Plans to link Beirut to the Bekaa Valley via train have picked up steam in recent weeks after parliamentary committees approved a law authorizing Cabinet to construct a Beirut-Bekaa tunnel.
Complaint filed against Bassil, others
A section of Lebanon’s criminal code that criminalizes “inciting sectarian tensions” has been used in the past to prosecute activists and artists.
How Cuba taught Venezuela to crush dissent
In December 2007, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez suffered his first defeat at the polls.
Syrian convicted over Chemnitz stabbing
A Syrian man was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison by a German court Thursday over the fatal stabbing of a man in the eastern city of Chemnitz last year that triggered...
Egypt activists divided on new NGO law
Some Egyptian human rights activists Thursday hailed the country’s new law regulating non-governmental organizations as a step forward, while others dismissed it as...
Turkish foreign minister in Beirut for official visit
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu landed in Beirut Thursday as part of a two-day official visit.
Man killed by Israeli cluster bomb from 2006
A man in his 20s was killed Thursday in an explosion thought to be caused by an Israeli cluster bomb left over from the July 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Hassan orders governors to take flood precautions
Interior Minister Raya El Hassan addressed regional governors Thursday via Twitter, requesting that they ensure the cleaning of water channels in their areas, in order...
Invisible army set stage for liberation of Paris
The Nazis knew everything about the city of Paris that they occupied - almost.
Too late for new Brexit deal: Macron to Johnson
French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain’s Brexit divorce deal before an...
Greece to speed up refugee asylum process
Greece will speed up its refugee asylum process, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview Thursday, as concerns grow over a recent rise in migrant...
Some Egyptian human rights activists Thursday hailed the country’s new law regulating non-governmental organizations as a step forward, while others dismissed it as more of the same restrictive measures.
Saudi women exercising their newest right
Saudi Arabia’s international airports are the scene of the latest “first” for women citizens, who can now leave the country without permission from a male relative as...
Israeli aircraft hit Hamas naval base
Israeli aircraft struck a Hamas naval base in the Gaza Strip overnight in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks, the military said Thursday.
Algeria court detains former justice minister over alleged corruption
Algeria's Supreme Court on Thursday placed former justice minister Tayeb Louh in custody over alleged corruption under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state...
Head of Iran-backed militia in Iraq walks back US accusation
The head of Iraq's paramilitary Shiite forces supported by Iran on Thursday walked back a statement by his deputy the day before in which he blamed Israeli drones and...
The chances of a devaluation of the Lebanese pound are very remote in the short and medium term despite the negative economic indicators and the growing demand for the U.S. dollar, bankers and economists said Wednesday.
Investment in bonds dropped in 2018
The Lebanese commercial banks investments in foreign bonds and equities in 2018 dropped by 10.2 percent in 2018 to $3.56 billion compared to 2017
Iran to strike four zeroes from its currency
Iran’s president sent a bill to Parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic’s sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as...
Egypt’s economic wins may seal rate cut
Egypt is poised to cut interest rates for the first time in six months as easing inflation and currency stability look set to override concerns of an emerging-market...
U.S. deficit to exceed $1 trillion
The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal...
Trade deficit widens by 5 percent
Lebanon’s trade deficit in the first six months of 2019 widened by almost 5 percent to $8.4 billion due to a rise in imports in this period
Lebanon may cross distress threshold
Lebanon’s sovereign ranking will probably be cut deeper into junk by S&P Global Ratings within days
New car sales drop in first seven months of year
New cars in Lebanon continued to reel under severe economic conditions as sales of vehicles fell by more than 22 percent in the first seven months of 2019.
Iran’s president sent a bill to Parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic’s sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington.
Economic growth is making many Egyptians poorer
If Egypt is the Middle East’s fastest-growing economy, why are so more and more Egyptians becoming poorer?
Qatar to build new port in Somalia’s Hobyo
Qatar plans to build a new seaport at Somalia’s Hobyo, a potentially strategic investment in an area of East Africa fiercely contested by Gulf rivals.
How Iran uses currency reforms to withstand Trump
U.S. sanctions are battering Iran’s economy.
The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported.
Nobel prize-winning idea piles debt on millions
With no bank account to his name, J. Barasa still found a lender to finance his passion for gambling on football.
Dutch closing gas field raises concerns
A decision to close Europe’s biggest natural gas field is starting to raise concerns about the impact on the region’s biggest trading hub for the fuel.
Bears beware, yuan slide may end soon
A six-day slide that sent the yuan to a decade low will probably be short-lived.
Europe’s banks eye negative interest rates
Five years after Mario Draghi turned the world of European banking upside down, lenders are considering breaking a last taboo: Negative interest rates for the masses.
All of Lebanon has been waiting with bated breath for Standard & Poor’s report, due later today, on the country’s credit rating.
Handle with care
There’s no avoiding the fact that Lebanon’s economy is in a critical state, and something must be done to set it back on the path to recovery in order to ease concerns...
Is Britain becoming a failed state?
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Trump’s war on evidence
Decision-making based on evidence rather than superstition was a driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, and the collection of statistics has, accordingly,...
China challenge is America’s new Sputnik moment
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable...
Hands off the Taif Accord
It took 15 years and tens of thousands killed, displaced and scattered around the world, for Lebanon’s tribes to realize they had no choice but to coexist in peace and...
At a time when Lebanon needs everyone to go beyond the call of duty to safeguard the nation’s interests, we are instead witnessing the same old games meant to advance...
The pillage of Palestine
Whoever said crime doesn’t pay failed to mention that the exception is when you have the Trump administration in your corner.
A geoengineering Trojan horse
Although the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, the progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions remains as disappointing as ever,...
A wake-up call for human rights
The world is going to pot, and the human rights movement is largely to blame.
MENA private equity, VC: Back to future
The Middle East has a history of breeding amazing entrepreneurs the world over.
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable issues, has been nearly absent from the debate.
In U.S.-China ties, ‘friction is the new normal’
Where is the United States heading in its confrontation with China, which moved this week from a trade dispute to a currency battle - with more dangerous tests in Hong...
U.S. intelligence shakeup could be risky
Among intelligence professionals, President Trump’s nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America’s spy agencies prompted deep dismay - but...
A U.S. ally in Syria confronts new threats
In the direct and disciplined voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Syrian Kurdish militia, you can hear the determination that has made the Kurds a great...
America’s military muscle in the Gulf
Ronald Dowdell was on the starboard side of the bridge, looking toward Iran, as his vessel passed through the Strait of Hormuz on July 18.
Football’s lawmaking body has urged the Premier League and other competitions to all follow the same rules on video review, or VAR, technology.
Henry managerial desire undimmed by Monaco misery
France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Serena, Sharapova to meet at U.S. Open
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match.
Federer, Djokovic advance as Serena pulls out
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic overwhelmed opponents at the WTA-ATP Cincinnati Masters Tuesday, where Serena Williams withdrew because of back trouble.
Archer takes six as Australia all out for 179
Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at...
‘Kaiser Franck’ Ribery joins Fiorentina
French winger Franck Ribery said he was relishing one last challenge as the former Bayern Munich legend rubber-stamped a two-year deal Wednesday to play for Serie A...
Twitter to meet with Man United over Pogba abuse
Twitter has reacted to calls for more to be done in preventing racist abuse of footballers on social media platforms by agreeing to meet with representatives of Man...
Juventus to expand in Asia with Hong Kong branch
Italian champions Juventus announced Wednesday that they have opened a new branch in Hong Kong as the Serie A giants look to expand into the Asia-Pacific region.
Kyrgios reverts to form with towel tantrum
Nick Kyrgios looked to have turned over a new leaf in recent weeks, his playful banter with fans and improved focus helping him produce some of his best tennis, but his...
Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field
Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads the field for the ATP Montreal Masters that starts Monday with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opting out of the key U.S. Open...
Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley Thursday.
Batting order key for England in Smith absence
The absence through injury of leading Australia batsman Steve Smith gives England a golden chance to level the Ashes series in the third test at Headingley, but the...
Ruling Smith out of third test a ‘no-brainer’
Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test beginning Thursday after suffering concussion, a decision coach Justin Langer said was a...
Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt
Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn’t start to work until they were deep in the fourth round.
Australia’s Lyon rips through England at Ashes
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through England’s batting lineup as the hosts lost the first Ashes Test by 251 runs after being bowled out for 146 in their second...
Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez won the rain-affected Czech MotoGP in Brno Sunday, his sixth victory of the season, and became only the fourth rider to achieve 50 premier-class victories.
Hamilton hunts down Verstappen to win
F1 leader Lewis Hamilton hunted down Max Verstappen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record-extending seventh time Sunday and surge 62 points clear in the...
Marquez in charge as MotoGP resumes in Brno
As Moto GP teams and riders gather in Brno for Sunday’s Czech GP to kick off the second half of the season, there is no doubt that defending champion Marc Marquez...
Gasly and Verstappen lead Hungarian GP practice
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly finished ahead of teammate Max Verstappen in a rain-affected second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix Friday.
Verstappen looms large in Hamilton’s rear mirror
After two stunning wins in three races, the force in Formula One is with Max Verstappen, who will this weekend bid for another victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“‘Cairo writes. Beirut publishes. Baghdad reads.’ People quote this phrase all the time,” artist Ala Younis observes.
‘Angel Has Fallen,’ and so has the franchise
There is a certain mindless pleasure in the “Fallen” movies.
Scraps of society molded in metal
“Interminable Seasons of Migration,” Agial Art Gallery’s latest exhibition by Lebanese sculptor Ginane Makki Bacho, models the tragedy of Syrian refugees and issues of...
Stars rally around Elissa after retirement decision
The pop star Elissa received an outpouring of support over the past 24 hours, calling for her to reconsider a recent decision to quit the music industry that she has...
'Scared' US rapper A$AP Rocky testifies in Sweden assault trial
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky Thursday told a Stockholm court he felt "scared" and had tried to "walk away" before a street brawl, in an assault case that has stirred...
Michael Jackson art show opens in Finland
An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organizers insisting it was not a “celebration” of the singer, still dogged by abuse...
Sequel to ‘47 Meters Down’ a toothsome success
At the beginning of “47 Meters Down: Uncaged,” four young women are given some pretty good advice before going out to sea: “Don’t get eaten by a shark.”
The pop star Elissa received an outpouring of support over the past 24 hours, calling for her to reconsider a recent decision to quit the music industry that she has likened to the mafia.
In the searing heat of Dubai, some of the world’s top racehorses are being swathed in freezing nitrogen mist to boost their performance.
Cuba in love again with the beard and it’s not about Fidel
Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro’s revolution, but after falling out of favor, facial hair is back - and this...
U.S. scientists announce 3-D heart printing
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they...
Clues on diet’s impact on cancer treatment
Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment...
An unusual haven in the mountains of Akkar
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks...
‘Otterly adorable?’ Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk
Social media users are fueling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend could push...
Russia sends first humanoid robot into space
Russia Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station.
U.K. supermarkets test plastic-free zones
British supermarkets are starting to go “nude.”
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they say could one day create entire organs.
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks carrying loads of watermelons and other goods from the Bekaa Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet - or at least on Facebook.
Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon
An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits.
How to outsmart smartphone scammers
Your smartphone is your confidant, your connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities.
Chlamydia vaccine shows hope in early tests
The first chlamydia vaccine encouragingly triggered an immune response in women during preliminary clinical trials and was found to be safe, researchers said Tuesday.
Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks
A new locally developed app helps Palestinian drivers in the occupied West Bank negotiate traffic at Israeli military checkpoints and uncover routes to towns mainstream...
Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canal-side streets of Amsterdam - and that’s how they want it to stay.
‘Chernobyl’ series sends visitors to Lithuania
A HBO miniseries featuring Soviet-era nuclear nightmares has sparked global interest in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and boosted tourism in Lithuania.
Sicily lures visitors with ‘ethical tourism’ free of Mafia taint
At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily has lured hordes of visitors in its 2,500-year history.
From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction.
Mussels as ‘superfilters’ against pollution
Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution.
Climate deniers get far more media play: study
Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fueling public confusion and slowing the response to global...
Diet a major factor in global warming: report
Not everyone needs to become a vegetarian, much less vegan, to keep the planet from overheating, but it would surely make things easier if they did.
Alaska’s hottest month shifts it into ‘unfrozen state’
July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing...