Prime Minister Saad Hariri has vowed to spare Lebanon the negative repercussions of U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah, amid signs that the Trump administration is planning to further tighten the sanctions on the party and its patron, Iran.
Nasrallah: Resistance stronger than ever before
Today the resistance is stronger than ever before, despite Israeli efforts to destroy it during the 2006 conflict, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Friday in...
Bulgaria seizes cocaine smuggled in banana shipment
A warehouse worker has discovered 75 kilograms of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas, prosecutors and police said...
Greenland not for sale, territory tells Trump
Greenland Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of...
Sisi appoints new Suez Canal Authority chairman: statement
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi appointed Lieutenant General Osama Rabie as chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, the presidency said in a statement Saturday.
President moves to Beiteddine as tensions ease
President Michel Aoun arrived at the presidency’s summer residence in Beiteddine Friday, after previous speculation over whether he would make the move from Baabda...
Hezbollah marks 13th anniversary of 2006 victory
Hezbollah over the past two days has been celebrating the 13th anniversary of its victory in the 34-day war with Israel.
Trash crisis takes ‘disgusting’ sectarian turn
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday said that the waste management crisis in Lebanon was taking a “regrettable sectarian turn, and that is disgusting.”
A warehouse worker has discovered 75 kilograms of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas, prosecutors and police said Saturday.
As Russia cracks down on rallies, rights NGO first on scene for detained protesters
What started as a Facebook post during a wave of mass protests in Russia eight years ago has turned into a rights group that helps arrested demonstrators - one in...
Nobody is not afraid: Chernobyl pilot recalls his fear 33 years ago
More than three decades after he flew his helicopter above the radioactive volcano that was Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor No. 4, the site of the world’s worst nuclear...
Afghanistan interests create chance for U.S.-Iran channel
Western intermediaries are trying to persuade archfoes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump...
Coalition fires flares over Yemen's Aden, separatists quit some posts
Arab coalition warplanes fired flares over Yemen's Aden at dawn Saturday near camps occupied by southern separatist fighters who last week seized control of the port...
Tlaib refuses ‘oppressive’ Israeli visit terms
U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday rejected an offer by Israel to let her travel to the occupied West Bank, saying she would not visit her family there because the...
Israeli forces shoot Palestinian driver dead
Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian driver they said had carried out a car-ramming attack Friday that wounded two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank, one of...
Israel hits Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack
Israeli warplanes struck at least three targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday but caused no apparent casualties, a Palestinian security source said.
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh warned Friday that floating the Lebanese pound would have deleterious effects on the economy, vowing to maintain the peg to the dollar.
Lebanon’s public debt edges up to $85.7B
Lebanon’s public debt as at the end of June climbed by 0.7 percent to $85.7 billion compared to the end of last year, figures released by the Finance Ministry showed.
Saudi-Trump tug-of-war keeps oil in $60-75 range
Ask Saudi Arabia about its preferred oil price and the kingdom will say it has no target.
Bank of Sharjah plans dollar bond sale
Bank of Sharjah PJSC plans to issue dollar-denominated bonds later this year to help the UAE lender repay existing debt, people with knowledge of the plan said.
Stocks move higher as turbulent week nears end
Stocks rose broadly in midday trading on Wall Street Friday as investors look to end a turbulent week on a positive note.
Kafalat loans drop 85 percent in first six months
Kafalat Corporation said that loans extended to small- and medium-sized companies under the guarantee of Kafalat totaled $4.3 million in the first six months of 2019,...
Hariri promises new projects to boost economy
Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday that the Cabinet will undertake several important measures that would set the Lebanese economy in motion.
Salameh named among best central bank heads
For the fourth time in a row, Global Finance has named Riad Salameh as one of the best central bank governors in the world with an A grade.
Aramco remains world’s most profitable company
Energy giant paid out $46.4B in dividends despite dwindling price of oil
Israeli firm stole millions using bogus options
Four Israeli citizens and the financial firms they owned or operated were sued by U.S. securities regulators for allegedly using bogus swap and option trades to steal...
The dumb money may be wising up
When the market doesn’t go your way, there’s a certain deflective comfort to be found in blaming the market. The slump in energy stocks has spurred some talk of getting...
Euro traders starting to bet on break of $1.10
Options traders are starting to bet on the euro dropping below psychological support at $1.10 as the European Central Bank prepares a stimulus package amid a deepening...
Turkey’s OYAK fund reaches British Steel deal
Turkey’s military pension fund OYAK has reached a provisional agreement to take over British Steel and could close the deal by the end of this year, potentially saving...
Sanctions leave Russia exporters $1B richer
Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran and Venezuela have inadvertently increased demand for a Russian brand of crude oil, boosting revenues for the nation’s exporters.
Turkish military fund reaches deal to buy British Steel
Turkey's military pension fund OYAK has reached a provisional agreement to take over British Steel, it said Friday, adding it planned to close the deal by year-end.
It took 15 years and tens of thousands killed, displaced and scattered around the world, for Lebanon’s tribes to realize they had no choice but to coexist in peace and harmony.
At a time when Lebanon needs everyone to go beyond the call of duty to safeguard the nation’s interests, we are instead witnessing the same old games meant to advance...
Democracies in danger
By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority...
The day Hezbollah blinked
A 40-day gridlock pitting Hezbollah’s Druze and Christian allies against Walid Joumblatt ended with capitulation of the former.
China challenge is America’s new Sputnik moment
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable...
The pillage of Palestine
Whoever said crime doesn’t pay failed to mention that the exception is when you have the Trump administration in your corner.
By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority community for short-term political popularity.
What’s behind America’s mass shootings
After every mass shooting in the United States, Americans and others around the world are confronted with the question of what lies behind this distinctly American...
How Ebola wins
A year has passed since the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Health Ministry declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the northeast of the country.
Trump’s one-way economy
Nowadays, when people ask me how I am, I answer, jokingly, that I’m doing great, so long as I ignore Donald Trump’s presidency in the United States, Brexit, the crisis...
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable issues, has been nearly absent from the debate.
In U.S.-China ties, ‘friction is the new normal’
Where is the United States heading in its confrontation with China, which moved this week from a trade dispute to a currency battle - with more dangerous tests in Hong...
U.S. intelligence shakeup could be risky
Among intelligence professionals, President Trump’s nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America’s spy agencies prompted deep dismay - but...
A U.S. ally in Syria confronts new threats
In the direct and disciplined voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Syrian Kurdish militia, you can hear the determination that has made the Kurds a great...
America’s military muscle in the Gulf
Ronald Dowdell was on the starboard side of the bridge, looking toward Iran, as his vessel passed through the Strait of Hormuz on July 18.
Champions Barcelona fell to a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in their opening La Liga game of the season thanks to a sensational late overhead kick from veteran striker Aritz Aduriz.
Things change, I’m now counting on Bale: Zidane
Zinedine Zidane has admitted Gareth Bale is back in his plans ahead of Real Madrid’s opening La Liga game of the season against Celta Vigo Saturday.
Federer, Djokovic advance as Serena pulls out
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic overwhelmed opponents at the WTA-ATP Cincinnati Masters Tuesday, where Serena Williams withdrew because of back trouble.
Kyrgios reverts to form with towel tantrum
Nick Kyrgios looked to have turned over a new leaf in recent weeks, his playful banter with fans and improved focus helping him produce some of his best tennis, but his...
Australia’s Lyon rips through England at Ashes
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through England’s batting lineup as the hosts lost the first Ashes Test by 251 runs after being bowled out for 146 in their second...
PSG and French football braced for Neymar exit
The saga of Neymar’s seemingly inevitable departure from Paris St. Germain is proving a long, drawn out affair bringing the curtain down on what will ultimately feel...
Dortmund eye Bundesliga title bid
As the Bundesliga gets back underway, Borussia Dortmund are preparing to launch an all-out attack on Bayern Munich’s seven-year hegemony, and this time they mean it.
Fearless teen Felix leads Atletico charge
Atletico Madrid underwent seismic changes in the close season but after a rip-roaring warmup campaign spearheaded by teenage hotshot Joao Felix, they look refreshed,...
Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field
Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads the field for the ATP Montreal Masters that starts Monday with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opting out of the key U.S. Open...
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through England’s batting lineup as the hosts lost the first Ashes Test by 251 runs after being bowled out for 146 in their second innings Monday.
Australia dominate England in Ashes opener
Steve Smith hit his second century of his comeback Test Sunday as Australia set England a daunting 398 to win the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.
Smith turns tide for Australia in Ashes opener
Steve Smith marked his first Test since completing a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal with a superb century to rescue Australia on the opening day...
England seek double as Auss eye Ashes history
England return to “Fortress Edgbaston” for the first Test against Australia Thursday looking to round off an already memorable season by completing a World Cup and...
Semenya to miss Doha worlds after court ruling
Caster Semenya will not defend her world 800-meter title in Doha in September after a Swiss judge overruled a temporary suspension on the IAAF’s controversial...
Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez won the rain-affected Czech MotoGP in Brno Sunday, his sixth victory of the season, and became only the fourth rider to achieve 50 premier-class victories.
Hamilton hunts down Verstappen to win
F1 leader Lewis Hamilton hunted down Max Verstappen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record-extending seventh time Sunday and surge 62 points clear in the...
Marquez in charge as MotoGP resumes in Brno
As Moto GP teams and riders gather in Brno for Sunday’s Czech GP to kick off the second half of the season, there is no doubt that defending champion Marc Marquez...
Gasly and Verstappen lead Hungarian GP practice
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly finished ahead of teammate Max Verstappen in a rain-affected second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix Friday.
Verstappen looms large in Hamilton’s rear mirror
After two stunning wins in three races, the force in Formula One is with Max Verstappen, who will this weekend bid for another victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
To protect the masterpieces at the Uffizi Galleries, the Florence museum’s director climbed a ladder and hurled an employee’s bicycle down at a sheet of glass specially made to keep prized pieces such as Botticelli’s “Spring” and “Birth of Venus” safe from vandals.
High-octane cast can’t save this messy ‘Kitchen’
It happens in even the best kitchens: You bring together top-quality ingredients and a promising recipe, but somehow the end result comes out tasting wrong, just wrong.
'Scared' US rapper A$AP Rocky testifies in Sweden assault trial
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky Thursday told a Stockholm court he felt "scared" and had tried to "walk away" before a street brawl, in an assault case that has stirred...
‘Scary Stories is likable Frankenstein of a movie
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a likable Frankenstein of a movie that stitches together tales from the cultishly beloved 1980s book series by Alvin Schwartz and...
Jordan halts film that refers to Jewish presence
A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread outrage over the film’s portrayal of historical Jewish ties to...
Mourning with abandon in Beirut
A the very end of “Beirut Hellfire Society,” in the last 21 words from author Rawi Hage, we’re directly informed what his fourth novel is about: “This is a book of...
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky Thursday told a Stockholm court he felt "scared" and had tried to "walk away" before a street brawl, in an assault case that has stirred diplomatic tensions and outraged fans.
Lee Ching-hei runs a pop-up store in Hong Kong.
Bro bling: Tiffany introduces men’s jewelry collection
Tiffany & Co. is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as it seeks to diversify its traditional customer base.
U.S. scientists announce 3-D heart printing
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they...
Clues on diet’s impact on cancer treatment
Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment...
An unusual haven in the mountains of Akkar
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks...
Nike shoes used in 1972 Olympic trials sell for $50,000
A pair of Nike track shoes from the 1972 Olympic trials has sold for $50,000.
‘Smart’ clothing can boost wearable tech: Singapore researchers
Researchers in Singapore have invented “smart” clothing they say can boost signals and save battery life on wireless devices such as headphones and smart watches.
European opera houses await LA probe into Domingo
While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses took stances...
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they say could one day create entire organs.
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks carrying loads of watermelons and other goods from the Bekaa Valley.
Your smartphone is your confidant, your connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities.
Chlamydia vaccine shows hope in early tests
The first chlamydia vaccine encouragingly triggered an immune response in women during preliminary clinical trials and was found to be safe, researchers said Tuesday.
Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks
A new locally developed app helps Palestinian drivers in the occupied West Bank negotiate traffic at Israeli military checkpoints and uncover routes to towns mainstream...
Sunbeam-sailing spacecraft deemed ‘success’
A small crowd-funded satellite promoted by TV host and science educator Bill Nye has been propelled into a higher orbit using only the force of sunlight blowing against...
Potentially habitable planet found in new solar system
An international team of astronomers has discovered a new solar system with a planet that could be habitable, a Spanish astrophysicist who led the research said Thursday.
Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canal-side streets of Amsterdam - and that’s how they want it to stay.
‘Chernobyl’ series sends visitors to Lithuania
A HBO miniseries featuring Soviet-era nuclear nightmares has sparked global interest in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and boosted tourism in Lithuania.
Sicily lures visitors with ‘ethical tourism’ free of Mafia taint
At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily has lured hordes of visitors in its 2,500-year history.
Top spots crack down on overtourism
It is not the sheer number of tourists descending on Venice that bothers Italian food blogger Monica Cesarato so much as the type of visitor.
Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fueling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported.
Diet a major factor in global warming: report
Not everyone needs to become a vegetarian, much less vegan, to keep the planet from overheating, but it would surely make things easier if they did.
Alaska’s hottest month shifts it into ‘unfrozen state’
July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing...
Canadian iceberg hunter
on the trail of white gold
It’s midday and Edward Kean, a Canadian fisherman who now scours the North Atlantic for icebergs that have broken off from Greenland’s glaciers, is positively beaming.
Test for humanity: Feed 10B without ruining Earth
Experts Friday began negotiating the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever of the role the land we live off plays in climate change.