For Yahya al-Mawla, moving around Beirut is never simple.
NGO launches contract annex for domestic workers
A local NGO Thursday launched a contract that aims to better regulate the relationship between domestic workers and their employers in Lebanon, in a bid to push back...
U.S.’ Cuba move could trigger flood of lawsuits
The U.S. decision to enforce a tough but long-delayed law in Cuba could have far-reaching effects, from triggering an avalanche of lawsuits to action before the World...
Hatred of journalists turning to violence, Reporters Without Borders warns
Hatred of journalists whipped up by populist and authoritarian leaders is degenerating into violence worldwide, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned...
In Libya, fake news battles rage on social media
On Libya’s front lines, fighters often hold a gun in one hand and a smartphone in the other, using their cameras in the propaganda war.
Aoun thanks U.K. army chief for support
President Michel Aoun Thursday met with the head of the British army, Gen. Nick Carter, who emphasized the U.K.’s continuing support for Lebanon’s government and Army.
Ministers declare assets to Constitutional Council
Several ministers Thursday presented bank statements and lists of their property to the Constitutional Council, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Berri, Egypt ambassador discuss regional issues
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri tackled regional issues and bilateral relations Thursday with Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Nazih al-Najjari, a statement from Berri’s...
The U.S. decision to enforce a tough but long-delayed law in Cuba could have far-reaching effects, from triggering an avalanche of lawsuits to action before the World Trade Organization.
NKorea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks
North Korea said Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours...
Widodo declares victory in Indonesia’s election
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday that he had won re-election after receiving an estimated 54 percent of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait...
In Denmark, drop-in baptisms push Church numbers
Looking to get baptized, but put off by the thought of tedious planning?
Egypt opposition rejects extending Sisi term
A coalition of opposition political parties Thursday called on Egyptian voters to reject proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah...
Saudi Arabia, Iraq to cooperate on security
Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television cited Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali...
White House arms control report sparks dispute
A new Trump administration report on international compliance with arms control accords provoked a dispute with U.S. intelligence agencies and some State Department...
Army shelling kills 10 in Idlib: Observatory
Regime shelling killed 10 civilians in Syria’s militant-controlled Idlib region Thursday, in the latest violence to threaten a 7-month-old truce, an activist group said.
Lebanese ministers reasserted Wednesday the government’s strong commitment to carry out reforms that will be “painful but imperative.”
Lebanon prepares to issue $2.5-3B in Eurobonds on May 20: finance minister
Abu Dhabi lets foreigners own land
Abu Dhabi will allow foreigners to own the land under their homes and offices for the first time as the emirate looks for ways to bolster its stalled property market.
Dubai IPOs in works as bourse targets locals
Three companies are preparing initial public offerings for trading on Dubai’s main stock exchange, the bourse said, potentially ending a 17-month IPO drought as it...
Major carmakers fear Trump tarrifs ‘grenade’
Major automakers are bullish on the outlook for the U.S. economy and auto sales, but one big question remains - will President Donald Trump throw a grenade into the...
Consumer confidence fails to pick up
Consumer confidence remained below expectations in the first quarter of 2019 despite the formation of the Cabinet and the pledge to implement reforms, according to the...
JPMorgan sees rise in Lebanon’s downside risk
A leading international investment bank has seen significant downside risks in Lebanon despite an expected slight improvement in growth in 2019.
Parties, unions reject cutting civil servant pay
Infuriated political parties and trade unions have called on authorities to look for other means of reducing the budget deficit after Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s...
World Bank urges fix to Israel-PA tax standoff
The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening economic crisis in the occupied West Bank if the Palestinian Authority and Israel do not resolve a dispute over tax...
U.S. to tie Iran sanctions review to Saudi moves
The White House will have to weigh costs and benefits carefully before tightening sanctions on Iran and Venezuela further - and decide whether the economic price is...
Turkey looking at new trade mechanisms with Iran to avoid US sanctions
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday Turkey is looking into establishing new trade mechanisms with Iran, like the INSTEX system set up by European countries...
Major automakers are bullish on the outlook for the U.S. economy and auto sales, but one big question remains - will President Donald Trump throw a grenade into the sector by imposing sweeping tariffs of up to 25 percent on car and auto parts imports?
Galaxy Fold issues raise Note 7 specter
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it had received “a few” reports of damage to the displays of samples of its upcoming foldable smartphone, raising the prospect of a...
World’s worst economy has seven-figure inflation
Inflation that’s projected to reach an eyeball-popping 8 million percent this year has left Venezuela saddled with the title of the world’s most miserable economy.
U.S. wins WTO ruling against China grain quotas
The U.S. won a World Trade Organization ruling Thursday against China’s use of tariff-rate quotas for rice, wheat and corn that it successfully argued limited market...
Fish on $20B EU tariff list over plane subsidies
ors, shovels and fish are part of an 11-page list of U.S. imports worth $20 billion that the European Union Wednesday said it could hit with tariffs in a trans-Atlantic...
Lebanon is hurtling toward economic disaster, and none will be saved if the country tips over the edge.
Reward of valor
The jubilation and celebrations of the Sudanese people after forcing Omar al-Bashir to quit was short-lived, with the army announcing that the dictator would be...
Data protection is social protection
In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people, usually the...
The digital revolution’s silent majority
Statistics can hold brutal truths.
Does Assange merit First Amendment protection?
Is Julian Assange a journalist?
Farewell M.E. peace
Israelis, who day in day out proclaim that their system of government is the only democracy in the region, have delivered a blow to democracy, justice and peace.
Partners in crime
Benjamin Netanyahu has never aspired for peace with the Palestinians, as was made amply clear in an ad preceding the upcoming polls that featured footage of him telling...
Gifts to Netanyahu
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that both the U.S. and Russia are united in their quest to see Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Israeli prime minister in next...
In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people, usually the poorest and most vulnerable.
How Xi overplayed his hand with America
In the rebalancing of Sino-American relations that’s underway, the usual roles are reversed: China’s normally deft President Xi Jinping appears to have badly...
Will free trade make Africans sick?
Earlier this month, Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The closing of the Chinese mind
Lou Jiwei may not be a household name in the West, but the former Chinese finance minister is well-known and highly respected among financiers and economic policymakers.
Trump’s Iran sanctions could backfire
The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran assumes that economic sanctions are weakening the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and that more...
Private-equity fund sparks entrepreneurs in Egypt
You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade.
Moscow shouldn’t misjudge the Mueller moment
Russian claims this week that they’ve been exonerated by Robert Mueller’s final report make my skin crawl.
What’s wrong with today’s gender equality agenda?
Fifteen years ago, I embarked on the human rights journey, as a practitioner, when I first joined the United Nations.
There are great goals, lucky goals, own goals, winning goals and now, in the era of VAR, the “provisional goal.”
CL failures haunt Guardiola as City fall short
Another season will pass without Champions League glory for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, but few will forget the manner in which the quest for a historic quadruple...
Djokovic, Nadal into Monte Carlo quarters
Top seed Novak Djokovic and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in dominating wins to power into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals Thursday.
Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win
Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Khatib strikes late to keep Champville alive
Fadi al-Khatib delivered a late scoring spree as Champville battled past Riyadi 74-66 Thursday to reignite their best-of-five Final Four series, which the Beirut outfit...
Beirut level series with Homenetmen
Beirut held their nerve late in the game to see off defending Lebanese Basketball League champions Homenetmen 76-72 Wednesday and knot their best-of-five Final Four...
Spurs survive seven-goal thriller, end City quest
Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semifinals on away goals as a...
Salah shines as clinical Liverpool see off Porto
A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg...
Djokovic survives Kohlschreiber scare
Novak Djokovic was severely tested before securing a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber to survive his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday. The...
Federer beats Isner in Miami for 101st title
Roger Federer lifted the 101st title of his remarkable career Sunday, beating ATP Miami Open defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in just 63 minutes.
Roger Federer shines on a soggy day at the Miami Open
Ashleigh Barty waited six hours to get her spot in the Miami Open women's final. Denis Shapovalov needed to pull off yet another comeback to earn his berth into the...
Fadi al-Khatib delivered a late scoring spree as Champville battled past Riyadi 74-66 Thursday to reignite their best-of-five Final Four series, which the Beirut outfit lead 2-1.
Clippers stun Warriors with biggest comeback
The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time...
Champville collapse, Riyadi close in on finals
Champville blew a seven-point, fourth-quarter lead before losing to Riyadi 68-65 in Manara Tuesday to go 2-0 down in their best-of-five Final Four series. Riyadi...
Murray inspires Nuggets as Raptors, Blazers win
Jamal Murray led a dramatic late fightback as the Denver Nuggets scored a series-levelling 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday in their Western...
Homenetmen take 1-0 lead over Beirut
Homenetmen overcame a sluggish first quarter before storming past Beirut Club 98-80 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series Monday.
Belgian Victor Campenaerts set a new one-hour world record for distance covered on a track Tuesday with 55.089 km (approximately 34 miles), edging past the previous record set by British great Bradley Wiggins.
Nicklaus major record in play again for Woods
The Tiger Woods major watch, stagnant for so long that it had almost been abandoned, is back on and Jack Nicklaus might yet be proved correct. As the years ticked by...
Kenya's Cherono wins men's Boston Marathon
The two-time Boston Marathon champion turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two others with the finish line in sight.
Poirier beats Holloway for interim title
Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the...
McIlroy powers into Masters, Woods lies in wait
Rory McIlroy is in fearsome form as he arrives at Augusta National chasing a rare career Grand Slam, but a renewed Tiger Woods could have something to say about the...
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the Formula One standings Sunday with a comfortable victory in China that ticked off two more milestones in an already stellar career.
Hamilton wins 1,000th race in Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One grand prix Sunday after grabbing the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner and powering to victory...
Bottas edges Vettel to set the pace in China
Valtteri Bottas edged out Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Grand Prix Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari in Bahrain
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari Tuesday at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father...
As ever, expect the unexpected in Formula One
Formula One has been criticized for being altogether too predictable in the past but not so far this season, even if Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the podium in...
In his 2018 “Loro” (“Them”), Paolo Sorrentino has a lot of fun with animals, and not just the human ones.
‘Little’ heralds big arrival of Marsai Martin
Since Hailee Steinfeld rode into town in “True Grit,” we’ve been fairly blessed by the big-screen breakthroughs of teenage actresses.
Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure enter Rock Hall of Fame
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet...
'Game of Thrones' sets sets a viewership record for HBO
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that...
Arab, international stars honored at Murex d’Or awards
Artists and celebrities from Lebanon, the Arab world and beyond were honored in a range of categories in acting, singing and entertainment at the 19th annual Murex d'Or...
Tales of walls and tunnels in the desert
If you’re looking for a resonant point of departure for contemporary art, you could do worse than Dura Europos.
Ancient manuscripts digitized at Egypt monastery
In St. Catherine’s Monastery, at the foot of Egypt’s Mount Sinai, the silence in the library is broken only by low electrical humming, as an early manuscript is bathed...
Aretha Franklin, Richard Powers win Pulitzers
Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.”
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet Jackson entered the shrine in an induction many industry insiders consider long overdue.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.
Live-action 'Dumbo' struggles to soar at box office
Disney's "Dumbo" isn't exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have.
Earth, meet Polo.
New York considers banning sale of fur
A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
HIV in gene therapy used to cure disease
They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives.
Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk
Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions...
May the shopping be with you: French supermarket tests robot delivery
Four decades after R2-D2 delivered a vital message from Princess Leia in the hit movie "Star Wars," a French supermarket group plans to use robots inspired by the...
Lifting 200-kg stones in Spain’s Basque Country
Their faces contorted by the effort needed to lift 200 kilograms or more, these burly competitors keep alive one of the traditional sports of Spain’s rural north one...
Hungary winemaker aims to revive royal heritage
A Hungarian winemaker in the Tokaj region known for its golden dessert wine is selling a vintage for $40,000 a bottle, hoping to revive the royal heritage of a wine...
For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors
At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday.
Pot vs. tobacco: What science says
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public...
A step to saving fertility of boys with cancer
Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility - and the proof is the first monkey born from the...
Four decades after R2-D2 delivered a vital message from Princess Leia in the hit movie "Star Wars," a French supermarket group plans to use robots inspired by the drum-shaped droid to transport food to customers in Paris.
Seeing the unseeable: First photo of black hole
Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.
How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX
Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation.
Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board
Google Thursday confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership.
Saddled with long dark winters at home, Swedes have for decades been frequent flyers seeking out sunnier climes, but a growing number are changing their ways because of air travel’s impact on the climate.
Poacher crushed by elephant, devoured by lions in South Africa
A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and his body was devoured by lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, officials said Monday.
Province to ban single use plastics: Egyptian official
An Egyptian official says his Red Sea province will impose a ban on disposable plastics, prohibiting everything from single use straws to plastic bags in an effort to...
Drought wipes Chilean lake off the map
The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass.