Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will seek to push for the formation of a 24-member Cabinet of nonpartisan specialists with no veto power granted to any side, political sources said Monday, in the latest bid to break the deadlock that has thrown the country into political mess for eight months.
Diab, ministers sign maritime claim decree
Lebanon's caretaker prime minister as well as the defense and public works ministers signed Monday a decree that officially expands Lebanon’s claim in its maritime...
Unrest flares again in Minnesota after fatal police shooting of Black motorist
A suburban Minneapolis police officer apparently drew her gun by mistake, instead of her Taser, when she shot a young Black man to death during a traffic stop, a police...
Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus
Surging coronavirus cases in many parts of the world overshadowed the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday, with festivities curtailed by contagion fears.
Attack on Iran's Natanz plant muddies US, Iran nuke talks
The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over the resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the...
Lebanon civil war survivors say today's crisis even worse
During the civil war that ended over 30 years ago Abla Barotta survived shelling and clashes, but she now fears a "slow death" from Lebanon's worst economic crisis in...
Religious leaders press for new govt to save Lebanon
With the Cabinet formation process at a dead end, top Muslim and Christian religious leaders Sunday issued strong appeals for a new government to rescue the country...
Lebanon records 42 virus deaths, 1,008 new cases
Lebanon registered 42 new coronavirus-related deaths and 1,008 cases in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Monday as a new set of measures for the month of...
A suburban Minneapolis police officer apparently drew her gun by mistake, instead of her Taser, when she shot a young Black man to death during a traffic stop, a police chief said on Monday, hours before a second night of unrest sparked by the killing.
Police fatally shoot Black man in traffic stop near Minneapolis, protests erupt
Protests erupted against police when an officer fatally shot a young Black man after stopping his vehicle for a traffic violation on Sunday about 10 miles (16 km) from...
Trump : The key to Republican success is more Trumpism
Staking his claim to the Republican Party, former President Donald Trump is casting his populist policies and attack-dog politics as the key to future GOP success.
We've lost the 'grandfather of the nation', UK's Prince Andrew says
The death of Britain's Prince Philip has deprived the nation of its grandfather and left a huge void for his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, the couple's second son...
The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over the resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear program.
Jordan royal feud stirs unease in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia fervently denies involvement in Jordan's royal feud, but the arrest of an advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stirred unease in Riyadh, which...
Israel made a 'very bad gamble' by sabotaging Natanz site: Zarif
Iran's top diplomat said on Tuesday that an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility which it blames on Israel was a "very bad gamble" that would strengthen Tehran's hand...
Iran used fake Instagram accounts to try to nab Israelis: spy agencies
Israeli spy agencies accused Iran on Monday of using fake social media accounts to lure citizens of the Jewish state abroad "to harm or abduct them".
Hamas elects former chief Meshaal to head diaspora office
Former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal was elected to be head of the Palestinian Islamist group's office in the diaspora, a spokesman said on Monday.
The dysfunctional nature of the Lebanese economy has meant that while the US dollar cost of renting in Beirut has largely decreased due to restrictions on international travel and the deteriorating economic situation, the Lebanese pound cost of renting in central Beirut has dramatically increased due to hyperinflation.
Lebanon’s GDP to contract 9.5 percent in 2021
The World Bank projected that Lebanon’s GDP to contract by 9.5 percent in 2021 due to various political and economic factors.
Syria's Assad dismisses central bank chief Karfoul
President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed Syria's Central Bank Governor Hazem Karfoul, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.
IMF: Lebanon risks economic contraction in 2021
Lebanon, in the midst of its worst financial crisis ever, is the only economy in the Middle East at risk of further contraction this year, the International Monetary...
Bitcoin hits record high before landmark Coinbase IPO
Bitcoin hit a record of $62,575 on Tuesday, extending its 2021 rally to new heights.
Pound down again, trades at LL12,850 to dollar
The Lebanese pound fell on the black market Monday, trading at LL12,850 against the dollar, as efforts to resolve the country's political crisis remain deadlocked.
Lebanese pound down for third day in a row
The Lebanese pound fell on the black market for a third straight day, trading at LL12,650 against the dollar, after Arab efforts to help resolve the country's political...
BDL passes information to Alvarez for auditing
The Central Bank said it handed over a list of information requested by Alvarez & Marsal to the Finance Ministry so it can be passed on to the forensic auditing...
Saudi $7 trillion investment goal puts spotlight on oil prices
In order to wean Saudi Arabia off its dependency on crude the kingdom needs higher oil prices.
Saudi malls, supermarkets, restaurants told to increase hiring of Saudi nationals
Malls, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia must increase their percentage of local hires, the kingdom's ministry of human resources and social...
Egypt seeks settlement out of court for Suez Canal blockage
The Suez Canal chief said Tuesday that authorities are negotiating a financial settlement with the owners of a massive vessel that blocked the crucial waterway for...
IMF sees slower recovery for eurozone than US
The IMF said Tuesday that the eurozone economy would expand faster than previously expected in 2021, but Europe will be slower than the US to recover from the pandemic...
OPEC+ agrees oil output rise from May, sources say, after U.S. calls Saudi
Opec+ agreed on Thursday to gradually ease its oil output cuts from May, sources said, after the new U.S. administration called on Saudi Arabia to keep energy...
Oil prices ease after Suez Canal traffic resumes
World oil prices eased on Monday as traffic resumed on the Suez Canal after a massive container ship blocking the waterway was freed.
'Treating us like robots': Amazon workers seek union
Linda Burns was excited at first to land a job at the Amazon warehouseThe former nursing assistant had always enjoyed ordering from the company, Now, she would be...
The crippling sanctions as a result of the maximum pressure policy imposed against Iran since former president Trump’s administration pulled out of the JCPOC, have placed Tehran on the defensive and suffocated the Iranian economy, however, it has has failed to reverse the growing Iranian influence in the region.
Is Iran and China’s new strategic partnership a game changer for the Middle East?
Despite Iran’s current weakness, Beijing sees the country as a strategic prize in the long run.
Lebanon: A fragile or failed state?
Next week, the Lebanese people will be commemorating the Civil War that erupted on April 13, 1975, and ended with Taif Agreement in 1990.
Lebanon needs more than a Cabinet: Nation building
It must hurt the national pride of every Lebanese to hear foreign officials asking them to introduce meaningful reforms and form a credible government so countries who...
Thirty years of the Southern Common Market
The bloc is a historic achievement in the region and one of the major milestones in Latin American economic integration
The recent flurry of diplomatic activities and frequent trips by Lebanese factions to Moscow, left the impression that Russia is poised to assume a mediating role in Lebanon in an attempt to extend its influence from a war shattered Syria to a politically crippled and financially bankrupt Lebanon.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton fought out a 0-0 draw in a dour Premier League clash Monday after neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances with defences dominating at the Amex stadium.
Klopp strives for perfection to pull off Real Madrid comeback
Liverpool must produce a "perfect performance" to overcome a 3-1 first leg deficit against Real Madrid Wednesday and reach the Champions League semifinals, manager...
French Open delayed by a week in hope that more spectators can attend
The French Open was Thursday delayed by a week to May 30-June 13 in the hope that heightened Covid-19 restrictions in France will have eased by then to allow the...
Curry scores 53 to pass Chamberlain for Warriors record
Steph Curry erupted with 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain's all-time Golden State scoring record Monday as the Warriors downed the Denver Nuggets 116-107.
James injury rocks Lakers in loss to Hawks
LeBron James crashed out of the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday with a right ankle injury that will sideline the NBA superstar indefinitely.
Atletico draw at Betis while picking up more injuries
Atletico Madrid returned to the top of La Liga with a 1-1 draw away to Real Betis Sunday but did so at the expense of losing yet more players to injury, leaving their...
Darmian winner pushes Inter closer to Serie A title
Matteo Darmian scored the only goal with quarter of an hour to go as Serie A leaders Inter Milan held off relegation-threatened Cagliari 1-0 to stretch their winning...
Juve ease past Genoa to keep faint title hopes alive
Juventus eased to a 3-1 victory over Genoa Sunday to keep alive their faint hopes of making it 10 successive Serie A titles this season.
The French Open was Thursday delayed by a week to May 30-June 13 in the hope that heightened Covid-19 restrictions in France will have eased by then to allow the maximum number of fans to attend the event.
Japan sucked in its breath as Hideki Matsuyama almost blew his chance to win the Masters but the golfer's one-shot victory at Augusta National sparked a joyous reaction back home as the country celebrated another sporting triumph in testing times.
UFC's McGregor announces third fight with Poirier
Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is set for a third fight against Dustin Poirier, who became the first man to knock out him out in January.
Francis Ngannou stops Miocic, claims UFC heavyweight title
Francis Ngannou has been the next big thing in the UFC heavyweight division for several years.
International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics
International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer's Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, organizers said Saturday, setting the...
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday after an epic, knife-edge battle with Red Bull's Max Verstappen over the final laps.
Red Bull's Verstappen grabs opening pole in Bahrain
Red Bull's Max Verstappen set himself up as favorite for the first race of the Formula One season after a perfect pole position in Bahrain Saturday.
In Saudi Arabia's west, classic muzzle-loading rifles are carefully prepared for the traditional "Taasheer" war dance, a striking display of leaping and gunpowder blasts.
World's priciest painting may be a Leonardo after all
The world's most expensive painting, the "Salvator Mundi," may be the work of Leonardo da Vinci after all, with several media reports contradicting doubts raised in a...
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenades Saudi ruin
An area roughly the size of Belgium, Al-Ula, with its Nabatean tombs and art chiselled into caramel-hued rock, is being groomed as the centrepiece of Saudi tourism...
If Ringo wants you to sing, could you say no?
The beloved Beatle dug into his contacts for help on the chorus of ‘Here’s to the Nights,’ his most recent song written by Diane Warren, and he recruited quite a choir....
BAFTAs pushes diversity at film awards
American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains...
Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old 'lost' city near Luxor
Archaeologists Saturday showed off their finds at what they say is the "largest" ancient city ever found in Egypt, dating to a golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago.
Exhibitor hopes to keep defaced artwork unfixed
After a South Korean couple accidentally vandalized his $440,000 painting JonOne, the artist, expressed a desire for his work to be restored in a way that won’t...
Spain blocks sale of possible Caravaggio painting
‘I have not seen the painting, but I was not convinced at all by the photo of it,’ said an old masters specialist. ‘We can’t be sure but ... I don’t see Caravaggio’s...
An area roughly the size of Belgium, Al-Ula, with its Nabatean tombs and art chiselled into caramel-hued rock, is being groomed as the centrepiece of Saudi tourism attractions
The joy of music returns for Grammy winners
The Grammys on Sunday broke through the Zoom trap that has bedeviled other awards shows with a surprisingly intimate evening that, at its best, felt like viewers were...
Music world taps ‘NFT’ digital goldrush
For many, it remains a baffling concept, but a NFT ('non-fungible token') essentially offers collectors proof that they 'own' a digital artwork by logging that...
American recession drama "Nomadland" and British coming-of-age story "Rocks" lead nominations at this weekend's BAFTA awards with seven nods each, but the race remains open with a list of contenders that shines the spotlight on diversity.
World’s priciest painting not really da Vinci
‘The request by “MBS” was very clear: Show the Salvator Mundi next to the Mona Lisa, and present it as 100 percent a da Vinci,’ the French official says, but his...
Reality TV show sparks anger in Algeria
‘Le DZ à Dubaï’ (‘DZ’ being Arabic shorthand for ‘Algeria’ or ‘Algerian’) brings together a group of Algerian social media influencers, former models and rappers in a...
The curtain falls on Italian film censorship
The most famous victim of the Italian censor was Bernardo Bertolucci’s steamy Oscar-nominated 1972 classic ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ all copies of which were destroyed...
Review: In 'Tina,' the final word from a legendary survivor
In the opening moments of the HBO documentary "Tina," Tina Turner doesn't just command the stage as she's belting out "Ask Me How I Feel" for a giant stadium of fans.
Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting.
United Arab Emirates names 2 new astronauts, including woman
The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program Saturday, including the country's first female astronaut.
AstraZeneca shot is good if safety issues can be overcome, Fauci says
U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine had good efficacy, but safety concerns needed to be straightened out and it might not...
US pauses J&J vaccine over rare blood clots
U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after six women under 50 who had received it developed rare...
Geneva watch expo goes digital before Shanghai switch
Geneva's international expo of fine watches opened Wednesday with an online 2021 edition before shifting next week to Shanghai, where the coronavirus is under control.
Pandemic lends modern twist to French vintage fashion sales
In Artcurial's auction house overlooking the shuttered boutiques of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, vintage fashion expert Clara Vivien is overseeing the sale of...
Say cheese! Cyprus's halloumi gets EU protected status
Cyprus is getting protected status for its prized halloumi, giving its producers the sole right to sell the rubbery cheese in the European Union.
Manousheh leaves tables in poverty-hit Lebanon
Scattering spinach and hot chilli onto fluffy flatbread in Lebanon's capital, 54-year-old Abu Shadi bemoans better times before the economic crisis when all Lebanese...
U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine had good efficacy, but safety concerns needed to be straightened out and it might not be needed for Americans because of supplies of other shots.
Coronavirus pandemic 'a long way from over', WHO's Tedros says
Confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health...
China considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines due to low efficacy rates
China's top disease control official has said the country is formally considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines, while acknowledging the efficacy of current vaccines was...
No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge
Even countries where vaccine rollouts are finally getting some momentum, infections, hospitalizations and deaths are surging
Seats filled for first all-civilian spaceflight crew
A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year...
NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years
NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid.
No cigar: Interstellar object is cookie-shaped planet shard
Our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar.
Pre-embryos made in lab could spur research, ethics debates
For the first time, scientists have used human cells to make structures that mimic the earliest stages of development, which they say will pave the way for more...
Major British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty from UK government plans for restarting international travel that were widely condemned by airlines.
The trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly in a Tokyo court is increasingly focusing on a rift between Nissan Motor Co.
UPDATE 1-Musk says Tesla would be shut down if its cars spied in China, elsewhere
Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk said on Saturday his company would be shut down if its cars were used to spy, his first comments on news that China's military has...
Volkswagen takes aim at Tesla with own European gigafactories
Volkswagen plans to build half a dozen battery cell plants in Europe and expand infrastructure for charging electric vehicles globally, accelerating efforts to overtake...
A fossil of a skunk-like mammal that lived during the age of dinosaurs has been discovered in Chilean Patagonia, adding further proof to recent evidence that mammals roamed that part of South America a lot earlier than previously thought.
In Tunis, flamingos wade past waste in key Africa wetlands
Hundreds of flamingos wade past waste in the murky waters of the vast Sijoumi lagoon, a critical wetland in the heart of Tunisia's capital threatened by overexpansion.
Saudi Arabia sees fields of green with major tree-planting drive
Saudi Arabia aims to plant 10 billion trees in the coming decades as part of an ambitious campaign unveiled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday to reduce...
'Alarm bells' as African elephants see sharp decline: conservationists
Decades of poaching and shrinking habitats have devastated elephant populations across Africa, conservationists said Thursday, warning that one sub-species found in...
Brazil’s military fails in key mission: halting Amazon deforestation
Two years ago, the Amazon was aflame, ravaged by arsonists and loggers.