Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai expressed his hope Sunday that caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil would break the deadlock over the issue of representation for Hezbollah-backed independent Sunni lawmakers in a new government.
Gov responsible for flooding: municipality
Ghobeiry Municipality hit back Saturday at accusations that it was responsible for a flood of sewage in Ramlet al-Baida, saying the blame lay with Beirut Governor Ziad...
Pope denounces 'din of rich few' on World Day of Poor
Pope Francis railed against social inequality Sunday, lamenting "the din of the rich few" drowning out the voice of the needy, as he marked the second "World Day of the...
Police called on diplomats as APEC summit tensions boil over
Police were called when Chinese officials attempted to "barge" into the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled...
'Unnecessary, wrong' to call snap Israeli polls: Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday it would be "unnecessary and wrong" to call snap polls as he sought to hold his governing coalition together...
Roger Rebeiz elected head of Lebanese Dental Association
Independent candidate Roger Rebeiz, who was supported by the Kataeb and Progressive Socialist Party, was Sunday elected as head of the Lebanese Dental Association.
Retired Lebanese Army first sergeant found dead in his home
A retired Lebanese Army first sergeant was found dead in his house Sunday, according to the state-run National News Agency.
Bar Association Council members elected
Lawyers Sunday elected four candidates to the Bar Association Council in a politically-charged contest, while another candidate replaced a resigning member.
Pope Francis railed against social inequality Sunday, lamenting "the din of the rich few" drowning out the voice of the needy, as he marked the second "World Day of the Poor".
Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both limping in the polls, are looking for common approaches to Donald Trump and fixing the flaws...
Next seven days critical for Britain: UK PM May
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday the next seven days in the Brexit process would be critical for the country's future.
Malta identifies journalist murder masterminds: report
Investigators have identified a group of at least Maltese nationals who they believe masterminded the killing of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia 13...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday it would be "unnecessary and wrong" to call snap polls as he sought to hold his governing coalition together following the resignation of his defense minister.
Turkey keeps an activist under arrest, releases 12 others
Turkey's official news agency says one person has been kept in custody in an investigation over allegations of supporting mass anti-government protests in 2013 with...
Iraqi scholar linked to Basra protests killed
Iraqi police say a Muslim religious scholar has been killed outside his home after he suggested that demonstrators should take up arms over poor public services in Basra.
Official: Car bomb in Iraq's Tikrit kills 5
Iraqi officials said five people were killed in a car bomb blast in the city of Tikrit Sunday, the latest security breach to rattle the country in recent weeks.
Houthis mobilize to fight ahead of UN envoy visit
Yemeni rebels have said they are ready to mobilize more fighters to the frontline despite a lull in battleground Hodeida, as the U.N. envoy prepares to visit the...
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Thursday that Lebanese commercial banks have succeeded in maintaining the inflow of foreign currency deposits with the support of BDL, which helped preserve an acceptable level of economic activity in the country.
Real estate index rises over 17 pct in Q3
The index that tracks demand for properties in Lebanon improved in the third quarter of 2018 after the Parliament approved the allocation of LL100 billion ($66.6...
Four arrested in Iran sugar protests
Four people were arrested in southwestern Iran Sunday as locals joined striking sugar workers in mounting protests over unpaid wages and alleged criminal activity by...
Iraq strikes deal to export Kirkuk oil again
Iraq’s central government has agreed with Kurdish authorities to resume oil exports from Kirkuk, the Oil Ministry said Friday, a year after federal forces seized the...
VW ups spending on new tech by $11 billion
Volkswagen AG is significantly raising investment plans for the next five years in the race to keep up with the shift to electric, connected and self-driving cars.
US keeps squeezing Hezbollah’s cash stream
Washington has succeeded in drastically slashing the financial resources of Hezbollah and will continue until the party’s finances run dry, Marshall Billingslea,...
Politics chokes Lebanon’s access to Gulf markets
Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed...
BDL to maintain upgrades to bank oversight
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh Tuesday reiterated BDL’s determination to continue upgrading the supervision of all banks and financial institutions to avoid a...
Four people were arrested in southwestern Iran Sunday as locals joined striking sugar workers in mounting protests over unpaid wages and alleged criminal activity by managers, the official IRNA news agency said.
Upset by Iran waivers, Saudis push for output cut
When U.S. President Donald Trump asked Saudi Arabia this summer to raise oil production to compensate for lower crude exports from Iran, Riyadh swiftly told Washington...
Iraq restarts small Kirkuk oil exports
Iraq restarted exports Friday of Kirkuk oil, halted a year ago due to a standoff between the central government and Kurdistan's semi-autonomous region, after a new...
Hook warns EU against non-dollar Iran trade
European banks and companies who engage in a special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran will be at risk from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, the U.S....
Risks piling up for Europe’s economy
Europe’s five-year economic expansion is facing a midlife crisis as it copes with a potential debt explosion in Italy, a U.S.-China trade war and the risk of a...
Draghi: eurozone economy 'resilient' despite trade slowdown
European Central Bank head Mario Draghi warns that slowing world trade is proving to be a drag on the eurozone economy but says the current expansion remains...
European shares bounce back from Brexit bruising
European shares recovered Friday as investors licked their wounds after a tumultuous week and strong results from Vivendi boosted the media sector.
VW says could build up to 15 mln electric cars
Volkswagen could build up to 15 million electric cars over several years on its new electric vehicle production platform, the company said Friday, adding that its Chief...
After a tense few days, courtesy of a fiery speech over the weekend by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that seemed to smother any possibility of a breakthrough in the formation of a much-needed government, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri offered the Lebanese people a semblance of hope with his measured response.
Lebanon in jeopardy
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah didn’t mince words over the weekend, coming out with a loud-and-clear, “My way or the highway,” abandoning any attempts at...
Why Egypt’s media narrative infuriates Christians
On Nov. 2, at least seven Egyptian Christians were shot dead and another 17 injured in an attack on a minibus leaving a baptism at the Monastery of Saint Samuel the...
America’s overt payback for China’s espionage
While the bombastic U.S.-China “trade war” has been getting the headlines, U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies have been waging a quieter battle to combat...
The world is adapting to Trump as president
One of the assumptions that economists sometimes use to frame their models is to specify that some variables will be held constant, a concept that’s expressed with the...
The picture is gradually growing clearer, and it has become quite evident that March 8 and its sponsors have an ample supply of rabbits in their hats ready to be laid...
Loyalty to Lebanon
The region enters a dangerous new phase Monday, as the U.S. administration restores sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Not time for antics
In Lebanon, the spirit of partnership in governance is not a luxury but the one thing that allows 18 different sects to coexist in peace in this tiny country.
On Nov. 2, at least seven Egyptian Christians were shot dead and another 17 injured in an attack on a minibus leaving a baptism at the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in the southern province of Minya. Daesh (ISIS) immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, just as they had for a May 26, 2017, shooting that killed 28 Egyptian Christians at the exact same site.
Why freedom of assembly still matters
It is now common knowledge that many democracies around the world are under pressure.
A concert of Indo-Pacific democracies
On his weeklong tour of Asia, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has been promoting a vision of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region, characterized by unimpeded trade...
The case for compensated free trade and exports
Almost all liberals support globalization and oppose economic nationalism.
One of the assumptions that economists sometimes use to frame their models is to specify that some variables will be held constant, a concept that’s expressed with the Latin phrase “ceteris paribus.”
Things don’t always work themselves out
When confronting bad news these days, many tend to assume that it’s just a bump on the road and that things will work out.
U.S. needs leader to capture technology
A conference here to gather American business and military experts to discuss the coming revolution in artificial intelligence was a good Election-Day measure of the...
Mattis walks Trump tightrope on troops at border
When President Trump issues an election-time order to send up to 15,000 troops to confront what many experts say is a nonexistent threat on the U.S.-Mexico border, what...
Pushing for full transparency for tuna fishing
A cluster of small Pacific islands is poised to make history in the management of global fish stocks.
Serbia closed in on promotion to the Nations League second tier after a 2-1 home win over neighbors Montenegro on Saturday left them top of Group 4 in League C.
De Gea under pressure as Kepa waits in wings
Pressure is mounting on Spain goalkeeper David de Gea with fans and media calling for him to be dropped following a surprise 3-2 loss to Croatia in Thursday night’s...
Zverev shocks Federer to reach final of ATP Finals
Alexander Zverev shocked Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday to set an ATP Finals decider against either Novak Djokovic or Kevin Anderson.
Zverev sets up tasty Federer clash at ATP Finals
Alexander Zverev’s long-predicted arrival at the summit of men’s tennis is taking too long for some impatient observers but he took another step forward by beating John...
Rockets thrash ‘banged up’ Warriors
The Houston Rockets humbled the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 Thursday in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.
Win shows Qatar catching up before 2022
For those who thought Qatar would at the very best make up the numbers at its own World Cup in 2022, this week’s eye-catching victory over Switzerland will have come as...
Rudderless U.S. still searching for an identity
It has been over a year since Bruce Arena resigned as head coach of the United States, and a 3-0 defeat to England Thursday showed they remain rudderless in the absence...
Ranieri wants Fulham to fight like pirates
Claudio Ranieri told Fulham to forget about miracles and fight “like pirates” to stay in the Premier League as he held his first news conference as manager of the...
Zverev sets up Federer last-four clash at ATP Finals
Alexander Zverev set up a last-four clash against Roger Federer in the ATP Finals after seeing off John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 on Friday while Novak Djokovic will take on...
Djokovic eyes semis after dismissing Zverev
Novak Djokovic moved closer to a place in the semifinals of the ATP Finals as the world No. 1 dispatched Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-1 Wednesday.
Anderson hammers Nishikori in ATP Finals
Kevin Anderson handed Japan’s Kei Nishikori a humiliating 6-0, 6-1 thrashing at the ATP Finals as the South African moved to the brink of a semifinal berth Tuesday.
James rules over Chamberlain, to conquer Jordan
Lebron James took another milestone as he passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the fifth most prolific scorer in National Basketball Association history Wednesday.
LeBron gets 44, passes Wilt in LA's 126-117 win over Blazers
LeBron James had a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list and leading the Los...
Beirut hold on for overtime win over Riyadi
Beirut Club withstood a Riyadi comeback to record a double overtime win and snap their rivals’ perfect start to the Lebanese Basketball League Monday.
James' dunk lifts Lakers to 107-106 win over Hawks
Tyson Chandler had quite a week with the Lakers.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather’s proposed fight against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will definitely go ahead on New Year’s Eve, according to the CEO of the promotional company organizing the mixed martial arts prime event. After announcing he would take on Nasukawa at the next Rizin Fighting Federation event in Saitama at a news conference in Tokyo this month, the American reneged on his commitment to the contest upon his return to the United States.
Wilson, Seahawks drive past Packers
Russell Wilson hit tight end Ed Dickson for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:08 remaining as the Seattle Seahawks rallied from an early double-digit deficit to defeat...
Molinari retains control in Race to Dubai
Italy’s Francesco Molinari kept his grip on the European Tour’s season-defining crown despite two late bogeys in a 4-under-par 68 that kept him within two shots of the...
Mayweather takes hit for The Money Team
It looked like easy money, and there’s no one more qualified to judge that than the founder and titular head of The Money Team. But sometimes chasing a pile of cash is...
Mayweather takes his money team to Japan fight
Floyd Mayweather’s overstated arrival to his unveiling as the new figurehead for a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion proved that no matter what the event or the...
Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes Formula One teammates they are all “legends” after completing a fifth successive constructor and driver title double in Brazil Sunday and pledged to help make them the sport’s most successful team ever.
Schumacher still the G.O.A.T.: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Monday deflected all suggestions that he might be the greatest Formula One driver of all time, saying that seven-time champion Michael Schumacher remains...
Hamilton wins fifth F1 title
Lewis Hamilton won his fifth career Formula One championship with a fourth-place finish Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix, a race dominated by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Vinales wins Aussie race as Marquez jinx strikes
Maverick Vinales powered to a dominant victory at the Australian MotoGP Sunday as newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez was dramatically forced out after a...
Mercedes will have earned F1 title: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that another Formula One championship would be one earned by him and Mercedes – not one thrown away by Ferrari.
Archaeologists say they found tombs at a Bolivian quarry containing remains from more than 500 years ago that give an insight into the interaction of various peoples with the expanding Inca empire.
A new arts center opens in Dubai
It’s a restive time in the MENA region. In the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings, and the ongoing socio-economic strains that provoked them, the region is experiencing...
Spice Girls add new tour dates as fans snap up tickets
Best-selling 90s girl band the Spice Girls added extra dates to their U.K. tour Saturday after fans from around the world raced to buy tickets when they went on sale.
British pop band Spice Girls reunites for UK tour
British pop band the Spice Girls said Monday they would reunite for a British tour next June although there was no mention of whether Victoria Beckham would take part.
Marvel’s Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, dies
Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man,...
‘Tarikhi’: Committing Arab oral history to print
“Tarikhi,” a new bi-annual journal, seeks to highlight the importance of individuals’ stories from across the Arab world accounts that are at risk of being lost....
Italy nationalists mull refusing Da Vincis to Louvre
Italy wants to renegotiate a deal to loan all of its Leonardo da Vinci paintings to France's Louvre to mark 500 years since his death, Italian media reported Saturday.
Syrian writer on staying home, war, Westerners
Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa is hesitant to release his latest book.
Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday.
Stan Lee, the man who co-created Marvel Comics, has died, his daughter tells TMZ
Stan Lee, the man who co-created Marvel Comics, has died, his daughter tells TMZ
Tunisia sees post-revolution cinema revival
Tunisian filmmakers are making the most of newfound freedoms to tackle issues banished for decades from the silver screen, prompting a post-revolution cinema revival.
Perry, Haddish somber at ‘Nobody’s Fool’ premiere
At the world premiere of his new film “Nobody’s Fool,” Tyler Perry expressed hope that “good people” from all backgrounds will “step up and do the right thing” to end...
Leigh eyes present day with historical drama
British director Mike Leigh first turned his hand to historical drama with “Mr. Turner” in 2014.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Idris Elba's daughter has been chosen as the Golden Globe Ambassador to assist with the glitzy awards ceremony.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in hot Fiji for 3-day visit
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the...
Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90
Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died.
Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took separate boats Monday to Queensland's Fraser Island as their tour of Australia and the South Pacific continued with a reduced...
Kenzo Takada, the Japanese designer who retired at the height of his career nearly 20 years ago, wants to show the world how he came up with the pathbreaking designs that helped catapult a wave of Japanese creators onto the Paris stage. After years of taking time for himself, “I again needed to do something, to work,” he told AFP.
“I am very happy, but at times I feel nostalgic.”
Study finds group of polar bears near Alaska
The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they’re doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears...
Climate change may zap male fertility: scientists
Would-be fathers have long been advised to wear boxer shorts and avoid hot tubs, to avoid too much heat damaging their reproductive chances.
New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less
Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health.
Home designers optimistic in uncertain times
From abstract paintings and velvet sofas to Orthodox icons and Persian carpets, the 11th annual Art of Living exhibition strikes visitors with a staggering array of...
As new capital rises, what fate for Cairo?
Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with “breathtaking” views in compounds with names like “La Verde” or “Vinci” in Egypt’s new capital that is under...
Greek silk town finds itself back in fashion
Inside the machine-crammed Mouhtarides factory near the Greek-Turkish border, Ioanna Pistola deftly spins a silk thread in a loom, ignoring the deafening noise around...
China opens new luxury hotel in quarry
A hotel development sunk into a disused quarry in China opened its doors Thursday to deep-pocketed clientele.
Pressure on girls for perfect body ‘worse than ever’: Orbach
Girls and young women are under more pressure than ever to achieve the perfect body in an oppressive social media-driven world that could never have been imagined by...
Cuban, US team up to fight cancer
Diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States may be strained but the two countries are standing shoulder to shoulder to fight a common enemy: cancer. The first...
Psychedelic advocate nears goal of legal ecstasy
Growing up amid the tumult of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, Rick Doblin says he became convinced that humanity was “crazy” and “inherently destructive.”
From abstract paintings and velvet sofas to Orthodox icons and Persian carpets, the 11th annual Art of Living exhibition strikes visitors with a staggering array of colorful items
Economy has Lebanese students weighing options
The second edition of the annual Education and Orientation Expo was buzzing Thursday with the energy of a few hundred Lebanese high school students thinking about what...
Need to chill out? Dbayeh ice bar goes subzero
For those looking for a touch of cold as Lebanon’s warm weather extends into autumn, a new bar in town might do the trick.
SpaceX got the green light this week from U.S. authorities to put a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s.
Gene-edited food: Will shoppers buy it?
The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to...
Mate 20 Pro: Top performance dominates this year’s headlines
HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro demonstrates huge improvements in terms of performance, security measures and battery life.
Pocket money apps aim to help cashless kids
For kids growing up in today’s cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual.
Dating apps use AI to help search for love
Forget swiping though endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a...
Adventurer Ross Edgley became the first man to swim around the coast of mainland Britain as he completed a 2,865 kilometer-trip to make a triumphant return to dry land in Margate Sunday. The 33-year-old, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, had left the Kent town on June 1, swimming in a clockwise direction. He had not set foot on land once and slept in a support boat.
Tourist spots in danger for being too loved
The Philippines’ most famous resort island, Boracay, will reopen Friday after a six-month cleanup intended to fix the damage done by unrestrained mass tourism.
South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product.
Harry highlights climate change in Fiji
On a royal tour to Fiji this week, Britain’s Prince Harry drew attention to the climate change threat facing the island country’s people on a daily basis.
New tourist attraction
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The loud crack rang out from the fog above the Baishui No. 1 Glacier as a stone shard careened down the ice, flying past Chen Yanjun as he operated a GPS device.