The siting of a proposed power plant, for the new electricity plan, on the coast in northern Lebanon has raised some thorny questions.
Hariri, Macron set stage for CEDRE launches
Prime Minister Saad Hariri and French President Emmanuel Macron Friday laid the groundwork for the launch of CEDRE investment projects, worth billions of dollars...
UK's Labour Party in turmoil as vote to oust deputy ditched
A vote to oust the deputy leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party was ditched Saturday after a big backlash to the proposal prompted Jeremy Corbyn, the party's...
Hong Kong protesters burn flag, police fire pepper spray
Protesters burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray during a march Saturday in an outlying district of Hong Kong in renewed clashes over anti-government...
Syria says it captures drone near Israeli-occupied Golan
Syria's state news agency says authorities have captured and dismantled a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Hariri: Saudi Arabia has right to defend itself
Saudi Arabia has the right to defend its territory and sovereignty, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday, days after an attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities.
Lebanese-American man indicted for Hezbollah ties
A Lebanese-American man has been indicted by the U.S Justice Department for alleged terrorist activities connected to Hezbollah.
Lebanon ‘is not my country,’ freed Khayat says
A Lebanese-Australian man, who was accused of a 2017 attempt to blow up an airplane in Australian airspace, was released from prison Friday after being acquitted...
A vote to oust the deputy leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party was ditched Saturday after a big backlash to the proposal prompted Jeremy Corbyn, the party's leader, to intervene.
Kremlin says Venezuela's Maduro due in Moscow soon for talks
The Kremlin said Friday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was due in Moscow soon for talks.
EU court rejects Venezuela bid to cancel sanctions
A top EU court on Friday threw out a bid by Venezuela to cancel damaging sanctions imposed by the bloc because of the deteriorating rights situation in the crisis-hit...
N.Korea chief negotiator welcomes Trump's suggestion for 'new method'
North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator said on Friday that he welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion for a "new method" in engaging in negotiations aimed at...
US Iran sanctions target access to food, medicine: Zarif
Iran's foreign minister Saturday denounced renewed U.S. sanctions against its central bank as an attempt to deny ordinary Iranians access to food and medicine, and said...
Twitter suspends Saudi royal adviser, fake Gulf accounts
Twitter suspended the account of former Saudi royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani Friday, nearly a year after he was sacked over his suspected role in the murder of...
US sending troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom's oil...
Thousands protest in Algiers despite tight security
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Algerian capital Friday in defiance of a heavy security presence to demand the ouster of the country’s powerful army...
After 56 years of banking services, Jammal Trust Bank finally closed the curtains on all its operations Thursday after the U.S. Treasury accused the small lender of financial links to Hezbollah, labeled by Washington as a terrorist organization.
Lebanon needs more than mere talk of Saudi aid
A rally in Lebanon’s Eurobonds will prove short-lived if the country’s government can’t get serious about reforms that are needed to claim Saudi Arabian aid.
Saudi Arabia importing diesel, jet fuel
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter and a powerhouse of the oil refining industry, is scouring global fuel markets for cargoes in the wake of unprecedented...
Fed cut comes just in time for Gulf economies
Not everyone agrees that interest-rate cuts are warranted in the U.S., but monetary easing by the Federal Reserve is making looser policy possible where it’s long...
China cuts new loan rate for second month
China cut its new one-year benchmark lending rate for the second month in a row Friday, a step by the central bank to try to wrestle down borrowing costs and support...
Sanctions-hit Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: BDL
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh agreed to sanctions-hit Jammal Trust Bank’s request for self-liquidation, in a statement released Thursday.
Khalil: Lebanon to raise $2B in Eurobonds
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Wednesday that Lebanon intended to issue $2 billion in Eurobonds, but with interest rates lower than the market.
Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: Salameh
Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: Salameh
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter and a powerhouse of the oil refining industry, is scouring global fuel markets for cargoes in the wake of unprecedented attacks on its energy industry.
Saudi Arabia sees weaker 2019 GDP growth
Saudi Arabia’s economic growth in 2019 will be significantly less than the kingdom had expected because of OPEC-led oil output cuts, but the attack on Aramco had “zero”...
Attack in Saudi Arabia shows oil vulnerabilities
The attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that knocked out half of the kingdom’s crude production, fueling a record surge in prices, highlights the vulnerabilities...
Saudi Arabia draws down stocks to maintain supply
Saudi Arabia will try to maintain oil supplies to its major customers by drawing down crude stored at tank farms in the kingdom and in its global network while...
China cut its new one-year benchmark lending rate for the second month in a row Friday, a step by the central bank to try to wrestle down borrowing costs and support the economy as the Sino-U.S. trade war drags on.
U.S. indicators trouncing forecasts
The U.S. economy is outperforming expectations by the most this year, offering a fresh rebuttal to last month’s resurgent recession fears fueled by the trade war and a...
Offshore wind farm will be cheaper than coal
The world’s biggest offshore wind park planned off England’s coast will probably in the next decade generate power cheaper than by burning coal.
Stocks hold steady as action-packed week ends
Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil...
OECD cuts growth outlook to postcrisis low
The trade war between the United States and China has plunged global growth to its lowest levels in a decade, the OECD said Thursday as it slashed its forecasts.
The two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has suffered blow after blow over the years.
Set aside politics
As Lebanese political leaders kick off their mission to rescue the economy with a conference called for by President Michel Aoun, the one indisputable fact is that we...
Economic consequences of automation
While Brexit captures the headlines in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, the silent march of automation continues.
Can direct democracy defeat populism?
Ever since the double disasters of 2016 - the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and U.S. President Donald Trump’s election - there has been widespread anxiety about a...
What will come of Hong Kong’s protests?
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags,...
Running out of time
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence has been locked in high gear for the past few months.
There’s no need to reiterate that Lebanon faces numerous challenges, not least the dire economy and Israeli violations.
Focus on recovery
All of Lebanon has been waiting with bated breath for Standard & Poor’s report, due later today, on the country’s credit rating.
The return of fiscal policy as feasible option
As we enter the last quarter of 2019 (and of the decade), cyclical indicators point to a slowing world economy amid wide-ranging structural challenges.
Commission for disappeared needs clarity
Nine months after the passage of Law 105 on Missing and Forcibly Disappeared Persons in Lebanon, the Lebanese Justice Ministry nominated 10 individuals, including four...
Brexit ‘House of Cards’
Britain’s long-running Brexit saga has thrown up a new argument.
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory’s yearning for freedom.
Score one for American diplomacy
Six weeks ago, Turkey was threatening to invade the Kurdish region of northeast Syria.
Chance to reset the table in Afghanistan
Every president since Jimmy Carter has dreamed of signing a peace agreement at Camp David.
Trump’s diplomacy in China has no clear policy
As we move into the fall, there’s one overriding foreign-policy priority for America: Find a strategy to deal with a rising China that protects U.S. interests but...
Why U.S. is losing information war
Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information “idealist.”
With many expecting Ansar’s official annunciation as legitimate challengers for the Lebanese Premier League, it was instead unfancied Nejmeh who emerged as possible outsiders for the title on the opening day of the new season.
What to watch in top Europe leagues this weekend
What to watch in the leading football leagues in Europe this weekend:ENGLAND Chelsea have conceded on average more than two goals a game under new manager Frank Lampard...
Nadal motivated by love of game, not Grand Slams
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard...
Nadal finds unlikely second home at U.S. Open
Unlike at his beloved Roland Garros, success did not arrive overnight for Rafael Nadal on the unforgiving hard courts of the U.S. Open, where he surged to within a...
U.S. clinches worst big-tournament finish
The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It’ll go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.
Ansar, Maatouk look to end Ahed dominance
Ahed’s sway on the Lebanese Premier League appears to be under serious threat as resurgent Ansar kick off the new season with an incendiary clash against Nejmeh Friday.
Migrant workers still exploited in Qatar: Amnesty
Qatar is not fulfilling all its promises to improve the conditions of migrant workers in the country in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, a rights group said Thursday.
Barca income to break the billion euro barrier
La Liga champions Barcelona said they would become the first sports club to generate revenue exceeding 1 billion euros ($1.10 billion) this season.
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard said it was his love of the game, not records, that motivates him.
Nadal takes five-set U.S. Open thriller for 19th Slam title
Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7,...
Canada toasts ‘Queen B’ Andreescu after triumph
Most Canadians had never heard of Bianca Andreescu a year ago but Sunday they woke up to realize her U.S. Open triumph was not a dream and she had in fact claimed the...
Nadal beats Berrettini to reach U.S. Open final; Medvedev next
Rafael Nadal has moved closer to his fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over...
Shocker: France beat U.S. in WC quarters
The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006...
Greece fury after NBA MVP Antetokounmpo exits WC
Greece are calling for the officials who oversaw their final game at the basketball World Cup to be banned after NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team exited the...
Jokic ejected as Spain stun Serbia at World Cup
All-Star Nikola Jokic was ejected for “a stupid reaction” in the third quarter as strongly fancied Serbia were stunned 81-69 by Spain to blow the basketball World Cup...
Spain squeeze into World Cup quarters
Title-contenders Spain produced a devastating late burst to seal a 67-60 victory over Italy and squeeze into the basketball World Cup quarterfinals Friday - and take...
Winger Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as Japan overcame a severe case of opening-night nerves to give the host nation a winning start to the Rugby World Cup with a 30-10 victory over a spirited Russia side Friday.
Brees hurt as Saints fall to Rams in grudge match
Another officiating insult was nothing compared to the hand injury to quarterback Drew Brees Sunday as the New Orleans Saints fell 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams in an...
Fury overcomes bloody cut over eye to beat Wallin
Blood was flowing down Tyson Fury’s right cheek, and Otto Wallin was in his face. His scheduled rematch with Deontay Wilder suddenly in jeopardy, Fury needed to dig...
Fury faces great unknown against Wallin
Tyson Fury shouldn’t have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he’s arguably the best heavyweight fighter...
Brady’s Patriots stomp Steelers; Chiefs beat Jags
Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 341 yards (311 meters) as the New England Patriots began the defense of their Super Bowl title with a 33-3 rout of Pittsburgh...
Charles Leclerc triggered a frenzy of Ferrari celebration Sunday after holding off a racelong Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team’s first home grand prix victory since 2010.
Leclerc fastest in practice for Monza
Charles Leclerc set the pace in practice for his Ferrari team’s home Italian Grand Prix Friday with Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels for...
Leclerc empowered for Ferrari home race
Charles Leclerc will be propelled by an upgraded Ferrari power unit and his own raw emotions this weekend when he bids to claim a second career victory at the Italian...
Leclerc leads Vettel in Belgium
Charles Leclerc knocked teammate Sebastian Vettel off the top of the timesheets to go fastest on a dominant opening day of practice for Ferrari ahead of the Formula One...
Sir Don McCullin needs little introduction.
Wrinkles on the canvas of life
In Japanese, there is a peculiar word, shinrin-yoku, that literally means “forest bath.”
Lebanese star named best Arab actress 2019
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five...
French diggers restore three Sudanese relics
A team of French diggers has restored three Sudanese artefacts, including a 3,500-year-old wall relief, and handed them to the country’s national museum Thursday, a...
Beirut Art Fair contrasts past and present
The 10th edition of Beirut Art Fair is focused on the future, while centering itself on the past.
Boghossian Foundation announces prize winners
The Boghossian Foundation held its annual Young Lebanese Artists Awards Wednesday, conferring prizes for painting, photography and illustration to five Lebanese artists...
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five Thirty).
Eleven more women have accused Spanish opera star Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct, allegations that the leading tenor described Thursday as “riddled with inconsistencies.”
Fashion influencer Ferragni steals show at Venice festival
The longest queues at the Venice Film Festival have not been to see Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson.
Red, red wine ... could be good for digestive system
Time to raise a glass to better gut health?
Aquafina drives recycling platform
With a commitment to public responsibility and in line with the company’s long-established values of caring for the environment by reducing waste and acting for the...
Casino du Liban celebrates Greek culture
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner...
Germany celebrates 70 years of currywurst sausage
Germans Wednesday celebrated 70 years of the currywurst, a Berlin specialty of sliced sausage smothered in curry powder and ketchup, as they celebrated its national day.
Five ways the right lighting can elevate your home
When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room.
Chess offers Nigerian slum kids new move
Crowds of children bustle around chessboards in Nigeria’s Lagos, figuring out their next moves as part of a project that aims to bring hope in one of the city’s...
In Ethiopia, a rehabilitation center takes on qat addiction
Yonas Getu Molla started chewing qat as an architecture student, when he and his friends would munch on the leafy stimulant late into the night to help them study.
Heart attacks halved by daily polypill: study
A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third, and heart attacks by...
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner was still being served in Lebanon.
Phoenicia creates gastronomic experience
Grape harvesting tour, wine tasting and a lunch of local ingredients, prepared by international chefs.
Scientists reported Thursday they had picked up human-like electrical activity in lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether the pea-sized brains are conscious: the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not because the activity resembles that of preterm babies, but they cannot say for certain, opening up a new ethical dimension to this area of research.
Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before
When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her...
Rolling Stones get name on Mars rock that rolled
There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.
The idea of starting a Russian choir in rural Australia began as a vodka-fueled lark, but five years on a rag-tag bunch of farmers, lawyers and laborers have become unlikely international folk heroes.
Star Wars hotel like a cruise into space
It’s going to be a cruise to nowhere, but that will be just fine with die-hard “Star Wars” fans.
Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at sea to break the tide.
Australia lowers reef outlook to ‘very poor’
The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans.
Wake up and smell the coffee from Ukrainian sunglasses
Ukraine’s innovative OCHIS eyewear brand is getting customers to literally smell the coffee - by making sunglasses out of coffee waste.
NASA looks into melting ocean ice above Greenland
Skimming low over the gleaming white glaciers on Greenland’s coast in a modified 1940s plane, three NASA scientists, led by an Elvis-impersonating oceanographer, waited...
Banana industry on alert as disease arrives in Colombia
It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus.