Lebanon registered 21 more coronavirus deaths and 600 new cases over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Friday, as the Caretaker Health Minister revealed hugely ambitious plans to boost the number of COVID-19 vaccinations taking place to 200,000 a week from next month.
Le Drian delivers tough message to Lebanese leaders
Le Drian delivered a tough message to Lebanese leaders during a one-day visit to Beirut, that Paris was fed up with the country's political class that has failed to...
PM Johnson's party sweeps aside Labor in northern English town
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won a new seat in parliament Friday, ousting the Labor Party with a sweeping victory.
Talks 'intensify' on bringing US back to Iran deal
World powers held a fourth round of high-level talks Friday aimed at bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, with both sides signaling a...
Erdogan says Turkey wants to expand Egypt talks
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday said Turkey wanted to reinforce efforts to restore the "historic" friendship with Egypt, after the two regional rivals held their...
French FM meets PM-designate Hariri in Beirut
Le Drian holding previously unannounced talks with Hariri at Pines palace.
Lebanon records 25 virus deaths, 1,017 cases
Lebanon registered 25 more coronavirus deaths and 1,017 new cases, the Health Ministry said Thursday.
Le Drian says punitive measures 'only the beginning'
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday he would carry a strongly worded message to Lebanese politicians when he visits Beirut on Thursday.
Taliban capture key Afghan dam as fighting rages
The Taliban have captured Afghanistan's second-biggest dam after months of fierce fighting in their former bastion of Kandahar, the insurgents and officials said...
France, Britain send patrol boats to Jersey in post-Brexit fishing row
France and Britain deployed maritime patrol vessels to the waters off the Channel island of Jersey on Thursday as a dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights escalated.
Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4
President Joe Biden set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth as he tackles the vexing problem of winning over...
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday said Turkey wanted to reinforce efforts to restore the "historic" friendship with Egypt, after the two regional rivals held their first direct talks in eight years.
India's disaster hangs over countries facing COVID-19 surges
Countries worldwide wrestling with new coronavirus surges are trying to ensure they aren’t hit by an India-style disaster.
Syrian shepherds suffer with grazing lands a no-go zone
Syrian farmer Mohammad Saasaani grew up grazing sheep in the vast Badia rangelands, but today they are rife with jihadists, a place too dangerous to take the herd.
Possible Israel war crimes in land right case: UN
The United Nations urged Israel on Friday to call off any forced evictions in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, warning actions could amount to "war crimes".
Saudi walks diplomatic high wire on Iran, Yemen
After years of proxy warfare, Saudi Arabia's secret talks with arch-rival Iran signal a high-wire diplomatic act as it scrambles to rein in Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels,...
The Lebanese pound was stable against the dollar on the black market, trading at LL12,400, as dealers waited for the outcome of Le Drian's mission in Beirut
Audi: Orderly restructuring based on IMF program
Bank Audi proposed Wednesday an orderly restructuring in Lebanon based on the International Monetary Fund Program to exit the current financial crisis.
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.
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.
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...
ABL regrets 'ruthless campaign' against banks
The Association of Banks in Lebanon on Tuesday regretted the recent judicial decisions that targeted some Lebanese banks, warning that such campaigns would cause damage...
Diab: Parliament, BDL must find $1.2B to fund ration cards
Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab revealed Monday that the cost for the subsidy card for Lebanese families would be $1.2 billion annually, stressing that it was up...
Cabinet to introduce subsidy card bill to Parliament
The caretaker government is set to introduce a bill to the Parliament in few days calling for the creation of a subsidy card to nearly 750,000 families in bid alleviate...
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 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...
Saudi Red Sea project secures $3.8 billion 'green' loan for new hotels
Saudi Arabia's flagship tourism project developer, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), has raised a 14.12 billion-riyal ($3.77 billion) 'green' loan from four...
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 a result of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines.
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.
Europe's oil majors leave pandemic blues behind
Europe's major energy companies profited from a rise in oil prices to report big increases in first-quarter earnings on Thursday, putting the worst of the...
Bankers call for more bang to Britain's big finance fightback
Shortly after Britain left the European Union, finance minister Rishi Sunak pledged a series of measures he dubbed "Big Bang 2.
OPEC+ sticks to plan to ease oil output cuts from May 1, sources say
OPEC, Russia and their allies will stick to plans for a phased easing of oil production restrictions from May to July amid upbeat forecasts for a recovery in global...
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 stances, actions and policies.
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...
A leaked recording could aid Iran’s reformers
In some respects, Iran’s politics function a lot like more-established democracies: there are rival power factions, leaks to friendly media outlets and murky press...
Lebanon’s social explosion dilemma
The grievances and sense of insecurity are surging to the peak where the state is trapped with no concrete road map to exit from complex crises.
There have been some tough times for Arsenal since Arsene Wenger ended his long reign as manager in 2018 but there was always something to cling to for the fans, a glimmer of hope despite the nagging sense of decline.
Guardiola says Champions League final not on his mind
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's Premier League clash with Chelsea Saturday will not have any bearing on the Champions League final between the two sides later this...
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.
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.
Manchester United and Villarreal in Europa League final
Manchester United and Villarreal will face off in the Europa League final after completing respective last-four wins over Roma and Arsenal Thursday.
Liverpool's top-four chance may have gone: Klopp
Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League may be over with the club languishing seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Chelsea dominate Real Madrid to set up all-English CL final
Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount beat Real Madrid 2-0 Wednesday to seal a 3-1...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Japan hails 'bright news' of Matsuyama's Masters win
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...
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 points after three races.
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 shortlist is comprised of Array Collective, a group of Belfast-based artists; Black Obsidian Sound System, a London-based collective of radical art activists; Cooking Sections, a London duo creating food-inspired art installations; Gentle/Radical, a Welsh collective using art for social change; and Project Art Works based in the south of England
A new stage promised for Rome’s Colosseum
The new stage will allow visitors to stand in the center and view the Colosseum’s vaulted walls as they would have been seen by gladiators in ancient Rome
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....
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”...
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....
In Mexico, ancient Maya cave reveals mysterious painted hand prints
Dozens of black and red hand prints cover the walls of a cave in Mexico, believed to be associated with a coming-of-age ritual of the ancient Maya, according to an...
Italy recovers over 500,000 stolen antiquities
The vast majority of the 501,574 items were antiquities, archives or books, but the total also included 17,596 archaeological and palaeontological works taken from...
Hopeful Samsung heirs donate massive art trove
Sidestepping questions on whether he thought Samsung was trying to create a positive atmosphere for the jailed Lee Jae-yong to be pardoned, South Korean Culture...
‘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. There’s nothing else. You have to use your resources wisely.’
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...
Italian piano maker sees craft threatened
The 58-year-old fears his ancient trade could disappear entirely in Italy, the country that invented the pianoforte at the end of the 17th century, largely due to the...
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. They are later freed by other actors playing Iraqi security forces
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...
‘Limbo’ breaks the refugee movie mould
The film is based on Sharrock’s own experience of studying and living in Arab countries, visiting refugee camps, and rooted in the fact that asylum-seekers are often...
Review: Family and robots in ‘Mitchells vs the Machines’
This cartoon manages to spin through a sincere father-daughter relationship, our technology addictions, Instagram jealousy and general feelings of inadequacy while...
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 an entity linked to real estate purchases and sales made by Kardashian and Kanye West in the United States
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,’...
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...
EU regulator reviews reports of rare nerve disorder after AstraZeneca shot
Europe's medicines regulator reports a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who have received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.
US backs vaccine patent waiver as India sees record Covid deaths
The United States threw its weight behind a waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines as India Thursday posted record deaths and infections from a catastrophic...
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.
At Tehran garage, Iranian woman polishes cars and her dreams
It’s a men's-only club in the tangle of auto repair shops on the traffic-clogged streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran.
'We are all the same': Barcelona church opens doors to Ramadan dinners
With COVID-19 restrictions preventing Barcelona's Islamic population from celebrating Ramadan at the usual indoor venues, a Catholic church has offered up its open-air...
When you've got to go, Paris toilets are an elusive prize
With cafes, bars and museums closed to combat the coronavirus outbreak, Parisians are learning what tourists have long known -- finding a public toilet in the French...
Pfizer, BioNTech to provide COVID-19 vaccine to Olympic athletes
Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said on Thursday they would donate doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to help vaccinate athletes and their delegations...
India posts record daily COVID-19 deaths, delegates test positive at G7 meet
India accounted for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide last week, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, as the south Asian nation's deaths...
UN program inks Moderna deal on 500M doses, starting in Q4
U.S. biotech company Moderna will provide up to 500 million doses for the U.N.-backed program to ship coronavirus vaccines to needy people in low- and middle-income...
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.
UAE partners with Japan's iSpace to send rover to the moon in 2022
Lunar exploration company iSpace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion...
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...
Airlines blast Britain's travel restart plan, Jet2 cancels holidays until June
Major British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty from UK government plans for restarting international travel that...
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...