Rebecca Dykes had been at a Foreign Office colleague’s farewell party before she disappeared Friday night.
Bassil: Oil exploration economic resistance
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Saturday said the approval of oil and gas exploration licenses in Lebanon was an act of “economic resistance” against Israel.
May: U.K. ‘proving doubters wrong’ on Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government was “proving the doubters wrong” after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations could...
Macron bashed for regal birthday
French President Emmanuel Macron over the weekend celebrated his birthday at the iconic chateau of King Francois I, a choice denounced by critics as an example of how...
Macron: Syria will be rid of Daesh by end February
French President Emmanuel Macron Sunday predicted Daesh (ISIS) would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together...
Army chief oversees military exams
Head of the Lebanese Army Gen. Joseph Aoun Saturday dropped by the Rafik Hariri campus of the Lebanese University in Hadath to meet prospective Army cadets who were...
Thousands Rally in Sidon for Hamas 30th anniversary
Thousands of Palestinians from across Lebanon’s refugee camps gathered in Sidon Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Hamas Movement.
Assault suspects, drug dealers arrested
The following crimes were reported across Lebanon Sunday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government was “proving the doubters wrong” after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations could finally move on to their next phase in the new year.
Daesh claims suicide bombing of Pakistan church
Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan Sunday, killing more than nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the...
Autopsies underway on Canadian billionaires
Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife after they were found dead in their home in what police...
Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip
Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the...
French President Emmanuel Macron Sunday predicted Daesh (ISIS) would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together for fresh peace talks early next year.
Love, peace: Year end wishes in Damascus
In a cozy Damascus coffee shop, university student Solaf Hammoud scribbles a heartfelt New Year wish on a yellow card then hangs it on a twinkling Christmas tree.
Haftar vows compliance with Libyan people’s will
Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar said Sunday he would listen to the “will of free Libyan people,” and insisted that the mandate of the country’s...
Tension as heart of Arab Spring marks anniversary
Demonstrators in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid Sunday marked seven years since a street vendor set himself on fire in a move that touched off the Arab Spring...
In Jordan, Iraqi Christians look to move abroad
Inside a church in Jordan, a displaced Iraqi Christian mother dreams of a brighter future for her children far from the war-torn country they were forced to flee.
Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter arrived Sunday in Baghdad on a visit during which he will meet with his Iraqi counterpart and which was also intended to celebrate the liberation of Iraq from Daesh (ISIS).
Salameh: Crisis boosted confidence in economy
Lebanon’s ability to weather the crisis sparked last month by the premier’s now-rescinded resignation has increased confidence in its economy, the governor of the...
Turkey lira falls after modest rate hike
Turkey’s central bank Thursday dashed expectations of a sharp rate hike to combat high inflation and currency weakness, prompting a drop in the value of the lira and...
Qatar Air chief vows splurge on routes
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar al-Baker pledged to carry on adding routes in defiance of the Saudi Arabia-led isolation of its home country.
Canada-EU deal could slow yuletide lobster biz
A trade deal between Canada and the European Union could amount to a lump of coal for the U.S. at Christmastime.
Lebanon’s take of gas spoils 55 pct: Abi Khalil
Lebanon’s share from the potential gas revenues will be at least 55 percent and this is line with the world average, Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said...
Emirates NBD sells its stake in Bank of Beirut
Emirates National Bank of Dubai exited the Lebanese market after selling its stake in Bank of Beirut for $29.275 million.
Crisis boosted confidence in economy: Salameh
Lebanon's ability to survive the crisis sparked last month by the premier's now rescinded resignation has increased confidence in its economy, the governor of the...
Turkey’s central bank Thursday dashed expectations of a sharp rate hike to combat high inflation and currency weakness, prompting a drop in the value of the lira and fears of political meddling.
Gulf states follow U.S. rate rise
The Gulf’s dollar-pegged economies have followed a U.S. interest rate hike to maintain the value of their currencies but at the risk of denting efforts to stimulate...
Riyadh hopes purge will help it join FATF
Saudi Arabia has high hopes that a campaign of arrests to crack down on corruption will improve its chances of joining the Financial Action Task Force, a global body...
Reconstruction starts at Iraq's biggest oil refinery
Iraq has begun reconstruction work at what was the country's biggest oil refinery before it was damaged by intense fighting between government forces and Daesh (ISIS)...
UBS boss says bitcoins ‘not money’
The chairman of Swiss banking giant UBS said in an interview published Sunday that he does not consider the soaring cryptocurrency bitcoin as money and called for...
How emerging markets could save you from Stalin
Put yourself to the Joseph Stalin test.
Challenges loom for central banks in 2018
Three major central banks met this week – and markets barely stirred.
Russell’s new chief says it’s time to get ‘person
Michelle Seitz on her rise to the top and new-found frankness about being a working mother.
For decades Israeli politics has been riddled with corruption from top to bottom, with premiers, ministers, MPs and senior officers, as well as wives and relatives of officials, convicted of graft, most of them receiving prison terms.
It is quite clear that the Assad regime, in order to reach its desired result, has shamelessly emulated Israel’s approach of procrastination and avoidance of key issues...
The holy grail of genetic engineering
Since its introduction four decades ago, genetic engineering has been a source of high hopes for health, agriculture and industry.
Roy Moore’s loss and smart politics
Roy Moore’s party has been punished for his refusal to do the right thing.
GOP’s tax bill proves that haste makes waste
Of all the follies of 2017, the most tawdry may be the GOP’s headlong rush to pass a tax bill that even its proponents don’t understand.
Cabinet’s decision Thursday to move Lebanon forward on oil and gas exploration after years of problems, procrastination and politicking is a milestone.
Jerusalem needs action
For decades, the repositories of the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have overflowed with limp condemnations, empty threats and lackluster...
Barrage of words
In the times of the “Me Too” movement, Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 is “feminism” – a term U.S. President Donald Trump would perhaps do well to look up.
GOP tax bill would usher in a bleak future
If the Republican tax plan passes Congress, it will mark a watershed for the United States.
Challenges for Africa’s structural transformation
Since 2000, Africa has recorded impressive rates of economic growth, owing largely to development assistance and a prolonged commodity boom.
China: The global digital giant
China has firmly established itself as a global leader in consumer-oriented digital technologies. It is the world’s largest e-commerce market, accounting for more than...
World economy surging despite Trump’s rancor
A year ago, with the election of a U.S. president who had fulminated against the international trade and financial systems, some analysts worried that the engine of...
China pursues starring role on global stage
The friendly words exchanged between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping this month softened the edge of a Chinese economic and military buildup that a recent study...
Using ‘digital provenance’ to fight fake facts
Amid the slithering mess of problems that emerged in 2017, the one that bothers me most is that people don’t seem to know what’s true anymore.
A beleaguered Tillerson is still at the table
A funny thing happened to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the way to the exit door: He didn’t leave.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.
Nejmeh book Cup quarterfinal with Ansar
Nejmeh booked a mouthwatering quarterfinal clash with eternal rivals Ansar after dispatching Al-Shabab al-Arabi 2-0 Sunday in the last 16 of the Lebanese Cup.
Kvitova looks on positive side after 'rollercoaster year'
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova says a year on from being the victim of a horrific knife attack she can look to the future positively having successfully returned to...
Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year
Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand...
LeBron James notches up 60th triple-double
LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Utah Jazz 109-100 Saturday...
Premiership highlights: Ederson, Lingard shine
Manchester City made it sweet 16 with a rout of Tottenham, while Manchester United managed to hang onto their rivals’ coattails.
United down Albion, Reds rock Bournemouth
Manchester United kept their faint Premier League titles hopes alive with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool moved back into the top four with a 4-0...
Rose storms home to win Indonesian Masters
England’s Justin Rose fired a brilliant round of 10 under par to cruise to victory at the $750,000 Indonesian Masters Sunday.
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova says a year on from being the victim of a horrific knife attack she can look to the future positively having successfully returned to the WTA circuit.
Australian Open comeback for Serena ‘very likely’
Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season’s opening Grand Slam “very likely,”...
Serena 'very likely' to make comeback at Australian Open: organizers
Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season's opening Grand Slam "very likely",...
Serena, Kuznetsova doubts for Australian Open
Former world No. 1 Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for...
LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Utah Jazz 109-100 Saturday night.
James triple-double fuels Cavs to win
Cleveland star LeBron James tied Larry Bird for sixth all time in NBA triple-doubles Thursday as the Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112.
James' 59th career triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers
LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double in front of Lonzo Ball and his brothers, Kevin Love scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the 16th...
George shows off skill in Indiana return
Russell Westbrook recorded his ninth triple double of the season and Paul George made a successful return to Indiana as the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Pacers...
Leonard returns but Spurs stumble
Kawhi Leonard made his long-awaited return from injury but could not stop San Antonio from an upset defeat in Dallas Tuesday as LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Australia moved within six wickets of reclaiming the Ashes at the close of a rain-hit Day 4 of the third Ashes test Sunday, with England still 127 runs short of making the hosts bat again.
Saunders dominates Lemieux to keep crown
Unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders threw down the gauntlet to four-belt champion Gennady Golovkin with a systematic dismantling of David Lemieux in his North American...
Gabart, the record breaking sailor in a hurry
A sailing prodigy, Frenchman Francois Gabart on Sunday crushed the world record for the fastest non-stop solo navigation of the world on his first attempt.
England saved by rain as Ashes innings defeat looms
England is facing an innings defeat to Australia in the third Ashes cricket test on the crumbling WACA pitch Sunday.
Facing a deficit of 259 runs, England's day was...
Hirscher breaks Tomba's record with 5th GS win in Alta Badia
Marcel Hirscher dominated both runs to take a record fifth straight win in the Alta Badia giant slalom on Sunday
Lewis Hamilton wants to equal Juan Manuel Fangio’s five Formula One world titles but doubts he will have the staying power to try and match Michael Schumacher’s record seven, even if he cannot rule it out entirely.
F1 walking a tightrope in America, says Ferrari boss
Formula One is walking a tightrope as new owners Liberty Media plan to grow the sport in America, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has warned.
Alfa Romeo Sauber unveil slick car
The Swiss Formula One outfit Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for the world title in...
Alfa Romeo to become Sauber title sponsor
Alfa Romeo are returning to Formula One for the first time in 30 years with the century-old Italian marque partnering the Swiss-based Sauber team as title sponsors.
Five things to watch out for in F1 in 2018
Will overtaking get easier?
If you ever need support, go find the nearest bench of grandmothers sitting and chatting.
Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai
Egypt reopened Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO...
Hallyday returns to cherished Caribbean island for burial
The body of French rocker Johnny Hallyday was greeted by mournful fans late Sunday on the Caribbean island of St Barts, the paradise bolthole where the millionaire...
Hallyday, France’s troubled Elvis, dies at 74
Johnny Hallyday, France’s king of rock who has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, was a leather-clad would-be Elvis who earned love and scorn over five...
Unique premise wins ‘Search Party’ a following
Even the star and executive producers of TBS’ “Search Party” agree it’s not an easy premise to describe.
Garcia Marquez archive now accessible online
A U.S. university has made over 27,000 images from the late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s archive available online.
Zoukak raises the curtain on new theater
Zoukak Theater Company celebrated the opening of their new theater space in Karantina, Wednesday, and with it their 11th anniversary and the start of new projects.
New era for Hollywood as Disney swallows Fox
After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood.
The body of French rocker Johnny Hallyday was greeted by mournful fans late Sunday on the Caribbean island of St Barts, the paradise bolthole where the millionaire singer owned a cherished home and asked to be buried.
New Jimi Hendrix album with unreleased songs coming in March
Unreleased songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix between 1968 and 1970 will be released next year.
Johnny Hallyday, 'French Elvis,' dies at 74 after cancer
Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France and survived drug...
Ed Sheeran tops Spotify's 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams
The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he is the most streamed artist of the year.
TV parody mines Van Damme’s hidden depths
“The Muscles from Brussels” is back. The Belgian action hero actor Jean-Claude Van Damme returned to the screen Friday as the bungling star of a new Amazon comedy series.
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' boasts $45 million opening night
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday that the eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an...
SAG nominations focus on indie movies
Small-town dramedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild nominations in a list that shut out veterans Meryl Streep and Daniel...
HBO, ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Globes in TV nods
The actors from HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies” will have quite an internal competition at the Golden Globes next month.
Mario Batali is giving up oversight of the daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef over a period of at least 20 years.
France bids emotional farewell to rocker Hallyday
France paid an emotional farewell Saturday to Johnny Hallyday -- the singer who taught the country how to rock -- in a highly theatrical "people's tribute" that brought...
Bono tells paper he takes tax probe 'incredibly seriously'
U2 frontman Bono says he takes the investigation into his business arrangements "incredibly seriously" and wants them to be transparent
Director Bryan Singer accused in lawsuit of assaulting teen
Director Bryan Singer has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy at a party more than a decade ago.
Slovenian magazine apologizes to US first lady Melania Trump
A Slovenian magazine apologized Friday to U.S. first lady Melania Trump for suggesting she had worked as a high-end escort while pursuing her international modeling...
The world today is enough to make some people want to get up and just run to the ends of the Earth, so that’s what Kai Markus decided to do.
Is Pentagon still probing UFO sightings? Answer is cryptic
The Pentagon acknowledged Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other...
Cannabis ingredient holds promise as antipsychotic medicine
An ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD has shown promise in a clinical trial as a potential new treatment for psychosis, scientists said Friday.
'Heat-not-burn' tobacco may be safer but still a risk
A new wave of "heat-not-burn" tobacco products are probably safer than traditional cigarettes but the devices still produce a number of potentially harmful compounds,...
Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours
A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number.
Hoffman faces new sexual misconduct accusations
More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room...
Britain’s red phone boxes ring the changes
Facing extinction due to ubiquitous mobile phones, Britain’s classic red telephone boxes are being saved from death row by ingenious conversions into all sorts of new...
Museum of Failure put flops center stage
Once cast aside as a cringe-worthy mistake, “Colgate Lasagna” has at last found fame … as a flop at the Museum of Failure.
'Ground-breaking' drug gives hope in Huntington's disease
Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new...
First baby from uterus transplant in U.S. is born
The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden.
Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care
Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing - a debilitating condition...
SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars
SpaceX racked up another first Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA.
Harry Potter in the sky inspires young stargazers
British astronomers have come up with a new set of constellations inspired by modern-day figures such as Harry Potter and Usain Bolt in an attempt to teach children...
Apple to buy song recognition app Shazam
Apple will buy leading song recognition app Shazam, the companies said Monday, in a fresh bid by the tech giant to gain an edge in online music.
SpaceX launching recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA
Space Age hand-me-downs are soaring to a whole new level.
It may not feature in Morocco’s official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country.
Nobody likes to overpay for anything, and if we get half a chance we jump at the opportunity to buy something below cost, especially cars.
Some car options slay resale price, others shine
Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote about depreciation and all the factors that contributed to it.
Big changes under skin of revamped Jeep Wrangler
When Fiat Chrysler engineers and designers set out to revamp the venerable Jeep Wrangler for the first time in a decade, they didn’t want to mess much with its looks.
Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user’s movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster...
SUVs main attraction at LA Auto Show
The floor at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show will look a lot like America’s roads: full of SUVs.