Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Friday launched a new European Union-funded program that will establish a juvenile detention center in Warwar.
Two arrested for membership of extremist group
The following security-related incidents were reported across Lebanon Friday:
Italys Parliament meets as deadlock prevails
Italy’s Parliament met for the first time Friday after a national election earlier this month left no group with any clear majority and as talks between political...
Macron sees popularity hit record low: poll
French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his...
Britain pushes Israel on detained children
Britain called on Israel to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in military detention Friday and said Israel should do more to safeguard vulnerable people in...
What happened to the human rights institute?
Officials involved with a once-promising law stipulating the foundation of a national human rights agency expressed optimism that its core members could be decided...
ISF circulates photo of girl who went missing in Baabda
A teenage girl last seen in the Baabda town of Qibbeih has been missing since Jan. 21, the Internal Security Forces reported in a statement Friday.
Lebanese-Saudi relations back to normal: Aoun
The relationship between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia is back to normal and "nothing will disturb this," President Michel Aoun said Friday.
Italy’s Parliament met for the first time Friday after a national election earlier this month left no group with any clear majority and as talks between political rivals stalled.
Sarkozy vows to vanquish ‘Gadhafi gang’
Nicolas Sarkozy will challenge a barring order that forbids him from meeting key accusers and allies or traveling to countries such as Libya pending a judicial...
Bolton may herald further rightward policy shift
John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser – and his third to date – is a divisive foreign policy figure who was an unabashed...
Facing labor shortfall, Japan turns to refugees
At an office in Tokyo, a group of asylum-seekers clutching resumes listened to three Japanese companies describe their openings – rare opportunities in the country’s...
Britain called on Israel to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in military detention Friday and said Israel should do more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care, in the wake of the sentencing of Ahed Tamimi.
Egypt opens Gaza border for two days
Egypt opened its largely sealed border with the Gaza Strip Friday for two days, Palestinian authorities said. In just the third such opening this year, the crossing...
U.S. charges nine Iranians for cyber attacks
The United States Friday announced criminal charges and sanctions against nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities...
Jewish candidate runs for Tuisian Muslim party
Simon Slama and his family are the only Jews left in the Tunisian city of Monastir, once home to a thriving Jewish community. But instead of joining the exodus, he is...
Why Somalia drought is not another famine
At the height of Somalia’s 2011 famine, Madow Mohammad had to leave her crippled 5-year-old son Abdirahman by the side of the road to lead her eight other starving...
Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf Friday said he would not run in the parliamentary elections on May 6.
MP Alain Aoun submits electoral list for Baabda
MP Alain Aoun Friday submitted the electoral list backed by his Free Patriotic Movement, Hezbollah and the Amal Movement for the Baabda electoral district. Aoun posted...
Osama Saad leads Hezbollah-backed list
A joint list headed by Popular Nasserite Organization leader Osama Saad and Ibrahim Azar officially registered Friday morning for the Sidon-Jezzine electoral district,...
Shiite sheikh released 24 hours after arrest
An outspoken critic of Hezbollah and a Shiite sheikh was released Friday, less than 24 hours after he was arrested for drug-related charges.
Rifi organizes opposition list in Beirut II
A list of independent and opposition figures to the current political class in Beirut II was agreed Friday, spearheaded by the influence of Ashraf Rifi, MTV News...
The Bootcamp program by the Beirut-based accelerator Alt City has seen a five-fold return on investments of $2 million since its program began three years ago.
BDL: No rate hike in foreseeable future
Lebanon’s Central Bank has no intention to raise interest rates this year despite the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to hike its benchmark rate by 25 basis points, a...
Reunited, Libya telecom starts $1.7B work plan
Libya’s telecoms utility has been reunified after years divided by conflict and is starting work on projects worth $1.7 billion to improve connections across a country...
Not enough investment from oil rebound: Saudis
Oil’s recovery to almost $70 a barrel hasn’t been sufficient to stimulate the return of enough investment in the sector, according to Saudi Arabia’s energy minister.
China targets $3B of U.S. goods in spat
China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over...
Reactivating productive sector a top priority: PM
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has emphasized that one of the top priorities of the Lebanese government at this stage is to buttress the productive sector as a way to...
BDL announces new LL100,000 note
A new LL100,000 banknote with a new design will enter circulation from April 10, Lebanon’s central bank said Wednesday.
HORECA puts spotlight on hospitality
Contests, master classes and tastings are all on the menu this week for one of Lebanon’s most important sectors: food and hospitality.
Libya’s telecoms utility has been reunified after years divided by conflict and is starting work on projects worth $1.7 billion to improve connections across a country hit by power outages and infrastructure damage, its chairman said.
BP squeezed out of Abu Dhabi offshore oil
When oil-rich Abu Dhabi put a string of offshore fields up for auction, suitors from China to Italy vied for a slice of the pie.
Saudis hunt foreign investment in U.S.
The delegation of hundreds of Saudis that has descended on the U.S. for three weeks will meet executives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Pfizer and other companies as they...
Kuwait raises key rate for first time in a year
Kuwait raised its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a year, tracking a quarter-point increase in the U.S. Federal Reserve benchmark rate.
China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption.
European shares fall as U.S. import fears hit
European shares fell Friday, with autos and basic resources stocks bearing the brunt of a wide sell-off, triggered by mounting worries that U.S. tariffs on up to $60...
WTO chief warns of disruption to global economy, urges restraint
The head of the World Trade Organization called Friday for restraint and urgent dialogue within the WTO system to stop trade frictions damaging the world economy, which...
Air France strike as unions turn up heat on Macron
Air France crew went on strike Friday, forcing the cancellation of about a quarter of the airline's flights as unions discussed further protests against reformist...
World markets roiled by rising fears of US-China trade war
Fears of a trade war roiled financial markets and sent the dollar wobbling Friday after Beijing retaliated against the Trump administration's tariff hikes by...
Elections in Lebanon are always a unique exercise in a one-of-a-kind democracy riddled with innate cronyism, lethal sectarianism, regionalism and tribalism, right down to family disputes.
Vile election tactics
It’s election season in Lebanon and politicians are loading their propaganda weapons and going into battle. Most maintain a level of ethical and moral restraint.
Is the press too free?
The poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at an Italian restaurant in Salisbury has driven an important story off the front pages of...
Could this Trump nominee interfere with Mueller?
Here’s a new twist in the Robert Mueller saga: A former top Senate staffer for Attorney General Jeff Sessions is nearing confirmation to head the Justice Department’s...
With Turkey in Afrin, let’s not let Manbij fall
The seizure of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Sunday by Turkish forces is a rerun of one of modern history’s saddest recurring themes: The Kurds struggle for...
Don’t just vote, elect
Lebanon is truly blessed.
Deserving of support
The Rome II donor conference Thursday, to be held in support of Lebanon’s Army and the Internal Security Forces, heralds a new era of challenges and expectations.
Slicing up the cake
If the war in Syria is this century’s Spanish civil war, then, according to respected British newspaper The Independent, the carnage now occurring in Eastern Ghouta is...
The poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at an Italian restaurant in Salisbury has driven an important story off the front pages of the British press.
Iraq War 15 years on: Have we learned our lesson?
It has been exactly 15 years since the start of one of the most fateful episodes of the early 21st century: the Iraq War. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the...
The building bricks of participatory governance
Open and participatory governance is the new law of the land. It is not only necessary for the effectiveness of institutions but also crucial for the functioning of...
The West’s unilateral Cold War
Rising tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia are but further proof that Russia and the West, according to no less an authority than Richard N. Haass, president...
The seizure of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Sunday by Turkish forces is a rerun of one of modern history’s saddest recurring themes: The Kurds struggle for survival while their friends among the great powers stand aside and watch.
Key figure in Japan land scandal to testify in Parliament March 27
Former Japanese tax agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa, a key figure in a cronyism scandal that has sparked a political crisis for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be summoned...
Putin can’t talk his way out of this mess
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC’s Megyn Kelly this month that in using power, you “must be ready to go all the way to achieve the goals.”
Trump will have a kindred spirit in Pompeo
The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners.
Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now – much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.
Five-time world champions Brazil showed no signs of missing Neymar as they fine-tuned preparations for this year’s World Cup with a confident 3-0 victory over tournament hosts Russia Friday.
Suarez stars as Uruguay down Czech Republic
Luis Suarez scored his 50th international goal as Uruguay cruised past the Czech Republic 2-0 Friday to reach the final of the China Cup.
Federer relaxed about No.1 ranking quest in Miami
Roger Federer said Thursday retaining his world No. 1 ranking is no more than a “mini-goal” as he prepares his bid to defend the ATP Miami Open title.
Top-ranked Halep wins tough three-setter in Miami
Simona Halep knows being ranked No. 1 doesn’t make it any easier to win matches. Halep, of Romania, struggled to post a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 second-round win over French lucky...
Walker leads Hornets to record-setting blowout
Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets delivered the Memphis Grizzlies a historic beat down Thursday night. Walker scored 35 of his 46 points in the first half as the...
Ibrahimovic ready to win, Galaxy confirm signing
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was ready to win silverware with Los Angeles Galaxy after the club confirmed his move from Manchester United to Major League Soccer.
Bolt explains his football dreams
Athletics legend Usain Bolt insists he is serious about realizing his dream of becoming a top-class footballer after training with Borussia Dortmund.
Brazil, missing Neymar, brush World Cup hosts Russia aside
Five-time world champions Brazil showed no signs of missing Neymar as they fine-tuned preparations for this year's World Cup with a confident 3-0 victory over...
Osaka powers past Serena in Miami
Naomi Osaka continued her stunning run of form with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open Wednesday,...
Djokovic says he’s playing pain-free at last
Novak Djokovic insists he is playing pain free for the first time in “years” as he pursues his comeback at the Miami Masters.
Del Potro hopes to make another splash in Miami
The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week.
Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets delivered the Memphis Grizzlies a historic beat down Thursday night. Walker scored 35 of his 46 points in the first half as the Hornets routed the visiting Grizzlies 140-79, the largest margin of victory in Hornets’ franchise history.
LeBron sparks Cavs over Raptors
LeBron James shrugged off five absent players and an ill coach with a virtuoso performance Wednesday, rallying the host Cleveland Cavaliers over NBA Eastern Conference...
Rockets shoot down red-hot Blazers
The league-leading Houston Rockets ended the Trail Blazers’ 13-game NBA winning streak Tuesday with a hard-fought 115-111 victory in Portland.
Rockets win 115-111 to snap Blazers' 13-game winning streak
James Harden says he's constantly working on his step-back 3-pointer. It paid off against Portland.
Spurs beat injury-riddled Warriors
The San Antonio Spurs boosted their bid for a 21st consecutive NBA post-season appearance with an 89-75 victory over the injury ravaged Golden State Warriors Monday.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton sent an early signal that he could again be the driver to beat in Formula One this season, setting the swiftest time in the Friday's practice sessions at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Mercedes: F1 teams need to work together to avoid split
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Friday that Formula One teams have a responsibility to try to overcome their differences over the future of the sport in the face of a...
US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner
The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get - and how much...
McIlroy ends title drought at Bay Hill in style
Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016...
Injury-riddled Cavs and Warriors win
LeBron James’ 70th career triple-double propelled the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, when the injury plagued...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets for Mercedes in both practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix Friday but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen showed enough pace to give the Silver Arrows pause for thought.
Hamilton, Vettel savor battling the ‘best’
The tension of a rivalry that produced “road rage” and acrimony between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2017 was absent Thursday as the four-time Formula One...
Grid girls to chainsaws: F1 talking points
AFP Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the 2018 Formula One season, which starts Friday in Melbourne.
Vettel seeks 'ultimate satisfaction' of F1 title
Sebastian Vettel says he is searching for the "ultimate satisfaction" of winning his fifth Formula One world title driving for Ferrari ahead of this weekend's season...
Opportunity knocks for Ricciardo in new F1 season
Daniel Ricciardo faces a pivotal year in his Formula One career with expectations of a much-improved Red Bull performance and mounting speculation over exactly where he...
“Art Dubai wanted to take ‘The Room’ out of the room and make it more public,” Barrak Alzaid recalled. “We glommed onto this idea of ‘the public,’ because our work is interested in what’s happening at a societal level but also what’s going on in the upper echelons of bureaucracy and power.
‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ is cheer-at-the-screen fun
At the end of the monsters-versus-robots flick “Pacific Rim,” a breach at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is closed, plugging a hole that allowed hellish creatures to...
Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric
A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance
Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
Satirist trolls Pences with gay rabbit book
The king of satire on U.S. television is trolling Vice President Mike Pence by spoofing a book about his family’s pet rabbit, making the bunny gay and trumping the...
Oasis of calm Dubai steps out as art hub
As traditional centers of modern Arab art in Damascus and Baghdad have imploded amid disastrous wars, the sheeny city-state of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has...
‘Afrin’ film premieres after Turkish campaign
Days after Turkish forces captured Afrin, hundreds of people gathered at a cinema in Istanbul this week for the premiere of a film about commandos battling militants in...
Drawing attention to open space
For the first time, Lebanon will be officially represented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, with a national pavilion at the Arsenal, one of the event’s main...
Shaquille O'Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.
Spotify, controversial king of music streaming
Spotify may incontestably be the king of music streaming, but as the Swedish firm prepares for a stock listing, there is still a divide whether its reign is benign or...
Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
The king of satire on U.S. television is trolling Vice President Mike Pence by spoofing a book about his family’s pet rabbit, making the bunny gay and trumping the original in the best-seller lists. Not only does Pence pet Marlon Bundo have his own Instagram page, but since Monday Americans have been able to read all about him in new children’s book “A Day in the Life of the Vice President.”
Chris Evans may not return as Captain America
The actor who plays Captain America may be ready to hang up his shield.
‘Narcos’ producer probes Brazil corruption case
A vast corruption investigation in Brazil that has toppled businessmen and lawmakers, haunted two presidencies and captivated the media, debuts as a Netflix series this...
Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for new movie
Renee Zellweger has transformed her looks and is working on her singing skills as she starts a new film about Judy Garland.
Ringo Starr knighted by Prince William
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace Tuesday and joked with reporters afterward: “I expect you to use my title.”
President Donald Trump said he has signed a spending bill funding the federal government for the next six months, reversing a veto threat he made earlier Friday that shocked Washington after his administration had previously said he would approve the legislation.
Dior men's designer departs after 11 years
Christian Dior has announced that its long-time menswear designer Kris Van Assche is to leave the Parisian fashion house.
French designer Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91
Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his...
Nun involved in lawsuit with Katy Perry over convent dies
A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance.
Common singles out NRA, Kimmel takes aim at Trump at Oscars
Hollywood seized the microphone at Sunday's Oscars and wasn't shy about its passions, sprinkling political moments throughout a show that included anti-gun and...
A few streets and several centuries apart, Iran’s gyms come in distinctive breeds, ancient and hypermodern, reflecting a society torn between outside influences and the ongoing strength of religious ritual. The musical differences are among the most striking.
Biodiversity 101: Are Earth’s wild megafauna doomed?
Pop quiz: How many species of big, land-dwelling animals are there in the world? Count all the different kinds of big cats, bears, wolves, wild dogs and other...
Helmet scanner images brain on the move
British scientists Wednesday unveiled a next-generation wearable brain scanner that can be donned like a helmet and allows patients to move freely while being scanned,...
Mini cars drive away
children’s fears of surgery
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public...
Women discuss juggling families, careers
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a...
Real stories fuel
a ‘golden age’
You’re on the couch. It’s been a long day. The remote control is in your hand. What to watch? There’s that new CNN documentary series on the pope.
Turkish chefs savour sweet success with world record baklava
A group of chefs in Turkey claimed a world record for the largest baklava Thursday with a giant tray of the pastry dessert weighing over half a ton.
France to give on-the-spot fines for harassment
France announced a series of measures against sexual violence Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for...
British scientists Wednesday unveiled a next-generation wearable brain scanner that can be donned like a helmet and allows patients to move freely while being scanned, potentially revolutionizing neural care for children and the elderly.
Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes
It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow.
Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead
On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
Cancer therapy works in 75 pct of patients: study
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown...
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a question remains: Where does this progress leave motherhood?
Italian Design Day joins sustainability, flair
At the colorful Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, a large yellow chair in the corner still somehow manages to stand out in spite of the stunning...
Syrian Farmer With Carriage Garden
With his three-wheeled wooden cart overflowing with plants, Syrian refugee Mohammad Mustafa walks the streets and alleys of Sidon peddling flowers.
Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc disappeared Friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users.
Norway plans to buy electric planes, mimicking green car success
Norway said Thursday it wants to buy electric passenger planes in the coming years to help slow climate change, building on its success with big tax breaks that have...
Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet
British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.
If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish
When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion.
Apple grabs two-year lead in 3-D sensing race
Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3-D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters,...
Europe’s tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with “overtourism,” where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
During strife at Panama City hotel, Trump Mojitos but no water
If you can overlook the intermittently running water, Friday’s four-hour power outage and occasional police presence in the lobby, the Trump hotel in Panama City...
Spanish climber's winter Everest summit bid in question
A Spanish climber has abandoned an attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mount Everest for 25 years, the expedition organizer said Tuesday, after "lethal weather"...
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney's Paris expansion
The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge
A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa's capital Pretoria, local media reported.
Shareholders of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. have approved an ambitious pay package for iconic CEO Elon Musk that could net him more than $50 billion if he meets lofty milestones over the next decade, according to a person briefed on the vote.
China to see driverless cars in '3-5 years': Baidu
Self-driving cars will hit the roads in China "within three to five years", the founder of Chinese internet giant Baidu, one of the world's leading designers of...
Ford recalling 1.38 mln sedans over steering defect
Ford announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the...
German automakers biggest spenders on electric cars
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published Monday found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to...
Electric sports cars blur need for speed
Sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini are losing the speed crown to lesser-known rivals offering electric supercars boasting record acceleration.
Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said Friday.
Beetle threatens Japan’s famed cherry blossoms
Across Japan’s capital, delicate pink-and-white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive...
Fish species in fight for survival with sea lions
The 318-kilogram sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below.
World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather
A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves,...
Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that...