Environmental pollution – from filthy air to contaminated water – is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world.
Facial recognition no sci-fi matter in China
From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial recognition technology.
Turkey hunger striker released pending his trial
A Turkish teacher who has been on hunger strike for months to protest about losing his job in the government’s purge since a failed coup attempt last year, has been...
Saudi Arabia appoints female head of sports
Saudi Arabia’s appointment of its first female head of sports should attract more women into gyms and on to sports pitches, female sports organizers said Friday.
Court sentences Bachir Gemayel’s killers to death
The killers of President-elect Bachir Gemayel were sentenced to death in absentia Friday, 35 years after a bomb targeting Gemayel exploded in Beirut’s Ashrafieh area.
At least 72 dead in attacks on Afghan mosques
At least 72 people were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up in two separate mosque attacks in Afghanistan Friday, officials said, capping a bloody week in...
Spain plans Catalonia elections
The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia’s Parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional...
France hit by butter shortage
Blame the croissant.
A Turkish teacher who has been on hunger strike for months to protest about losing his job in the government’s purge since a failed coup attempt last year, has been released from jail pending his trial on terrorism-related charges.
In Syria, student dreams shattered by war
They once dreamed of becoming engineers, teachers or other professionals, but for tens of thousands of Syrian students, those hopes were cut short by the war in their...
Brazil looks for role in Syria’s reconstruction
Brazil plans to reopen its embassy and restore full diplomatic relations with war-torn Syria in the hope of participating in its reconstruction.
High-ranking Hamas delegation begins Iran visit
A high-ranking Hamas delegation began a visit to Iran Friday to inform its backers in Tehran about reconciliation efforts with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, an...
Fruits, veggies among ‘dangerous’ luggage items
Pests hitchhiking a ride to Lebanon inside travelers’ hand luggage remains a major concern for the country, Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter warned Friday as a...
U.S. committee discusses Zakka’s fate
The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee has discussed the latest developments in the detention in Iran of Lebanese citizen and U.S. permanent resident Nizar...
Lebanese Army rescues 32 Syrian nationals off coast of Lebanon
Lebanese Army rescues 32 Syrian nationals off coast of Lebanon
Marada wades into student election dispute
Student elections at Saint Joseph University's north Lebanon branch stirred controversy Friday after competing sides both claimed victory.
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 payment of their late salaries.
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.
Rosneft to take control of Kurdish pipeline
Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft, has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5...
World’s biggest science project feels the heat
The world’s biggest scientific experiment is on course to become the most expensive source of surplus power.
Trumps wins path to tax bill in Senate
President Donald Trump’s top legislative priority took a major step forward as the Senate narrowly approved a budget vehicle for tax cuts – but sharp divides over an...
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...
Infrastructure investments essential, overdue
Lebanon Needs to Unlock More Growth.
Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft, has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5 billion despite Baghdad’s military action sparked by a Kurdish vote for independence.
Eastern Libya central bank launches own coins
Authorities in eastern Libya will circulate their own coins for the first time to ease money shortages, a central bank official said Friday, in another sign of disunity...
Iraqi workers return after oil fields retaken
Turfed out three years ago by Kurdish forces, Iraqi oil workers are donning their overalls and inspecting equipment as they look to get down to work at installations...
Iraq turmoil threatens oil traders’ Kurd deals
The crisis unfolding around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has left some of the world’s largest commodity trading houses worried the country’s autonomous Kurdish region will...
President Donald Trump’s top legislative priority took a major step forward as the Senate narrowly approved a budget vehicle for tax cuts – but sharp divides over an array of nonbinding amendments revealed the towering challenge he faces from here.
Europe’s easy money taps to be tightened
The economy of the 19 countries that use the euro currency is growing ever stronger, and it’s time for the European Central Bank to start telling the public how it will...
EU raids BMW in post-Dieselgate cartel case
EU antitrust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW in Munich, the company said Friday, in a fresh blow to the beleaguered German car industry.
U.S. tax plan hopes boost stocks, dollar
World stocks climbed, along with the U.S. dollar and bond yields Friday, as investors anticipated President Donald Trump could make progress on his fiscal plans after...
BMW offices get 'inspection' in preliminary collusion probe
BMW said Friday that European Commission staff conducted an "inspection" at company offices in Munich earlier this week in connection with news media allegations that...
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.
Toward a living U.N. charter
The entire world will be celebrating United Nations Day on Oct. 24, the day when the Charter of the United Nations came into force in 1945.
Intellectual property in the 21st century
When the South African government attempted to amend its laws in 1997 to avail itself of affordable generic medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, the full legal...
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.
Lessons in history
A bit of history to refresh the minds of those apparently still living with the dinosaurs:
Disturbing the peace
Since the creation of Lebanon, and later its independence, Christians have constituted a key component of the country’s fabric in all areas.
Advancing Lebanon cause
In a series of high-level international visits over recent months, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has championed the cause of Lebanon globally.
Central banks must work together or suffer alone
Global growth seems to be moving, slowly but surely, along the path to recovery.
What’s really at stake at CCP congress?
This month, international media are understandably focused on the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress, a carefully choreographed event that will reveal...
Catalonias independence would compromise EU
Europe finally appears to have moved past its multiyear economic crisis, but it remains unsettled.
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...
Spain’s political crisis continues to form a cloud over La Liga with eyes just as much on the stands once more at Barcelona’s Camp Nou as the field for Malaga’s visit Saturday.
Napoli fear European hangover
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is unhappy at facing Inter Milan so soon after visiting Manchester City in the Champions League while his opponents in Saturday’s Serie A...
Hopeful eight seek starring role in Singapore
All eight women competing at the WTA Finals will go into the tournament believing they have a genuine chance of finishing the season on a high note when round-robin...
Sharapova crashes out of Kremlin Cup in 1st round
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Tuesday, losing in straight sets to Slovakia’s Magdalena...
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...
Pep’s City out to make it 11 straight
It would be difficult for any team to find a more daunting examination in European football at present than a visit to the Etihad Stadium where Pep Guardiola’s...
Juve top Champions League payments
Beaten finalists Juventus emerged as the biggest cash winners from last season’s Champions League after securing 110.4 million euros ($130.3 million) in prize money and...
Blatter says he is going to World Cup at Putin's invitation
FIFA's disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter has told AFP he will go to next year's World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite being...
All eight women competing at the WTA Finals will go into the tournament believing they have a genuine chance of finishing the season on a high note when round-robin play starts Sunday without a clear favorite for the title.
Federer ‘saves best for last’ to beat Nadal
Roger Federer said he “saved the best for last” after he beat great rival Rafael Nadal for the fifth time in succession to win the Shanghai Masters Sunday.
Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open Sunday before winning her first title since...
Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.
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 second-overall pick Lonzo Ball.
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.
James back, Cavs debut new starting lineup
The King has returned. LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday after missing Cleveland’s first three games with a sprained left ankle.
Riyadi Club gives trophy to President Aoun
Lebanese basketball powerhouse Riyadi Club gave their 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup trophy to President Aoun Wednesday at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the...
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...
Mariota returns to help Titans beat Colts
The Tennessee Titans ended an 11-game losing streak to the Indianapolis Colts Monday night with a big pass and a big defensive play.
Froome faces Dumoulin duel in tricky 2018 Tour
Tom Dumoulin should be Chris Froome’s main rival as the Briton targets a record-equaling fifth title in the 2018 Tour de France, the route for which was unveiled Tuesday.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship and found support from title favorite Lewis Hamilton.
Dovizioso has Marquez in sights at Phillip Island
Andrea Dovizioso is looking to make further gains on Marc Marquez’s world championship lead in Sunday’s Australian MotoGP at the demanding Phillip Island circuit where...
Alonso staying at McLaren in 2018
Double world champion Fernando Alonso will stay with McLaren in 2018, the team said Thursday in a long-expected announcement that finally ended one of the sagas of the...
Mercedes, Hamilton on brink of F1 titles
Lewis Hamilton could be crowned Britain’s first four-time Formula One world champion in Texas this weekend while Mercedes are on the brink of a fourth consecutive...
Hamilton can claim F1’s greatest brit title
Lewis Hamilton is already the most successful British Formula One driver of all time and by sunset Sunday he could legitimately claim to be among the greatest.
Art Dubai, the Emirati art fair, recently announced that Lebanese artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the 2018 edition Abraaj Group Art Prize.
In Brazil, art exhibitions latest flashpoints
Contemporary art exhibitions and a play have become leading battlegrounds in a growing culture war in Brazil, whose fame for barely there bikinis masks a rising trend...
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...
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...
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...
Russia politicians blast ‘Death of Stalin’
British satirist Armando Iannucci has won critical praise in Britain for his latest film – a darkly comic look at the power struggle to succeed Josef Stalin – but in...
‘La Jota’ an exhilarating tour of dance
A group of kids walk onstage for a dance class.
Syrian-American musicians raise voices
When Samer Saem Eldahr finished university, he was ready to spread his wings and start his career.
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 posted to their official Facebook page Tuesday.
Musical legend Fairouz releases new album
The legendary Lebanese musician Fairouz released a new album Sunday entitled “Bebalee.”
Late Zappa back on tour as hologram
Experimental rocker Frank Zappa, prolific in his life and even in death through a string of posthumous releases, is heading back on tour as a hologram.
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 over three decades in the film business.
Mr. Magoo is stumbling back onto screens
He’s back and this time he’s even older, blinder and more dangerous.
City more than backdrop for ‘Berlin Station’ cast
Actors Leland Orser and Keke Palmer crouch next to a fence at a dusty former East Berlin concrete plant as cranes whir behind them, moving pallets of goods in an...
In a cinema near you: Dubai destroyed, again
As a mammoth wave from the Gulf rises up to drown fleeing beachgoers and wash over the world’s tallest building, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve seen this before.
'Game of Thrones' cast gets no scripts, star says
The need-to-know policy for the "Game of Thrones" cast is going to extreme lengths during filming of the series' final season.
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.
UK police receive 3 new assault claims against Weinstein
British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
NY, London police investigating Weinstein amid 4th rape claim
The case against Harvey Weinstein took on an international dimension Thursday, with police in New York and Britain launching investigations -- while a fourth woman...
In Weinstein's downfall, a moment of reckoning for Hollywood
If in a movie, Harvey Weinstein would probably cut the scenes of sexual harassment that have been described against him.
The sloping vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine.
America’s granny beauty queens age elegantly
Beauty pageants may conjure up images of young women in bikinis, but in Atlantic City a roomful of sequined grandmothers and great-grandmothers are putting their best...
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...
Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish
At first glance all is as normal in the town of Hasankeyf, where the Romans, Byzantines, Turkic tribes and Ottomans have left their mark in over 10,000 years of human...
Arab tradition glitters in Colombia’s jewelry
With strong yet delicate hands, Daniel Alfonso Garrido masterfully handles fragile threads of gold to craft fine jewelry, perpetuating an old Arabic art handed down by...
Huge cave found on moon, could house astronauts
Scientists at Japan’s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and...
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.
Good thymes for designer-turned-zaatar-producer
Abdullah Hitti, his eyes half-closed, took a bite of a piece of bread spread with zaatar mixture for him by Fady Aziz.
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.
L.I.P.S. opens first Designers and Brands show
The atmosphere of excitement and expectation built up as Beirut fashionistas, designers, influencers and journalists gathered for the start of the first L.I.P.S....
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 phenomenon to sweep China's internet.
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...
The US solar industry's new growth region: Trump country
President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent...
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live...
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...