers the rest of the time.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 12 issued a new executive order authorizing sanctions in response to interference in U.S. elections, likely as an attempt to stave off two bipartisan bills circulating in the Senate that would mandate significant sanctions against Russia.
The war for peace in Afghanistan
The message from Washington these days appears to be that severing the link between the Taliban and Pakistan is the silver bullet for peace in Afghanistan. It is,...
Battle of the narratives
Over the last two decades, many tools and tactics for preventing violent extremism were used to address symptoms rather than drivers.
Trump’s self-defeating public Palestine policy
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration decided last month to cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides schools, health care,...
Kerry’s memoir shows a strong man
The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump.
A president who places image over principle
Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak.
Why the global growth story might be ending
For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of last week should clarify.
Working with Moscow on cyber regulation
Imagine a bully who’s pounding your head against a wall.
Roberto Firmino came off the bench to strike deep into stoppage time and hand Liverpool a deserved 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield Tuesday.
Messi hat-trick gives Barcelona opening win
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona open their 2018/19 Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven Tuesday. Ousmane Dembele also scored...
Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match
Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the...
Cool Corie steers Croatia into Davis Cup final
BornaCoriekept his cool to prevail in a thrilling winner-takes-all duel with fellow young gun Frances Tiafoe Sunday and steer Croatia into the final of the Davis Cup...
Wade returns to Miami Heat for ‘One Last Dance’
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will play a final season for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision in a YouTube video entitled “One Last Dance.”
Inter strike two late goals to sink Tottenham
Inter Milan staged a late smash-and-grab raid as goals by Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino secured a 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group B...
Kovac, Lopetegui kick off Champions League quest
Coaches with something to prove kick off their Champions League seasons Wednesday. Bayern Munich’s Niko Kovac will be coaching in Europe’s top competition for the first...
FIFA boss no fan of La Liga match in Miami
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed concern about La Liga’s proposal to stage a fixture between Girona and Barcelona in the U.S. The two clubs have each...
Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the Pan Pacific Open, just a week after she won the U.S. Open to become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Querrey fightback keeps US Davis Cup hopes alive
Understudy Sam Querrey came from the verge of two sets down to pull off a remarkable four-set victory over Croatia's talisman Marin Cilic and draw the United States...
Cilic and Coric give Croatia flying start
Marin Cilic gave Croatia a stranglehold over the United States as he beat Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-3 7-6(5) to put the hosts 2-0 ahead in their Davis Cup semifinal in Zadar...
Osaka not saddened by Serena row in final
Naomi Osaka said Thursday Serena Williams’s row with the umpire during the U.S. Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam, largely because she...
Lebanon fall to New Zealand after late collapse
Lebanon collapsed to a 63-60 loss in their World Cup qualification battle against New Zealand Monday after being in the lead for most of the game in Rotorua.
Lebanon conquer China in epic overtime win
An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday.
James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Kaepernick
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he 'stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Ginobili retires after ‘fabulous’ Spurs journey
Manu Ginobili retired at age 41 Monday after a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the San Antonio Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club
A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round near her university campus in central Iowa and had left her body in a pond on the course, police said Tuesday.
Mahomes, Fitzpatrick continue NFL air assaults
Two unheralded quarterbacks dazzled for the second week in a row and a pair of clutch field goal kickers were in the spotlight during the second week of the National...
Alvarez ends Golovkins unbeaten reign
Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin’s unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion Saturday, battling to victory by majority decision in a...
Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin
Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge pulverized the marathon world record with a blistering run Sunday, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best to land...
Simon Yates wins Tour of Spain as Viviani claims final stage
Simon Yates won the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) title on Sunday to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of British Grand Tour winners in 2018.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes won big in Singapore Sunday and the signs are looking ominous for title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.
Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore win
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s...
Raikkonnen fastest,Vettel hits wall in Singapore
Kimi Raikkonen edged out Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap in Friday’s second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, but the Finn’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel...
Vettel needs to find way to hit back in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at the Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year.
Former F1 champion Raikkonen leaving Ferrari for Sauber
Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc.
“For me, every day is a present, and every day is one [day] less,” 80-year-old Josef Koudelka said.
Suburban noir ‘A Simple Favor’ is a noble effort
What evil lurks behind the mommy vlogger with an “oopsie jar”?
Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies
France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naive, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.
Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26: family
Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and...
Netflix ties HBO in total Emmy wins
Streaming service Netflix Inc. and premium cable channel HBO battled to a tie at Monday’s Emmy awards ceremony, with each taking home 23 of the television industry’s...
Beirut Art Week marathon begins
Beirut Art Week kicked off its marathon of events Tuesday, with the annual unveiling of public artworks installed around the Downtown area.
Grand Sofar Hotel reopens its doors to art
The Grand Hotel Casino Ain Sofar was once an opulent jewel where celebrities like Umm Kalthoum and Abdel Halim Hafez spent their summers.
‘Green Book’ wins TIFFs audience award
Peter Farrelly’s dramatic comedy buddy movie “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize...
Calls for respect for black America at Franklin funeral
As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved,...
Lana Del Rey nixes Israel concert after BDS pressure
Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists.
Fans of Aretha Franklin to pay respects before Detroit funeral
Thousands of Aretha Franklin fans are expected to pay their last respects to the Queen of Soul Tuesday and Wednesday when the singer's body lays in repose for two days...
Streaming service Netflix Inc. and premium cable channel HBO battled to a tie at Monday’s Emmy awards ceremony, with each taking home 23 of the television industry’s top honors, though HBO scored the prestigious best drama prize.
'Game of Thrones,' 'Mrs. Maisel' triumph at Emmys
Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award...
Hawke spotlights a little-known legend in ‘Blaze
Ethan Hawke had long been enchanted by the songs of mysterious singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.
Stone, Hill make leap to TV with ‘Maniac’
Actors Emma Stone and Jonah Hill join the list of Hollywood stars turning to television with Netflix’s “Maniac,” a dark comedy mini-series looking at human connection.
Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey
The fall TV season officially kicks off next week and even avant-garde streaming platforms, which release shows nonstop, are part of the traditional September hoopla...
Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea's turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the...
Cranberries singer O'Riordan drowned due to alcohol intoxication: inquest
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest in London was told, media reported on...
Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
Sanctioned Russian singer Kobzon, dubbed Russia's Sinatra, dies aged 80
Veteran Russian singer and pro-Kremlin politician Iosif Kobzon, who was under European Union sanctions for supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, died...
There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and a contingent in red for TV’s big night at the Emmy Awards.
Tisci’s Burberry show a London Fashion Week hit
All eyes were on Burberry Monday as new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci showed his first collection for the venerable British house.
What to say when postpartum depression hits
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their...
Eye exam may predict Alzheimer’s
Advances in eye-exam technology could one day help doctors diagnose people with Alzheimer’s disease long before physical symptoms appear, researchers said Thursday.
Arak celebration shows young-old divide
In the village of Taanayel, tucked into the Bekaa’s forests and vineyards, lunch tables topped with vibrant-colored tablecloths punctuated Lebanon’s annual Arak Festival.
Florals at Preen, Mouret picks lace and feminism
Fashionistas can expect soft feminine looks for their wardrobes next spring, with labels Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Roland Mouret showing plenty of ruffles and lace...
Rare photos offer glimpse into Kennedy family
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has made hundreds of Kennedy family photos viewable online, giving a nation still obsessed with Camelot a candid new...
Voodoo revenge, self-colonoscopy win Ig Nobels
Anyone who’s ever been so furious with their boss that they feel like exacting revenge really needs to listen to Lindie Liang.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories.
Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, medical study says
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8...
Beirut Design Fair extends its borders
The Beirut Design Fair, back this month for its second edition, will again showcase the designs, products and innovations of local and international talents at the...
NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.
Apple Watch inches toward becoming medical device
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday
Apple is expected to unveil its biggest and most expensive iPhone on Wednesday as part of a lineup of three new models aimed at widening the product's appeal amid...
‘Fortnite’: Could it soon be game over for the online craze?
It’s a question millions of parents want answered: Will the wildly popular online survival battle game “Fortnite” soon lose its grip on the attention of their children?
Useful, creepy? Gmail writes replies for you
Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf.
Far from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains.
Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China - despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.
Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Flood-battered west Japan braces for powerful typhoon
A powerful typhoon was expected to make landfall in west Japan on Thursday, raising the risk of more hardship for a region battered by deadly floods in July, and...
Two koalas die in a month at Belgian zoo
Two of the three koalas at a top Belgian zoo have died in the space of a month, officials said Tuesday while rejecting fears of an "epidemic" among the Australian...