Lebanon will witness strong wind and heavy rainfall on the coast and snow on mountains, as Beirut airport’s Meteorology Department warned of floods and hazardous roads.
Lebanon finalizes Pfizer vaccine deal
Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan Sunday signed the final agreement with Pfizer to secure more than 2 million doses of their vaccine against coronavirus, a...
Meet the Bidens: America's new 'first family'
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will become the new White House residents when he takes office on Wednesday.
'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump?
Presidential traditions are usually known for their solemnity and carry the weight of future historical significance.
UK 'seriously concerned' by Israeli settler plans
Britain on Monday expressed serious concern over Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, saying the construction of 780 new homes could threaten future...
Lebanon registers 3,654 new virus cases, 40 deaths
Lebanon Sunday registered 3,654 new coronavirus cases and 40 further deaths, marking an unprecedented week in the number of virus fatalities, which topped 200.
Eyes on Berri to break Cabinet deadlock
With a French initiative to rescue Lebanon stalled and an unsuccessful attempt by the Maronite patriarch to nudge the president and the prime minister-designate into...
Lebanon registers record 53 coronavirus deaths, 3,144 more cases
Lebanon registers record 53 coronavirus deaths, 3,144 more cases
Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism
President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised...
Joe Biden eyes Covid action, aims for calm
He was derided as too entrenched in Washington, too hesitant to campaign during Covid-19, and too old, but Joe Biden outmaneuvered doubters and will become the 46th US...
Man with gun arrested at Washington security checkpoint
A man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, authorities said.
Britain on Monday expressed serious concern over Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, saying the construction of 780 new homes could threaten future peace negotiations.
Protests move to central Tunis after arrests
Dozens of protesters gathered in central Tunis on Monday chanting "we came in the daytime" after several nights of demonstrations in cities across the country that...
Israel moves to rein in rights group over apartheid use
Israel's education minister is banning groups that call Israel an "apartheid state" from lecturing at schools - a move that targets one of the country's leading human...
Dramatic drop in Saudi executions after laws changed in 2020
Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death last year, following changes halting...
Zarif tells France: Avoid "absurd nonsense" about Tehran's nuclear work
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday dismissed a claim by France that Tehran was in the process of building up its nuclear weapons, calling it...
The Lebanese pound began the new week down against the dollar Monday, trading at LL8,900 on the black market.
BLOM agrees to sell its Egypt subsidiary for $427 million
BLOM, one of the largest lenders in Lebanon, has agreed to sell its 99.4 percent stake in BLOM Bank Egypt to Bahrain’s Bank ABC for $427 million
Syria says will import more fuel to cover shortfalls hit by sanctions
Syria said on Sunday it would import more crude oil to cover fuel shortages it blames on Western sanctions that disrupted regular Iranian oil shipments that had for...
ordan finmin hopes for 2.5% growth in 2021
A rebound in Jordan's economic growth to a forecast 2.5% in 2021 depends on continued economic activity during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's finance minister...
IMF chief sees 'high degree of uncertainty' in global outlook
The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing...
Pound slightly falls against dollar, trading at LL8,850
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar once again Saturday, trading at LL8,850 on the black market.
Pound up again as lockdown hits dollar demand
The Lebanese pound edged higher for a second day Friday, trading at LL8,750 to the dollar on the black market as a full lockdown to stem a surge of COVID-19 cases hit...
Pound slightly up, trading at LL8,850 against dollar
The Lebanese pound edged higher Thursday, trading at LL8,850 to the dollar on the black market as the country began an 11-day lockdown to stem a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Syria said on Sunday it would import more crude oil to cover fuel shortages it blames on Western sanctions that disrupted regular Iranian oil shipments that had for years compensated for the country's loss of domestic oil production as a result of conflict.
Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges
Dubai on Saturday unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global pandemic...
UAE emerges as hub for companies helping Venezuela avoid sanctions
In June, the United States imposed sanctions on half a dozen oil tankers managed by established shipping firms. It was a major escalation of American attempts to choke...
Iraq to sign $2.625 bln Faw port contract with S.Korea's Daewoo
Iraq's government has agreed to sign a $2.625 billion contract with South Korea's Daewoo Engineering & Construction to build the first phase at its planned Faw...
The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing divergence between rich and poor countries required the IMF to find more resources.
SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery
Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court sentenced him to two and a half years over his involvement in a 2016...
Wall St Week Ahead-Earnings season to test surge in regional banks stocks
A blistering rally in the shares of regional banks may be tested when a spate of lenders report results in the coming week.
After dizzying gyrations, what's bitcoin really worth?
After the latest wild ride took the poster child of cryptocurrencies above $40,000 before a stomach-churning plunge, the million dollar question won't go away: how much...
As political risk fades, earnings may start to matter again
With uncertainties regarding U.S. elections fading, some investors expect company earnings and economic data to play a greater role in moving stock prices this year.
Democracy is not like instant coffee. It needs an enabling environment and a hospitable culture to flourish and grow.
The Lebanese conundrum
Lebanon is probably the only country in the world that is teetering on the brink of total collapse while, at the same time, is desperately resisting international...
2020: a year that changed everything
As 2021 goes off to a start, will the world return to normal or to near normal?
Democracy: Washington vs. Beirut
Watching news of the insurrection in Washington and the events that followed, one cannot but draw comparisons and lessons as it applies to the Lebanese quagmire.
Reality check: It is a ruse
We learn at an early age that there are no “stupid questions,” but there is one exception which is widely asked in Lebanon: Where is the evidence of corruption?
Lebanon cannot wait for Godot
Lebanon is not the first country to face an economic crisis and will not be the last.
Humanity beyond sustainability
We are commencing 2021 with new norms of individuals’ lifestyles, societal dynamics, and states’ policies after the most uncertain year that my generation has ever...
Lebanon 2021: The beginning of the end?
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of country as we know it, or the beginning of the end of the crisis that has engulfed Lebanon for more than a year? It seems...
Investigative journalism needed more than ever
No country in the world is more in need of serious investigative journalism than Lebanon, where corruption and unaccountability have reached a pandemic level.
As a player Andrea Pirlo rarely put a foot wrong in a glittering career but as a coach the jury is still very much out on the Juventus manager after his side suffered a defeat to Inter Milan Sunday that leaves them fifth in the Serie A standings.
Inter beat Juventus to move level with leaders Milan
Inter Milan beat champions Juventus 2-0 to move level on points with Serie A leaders AC Milan Sunday, boosting their hopes of a first league title since 2010.
No delay to Australian Open despite Covid-19 quarantines
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted Sunday the Grand Slam tournament would still begin next month, but problems mounted for organizers as another 25 players were...
Murray's Australian Open participation in doubt after positive virus test
Andy Murray's participation in the Australian Open has been thrown into doubt after it was revealed Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Bulls overcome Doncic's historic triple-double, Knicks thump Celtics
Lauri Markkanen scored a team-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls overcame a historic triple-double from Luka Doncic to beat the Dallas...
Messi sees red as Bilbao stun Barca to win Spanish Super Cup
Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time playing for Barcelona as Athletic Bilbao stunned the Catalans to win the Spanish Super Cup Sunday, a dramatic final...
Lewandowski scores record 21st league goal in Bayern win
Robert Lewandowski set a new record for the first half of a Bundesliga season Sunday by netting his 21st league goal of 2020/21 as leaders Bayern Munich went four...
Man Utd stay top as Alisson salvages stalemate for Liverpool
Manchester United maintained their three-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League but were denied a famous win at Anfield by Alisson Becker's...
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted Sunday the Grand Slam tournament would still begin next month, but problems mounted for organizers as another 25 players were quarantined for two weeks.
Federer out of Australian Open
Six-time champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he continues to work his way back to fitness from two knee operations earlier this year, his...
Lauri Markkanen scored a team-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls overcame a historic triple-double from Luka Doncic to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-101 Sunday.
Harden posts triple double in NBA debut with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points as the James Harden-era began for the Brooklyn Nets with a triple double and a 122-115 NBA victory over the struggling...
No Harden, no problem as Wood bags 27 points to fuel Rockets win
The Houston Rockets put this week's franchise-altering trade in the rear view mirror Thursday night as they kicked off their post-James Harden era with a gutsy comeback...
Nets await Harden trade with dominant display, Lakers red-hot
The Brooklyn Nets limbered up for the expected arrival of James Harden in a blockbuster NBA trade with a 116-109 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday.
James Harden traded to Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to acquire three-time scoring champion James Harden from the Houston Rockets, a deal that reunites him with Kevin Durant and gives him the...
Tom Brady will take on Aaron Rodgers in a matchup of quarterback legends in the NFC title game.
The AFC championship could feature two of the top young QBs if Patrick Mahomes is healthy enough to start for Kansas City against Buffalo's Josh Allen.
Rodgers-led Packers, gritty Bills advance in NFL playoffs
Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Green Bay Packers moved to within one win of the Super Bowl Saturday with a 32-18 victory over the...
Price finally keeps his cool to win world title
Welshman Gerwyn Price won darts' world championship Sunday, beating Scot Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final to earn his biggest career victory since swapping a career in...
Alvarez dominates Smith to capture super-middleweight titles
Canelo Alvarez had a simple explanation for his ability to dominate a previously undefeated champion and emerge unscathed against an opponent that physically towered...
Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig Tuesday.
Egypt on Sunday unveiled ancient treasures found at the Saqqara archaeological site near Cairo, including sarcophagi over 3,000 years old, a discovery that "rewrites history", according to famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.
Germany returns final Nazi-looted work to owners
From 1938 the Nazis had engaged Hildebrand – who was himself of Jewish heritage – to deal in items taken from Jewish owners or confiscated as ‘degenerate’
Prototype performance fest pushed mostly online
One of the leading international festivals of contemporary opera and theater has shifted format for its ninth edition because of the coronavirus pandemic
Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic
Since COVID-19 descended, several awards show were postponed and later revamped due to COVID-19 restrictions. The BET Awards was the first major awards show during the...
Marvel returns ... in a black-and-white sitcom
Without explanation, ‘WandaVision’ finds witch Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and other-worldly android Vision (Paul Bettany) living happily married in the idyllic...
Home-turned-museum retains ‘soul’ of southern Iraq
Mustafa al-Ghazi, an antiquities directorate official in Muthanna province, which is among one of Iraq’s poorest, told AFP the directorate only provides logistical...
Uffizi opens virtual exhibition honoring Dante
These 88 rarely displayed drawings of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ by 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari are being shown to mark the 700th anniversary in 2021...
Struggling artists bring smiles in war-weary Yemen
Yemeni men, women and children filled a hall earlier this month in rebel-held Sanaa, laughing and clapping as actors took to the stage with comic relief for their...
In Egypt, pandemic inspires passion for oud
In the Al-Marg area north of Cairo, veteran oud-maker Khaled Azzouz heads the biggest oud workshop in Egypt, producing 750 instruments monthly
Without explanation, ‘WandaVision’ finds witch Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and other-worldly android Vision (Paul Bettany) living happily married in the idyllic 1950s town of Westview, which is seemingly lifted straight from an episode of ‘Bewitched’ or ‘I Love Lucy’ – complete with canned laughter track
Gothams give virtual start to Oscar season
As the first prominent award show to go forward during the pandemic, the Gotham Awards took a trial-and-error approach to mounting a show that couldn’t include the...
Israeli court bans screening of ‘Jenin, Jenin’ doc
Bakri enraged the Israeli establishment and Jewish public with ‘Jenin, Jenin,’ about the April 2002 clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp in which 52 Palestinians and...
‘Herself,’ a spirited drama of resilience
Phyllida Lloyd’s story may sound like a feel-good, made-for-the-movies tale, and ‘Herself’ does indeed conjure an air of fable, but this earthy and sober film refuses...
Explosive doc ‘The Dissident’ debuts on-demand
After Fogel’s previous film won the Academy Award for best documentary, ‘The Dissident’ was one of the most anticipated of the 2020 Sundance festival. It was then...
At a cat sanctuary set in picturesque hills near Paphos, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, volunteers are grappling with a surge in abandonments they blame on the coronavirus pandemic.
150 thousand families monthly receive money transfers from abroad in cash and USD through OMT
Vaccine manufacturing is lumpy, supply not as good as hoped, UK says
Britain's vaccine rollout is limited by a "lumpy" manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply...
World on brink of 'catastrophic moral failure' over vaccines: WHO chief
The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that the world was on the brink of a "catastrophic moral failure" on distributing COVID-19 vaccines, urging...
Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants
E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one...
US pigeon becomes feathered fugitive after straying 9,000 miles
An American pigeon believed to have strayed 9,000 miles (14,480 kilometres) from home had Australian authorities in a flap Thursday after it turned up in a Melbourne...
Smoke free tobacco products offer a better alternative to cigarettes
BEIRUT: With the often chaotic experience living in Lebanon provides, it’s no wonder a large number of the population have turned to smoking at one point or another.
No crying in Sistine Chapel as baptisms cancelled amid COVID
here will be no crying in the chapel this year.
Britain's vaccine rollout is limited by a "lumpy" manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply disruption, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.
Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts
Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow...
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in virus variants
Pfizer Inc and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine appears able to protect against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in...
EU says it has secured nearly half of Pfizer's 2021 global output of COVID shots
The European Union reached a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for 300 million additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, the head of the European Commission said on...
E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest.
Norway became the first country in the world where electric cars accounted for more than 50 percent of new registrations in 2020, according to figures published Tuesday by an industry group.
TOKYO: Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.