The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon is facing a more than $400 million funding shortfall, amid the worst liquidity crisis at the U.N. in years, according to a recent report on the organization’s financing.
Digital transformation key to growth: Afiouni
The government’s effective use of digital technologies is central to the creation of a modern, sustainable and productive economy.
EU, Britain to hold intense Brexit talks
The European Union and Britain agreed Friday to hold intense talks over the next few days in a bid to secure a deal over Britain’s departure from the bloc, but...
First man to perform spacewalk, Leonov, dies
Alexei Leonov, a legendary Soviet cosmonaut who was the first man to perform a spacewalk in 1965, died in Moscow on Friday aged 85 after a long illness.
Egypt, Ethiopia leaders to talk Nile dam issue
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday he would meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia to discuss a dispute over a hydropower dam that the Horn...
Israeli drone flies low over southern suburbs
An Israeli reconnaissance drone flew low above Beirut’s southern suburbs Saturday night, a statement from the Lebanese Army said Sunday.
Two arrested for attempted kidnapping in Zahle
The Army’s Intelligence Branch has arrested two men for the assault and attempted kidnapping of a man in Zahle, the Army said in a statement Sunday.
Bus driver arrested for attempted sexual assault
A bus driver has been arrested for the attempted sexual assault of a young woman travelling from the seaside town of Jbeil to Beirut, police said over the weekend.
The European Union and Britain agreed Friday to hold intense talks over the next few days in a bid to secure a deal over Britain’s departure from the bloc, but arrangements over British-Irish border controls remain at issue, the EU said.
Climate change protesters target BBC HQ
Extinction Rebellion climate protesters Friday blocked the main entrances at the BBC's London headquarters, with one journalist reporting that the building was on...
EU: go-ahead for intense Brexit talks
EU member states Friday gave Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier the go-ahead for more intense talks with Britain over the weekend, just days before a key European summit.
Kremlin critic Navalny says prosecutors want to seize his home
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Friday that Russian prosecutors had asked a court to seize his Moscow apartment as collateral in a lawsuit over opposition protests...
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday he would meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia to discuss a dispute over a hydropower dam that the Horn of Africa country is building on the River Nile.
Riyadh opens tourist visas to US, European visa holders
Tourist visas for Saudi Arabia are now available online and on arrival to holidaymakers who already hold a visa from the United States, Britain or the EU's Schengen...
Exit poll cites 72.5% for Kais Saied in Tunisia's Presidential election runoff
Syrian state media say Syrian army begins to move its troops to face "Turkish army aggression" in northern Syria
Turkey and proxies seize Syria border town of Tal Abyad: monitor
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Friday that Banque du Liban and financial authorities had frozen and lifted banking secrecy on suspicious accounts involved in corruption and embezzlement.
Slowdown wreaks havoc on Lebanese retail
Osama, his hands folded neatly by his face, lies horizontally on a brown leather couch in his empty hair salon in Hamra.
Abu Dhabi wants to change how some oil is priced
The Middle East produces a fifth of the world’s oil, but the region’s never had a benchmark price that competes with London’s Brent or New York’s WTI.
Egypt overtakes Turkey after inflation tumble
Egypt’s real interest rates are again with few equals among emerging economies after inflation plummeted to the lowest in almost seven years, offering a fresh incentive...
China is cool on Trump trade ‘deal’ it needs
The official Chinese response to the “phase one” trade deal with the U.S. reached Friday was wary but welcoming, underlining that Beijing has few options but to play...
Lebanese economy to shrink in 2019: World Bank
Lebanon’s economy will contract for the first time in 20 years, the World Bank forecast Thursday.
Bakery owners threaten to strike from Monday
The Union of Bakery Owners Thursday threatened to strike if no solutions are found to the dollar shortage over the next few days.
Businesses stage strike over dire economy
Several businesses across Lebanon closed for one hour Thursday in protest of the country’s worsening economic situation.
Turkish lira weakens after Turkey launches Syria ground assault
The Turkish lira weakened against the dollar Thursday as investors fretted about negative international reaction to a ground operation launched by Turkish troops...
EU removes UAE from tax haven blacklist
European Union finance ministers agreed to remove the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Switzerland from the bloc's lists of countries deemed to be acting as tax havens,...
COSCO Dalian's ships shut off tracers after U.S. sanctions announced
About one-third of the oil tankers owned by COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) have shut off their ship-tracking transponders since the United States imposed sanctions on...
The official Chinese response to the “phase one” trade deal with the U.S. reached Friday was wary but welcoming, underlining that Beijing has few options but to play along with President Donald Trump if it wants to relieve some of the pressure on its slowing economy.
Down on the farm, Brexit casts its shadow
On the face of it, Ellie Woodcock’s organic farm two hours south of London shouldn’t be affected by Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.
Brexit hopes push pound to highest in 3 months
Sterling surged Friday as investors rushed to reprice the prospect of a last-minute Brexit deal, after the European Union gave its chief negotiator the go-ahead to...
Renault seeks reboot of Nissan alliance
Renault’s board voted Friday to oust chief executive Thierry Bollore, as the French carmaker and Japanese partner Nissan seek a fresh start following the scandal-hit...
Uber faces UK tax challenge as transportation provider
Uber Technologies Inc says the U.K. is seeking to classify the company as a transportation provider, potentially opening it up to new tax charges that could hamper its...
Syndicates controlling three vital sectors of the Lebanese economy - fuel, flour and medicine - are behaving like cartels and holding the country to ransom.
Middle East first
When asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria by pulling American troops out as Turkey prepares to invade, former U.S....
A brand new Europe-Africa partnership
Europe and Africa are inextricably linked by history, geography and economic ties.
Are multinationals ready for emerging markets?
Since 2010, economic growth in low- and middle-income countries has been two to three times faster than in high-income countries.
Trump is ignoring arms control
Last week’s news that President Donald Trump is considering abandoning the Open Skies Treaty probably brought a yawn from most observers.
The visit to the UAE by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is heading a delegation of half a dozen ministers, marks the start of a concerted effort to revitalize Lebanon’s...
At such a delicate moment, extracting the country from this economic mess must be every politician’s No. 1 priority.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize we’re in an economic crisis; the writing is on the wall.
Democracy on a knife-edge
In Mohammed Hanif’s novel “Red Birds,” an American bomber pilot crashes his plane in the Arabian desert and is stranded among the locals in a nearby refugee camp.
The Asianized world has arrived
In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was Americanized.
Impeachment does not favor Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidency is in peril.
Trump opens door for Daesh resurgence
By acquiescing to Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria Wednesday, President Donald Trump has opened the door to what could become a genuine nightmare for the United...
Trump’s crisis with Iran of his own making
It’s a good rule never to start a fight you’re not eager to finish.
What will come of Hong Kong’s protests?
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags,...
Qatar’s hosting of the world athletics championships brought criticism for poor attendances and hot conditions for road events but there was something else that struck many visitors about 2022 World Cup host - a lack of things to do.
Matar stunner sees Lebanon edge Turkmenistan
Lebanon needed a long-range rocket from Nader Matar before laboring past Turkmenistan in their World Cup qualifier at the Sports City Stadium Thursday.
‘Invincible’ Medvedev wins Shanghai title
Daniil Medvedev conceded that he had been “invincible” after he won his fourth title of a spectacular year with a thumping 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev in the...
Federer loses cool, follows Djokovic out
Roger Federer was given a point penalty as he followed Novak Djokovic out of the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals in a bad-tempered defeat to Alexander Zverev Friday.
Riyadi suffer loss in Asian Cup final
Riyadi’s bid for continental supremacy ended with a whimper Sunday after they were hammered by Alvark Tokyo 98-74 in the Asian Champions Cup final.
Iranian women at first football match in 40 years
Iranian women watched the country’s national football team for the first time in 40 years Thursday, celebrating their long-awaited access to the national stadium but...
Cedars face Turkmenistan in must-win WC qualifier
Lebanon’s place in the third round of World Cup qualification is in jeopardy, though the Cedars’ campaign is still in its infancy.
Messi wanted to leave Barca during tax probe
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has said he considered leaving the club when was investigated for tax fraud in 2013, saying he felt “badly treated” by Spain.
Daniil Medvedev conceded that he had been “invincible” after he won his fourth title of a spectacular year with a thumping 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai Masters final Sunday.
Federer says fans inspired him in Shanghai
Roger Federer said that his devoted band of Chinese supporters helped pull him through a tough first set and into the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals Thursday.
Angry Murray accuses Fognini after Shanghai exit
A fuming Andy Murray accused Fabio Fognini of shouting during a critical point as the Briton went down fighting in three bitter sets at the Shanghai Masters Tuesday.
Osaka meets Andreescu in China Open quarterfinal
U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu paid Naomi Osaka the ultimate compliment on the eve of their first match, saying the Japanese player’s game has similarities with...
Sagesse make winning start; second loss for Atlas
A collective effort saw Sagesse make the perfect start to their season with a comfortable 96-84 victory over Atlas in the Lebanese Basketball League at Ghazir Sunday.
Champville beat Atlas to kick off league campaign
Fadi al-Khatib and Ali Haidar combined for 46 points as Champville got their Lebanese Basketball League campaign up and running with a 90-83 win over Atlas.
Riyadi edge Guangdong at Asian Cup
Amir Saoud’s go-ahead bucket with time winding down carried Riyadi to a 91-87 victory over Guangdong Southern Tigers Thursday as the Lebanese champions maintained their...
Arakji heroics fire Riyadi into Asian Cup semis
Wael Arakji continued his remarkable start to the Asian Champions Cup with some more late heroics as Riyadi squeezed past Alvark Tokyo 77-75 and into the semifinals of...
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record Sunday, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds.
Brave Blossoms lift typhoon-hit Japan
Japan gave their typhoon-hit nation reason to celebrate when they edged a thrilling game with Scotland 28-21 to reach their first Rugby World Cup quarterfinal Sunday.
Scots threaten fight over WC cancellations
Scottish Rugby Union chief Mark Dodson said he was ready to launch a legal challenge to prevent World Cup organizers canceling his country’s game against Japan Sunday -...
Italy out as typhoon sees rugby WC games canceled
Rugby World Cup organizers were forced to call off matches for the first time in the tournament’s 32-year history Thursday - eliminating Italy as a result - saying the...
Wales tame Fiji to reach World Cup quarterfinals
Wales weathered a furious Fijian onslaught to reach the rugby World Cup quarterfinals Wednesday, sending Australia through in the process, as Scotland thrashed Russia...
Valtteri Bottas swept to victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ championship and guaranteed themselves an unprecedented sixth consecutive title double.
Bottas leads Hamilton in Japan GP
Valtteri Bottas led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix Friday before Formula One battened down the hatches and awaited the arrival...
Marquez seals sixth MotoGP title
Marc Marquez sealed his sixth MotoGP world title in Thailand Sunday after storming to victory in a heart-pounding final corner duel with Fabio Quartararo, before...
Ferrari face fallout of two roosters in henhouse
Ferrari put two roosters in the same henhouse when they paired Sebastian Vettel with Charles Leclerc and now they are facing the fallout.
Hamilton wins in Russia to end Ferrari’s run
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton snatched victory in the Russian Grand Prix in a surprise Mercedes one-two Sunday after Ferrari argued over team orders and...
How do you celebrate contemporary art, and the progressive politics that frequently underpins it, when everything - environmental, economical, political - has gone to crap?
Iraqi, Vietnamese directors scoop Busan top prize
An Iraq-Qatar co-production looking at life in war-torn Baghdad and a Vietnamese tale of a young bookie struggling to support himself and his loved ones have shared the...
Lebanese star named best Arab actress 2019
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five...
Iraq War whistleblower film has Bush in sights
A British whistleblower responsible for a dramatic leak in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and now the subject of a Hollywood film hopes it will refocus...
Gazing back on a war, its recollection
“(Re)constructed Uncertainties,” the three-piece exhibition currently up at The Hangar, the exhibition hall of UMAM Documentation and Research, looks back at Israel’s...
Busan doc tackles ghosts of genocides past
French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon grew up haunted by the ghosts of his mother’s past.
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five Thirty).
Two Americans and a Briton won the 2019 Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering a molecular switch that regulates how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels, opening up new approaches to treating heart failure, anemia and cancer.
Harder economic times mean less gold for brides
Ahlam looks on happily at a jewelry display inside a gold shop in Sidon’s old market.
New boutique takes you around the world
In an unassuming apartment building just a few steps from the Sursock Museum, a new oasis for artistically inclined souls awaits.
Trio win chemistry Nobel for lithium-ion battery
Three researchers on Wednesday won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for the development of lithium-ion batteries, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.
Huawei reaffirms today's economy driven by digital
Government, enterprise, and technology pioneers discuss gearing up for 5G expansion, the burgeoning ecosystem for AI innovation, and support for local developers