Lead investigator Judge Tarek Bitar ordered Thursday the release of six people detained in connection to the devastating Aug. 4 Beirut Port blast.
Doctor's drive to curb Covid with sniffer dogs
Lebanese doctor Riad Sarkis says he can help curb Covid-19 globally.
US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan
The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan...
US imposes wide array of sanctions on Russia for 'malign' actions
The United States on Thursday imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia to punish it for alleged interference in the U.S. election, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine...
Pro-Iran factions up the ante in Iraq with drone strike
Armed pro-Iran Iraqi groups striving to oust all foreign forces from their country Wednesday upped the stakes with a drone attack, a technique favoured elsewhere in the...
Lebanon surpasses half million COVID-19 cases
Lebanon marked half million total registered coronavirus cases since the first case was recorded in the country, with 2,460 new cases and 40 deaths Wednesday.
Lebanon registers 31 virus deaths, 2,501 cases
Lebanon registered 31 new coronavirus deaths and 2,501 cases, the Health Ministry said Thursday.
Lebanon registers 31 new coronavirus deaths, 2,501 cases
Lebanon registers 31 new coronavirus deaths, 2,501 cases
The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal.
French embassy advises citizens to leave Pakistan
The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all French nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, after violent anti-France protests paralysed...
Minnesota police chief, officer who fatally shot Black man, both resign
A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black motorist during a scuffle following a routine traffic stop and the police chief who called the slaying an...
NATO forces will leave together from Afghanistan,US says
A coalition of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan will leave the country in coordination with a planned U.S. withdrawal by Sept. 11
Armed pro-Iran Iraqi groups striving to oust all foreign forces from their country Wednesday upped the stakes with a drone attack, a technique favoured elsewhere in the Middle East, experts say.
Syria denies OPCW report on use of chlorine bomb
Syria denied a report by the global chemical weapons watchdog which said there were reasonable grounds to believe that the Syrian air force dropped a chlorine bomb on a...
Iran says 60% enrichment response to Israel's 'nuclear terrorism'
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday its decision to boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent was a response to Israel's "terrorism," days after an attack on...
Iran's powerful Guard faces scrutiny after attacks
The recent sabotage at Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facility is just the latest setback for the country's Revolutionary Guard, though the paramilitary force is rarely...
Arrested Suez ship fit for onward passage, manager says
The cargo vessel that blocked global shipping in the Suez Canal and is caught in a legal dispute in Egypt is fit to sail once approval is given, its technical manager...
The Association of Banks in Lebanon said Thursday that Lebanese lenders have transferred $240 million to Lebanese students studying abroad to cover their tuitions.
Lebanese pound up against dollar on black market
The Lebanese pound gained on the black market Thursday, trading at LL12,150 against the dollar.
Mideast's largest mall operator to expand amid vaccine hopes
The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year and is moving full steam ahead...
Syria devalues pound after sacking central bank governor
Syria's central bank devalued the pound on Thursday, bringing the currency's official exchange rate closer to the black market rate, two days after the government...
Crypto flagship Coinbase jumps 11% after stormy Nasdaq debut
Coinbase Global Inc shares jumped 11% in early trading on Thursday, a day after the cryptocurrency exchange went public in a high-profile debut on the Nasdaq that...
Humble fattoush shows cost of crisis at Ramadan
After a year of economic meltdown in Lebanon, Hala Sheikh is sticking to a modest menu as she prepares the evening meal for her family to break their daily Ramadan fast.
Salameh urges plan to ration subsidies
Central Bank governor Riad Salameh on Wednesday reminded Caretaker Finance Minister that BDL cannot continue to subsidize products in the same patter, urging the...
Lebanese pound down against dollar
The Lebanese pound fell on the black market Wednesday, trading at LL12,550 against the dollar.
The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year and is moving full steam ahead with plans to develop its biggest mall ever.
Syria's Assad dismisses central bank chief Karfoul
President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed Syria's Central Bank Governor Hazem Karfoul, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.
IMF: Lebanon risks economic contraction in 2021
Lebanon, in the midst of its worst financial crisis ever, is the only economy in the Middle East at risk of further contraction this year, the International Monetary...
Saudi $7 trillion investment goal puts spotlight on oil prices
In order to wean Saudi Arabia off its dependency on crude the kingdom needs higher oil prices.
Coinbase Global Inc shares jumped 11% in early trading on Thursday, a day after the cryptocurrency exchange went public in a high-profile debut on the Nasdaq that briefly valued it at more than $100 billion.
Coinbase listing marks latest step in crypto's march to the mainstream
Coinbase Global Inc, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, will list on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche...
Bitcoin hits record high before landmark Coinbase IPO
Bitcoin hit a record of $62,575 on Tuesday, extending its 2021 rally to new heights.
IMF sees slower recovery for eurozone than US
The IMF said Tuesday that the eurozone economy would expand faster than previously expected in 2021, but Europe will be slower than the US to recover from the pandemic...
OPEC+ agrees oil output rise from May, sources say, after U.S. calls Saudi
Opec+ agreed on Thursday to gradually ease its oil output cuts from May, sources said, after the new U.S. administration called on Saudi Arabia to keep energy...
Even before the pandemic, in many parts of the world, too many children are left behind with no access to school or resources to have appropriate learning.
An Iranian nuclear deal will usher a regional Cold War
The crippling sanctions as a result of the maximum pressure policy imposed against Iran since former president Trump’s administration pulled out of the JCPOC, have...
Is Iran and China’s new strategic partnership a game changer for the Middle East?
Despite Iran’s current weakness, Beijing sees the country as a strategic prize in the long run.
Lebanon: A fragile or failed state?
Next week, the Lebanese people will be commemorating the Civil War that erupted on April 13, 1975, and ended with Taif Agreement in 1990.
Lebanon needs more than a Cabinet: Nation building
It must hurt the national pride of every Lebanese to hear foreign officials asking them to introduce meaningful reforms and form a credible government so countries who...
The recent flurry of diplomatic activities and frequent trips by Lebanese factions to Moscow, left the impression that Russia is poised to assume a mediating role in Lebanon in an attempt to extend its influence from a war shattered Syria to a politically crippled and financially bankrupt Lebanon.
With their season on the line, Arsenal’s players produced a devastating first-half performance Thursday to beat Slavia Prague and reach the Europa League semifinals.
Madrid stand alone against the new order among CL semifinalists
UEFA is set to announce major changes to the Champions League next week but the make-up of this season's semifinalists confirms the extent to which elite club football...
'Awful' Djokovic knocked out in Monte Carlo
Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters Thursday following an "awful performance" in a 6-4, 7-5 defeat by Dan Evans, while 11-time champion Rafael Nadal...
French Open delayed by a week in hope that more spectators can attend
The French Open was Thursday delayed by a week to May 30-June 13 in the hope that heightened Covid-19 restrictions in France will have eased by then to allow the...
Curry scores 53 to pass Chamberlain for Warriors record
Steph Curry erupted with 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain's all-time Golden State scoring record Monday as the Warriors downed the Denver Nuggets 116-107.
Liverpool draw a blank as Real Madrid roll into CL semis
Liverpool were left to rue a host of missed chances as Real Madrid held out for a 0-0 draw at Anfield to progress to the semifinals of the Champions League 3-1 on...
Man City reach Champions League semis with win at Dortmund
Manchester City scored twice in the second half through Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Wednesday and reach the Champions League semifinals...
Flick mulls future after Bayern Munich exit Champions League
Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has admitted he is considering his future after the holders were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain.
Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters Thursday following an "awful performance" in a 6-4, 7-5 defeat by Dan Evans, while 11-time champion Rafael Nadal powered into the quarterfinals.
James injury rocks Lakers in loss to Hawks
LeBron James crashed out of the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday with a right ankle injury that will sideline the NBA superstar indefinitely.
Japan sucked in its breath as Hideki Matsuyama almost blew his chance to win the Masters but the golfer's one-shot victory at Augusta National sparked a joyous reaction back home as the country celebrated another sporting triumph in testing times.
UFC's McGregor announces third fight with Poirier
Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is set for a third fight against Dustin Poirier, who became the first man to knock out him out in January.
Francis Ngannou stops Miocic, claims UFC heavyweight title
Francis Ngannou has been the next big thing in the UFC heavyweight division for several years.
International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics
International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer's Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, organizers said Saturday, setting the...
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday after an epic, knife-edge battle with Red Bull's Max Verstappen over the final laps.
Red Bull's Verstappen grabs opening pole in Bahrain
Red Bull's Max Verstappen set himself up as favorite for the first race of the Formula One season after a perfect pole position in Bahrain Saturday.
In alleys criss-crossing the Libyan capital's Old City, construction crews are hard at work restoring former glory to architectural treasures neglected under ex-dictator Moammar Ghadafi and in the decade since.
Ruins, ghosts and cats: Rome's 'Area Sacra' to welcome visitors
History buffs will be able to roam the ruins of Rome's "Area Sacra," perhaps catching a glimpse of Julius Caesar's ghost, after the site becomes an open-air museum next...
Italian piano maker sees craft threatened
The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the...
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenades Saudi ruin
An area roughly the size of Belgium, Al-Ula, with its Nabatean tombs and art chiselled into caramel-hued rock, is being groomed as the centrepiece of Saudi tourism...
BAFTAs pushes diversity at film awards
American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains...
Jumping the gun: Saudis keep 'Taasheer' war dance alive
In Saudi Arabia's west, classic muzzle-loading rifles are carefully prepared for the traditional "Taasheer" war dance, a striking display of leaping and gunpowder blasts.
World's priciest painting may be a Leonardo after all
The world's most expensive painting, the "Salvator Mundi," may be the work of Leonardo da Vinci after all, with several media reports contradicting doubts raised in a...
Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old 'lost' city near Luxor
Archaeologists Saturday showed off their finds at what they say is the "largest" ancient city ever found in Egypt, dating to a golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago.
The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the pandemic.
If Ringo wants you to sing, could you say no?
The beloved Beatle dug into his contacts for help on the chorus of ‘Here’s to the Nights,’ his most recent song written by Diane Warren, and he recruited quite a choir....
American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains open with a list of contenders that shines the spotlight on diversity.
World’s priciest painting not really da Vinci
‘The request by “MBS” was very clear: Show the Salvator Mundi next to the Mona Lisa, and present it as 100 percent a da Vinci,’ the French official says, but his...
Reality TV show sparks anger in Algeria
‘Le DZ à Dubaï’ (‘DZ’ being Arabic shorthand for ‘Algeria’ or ‘Algerian’) brings together a group of Algerian social media influencers, former models and rappers in a...
The curtain falls on Italian film censorship
The most famous victim of the Italian censor was Bernardo Bertolucci’s steamy Oscar-nominated 1972 classic ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ all copies of which were destroyed...
Review: In 'Tina,' the final word from a legendary survivor
In the opening moments of the HBO documentary "Tina," Tina Turner doesn't just command the stage as she's belting out "Ask Me How I Feel" for a giant stadium of fans.
Every spring, roses bloom in the western Saudi city of Taif, turning pockets of the kingdom's vast desert landscape a vivid and fragrant pink.
Syria reporters start Spain's first refugee-led news site
Before arriving in Madrid, Muhammed, Ayham, Okba and Moussa honed their skills as journalists during Syria's bloody civil war and now they have opened Spain's first...
Cyprus's cabinet all receive AstraZeneca shots to win over public
Cyprus's entire cabinet was inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 on Thursday in an attempt to win over a cautious public on the safety of the shots.
Europe's vaccine rollout hit by doubts over J&J, AstraZeneca shots
UPDATE 2-Arrested Suez ship fit for onward passage, manager says
Europe's choppy vaccine rollout hit more trouble on Wednesday after U.S. drugmaker Johnson & Johnson delayed its COVID-19 shot and Denmark said it would drop a similar...
UAE partners with Japan's iSpace to send rover to the moon in 2022
Lunar exploration company iSpace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion...
Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan
Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting.
United Arab Emirates names 2 new astronauts, including woman
The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program Saturday, including the country's first female astronaut.
Pandemic lends modern twist to French vintage fashion sales
In Artcurial's auction house overlooking the shuttered boutiques of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, vintage fashion expert Clara Vivien is overseeing the sale of...
AstraZeneca shot is good if safety issues can be overcome, Fauci says
U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine had good efficacy, but safety concerns needed to be straightened out and it might not...
US pauses J&J vaccine over rare blood clots
U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after six women under 50 who had received it developed rare...
Coronavirus pandemic 'a long way from over', WHO's Tedros says
Confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health...
Lunar exploration company iSpace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion in the space exploration business to diversify its economy.
Geneva watch expo goes digital before Shanghai switch
Geneva's international expo of fine watches opened Wednesday with an online 2021 edition before shifting next week to Shanghai, where the coronavirus is under control.
Seats filled for first all-civilian spaceflight crew
A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year...
NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years
NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid.
No cigar: Interstellar object is cookie-shaped planet shard
Our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar.
Major British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty from UK government plans for restarting international travel that were widely condemned by airlines.
Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it will start putting its hands-free highway driving technology in some of its pickup truck and Mustang models later this year.
Nissan-Renault rift at center of Japanese trial of American
The trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly in a Tokyo court is increasingly focusing on a rift between Nissan Motor Co.
UPDATE 1-Musk says Tesla would be shut down if its cars spied in China, elsewhere
Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk said on Saturday his company would be shut down if its cars were used to spy, his first comments on news that China's military has...
A fossil of a skunk-like mammal that lived during the age of dinosaurs has been discovered in Chilean Patagonia, adding further proof to recent evidence that mammals roamed that part of South America a lot earlier than previously thought.
In Tunis, flamingos wade past waste in key Africa wetlands
Hundreds of flamingos wade past waste in the murky waters of the vast Sijoumi lagoon, a critical wetland in the heart of Tunisia's capital threatened by overexpansion.
Saudi Arabia sees fields of green with major tree-planting drive
Saudi Arabia aims to plant 10 billion trees in the coming decades as part of an ambitious campaign unveiled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday to reduce...
'Alarm bells' as African elephants see sharp decline: conservationists
Decades of poaching and shrinking habitats have devastated elephant populations across Africa, conservationists said Thursday, warning that one sub-species found in...
Brazil’s military fails in key mission: halting Amazon deforestation
Two years ago, the Amazon was aflame, ravaged by arsonists and loggers.