Over a dozen Syrians, some refugees, were summarily deported from Lebanon last month, Human Rights Watch reported Friday.
Lebanon cracking down on terror financing: Aoun
President Michel Aoun Friday told a senior U.S. official that Lebanon was cracking down on terrorism financing and money laundering with the strict application of its...
Who wants to be Britain’s next prime minister?
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday she would quit, triggering a contest next month that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a cleaner...
Clash of titans: Trump to watch sumo spectacle
Call it the ultimate culture clash.
Turkey, Qatar risk losing regional influence
Turkey and Qatar risk losing geopolitical influence due to turmoil in Libya and Sudan, as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates extend their own...
ISF arrests man for abusing cat
The Internal Security Forces has arrested a man for kicking a cat after videos of the act appeared on social media, the agency reported Friday.
Hariri calls for swift repatriation of US car crash victims
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday called on the head of the Higher Relief Committee to repatriate the bodies of four Lebanese men killed in a car accident in the United...
Budget talks deserve time: Aoun
In an apparent attempt to quell tensions surrounding discussions on the draft 2019 budget, President Michel Aoun said that it “deserves to be given time” in order for...
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday she would quit, triggering a contest next month that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a cleaner break with the European Union.
Package bomb blast in southern Lyon wounds 13
A package blast on a pedestrian street in the heart of France’s city of Lyon wounded 13 people Friday, officials said, just two days ahead of the country’s hotly...
Net immigration to Britain falls to 5-year low in 2018
Long-term immigration to Britain fell to a five-year low last year, driven by a fall in the number of migrants from the European Union, official figures showed Friday.
Youths rally in climate protest before EU vote
Tens of thousands of young climate activists rallied in Germany Friday in the latest mass protest demanding urgent action against global warming, ahead of the weekend's...
Turkey and Qatar risk losing geopolitical influence due to turmoil in Libya and Sudan, as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates extend their own reach.
Instructions from headquarters: Daesh’s new guerrilla manual
After losing territory, Daesh (ISIS) fighters are turning to guerrilla warfare, and the group’s newspaper is telling them exactly how to do it.
Libya confirms it rescued 87 migrants in Mediterranean
Libya's navy has confirmed it rescued 87 Europe-bound migrants, including six women and a child, off the country's Mediterranean coast, following a video released by a...
Sudan general vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran 'threats'
A top Sudanese general vowed to back regional ally Saudi Arabia against "all threats and attacks" from its rival Iran during talks with the kingdom's powerful crown...
Yemen's president in letter to UN chief criticizes his envoy
Yemen's internationally recognized president sent a letter to the U.N. chief, criticizing his envoy to the war-torn Arab country over allegedly siding with Iran-backed...
Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Thursday that protectionist decisions will be made in the interest of the integrated Lebanese economy, which are legal, fair and non-random, and have been taken on the basis of complaints submitted by industrialists against dumping and illegal profiting.
Hotels predict best summer tourism since 2010
Hotel reservations in Lebanon this summer will surpass last year’s and are likely to reach the highest level since 2010 unless recent tensions in the region escalate,...
World’s top carry trade here to stay
Foreign investors came to Egypt for what Renaissance Capital said could be the “best reform story” in emerging markets and stayed for this year’s biggest carry-trade...
Aramco starts fuel trading from UAE
Saudi Arabia’s Aramco hired two Singapore-based traders and began dealing in fuel at the Middle East’s main bunkering port as the world’s biggest oil exporter expands...
Singapore chases tech ‘Jedi Masters’
San Francisco-based investor Paul Bragiel said he needed to be asked three or four times before he accepted an invitation from Singapore to come check out its tech scene.
Slashing the deficit, sending strong signals
The Lebanese government’s plan to cut the budget deficit to 7.5 percent of GDP from more than 11 percent in 2018 is supposed to send a strong message to the...
Banks charging new fees for checks, withdrawals
Some Lebanese banks are charging their customers new high fees and commissions on checks, cash withdrawals and currency exchange.
Customs gets back to work, fuel deliveries resume
Fuel and gasoline deliveries to gas stations across Lebanon resumed Tuesday morning after Customs partially suspended a strike against the government’s planned...
Foreign investors came to Egypt for what Renaissance Capital said could be the “best reform story” in emerging markets and stayed for this year’s biggest carry-trade return.
Orange pushed from Iraq as regulator takes hold
An Iraqi industry regulator has stripped France’s Orange SA of its stake in wireless operator Korek and handed it to a group of local investors, according to an...
Riyadh seeks private money for Red Sea tourism
Saudi Arabia is seeking private sector investment to turn an archipelago islands, desert and mountains on its Red Sea coast into a global tourism destination.
BeIN media group CEO charged in corruption probe in France
The chief executive officer of media group beIN was handed preliminary charges of corruption as part of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2019 track...
Huawei could ‘disappear’ from global markets
China’s Huawei, hit by crippling U.S. sanctions, could see shipments decline by as much as a quarter this year and faces the possibility that its smartphones will...
China denounces US 'rumors' about Huawei ties to Beijing
China Friday denounced U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for fabricating rumors after he said the chief executive of China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd was lying...
U.S., China exchange barbs over Huawei
The United States and China had a heated exchange Thursday, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accusing the chief executive of Huawei Technologies of lying about...
Carlos Ghosn’s fight to prove his innocence
Carlos Ghosn, who served as chairman and chief executive officer of the world’s biggest auto alliance, added another title to his resume today: defendant.
“I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time.
Callous chess game
The Arab world seems to have been destined to suffer. Going back over seven decades, since the Nakba in 1948, it seems every evil has befallen countries of this region...
Prosperity in age of environmental instability
A century ago, the main industry in Bahrain was pearl diving.
The EU’s four challenges
This year’s European Parliament elections have spurred months of nail biting.
Trump’s disruptive style has diminishing returns
President Donald Trump has styled himself in foreign policy as the Great Disrupter. And for a time, this unpredictable approach served him reasonably well.
With the re-election of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and blanket support from U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that the winds of war and aggression...
There are countless issues that are open to debate in Lebanon, but no one can refute the professionalism of the country’s banking sector or of its security services.
Will young voter apathy take down Europe?
The need for a strong, unified Europe has never been greater.
The financial molestation of Palestinians
U.S. President Donald Trump is taking part in an all-out attempt to batter the Palestinians into political surrender, and his weapon of choice is money.
Putting Africa’s secondary cities first
In the latest Mercer Quality of Living City Rankings, the highest-ranked African city, Port Louis, Mauritius, comes in at 83rd out of 231.
Chinese mole saga reads like a thriller
Behind the admission by a former CIA officer that he plotted to spy for China lies an astonishing tale of Beijing’s espionage against America - and the vindication of...
Iran, U.S. impasse could lead to conflict
Behind recent U.S. and Iranian military mobilizations lies a perception by each side that the other may be about to attack.
Too much at stake to leave Pentagon in limbo
At a time when America is facing a potential military confrontation with Iran, an escalating trade war with China and a showdown with North Korea, you’d think President...
Lebanon needs a win at EITI global conference
On June 18, Lebanese Energy and Water Minister Nada Boustany is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the Opening ceremony of the EITI Global Conference happening in...
The domestic season promises to end in spectacular fashion when the country’s foremost sides, Ahed and Ansar, meet in the Lebanese Cup final Saturday.
Bayern’s history meets upstarts Leipzig in final
Their histories, and lists of achievements, couldn’t be more different.
Nadal and Djokovic head French Open cast
For the first time in four years the big three in men’s tennis will all be present at the French Open, all striving to etch another remarkable storyline in the red...
French clay wide open for next women’s champion
Want to know who will win the women’s French Open?
Bucks face elimination after tweaking starting lineup
Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals.
Pochettino joke draws Real Madrid ire
Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino appeared to have rubbed Real Madrid up the wrong way after the Spanish club denied that the coach had asked if his team...
For Barca, Copa final means limiting the damage
Damage limitation and a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey, will be the prize if Barcelona beat Valencia Saturday as their rejuvenated opponents eye a final flourish to...
Atalanta lead league chase in Serie A final
Atalanta are on the brink of history with a first Champions League qualification in the club’s 111-year history within their grasp in the final match of the Serie A...
For the first time in four years the big three in men’s tennis will all be present at the French Open, all striving to etch another remarkable storyline in the red Parisian dirt.
Australian Kyrgios pulls out of French Open
Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the French Open Friday, according to tournament officials, robbing the Grand Slam event of some guaranteed fireworks.
Nadal beats Djokovic for ninth Italian Open title
Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his...
Federer, Osaka pull out injured, Nadal sweeps in
Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka both pulled out of the Italian Open Friday before their quarterfinal matches due to injuries just a week before the start of the French...
Warriors get hard-earned break before finals
And now, they wait. Again.
Raptors thump Bucks to level NBA Eastern Conference finals at 2-2
The Toronto Raptors closed ranks around hurting star Kawhi Leonard, turning in a total team effort in a 120-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday to level the...
Leonard stars as Raptors claw back with win over Bucks
Kawhi Leonard scored eight of his 36 points in the second overtime period Sunday to lead the Toronto Raptors to a gritty 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the...
Wire-to-wire win gives Bucks 2-0 edge on Raptors
The Milwaukee Bucks left it until late in Game 1 Wednesday, but in Game 2 Friday night, they left no doubt.
The chief executive officer of media group beIN was handed preliminary charges of corruption as part of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2019 track world championships in Qatar, a judicial official said Wednesday. The official said Yousef Al-Obaidly was indicted on Mar. 28 and also said former IAAF president Lamine Diack was handed preliminary charges of “passive corruption” in the same case.
Superlatives flow for Koepka but challenges ahead
Brooks Koepka received lots of plaudits for his PGA Championship victory Sunday and the American will no longer be able to slip into major championships almost...
Marquez takes French MotoGP for Honda’s 300th win
Spain’s defending world champion Marc Marquez won the French MotoGP at Le Mans Sunday, racking up Honda’s 300th victory in the division and completing a memorable...
Wilder retains title with brutal first-round KO
Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight...
Wilder death threats overshadow title defense
Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight crown on the line against Dominic Breazeale Saturday, unfazed by a storm of criticism following his vows to cause a death in the...
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest for mourning Mercedes in both Monaco Grand Prix practice sessions Thursday.
Tributes planned for Lauda at Monaco GP
Formula One will honor Niki Lauda at this weekend’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix, with teams and drivers Wednesday still coming to terms with the triple world champion’s...
Sporting world mourns death of Niki Lauda
Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said Tuesday, triggering an outpouring of praise for a man whose track victories and...
Dominant Mercedes brush aside invincibility
The dominance of Mercedes has some people asking already, with 16 races to go, whether the Formula One world champions could do the unthinkable and become the...
Hamilton back on top with win in Spain
Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship Sunday with victory in Spain as Mercedes continued their record start to a season with a...
As the Latin name suggests “Revertetur,” the exhibition now up at Carre d’artistes, marks a return home for the works of famed artist Mona Nahleh.
Banksy in Venice? Work, perhaps artist himself
British artist Banksy has apparently left his mark on Venice, and even claimed to have set up an unlicensed art stall in the famous “floating city.”
Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
The Wu-Tang Clan, hip hop legends who hustled past the struggle
A quarter century ago, a ragtag group of New York kids that would become the iconic Wu-Tang Clan banded together, betting that mainstream music might just embrace...
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most...
Netflix isn’t absent at Cannes. It’s everywhere
If you’re going to earnestly shout “Vive le cinema!”
Omani writer wins Man Booker International prize for literature
Jokha Alharthi has become the first Arab author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel “Celestial Bodies” which reveals her Omani homeland’s...
Beirut Holidays gears up for summer
The eighth edition of Beirut Holidays is getting ready for the summer season with a concert program full of Arab and international stars.
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.
'Avengers Endgame' nears global record with over $2B
"Avengers: Endgame" has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.
Hugs, tears mark taping of final 'Big Bang Theory' episode
Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of "The Big Bang Theory," a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike.
'Star Wars' Darth Vader costume could go for $2 million at auction
A man who made appearances as Darth Vader at film premieres and fan conventions will sell a costume created in 1979 by the "Star Wars" design team at an auction of...
Oscar winner Rami Malek in new Bond film
Oscar winner Rami Malek Thursday hinted he would appear as a villain in the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, alongside a cast including Ralph Fiennes and...
As a young girl, Irena Bjelica had to furtively sneak to football training in defiance of a family who thought she would be better suited as a dancer or model.
In first, NASA tests look
to manage drones in cities
NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the...
UN declares Algeria and Argentina free of deadly malaria
Algeria – the nation where malaria was discovered – is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the third African country to...
Dementia cases set to triple: WHO issues guide to cut risk
With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular...
Proof’s in the pastry for Lebanese culinary scene
Flour milling has always been the Bakalian sisters’ family business.
Dressing ‘kings’ with Italy’s luxury czar Stefano Ricci
Italian luxury designer Stefano Ricci and his sons are playing at being kings for the day as they unveil their latest collection at the sumptuous Reggia di Caserta near...
Prada fashion house to shed fur Prada fashion house to shed fur
Luxury fashion house Prada said Wednesday it would remove animal fur from its collections, joining a lengthening list of designers to make that choice.
Rihanna launches brand Fenty in Paris store
Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris.
Algeria – the nation where malaria was discovered – is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the third African country to eliminate one of the world's leading killer diseases.
Get your children vaccinated or face fine: German health minister
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has drawn up draft legislation to oblige parents to get their children vaccinated against measles or else face fines and their...
Dancing, discarded food at anti-waste Disco Soup
At the Badaro Farmers Market, a group of volunteers prepare and hand out lemonade and tomato soup to passersby.
Phoenicia’s atmospheric new iftar experiences
The Phoenicia Hotel has always been one of the go-to destinations for Beirutis looking to celebrate a high-end iftar or suhoor during Ramadan.
Threats, hope as turtle season begins in Lebanon
As turtles have begun landing on Lebanon’s shores to lay their eggs, the Environment Ministry is working to limit the threats they face by increasing the number of...
We spend a considerable amount of time interacting with our phone screens. And the focal point of all that interaction? The display.
San Francisco may ban face recognition by police
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a...
SpaceX delays launch to freshly repaired space station
SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs.
Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du...
Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'
When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" – and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our...
Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends.
Fears over rising violence in Amazon
Following traditional rituals, indigenous chief Olimpio Santos Guajajara paints his face with red dye from urucum seeds as he prepares to go on patrol to protect...
Three tons of rubbish collected from Everest
A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tons of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the...
Climate activists block entrance to London Stock Exchange
Environmental activists who have brought disruption to the British capital for more than a week blocked the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange Thursday, gluing...