President Michel Aoun Thursday called for a greater role for the caretaker Cabinet in dealing with the country’s worsening economic conditions, in the clearest sign yet that formation of a new government is not close.
HDC recommends general mobilization extension
The Higher Defense Council recommended during an extraordinary session Thursday an extension to the general mobilization period in Lebanon until March 2021.
Trump expected to flex pardon powers on way out door
Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power.
Two killed by car in pedestrian zone in German town
Two people were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when they were hit by a car in a pedestrian area of the western German city of Trier, the city's mayor said,...
US imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting individual, entity
The United States on Thursday imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions, blacklisting an entity and an individual as Washington continues to ramp up pressure on Tehran...
France, UN rally aid for Lebanon, urge political reforms
France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country's leaders to form a new government as a political...
Lebanon struggles to cope as 1,520 virus cases registered
Lebanon registered 1,520 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths Thursday, as caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan warned that the country would not be able to cope...
COVID cases rising, beds won't suffice: Hasan
Lebanon will not have enough hospital beds to cope with increasing COVID-19 cases, the health minister in the caretaker government warned on Thursday, saying compliance...
Rockets hit Eritrea after Ethiopia declares victory
Rockets launched from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have again targeted the capital of Eritrea, diplomats told AFP Sunday, while the US embassy in Asmara reported...
Northeast Nigeria massacre claimed at least 110 lives
A weekend attack on farm workers in northeast Nigeria blamed on the Boko Haram jihadist group left at least 110 dead, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country...
Armenians at a crossroads on last route out of Karabakh
Dressed in impeccable camouflage fatigues with Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders, Russian peacekeepers stand guard along the last road linking Armenia with the...
The United States on Thursday imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions, blacklisting an entity and an individual as Washington continues to ramp up pressure on Tehran during U.S. President Donald Trump's final months in office.
Iran postpones execution of Iranian-Swedish academic: wife
The planned execution of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, who was sentenced to death in Iran three years ago for spying, has been postponed, his wife said...
Israel gets new missile boat as Iran tensions surge
Israel received the first of its new missile boats on Wednesday, with a top naval officer telling AFP the fleet upgrade "dramatically" improves the country's ability to...
Iran's parliament advances bill to stop nuclear inspections
Iran’s parliament Tuesday advanced a bill that would end U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if...
Bahrain delegation in Israel for talks on boosting ties
A 40-strong Bahraini delegation arrived in Israel Tuesday for two days of talks on boosting economic cooperation and tourism after the two countries normalised...
Banque du Liban will put into circulation a new LL100,000 banknotes on Dec. 7, 2020, to mark the 100th anniversary for the declaration of great Lebanon
Pound edges lower with no bailout in sight
The Lebanese pound slightly fell against the dollar Thursday, trading at around LL8,100 on the black market.
Iran outlines budget, promises less reliance on oil
Iran's government presented a draft state budget of about $33.
Aramco says supplies unaffected by Jeddah attack
An official from the Saudi Aramco oil company on Tuesday said customers were unaffected by an attack that came from Yemen's Houthi group at a petroleum products...
Bitcoin off record highs, slumps 7% in volatile trade
Bitcoin fell as much as 7% against the dollar on Tuesday as the fledgling currency was back to its volatile self after having scaled a record peak earlier in the day.
Wazni for suspending banking secrecy for one year
Caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni Thursday proposed the suspension of the banking secrecy law for one year to conduct forensic auditing of all Central Bank accounts.
Blom upbeat on talks with ABC Bank
Blom Bank is optimistic about the chances to sell its subsidiary in Egypt
Pound further falls against dollar
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar Wednesday, trading at around LL8,050 on the black market
UAE eases limits on foreign ownership to attract investors
The United Arab Emirates has relaxed and removed a range of limits on foreign ownership of companies, state-run media reported Monday, in the country’s latest bid to...
Saudi Arabia could review VAT increase after pandemic ends
DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's acting information minister on Thursday said the kingdom could review its VAT increase after the novel...
Emirates airline posts first loss in more than 30 years
Dubai-based Emirates airline on Thursday posted its first loss in more than three decades, saying it had been badly hit by the coronavirus lockdown that brought air...
Debenhams set to shut shop after 242 years as pandemic hammers UK retail
British department store group Debenhams is set to close all its UK shops after 242 years in business, putting 12,000 jobs at risk in the country's second major...
OPEC meets over whether to extend oil cuts as virus hits demand
OPEC+ members began a meeting on Monday to discuss whether to extend existing oil cuts for three to four months or to increase output gradually from January, as the...
APEC leaders call for free trade to boost economic recovery
Asia Pacific leaders on Friday put aside differences over trade to endorse their first joint communique in three years, calling for free and predictable trade to help...
Bitcoin climbs to three-year peak, all-time high in focus
Bitcoin rose to a nearly three-year high on Friday, as investors continued to scoop the virtual currency on expectations it could well exceed its all-time peak of just...
In late July, via video conference, I visited Lebanon virtually. I was struck by the huge potential of Lebanon’s people, but also the great need for serious reform.
Language and lockdowns
Our recent experience with COVID-19 and the word “lockdown” once again illustrates the power of language to influence our lives and well-being.
Perform to reform
“Forensic audit” is a term that has been raised lately with special focus on auditing the financial books of the Central Bank and all governmental entities.
The Iran deal and dilemma
Draconian sanctions, the erroneous downing of the Ukrainian civilian aircraft and the targeting of a leading commander and nuclear scientists inside Iran in daring...
Biden may not have a choice on Iran
In the absence of any major surprising event, Iran is expected to be the first major crisis to face the upcoming Biden administration early next year.
Death by algorithm?
In an overpopulated world, many have asked, “What is the value of human life?”
America’s fifth column
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the 1970s was a product of the Cold War standoff between the liberal democratic West and the communist Soviet...
Draconian sanctions, the erroneous downing of the Ukrainian civilian aircraft and the targeting of a leading commander and nuclear scientists inside Iran in daring covert operations made this year the most embarrassing one during the rule of the revolutionary regime in the Islamic Republic.
Time to get your act together
Over a year ago brave young Lebanese took to the streets in protest against the government’s corruption and incompetence, but a wily and entrenched political clique has...
Biden and US foreign policy
From now until Jan. 20, 2021,when President-elect Joe Biden takes over, a lot of things could still happen.
Premier League leaders Tottenham struggled to gain the draw they needed in Linz, finishing 3-3 Thursday thanks to two penalties and securing a place in the knock-out rounds of the Europa League.
Giroud scores four as Chelsea thrash Sevilla to top group
Olivier Giroud scored four goals as Chelsea romped to an impressive 4-0 victory at Sevilla Wednesday to secure top spot in Champions League Group E.
Medvedev beats Nadal to set up Thiem title match at ATP Finals
Daniil Medvedev sent Rafael Nadal packing after a gruelling slugfest at the ATP Finals in London Saturday to set up a title match against Novak Djokovic's conqueror...
Medvedev beats Thiem to win ATP Finals title
Daniil Medvedev came from a set down to beat Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 and win the ATP Finals title in London Sunday for the biggest tournament victory of his...
Davis, Lakers agree on five-year, $190 million deal
Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a five-year deal worth up to $190 million Thursday.
Neymar double downs Man Utd, gives PSG Champions League lifeline
Paris Saint-Germain took a huge step towards avoiding an embarrassing early exit from the Champions League as Neymar scored twice in a 3-1 win away to Manchester United...
Barca beat Ferencvaros to stay perfect in Champions League
Antoine Griezmann struck for the third game running as Barcelona beat Ferencvaros 3-0 Wednesday to keep their 100 percent record intact in this season's Champions...
Ronaldo scores 750th goal in first Champions League with female referee
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 750th goal of his remarkable career in a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv Wednesday as Stephanie Frappart became the first female...
Daniil Medvedev sent Rafael Nadal packing after a gruelling slugfest at the ATP Finals in London Saturday to set up a title match against Novak Djokovic's conqueror Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic beats Zverev to reach semis at ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic out-battled Alexander Zverev to qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals Friday, staying on track to match Roger Federer's record of six titles at the...
Nadal beats Tsitsipas to reach last four at ATP Finals
Rafael Nadal kept alive his hopes of a first ATP Finals title Thursday, beating defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in London to qualify for the last...
Medvedev destroys Djokovic at ATP Finals as Zverev bounces back
Daniil Medvedev shocked Novak Djokovic in straight sets to book a place in the last four at the ATP Finals Wednesday as former champion Alexander Zverev got his...
Lebanon basketball players ditch game for better future
Basketball player Charles Tabet was once a national hero blocking shots for Lebanon, but a crumbling economy has forced him into a new life selling cars in Michigan.
Lebanon down Iraq to seal place in Asia Cup
Lebanon overcame a resilient Iraqi side 78-69 in an Asia Cup 2021 qualifier in Manama, Bahrain Sunday to book their place in next year’s continental showpiece event.
Thompson out for season after torn Achilles
Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson was ruled out of the entire 2020-2021 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon, the team said Thursday, in a shattering...
Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft
Anthony Edwards paid tribute to his mother and grandmother. Onyeka Okongwu recalled his brother. Obi Toppin thought about coming home.
Tears flowed freely for those...
Athletes at the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics will face regular testing, restrictions on mingling and potential punishment for non-compliance with health rules, organizers said Wednesday as they outlined plans for holding the Games.
Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones
Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon's return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old...
McGregor agrees to UFC return vs Poirier on Jan. 23
Conor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 at UFC 257.
UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press...
Johnson finally wins Masters with record low score
Dustin Johnson finally clinched an elusive second major title with a five-stroke victory at the Masters on Sunday, staving off self-doubt as he overcame a shaky start...
Johnson in share of Masters lead, DeChambeau flirts with cut
Dustin Johnson grabbed a share of the Masters clubhouse lead Friday before second-round play was suspended due to darkness with defending champion Tiger Woods still on...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix, the sport's governing FIA said on Tuesday.
Grosjean escapes fireball as Bahrain crash cuts car in two
Romain Grosjean escaped from a horrific first-lap crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday when his car split in two and burst into flames.
Hamilton wins record-equalling seventh F1 world title
Lewis Hamilton secured a record-equalling seventh Formula One world title Sunday after winning the Turkish Grand Prix and then warned pretenders to his crown "I'm only...
Hamilton v Schumacher: Who is the greatest?
Lewis Hamilton Sunday won his seventh Formula One world title to equal the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher.
But who is the greatest driver? The British star...
Formula One unveils biggest-ever 23-race calendar for 2021
Formula One unveiled a 23-race calendar for 2021 Tuesday, its biggest ever, but the Vietnamese Grand Prix has been dropped.
In 2011, the highly successful restoration of the 10th-century Armenian church on Akdamar island, in Lake Van in eastern Turkey, received praise from many experts. Ankara’s subsequent estrangement from the EU and a hardline turn in Erdogan’s policies have transformed the situation
Dictionaries pick ‘pandemic’ as word of the year
Legacy dictionary Merriam-Webster selected 'pandemic' as its word of the year Monday, as did Dictionary.com, which said searches on the site for the word spiked more...
Activist anthems to serenade UN anniversary
Angelique Kidjo headlines all-star lineup of Dec. 1 online fundraising concert, ‘Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice,’ to celebrate the UN's 75th...
Theater reopens in COVID-devastated Italian town
‘The pandemic has taught those who hadn’t understood before, the importance of culture, arts and beauty in the world’
A brilliant turn from Aubrey Plaza in ‘Black Bear’
Lawrence Michael Levine’s ‘Black Bear’ is a meta-thriller about moviemaking, creativity and ego is the kind of indie film that can so easily get lost just because it is...
As pandemic closes New York shops, artists move in
Thousands of shops and restaurants have shuttered this year as the virus ravages the Big Apple’s economy, and artists are now getting some of them as studios and...
Mysterious desert obelisk reportedly disappears
The Bureau of Land Management in Utah said it had received ‘credible reports’ that the object had been removed ‘by an unknown party.’ The bureau ‘did not remove the...
COVID-19 hogs Greek theatres’ centre stage
A regular pay cheque is a rarity for Greece’s performers, who have been underpaid and often without insurance for decades because of the country’s grinding financial...
Angelique Kidjo headlines all-star lineup of Dec. 1 online fundraising concert, ‘Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice,’ to celebrate the UN's 75th anniversary
Swift wins top prize at AMAs
Music manager Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings company acquired Big Machine Label Group, the home to Swift’s first six albums, then sold the master rights to an...
Lawrence Michael Levine’s ‘Black Bear’ is a meta-thriller about moviemaking, creativity and ego is the kind of indie film that can so easily get lost just because it is never going to be an Oscar contender
2021 Sundance Film Fest goes largely virtual
‘Even under these impossible circumstances,’ festival director Tabitha Jackson said, ‘artists are still finding paths to make bold and vital work in whatever ways they...
‘76 Days’ documents lockdown in Wuhan
For some, early COVID-19 films – ‘Totally Under Control,’ Alex Gibney’s two-part indictment of the US response to the virus or ‘Coronation,’ Ai Weiwei’s remotely...
‘Happiest Season’ is a lighthearted rom-com
High-profile Hollywood films about lesbian couples are more often than not dramatic, set in the past and sad, so it is instantly refreshing that ‘Happiest Season’ is a...
The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and ‘Soul’ are essentially very expensive ads for the streaming services
Page, 33, burst onto the Hollywood scene with an Oscar-nominated role as a pregnant teenager in 2007 sleeper hit ‘Juno.’ The actor also appeared in the 2010 science fiction hit ‘Inception’ opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and the 2012 Woody Allen comedy ‘To Rome with Love’
Art world star gives back by buying work of the undiscovered
Painter Guy Stanley Philoche, a star in the New York art world, had wanted to treat himself to a fancy watch after a hugely successful gallery show.
COVID-19 claims writer-director Kambuzia Partovi
Partovi co-wrote Jafar Panahi’s 2000 feature ‘The Circle,’ which tackles difficulties facing Iranian women. It went on to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
Trebek’s grace elevated him above TV host
‘I try not to take myself too seriously … I don’t want to come off as a pompous ass and indicate that I know everything when I don’t’
Kanye West nabbed some 60,000 votes in election bid
'It’s like everybody’s being distracted by who is going to win ... It doesn’t really matter who’s going to win if we have a plan in place to present to that president...
On a darkened residential street in Paris, a gate left partly open signals the entrance to an abandoned train tunnel -- and an illegal rave party for 300 people looking for an escape from France's Covid-19 lockdown.
Meet Gaza's first woman taxi driver
Palestinian mother-of-five Nayla Abu Jubbah launched a small revolution this week by becoming the first female taxi driver in the deeply conservative Gaza Strip.
Blood test may accurately predict Alzheimer's: study
Scientists said Monday they had developed a way of predicting if patients will develop Alzheimer's disease by analysing their blood, in what experts hailed as a...
CEO says AstraZeneca likely to run new global trial of COVID-19 vaccine
AstraZeneca is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, its chief executive Pascal Soriot was quoted as saying on...
China launches moon probe to bring back rocks
A rocket heading for the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades blasted off from China on Tuesday in the latest milestone for Beijing's spacefaring...
Here comes Santa Claus, with face masks and plexiglass
Santa Claus is coming to the mall - just don’t try to sit on his lap.
Pink diamond fetches $26.6 mln at Sotheby's Geneva sale
An extremely rare, purple-pink diamond mined in Russia, which Sotheby's described as "a true wonder of nature", sold for 24.4 million Swiss francs ($26.6 million) on...
US forecaster sees 95% chance of La Ni?a through March in Northern Hemisphere
There is a 95% chance of La Ni?a conditions continuing through the Northern Hemisphere winter from January to March, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on...
Scientists said Monday they had developed a way of predicting if patients will develop Alzheimer's disease by analysing their blood, in what experts hailed as a potential "gamechanger" in the fight against the debilitating condition.
EU reaches deal for supply of 160 mln doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
The European Union has reached a deal with U.S. biotech firm Moderna for the supply of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the head of the European Commission said on...
Where are we in the COVID-19 vaccine race?
Drugmakers and research centres around the world are working on COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates involving tens of thousands of...
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in elderly, trial results by Christmas
AstraZeneca and Oxford University's potential COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response in older adults, data published on Thursday showed, with researchers...
A rocket heading for the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades blasted off from China on Tuesday in the latest milestone for Beijing's spacefaring ambitions.
Twitter, Facebook to hand over @POTUS account to Biden on Jan. 20
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the social media companies said on Saturday.
Mazda beat traditional winners Lexus and Toyota to win top honors as the most dependable auto brand in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey.
Honda wins world-first approval for Level 3 autonomous car
Honda on Wednesday won approval to sell Level 3 autonomous cars in Japan, in what the automaker and Japanese authorities said was a world-first.
Environmental activists took Royal Dutch Shell to court on Tuesday, demanding the energy firm drastically reduce the production of oil and gas to limit its effects on climate change.
World's last known white giraffe gets GPS tracking device
The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in Kenya.
Food emissions could push Earth past global warming limits
Even if all fossil fuel emissions ended immediately, greenhouse gasses from the food we eat could drive global temperatures above internationally agreed warming limits,...
Gangs in Latin America use bribery, secret routes to smuggle jaguar parts to China: report
Criminal organizations in Bolivia and other Latin American countries are bribing police and circumventing customs restrictions to smuggle parts of jaguars to mainland...