A military judge Thursday refused to provide the defense attorneys for the two people implicated in framing Ziad Itani footage of the actor’s interrogation by State Security.
Ministers provide bank statements to top court
Several ministers Thursday presented banks statements and lists of their property to the Constitutional Council, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Bulgaria breaks up major phone scam ring
Bulgarian prosecutors and police on Thursday busted a major phone scam, the latest example of a type of fraud which robs hundreds of mostly elderly Bulgarians of their...
In Indonesia's election, the winner is Widodo - and Islam
Two months before this week's presidential election in Indonesia, prize-winning novelist Eka Kurniawan declared in an opinion column that "the Islamists have already...
Saudi Arabia, Iraq to cooperate on security, intelligence
Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television cited Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali...
Hariri heads to Riyadh
Prime Minister Saad Hariri left Beirut for Riyadh Thursday, a statement from the premier's office said.
Aoun determined to have budget passed soon: Kanaan
President Michel Aoun is determined to have the draft budget passed at the nearest opportunity, and considers discussed proposals for the budget to be “just ideas,” MP...
Lebanon falls to 101st in press freedom index
Lebanon fell one place in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, according to the annual ranking from Reporters Without Borders.
Bulgarian prosecutors and police on Thursday busted a major phone scam, the latest example of a type of fraud which robs hundreds of mostly elderly Bulgarians of their life savings every year.
NKorea's Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April: Kremlin
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in late April for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said Thursday.
NKorea wants Pompeo removed from nuclear talks: KCNA
North Korea Thursday demanded the removal of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, accusing him of derailing...
2nd phase of voting begins in India with Kashmir in lockdown
Voting began in the second phase of India's general elections Thursday amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television cited Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim as saying, as Riyadh woos Baghdad to stem the influence of regional rival Iran.
UN voices alarm at Bahrain decision to strip 138 of nationality
The U.N. human rights chief expressed alarm Thursday at Bahrain's decision this week to revoke the citizenship of 138 people convicted in a mass trial of planning an...
Several thousand foreign children languish in Syria camp: UN
Around 2,500 foreign children are stuck in a guarded section of a Syrian camp after fleeing Daesh's last stronghold, a senior United Nations official said Thursday,...
Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded
Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino,...
Army shelling kills 10 in Syria's Idlib: activist group
Regime shelling killed 10 civilians in Syria's militant-controlled Idlib region Thursday, in the latest violence to threaten a seven-month-old truce, an activist group...
Lebanese ministers reasserted Wednesday the government’s strong commitment to carry out reforms that will be “painful but imperative.”
Lebanon prepares to issue $2.5-3B in Eurobonds on May 20: finance minister
World Bank urges fix to Israel-PA tax standoff
The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening economic crisis in the occupied West Bank if the Palestinian Authority and Israel do not resolve a dispute over tax...
U.S. to tie Iran sanctions review to Saudi moves
The White House will have to weigh costs and benefits carefully before tightening sanctions on Iran and Venezuela further - and decide whether the economic price is...
Fish on $20B EU tariff list over plane subsidies
ors, shovels and fish are part of an 11-page list of U.S. imports worth $20 billion that the European Union Wednesday said it could hit with tariffs in a trans-Atlantic...
Consumer confidence fails to pick up
Consumer confidence remained below expectations in the first quarter of 2019 despite the formation of the Cabinet and the pledge to implement reforms, according to the...
JPMorgan sees rise in Lebanon’s downside risk
A leading international investment bank has seen significant downside risks in Lebanon despite an expected slight improvement in growth in 2019.
Parties, unions reject cutting civil servant pay
Infuriated political parties and trade unions have called on authorities to look for other means of reducing the budget deficit after Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s...
The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening economic crisis in the occupied West Bank if the Palestinian Authority and Israel do not resolve a dispute over tax transfers.
Turkey looking at new trade mechanisms with Iran to avoid US sanctions
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday Turkey is looking into establishing new trade mechanisms with Iran, like the INSTEX system set up by European countries...
Sudan's military council orders seizure of 'suspect' funds
Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize "suspect" funds, state news agency SUNA...
Iran oil buyers stay on sidelines
The biggest buyers of Iranian oil are said to be putting their purchases on hold as they wait to see whether the U.S. will extend waivers allowing them to keep buying...
ors, shovels and fish are part of an 11-page list of U.S. imports worth $20 billion that the European Union Wednesday said it could hit with tariffs in a trans-Atlantic aircraft subsidy dispute.
U.S. trade deficit hits eight-month low
The U.S. trade deficit fell to an eight-month low in February as imports from China plunged, suggesting President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda was starting to...
New EU rules put spotlight on Google, Facebook
Google and Amazon will have to tell companies how they rank products on their platforms while Facebook and other tech firms will have to be more transparent about their...
Basque Country boosts fragile Spanish economy
At his factory in Elgoibar in Spain’s northern Basque Country, Pello Rodriguez stops before an imposing machine tool that is used to shape metal for products such as...
US lifts ban on US lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba on May 2
The United States on May 2 will lift a ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms doing business in Cuba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.
Lebanon is hurtling toward economic disaster, and none will be saved if the country tips over the edge.
Reward of valor
The jubilation and celebrations of the Sudanese people after forcing Omar al-Bashir to quit was short-lived, with the army announcing that the dictator would be...
Will free trade make Africans sick?
Earlier this month, Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The closing of the Chinese mind
Lou Jiwei may not be a household name in the West, but the former Chinese finance minister is well-known and highly respected among financiers and economic policymakers.
Does Assange merit First Amendment protection?
Is Julian Assange a journalist?
Farewell M.E. peace
Israelis, who day in day out proclaim that their system of government is the only democracy in the region, have delivered a blow to democracy, justice and peace.
Partners in crime
Benjamin Netanyahu has never aspired for peace with the Palestinians, as was made amply clear in an ad preceding the upcoming polls that featured footage of him telling...
Gifts to Netanyahu
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that both the U.S. and Russia are united in their quest to see Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Israeli prime minister in next...
Putin’s art of the purge brings back memories
High-level political purges are gathering pace in Russia.
Women shaping the peace deal
As rapidly as musical sequence leading up to a classic sonata, the world is building momentum toward the upcoming 20th anniversary of the U.N. Security Council...
Peaceful coexistence 2.0 is desperately needed
The world economy desperately needs a plan for “peaceful coexistence” between the United States and China.
Trump’s Iran sanctions could backfire
The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran assumes that economic sanctions are weakening the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and that more...
Private-equity fund sparks entrepreneurs in Egypt
You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade.
Moscow shouldn’t misjudge the Mueller moment
Russian claims this week that they’ve been exonerated by Robert Mueller’s final report make my skin crawl.
What’s wrong with today’s gender equality agenda?
Fifteen years ago, I embarked on the human rights journey, as a practitioner, when I first joined the United Nations.
Beirut held their nerve late in the game to see off defending Lebanese Basketball League champions Homenetmen 76-72 Wednesday and knot their best-of-five Final Four series at 1-1.
Spurs survive seven-goal thriller, end City quest
Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semifinals on away goals as a...
Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win
Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Djokovic survives Kohlschreiber scare
Novak Djokovic was severely tested before securing a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber to survive his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday. The...
Clippers stun Warriors with biggest comeback
The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time...
Salah shines as clinical Liverpool see off Porto
A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg...
Reality bites in Barcelona as Man Utd remain miles behind
This time there was no Manchester United Champions League miracle at the Camp Nou as the magic of Lionel Messi and the visitors' mistakes helped Barcelona cruise into...
Ajax eliminate Juve with scintillating display
Ajax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus Tuesday and...
Federer beats Isner in Miami for 101st title
Roger Federer lifted the 101st title of his remarkable career Sunday, beating ATP Miami Open defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in just 63 minutes.
Roger Federer shines on a soggy day at the Miami Open
Ashleigh Barty waited six hours to get her spot in the Miami Open women's final. Denis Shapovalov needed to pull off yet another comeback to earn his berth into the...
Kvitova attacker gets eight-year prison sentence
An attacker who stabbed two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her home was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison by a Czech regional court, a court...
The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Lou Williams scored 36 points and Montrezl Harrell nailed a couple of clutch late free throws as the Clippers surprised even themselves to square the first round playoff series at 1-1.
Champville collapse, Riyadi close in on finals
Champville blew a seven-point, fourth-quarter lead before losing to Riyadi 68-65 in Manara Tuesday to go 2-0 down in their best-of-five Final Four series. Riyadi...
Murray inspires Nuggets as Raptors, Blazers win
Jamal Murray led a dramatic late fightback as the Denver Nuggets scored a series-levelling 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday in their Western...
Homenetmen take 1-0 lead over Beirut
Homenetmen overcame a sluggish first quarter before storming past Beirut Club 98-80 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series Monday.
Antetokounmpo shines as Bucks obliterate Pistons
Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in only 23 minutes as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the visiting Detroit Pistons...
Belgian Victor Campenaerts set a new one-hour world record for distance covered on a track Tuesday with 55.089 km (approximately 34 miles), edging past the previous record set by British great Bradley Wiggins.
Nicklaus major record in play again for Woods
The Tiger Woods major watch, stagnant for so long that it had almost been abandoned, is back on and Jack Nicklaus might yet be proved correct. As the years ticked by...
Kenya's Cherono wins men's Boston Marathon
The two-time Boston Marathon champion turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two others with the finish line in sight.
Poirier beats Holloway for interim title
Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the...
McIlroy powers into Masters, Woods lies in wait
Rory McIlroy is in fearsome form as he arrives at Augusta National chasing a rare career Grand Slam, but a renewed Tiger Woods could have something to say about the...
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the Formula One standings Sunday with a comfortable victory in China that ticked off two more milestones in an already stellar career.
Hamilton wins 1,000th race in Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One grand prix Sunday after grabbing the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner and powering to victory...
Bottas edges Vettel to set the pace in China
Valtteri Bottas edged out Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Grand Prix Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari in Bahrain
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari Tuesday at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father...
As ever, expect the unexpected in Formula One
Formula One has been criticized for being altogether too predictable in the past but not so far this season, even if Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the podium in...
In St. Catherine’s Monastery, at the foot of Egypt’s Mount Sinai, the silence in the library is broken only by low electrical humming, as an early manuscript is bathed in green light.
Tales of walls and tunnels in the desert
If you’re looking for a resonant point of departure for contemporary art, you could do worse than Dura Europos.
Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure enter Rock Hall of Fame
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet...
'Game of Thrones' sets sets a viewership record for HBO
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that...
Arab, international stars honored at Murex d’Or awards
Artists and celebrities from Lebanon, the Arab world and beyond were honored in a range of categories in acting, singing and entertainment at the 19th annual Murex d'Or...
Aretha Franklin, Richard Powers win Pulitzers
Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.”
2019 winners and finalists in journalism
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in journalism.
A leafy theater for exploring borders
Kenan Nuraydin paces up and down a water hose that’s been stretched out along the grass. He stops, pausing at a carefully selected point and fixes a cable tie around...
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while pop icon Janet Jackson entered the shrine in an induction many industry insiders consider long overdue.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.
Live-action 'Dumbo' struggles to soar at box office
Disney's "Dumbo" isn't exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have.
Their faces contorted by the effort needed to lift 200 kilograms or more, these burly competitors keep alive one of the traditional sports of Spain’s rural north one heavy stone at a time.
New York considers banning sale of fur
A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk
Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions...
Pot vs. tobacco: What science says
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public...
May the shopping be with you: French supermarket tests robot delivery
Four decades after R2-D2 delivered a vital message from Princess Leia in the hit movie "Star Wars," a French supermarket group plans to use robots inspired by the...
Hungary winemaker aims to revive royal heritage
A Hungarian winemaker in the Tokaj region known for its golden dessert wine is selling a vintage for $40,000 a bottle, hoping to revive the royal heritage of a wine...
For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors
At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday.
Women ‘better at hiding infidelity’
You can’t hide your lying eyes: Scientists have revealed that women can judge whether a man is likely to be unfaithful just by looking at his face but men are less able...
Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate.
A step to saving fertility of boys with cancer
Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility - and the proof is the first monkey born from the...
Four decades after R2-D2 delivered a vital message from Princess Leia in the hit movie "Star Wars," a French supermarket group plans to use robots inspired by the drum-shaped droid to transport food to customers in Paris.
Seeing the unseeable: First photo of black hole
Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.
How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX
Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation.
Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board
Google Thursday confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership.
Saddled with long dark winters at home, Swedes have for decades been frequent flyers seeking out sunnier climes, but a growing number are changing their ways because of air travel’s impact on the climate.
Poacher crushed by elephant, devoured by lions in South Africa
A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and his body was devoured by lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, officials said Monday.
Province to ban single use plastics: Egyptian official
An Egyptian official says his Red Sea province will impose a ban on disposable plastics, prohibiting everything from single use straws to plastic bags in an effort to...
Drought wipes Chilean lake off the map
The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass.