Marine Le Pen’s protectionist, anti-establishment message resonated most in parts of France with lower incomes, lower life expectancy and lower education levels, a Reuters analysis of voting in Sunday’s first round shows.
Labour to guarantee EU citizens’ rights if wins
Britain’s opposition Labour Party will immediately guarantee the rights of millions of EU citizens living in the U.K. if it wins a June election, it said Tuesday,...
Iraqi troops capture major Mosul area
Iraqi troops Tuesday drove out Daesh (ISIS) militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul, a senior military commander said, a major...
Freed Kuwaiti politician calls for reforms
A prominent Kuwaiti opposition politician has called for political reforms in the Gulf state in his first public comments since he was freed from prison last week.
March for Science: No room for irrationality
On the occasion of Earth Day, a global March for Science took place on April 22, 2017, in Washington and spilling over to more than 600 cities around the world.
May sets out stall for U.K. re-election
Whatever Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives promise in their manifesto before a June election, managing Britain’s exit from the European Union will limit her...
Group claims Russia metro bombing
A group called the Imam Shamil Battalion has claimed responsibility for a metro bombing in the Russian city of St. Petersburg that killed 16 people and said the bomber...
Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted
President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories...
Iraqi troops Tuesday drove out Daesh (ISIS) militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul, a senior military commander said, a major development in the monthslong fight to recapture the country’s second-largest city.
‘March for bread’ protesters reach key Yemen port
Yemeni protesters reached the Red Sea city of Hudaida Tuesday, ending a weeklong march from the capital to demand that the rebel-held port be declared a humanitarian...
South Sudan says secures $106M from donors
South Sudan has secured $106 million from the World Bank and the African Development Bank, in part to pay for food imports as millions face starvation and to fund the...
Bahrain jails 36 Shiites, strips citizenship
A court in Bahrain Tuesday jailed 36 Shiites convicted of forming a “terrorist” group to attack police, and stripped them of their citizenship, a judicial source said.
U.S. delivers more military aid to Bekaa base
Despite official denials, reports emerged Tuesday that another United States military transport aircraft landed at the Riyaq military air base in the Bekaa Valley, as...
STL: Accuracy of cell-coverage maps contested
Special Tribunal for Lebanon defense counselor Chad Mair cross-examined expert witness John Edward Philips throughout Tuesday’s hearing, focusing on anomalies in...
Palestinians mull boosting Ain al-Hilweh force
The Palestinian leadership in Sidon will meet Wednesday to discuss a possible amendment to the mechanism governing the deployment of the new security force in the...
Sidon ship taking on water, adding to diesel leak fears
As teams struggle to refloat a beached ship on the seafront in south Lebanon’s Sidon, fears mounted Tuesday over possible diesel leakage.
A high-ranking Lebanese political and banking delegation is set to travel to Washington in May in a bid to dissuade U.S. authorities from expanding the list of American sanctions against individuals and groups suspected of links with Hezbollah.
Remittances down slightly: World Bank
Remittances from Lebanese expatriates decreased slightly in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to estimates by the World Bank.
Egypt eyes faith and luxury in tourism plan
Egypt plans to promote religious, medical and luxury trips, and develop new markets in India and eastern Europe, as it pushes to revive its vital tourism industry to...
Dubai joins jet-lease elite with AWAS deal
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd., the Middle East’s biggest plane-leasing company, propelled itself into the top ranks of global players with a multibillion dollar...
Stocks build on France-induced surge
Stock markets mostly rose Tuesday following the previous session’s record runs triggered by the first-round result of France’s presidential election.
Lebanon should address new sanctions on Hezbollah
Lebanon was put on the spotlight again as the U.S. Congress planned to review additional and tougher sanctions against Hezbollah and all its affiliates and allies, a...
GCFF adds funds for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan
Syrian refugees in Lebanon received additional funding from the Global Concessional Financing Facility, bringing the total of concessional funding to $1 billion, the...
Consumer confidence up but falling again
The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index increased by 16 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, a statement issued by Byblos...
Egypt plans to promote religious, medical and luxury trips, and develop new markets in India and eastern Europe, as it pushes to revive its vital tourism industry to pre-2011 revolution levels within two years.
Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over 1MDB
Emirati and Malaysian officials said Monday they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the...
World Cup spending presses Qatar banks
On the one hand, they need to finance building projects for the 2022 football World Cup.
IMF preference for higher Egypt borrowing costs
Interest rates and fiscal measures are among the tools Egypt could use to control one of the highest inflation rates among emerging markets, a senior International...
Alitalia to start insolvency process
Alitalia said Tuesday it would start insolvency proceedings after workers rejected its latest rescue plan, making it impossible for the loss-making Italian airline to...
Security firms in race along Silk Road
Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing’s modern-day “Silk Road,” the grandiose plan for land and sea routes...
Electric car revolution now faces biggest test
Are electric cars ready to stand on their own?
Stocks, euro surge as Macron favored for win
Europe’s stock markets and the euro surged Monday after moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of France’s presidential election and looked set to...
For the past few days events have been held across Israel and the world to mark the Holocaust, and remember that unspeakable crime.
The Lebanese today have demonstrated the highest possible level of democracy, but unfortunately the voters were dual-nationality Lebanese who were casting their ballots...
Wrangling over Iraq’s election laws
In his third year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing another political fight in Baghdad over provincial elections (set for this year) and national...
Trump’s quixotic energy policy
April 22, 2017 – International Earth Day – marked one year since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, which entered into force last November, and now has 195...
On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy
Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world.
Heading off the storm
A storm was brewing in the wake of Hezbollah’s invitation to the media to tour the south in a clear challenge to the government’s policy of adhering to 1701 – the...
In Lebanon there is clear separation between the powers of the presidency, the premiership and Parliament.
Mired in arms
It is no secret that there are hundreds of thousands of firearms in Lebanon.
In his third year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing another political fight in Baghdad over provincial elections (set for this year) and national parliamentary elections (set for next).
Trump’s war policy in Syria
Clearly, the last word has not been said about the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, Syria, on April 4, which left 85 dead and an estimated...
The G-20’s time for climate leadership
At the start of 2016, the United States was well positioned to lead the global fight against climate change.
Planning for a potential Le Pen presidency
After the United Kingdom’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the U.S. presidential election last year, you might...
Can young prince refashion Saudi Arabia?
Two years into his campaign as an agent of change in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be gaining confidence and...
Trump could learn from Harry Truman
The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman.
How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome
I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome – hatred of Donald Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.
On Syria, Trump confronts a moral test
Even for a president who advertised his coldblooded pragmatism, the moral dimensions of leadership find a way of penetrating the Oval Office.
Diego Costa scored his 50th and 51st Premier League goals as Chelsea overcame spirited Southampton 4-2 Tuesday to establish a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Pochettino calls for one last push
Mauricio Pochettino wants his Tottenham stars to ignore speculation over their futures and focus on making a final push to win the Premier League. Pochettino’s side...
Murray ready to work overtime in Barcelona
World No. 1 Andy Murray returns to the Barcelona clay courts that launched his career this week as he puts in some overtime ahead of the French Open.
All eyes on Stuttgart as Sharapova returns
Not much fazes Roberta Vinci after 16 years on Tour but the maelstrom swirling around her opening match in Stuttgart against Maria Sharapova will test even the...
Warriors sweep past Blazers, Raptors take control
The Golden State Warriors swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs Monday with a crushing 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry scored...
Benitez warns Newcastle over any future plans
Rafael Benitez has warned Newcastle they must show him a strong blueprint for success in the Premier League as the Spaniard ponders his future. Benitez’s side clinched...
Defiant Zidane hopeful over ‘small’ Bale injury
Zinedine Zidane remains positive Gareth Bale will feature for Real Madrid again this season despite being diagnosed with the latest in a series of calf injuries Tuesday.
Clasico win revives Barca title bid: Luis Enrique
Lionel Messi’s 92nd-minute winner against Real Madrid has given Barcelona’s title bid a shot in the arm, coach Luis Enrique said Tuesday, while warning his side that...
Murray ready to work overtime in Barcelona to stay at top
World number one Andy Murray returns to the Barcelona clay courts that launched his career this week as he puts in some overtime ahead of the French Open.
Serena thanks unborn baby after taking No. 1 spot
Serena Williams returned to the top of the WTA world rankings Monday and immediately shared the news with her unborn baby.
Belarus stun Switzerland to reach Fed Cup final
Belarus surprised a higher-rated Swiss team 3-2 to reach its first-ever Fed Cup final Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs Monday with a crushing 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry scored 37 points with eight assists and seven rebounds as the Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series against the Blazers.
Drake to host first-ever 'NBA Awards' on June 26
Drake will host the NBA's first-ever awards show this June.
Cavs sweep Pacers, Rockets put Thunder on brink
LeBron James scored 33 points and made key plays late Sunday to give the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers a 106-102 victory at Indiana and a sweep of their...
Warriors coach ill, may miss rest of playoffs
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was not on the sidelines for Monday’s Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and he might be out for the rest of the playoffs.
Warriors put Blazers on brink
Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors stormed back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland...
Golf’s governing bodies Tuesday announced sweeping rule changes to the use of video evidence in the wake of the furor that erupted after Lexi Thompson was deprived of an almost-certain victory at the ANA Inspiration earlier this month.
Boxing not so dead after all
Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights.
Pacquiao lands Down Under, tells Horn to be ready
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao concedes his next opponent Jeff Horn is a bit of an unknown quantity but has told the Australian he needs to be in peak...
Wanjiru holds off Bekele as Keitany breaks record
Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru held off a late charge from Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to win the London Marathon Sunday in 2 hours 5 minutes 48 seconds.
Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash
Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, his Astana team said, calling him "a great...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.
Mercedes mull team orders to foil Ferrari
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff says he is considering introducing team orders in a bid to halt Ferrari's momentum in this year's world championship
Bottas takes first career pole position in Bahrain
Finland's Valtteri Bottas claimed a first career pole position on Saturday when he edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Rowland targets F2 title to further F1 bid
Second chances for unproven drivers are scarce in Formula One.
Revamped F1 season already living up to its hype
A pair of multiple world champions level on points, Mercedes and Ferrari neck-and-neck. This season’s revamped Formula One is already living up to the hype.
Anthony Bourdain is not one for activism. The Greek tattoo on his arm reads, “I am certain of nothing.”
‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’
Author Robert M. Pirsig died Monday, age 88. Though more than 100 publishers turned it down, his novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” became a...
Oprah Winfrey conquers acting fears
Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a...
How to get away with writing
Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” keeps a lid on plot twists.
Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit
For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.
Elisabeth Moss is back as an oppressed woman
“The timing has been uncanny,” says Margaret Atwood, marveling at how her 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has been given renewed life as a TV series, and gained...
On the trail of poachers, in VR
As a filmmaker drawn to the most visceral forms of cinema, it was probably inevitable that Kathryn Bigelow’s high-adrenaline curiosities would lead her to virtual...
New stage drama fueled by Trump Cabinet picks
Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt.
Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a petri dish.
‘O’Reilly Factor’ not the same without Bill
Through four days of Bill O’Reilly’s enforced vacation, his show’s viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of his substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg...
Hollywood honors actor, veteran activist Sinise
Oscar-nominated actor and longtime armed forces champion Gary Sinise was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a markedly military ceremony.
Once preposterous, now immediate; Margaret Atwood on 'Handmaid's Tale'
Margaret Atwood did not have any creative control over the latest adaptation of her dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," but she was very clear what she didn't want.
Lady Gaga, sensual and acrobatic, debuts song at Coachella
Lady Gaga debuted a R&B-tinged love song Saturday as she headlined the Coachella festival, where the pop diva cast herself as sensual rather than sensational
Year of the glitch: Sound fails Radiohead at Coachella
Radiohead salvaged a headlining set at the Coachella festival from disaster Friday, following a glitch-plagued opening in which the audio system repeatedly crashed.
Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer
Ukraine Saturday complained of "unprecedented and unacceptable" calls from the Eurovision Song Contest's organizers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia's contestant.
First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes
Afghanistan's first – and only – all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women.
Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday in an Associated Press interview about her rocky road to transition and why she wrote a tell-all memoir, "The Secrets of My Life."
Maqamat dance company honors Lebanese choreography icon Abdel Halim Caracalla
Maqamat dance company paid tribute to the achievements of choreographer Abdel Halim Caracalla under the auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, state media said Sunday
Tributes and discord one year after Prince death
One year after Prince's death, the pop legend's purple-clad fans converged Friday on his estate for a festive celebration, but some found it marred by commercialism and...
Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes
Britain Friday marked Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home.
Ousted Fox host O'Reilly could get $25M
Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly will receive an exit payout of as much as $25 million after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations, according to American media...
The Arctic’s quickening thaw is melting the permafrost under buildings and roads from Siberia to Alaska, raising world sea levels and disrupting temperature patterns further south, an international study said Tuesday.
‘Flying car’ maker plans deliveries this year
A Silicon Valley “flying car” startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced...
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions
Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.
Samsung to update software over 'red screen' smartphone
Electronics giant Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained...
MEA’s Hoteit talks youth engagement
“All my worry used to be about making people believe in female pilots, and women doing any masculine job.
Cairo company turns containers into homes
An Egyptian design duo has begun repurposing old steel shipping containers, transforming them into living spaces, shops and restaurants in an effort to introduce...
Undergrads build prosthetic arm for violinist
The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the...
Birthing giraffe becomes a cash cow for tiny zoo
April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute...
Researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’
It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water.
Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin
Russian, American two-man crew blasts off to ISS
A Russian and an American blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the first two-person launch to the International Space Station in over a...
Beirut Bangladeshi community celebrates New Year
Hundreds of Bangladeshis from all walks of life gathered at the UNESCO Palace late last week to usher in the Bengali New Year, in festive style.
Tripoli’s new language institute offers immersion
The Levantine Institute of Tripoli – unique in its location and core mission – welcomed the local community and potential students to a rooftop event last weekend in...
Sanaa Ayoub launches sparkling fashion collection
Lebanese fashion designer Sanaa Ayoub launched her 2017 spring/summer collection earlier this week, with a range of looks best described as eveningwear flirting with...
Before last year's Brexit vote, Scott McCready was struggling to fill his holiday cabins on the coast of southwest England
Bangkok 'unique' despite street stall edict: Thai tourism boss
Bangkok's street food culture will survive a crackdown on vendors, Thailand's tourism chief vowed Thursday, assuring travelers that a city renowned for its chaotic...
Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard
In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City.”
Musicians chase fame on west Africa's musical islands
Every April, the tiny island capital of Cape Verde is taken over for a week by musicians of all stripes, trailing dreams of record deals and sold-out stadiums
Essentials of Buenos Aires: Evita, tango and pope's hometown
During Buenos Aires' heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina's agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world's richest by the...
I often remind myself that to truly appreciate something old, I must judge it not by today’s standards, but according to those prevailing at the time of its conception.
Timeless Mercedes roadster that refuses to age
Pick pretty much any mass-produced car rolling off the factory floor today. It looks spiffy and smart doesn’t it, all gleaming with its new coat of paint, sprightly...
Giddy Up! Automakers raise horsepower, speed to new heights
Fred Croatti often drives his silver Dodge Charger Hellcat to the grocery store, turning heads as he rumbles through the parking lot with a supercharged 6.2-Liter...
Black Badge: The dark side beckons
Sometimes you need to tackle a topic head on, call a spade a spade if you will, and here it is: No one ever dropped several hundred thousand dollars on a Rolls-Royce...
A Rolls-Royce Dawn and a sibling’s escapades
It turns out I make a good assistant.
The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities.
Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India
A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation...
Global tobacco death toll still climbing
The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has...
Orphaned bear cubs win hearts in Montenegro
Two orphaned bear cubs have captured hearts in Montenegro after a farmer rescued them from starving to death in the wild.
One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby
About one in 10 women in the United States who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant had a fetus or baby with deformities last year, U.S. government scientists...