The members of Lebanon’s official Druze spiritual leadership Monday decried the invitation of a Druze sheikh from outside their ranks to Sunday’s Arab economic summit, even as the presidency’s media office lauded the summit’s success.
US committed to Lebanon's stability: CENTCOM head
U.S. Central Command head Gen. Joseph Votel stressed his country’s continued support for Lebanon and its Army Tuesday during a visit with President Michel Aoun.
Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried fajita
With just nine weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union, a company is selling worried Britons a survival kit to help them prepare for the worst.
Snowboards out as Paris gets first taste of snow
Paris got its first snowfall of the season Tuesday, prompting travel alerts for commuters but giving snowboard enthusiasts a chance to hit impromptu urban slopes.
Syrian businessman on US sanctions list hosted by UAE
The United Arab Emirates has hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war...
Hariri reshuffles Future Movement leadership
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday issued a series of organizational decisions reshuffling his Future Movement’s leadership, assigning new advisers and...
Italy injects $1.7M into UNRWA after appeal
Italy will provide an additional 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) to the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees in response to an emergency funding appeal from...
Man who admitted to sexually assaulting daughters arrested
A man was arrested Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli on charges of sexually assaulting and raping his daughters, the Internal Security Forces announced Tuesday.
Italy takes fight to new generation in Mafia sting
Anti-mafia police said Tuesday they had dealt a fresh blow to Italy's Cosa Nostra, arresting seven suspected rising-star mobsters after two of the organized crime group...
Lawyer: Suspected US spy had classified docs on him
The lawyer for a former U.S. marine accused of spying by Russia said Tuesday that his client had been misled before his arrest and believed that a thumb drive handed to...
Germany's Barley disappointed by May's Brexit plan
German Justice Minister Katarina Barley said on Tuesday she was disappointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to break a deadlock over Brexit and called on...
The United Arab Emirates has hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011.
Hamas member killed by Israeli tank fire near Gaza border
A Hamas member was killed by Israeli tank fire along the Gaza border Tuesday, the enclave’s Health Ministry said, in what the Israeli army described as a response to...
Israel, US test ballistic missile interceptor
The Israeli and U.S. defense ministries said Tuesday they had successfully tested ballistic missile interceptors deployed at Israeli airbases.
EU slaps sanctions on Russians, Syrian center
The European Union imposed sanctions on Russians blamed for a nerve agent attack in Britain and a Syrian research center as the bloc steps up its action against the use...
Germany bans Iran airline from its airspace
Germany has banned Iran’s Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline’s involvement in Syria, officials said...
The chairman of BLOM Bank, one the two largest lenders in Lebanon, expects his bank to record a slightly higher profit in 2018 compared to 2017 but projects a drop in earnings for the banking sector in 2019 due to the high cost of deposits.
Car sales in Lebanon drop by 11 pct
The drop in car sales in Lebanon in 2018 was another indication that the economic slowdown and political paralysis have hit most businesses in the country.
IMF lowers Saudi, regional growth forecasts
The International Monetary Fund Monday lowered its 2019 economic growth forecast for Saudi Arabia and the region over low oil prices and crude output along with rising...
Saudi stocks enjoy strongest start since ’95
Saudi stocks are enjoying their best start to a year in more than two decades amid improving prospects for oil prices and ahead of their long-awaited inclusion in major...
No-deal Brexit is 'obviously the worst case scenario': IMF's Lagarde
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told CNBC on Tuesday that Brexit poses uncertainty for Europe and U.K. and that a no-deal Brexit is "obviously the worst case...
Qatar to buy $500M in Lebanese govt Eurobonds
Lebanon got a shot in the arm Monday after Qatar announced that it plans to subscribe to $500 million in government bonds.
Qatar to buy $500 million of Lebanese government bonds
Qatar’s foreign minister announced Monday that his country intends to buy $500 million of Lebanese government bonds, according to a statement from the Qatari Foreign...
IFC ready to invest $1B in Lebanon a year
The International Finance Corporation is willing to provide Lebanon with $1 billion in investments and soft loans each year if the government starts executing fiscal...
The International Monetary Fund Monday lowered its 2019 economic growth forecast for Saudi Arabia and the region over low oil prices and crude output along with rising geopolitical tensions.
Germany bans Iran airline on suspicion of spying, terror
Berlin has revoked Iranian airline Mahan's right to operate in Germany, a senior government source told Reuters Monday, giving both safety concerns and the suspicion...
Saudi bonds to join JPMorgan in $119B addition
Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf nations will join JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s emerging-market bond indexes this month, potentially paving the way for billions of dollars in...
Brazil's farm minister worried about Israel embassy move
Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said Friday the farm sector is worried that President Jair Bolsonaro's plan to move Brazil's embassy in Israel to...
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told CNBC on Tuesday that Brexit poses uncertainty for Europe and U.K. and that a no-deal Brexit is "obviously the worst case scenario."
Renault says will hold board meeting Thursday to replace Ghosn
French carmaker Renault said Tuesday that it will hold a board meeting Thursday to name a replacement for its boss Carlos Ghosn, who remains in custody in Japan over...
France watchdog hits Google with $57M fine
France’s data watchdog Monday announced a fine of 50 million euros ($57 million) for U.S. search giant Google, using the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation...
Macron promotes foreign investment at Versailles
French President Emmanuel Macron hosted 150 international business leaders at the Palace of Versailles Monday evening in hopes of producing support for his agenda as...
IMF sees weakest world growth in three years
The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for the world economy, predicting it will grow at the weakest pace in three years in 2019 and warning fresh trade...
International meetings such as the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit are the pinnacle of public relations events. For countries that have the honor of hosting, they are a chance to showcase their hospitality, security and organizational skills, and for their leaders to connect with peers and iron out differences.
Take the civil route
Musa Sadr is a national icon revered by Muslims, Christians and peace-loving Lebanese of all sects.
Saving adolescents from having unplanned children
My country is overwhelmed with teen pregnancies.
America must face reality on China
The agreement in Buenos Aires last December between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping led many to assume that the two countries’ trade...
The world economy goes Hollywood
If there is one useful conclusion that economists and investors can draw from the crazy year that has just ended - indeed, from the whole crazy decade since the Global...
Chance of a lifetime
Since the advent of the 1975-90 Civil War, Lebanon has had a reputation as a cauldron of conflict for much of the world that doesn’t truly know the country.
The clock is ticking
The Lebanese have always prided themselves on being the only democracy in a jungle of dictatorships.
All the shuttle diplomacy, horse-trading, conditions and disputes over ministerial seats and portfolios may seem to keep the political scene in Lebanon active, but the...
Making every development dollar count
In 2017, $146 billion was spent on aid and development. Even this large sum remains a fraction of what would be needed to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable...
The human-rights movement needs America
These are disheartening times for international human-rights advocates.
Trump’s brain drain
America’s high-quality universities are among the key sources of its greatness. Every year, top students from all over the world vie for access to graduate and...
If there is one useful conclusion that economists and investors can draw from the crazy year that has just ended - indeed, from the whole crazy decade since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 - it is this: As they say in Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything.”
Let’s get real about purpose
One year ago, BlackRock chairman and CEO Larry Fink wrote a letter to 500 CEOs asking them to rethink their sense of purpose.
The Gdansk murder and Poland’s polarized politics
The murder of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has sent Poland into a tailspin.
The EU is a great idea that has gone awry
As we watch Britain going through the paroxysms relating to Brexit, it is easy to view its decision to leave the European Union as an act of foolishness, a...
What Americans are fighting for in Manbij
If you wonder what the four Americans who were killed Wednesday in Manbij, Syria, were doing there, let me describe a few images from a visit to that city last February...
French maritime authorities said Tuesday that a light aircraft lost radar contact over the English channel late Monday, but could not confirm whether Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala was on board.
Japan, Australia, UAE through in Asian Cup
Title contenders Japan and Australia scraped through tough last-16 games at the Asian Cup Monday, joined by the hosts UAE.
Serena outslugs Halep as Djokovic battles on
A fired-up Serena Williams slugged past world No. 1 Simona Halep Monday as she inches ever closer to a 24th Grand Slam title, while Novak Djokovic survived a battle to...
Serena edges top seed Halep to reach quarters
erena Williams staved off a spectacular fightback from world number one Simona Halep to win 6-1 4-6 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Monday.
Sagesse get another Champville thrashing
Champville inflicted another damaging defeat on past rivals Sagesse Sunday, trouncing the fallen giants 99-66 for their fifth win in six in the Lebanese Basketball...
Cristiano Ronaldo avoids jail, gets hefty fine for tax fraud
Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail Tuesday but was ordered to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid, a Madrid court ruled.
Japan edge Saudis to reach Asian Cup quarter-finals
A first-half goal from Takehiro Tomiyasu was enough to send Japan into the Asian Cup quarter-finals for the eighth consecutive tournament after a 1-0 win over Saudi...
Pacquiao beats Broner in unanimous decision win
WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed flashes of his past brilliance as he delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien...
A fired-up Serena Williams slugged past world No. 1 Simona Halep Monday as she inches ever closer to a 24th Grand Slam title, while Novak Djokovic survived a battle to stay on course for a record seventh Australian Open crown.
Federer, Kerber stunned as Nadal through
Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by fiery Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who ended his bid for a record seventh Australian Open Sunday on a day of upsets that...
Federer knocked out by Greek wunderkind Tsitsipas
Roger Federer's bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed Sunday as Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master and become his...
Birthday boy Tiafoe topples Dimitrov to reach quarters
Unseeded American Frances Tiafoe gifted himself the perfect 21st birthday present by stunning Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6(6) 6-7(1) 7-5 in the fourth round of...
Champville inflicted another damaging defeat on past rivals Sagesse Sunday, trouncing the fallen giants 99-66 for their fifth win in six in the Lebanese Basketball League.
Siakam lifts Raptors over Suns, Embiid shines for Sixers
Pascal Siakam banked in the winning shot at the final buzzer as the Toronto Raptors won their eighth consecutive home game with a 111-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns...
Curry and Warriors outgun Pelicans, Harden sizzles in loss
Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the New Orleans...
Warriors score record 51 points in 1st quarter in win over Nuggets
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors amassed an NBA record 51 first-quarter points Tuesday on the way to a 142-111 win over Denver in a duel for the Western...
Haidar stars as Beirut trounce Atlas
Ali Haidar finished with a game-high 21 points as Beirut Club bounced back from three straight losses with a 97-72 rout of Atlas in the Lebanese Basketball League at...
Five-time champion Tom Brady guided the New England Patriots into their third consecutive Super Bowl, where they will face a Los Angeles Rams squad that advanced Sunday in dramatic but controversial fashion.
Cejudo defends belt with fast win over Dillashaw
Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound title in New York.
Old guard v young guns in NFL conference clashes
Two generations of quarterback talent go head-to-head Sunday as the battle for Super Bowl berths reaches its climax with the most eagerly anticipated Conference...
Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in championships
Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes.
Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships
The NFL's highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday.
Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher turned 50 Thursday with Formula One and his fans paying tribute to the sport’s most successful driver with a mixture of celebration and sorrow.
Iraq Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
‘Gotti,’ Trump get Razzie ‘worst film’ nods
John Travolta’s mob movie flop “Gotti” and President Donald Trump were nominated Monday for the Razzie Awards for the worst films of 2018 after a year that organizers...
Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died
Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis – and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many...
Lady Gaga wins best original song at Golden Globes
Lady Gaga's songwriting chops have won her the second Golden Globe of her career.
Nadine Labaki's Capernaum nominated for Oscar for best foreign language film
Nadine Labaki's Capernaum nominated for Oscar for best foreign language film
Saudi Arabia reviving its ancient past
Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the center of efforts to put the reclusive...
PBS film highlights Native American links to rock
As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina.
V&A explores 400 years of opera
Anyone living in or visiting Muscat in the next few months will have the chance to witness an operatic treat, with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum bringing its...
Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis – and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82.
Majida el-Roumi serenades Saudi historical ruins
Renowned Lebanese soprano Majida el-Roumi performed at the Winter at Tantoura festival in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula province Friday night, marking the stars first...
First Thai cave rescue film due out on mission anniversary
A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the "Wild Boars" football team says his focus is on authenticity and...
Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV
Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV...
'Game of Thrones' final season to debut on April 14
"Game of Thrones" fans, get ready.
Alfonso Cuaron wins Golden Globe for best director
Auteur Alfonso Cuaron picked up the third Golden Globe of his career Sunday for directing "Roma," his deeply evocative, semi-autobiographical paean to growing up in...
U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.
4 weddings and a robbery? Hugh Grant seeks script return
British actor Hugh Grant has a plea for the thief who broke into his car: Please return the script that was inside.
Kevin Spacey charged with indecent assault in groping case
Kevin Spacey was formally charged Monday with the indecent assault of a teenager who alleged the U.S. actor groped him at a bar in Massachusetts in 2016.
Roaring along Baghdad’s highways, the “Iraq Bikers” are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: They want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq’s deep sectarian rifts.
Marie Kondo show spotlights women’s unpaid work
A hit Netflix show featuring a Japanese guru who claims decluttering can change your life has sparked a global craze for tidying - and shone a light on the amount of...
What the latest dieting studies tell us
Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among...
Starving to obese: Nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for change
With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is...
‘Super blood wolf moon’ woos sky watchers across globe
An unusual set of celestial circumstances came together over Sunday night and in the wee hours of Monday for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and the Americas, where the...
Use your noodle: Tokyo metro offers free food to ease crowding
One of Tokyo’s most crowded subway lines is hoping the way to reach their customers’ hearts is through their stomachs, and is now offering free food to ease rush hour...
Dowdy no more: Men in suits storm back into style
Many had thought it as good as dead, destined for a place in fashion oblivion next to plus fours.
Dior pulls the stars in conveyor-belt show
The black box construction branded “DIOR” was so big that it had even obscured the view of the Eiffel Tower.
Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year. Two major studies last year provided more fuel for a particularly polarizing topic - the role carbs play in making us fat.
An unusual set of celestial circumstances came together over Sunday night and in the wee hours of Monday for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and the Americas, where the moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow.
Japan launches satellite for artificial meteors
A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower blasted into space Friday, Japanese scientists said.
Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night
Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one.
China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night
A cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China's historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two...
Chinese seed from lunar lander sprouts on moon
A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said Tuesday.
Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter.
SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.
Designed for the track, developed for the road
Acknowledged as a pioneer of race driven technology, McLaren finally decided to build a sports car to be driven every day of the week.
In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.