Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday called for a legislative session of Parliament at the outset of next week to ratify a large number of significant bills – what would be the first substantive session of the new legislature since its election in May.
Power plant projects progress after delays: IFC
BEIRUT: Plans for two crucial power plant projects being written up by the International Finance Corporation saw delays over the past few months that have since been...
Six killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide
Six people were killed and dozens are missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines Thursday, inflicting more misery on the...
Japan's PM Abe heads for extended term after party vote
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy,...
Shiites across Mideast mark Ashoura, mourning saint's death
Shiites across the Middle East are marking Ashoura, an annual commemoration mourning the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's...
Parties play politics with public service
BEIRUT: Lebanese political parties are staffing state institutions with loyalists rather than professionals, undermining the efficient functioning of these institutions...
We won’t bury Saadi until killer caught: family
The parents and relatives of Haitham al-Saadi were refusing to bury him Wednesday, calling on the Palestinian authorities to exert pressure to have his killer handed in...
Oneissi defense makes fiery closing arguments
Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse, lead counsel for Hassan Oneissi, delivered a fiery stream of closing arguments Wednesday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, denouncing...
Six people were killed and dozens are missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines Thursday, inflicting more misery on the already storm-battered nation.
Election in Russia's Far East to be re-run after fraud scandal
A regional election in Russia's Far East will be re-run, the local election commission said on Thursday, dealing a rare blow to the Kremlin after allegations the vote...
Malaysia charges former PM Najib with abuse of power, money laundering
Malaysian prosecutors on Thursday charged former Prime Minister Najib Razak with abuse of power and money laundering over hundreds of millions of dollars of funds...
Indian oil refiner part-owned by Iranian company cancels Iran oil imports
India's Chennai Petroleum will stop processing Iranian crude oil from October to keep its insurance coverage once new sanctions by the United States against Iran go...
Shiites across the Middle East are marking Ashoura, an annual commemoration mourning the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints.
Thousands protest U.N. job cuts in Gaza
Thousands of employees of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees protested in Gaza Wednesday against forced redundancies as a result of U.S. funding cuts,...
King Salman hosts Khan on first foreign visit
Saudi King Salman hosted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday on his maiden foreign visit since coming to power, state media said, as Islamabad seeks to stave...
Algeria sacks ground forces chief in overhaul
Algeria’s commander of ground forces has been retired, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday, a day after confirmation of the air force chief’s ouster as part of a...
Morocco plays cat and mouse with African migrants
African emigrants are defying a campaign by Morocco intended to keep them away from land and sea crossings to Spain, which has now become the main entry point to Europe...
The startling rise of costs in end-of-service benefits for retired civil servants, Army and security personnel is adding an unnecessary financial burden and should be seen as a “time bomb,” one leading economist warned Monday.
Saudi fund invests $1B in U.S. electric car firm
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested over $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the...
Retailers grapple with work-for-Saudis plan
Mohanad Faham is wondering whether the furniture showroom he manages in Riyadh can survive a drive to get more Saudis into work. The business is already battling an...
Cyprus, Egypt sign deal for gas pipeline
Cyprus and Egypt Wednesday signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for...
Danske CEO resigns over ‘suspicious’ $234B
The chairman of Danske Bank A/S now says a “large” part of the $234 billion that flowed through a tiny Estonian unit at the center of a money laundering scandal may...
Saradar denies it dismissed staff without payoff
Saradar Bank Friday denied claims made by the Syndicate of Bank Employees that the management of the bank did not provide 61 discharged staff sufficient compensations.
Lebanon suspends lump sum tax
The Lebanese authorities Friday have suspended the implementation of the lump sum (fixed) tax in response to the appeals of the private sector.
Turkey continues to lure Lebanese tourists
Turkey’s high season for Lebanese tourists kicked off on a strong note in May of this year, with early bookings on well-priced package deals leading to tight traffic at...
Mohanad Faham is wondering whether the furniture showroom he manages in Riyadh can survive a drive to get more Saudis into work. The business is already battling an economic downturn; its storefront is plastered with red signs advertising discounts of nearly 60 percent.
Cheap Dubai real estate? Check the stock market
Dubai is famous for its high skyscrapers and lavish lifestyle, and owning real estate in the Gulf city may sound like a non-affordable dream for many people.
JPMorgan faces $6M bribe suit from Libyan fund
The Libyan Investment Authority has sued JPMorgan Chase & Co. in London, saying the lender paid more than $6 million in bribes to secure a $200 million bond deal.
Yemen central bank raises interest to aid riyal
The central bank of war-torn Yemen has raised interest rates on deposits to an all-time high of 27 percent in a bid to stabilize the plunging riyal that caused food...
The chairman of Danske Bank A/S now says a “large” part of the $234 billion that flowed through a tiny Estonian unit at the center of a money laundering scandal may need to be treated as suspicious transactions.
U.S. Justice Department probes Musk statement
Tesla Inc. said the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating Chief Executive Elon Musk’s public statements in August that he was considering taking the electric...
China urges U.S. to show sincerity, correct behavior in trade actions
China hopes the United States will show sincerity and take steps to correct its behavior, its commerce ministry said on Thursday, after both countries slapped new...
Amazon considering opening 3,000 cashierless stores: Bloomberg
Amazon is considering opening up to 3,000 new cashier-less stores by 2021 to vie for shoppers at convenience stores and quick-service sandwich shops, Bloomberg News...
Japan's oil refiners temporarily halt Iranian loadings on sanctions threat: PAJ
Japanese oil refiners have temporarily halted Iranian oil loadings ahead of U.S. sanctions and are buying alternatives as it remains unclear whether Japan will receive...
For 70 years, since the creation of Israel, the U.S. has involved itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, often putting the Jewish state’s interests above even its own and, in the supposed pursuit of peace, meting injustice to the 10 million Palestinians inside and outside occupied land.
Imposing a fait accompli
It has grown impossible not to recognize that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have reached the final stretch in their bid to wipe out the Palestinian people, their...
A better bailout was possible after 2008 crisis
The recent exchange between Joe Stiglitz and Larry Summers about “secular stagnation” and its relation to the tepid economic recovery after the 2008-2009 financial...
Africa’s women belong at the top
When I was 8 years old, a family friend told my father that he thought I was destined for leadership. My dad never let me forget that heady observation, and as a result...
The threat to democracy – from the left
For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession.”
Mass outcry over chaos at Beirut’s airport has reached a peak after weeks of calamity for travelers due to technical, staffing and myriad other issues.
Hands off the text
The Lebanese Constitution, as is the case in every democracy, is not a sacred text like the Bible or Quran, since it carries within its articles the means and tools for...
The Russians have altered the strategic dynamics of approaching war and peace by acting as part-time peacemakers, and warmongers the rest of the time.
The recent exchange between Joe Stiglitz and Larry Summers about “secular stagnation” and its relation to the tepid economic recovery after the 2008-2009 financial crisis is an important one.
The backlash of China’s family planning policy
China’s family planning policy of the 1970s – as an urgent and necessary measure to limit the growth of its huge population – prevented an estimated 400 million...
Trump’s Russia sanctions won’t change status quo
U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 12 issued a new executive order authorizing sanctions in response to interference in U.S. elections, likely as an attempt to...
Can trade agreements and labor be friends?
Labor advocates have long complained that international trade agreements are driven by corporate agendas and pay little attention to the interests of working people.
Kerry’s memoir shows a strong man
The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump.
A president who places image over principle
Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak.
Why the global growth story might be ending
For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of last week should clarify.
Working with Moscow on cyber regulation
Imagine a bully who’s pounding your head against a wall.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Champions League appearance for Juventus lasted only 29 minutes as the competition’s record scorer was sent off but his side opened their Group H campaign with a 2-0 win at Valencia Wednesday.
What exactly is going wrong at Tottenham?
Tottenham’s bright start to the season is a distant memory after Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped to their third consecutive defeat against Inter Milan in the...
Nadal to miss Asian tournaments due to injury
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the...
Osaka blazes into Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals
Japan’s Naomi Osaka pulverized Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals Wednesday in her first match since her historic U.S. Open...
Wade returns to Miami Heat for ‘One Last Dance’
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will play a final season for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision in a YouTube video entitled “One Last Dance.”
Liverpool fire Champions League warning
Liverpool turned the page on defeat in May’s Champions League final and showed why they are even stronger candidates to win a sixth European Cup this season as they...
Messi shines but Barcelona still have work to do
Lionel Messi had said it was time Barcelona won the Champions League again and he played like a man on a mission Tuesday, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 demolition of PSV...
David versus Goliath in Europa League
The Europa League group stage begins Thursday, with Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan and Sevilla among the leading sides hoping to negotiate a marathon competition all the...
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the U.S. Open earlier this month.
Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match
Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the...
Cool Corie steers Croatia into Davis Cup final
BornaCoriekept his cool to prevail in a thrilling winner-takes-all duel with fellow young gun Frances Tiafoe Sunday and steer Croatia into the final of the Davis Cup...
Querrey fightback keeps US Davis Cup hopes alive
Understudy Sam Querrey came from the verge of two sets down to pull off a remarkable four-set victory over Croatia's talisman Marin Cilic and draw the United States...
Lebanon fall to New Zealand after late collapse
Lebanon collapsed to a 63-60 loss in their World Cup qualification battle against New Zealand Monday after being in the lead for most of the game in Rotorua.
Lebanon conquer China in epic overtime win
An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday.
James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Kaepernick
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he 'stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Ginobili retires after ‘fabulous’ Spurs journey
Manu Ginobili retired at age 41 Monday after a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the San Antonio Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club
American swimmer Michael Phelps says the U.S. Olympic Committee should do more to help Olympians transitioning into retirement, saying they are all too often “brushed aside” as the focus shifts to the next generation of talent.
Drifter charged with stabbing Spaniard in Iowa
A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round near her university campus in central Iowa and had left her body in a pond on...
Mahomes, Fitzpatrick continue NFL air assaults
Two unheralded quarterbacks dazzled for the second week in a row and a pair of clutch field goal kickers were in the spotlight during the second week of the National...
Alvarez ends Golovkins unbeaten reign
Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin’s unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion Saturday, battling to victory by majority decision in a...
Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin
Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge pulverized the marathon world record with a blistering run Sunday, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best to land...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes won big in Singapore Sunday and the signs are looking ominous for title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.
Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore win
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s...
Raikkonnen fastest,Vettel hits wall in Singapore
Kimi Raikkonen edged out Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap in Friday’s second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, but the Finn’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel...
Vettel needs to find way to hit back in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at the Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year.
Former F1 champion Raikkonen leaving Ferrari for Sauber
Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc.
In Hong Kong, more than around 340 tons of textile waste is dumped each day into the city’s overflowing landfills, according to the city’s Environmental Protection Department.
Historic French food cults defend local fare
On a Saturday morning in September in the Normandy countryside, a group of men and women gather for an ancient French ceremony.
Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies
France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naive, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.
Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26: family
Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and...
Phoenix, Reilly bond in ‘Sisters Brothers’
To play any brother, by blood or not, of John C. Reilly is an intimidating prospect given just how firmly entrenched Will Ferrell is as Reilly’s on-screen sibling.
‘Capharnaum’: A fable of poverty
Nadine Labaki’s reputation as a filmmaker rests upon sweet-natured, lightly comic stories about nice people undergoing difficulties.
Iran film for Oscars stirs debate on home front
The Iranian film for next year’s Oscars has stirred controversy at home both over the choice of a downbeat movie and for taking part in the Hollywood spectacle at a...
Napoleon’s imperial barge on the move again
A barge built secretly for Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810 to inspect his imperial fleet had its crown removed in a delicate museum operation Tuesday ahead of the vessel’s...
Calls for respect for black America at Franklin funeral
As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved,...
Lana Del Rey nixes Israel concert after BDS pressure
Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists.
Fans of Aretha Franklin to pay respects before Detroit funeral
Thousands of Aretha Franklin fans are expected to pay their last respects to the Queen of Soul Tuesday and Wednesday when the singer's body lays in repose for two days...
Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92
State media is reporting that Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib, whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name across the Arab world, has died at age 92.
Netflix ties HBO in total Emmy wins
Streaming service Netflix Inc. and premium cable channel HBO battled to a tie at Monday’s Emmy awards ceremony, with each taking home 23 of the television industry’s...
'Game of Thrones,' 'Mrs. Maisel' triumph at Emmys
Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award...
Hawke spotlights a little-known legend in ‘Blaze
Ethan Hawke had long been enchanted by the songs of mysterious singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.
Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea's turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the...
Cranberries singer O'Riordan drowned due to alcohol intoxication: inquest
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest in London was told, media reported on...
Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
Sanctioned Russian singer Kobzon, dubbed Russia's Sinatra, dies aged 80
Veteran Russian singer and pro-Kremlin politician Iosif Kobzon, who was under European Union sanctions for supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, died...
Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West’s few masters of the oud and of Ottoman classical music.
Tracee Ellis Ross leads pink parade at Emmys
There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and a contingent in red for TV’s big night at the Emmy Awards.
What to say when postpartum depression hits
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their...
Eye exam may predict Alzheimer’s
Advances in eye-exam technology could one day help doctors diagnose people with Alzheimer’s disease long before physical symptoms appear, researchers said Thursday.
Arak celebration shows young-old divide
In the village of Taanayel, tucked into the Bekaa’s forests and vineyards, lunch tables topped with vibrant-colored tablecloths punctuated Lebanon’s annual Arak Festival.
Tisci’s Burberry show a London Fashion Week hit
All eyes were on Burberry Monday as new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci showed his first collection for the venerable British house.
Florals at Preen, Mouret picks lace and feminism
Fashionistas can expect soft feminine looks for their wardrobes next spring, with labels Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Roland Mouret showing plenty of ruffles and lace...
Rare photos offer glimpse into Kennedy family
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has made hundreds of Kennedy family photos viewable online, giving a nation still obsessed with Camelot a candid new...
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories.
Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, medical study says
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8...
Beirut Design Fair extends its borders
The Beirut Design Fair, back this month for its second edition, will again showcase the designs, products and innovations of local and international talents at the...
NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.
Apple Watch inches toward becoming medical device
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday
Apple is expected to unveil its biggest and most expensive iPhone on Wednesday as part of a lineup of three new models aimed at widening the product's appeal amid...
‘Fortnite’: Could it soon be game over for the online craze?
It’s a question millions of parents want answered: Will the wildly popular online survival battle game “Fortnite” soon lose its grip on the attention of their children?
Useful, creepy? Gmail writes replies for you
Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf.
Far from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains.
Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China - despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.
Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, I tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the arctic silence.
Massive boom aims to halve Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years
Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s...
Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Flood-battered west Japan braces for powerful typhoon
A powerful typhoon was expected to make landfall in west Japan on Thursday, raising the risk of more hardship for a region battered by deadly floods in July, and...
Two koalas die in a month at Belgian zoo
Two of the three koalas at a top Belgian zoo have died in the space of a month, officials said Tuesday while rejecting fears of an "epidemic" among the Australian...