Long queues of cars at gas stations prevailed Wednesday across Lebanon as a shortage of fuel supplies alongside threats of subsidy withdrawal surged demand, while the Head of the Fuel Distributors Syndicate called for citizens to remain calm.
Lebanese Army intelligence detains Palestinian involved in firing rockets at Israel
Lebanese Army intelligence detains Palestinian involved in firing rockets at Israel
For Muslims in America, Eid al-Fitr comes as pandemic eases
For Qassim Abdullah, this year’s Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr marked a bit of a milestone: Now fully vaccinated, the 66-year-old finally felt comfortable enough to...
Putin calls for de-escalation in Israel-Palestinian clashes
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Israel and the Palestinians to halt fighting in a call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Israel looks to back-up airport as flight cancellations mount
British Airways , Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Iberia all cancelled flights to Tel Aviv as European carriers joined U.S. airlines in avoiding flying to Israel, which...
Lebanon registers 20 COVID-19 deaths, 580 cases in past 24 hours
Lebanon registers 20 COVID-19 deaths, 580 cases in past 24 hours
New bid to revive stalled govt formation
Efforts to revive the stalled Cabinet formation process, including a possible meeting between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, will be...
Lebanese fear fruit and vegetables going to waste
Fruit is ripening and vegetables are shooting up in Lebanon's lush Bekaa Valley, but the head of the region's farmers' syndicate is still worried .
For Qassim Abdullah, this year’s Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr marked a bit of a milestone: Now fully vaccinated, the 66-year-old finally felt comfortable enough to return to his mosque for the Eid prayer today, his first time back since the start of the pandemic.
A defiant Cheney ousted by House Republicans for Trump criticism
U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday voted to remove Liz Cheney from their leadership, punishing her for criticizing former President Donald Trump's...
Eleven killed, many wounded in Russian school shooting
At least 11 people have been killed and many more wounded after one or more gunmen opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, the RIA news agency reported on...
Taliban declare Eid holiday ceasefire as Afghan violence soars
The Taliban on Monday declared a three-day ceasefire for this week's Eid al-Fitr holiday, following a sharp spike in violence as Washington goes about withdrawing its...
British Airways , Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Iberia all cancelled flights to Tel Aviv as European carriers joined U.S. airlines in avoiding flying to Israel, which has activated a back-up airport in the far south as a precaution against rockets from Gaza.
Gaza conflict intensifies with rocket, air strikes
Palestinian fighters fired more rockets into Israel's commercial heartland on Thursday as Israel kept up a punishing bombing campaign in Gaza and massed tanks and...
Republicans urge Biden to end Iran talks over Hamas rockets
US Republicans on Thursday stepped up calls on President Joe Biden to end talks to return to a nuclear agreement with Iran as the clerical state's ally Hamas fires...
Virus, Mideast turmoil stifle Eid al-Fitr celebrations
Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday...
Mob lynching of Arab aired live on Israeli TV
Footage of a far-right Israeli mob attacking a man near Tel Aviv they believed to be an Arab was aired live on television Wednesday night, as the Israel-Palestinian...
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar for the second day in a row Wednesday, trading at LL12,750 on the black market, with no end in sight to the country's political deadlock.
Lebanese pound falls on black market
Exchange dealers were selling the dollar for LL12,600 and buying it for LL12,500, down from Monday's average of LL12,350.
Saudi releases Bin Laden patriarch held in 'Ritz crackdown': sources
Saudi Arabia has released construction magnate Bakr bin Laden, more than three years after his detention in a purge of the kingdom's elite that upended his vast...
Saudi oil firm Aramco's first-quarter profits up by 30%
Saudi Aramco said Tuesday its profits soared by 30% in the first-quarter of the year, compared to last year, riding on the back of higher crude oil prices.
Bitcoin still struggling after Musk's Tesla U-turn
Bitcoin recovered about half of its losses on Thursday, a day after plunging 17% when Tesla boss Elon Musk said his company would stop accepting the digital tokens as...
Pound up after Central Bank announcement
The Lebanese pound rose against the dollar Monday, trading at LL12,350 on the black market, after BDL said it was looking into a way through which depositors could have...
BDL: Dollars can be withdrawn in stages as of June
The Central Bank said Sunday that deposits in all currencies dating back before Oct. 17, 2019, and as they became on March 31, 2021, can be withdrawn in all currencies...
Lebanese pound plunges on govt deadlock
The pound plunged against the dollar Friday, trading at LL12,750 on the black market, after a French effort to resolve the country's political crisis produced no...
Saudi Arabia has released construction magnate Bakr bin Laden, more than three years after his detention in a purge of the kingdom's elite that upended his vast business empire, sources told AFP.
Saudi Arabia could ease fiscal adjustment to help recovery, IMF says
Saudi Arabia's plans to balance its finances are making good progress but a slower pace of adjustment could be considered this year to support the recovery from the...
Saudi king names new economy minister, eldest son as advisor
Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new economy minister and named his eldest living son as a special advisor in a series of royal decrees issued early Monday.
Saudi Arabia in talks to sell 1% of Aramco to foreign investor: Crown prince
Saudi Arabia's crown prince said in televised remarks on Tuesday that the kingdom was in discussions to sell 1% of state oil firm Saudi Aramco to a leading global...
Bitcoin recovered about half of its losses on Thursday, a day after plunging 17% when Tesla boss Elon Musk said his company would stop accepting the digital tokens as payment for its cars.
Bankers quit London as Brexit relocations to EU step up
Investment banks are shifting more rainmakers out of London to financial centres across the European Union, accelerating the pace of moves after the pandemic and...
Oil climbs on cyber attack; metals shine on demand hopes
Oil prices climbed Monday after a vital US pipeline was put out of action by a cyber attack.
Bank of England expects best year for UK economy since 1941
The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold as it forecast the fastest annual pace of growth for the British economy since early on in World War II, largely as...
US trade deficit hits record $74.4 billion in March
The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record $74.4 billion in March as an improving U.S. economy drove purchases of imported foreign goods.
If the tinderbox situation in Jerusalem over the weekend proves one thing, it’s that Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” was nothing more than a sham that is now dead and buried.
Taking a ruinous route with collective censure
With everything that is going on in Lebanon today it has become even more imperative that each party and each leader be afforded consideration according to their...
The ‘reskilling’ revolution
The future is difficult to foresee, which makes creating ideas like "future ready" and "skills for the future" difficult to apply.
The French initiative is not enough
Visits by foreign dignitaries, special envoys, ambassadors visits, have so far failed to score a breakthrough in the political impasse that gripped the country in the...
COVID-19 and the dilemma of the informal economy
With every crisis come various challenges but also new opportunities.
Did Hezbollah start 'enriching Bassil' for president?
The upcoming presidential election due in 18 months is looming with fear that it is the main reason behind the current political stalemate.
Put people before runaway military spending
For all of us, but especially women, the pandemic is a reminder that traditional notions of “security” that fuel the weapons industry cannot protect us from dangers and...
Real Madrid swatted aside Granada 4-1 Thursday to ensure the La Liga title race will go down to the wire.
Liverpool beat Man Utd to boost chances of CL return
Liverpool kept their chances of a place in next season's Champions League in their own hands with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford Thursday.
Nadal stunned by Zverev in Madrid
Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany's Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarterfinals Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard's form ahead of this month's French...
Nadal beats Tsitsipas for 12th Barcelona title
Rafael Nadal saved a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5 Sunday and claim a 12th Barcelona Open title in the ATP's longest match of 2021.
Russell Westbrook passes Oscar Robertson for triple-double record
Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's NBA record for career triple-doubles with his 182nd Monday.
Tuchel ready for 'big fight' as Chelsea suffer top four blow
Thomas Tuchel said Chelsea face a "big fight" to finish in the Premier League's top four after their damaging 1-0 defeat against Arsenal Wednesday.
Atletico edge closer to La Liga title after Real Sociedad win
Atletico Madrid held their nerve to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 Wednesday and move within touching distance of winning La Liga.
Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto
UEFA announced Thursday that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea has been moved from Istanbul to Porto.
Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany's Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarterfinals Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard's form ahead of this month's French Open.
Tsitsipas beats Rublev in Monte Carlo final for first Masters 1000 title
Stefanos Tsitsipas crushed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in a one-sided final in the Monte Carlo Open for his first Masters 1000 title.
Federer says he will play at Roland Garros
Roger Federer confirmed Sunday he will play the French Open at Roland Garros this year having skipped the 2020 edition to recover from knee surgery.
Nadal's bid for 12th Monte Carlo title ended by Rublev
Rafael Nadal's bid for a 12th Monte Carlo Masters title was shattered by Russia's Andrey Rublev, who swept to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 quarterfinal win Friday.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds Saturday to unify three super middleweight titles in front of the largest U.S. crowd in history to watch an indoor boxing event.
Usman tops Masvidal, UFC 261 returns sports world to normal
A packed house. A raucous crowd. Celebrity sightings. Stunning upsets. Spectacular finishes. Broken bones. Blood, sweat and tears.
Another world title would be anticlimax' for O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan insisted Friday he had no interest in equalling Stephen Hendry's modern-day record of seven titles on the eve of defending his world snooker...
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix Sunday ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen after a Mercedes pit-stop masterstroke.
Hamilton stretches F1 lead with victory in Portugal
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Red Bull's Max Verstappen to eight...
Verstappen wins chaotic Imola classic
Max Verstappen kept his cool to claim a chaotic rain-hit Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Sunday as seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton recovered from a rare...
Hamilton sees off the Red Bulls to seize his 99th pole
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola Saturday with Red Bull's Sergio Perez joining the seven-time Formula One world...
The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards said that the work of the 74-year-old Abramovic revealed ‘a sensorial and spiritual component hitherto unknown’
Basquiat painting sells for $93.1 million
In a sign of Basquiat’s growing status in the art world, the same canvas was sold in November 2002 for $999,500, barely more than a hundredth of the price paid on Tuesday
Dua Lipa wins British Album of the Year
Lipa dedicated one of her awards to British nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, noting that she had said ‘there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for...
Coldplay beam new song into space
‘It’s amazing how small and finite and fragile the Earth is,’ said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ‘It’s a ball. It’s self-contained. Everything we have is here....
Zombies hit Las Vegas in Zack Snyder heist movie
‘There’s been a lot of crazy things that have elevated the movie in some way or other,’ Snyder said. ‘We wanted to focus on how a zombie plague would affect the...
'Tears of joy': Milan's La Scala opera house reopens to public
Milan's mythical La Scala opera house erupted into huge applause on Monday to hail a stirring performance at its triumphant reopening after six months of silence...
Maestro Muti: Pandemic year silenced culture
‘If we truly took into account how we are living, we would all go crazy,’ Muti said. ‘We try to maintain the illusion that we are living a normal life. It is the only...
Evidence of nine Neanderthals found in Italian cave
The fossil remains of nine Neanderthal men have been found in a cave in Italy, the culture ministry announced Saturday, a major discovery in the study of our ancient...
Lipa dedicated one of her awards to British nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, noting that she had said ‘there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers, because it’s very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them … So I think what we should do is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris [Johnson, the British prime minister] a message that we all support a fair pay rise’
Glenn Close and Ted Nash on their new jazz duet
‘I learned about Go-go [music] and certainly about the Washington [D.C.] music scene from those years. I was able to do that little piece of “Da Butt”...
For Dave Grohl, it’s not the van driving musicians
‘You’ve got to get in a van if you want to make it in this business,’ said Ringo Starr, who recounted how the Beatles had to stack themselves like firewood to keep warm...
Post-Covid, Marianne Faithfull turns to poetry
Though she may never sing again, she spent the past few months completing an album begun before the pandemic. It features her reading some of her favourite 19th-century...
‘There’s been a lot of crazy things that have elevated the movie in some way or other,’ Snyder said. ‘We wanted to focus on how a zombie plague would affect the disenfranchised and how the government might use something like a zombie plague to take away certain freedoms’
Berlinale says its June outdoor screenings are on
The programme will be made up primarily of movies shown online at the March edition, including the winners of its Golden and Silver Bears, which will be awarded at a...
Iraq’s prank-based reality TV show is cancelled
The show follows Iraqi celebrity guests who are invited to what is described as a ‘charity event’ but then fall prey to a staged ambush by actors playing militants....
Review: Statham, Ritchie reunite with a blast
Jason Statham return engagement with director-writer Guy Ritchie builds on a partnership that has previously produced ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ ‘Snatch’...
The opioid crisis: The ‘Crime of the Century’
Filmmaker Alex Gibney explains how the drugs that caused the crisis came to be, how companies aggressively promoted and distributed them and how the government failed...
His rich anthems of peace and struggle, hope and discontent, still reverberate globally and especially in his native Jamaica, a small nation whose rich culture its most famous son popularized on an international stage
Kardashian entangled in antiquities smuggling row
Court documents said the consignee and importer name was listed as ‘“Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust” in Woodland Hills, California,’ the Noel Roberts Trust being...
Napoleon’s Mideast campaign still contentious
Egyptians and Palestinians betray little nostalgia for Bonaparte’s early conquests of their lands
UAE voices ‘regret’ after Habermas rejects prize
‘That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby,’ read a statement from the 91-year-old Habermas, who is considered Germany’s most eminent contemporary philosopher....
Florian Zeller’s conquest of stage and screen
The French playwright’s works have now been performed in more than 40 countries, and won awards from Tokyo to New York, but it is with the film version of ‘The Father,’...
Torn apart in the deadly chaos of an air raid, a Syrian family of seven has been reunited, against the odds, three years later at a refugee shelter in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki, a centuries-old melting point of cultures overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Youngest Dubai DJ scratches her way to fame in world contest
Michelle Rasul had just learned to read and write and was already spinning turntables, scratching hip-hop records and making the beats drop.
How can we stop the next pandemic? Here's what a WHO panel recommends
A new transparent global system should be set up for probing disease outbreaks, empowering the World Health Organization to deploy investigators at short-notice and...
Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12
COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle...
Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following...
Street parties celebrate end of Spain's state of emergency
Impromptu street celebrations erupted across Spain as the clock struck midnight on Saturday, when a six-month-long national state of emergency to contain the spread of...
Dubai luxury home market soars as world's rich flee pandemic
After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city's pandemic lockdowns.
First team of mounted archers takes aim in Gaza
Hoofs pounded the ground and kicked up dust clouds as one by one a small group of young mounted archers pulled back their bows and let their arrows fly at a passing...
A new transparent global system should be set up for probing disease outbreaks, empowering the World Health Organization to deploy investigators at short-notice and reveal findings, a COVID-19 pandemic review panel said on Wednesday.
BioNTech says 'no evidence' its jabs need adapting for variants
German firm BioNTech said Monday that the Covid-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer does not require any modifications to work against variants of the virus, as it...
US turning corner on pandemic, says White House COVID coordinator
The United States is closer to getting the coronavirus pandemic under control and health officials are focused on the next challenge: getting more Americans vaccinated,...
EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a...
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry
A large segment of a Chinese rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the weekend, but Beijing has downplayed fears of...
SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown
SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.
The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved
A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal chunk of the internet
Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet
NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Dubai's tourism chief on Tuesday said he was very optimistic business and leisure travellers would return this year, though the pandemic made it difficult to predict exactly how many.
Cafes, restaurants reopen in Greece for outdoor service
Cafes and restaurants reopened in Greece on Monday for sit-down service for the first time in nearly six months, as the country began easing coronavirus-related...
Volkswagen, Ford and Chinese brands unveiled new SUVs for China on Monday at the Shanghai auto show, the industry’s biggest marketing event in a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ford to offer hands-free driving in some car, truck models later this year
Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it will start putting its hands-free highway driving technology in some of its pickup truck and Mustang models later this year.
Ahmad Daoud surveyed his shrivelled tomato plants near the Dead Sea in Jordan, where severe drought in what is already one of the world's most water-deficient countries is hitting hard.
Biden's climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming
U.S. President Joe Biden's climate summit will turn to the issue of technology on Friday, featuring remarks from entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, after...
US pledges to halve its emissions by 2030 in renewed climate fight
The Biden administration on Thursday pledged to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% from 2005 levels by 2030, a new target it hopes will spur other big...
Race to save Cyprus corals from climate change, mass tourism
Many people think Cyprus has no corals, says marine ecologist Louis Hadjiannou.
From lizards to water, eco-bumps snag Tesla Berlin plant
In the green forest outside Berlin, a David and Goliath-style battle is playing out between electric carmaker Tesla and environmental campaigners who want to stop its...