Former Minister Ghazi Zeaiter’s failure to present weapons purchased from Switzerland when requested has resulted in that country halting its arms supply to Lebanon and the Army.
Last Al-Fanar patients moved, many unhappy
As the last of the patients at the shuttered Al-Fanar Psychiatric Hospital were transferred to other institutions, employees said some of the former patients were...
Woman dies after fine dining in Spain
A woman who died after eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain may have suffered food poisoning, a local court said Friday.
Chemical tinderbox found in ruin of Dhaka blaze
Lighter fuel, deodorant cans and drums full of chemicals stored in a residential building in the Bangladeshi capital fueled a blaze this week that killed at least 70...
MBS makes $10B China deal, talks deradicalization
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman cemented a $10 billion deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in China Friday, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, who...
Rai voices stance against civil marriage
The head of the Maronite Church Friday said he rejected the possibility of allowing civil marriage in Lebanon.
Yacoubian hits back at Bassil’s threats
MP Paula Yacoubian Friday didn’t back down from accusations of corruption made the night before against Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil after he threatened...
Canada gives Lebanese Army military equipment
The Lebanese Army Friday received military equipment from the Canadian government during a ceremony at a ski school in Al-Arz.
Swede gets more than four years in prison for royal jewels heist
A 22-year-old Swede was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted of stealing 17th-century Swedish royal treasures estimated to be...
Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture
Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and...
US Venezuela envoy departs for Colombia on aid flight
U.S. special representative Elliott Abrams departed the U.S. Friday for the Colombian city of Cucuta on a plane carrying American humanitarian aid for crisis-hit...
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman cemented a $10 billion deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in China Friday, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, who urged joint efforts to counter extremism and terror.
Algerians protest Bouteflika re-election bid
Thousands of young Algerians took to the streets Friday to protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plans to seek a fifth term and police fired tear gas to...
Muthana: From shy student to Daesh polemicist
As a shy, studious teenager in Alabama, Hoda Muthana rarely made waves.
Daesh slips into Iraq to fight another day
Daesh (ISIS) militants facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country’s fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi...
Swiss convicted for leading Christian militia
A former Swiss soldier who commanded a Christian militia fighting Daesh (ISIS) in Syria was found guilty Friday of violating Swiss neutrality.
Telecommunication Minister Mohamed Choucair Friday promised to finish installing fiber optic cables across Lebanon as soon as possible.
Banks are set to cut interest rates
Many Lebanese banks have started reducing interest rates on deposits after the formation of a government eased fears on the Lebanese currency and a run on the lenders.
Turkey set to start oil, gas drilling off Cyprus
Turkey will begin drilling for oil and gas near Cyprus in the coming days, state-owned news agency Anadolu reported Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying...
Saudi agrees $10B China refinery deal as MBS visits
State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco signed a $10 billion deal to build a refining and petrochemical complex in China on Friday, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin...
Ford flaws just the latest auto scandal
Ford Motor Co. has become the latest carmaker to reveal potential flaws in its exhaust testing systems, underscoring challenges faced by an industry pressured by...
Real estate demand index remains low in Q4 2018
The real estate demand index in the fourth quarter of 2018 did not improve due to the political uncertainty at that time, according to the Byblos Bank Real Estate...
CORRECTION: Lebanese banks are reviewing a reduction in interest rates on deposits, source says
CORRECTION: Lebanese banks are reviewing a reduction in interest rates on deposits, source says
Lebanon's Central Bank slashes interest rate on deposits by 2 percentage points: source
Lebanon's Central Bank slashes interest rate on deposits by 2 percentage points: source
Turkey will begin drilling for oil and gas near Cyprus in the coming days, state-owned news agency Anadolu reported Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying Thursday, a move that could stoke tensions with neighboring Cyprus and Greece.
BAE shares fall as export ban hits Saudi deals
BAE Systems PLC fell the most since Britain voted to quit the European Union after saying German limits on arms exports to Saudi Arabia following the murder of Jamal...
Oman’s bond-sale retreat shrinks Bahrain premium
The hefty premium investors demanded to hold Oman’s Eurobonds rather than those of lower-rated Bahrain is shrinking.
Egypt faces addiction to short debt
Egypt wants to tear down a strategy that’s left one of the Middle East’s most indebted countries hooked on short-term borrowing.
Ford Motor Co. has become the latest carmaker to reveal potential flaws in its exhaust testing systems, underscoring challenges faced by an industry pressured by increasingly stringent emission rules.
China to plan $30B more in U.S. agriculture buys
China is proposing that it could buy an additional $30 billion a year of U.S. agricultural products including soybeans, corn and wheat as part of a possible trade deal...
U.S.‘ Russia sanctions ‘bill from hell’ is back
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill containing new sanctions on Russia over its alleged meddling in U.S. elections and intervention in Ukraine.
Nissan downgraded on weak outlook
Nissan Motor Co. took another hit as the automaker’s debt rating was cut on concerns the next two years will be marked by slowing sales and a preoccupation with...
U.S. carmakers warn Trump against tariffs
America’s auto industry is bracing for a potential escalation in U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff war with the world, one that could weaken the global auto industry...
At long last, the idea of giving Lebanese couples the option of civil marriage - a move we fully and wholeheartedly support - is being discussed.
A living legacy
As we mark the passing of 14 years since Lebanon tragically lost one of its greatest statesmen in the most heinous manner, we can’t help but recognize that after all...
What’s left of the populist left?
As Venezuela’s crisis deepens, conservatives in the United States and elsewhere are gleefully pointing to the disaster of Chavismo to warn of the dangers of “socialism.”
The Islamic Republic’s 40 years of strife
In 1971, world leaders as varied as Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew, and Soviet...
Congress’ young veterans bring new hope for Dems
The left wing of the Democratic Party has been getting much of the media attention since the new Congress convened, overshadowing the rise of a group of young...
Focus on reforms
For months politicians have complained about the absence of a platform to air their views and grievances.
A promise of peace
The fact that Pope Francis chose this moment in history to embark on the first-ever visit by any pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula is weighty, especially as in past...
The U.S. announced Friday that USAID assistance to the occupied West Bank and Gaza had ceased, after a change in U.S. legislation that the Palestinian Authority feared...
The dialectic of global trade policy
There is a subtle yet important change occurring in how political leaders think about international trade, including how to remedy long-standing problems.
Women’s critical role in saving the environment
Women’s critical role in saving the environment took a new twist when on Feb. 7, 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) introduced a new climate change...
U.K. needs closest EU neighbors more than ever
Dramatic changes have swept the world since British voters decided in 2016 to leave the European Union.
The left wing of the Democratic Party has been getting much of the media attention since the new Congress convened, overshadowing the rise of a group of young Democratic military and intelligence veterans who may prove more important for 2020 and beyond.
Democracy that goes beyond voting and protests
For over a decade now, we have witnessed more elections and, simultaneously, less democracy.
Trump’s red line is turning blue
President Donald Trump has been insisting for so long that any investigation of his personal finances would cross a “red line” that people may have overlooked the...
Playing a dangerous game of chicken with Europe
The game of chicken is simple to describe but dangerous to play.
Trump’s summit with Kim could lead to safer world
The showy first summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last June was draped in flags and bunting, but the decoration covered what...
Real Madrid and Barcelona face two Clasicos in four days next week but La Liga’s greatest rivals are not so much revving up for the doubleheader but crawling reluctantly toward it.
Kovac wants Bayern in CL mindset for title race
Niko Kovac wants his Bayern Munich side to show the defensive discipline that saw them shut out Liverpool in the Bundesliga title race as they set their sights on...
Osaka cites ‘happiness’ as motive for coach split
Naomi Osaka said she would not prioritize “success over happiness” following the surprise sacking of her coach as she heads into the Dubai Championships as top seed for...
Monfils overcomes Wawrinka to lift Rotterdam titl
France’s Gael Monfils overcame a determined Stan Wawrinka to win the Rotterdam Open 6-3 1-6 6-2 Saturday, lifting his first title since January 2018.
Lebanon’s World Cup hopes in jeopardy after loss
Lebanon’s hopes of securing a spot at this summer’s Basketball World Cup took a major hit after the Cedars fell to a demoralizing 69-67 home loss to New Zealand Friday.
Solskjaer summons Ferguson’s spirit for Liverpool
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joked that he might invite Alex Ferguson to deliver Manchester United’s team talk before their eagerly awaited Premier League meeting with...
Chelsea up against it but Guardiola wary of final
On and off the field Chelsea will have their backs well and truly against the wall when they take on an irrepressible Manchester City side in the League Cup final Sunday.
Chelsea to appeal FIFA transfer window ban
FIFA has banned Chelsea from the next two transfer windows after the Premier League club was found guilty of breaching rules regarding overseas players under the age of...
Naomi Osaka said she would not prioritize “success over happiness” following the surprise sacking of her coach as she heads into the Dubai Championships as top seed for the first time.
Kvitova tells court of knife attack
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leaving blood...
New Davis Cup era set to dawn in Madrid
The Davis Cup starts a new era this weekend as the revamped team competition kicks off with 12 qualifying-round ties spread across the globe to decide which nations...
Murray has hip surgery to prolong career
Andy Murray has undergone hip resurfacing surgery in London, the British tennis great told Instagram followers Tuesday.
Nike in damage control after star’s shoe shreds
Nike was in damage control mode Thursday after U.S. college basketball phenomenon Zion Williamson suffered a knee injury when his shoe shredded during a marquee game...
Nike shares slip, faces Twitter storm after sneaker fail
Shares of Nike Inc. fell nearly 2 percent Thursday, a day after a sneaker worn by emerging basketball star Zion Williamson split in half 33 seconds into a hotly...
MVP Durant sparks Team LeBron’s All-Star victory
Kevin Durant scored 31 points and picked up the MVP award as Team LeBron rallied from a 20-point deficit to outgun Team Giannis 178-164 in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game...
Ten things to know going into the NBA All-Star
With All-Star festivities set to officially beginning Friday, here are 10 things to know going into the weekend.
Caster Semenya was given “the last word” when a week-long hearing at sport’s highest court ended Friday, and her decade-long battle with track and field’s ruling body neared an end.
MMA star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37
Georges St-Pierre retired Thursday after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC’s worldwide expansion.
Govt backs Semenya on IAAF gender rules
The South African government Friday threw its weight behind Olympic 800 meters champion Caster Semenya ahead of next week’s landmark hearing on proposed rules that aim...
Global esports revenues to top $1B in 2019: report
Global esports revenues will hit $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent since last year amid ballooning revenues from advertising, sponsorship and media rights to...
England hammer France 44-8 in Six Nations
England thrashed France 44-8 in a Six Nations international at Twickenham Sunday.
Ferrari made a strong start to Formula One’s preseason testing Monday with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel saying he could not have hoped for a better day after setting the fastest time and doing the most laps.
Williams to miss first day of F1 testing
Williams will miss the first day of Formula One’s preseason testing in Spain Monday because they have yet to finish their car, the former champions said Sunday.
Ferrari unveil new Formula One car for new era
Ferrari turned a page on their recent past Friday as they unveiled the Formula One car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dreams...
Hamilton hungry as new Mercedes makes track debut
Formula One champions Mercedes ran their new car for the first time at Silverstone Wednesday with title holder Lewis Hamilton saying he felt 2019 could turn out even...
Qatar’s beIN says not renewing F1 contract
Qatar-based beIN Sports announced Friday that it had decided not to renew a contract for the rights to broadcast Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa as a...
Coming to Beirut straight from their performance at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards, The Hot 8 Brass Band is rearing to go for its Liban Jazz concert at MusicHall Sunday.
Probing Russia’s toxic legacy via family history
Pavel Otdelnov recalls how as a child he saw his mother boil his parents’ bedding every day.
Ariana Grande a no-show despite winning first Grammy Award
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn't collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show's...
Dilemma of having a R. Kelly-penned hit: Sing it or sink it?
For Grammy-nominated singer Joe, singing the hit song R. Kelly wrote and produced for him is out of the question.
Marvel to make four animated superhero series for Hulu
Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel superhero studio will produce four new adult-oriented animated series for the Hulu streaming service, Hulu said Monday.
New book challenges stereotypes of Muslim women
Fed up with Western stereotypes pegging Muslim women as “submissive” and judging them by their religious clothing, a feminist author collected essays from 17 Muslim...
Iraqi rapper gives angry Basra youth an outlet
A youth-led protest movement in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and unemployment, has found an artistic outlet...
Sweet swan song for ‘How to Train Your Dragon’
Born in the 3D land rush, “How to Train Your Dragon” has never quite shrugged off the bland corporate sheen attached to it from the start.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn't collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show's producer.
'The Favourite,' 'Roma' win big at BAFTA
Tragicomic royal drama "The Favourite" and Mexican family memoir "Roma" split the honors with multiple wins each at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards – victories...
'Big Bang Theory' gets honor as series nears its end
Champagne briefly replaced scripts Thursday for a ceremony renaming the nondescript Stage 25 on the sprawling Warner Bros. production lot after the sitcom "The Big Bang...
'Roma' wins best Latin American film award
Mexican film "Roma," which is tipped for Oscars glory, was Saturday named best Latin American picture at the Goyas, the main Spanish film awards held in Seville.
An ode to Springsteen in ‘Blinded by the Light’
“Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha certainly knows about being a Bruce Springsteen fan, having seen The Boss at Wembley Stadium in 1984 where she proudly...
The case against Jussie Smollett could do more than lead to a conviction for the "Empire" star - some experts see the allegations he orchestrated an attack designed to look like a hate crime as a potentially fatal blow to his career.
Rising British rapper Cadet killed in late-night car crash
U.K. hip-hop stars have paid tribute to rising rapper Cadet, who was killed in a car crash early Saturday on the way to a performance in central England.
British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82
Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich," has died at the age of 82, a family...
Liam Neeson admits he wanted to kill after friend was raped
Liam Neeson has said he is ashamed to admit he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped.
Beyonce, Jay-Z offer chance of lifetime tickets to fans who go vegan
Music's first couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are encouraging fans to go vegan for a month with a contest to give one lucky winner a lifetime of free tickets to their shows.
Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house’s creative director for 54 years.
In Russia, battle to free 100 orcas, belugas
Dozens of orcas and beluga whales captured for sale to oceanariums have brought Russia’s murky trade into the spotlight, but efforts to free them have been blocked by...
Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant
In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific...
Turn it down! Millennials' music habit puts their hearing at risk: UN
A generation of music-lovers is damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
Johnnie Walker talks to a new generation
For the first time, Johnnie Walker’s “Keep Walking Lebanon” campaign lent its voice to Lebanese millennials
Gucci puts on eclectic masquerade catwalk
Masks of all shades, shapes and sizes took over the Gucci catwalk Wednesday as the Italian luxury label kicked off Milan’s leg of the autumn-winter runway season with...
Pageant-mad Philippines welcomes home Miss Universe
The beauty pageant-mad Philippines welcomed home freshly crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray on Thursday with a parade through the capital that drew thousands of...
Benetton makes Milan debut with Lagerfeld tribute
Milan Fashion Week promised to be a running tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday as collateral events got underway.
In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds.
Lack of doctors breeds deep resentment in rural France
The small town of Montargis is only 100 kilometers south of Paris, but for many of its inhabitants it might as well be on the dark side of the moon when it comes to...
Yemeni kids find joy in music
The sound of music fills the halls at a school in the Yemeni city of Taiz, where Nazira al-Jaafari sits at a keyboard as a teacher takes her through the notes.
Internet addiction spawns U.S. treatment programs
When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends.
Steps to sustainability, discovering city secrets
Over a hundred people gathered on a sunny Saturday for a walking tour of Ashrafieh, led by a community organization seeking to preserve Beirut’s heritage and promote...
Campaign uses AI to imagine future for child with cancer
How can a child fighting cancer expect to look in 10 years? On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon offered a potential answer to...
Beirut takes part in global 'Night of Ideas'
Thinkers, activists, artists and concerned citizens of Lebanon converged Thursday evening at the French Institute in Beirut for the fourth edition of the “Night of...
Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the market.
Why are zebras striped? So flies can’t land
Scientists are providing new evidence to answer the long-standing question about why zebras have stripes.
Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid
A Japanese spacecraft is approaching the surface of an asteroid about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.
Samsung announces folding phone with 5G - at nearly $2,000
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Wednesday unveiled a nearly $2,000 folding smartphone in a bid to top the technology of Apple Inc and Chinese rivals and reignite...
Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert
Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin.
When California legalized recreational marijuana use in 2016, Gene Grozovskiy decided he would show tourists the big change behind the scenes. Now he’s seeing some green, thanks to strong interest in all that grass in Los Angeles, considered the world’s largest pot market where the air routinely smells of weed.
Swimmers back bathing with Palau golden jellyfish
Swimming with the famous golden jellyfish in Palau can be put back on the bucket list following a two-year ban, but bathers may be stung with a hefty price increase for...
By all accounts, Dasan and Illika should have died of poisoning. But they are back on their feet, poking their beaks through the bars of their cages, impatient to return to the skies over Colombia, which have been transformed into hostile territory for the so-called king of the Andes - the condor.