The General Confederation of Lebanese Workers announced Monday that it accepted the resignation of its head, Bechara Asmar, and called for his immediate release.
Water cannon no match for anti-budget protesters
Veterans pushed down metal barriers and faced down water cannons Monday, marching toward Beirut’s Grand Serail as ministers met inside to discuss ways to slash the 2019...
High fives, selfies as Zelenski takes power
Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine’s new president Monday, promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make...
D-Day history still being written
After decades of searching, Andre Gantois had completely lost hope.
Germany spends record $25B on refugees
Germany spent a record 23 billion euros ($25.65 billion) last year on helping to integrate more than 1 million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration...
Hariri to attend OIC’s Islamic Summit in Mecca
Prime Minister Saad Hariri will represent Lebanon at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Islamic Summit Conference to be held in Mecca at the end of this month.
Hariri, Hamas discuss Mieh Mieh arms-free deal
A delegation from the Hamas Movement met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday to discuss a recent deal reached in Sidon’s Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp.
Berri talks budget updates with EU ambassador
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Monday discussed the ongoing budget talks with EU Ambassador Christina Lassen.
Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine’s new president Monday, promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make Ukrainians laugh, he would now work to keep them from crying.
U.N. health agency struggles with travel abuses
The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency’s own rules by traveling in business...
Russian reporters resign en masse
A senior editor and 10 journalists at Russian daily newspaper Kommersant said Monday they were resigning to protest against the firing of two colleagues over an article...
Feds offer $5,000 reward for information in mosque arson
A $5,000 reward has been announced for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to a Connecticut mosque.
Germany spent a record 23 billion euros ($25.65 billion) last year on helping to integrate more than 1 million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed Monday.
Egypt security forces kill 12 alleged militants
Egyptian security forces have killed 12 suspected Islamist militants in Cairo, the Interior Ministry said Monday, a day after an explosion targeting a tourist bus...
Sudanese general’s path to power
In April 2015, then-President Omar al-Bashir traveled to the heart of Sudan’s conflict-ravaged Darfur region to congratulate one of his hand-picked commanders on a...
Italy unions refuse to load Saudi ship
Italian unions refused Monday to load electricity generators onto a Saudi Arabian ship with weapons on board in a protest against the war in Yemen.
Israel charges Palestinian official, lawyer over shootings
Israel has charged a Palestinian Authority official and a prominent Palestinian lawyer over shooting attacks on Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, authorities...
The economic slowdown, a slump in property prices, lucrative interest rates on deposits and a shortage of liquidity in the stock exchange have all contributed to the decline of Solidere shares to record lows in the past two weeks, brokers said Friday.
Lebanon may delay issuance of Eurobonds
Lebanon can afford to wait to issue between $2.5 billion to $3 billion in Eurobonds until the market conditions are ripe but the government will definitely not miss the...
Over $1 trillion in M&A hits Gulf
More than 20 Gulf financial institutions with total assets exceeding $1 trillion are in merger talks, part of an unprecedented wave of consolidation in the region’s...
Riyadh deposits $250M in Sudan’s central bank
Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it had deposited $250 million in Sudan’s central bank as part of a support package for the country following the overthrow of longtime...
Busiest U.S. port gets ready for robots
Pier 400 in Los Angeles is North America’s largest shipping terminal.
Washington lauds Lebanese lenders’ role: bankers
A high-level Lebanese banking delegation said that all the U.S. officials they met in Washington and New York have expressed deep satisfaction for the continued...
Choucair: New steps to cut costs, raise revenue
Telecommunications Minister Mohamed Choucair Tuesday announced a series of measures designed to cut costs and increase revenues at the Telecommunications Ministry by...
Lebanon's cash position 'stable,' banking official says
President of the Banking Control Commission Samir Hammoud Wednesday described Lebanon’s cash position as “stable,” after briefing President Michel Aoun on the country’s...
More than 20 Gulf financial institutions with total assets exceeding $1 trillion are in merger talks, part of an unprecedented wave of consolidation in the region’s financial industry. Here’s an overview:
Saudi's Falih says sees no oil shortage, but OPEC to act if needed
Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said Saturday that he saw no oil supply shortage as global oil inventories are still rising, particularly from the United...
IMF reaches deal with Egypt unlocking final $2B
The International Monetary Fund reached an agreement with Egypt in its final review of the country’s economic reform program, unlocking $2 billion in aid.
Turkish bill won’t allow Treasury to tap reserves
Turkey’s ruling party held back from proposing a law allowing the treasury access to the central bank’s reserves, amid speculation the country would need to resort to...
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European stocks drop on Huawei fallout worries
European stocks recorded broad-based losses Monday, as a U.S. crackdown on China’s Huawei Technologies rekindled concerns about worsening global trade and wilted the...
The next banking scandals will be personal
Since the financial crisis, banking scandals have been expensive; now the attention may turn increasingly personal.
Lumentum says halting all Huawei shipments, cuts quarterly forecast
Mobile phone parts producer Lumentum Holdings Inc. on Monday was the first U.S. company to confirm formally it was halting shipments to Huawei Technologies, following...
“I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time.
Callous chess game
The Arab world seems to have been destined to suffer. Going back over seven decades, since the Nakba in 1948, it seems every evil has befallen countries of this region...
The rising tide of sustainable seafood
McDonald’s. Costco. IKEA. Each of these corporate titans enjoys an enormous customer base.
‘America First’ has created a less stable world
President Donald Trump has seemed largely uninterested in foreign policy.
Trump’s disruptive style has diminishing returns
President Donald Trump has styled himself in foreign policy as the Great Disrupter. And for a time, this unpredictable approach served him reasonably well.
With the re-election of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and blanket support from U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that the winds of war and aggression...
There are countless issues that are open to debate in Lebanon, but no one can refute the professionalism of the country’s banking sector or of its security services.
A Greek canary in a global gold mine
The eurozone country that has become synonymous with insolvency is today proving to be a treasure trove for some.
Protecting civilians in combat zones
Human suffering caused by war is not a new phenomenon. And while our highest priority remains the prevention of war, evolving patterns of armed violence are posing new...
What’s Trump’s plan for Iran? Nobody knows
In any tense military confrontation, diplomats start looking for an “off ramp” that could de-escalate tensions. But in the current standoff between the United States...
Chinese mole saga reads like a thriller
Behind the admission by a former CIA officer that he plotted to spy for China lies an astonishing tale of Beijing’s espionage against America - and the vindication of...
Iran, U.S. impasse could lead to conflict
Behind recent U.S. and Iranian military mobilizations lies a perception by each side that the other may be about to attack.
Too much at stake to leave Pentagon in limbo
At a time when America is facing a potential military confrontation with Iran, an escalating trade war with China and a showdown with North Korea, you’d think President...
Lebanon needs a win at EITI global conference
On June 18, Lebanese Energy and Water Minister Nada Boustany is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the Opening ceremony of the EITI Global Conference happening in...
Manchester City will look to tie Pep Guardiola down for the long haul by offering him a new five-year contract with a substantial pay rise.
Brighton name Potter as coach to replace Hughton
Brighton & Hove Albion have appointed Graham Potter as their new manager on a four-year contract from Championship side Swansea City, the Premier League club said Monday.
Nadal beats Djokovic for ninth Italian Open title
Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his...
Federer, Osaka pull out injured, Nadal sweeps in
Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka both pulled out of the Italian Open Friday before their quarterfinal matches due to injuries just a week before the start of the French...
Leonard stars as Raptors claw back with win over Bucks
Kawhi Leonard scored eight of his 36 points in the second overtime period Sunday to lead the Toronto Raptors to a gritty 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the...
Things we learned in European football
Bayern Munich clinched a seventh Bundesliga title, Benfica completed a remarkable run to reclaim the Portuguese crown, while Gareth Bale was denied a farewell...
Ahed set up Ansar final with thumping win
Ahed brushed aside Racing 4-1 Sunday to set up a mouthwatering Lebanese Cup final with city rivals Ansar.
Man City hailed as England’s best ever
Man City’s treble winners have been hailed as English football’s greatest ever team after their FA Cup final demolition of Watford completed a historic campaign.
Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.
Nadal sweeps into Rome semi-finals
Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to book his place in the semi-finals of the Italian Open Friday.
Roland Garros-bound Federer limps out of Italian Open
World number three Roger Federer pulled out of the Italian Open before his quarter-final match Friday with a right leg injury.
Unfiltered Kyrgios rips into Djokovic, Nadal in podcast
Australia's Nick Kyrgios has branded Rafa Nadal a sore loser, the Spaniard's uncle Toni an "idiot" and said world number one Novak Djokovic has a "sick obsession" with...
Kawhi Leonard scored eight of his 36 points in the second overtime period Sunday to lead the Toronto Raptors to a gritty 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
Wire-to-wire win gives Bucks 2-0 edge on Raptors
The Milwaukee Bucks left it until late in Game 1 Wednesday, but in Game 2 Friday night, they left no doubt.
Arakji commits to Riyadi for next three years
Riyadi talisman Wael Arakji committed his future to the defending Lebanese Basketball League champions by signing a new three-year deal at the Manara-based club Friday.
Champville land Haidar in summer rebuild
After a crushing semifinal defeat to Riyadi last month saw their title dream go up in smoke, Champville have wasted little time in launching a fresh assault on the...
Curry to the rescue as Warriors down Blazers for 2-0 lead
Stephen Curry scored 37 points as the Golden State Warriors fought back to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-111 and take a 2-0 lead in their NBA Western Conference...
Brooks Koepka received lots of plaudits for his PGA Championship victory Sunday and the American will no longer be able to slip into major championships almost unnoticed as he has become the man to beat for the foreseeable future at least.
Marquez takes French MotoGP for Honda’s 300th win
Spain’s defending world champion Marc Marquez won the French MotoGP at Le Mans Sunday, racking up Honda’s 300th victory in the division and completing a memorable...
Wilder retains title with brutal first-round KO
Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight...
Wilder death threats overshadow title defense
Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight crown on the line against Dominic Breazeale Saturday, unfazed by a storm of criticism following his vows to cause a death in the...
Tiger, Koepka hunt more major glory at Bethpage
Masters winner Tiger Woods, chasing a 16th major title, and defending champion Brooks Koepka lead a powerhouse field into Thursday’s opening round of the PGA...
The dominance of Mercedes has some people asking already, with 16 races to go, whether the Formula One world champions could do the unthinkable and become the invincibles.
Hamilton back on top with win in Spain
Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship Sunday with victory in Spain as Mercedes continued their record start to a season with a...
Bottas, Hamilton top Spanish GP practice
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton looked poised to extend their dominance of Formula One after clocking the fastest laps in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix Friday.
Marquez goes top after win in Spain
World champion Marc Marquez swept back to the top of the MotoGP standings by a single point Sunday after running away with his home Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
Bottas leads championship after one-two win in Baku
Valtteri Bottas won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday to retake the Formula One world championship lead from team mate Lewis Hamilton after a stunning fourth...
Whatever light seeped through the blindfold before your eyes has gone now, devoured by the darkness of a room of unknown size.
Cannes critics warm to Loach’s dig at gig economy
Ken Loach’s latest Cannes entry, the tale of a family unraveling under the pressure of their precarious jobs, takes aim at the gig economy dividing politicians and...
Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
The Wu-Tang Clan, hip hop legends who hustled past the struggle
A quarter century ago, a ragtag group of New York kids that would become the iconic Wu-Tang Clan banded together, betting that mainstream music might just embrace...
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most...
And the winner of ‘Game of Thrones’ is …
And beyond here be spoilers.
Dutch win controversy-hit Eurovision
The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision song contest early Sunday at a show in Tel Aviv that featured a performance by Madonna, plenty of glitz and some controversy.
History-making ‘Game of Thrones’ meets its end
After eight epic years of chivalry, sex, death and dragons, “Game of Thrones” fans worldwide have just 79 pulsating minutes remaining to get their final fix in one of...
Jimmy Page reflects on Led Zeppelin’s legacy
When Jimmy Page was a young student, he had already developed such an inseparable relationship with his guitar that school officials would often confiscate it.
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.
'Avengers Endgame' nears global record with over $2B
"Avengers: Endgame" has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.
Hugs, tears mark taping of final 'Big Bang Theory' episode
Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of "The Big Bang Theory," a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike.
'Star Wars' Darth Vader costume could go for $2 million at auction
A man who made appearances as Darth Vader at film premieres and fan conventions will sell a costume created in 1979 by the "Star Wars" design team at an auction of...
Oscar winner Rami Malek in new Bond film
Oscar winner Rami Malek Thursday hinted he would appear as a villain in the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, alongside a cast including Ralph Fiennes and...
For more than a year after being moved to a Jordanian wildlife reserve from war-hit Syria, two bears, Loz and Sukkar, would cower whenever planes flew by, traumatized by past bombardments.
With tent and tuxedo, fans camp out to catch Cannes
In a tiny tent on a campsite in the hills outside Cannes, Christopher and Noe are wrestling with their tuxedos before heading off in the hope of hitting the festival’s...
Dementia cases set to triple: WHO issues guide to cut risk
With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular...
Get your children vaccinated or face fine: German health minister
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has drawn up draft legislation to oblige parents to get their children vaccinated against measles or else face fines and their...
Phoenicia’s atmospheric new iftar experiences
The Phoenicia Hotel has always been one of the go-to destinations for Beirutis looking to celebrate a high-end iftar or suhoor during Ramadan.
Curious foreigners get rare chance to sample Emirati culture
No question was off limits for curious tourists and foreign residents of Dubai wanting to learn more about Emirati culture and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Sextuplets born in Poland; mother and newborns doing well
A 29-year-old woman gave birth to six babies in Poland on Monday, in what is believed to be the country's first-ever case of sextuplets. The mother and newborns are...
Egypt blackface sketch spotlights racism
An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in...
With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular exercise and cutting out tobacco use.
We spend a considerable amount of time interacting with our phone screens. And the focal point of all that interaction? The display.
San Francisco may ban face recognition by police
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a...
SpaceX delays launch to freshly repaired space station
SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs.
Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du...
Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'
When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" – and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our...
Following traditional rituals, indigenous chief Olimpio Santos Guajajara paints his face with red dye from urucum seeds as he prepares to go on patrol to protect Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
Three tons of rubbish collected from Everest
A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tons of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the...
Climate activists block entrance to London Stock Exchange
Environmental activists who have brought disruption to the British capital for more than a week blocked the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange Thursday, gluing...
One million species risk extinction due to humans: draft U.N. report
Up to 1 million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft U.N. report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has...