The Environment Ministry plans to request at least $5 million to establish a so-called sanitary landfill in place of a local dump in Dinnieh whose closure earlier this year has led garbage to pile up in several municipalities.
Lebanon to pass naval force plan by Aug. 31: PM
Lebanon is looking to increase its naval capabilities and Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday announced that he would do his best to have a plan endorsed by his...
Some 20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines: U.N.
More than one in 10 children - or 20 million worldwide - missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the...
Trump moves to effectively end asylum at south border
The Trump administration said Monday it would end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s...
Some Iranians take off hijabs as hard-liners push back
The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran’s streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab.
MPs to raise Hezbollah sanctions issue in U.S.
A parliamentary delegation headed by MP Ali Bazzi will go to Washington this week for a conference, where it will raise the issue of the recent U.S. sanctioning of two...
Hassan launches South Lebanon e-services
Interior Minister Raya El Hassan Monday launched a website and mobile app for South Lebanon that aim to facilitate government services and save citizens’ time.
Group smuggling 40,000 Captagon pills busted
The Internal Security Forces announced Monday that it had busted a group of five people who admitted that they attempted to smuggle 40,000 Captagon pills through the...
More than one in 10 children - or 20 million worldwide - missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said Monday.
Drug gangs behind Sri Lanka Easter bombings: president
International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s leader claimed Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on...
Major prisoner swap between Russia, Ukraine in limbo
A much-anticipated prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was thrown into uncertainty Monday after a Ukrainian court postponed a hearing that was expected to release...
Venezuelan government, opposition resume talks in Barbados
The Venezuelan government and the opposition are resuming talks aimed at ending the political crisis in their country.
Turkey marks third anniversary of failed coup
Turkey Monday marked the third anniversary of a bloody attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against a backdrop of growing tensions with the West.
Shock, anger as videos
of brutal Sudan raid go viral
Days after a blackout on mobile internet services ended, Sudanese are shocked by the content of online videos and photographs that appear to document last month’s...
Outrage after Hamas official urges Palestinians to kill Jews
A senior member of Hamas has encouraged Palestinians across the globe to kill Jews, drawing outrage from both Israeli and Palestinian officials as well as a U.N. envoy.
U.S. limits Zarif’s movements in NYC
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was heading Monday to the United Nations after the United States issued him a visa but restricted his movements amid...
One of the leading investment banks in the world gave an upbeat assessment of Lebanon’s sovereign Eurobonds when it asserted that these bonds are undervalued.
Gross public debt at $85 billion at end-May 2019
Lebanon’s gross public debt up to May 2019 rose by 0.3 percent to $85.4 billion compared to $85.1 billion in the same period of 2018.
Mood sours in Saudi markets after bonanza
Investors are starting to tune out the noise of the billions of dollars that flowed into Saudi bonds and stocks in the first half of the year after the kingdom’s...
Syria repairs gas pipeline after sabotage
The Syrian government said a gas plant resumed operations Monday after repairs to a key pipeline put out of service by a sabotage attack at the weekend.
Why Bud failed to sell the king of IPOs
For months, executives from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV raced to prepare for a listing of its Asian subsidiary, Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Ltd.
$90 million in funding for SMEs
Eighty million euros ($90 million) in funds will be made available to small and medium enterprises who wish to convert to sustainable energy by the European Investment...
Gulf tourism mostly unfazed by clashes: industry
Hotel reservations by Gulf tourists in the Aley area have slowed down following the deadly shootout at the end of last month, industry figures said, but Tourism...
US steps up pressure on Lebanon over Hezbollah
A senior U.S. official Tuesday urged the Lebanese government to freeze the accounts and assets of three high-ranking officials who have been sanctioned by the U.S....
Investors are starting to tune out the noise of the billions of dollars that flowed into Saudi bonds and stocks in the first half of the year after the kingdom’s upgrade to emerging-market status.
Iraq's southern oil exports average 3.42 mln bpd so far in July
Iraq's oil exports from its southern ports have reached 3.42 million barrels per day (bpd) so far in July, two oil officials told Reuters Monday.
Riyadh pledges to keep doing OPEC’s heavy lifting
Saudi Arabia is fulfilling its pledge to make deeper cuts in oil output than the OPEC+ agreement on output requires, according to the first indication of the kingdom’s...
U.S. goods seep into Iran
At a trendy restaurant in Iran’s capital, customers sip Coca-Cola through bending straws as waiters bring caddies to their tables full of Heinz ketchup and two types of...
Tech tax set to dominate G-7 finance meeting
A row over taxing tech giants is set to dominate a meeting of G-7 finance ministers near Paris this week, with the world’s leading industrialized nations already riven...
Amazon staff stage strikes in Germany on big sale day
Amazon employees went on strike at seven locations in Germany Monday, demanding better wages as the U.S. online retail giant launched its two-day global shopping...
China says no cooperation with US companies that sell arms to Taiwan
China's government and companies will cut business ties with U.S. firms involved in selling arms to Taiwan, China's foreign ministry said Monday.
Turkey to keep drilling ‘with determination’
Turkey will keep drilling for gas in waters off Cyprus if the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government does not accept a cooperation proposal put forward by...
Israel’s recent moves in the West Bank, which all aim at annexation, expropriation and evictions, have made the purpose of the Bahrain conference very clear.
Back to earth
In 2016, the Lebanese celebrated the election of a new president with Reform and Change as the promise the country was waiting for.
What Russians are protesting about
Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, now chair of Russia’s Accounts Chamber, has warned that the country risks an “explosion” of protests caused by declining living...
Slave labor in America’s prison system
Blaming manufacturing-job losses on low-wage foreign competition, or, increasingly, on automation has become a staple of populist politics in developed countries.
Democratic surprise: Why not get tough on Iran?
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also...
The blight of anarchy
There are many absurdities that plague Lebanon, but perhaps one of the more outrageous practices is the blocking of key conduits by burning tires whenever anyone,...
Students come first
Somewhere along the way people appear to have completely forgotten the true purpose of the Lebanese University.
Cart before the horse
If the Bahrain conference, ostensibly to unveil the Trump administration’s “deal of the century,” proves anything, it’s that after 70 odd years, the Americans still do...
Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, now chair of Russia’s Accounts Chamber, has warned that the country risks an “explosion” of protests caused by declining living standards and widespread poverty.
Does the Group of 20 still matter today?
When the G-20 leaders held their first summit in late 2008, many welcomed what looked like a diverse, highly representative new forum for crafting common solutions to...
The road to another Mideast war
The best illustration of the incoherence of the administration’s strategy toward Iran came in a recent White House press release. “There is little doubt that even...
Like it or not, Democrats, Trump is on a roll
The agonizing fact for Democrats this summer is that President Trump appears to be gaining ground on domestic and foreign policy, while his potential challengers are...
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also endorse a broader, new negotiation that addresses Iran’s meddling in the region and removes sanctions against Tehran.
Trump played a hunch with Kim. Now what?
In dealing with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump should remember that he is a snake handler, not a snake charmer. (The same advice applies to Kim,...
Trump cannot rewrite the American story
President Donald Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail.
Trump’s weakness in showdown with Iran
Sometimes in foreign policy, the best course of action for a powerful country is the most limited, at least visibly.
Demonizing one another won’t bridge our divide
When Paula White, who’s often described as President Trump’s personal spiritual adviser, railed in her invocation at his re-election kickoff railed last week against...
Neymar returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain Monday, a week later than his teammates and days after controversially claiming his best football memory was beating PSG when he played for Barcelona.
Senegal reach Africa Cup of Nations final
Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for the second time with a Dylan Bronn own goal giving them a 1-0 win over Tunisia earlier Sunday in a tense last-four...
Serbia press crowns Djokovic ‘King of Tennis’
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion...
Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic
Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss threw at him to claim a fifth Wimbledon title in the...
It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcome change
There is no favorite.
Neymar renews war of words with PSG
Neymar fired another shot in his battle with Paris St. Germain after saying his favorite football memory was Barcelona’s incredible 2017 comeback win over PSG that...
282 held over unrest in France after Algeria football win
A total of 282 people were arrested in France after unrest following the Algerian football team's qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the interior...
England striker Peter Crouch announces retirement
Ex-England striker Peter Crouch Friday announced his retirement from football at the age of 38 after two decades as a professional.
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion Roger Federer.
Novak: King of court but not of people’s hearts
From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place among the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both divide and...
Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic
Here’s a fact box on Novak Djokovic, who beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to win his 16th Grand Slam title Sunday.
Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy
Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set...
Clippers make their move, land Leonard, George
The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off two major acquisitions late Friday night, as ESPN and The Athletic reported that free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the...
Durant, Irving make Nets talk of the town
Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. But Sunday, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin...
Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant says he will signing with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
Tearful Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season Monday.
Ex-Olympic boxing gold medalist and four-weight world champion Pernell Whitaker has died after a traffic accident in Virginia, police confirmed Monday.
Crosswind sends Alaphilippe clear on Tour
Dutch rookie Wout van Aert won stage 10 of the Tour de France Monday as Julian Alaphilippe extended his overall lead after a blistering late charge split the peloton.
More joy for Impey with victory in stage nine
South African Daryl Impey added an individual stage win to his Tour de France happy memories when he prevailed at the end of a long breakaway from St. Etienne Sunday.
England win Cricket World Cup
England won the World Cup for the first time as they beat New Zealand in a dramatic Super Over after a nerve-shredding final ended in a tie at Lord’s Sunday. After Eoin...
Thomas gains time on rivals in brutal finish
Defending champion Geraint Thomas gained time on his rivals in a brutal finish in the sixth stage of the Tour de France as several top guns cracked in the lung-busting...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points. Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favor by handing the home favorite a free pit stop in a thrilling race.
Bottas leads Hamilton in U.K. practice
Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in practice for the Formula One leader’s home British Grand Prix Friday, with...
Decade of dominance for King of the Ring Marquez
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez kept his crown as “King of the Ring” with a 10th successive German Grand Prix victory, across all classes, Sunday to stretch his overall...
Verstappen wins in wheel-banging Austrian duel
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix and ended Formula One champions Mercedes’ streak of success, after beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in a...
Vinales wins at Assen, Marquez stretches lead
Spaniard Maverick Vinales won the Dutch TT at Assen Sunday for Yamaha’s first win of the year while Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez settled for second to extend his...
With a wall of painted birds, Hassaan el Samad’s “Memorial to Wildlife,” hung in Saleh Barakat Gallery’s upstairs rooms, makes a plea to the people of Lebanon to respect their environment and the creatures that inhabit it.
The moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too
In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope.
Social media reacts to Marcel Khalife’s refusal to play national anthem at Baalbeck performance
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the...
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be performing there in the latest eye-popping announcement as the kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.
Stevie Wonder getting kidney transplant this fall
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this...
Egypt opens two of oldest pyramids
Egypt Saturday opened two of its oldest pyramids, located about 40 kilometers south of the capital Cairo, to visitors for the first time since 1965.
Director of refugee odyssey laments attacks
The reality of her homeland’s lurch to the far-right has seen artists branded as leftists and criminals, laments Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy, who only wishes...
Wael Kfoury opens Beirut Holidays with charisma
Lebanese pop star Wael Kfoury took the capital by storm Thursday night, with his concert to open the Beirut Holidays festival.
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the national anthem while opening the Baalbeck International Festival.
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.
Brazilians mourn death of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto
Brazilians – most of them at least – are mourning the loss of Jo?o Gilberto, one of the inventors of bossa nova music, which gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s.
US fashion icon, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dead at 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes...
As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.
Fifty years on, giant leap into the unknown
The first four days of Apollo 11’s journey to the moon had gone according to plan, but just 20 minutes before landing, the atmosphere grew tense as the crew encountered...
Lower trust in vaccines among people in richer countries: survey
People in Europe have the lowest levels of trust in vaccines, according to a global survey of public attitudes toward health and science published Wednesday.
Blazing the trail for Ultra running in Lebanon
“Why would you run on tarmac when you can run on beautiful trails, and why would you run on roads when you can run through Cedar reserves?”
Heavenly day at ‘Neighborhood of the Sky’
On a rugged mountain peak nearly 1,000 meters above the red-tiled roofs of Bsharri in north Lebanon, a blissful summer getaway awaits those ready to make an effort to...
Anti-harassment angels hit Montreal’s clubs
On a Friday night, amid the flashing lights and heavy heat of Montreal’s Datcha nightclub, a drunken young man weaves his way through the crowd, grabbing women at the...
A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of...
California exhibit paints Ed Hardy as artist, tattoo pioneer
When people hear the name Ed Hardy, they likely think of the flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing that rocketed to popularity in the 2000s, appearing on the...
Summer festivals dealing with funding challenges
Lebanon’s famous summer festivals, a staple of many communities across the country, face hardships this year with the absence of public funding.
An enchanting Lebanese tea party
Nestled at the top of a narrow alley in Gemmayzeh lies an ornate metal gate, shaded from the sun by trees and climbing plants.
To beer or not to beer: Locals hop together
The third edition of the Beirut International Beer Event has high hopes for this year, aiming to bring together local and international craft beer to encourage more...
MOSCOW: Russia's space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.
U.K. spy agency decrypts secrets in exhibition
Historic gadgets used by British spies will be revealed for the first time later this week, as one of the country’s intelligence agencies steps out the shadows to mark...
Scientists uncover how some fish can change sex as adults
New Zealand researchers are offering the first detailed view of the molecular machinery that allows some fish to change their sex.
Armstrong hometown set to mark moon landing
An Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son’s history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
Cosmic waves finding could unlock mysteries
Scientists were celebrating a groundbreaking astronomical discovery that they say could pave the way for mapping the outer reaches of the universe. An Australian-led...
The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said Monday.
Rebuilding China’s Great Wall
Nature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking - and...
Pearls of Aegean this summer’s top destination
A one-hour drive from Izmir’s airport will take you through marvelous green mountains before arriving at the small coastal town of Ozdere, which appears to be dipping...
The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch’s sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.
Antarctic ice cover in dizzying decline since 2014: study
After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record...
Everest campsite buried under tons of garbage
After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different.
Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash - mostly bags - in the...