U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday there was a place for moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s government as long as they renounce violence and terrorism and commit to stability.
Moscow radio journalist stabbed; in coma
A well-known journalist for Russia’s top independent radio station was stabbed in the throat Monday by an unidentified attacker who burst into her studio – the latest...
Nine killed in Al-Qaeda attack in south Yemen
Four Yemeni soldiers and five assailants were killed in an Al-Qaeda attack on a military base in the province of Abyan Monday, a security source said.
Israel president blasts assault on state bodies
In an unusually blunt address to Parliament Monday, Israel’s president accused the government of delegitimizing vital democratic institutions as part of a campaign of...
When civilians are police, jury, judge
Frustrated with Lebanese security, a man under the alias of Sami Beiruti took to social media in 2013 to create an online community of vigilantes looking to serve...
Manila says pro-Daesh rebel battle over
The Philippines Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Daesh (ISIS) rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban...
Violence, ‘old boys’ clubs put women off politics, but at what cost?
Faced with escalating violence, a lack of funding, and locked out of male-dominated networks, many women are reluctant to enter politics with growing concerns that a...
Countering Trump? Democrats still searching
Nine months into the Donald Trump era, Democrats are still looking for a standard-bearer and a crisp message to corral widespread opposition to an unpopular president...
Israel arrests 51 Palestinians in east Jerusalem
Israeli police raided a Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem overnight and arrested 51 people accused of violent protests against security forces,...
Barzani isolated by drive for independence
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, the driving force behind last month’s independence vote, finds himself isolated at home and abroad weeks after he scored a major...
Groups urge end of asylum-seeker ‘containment’
Over a dozen human rights groups and aid organizations wrote to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Monday, urging him to end the “containment” of asylum-seekers in...
Frustrated with Lebanese security, a man under the alias of Sami Beiruti took to social media in 2013 to create an online community of vigilantes looking to serve justice into their own hands using Facebook.
Son of SLA officer crosses back into Lebanon
The following security-related events took place across Lebanon Monday.
Former Spanish ambassador to Lebanon passes away
Former Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon Milagros Hernando Echevarria passed away in Madrid Monday morning following a three-year battle with cancer, diplomatic sources...
LF ‘to quit’ Cabinet if Assad ties normalized
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea threatened Monday to withdraw his three ministers from the government if it normalized ties with the regime of Syrian President...
PSP awaits probe results
The Progressive Socialist Party is awaiting the results of an investigation of a party member arrested last week on suspicion of collaborating with Israel, a source...
Economists cautiously welcomed the ratification of the 2017 budget by the Parliament, the first bill to be approved by the House since 2005.
TSC staff protest near Kuwait Embassy over wages
Dozens of TSC supermarket chains in Lebanon and representatives of labor unions staged a sit-in in front of the Kuwaiti Embassy in Beirut Thursday to demand the prompt...
Turkey market shaken by U.S. probe report
Turkish stocks, bonds and the lira fell after a weekend report in a local newspaper said six Turkish banks may face penalties resulting from a U.S. investigation into...
Saudis may let foreigners buy strategic stakes
Saudi Arabia is working on a plan to allow nonresident foreign investors to own strategic stakes in listed companies as the kingdom overhauls its economy.
Trump rejects idea of new caps on 401(k)
President Donald Trump said there will not be changes to tax-deferred retirement savings plans under his proposed tax plan, shooting down reports that House Republicans...
Oil wealth fund a top priority: ministers, MPs
Lebanese ministers and lawmakers pledged Thursday to speed up the creation of a sovereign wealth fund for future proceeds from oil and gas exploration.
Salameh reinstates subsidized housing loans
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh Thursday reinstated subsidized housing and productive loans worth $1.25 billion in order to maintain BDL’s policy of reactivating the...
Financially hit TSC closes supermarkets
The Kuwait-based company TSC seems to be closing the curtain on its investments in Lebanon as employees of the supermarket chain plan a demonstration Thursday to demand...
Turkish stocks, bonds and the lira fell after a weekend report in a local newspaper said six Turkish banks may face penalties resulting from a U.S. investigation into their dealings with Iran, even after regulators denied the news and the publisher pulled the story.
Second Palestinian mobile provider enters Gaza
Palestinian company Wataniya Mobile said it would launch telecommunications services in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip Tuesday, offering customers a choice of...
How Saudi Arabia is building its $2 trillion fund
Saudi Arabia is stepping up plans to turn its sovereign wealth fund into a global giant.
Make money via Tehran, Trump tells Paris, Berlin
U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday he does not object to France and Germany continuing trade with Iran, despite his refusal to certify the...
President Donald Trump said there will not be changes to tax-deferred retirement savings plans under his proposed tax plan, shooting down reports that House Republicans were considering tweaking or capping one of the most popular breaks.
Apple, Samsung face new iPhone damages trial
A U.S. judge has ordered a new trial to determine how much Samsung Electronics Co. should pay Apple Inc. for copying the look of the iPhone.
Wall St stalls as industrials lag
U.S. stocks were little changed, with the S&P 500 retreating slightly from a record on Monday, as a drop in General Electric weighed on industrial shares.
Trump eyes Powell, Taylor, Yellen for Fed chair
U.S. President Donald Trump said he’s considering Stanford University economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell for the top job at the central...
Laureates lead group to tackle economic woes
Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence are leading an initiative to find solutions to what they see as a dysfunctioning market economy.
There appears to be no end to the torrential rivers of blood flowing across Syria.
Egypt’s MIA answers
Details emerging of the massacre of more than 50 Egyptian police in an apparent ambush southwest of Cairo over the weekend raise more questions than provide answers.
The dilemma of KRG trade routes
In the wake of the Kurdish independence referendum on Sept. 25, the Kurdish peshmerga and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization forces clashed in Kirkuk on Oct. 16,...
The entangled politics of Kuwait’s bidoon issue
Ahead of the Kuwaiti Parliament’s opening session on Oct. 24, the coalition of tribal and Islamist MPs that forms the current opposition and holds nearly half of...
Will Trump back down or double down?
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict.
MPs only in name
In principle, members of Parliament in a democracy are elected to represent the aspirations and welfare of their constituents.
Spare the economy
The Lebanese economy is a shambles and has been in intensive care for some time, though all hope is not lost.
Lessons in history
A bit of history to refresh the minds of those apparently still living with the dinosaurs:
In the wake of the Kurdish independence referendum on Sept. 25, the Kurdish peshmerga and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization forces clashed in Kirkuk on Oct. 16, potentially opening up a drawn-out struggle over the city.
Rubble in Raqqa is a reminder of American might
Looking at photographs of the ruined, desolate streets of what was once Daesh’s (ISIS) capital of Raqqa is a reminder of the overwhelming, pitilessly effective military...
Future of work not looking so dire
The future of work is a hot topic nowadays. It has inspired a seemingly endless train of analyses, commentaries and conferences, and it featured prominently in last...
Is Vladimir Putin losing his grip?
In 1984, just before Mikhail Gorbachev’s ascent to power, there was a sense in Moscow that the Soviet Union was petrified, and nothing could change.
How might Trump’s Asian hosts sketch his profile?
As President Trump prepares to head to Asia next month for his most important overseas trip yet, foreign intelligence services are undoubtedly trying to assemble...
Unfortunate consequences for Kurdistan in Kirkuk
In this week’s crisis over Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing a painful version of Newton’s Third Law: In Middle East politics, as in physics, every action creates an...
Trump applies his business style to Iran dealings
Donald Trump is notorious in the business world for stiffing other companies when it’s time to pay the bill – offering partial settlement of what he owes and proposing...
Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh
Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing hunger...
Juergen Klopp’s spluttering Liverpool team faced a barrage of criticism in the British media after Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
Bilic seeks Cup respite to league troubles
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under even more serious pressure after Ronald Koeman’s sacking by Everton Monday but he will hope for a flip in Wednesday’s Last 16...
Halep, Wozniacki claim revenge wins at WTA Finals
Simona Halep made a winning start to her WTA Finals campaign with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia Monday, the Romanian surging clear in...
Pliskova, Muguruza ease to Singapore wins
Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favorite Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 as the WTA Finals opened with a pair of power-packed...
Wiggins, Timberwolves silence Thunder
Andrew Wiggins thwarted the Oklahoma City Thunder’s comeback bid, launchinga game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 115-113 win...
Everton’s ‘upgrade’ ends up in Koeman exit
This was supposed to be the season when Ronald Koeman guided Everton into the “big six” but after nine games and with the club 18th in the Premier League the Dutchman...
Montella stress, Napoli, Inter jostle for control
Vincenzo Montella’s future as AC Milan coach will be in the spotlight during a double dose of Serie A action this week as leaders Napoli and Inter Milan jostle for...
Zidane wins 2017 Best FIFA Men's Coach of the Year award
eal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was named the 2017 Best FIFA Men's Coach of the Year at a ceremony at the London Palladium theater on Monday.
Simona Halep made a winning start to her WTA Finals campaign with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia Monday, the Romanian surging clear in the second set to subdue her in-form opponent at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Wozniacki thrashes Svitolina in straight sets
World number six Caroline Wozniacki posted her first win over Elina Svitolina in grand style with a straight sets thrashing in the WTA Finals on Monday.
Top-ranked Halep crushes Garcia at WTA Finals
Simona Halep says she is relishing being the world number one after delivering an ominous warning to her rivals at the WTA Finals with a crushing, straight-sets victory...
Ruthless Pliskova eases past Williams in Singapore opener
Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favourite Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore...
Andrew Wiggins thwarted the Oklahoma City Thunder’s comeback bid, launchinga game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 115-113 win Sunday.
Grizzlies maul Warriors, Cavs lose to Magic
The defending champions Golden State Warriors and finals runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers are still shaking off the cobwebs, with both NBA powerhouses suffering...
Clippers rout Lakers in Ball’s NBA debut
The Los Angeles Clippers continued their domination of the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday by routing their cross-town rivals 108-92 and spoiling the NBA debut of...
Aussie Simmons beaten in debut, Lin’s season ends
Australian Ben Simmons was beaten in his debut while Asian-American standout Jeremy Lin suffered a severe right knee injury as the new NBA season tipped off Wednesday...
Celtics’ Hayward hurt as season opens
The new NBA season was less than six minutes old when disaster struck for the Boston Celtics Tuesday in the form of a gruesome ankle injury to forward Gordon Hayward.
The New England Patriots didn’t need a comeback in their Super Bowl rematch with the Atlanta Falcons.
N. Zealand stun India by six wickets: Cricket
Century-maker Tom Latham and Ross Taylor inspired New Zealand to a thrilling six-wicket win over India in the first one-day international at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium...
Russia accuses US govt of pushing for its Olympic exclusion
The Kremlin accused the U.S. government Friday of pushing for Russia's exclusion from the Olympics.
Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests
U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition...
Rio Olympic head Nuzman charged with corruption
Carlos Nuzman, the head of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion as well...
Lewis Hamilton will have to wait another week for his fourth Formula One world championship but he has smoked a victory cigar already.
Hamilton wins U.S. GP, fourth title in sigh
Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to his fourth world championship Sunday when he won the United States Grand Prix, coming home ahead of his nearest title rival...
Marquez wins in Australia, extending lead
Marc Marquez extended his world championship lead to 33 points with a victory in a feisty Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island Sunday.
Astros down Yankees, set up World Series clash
The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday to book a Major League Baseball World Series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Vettel hopes to keep fat lady quiet
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship and found support from title favorite Lewis Hamilton.
Now up at Alice Mogabgab Gallery, “Skies, places, hues of blue” exhibits the work of Belgian artist Pascal Courcelles.
Art brings ‘peace’ to scarred Lebanon districts
From the street below, it’s easy to miss the workers daubing paint on the rooftops in this north Lebanese city.
Timberlake invited back to Super Bowl halftime show
Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson caused a national...
Mashrou’ Leila responds to Egypt concert arrests
Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila denounced Egypt’s “anti-gay witch-hunt” and urged the international community to stand up for LGBTQI+ rights, in a statement...
Letterman receives Mark Twain Prize for humor
Historically, David Letterman preferred a detached irony-drenched tone that favored the surreal and silly.
‘Dark Materials’ world re-emerges
The 17-year wait for a return to the mystical world of British author Philip Pullman’s “Dark Materials” series ended Thursday with the release of “La Belle Sauvage,”...
Play on Syria war gets as close to home as it can
A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut Friday – the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian...
Writing’s on the wall for Trump, Zuckerberg
Recently daubed graffiti on the Israeli wall cutting off the occupied West Bank lambastes United States President Donald Trump and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy.
Martin puts love in bluegrass form
There’s a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin’s new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good since five of the collection’s 14 tracks are...
Musical legend Fairouz releases new album
The legendary Lebanese musician Fairouz released a new album Sunday entitled “Bebalee.”
Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies
The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades – a trip to...
Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel 'normalization'
A Palestinian city cancelled a planned screening of a Lebanese film Sunday after activists called for a boycott over the director's "normalization" with Israel.
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board
Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women...
Mr. Magoo is stumbling back onto screens
He’s back and this time he’s even older, blinder and more dangerous.
Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing "Bugsy," has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.
38 women accuse US director James Toback of sexual harassment
The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened Monday after 38 women were reported to have accused US film director James Toback of unwanted sexual encounters over a period...
Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement
Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about...
Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53
Rock poet and Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, whose evocative lyrics helped define Canada, has died at age 53
Thousands respond 'me too' to actress's Twitter prompt on sexual abuse
Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a massive outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond "me too" if they've been sexually assaulted or harassed.
Tourists on a crowded, sun-drenched beach in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa tossed drinks cans into recycling bins as a record-breaking holiday season drew to a close.
Kids, screens and parental guilt
Parents of small children have long been hearing about the perils of “screen time.”
Japan's 'Blade Library' offers joy of blade running to amputees
Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.
Tourniquets, once out of favor, helped save lives in Vegas shootings
When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on...
Rapid development threatens public land
Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small...
Brie trade deal: China lifts soft cheese ban
Fans of soft cheeses in China have reason to celebrate after Beijing reversed a ban on mold-ripened cheeses, allowing imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort, European...
Astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack
A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed...
Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries
The Mormon church's gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries took another step forward Friday as the religion announced it is nearly doubling the missions...
CLES third Specific Learning Disabilities Day
Specific learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysphasia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia, memory deficit and attention deficit disorder affect around 10 percent...
South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter
War-torn South Sudan "should serve as an example" for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy...
Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small village into a lush and open mountainside.
Sursock Museum guests talk trash
The Sursock Museum courtyard was lit up with lights dangling from steel poles over haphazardly placed tables set for dinner as guests drifted in, looking for the seat...
Innovation a success for Beirut artisans
In a dark factory tucked beneath the highway in Burj Hammoud, a handful of craftsmen work with ancient tools in a cloud of sawdust.
Debut L.I.P.S. fashion closes triumphantly
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor started to play while Freya, the Norse goddess of love, made her dramatic appearance on the runway, crying tears of gold.
Stock imaging challenges view of country
For decades, Lebanon has had an image problem.
A British company aims to build a refinery in southwest Mississippi that will turn wood into the equivalent of diesel or jet fuel.
Stephen Hawking's thesis goes online, website crashes
Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website.
Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi
Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3 ½-hour speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral...
US spacewalkers begin third October repair mission
Two American astronauts floated outside the International Space Station Friday for the third spacewalk this month aimed at repairing the orbiting outpost's robotic arm...
In first, scientists detect gravitational waves and light from star collision
Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same...
Being price-conscious and practical may have its merits, but sometimes you need something that’s more than just a way to get from point A to point B – sometimes you just want an SUV with personality, that special touch that says you’re not driving just another car that gets lost in the crowd.
Our favorite three-row SUVs under $60,000
It may be the age of the compact crossover, but sometimes you want an SUV that’s not too big and not to small, but just right.
Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars by 2030
In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory.
Our picks for compact crossovers under $40,000
Every year it becomes more obvious that compact crossovers have conquered the market. It’s nothing less than a generational change, with buyers opting for vehicles from...
New cars rammed with distracting technology
The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for...