U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he regretted Lebanon’s absence from an Iran-focused summit held in Warsaw earlier this week, especially given that Iran is “in Lebanon under the guise of Hezbollah.”
Cabinet wins confidence in 111-6 vote
Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s third government received overwhelming confidence Friday in a late-night vote on the third day of often-divisive discussions on his...
University building partly collapses in St Petersburg
Russian emergency services have reported no casualties after a university building in the city of St Petersburg partly collapsed during renovation work on Saturday,...
Former US Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes
Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the...
Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day
Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many...
Officials vow to up airport security after audit
Lebanon’s transportation and interior ministers vowed Friday to try to bring Beirut’s airport into compliance with global security standards, as recommended by the...
ISF did not cause Wahhab guard death: prosecutor
Internal Security Forces personnel were not responsible for the death of Wiam Wahhab’s bodyguard during clashes at the former minister’s home in the Chouf village of...
Hariri vows to prevent Cabinet obstruction
Prime Minister Saad Hariri reaffirmed his commitment to the Taif Accord, the CEDRE reforms and the dissociation policy, while rejecting attempts to obstruct the new...
Russian emergency services have reported no casualties after a university building in the city of St Petersburg partly collapsed during renovation work on Saturday, Interfax news agency reported.
India's newly launched fast train hits cattle hurdle
India's first semi-high speed train broke down Saturday after colliding with a cow on the tracks, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new passenger...
Trump declares national emergency for border wall
U.S. President Donald Trump Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action...
Thai lady with dementia returns after 640-km walk
A 59-year-old Thai woman with dementia who left home eight months ago to see her son nearby, only to apparently walk 640 kilometers into China, arrived back in the...
Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many Pakistanis, who were preparing to welcome the Saudi delegation amid extraordinary security in the capital.
7 Daesh militants killed, 15 military personnel killed or wounded in N. Sinai: military
Seven militants were killed and 15 Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded Saturday in a clash in North Sinai, the Egyptian military said.
Afghan Taliban likely to meet Saudi crown prince in Pakistan: sources
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is likely to meet Afghan Taliban representatives during his visit to Pakistan starting Sunday, Pakistani government...
Push on Daesh enclave blunted by civilians
The offensive on the last enclave held by Daesh (ISIS) in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with...
Pompeo, Mogherini meet after Pence’s Iran claims
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the EU’s top diplomat discussed global conflicts after Vice President Mike Pence accused European allies of trying to undermine...
Bank of Beirut Tuesday took further steps toward improving transparency by signing the Investors for Governance and Integrity Declaration.
Lebanon looks past Qatar’s $500M to Arab states
Lebanon anticipates allies will help it maintain the pound’s stability by depositing money with its Central Bank, Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani said Sunday.
South Africa arrests former envoy over MTN scandal
South African police arrested a former ambassador to Iran on corruption charges related to the award of a mobile-phone license to MTN Group Ltd. after it was initially...
NBA, US Tennis, Sky, urge US action on alleged Saudi TV piracy
A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add...
Wall Street titans differ on Brexit predictions
As the United Kingdom’s Brexit crisis deepens, two of the titans of Wall Street have starkly different views of the ultimate outcome: Goldman Sachs sees a 50-percent...
Deputy PM: Lebanon could soon receive 'large deposits'
Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani said Sunday that Lebanon could receive significant bank deposits from allies soon.
Digitization in Lebanon scores high on business
Although digitization in Lebanon generally fares well compared to other countries in the MENA region, this system has not yet been fully embraced by most sectors in the...
Bank Audi projects 2.5 pct GDP growth in 2019
Bank Audi has projected 2.5 percent GDP growth for Lebanon in 2019, heartened by the country’s formation of a government and promised reforms.
South African police arrested a former ambassador to Iran on corruption charges related to the award of a mobile-phone license to MTN Group Ltd. after it was initially given to Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri.
Deutsche Bank seeks to rebuild in Middle East
Deutsche Bank AG aims to rebuild in the Middle East after years of cost cutting and has hired executives to help win debt and advisory deals.
Iran-backed groups corner Iraq scrap market
The wrecks of vehicles used by Daesh (ISIS) militants as car bombs and other metal debris left by the war in Iraq are now helping fund their Iran-backed enemies,...
Saudi wealth fund plans U.S. office in tech push
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is following its peers in Abu Dhabi and Qatar by opening an office in the U.S. tech hub of San Francisco.
As the United Kingdom’s Brexit crisis deepens, two of the titans of Wall Street have starkly different views of the ultimate outcome: Goldman Sachs sees a 50-percent probability of a ratified deal while JPMorgan sees a delay.
Amazon’s NY exit could scare off tech firms
Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine’s Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about...
Renault chairman meets Nissan to ease tensions
Carlos Ghosn’s successor as Renault SA’s chairman made his first visit to auto alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. in Japan, starting his bid to mend the relationship...
Progress in US-China trade talks sparks world stock rally
Progress in the U.S.-China trade talks helped send world stock markets broadly higher on Friday and pulled investors out of the safety of government bonds.
Europeans $100B short of NATO spending pledge: study
Europe would need to boost defense spending by more than $100 billion to hit the NATO spending pledge that has stirred much anger by U.S. President Donald Trump, a...
As we mark the passing of 14 years since Lebanon tragically lost one of its greatest statesmen in the most heinous manner, we can’t help but recognize that after all these years the ripples of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s legacy continue to resonate not only in the country’s political scene but also in its societal and economic essence.
Focus on reforms
For months politicians have complained about the absence of a platform to air their views and grievances.
Apartheid is not peace: Palestine needs justice
Since Dec. 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has recognized occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, closed the Palestinian mission in Washington,...
Climate between oil and meat
While oil-producing countries did not object, this time, to reducing carbon emissions by enhancing efficiency and introducing renewable and clean sources as a key...
Democracy that goes beyond voting and protests
For over a decade now, we have witnessed more elections and, simultaneously, less democracy.
A promise of peace
The fact that Pope Francis chose this moment in history to embark on the first-ever visit by any pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula is weighty, especially as in past...
The U.S. announced Friday that USAID assistance to the occupied West Bank and Gaza had ceased, after a change in U.S. legislation that the Palestinian Authority feared...
Time to get moving
At long last we have a new Cabinet and a promise of good tidings.
Since Dec. 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has recognized occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, closed the Palestinian mission in Washington, D.C., moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and defunded humanitarian support provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, among other steps.
Europe, please wake up
Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet...
The key hurdle to economic prosperity? Good jobs
Around the world today, the central challenge for achieving inclusive economic prosperity is the creation of sufficient numbers of “good jobs.”
Google, fake news and the crisis of truth
Invited by Google Europe to attend a brainstorming session in Paris on the decline of truth, the rise of fake news, and ways to counter both, I began my presentation by...
Trump’s red line is turning blue
President Donald Trump has been insisting for so long that any investigation of his personal finances would cross a “red line” that people may have overlooked the...
Playing a dangerous game of chicken with Europe
The game of chicken is simple to describe but dangerous to play.
Trump’s summit with Kim could lead to safer world
The showy first summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last June was draped in flags and bunting, but the decoration covered what...
Trump stumbling to vainglorious Mideast retreat
Iraqi President Barham Salih measured his words in a telephone interview from Baghdad Monday.
Ansar’s superb form showed no signs of slowing as they ushered in the newly refurbished Beirut Municipal Stadium with a thumping 4-0 win over Salam Zgharta in the Lebanese Premier League Friday.
Barca put faith in coach, extending contract
Barcelona have extended coach Ernesto Valverde’s contract by another year until the end of the 2019-20 season with an option for one more year, the La Liga champions...
Kvitova tells court of knife attack
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leaving blood...
New Davis Cup era set to dawn in Madrid
The Davis Cup starts a new era this weekend as the revamped team competition kicks off with 12 qualifying-round ties spread across the globe to decide which nations...
Ten things to know going into the NBA All-Star
With All-Star festivities set to officially beginning Friday, here are 10 things to know going into the weekend.
Martial, Lingard set to miss key matches
Manchester United will be without Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for Monday’s FA Cup clash at Chelsea with both sidelined for up to three weeks after picking up...
Napoli bid farewell to club legend Hamsik
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik brought the curtain down on his 12-year career at the club and Friday the team paid tribute to the Slovak star as he prepares to move to...
Gerrard in favor of paying to tear up plastic pitches
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has backed calls from Scottish players' union to ban plastic pitches from the Scottish Premiership and is even open to his club and...
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leaving blood everywhere, during an attack at her home in December 2016.
Murray has hip surgery to prolong career
Andy Murray has undergone hip resurfacing surgery in London, the British tennis great told Instagram followers Tuesday.
Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals
Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to embrace the chase. Already at 15 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now only two majors behind Rafael Nadal’s total of 17, and...
Djokovic hails Nadal rout as his best slam final
Novak Djokovic said he played his “best final in a Grand Slam” to win a record magnificent seventh Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 rout of Rafael Nadal Sunday.
Khatib fires Champville to top of the table
Champville took sole control of the top spot Sunday after a narrow 83-79 win over Byblos in the Lebanese Basketball League.
Riyadi suffer consecutive losses
Riyadi Friday squandered the chance to take top spot of the Lebanese Basketball League following an 80-75 loss to Beirut Club. The 27-time champions were reeling after...
James returns from longest injury absence to spark Lakers to victory
LeBron James made a triumphant return to the court Thursday, breathing new life into the floundering Los Angeles Lakers with a 123-120 overtime victory over the Los...
Homenetmen coast past Hoops
Walter Hodge and Mike Efevberha combined for 49 points as the Homenetmen dispatched Hoops 87-71 to move level with Riyadi and Champville at the top the Lebanese...
The South African government Friday threw its weight behind Olympic 800 meters champion Caster Semenya ahead of next week’s landmark hearing on proposed rules that aim to restrict testosterone levels in female athletes.
Global esports revenues to top $1B in 2019: report
Global esports revenues will hit $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent since last year amid ballooning revenues from advertising, sponsorship and media rights to...
England hammer France 44-8 in Six Nations
England thrashed France 44-8 in a Six Nations international at Twickenham Sunday.
Russia's Paralympic doping suspension lifted
Russia will rejoin the Paralympics after a suspension of more than two years for widespread doping, the International Paralympic Committee said Friday.
Porn website to sponsor French rugby match
French rugby club US Carcassonne announced Thursday that a porn website will be the match sponsor for their game against Biarritz next month.
Ferrari turned a page on their recent past Friday as they unveiled the Formula One car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dreams of a sixth championship this season.
Hamilton hungry as new Mercedes makes track debut
Formula One champions Mercedes ran their new car for the first time at Silverstone Wednesday with title holder Lewis Hamilton saying he felt 2019 could turn out even...
Qatar’s beIN says not renewing F1 contract
Qatar-based beIN Sports announced Friday that it had decided not to renew a contract for the rights to broadcast Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa as a...
George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro Thursday joined a growing protest in Hollywood over plans by Oscars organizers to some awards during commercial breaks at next week’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Syrians use playback theater to heal trauma
The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother’s kidnapping in the early years of her country’s civil war, wiping away tears as she...
Ariana Grande a no-show despite winning first Grammy Award
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn't collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show's...
Dilemma of having a R. Kelly-penned hit: Sing it or sink it?
For Grammy-nominated singer Joe, singing the hit song R. Kelly wrote and produced for him is out of the question.
Marvel to make four animated superhero series for Hulu
Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel superhero studio will produce four new adult-oriented animated series for the Hulu streaming service, Hulu said Monday.
'Narcos' star unveils 'first resistance film' of Bolsonaro era
"Narcos" star Wagner Moura premiered his new movie about a 1960s resistance hero Friday, calling it the first Brazilian blockbuster to attack state repression since...
All is pretty good in ‘The LEGO Movie 2’
“The LEGO Movie” is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it’s no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality.
New Picasso? Meet Ai-Da, the robot artist
Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn't collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show's producer.
Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died
Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis – and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many...
'The Favourite,' 'Roma' win big at BAFTA
Tragicomic royal drama "The Favourite" and Mexican family memoir "Roma" split the honors with multiple wins each at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards – victories...
'Big Bang Theory' gets honor as series nears its end
Champagne briefly replaced scripts Thursday for a ceremony renaming the nondescript Stage 25 on the sprawling Warner Bros. production lot after the sitcom "The Big Bang...
'Roma' wins best Latin American film award
Mexican film "Roma," which is tipped for Oscars glory, was Saturday named best Latin American picture at the Goyas, the main Spanish film awards held in Seville.
An ode to Springsteen in ‘Blinded by the Light’
“Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha certainly knows about being a Bruce Springsteen fan, having seen The Boss at Wembley Stadium in 1984 where she proudly...
U.K. hip-hop stars have paid tribute to rising rapper Cadet, who was killed in a car crash early Saturday on the way to a performance in central England.
British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82
Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich," has died at the age of 82, a family...
Liam Neeson admits he wanted to kill after friend was raped
Liam Neeson has said he is ashamed to admit he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped.
Beyonce, Jay-Z offer chance of lifetime tickets to fans who go vegan
Music's first couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are encouraging fans to go vegan for a month with a contest to give one lucky winner a lifetime of free tickets to their shows.
Black, gay US TV actor attacked in 'possible hate crime'
Black, openly-gay actor Jussie Smollett of the US television program "Empire" was hospitalized Tuesday in Chicago following a possibly hate-motivated attack in which...
London is taking its turn in the style spotlight with the opening of London Fashion Week, an extravaganza that will feature up-and-coming young designers along with big names like Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry.
Burberry tops the bill at London Fashion Week
After New York, the fashion world descended on London Friday for more than 80 catwalk shows over five days - just weeks before Britain is due to leave the European...
Turn it down! Millennials' music habit puts their hearing at risk: UN
A generation of music-lovers is damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
Lack of doctors breeds deep resentment in rural France
The small town of Montargis is only 100 kilometers south of Paris, but for many of its inhabitants it might as well be on the dark side of the moon when it comes to...
Johnnie Walker talks to a new generation
For the first time, Johnnie Walker’s “Keep Walking Lebanon” campaign lent its voice to Lebanese millennials
‘Humble’ cactus brings hope to Algeria
For generations Algerians like the Gueldsami family have barely been able to eke out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus’ new found virtues...
Runner recounts killing mountain lion
A Colorado trail runner who survived a mountain lion attack by suffocating the animal said Thursday that the encounter that has made him the stuff of legend was “a...
Moments from New York Fashion Week
Fashion Week has ended in New York, leaving a trail of sequins and feathers, worn-out stilettos and blisters and traffic jams.
Yemeni kids find joy in music
The sound of music fills the halls at a school in the Yemeni city of Taiz, where Nazira al-Jaafari sits at a keyboard as a teacher takes her through the notes.
Internet addiction spawns U.S. treatment programs
When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends.
Steps to sustainability, discovering city secrets
Over a hundred people gathered on a sunny Saturday for a walking tour of Ashrafieh, led by a community organization seeking to preserve Beirut’s heritage and promote...
Campaign uses AI to imagine future for child with cancer
How can a child fighting cancer expect to look in 10 years? On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon offered a potential answer to...
Beirut takes part in global 'Night of Ideas'
Thinkers, activists, artists and concerned citizens of Lebanon converged Thursday evening at the French Institute in Beirut for the fourth edition of the “Night of...
Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin.
New TV technology to take sports fans ‘inside the game’
Fans of Liverpool and Manchester City are set to watch this season’s Premier League title race from “inside the game,” even through the eyes of Sergio Aguero or Mohamed...
Apple rolls out fix for FaceTime privacy bug
Apple Inc. on Thursday released a fix for a software bug that had let iPhone users hear audio from users who had not yet accepted a video call.
Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars
Two tiny satellites have fallen silent hundreds of millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars.
The magnetic north pole is on the move
North isn’t quite where it used to be.
When California legalized recreational marijuana use in 2016, Gene Grozovskiy decided he would show tourists the big change behind the scenes. Now he’s seeing some green, thanks to strong interest in all that grass in Los Angeles, considered the world’s largest pot market where the air routinely smells of weed.
Swimmers back bathing with Palau golden jellyfish
Swimming with the famous golden jellyfish in Palau can be put back on the bucket list following a two-year ban, but bathers may be stung with a hefty price increase for...
By all accounts, Dasan and Illika should have died of poisoning. But they are back on their feet, poking their beaks through the bars of their cages, impatient to return to the skies over Colombia, which have been transformed into hostile territory for the so-called king of the Andes - the condor.
to reuse natural resources to slash waste
More of the billions of tons of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said Tuesday.