“We have generated a space that allows people to imagine new possibilities of what Beirut could be.”
Five new ministers pick up the baton
Five new ministers in Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s 20-member Cabinet were sworn in Friday.
Dems say Trump blocked Ukraine funds, ‘got caught’
Democratic House prosecutors launched their final arguments Friday at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial insisting the president only released congressionally approved...
Locusts latest curse of E. Africa weather swings
Billions of locusts swarming through east Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and...
Absent Iran faces Western detente calls
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif skipped this year’s Davos, but Tehran was still a hot topic for many Western and Middle Eastern powers hoping for detente...
Hezbollah commander killed in Syria
A funeral was held in south Lebanon Friday for a field commander of Hezbollah, the group announced.
Health Ministry says H1N1 in season
Lebanon’s Health Ministry said Friday that the H1N1 virus season had begun and that the seasonal influenza virus is being carefully monitored on a weekly basis.
Water tanker flipped over by sinkhole on Beirut's Corniche
A water tanker flipped upside down Friday after it came across a sinkhole along the seaside road by Beirut’s Corniche near Raouche.
Democratic House prosecutors launched their final arguments Friday at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial insisting the president only released congressionally approved military money to Ukraine because he had “gotten caught” withholding it.
EU officials sign Brexit deal in closed door ceremony
The leaders of two of the European Union’s main institutions Friday signed the divorce agreement governing Britain’s departure from the bloc next week, sealing the...
Myanmar protecting Rohingya, ruling party says
Myanmar has put in place measures to protect Rohingya Muslims, a spokesman for the ruling party said Friday.
Trump impeachment prosecutor, Adam Schiff, is becoming Exhibit A in president's defense
The lawmaker walking U.S. senators methodically through the case for removing President Donald Trump from office is also becoming Exhibit A in efforts by the...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif skipped this year’s Davos, but Tehran was still a hot topic for many Western and Middle Eastern powers hoping for detente less than three weeks after the United States killed Iran’s top general.
Yemen’s front line port struggles to fight deadly fever
In the grounds of a bombed-out building in the port that has become the main front of Yemen’s war, workers use a hose mounted to a truck to suck up a green,...
EU calls Iran nuclear talks next month in bid to salvage deal
Brussels made a bid to buy more time to save the Iran nuclear deal Friday, calling a meeting for next month after Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process.
Some 38,000 flee homes in Aleppo: U.N.
Tens of thousands of civilians fled their homes in northwestern Syria last week in the face of intensified bombardment of rebel territory by pro-government forces, the...
Libyan central bank chief says oil blockade must be lifted
A blockade of major Libyan oil ports is damaging the economy and must be quickly resolved, the Tripoli-based central bank governor said Friday, adding that Libya could...
A stack of Lebanon’s dollar government bonds tumbled to record lows Friday, ahead of a meeting between the country’s new Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni and a top International Monetary Fund official.
What IMF bailout of Lebanon might entail
Lebanon’s new government must decide whether to seek help from the International Monetary Fund to help ease its financial crisis.
Some $6 million bribes secured Iraq oil deals
Maneuvering, manipulation and $6 million in bribes helped oil companies win contracts with Iraq in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s reign, U.K. prosecutors said on the...
Turkey lira competitive at current levels
Turkey’s lira “looks competitive” at around 5.70-5.90 against the dollar, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said in an interview with Nikkei newspaper.
Euro tumbles to seven-week lows
The euro weakened to a seven-week low Friday as lackluster PMI data added to the broader market belief that European Central Bank policymakers would maintain a loose...
Is debt rescheduling inevitable this year?
The newly formed government will probably consider the idea of rescheduing the public debt for the first time in Lebanon’s modern history as the financial crisis...
Lebanon's finance minister to meet IMF official on Saturday: Reuters
Can new Cabinet revive Lebanese economy?
After three months of political paralysis, Lebanon has finally formed a government under Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
Maneuvering, manipulation and $6 million in bribes helped oil companies win contracts with Iraq in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s reign, U.K. prosecutors said on the first day of opening arguments in a London corruption trial.
Saudi Arabia unlikely to exceed borrowing plan
Saudi Arabia may raise an additional $4 billion in international bonds this year, in line with its original plan, after the kingdom managed to reduce how much it pays...
BP pulls out of Iraq’s Kirkuk field
BP has pulled out of Iraq’s giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field’s expansion, dealing a fresh blow...
Aramco IPO proceeds to fund Saudi industry
Saudi Arabia will pump the proceeds from last month’s listing of oil giant Saudi Aramco into the local economy over several years, including building up the domestic...
The euro weakened to a seven-week low Friday as lackluster PMI data added to the broader market belief that European Central Bank policymakers would maintain a loose monetary policy for the near future.
U.K. business improves after polls
British companies are enjoying their best month in more than a year, a survey indicated on Friday, the strongest evidence yet of a post-election boost to the economy...
U.S.-Europe trade spat risks flare-up
The U.S. and Europe looked set for a renewed clash over everything from car tariffs to digital taxes in a sign that a new American focus was emerging following...
ECB holds rates, launches policy review
The European Central Bank has decided to launch a top-to-bottom review of how it steers the economy in the 19 countries that use the euro currency.
Former HSBC exec sues top bosses including ex-CEO
The ex-global head of currencies and commodities at HSBC Holdings Plc is suing four senior managers including its former chief executive and its top investment banker...
More than 4 million Lebanese have become hostages to the authorities and those behind the formation of a badly needed government, falsely branded as the Cabinet agreed upon by the prime-minister-designate and the president, as stipulated by the constitution.
Decade of hope awaits
The sunshine of a new decade is about to part the clouds of 2019, and Lebanon welcomes the new year with a new shawl.
U.S. debilitating Middle East obsession
“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” U.S. President Donald Trump declared in his 2019 State of the Union speech.
Finding Europe’s way in the world
The European Union, and particularly Germany, have yet to rise to the challenge posed by the United States’ retreat from global leadership.
FBI abused its powers with spying on Page
As America weighs abuses of power in this season of impeachment and trial, it’s worth taking a careful second look at the FBI’s behavior in its “Crossfire Hurricane”...
Making Europe a relevant player once again
It is increasingly clear that the European Union was not built to be a global actor. The EU is a strictly European idea, designed to bring peace and prosperity to a...
All the king’s men
It’s the season of joy, reflection and good will, with the air filled with warmth and humbleness, as we hand presents to our loved ones.
Cooperation in an unsettled new world
For much of the post-Cold-War era, issues like trade, scientific research and climate change were largely insulated from considerations of global competition.
Why AI will not abolish work
The diffusion of artificial intelligence across the economy has raised the possibility - and for many, the fear - that machines will eventually replace human work.
Putin’s meaningless coup
Vladimir Putin may be setting himself up to remain Russia’s leader well beyond the end of his presidency, to no one’s surprise. In his annual state-of-the-nation speech...
As America weighs abuses of power in this season of impeachment and trial, it’s worth taking a careful second look at the FBI’s behavior in its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016.
Impeachment brings clarity in rough days
Since Watergate, presidents and their aides have warned that impeachment is destabilizing to foreign policy.
Barcelona’s new era has started with two wins out of two but Saturday’s trip to Valencia will provide Quique Setien with his first true test and an opportunity to make his mark.
Klopp shrugs off ‘Inevitables’ tag
Jurgen Klopp has shrugged off the “Inevitables” tag as Liverpool take a break from their relentless pursuit of the Premier League title to focus on the FA Cup.
Williams, Osaka out, Federer survives
Serena Williams crashed out, 15-year-old Coco Gauff stunned Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer survived a five-set thriller as the form book went flying out of the window at...
Nadal, Kyrgios through in Australian Open
Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios reached the Australian Open third round Thursday after the weather-disrupted tournament faced a new challenge: dirty rain which left...
Pelicans’ Williamson thrills in NBA debut
New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson flashed some brilliance in his long-awaited NBA debut Wednesday, but the San Antonio Spurs spoiled the party at Smoothie King Center...
Moses reunites with Conte at Inter Milan
Victor Moses has signed for Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea, the Serie A club announced Thursday, reuniting the Nigeria international with former Blues coach Antonio...
Image problem? Woodward fights fan unrest
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward came under fire from supporters at Wednesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Burnley, with many venting frustration that he has been...
Klopp rules out Reds sales in transfer window
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no intention of allowing any of his players to leave the club in the January transfer window as he closes in on the Premier League title.
Serena Williams crashed out, 15-year-old Coco Gauff stunned Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer survived a five-set thriller as the form book went flying out of the window at the Australian Open Friday.
Serena and Federer into third round
Fifteen-year-old prodigy Coco Gauff set up an Australian Open blockbuster with defending champion Naomi Osaka Wednesday, as a pumped-up Serena Williams took another...
Nadal turns on style at Australian Open
Top seed Rafael Nadal turned on the style as he launched his bid for a record-equaling 20th Major title at the Australian Open Tuesday, but falling star Maria Sharapova...
Djokovic survives scare at Australian Open
Novak Djokovic survived a scare to join Roger Federer and Serena Williams in the Australian Open second round as heavy downpours caused chaos Monday, forcing organizers...
New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson flashed some brilliance in his long-awaited NBA debut Wednesday, but the San Antonio Spurs spoiled the party at Smoothie King Center with a 121-117 victory over the Pelicans.
Stern made the NBA what it is today
David Stern once predicted that the NBA would have a division in Europe within 10 years.
LeBron might miss time with groin injury
LeBron James aggravated a right groin injury in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 111-106 loss Wednesday and could be forced to miss some court time, ESPN...
Conor Mcgregor’s opening punch bloodied Donald Cerrone’s nose. He then floored Cerrone only 20 seconds into the bout with a perfectly placed kick to the head, and he mercilessly finished on the ground. When he paraded around the ring with an Irish flag on his shoulders to celebrate, the mixed martial arts world knew Mcgregor is back with a big bang.
Mahomes passes Chiefs past Texans
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a record-tying four touchdowns in the second quarter as the Kansas City Chiefs roared back from a 24-0 deficit and defeated the...
Titans stun Ravens, 49ers win in NFC
Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill shocked the top-ranked Baltimore Ravens with two early touchdown passes as the sixth-seeded Titans upset the Ravens 28-12 in an NFL...
Brady intends to play football in 2020
Tom Brady plans to play football this year. The 42-year-old quarterback of the New England Patriots gave his strongest indication yet that he’ll be in the NFL next...
Brady exits NFL playoffs with loss
Tom Brady walked off the field at the end of his 20th NFL season and said he plans to be back for another, when he will be 43 years old.
Max Verstappen has signed to stay at Red Bull until the end of 2023 in a clear vote of confidence in the former world champions’ Formula One title potential and their Honda partnership.
Galerie Tanit’s latest offering, “Old Friends,” gathers the works of French photographer Frank Christen, who’s fascination with Lebanese trees keeps bringing him back.
‘Sesame Street’ comforts Syrian children
“Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse.
Arab films in running at Oscars to focus on Syria
When the 2020 Oscar ceremonies start flickering across the few million television screens in a couple of weeks, there will be two Arab films in contention.
‘Great Gatsby’ copyright to end in 2021
For decades, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and other characters from “The Great Gatsby” have been as real to millions of readers as people in their own lives, exemplars...
An homage to a homeland
Agial Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Mother Earth,” spotlights Syrian artist Anas Albraehe’s recent series, revolving around representations of rural workers in...
A computer program can identify breast cancer from routine scans with greater accuracy than human experts, researchers said in what they hoped could prove a breakthrough in the fight against the global killer.
Thousands flee Australia fires, navy helps with evacuation
Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia’s east coast Thursday as bushfires approached, and military ships and helicopters began rescuing...
Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia’s east coast Thursday as bushfires approached, and military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands more trapped by the raging blazes.