Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai appeared in his Sunday’s sermon to be annoyed by President Michel Aoun’s rebuff of his call on him to invite Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri for a “reconciliation” meeting to agree on the swift formation of a “salvation Cabinet” to tackle the country’s multiple crises.
Lebanon registers 54 new coronavirus deaths, 2,652 cases from 9,175 PCR tests
Lebanon registers 54 new coronavirus deaths, 2,652 cases from 9,175 PCR tests
Nine trapped Chinese miners confirmed dead, one still missing
Nine more Chinese miners trapped underground for over two weeks have been confirmed dead, local government officials said Monday, leaving one unaccounted for after a...
Russia hits out at US, tech firms over Navalny rallies
Russia formally protested to the US embassy in Moscow on Monday over social media posts it said promoted anti-Kremlin demonstrations and accused US tech giants of...
Europeans condemn weekend attack on Riyadh
The 'E3' group of European powers - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - said in a joint statement on Monday that they condemned an attack at the weekend on the...
Lebanon records 50 virus deaths, 3,010 cases
Lebanon registered Sunday 3,010 new coronavirus cases and 50 further deaths.
Israel seizes 7 cows that crossed from Lebanon
A small Israeli force combed a border area with Lebanon early Sunday, seizing seven cows that had strayed into Israel
Lebanon registers 3,010 new coronavirus cases, 50 more deaths
Lebanon registers 3,010 new coronavirus cases, 50 more deaths
Nine more Chinese miners trapped underground for over two weeks have been confirmed dead, local government officials said Monday, leaving one unaccounted for after a blast at the site.
Greece, Turkey open first crisis talk since 2016
Greece and Turkey bowed to EU and NATO pressure on Monday and opened the first direct talks in nearly five years over their explosive eastern Mediterranean standoff.
N.Korea's acting envoy to Kuwait defects to S.Korea
North Korea's acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, the latest in a recent string of high-profile escapes from the isolated country, a South Korean...
France imposes border controls in scramble to avoid lockdown
New border controls went into force in France on Sunday as part of a massive effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 and avoid another nationwide lockdown.
The 'E3' group of European powers - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - said in a joint statement on Monday that they condemned an attack at the weekend on the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Israeli cabinet approves deal upgrading ties with Morocco
Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved a deal to upgrade ties with Morocco, the fourth Arab country to forge relations with Israel in a parting foreign policy push by the...
Dubai slows down Pfizer vaccine rollout amid shipment delays
The emirate of Dubai has said it was slowing down its rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine due to a temporary delay in global deliveries.
Yemen's warring sides resume prisoner swap talks in Jordan
Yemen's Houthi group and Saudi-backed government who have been at war for almost six years began fresh U.N.-backed negotiations on a prisoner exchange on Sunday, United...
UAE approves establishment of embassy in Tel Aviv
The United Arab Emirates cabinet on Sunday approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv in Israel, state media said, and Israel announced its embassy had opened...
The Lebanese pound slightly fell against the US dollar Monday, trading at LL8,850 on the black market, as uncertainty over the new government formation prevailed.
Lebanese pound slightly up against dollar
The Lebanese pound slightly rose against the dollar Saturday, trading at LL8,750 on the black market.
Saudi sovereign fund to double assets in next five years
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund plans to double its assets to 4 trillion riyals ($1.07 trillion) by 2025, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday, a move that...
IMF says Iraq has requested emergency assistance, talks ongoing
Iraq has requested emergency assistance from the International Monetary Fund and talks are ongoing between the parties, the IMF said late on Sunday.
Debenhams shuts all stores, around 12,000 jobs lost
UK department store chain Debenhams is to shut all its outlets, administrators for the collapsed group said Monday, with the loss of around 12,000 jobs.
Pound down as hopes of govt formation dwindle
The Lebanese pound retreated against the dollar Friday, trading at LL8,850 on the black market, after mediators failed to arrange a meeting between the country's top...
Salameh denies to prosecutor claims of money transfer
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Thursday he denied to Lebanese prosecutor all allegations that BDL had transferred hundreds of millions of dollars abroad.
Pound down after doubt on success of revived govt talks
The Lebanese pound rose against the dollar Thursday, trading at LL8,750 on the black market, as an initially positive development in the Cabinet formation process was...
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund plans to double its assets to 4 trillion riyals ($1.07 trillion) by 2025, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday, a move that would make it one of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds.
Syria floats new bank note amid soaring inflation
A new, 5,000 Syrian Lira bank note goes into circulation Sunday, the largest denomination in the country reeling from a decade of conflict and a crippling economic...
Libya oil output makes high-stake but fragile return
Oil cartel OPEC saw production rise in December, as Libya's energy sector sprang back to life following a ceasefire deal in the war-torn country.
Saudi Arabia names new central bank governor
Saudi Arabia's central bank governor Ahmed al-Kholifey was removed from his post and replaced by Fahad al-Mubarak in a decree by the king on Sunday, state media reported.
Biden plans to sign order for govt to buy more US goods
President Joe Biden plans to sign on Monday an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers, according to administration officials.
Job losses from virus 4 times as bad as '09 financial crisis
Four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in 2009, a U.N. report said Monday.
Bitcoin slumps 10% as pullback from record high gathers pace
Bitcoin slumped 10% on Thursday to a 10-day low, retreating further from record highs, with traders citing fears of tighter U.S. regulation.
European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic
European car sales plunged by nearly a quarter last year as the pandemic provoked the worst crisis ever to hit the capital-intensive industry.
The development of anti-COVID vaccines has forced countries to make swift decisions about which ones to go for – choices that are based more on availability than absolute knowledge of their efficacy.
The reality of our new reality
Peculiar as it may be, our very lives have been pushed into the virtual reality we once saw as wistful.
Palestine’s overdue elections are the last gasp of a passing generation
To some surprise – given that just weeks ago it seemed as if a rapprochement between Palestine’s rival factions was off the table – the Palestinian president, Mahmoud...
Lebanon needs foreign policy or sink into irrelevance
Lebanon is in desperate need to formulate a foreign policy to advance its national interests, or risks being sidelined
For Biden, Lebanon may have to wait
The foreign policy and the national security team designated by President-elect Biden is complete and is ready to hit the ground running in dealing with the Iranian...
Domestic violence and emotional illiteracy
With all the crises the world is going through today, an increasing amount of fear, uncertainty, stress and financial deprivation has sparked an environment enabling...
The eternal promise of the Arab Spring
Democracy is not like instant coffee. It needs an enabling environment and a hospitable culture to flourish and grow.
Democracy: Washington vs. Beirut
Watching news of the insurrection in Washington and the events that followed, one cannot but draw comparisons and lessons as it applies to the Lebanese quagmire.
Reality check: It is a ruse
We learn at an early age that there are no “stupid questions,” but there is one exception which is widely asked in Lebanon: Where is the evidence of corruption?
Lebanon 2021: The beginning of the end?
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of country as we know it, or the beginning of the end of the crisis that has engulfed Lebanon for more than a year? It seems...
Since the beginning of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs have had one goal they turned into a catchphrase after winning last year's Super Bowl: Run it back.
Joao Felix, Suarez fire relentless Atletico to victory over Valencia
Joao Felix and Luis Suarez combined to devastating effect as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 at home Sunday to continue their relentless pursuit...
Players warm up to strict quarantine at Australian Open
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine with the local government reporting three new cases of COVID-19 linked...
No delay to Australian Open despite Covid-19 quarantines
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted Sunday the Grand Slam tournament would still begin next month, but problems mounted for organizers as another 25 players were...
Leonard scores 34 as Clippers stretch NBA win streak to seven games
Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 34 points as the Los Angeles Clippers extended their season-high NBA win streak to seven games with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma...
Chelsea sack manager Lampard after New Year slump
Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard after a run of five defeats in eight league games left the London side ninth in the Premier League standings, the club said on...
New Chelsea era under Lampard was just an illusion
When club great Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to replace the unpopular Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019 it felt like the perfect fit for a club...
De Jong steers Barca to Elche win without suspended Messi
Barcelona won again without the suspended Lionel Messi Sunday as goals from Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig were enough to secure a scruffy 2-0 win over Elche in La Liga.
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine with the local government reporting three new cases of COVID-19 linked to participants of the Grand Slam Tuesday.
Murray's Australian Open participation in doubt after positive virus test
Andy Murray's participation in the Australian Open has been thrown into doubt after it was revealed Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Federer out of Australian Open
Six-time champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he continues to work his way back to fitness from two knee operations earlier this year, his...
Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 34 points as the Los Angeles Clippers extended their season-high NBA win streak to seven games with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday.
Nets hold on to beat shorthanded Heat, Curry passes Miller on 3pt list
Kevin Durant scored a team-high 31 points as the new-look Brooklyn Nets solved some of their defensive woes Saturday to hold on and beat the shorthanded Miami Heat...
James scores 34 as Lakers improve to 8-0 on the road
LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points as the Los Angeles Lakers won their eighth straight road game with a 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday.
Sexton's Cavaliers spoil debut of Brooklyn's Big Three
Collin Sexton scored a game-high 42 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a James Harden triple double and spoiled the debut of the Brooklyn Nets' Big Three with a...
Harden, Durant lead Nets past Bucks, Warriors hold off Lakers
James Harden scored 34 points and Kevin Durant's 30 included the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the NBA's new-look Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks...
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to reach a home-turf Super Bowl Sunday with a 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Poirier knocks out McGregor at UFC 257
Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor with a flurry of punches midway through the second round Sunday, avenging his loss to the Irish superstar with a knockout victory...
Brady vs Rodgers, possibly Mahomes vs. Allen in title games
Tom Brady will take on Aaron Rodgers in a matchup of quarterback legends in the NFC title game.
The AFC championship could feature two of the top young QBs if Patrick...
Rodgers-led Packers, gritty Bills advance in NFL playoffs
Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Green Bay Packers moved to within one win of the Super Bowl Saturday with a 32-18 victory over the...
Price finally keeps his cool to win world title
Welshman Gerwyn Price won darts' world championship Sunday, beating Scot Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final to earn his biggest career victory since swapping a career in...
Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig Tuesday.
The Jura mountains’ historical pre-eminence in a field combining science, art and technology has also been given a boost by the United Nations. In December, the craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics in the Juras were jointly added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Italy’s Uffizi reopens its doors after closure
The museum is still far from back to normal, opening only from Tuesdays to Fridays and with significantly reduced numbers of visitors, who are urged to pre-book. For...
Prototype performance fest pushed mostly online
One of the leading international festivals of contemporary opera and theater has shifted format for its ninth edition because of the coronavirus pandemic
Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic
Since COVID-19 descended, several awards show were postponed and later revamped due to COVID-19 restrictions. The BET Awards was the first major awards show during the...
Sundance enters uncharted waters in 2021
With the Oscars delayed to their latest-ever date – April 25 – several top contenders have not been released or even screened for critics yet, meaning Sundance could...
Art Basel June fair postponed until September
Last year the pandemic forced Art Basel to cancel its Hong Kong fair, its founding event in Basel and the one in Miami
Italian police find stolen ‘Salvator Mundi’ copy
A police spokesman said the discovery was particularly satisfying ‘because we resolved a case before it was created ... The painting was found,’ he explained, ‘but its...
Trump Baby enters Museum of London collection
The blimp will become part of the museum’s protest collection, which includes artefacts from the women’s suffrage movement, peace activists who opposed the war in Iraq...
With the Oscars delayed to their latest-ever date – April 25 – several top contenders have not been released or even screened for critics yet, meaning Sundance could play an outsized role in the awards conversation
Sudan cinema takes inspiration from revolution
As Sudan undergoes a precarious political transition, the country’s filmmakers have found more space to operate. Young filmmakers act ‘without the complexes,’ said...
Netflix's 'Lupin' marks rise of international TV content
The success of the French crime series "Lupin" on Netflix, riding on the heels of hit Spanish show "Money Heist," may hint at a waning of US dominance on the small...
In ‘The White Tiger,’ an epic for today’s India
The film rigorously examines and subverts Hollywood (and Bollywood) stereotypes of Indian life. If “Slumdog Millionaire” gave us the musical version of uprising in...
Bond film 'No Time to Die' delayed again because of virus
It's still not time for "No Time to Die.
Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday.
Sceptics respond to Phil Spector’s death
While Spector made his mark as a revolutionary music producer, the stories of him waving guns at recording artists, and his murder conviction, overshadowed his artistry
Dubai restaurants have begun offering discounts to customers who have been inoculated against coronavirus, amid a vaccination drive as the emirate seeks to fight the pandemic without closing its doors.
Dog spends days outside Turkish hospital waiting for owner
A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her sick owner was receiving treatment.
Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine appears to be effective against new variants
Moderna Inc said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine produced virus-neutralizing antibodies in laboratory tests against new coronavirus variants found in the UK and South...
Egypt begins coronavirus immunisation campaign
Egypt began its Covid-19 immunisation program Sunday, becoming one of the first countries in Africa to vaccinate its citizens, with a doctor and a nurse receiving the...
Biden urged to protect consumers from tech giants
As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. president, digital rights groups are calling on him and legislators to curb the power of tech firms and guard consumers'...
Powerball jackpot winner worth $731.1M sold in Maryland
A single Powerball ticket sold in Maryland is the winner of an estimated $731.1 million jackpot, the first to get the top prize in months.
Foreigners without face masks punished with push-ups in Bali
Foreigners caught not wearing face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali are being subject to an unusual punishment: push-ups.
Cyprus cats out in the cold as pandemic bites
At a cat sanctuary set in picturesque hills near Paphos, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, volunteers are grappling with a surge in abandonments they blame on the...
Moderna Inc said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine produced virus-neutralizing antibodies in laboratory tests against new coronavirus variants found in the UK and South Africa.
In tracking virus mutations, most countries flying blind
To monitor changes to the coronavirus that could supercharge the pandemic or render vaccines less effective, scientists must sequence its genetic code to catalogue...
US to join vaccine push for poor nations, remain WHO member: Fauci
The United States under President Joe Biden intends to join the COVAX vaccine facility that aims to deliver vaccines to poor countries, his chief medical adviser...
Pfizer vaccine appears effective against coronavirus variant found in Britain
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is likely to protect against a more infectious variant of the virus, which was discovered in Britain and has...
As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. president, digital rights groups are calling on him and legislators to curb the power of tech firms and guard consumers' online privacy.
Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants
E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one...
Norway became the first country in the world where electric cars accounted for more than 50 percent of new registrations in 2020, according to figures published Tuesday by an industry group.
The United States is "proud to be back" in international efforts to slow climate change, Washington's new special climate envoy John Kerry told a summit of leaders on Monday.
U.S. envoy Kerry calls for climate change measures to be speeded up
U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry said on Thursday measures to tackle climate change needed to be ramped up significantly, and achieving net zero global carbon...