The southern state of Arkansas has carried out the first double execution in the United States in nearly 17 years, forging on with a controversial push to execute a string of inmates before a lethal drug expires at the end of the month.
Trump, Australia prime minister to meet next month in NYC
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to mark the 75th anniversary of a World War II naval battle by visiting the USS Intrepid.
Church bombings aim at Egypt's unity: Coptic Pope
The two church bombings that killed dozens in Egypt this month targeted unity among Muslims and Christians in the most populous Arab nation, Coptic Pope Tawadros II...
Erdogan says Turkey could reconsider its position on Europe
President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters on Tuesday that Turkey would reconsider its position on joining the European Union if it was kept waiting much longer and if the...
Vote law deadlock could lead to dictatorship: Aoun
Lebanon could become a dictatorship if lawmakers extend their terms or if parliamentary elections are further delayed, said President Michel Aoun
Former US envoys to UN warn Congress against cutting funding
Nine former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations warned Congress in a letter on Tuesday that slashing funding for the world body would weaken Washington's global...
German police arrest two for alleged human smuggling
German police arrested two men on Tuesday and carried out 22 searches in a crackdown on human trafficking that authorities say helped illegally secure asylum approvals...
EU Parliament to begin process of lifting Le Pen immunity over misused funds
The European Parliament is expected to begin the process to lift the immunity of France's far-right presidential challenger Marine Le Pen Wednesday for her alleged...
The two church bombings that killed dozens in Egypt this month targeted unity among Muslims and Christians in the most populous Arab nation, Coptic Pope Tawadros II said Tuesday.
US 'deeply concerned' by Turkish strikes in Syria, Iraq: State Department
The United States is "deeply concerned" by Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, the State Department said Tuesday.
US pushes UN to again consider arms embargo on South Sudan
The United States Tuesday urged the divided U.N. Security Council to back an arms embargo and sanctions against South Sudan after the U.N. envoy reported that the war...
Tunisia parliament votes to ease harsh drug law
Tunisia's parliament voted Tuesday to ease the country's harsh law on drugs, in a move that could see offenders like youths caught smoking marijuana escape jail terms.
EDL contractors go on strike anticipating meeting with Energy Minister
Electricite du Liban contract workers Tuesday suspended work at the company's branches in anticipation of a meeting with Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil next week
Two men arrested for sexually assaulting children
Lebanese Internal Security forces Tuesday announced the arrest of two men on charges of sexually preying on children in Tripoli, North Lebanon and Nabatieh, South Lebanon
Red Cross brings bodies of Syrians to Masnaa border crossing
The Lebanese Red Cross Tuesday transported the bodies of five Syrians found on the outskirts of Lebanon to the Masnaa border crossing to hand them over to Syrian...
Jumblatt defends PSP electoral law proposal
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Tuesday defended his party's new hybrid electoral law proposal
Remittances from Lebanese expatriates decreased slightly in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to estimates by the World Bank.
Lebanon should address new sanctions on Hezbollah
Lebanon was put on the spotlight again as the U.S. Congress planned to review additional and tougher sanctions against Hezbollah and all its affiliates and allies, a...
Egypt eyes faith and luxury in tourism plan
Egypt plans to promote religious, medical and luxury trips, and develop new markets in India and eastern Europe, as it pushes to revive its vital tourism industry to...
Dubai joins jet-lease elite with AWAS deal
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd., the Middle East’s biggest plane-leasing company, propelled itself into the top ranks of global players with a multibillion dollar...
Security firms in race along Silk Road
Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing’s modern-day “Silk Road,” the grandiose plan for land and sea routes...
GCFF adds funds for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan
Syrian refugees in Lebanon received additional funding from the Global Concessional Financing Facility, bringing the total of concessional funding to $1 billion, the...
Consumer confidence up but falling again
The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index increased by 16 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, a statement issued by Byblos...
Lebanon seeks boost in Russia trade cooperation
The Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Industry in North Lebanon signed a cooperation agreement with RUARIA LLC, a Russian trade company in the framework of the...
Egypt plans to promote religious, medical and luxury trips, and develop new markets in India and eastern Europe, as it pushes to revive its vital tourism industry to pre-2011 revolution levels within two years.
Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over 1MDB
Emirati and Malaysian officials said Monday they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the...
World Cup spending presses Qatar banks
On the one hand, they need to finance building projects for the 2022 football World Cup.
IMF preference for higher Egypt borrowing costs
Interest rates and fiscal measures are among the tools Egypt could use to control one of the highest inflation rates among emerging markets, a senior International...
Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing’s modern-day “Silk Road,” the grandiose plan for land and sea routes connecting the world’s second largest economy with the rest of Asia and beyond.
Electric car revolution now faces biggest test
Are electric cars ready to stand on their own?
Stocks, euro surge as Macron favored for win
Europe’s stock markets and the euro surged Monday after moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of France’s presidential election and looked set to...
UK’s largest property funds hoarding cash
Five of the UK’s largest property funds are holding more than a fifth of their assets in cash rather than bricks and mortar, as fears persist of a repeat of last year’s...
Trump tax plan seen as temporary cut
President Donald Trump has promised a “massive” tax cut for Americans.
For the past few days events have been held across Israel and the world to mark the Holocaust, and remember that unspeakable crime.
The Lebanese today have demonstrated the highest possible level of democracy, but unfortunately the voters were dual-nationality Lebanese who were casting their ballots...
Wrangling over Iraq’s election laws
In his third year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing another political fight in Baghdad over provincial elections (set for this year) and national...
Trump’s quixotic energy policy
April 22, 2017 – International Earth Day – marked one year since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, which entered into force last November, and now has 195...
On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy
Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world.
Heading off the storm
A storm was brewing in the wake of Hezbollah’s invitation to the media to tour the south in a clear challenge to the government’s policy of adhering to 1701 – the...
In Lebanon there is clear separation between the powers of the presidency, the premiership and Parliament.
Mired in arms
It is no secret that there are hundreds of thousands of firearms in Lebanon.
In his third year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing another political fight in Baghdad over provincial elections (set for this year) and national parliamentary elections (set for next).
Trump’s war policy in Syria
Clearly, the last word has not been said about the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, Syria, on April 4, which left 85 dead and an estimated...
The G-20’s time for climate leadership
At the start of 2016, the United States was well positioned to lead the global fight against climate change.
Planning for a potential Le Pen presidency
After the United Kingdom’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the U.S. presidential election last year, you might...
Can young prince refashion Saudi Arabia?
Two years into his campaign as an agent of change in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be gaining confidence and...
Trump could learn from Harry Truman
The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman.
How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome
I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome – hatred of Donald Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.
On Syria, Trump confronts a moral test
Even for a president who advertised his coldblooded pragmatism, the moral dimensions of leadership find a way of penetrating the Oval Office.
Lionel Messi took off his shirt and lifted it high in front of him, boldly displaying his name and number to the stunned crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Milan pair face ignominious end to the season
The season cannot end quickly enough for fallen giants AC Milan and Inter Milan, whose unhappy form persisted over the weekend with embarrassing Serie A defeats.
All eyes on Stuttgart as Sharapova returns
Not much fazes Roberta Vinci after 16 years on Tour but the maelstrom swirling around her opening match in Stuttgart against Maria Sharapova will test even the...
Murray ready to work overtime in Barcelona to stay at top
World number one Andy Murray returns to the Barcelona clay courts that launched his career this week as he puts in some overtime ahead of the French Open.
Drake to host first-ever 'NBA Awards' on June 26
Drake will host the NBA's first-ever awards show this June.
Win in FA Cup has no bearing on league: Conte
If former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was a master at playing mind games with his rivals, his Italian successor Antonio Conte seems reluctant to follow suit.
Five things we learned from El Clasico
Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico Sunday.
Sahin signs Dortmund extension to 2019
Turkey international Nuri Sahin has signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund until 2019, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.
Not much fazes Roberta Vinci after 16 years on Tour but the maelstrom swirling around her opening match in Stuttgart against Maria Sharapova will test even the Italian’s vast experience.
Serena thanks unborn baby after taking No. 1 spot
Serena Williams returned to the top of the WTA world rankings Monday and immediately shared the news with her unborn baby.
Belarus stun Switzerland to reach Fed Cup final
Belarus surprised a higher-rated Swiss team 3-2 to reach its first-ever Fed Cup final Sunday.
Evans and Edmund through but home favorite Robredo loses
Britain's Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund made it through to the second round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.
Cavs sweep Pacers, Rockets put Thunder on brink
LeBron James scored 33 points and made key plays late Sunday to give the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers a 106-102 victory at Indiana and a sweep of their...
Warriors coach ill, may miss rest of playoffs
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was not on the sidelines for Monday’s Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and he might be out for the rest of the playoffs.
Warriors put Blazers on brink
Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors stormed back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland...
Savor some unpredictability as NBA playoffs begin
Say this about the NBA playoffs: It's usually quite predictable.
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao concedes his next opponent Jeff Horn is a bit of an unknown quantity but has told the Australian he needs to be in peak condition to make sure their WBO welterweight title fight pleases fight fans Down Under.
Wanjiru holds off Bekele as Keitany breaks record
Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru held off a late charge from Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to win the London Marathon Sunday in 2 hours 5 minutes 48 seconds.
Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash
Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, his Astana team said, calling him "a great...
Klitschko admits he was boring
Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade.
Czech ice hockey great Augustin Bubnik dies at 88
Czech ice hockey great Augustin Bubnik, whose international career was abruptly ended by communist persecution, died on Tuesday. He was 88.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.
Mercedes mull team orders to foil Ferrari
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff says he is considering introducing team orders in a bid to halt Ferrari's momentum in this year's world championship
Bottas takes first career pole position in Bahrain
Finland's Valtteri Bottas claimed a first career pole position on Saturday when he edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Rowland targets F2 title to further F1 bid
Second chances for unproven drivers are scarce in Formula One.
Revamped F1 season already living up to its hype
A pair of multiple world champions level on points, Mercedes and Ferrari neck-and-neck. This season’s revamped Formula One is already living up to the hype.
As a filmmaker drawn to the most visceral forms of cinema, it was probably inevitable that Kathryn Bigelow’s high-adrenaline curiosities would lead her to virtual reality.
New stage drama fueled by Trump Cabinet picks
Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt.
Oprah Winfrey conquers acting fears
Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a...
How to get away with writing
Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” keeps a lid on plot twists.
Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit
For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.
Unforgettable: A forgettable thriller
Right after the final line of “Unforgettable” was uttered, I felt a sudden stinging on the side of my face.
Argentinian transforms Met rooftop into banquet
Adrian Villar Rojas has transformed the roof garden at New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art into a fantasy banquet scene overlooking the glittering Manhattan...
Human hen artist condemned after hatching 9 eggs
A French artist who hatched nine eggs after sitting on them for three weeks has been condemned by an animal-rights group for depriving the chicks of a mother.
Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a petri dish.
‘O’Reilly Factor’ not the same without Bill
Through four days of Bill O’Reilly’s enforced vacation, his show’s viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of his substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg...
Hollywood honors actor, veteran activist Sinise
Oscar-nominated actor and longtime armed forces champion Gary Sinise was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a markedly military ceremony.
Once preposterous, now immediate; Margaret Atwood on 'Handmaid's Tale'
Margaret Atwood did not have any creative control over the latest adaptation of her dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," but she was very clear what she didn't want.
Lady Gaga, sensual and acrobatic, debuts song at Coachella
Lady Gaga debuted a R&B-tinged love song Saturday as she headlined the Coachella festival, where the pop diva cast herself as sensual rather than sensational
Year of the glitch: Sound fails Radiohead at Coachella
Radiohead salvaged a headlining set at the Coachella festival from disaster Friday, following a glitch-plagued opening in which the audio system repeatedly crashed.
Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer
Ukraine Saturday complained of "unprecedented and unacceptable" calls from the Eurovision Song Contest's organizers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia's contestant.
First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes
Afghanistan's first – and only – all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women.
Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday in an Associated Press interview about her rocky road to transition and why she wrote a tell-all memoir, "The Secrets of My Life."
Maqamat dance company honors Lebanese choreography icon Abdel Halim Caracalla
Maqamat dance company paid tribute to the achievements of choreographer Abdel Halim Caracalla under the auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, state media said Sunday
Tributes and discord one year after Prince death
One year after Prince's death, the pop legend's purple-clad fans converged Friday on his estate for a festive celebration, but some found it marred by commercialism and...
Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes
Britain Friday marked Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home.
Ousted Fox host O'Reilly could get $25M
Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly will receive an exit payout of as much as $25 million after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations, according to American media...
The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of impossibly cute 10-year-old girl.
Birthing giraffe becomes a cash cow for tiny zoo
April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute...
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions
Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.
Samsung to update software over 'red screen' smartphone
Electronics giant Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained...
Tripoli’s new language institute offers immersion
The Levantine Institute of Tripoli – unique in its location and core mission – welcomed the local community and potential students to a rooftop event last weekend in...
Roll with it: Gazans create own limo
A Gazan firm has found a way to add style to weddings in the Palestinian enclave despite being unable to import a limousine: make one with parts from five cars.
Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it
When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an...
Premature hippo a happy hit for Ohio zoo after gorilla death
A prematurely born hippo in Ohio has been providing regular doses of happiness for animal lovers, in a show of public affection that's also given an emotional lift to...
Researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’
It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water.
Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin
The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the...
Russian, American two-man crew blasts off to ISS
A Russian and an American blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the first two-person launch to the International Space Station in over a...
The Levantine Institute of Tripoli – unique in its location and core mission – welcomed the local community and potential students to a rooftop event last weekend in anticipation of the center’s opening later this month.
Sanaa Ayoub launches sparkling fashion collection
Lebanese fashion designer Sanaa Ayoub launched her 2017 spring/summer collection earlier this week, with a range of looks best described as eveningwear flirting with...
Before last year's Brexit vote, Scott McCready was struggling to fill his holiday cabins on the coast of southwest England
Bangkok 'unique' despite street stall edict: Thai tourism boss
Bangkok's street food culture will survive a crackdown on vendors, Thailand's tourism chief vowed Thursday, assuring travelers that a city renowned for its chaotic...
Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard
In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City.”
Musicians chase fame on west Africa's musical islands
Every April, the tiny island capital of Cape Verde is taken over for a week by musicians of all stripes, trailing dreams of record deals and sold-out stadiums
Essentials of Buenos Aires: Evita, tango and pope's hometown
During Buenos Aires' heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina's agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world's richest by the...
I often remind myself that to truly appreciate something old, I must judge it not by today’s standards, but according to those prevailing at the time of its conception.
Timeless Mercedes roadster that refuses to age
Pick pretty much any mass-produced car rolling off the factory floor today. It looks spiffy and smart doesn’t it, all gleaming with its new coat of paint, sprightly...
Giddy Up! Automakers raise horsepower, speed to new heights
Fred Croatti often drives his silver Dodge Charger Hellcat to the grocery store, turning heads as he rumbles through the parking lot with a supercharged 6.2-Liter...
Black Badge: The dark side beckons
Sometimes you need to tackle a topic head on, call a spade a spade if you will, and here it is: No one ever dropped several hundred thousand dollars on a Rolls-Royce...
A Rolls-Royce Dawn and a sibling’s escapades
It turns out I make a good assistant.
The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities.
Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India
A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation...
Global tobacco death toll still climbing
The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has...
Orphaned bear cubs win hearts in Montenegro
Two orphaned bear cubs have captured hearts in Montenegro after a farmer rescued them from starving to death in the wild.
One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby
About one in 10 women in the United States who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant had a fetus or baby with deformities last year, U.S. government scientists...