For days, Lebanese TV stations were airing blanket live coverage as lawmakers held heated debates over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside Parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts.
Palestine workers a special case: Hamas official
Palestinian refugees are not like other foreign workers, a senior Hamas official told Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as Friday marked the fifth day of protests against a...
Ex-Russia tycoon wields clout in U.K. PM race
For almost a decade, Alexander Temerko, who forged a career at the top of the Russian arms industry and had connections at the highest levels of the Kremlin, has been...
Dems divided as president rams race onto ballot
Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles Thursday when he blasted U.S. President Donald Trump’s “racist” taunts at a rally the night before.
Protester worries delay talks with Sudan military
Sudanese protest leaders said that talks scheduled for Friday with the country’s military rulers had been postponed after rebel members of their movement expressed...
Fair trial best approach to Aley clashes: Aoun
President Michel Aoun Friday called for a fair trial to deal with the recent Aley clashes that have heightened inter-Druze tensions.
Bassil walks out as Israeli minister speaks in U.S.
The Lebanese delegation at a conference in Washington walked out Friday when the Israeli foreign minister began speaking.
Military prosecutor files suit against Hezbollah MP
A Military Prosecutor Friday filed a lawsuit against Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi for shooting at and vandalizing the Internal Security Forces station in Damour.
For almost a decade, Alexander Temerko, who forged a career at the top of the Russian arms industry and had connections at the highest levels of the Kremlin, has been an influential figure in British politics.
Suspected Japanese arsonist is ex-convict
A man suspected of torching an animation studio and killing 33 people in Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades had been convicted of robbery and carried out the...
Dutch state partially liable for Srebrenica
The Dutch government accepted Friday that the state was partially liable for the deaths in 1995 of some 350 Muslim males who were expelled from a U.N. base and killed...
Second strong tremor felt in Greek capital
A second strong earthquake in Athens on Friday afternoon, around 40 minutes after a quake measured at magnitude 5.1.
Sudanese protest leaders said that talks scheduled for Friday with the country’s military rulers had been postponed after rebel members of their movement expressed reservations over a power-sharing deal inked with the generals this week.
Kurds identify shooter of Turkish diplomat
Iraqi Kurdish authorities Friday identified a Kurdish man from Turkey as the suspected shooter in the murder of a Turkish diplomat, as Turkish state media said he’s the...
China calls on US to 'correct' Iran sanctions
China urged Washington Friday to "correct" sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program.
Gibraltar court extends detention of Iran tanker for 30 days
Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled Friday that a seized Iranian tanker suspected of breaching sanctions by shipping oil to Syria can be detained for 30 more days, the...
Tripoli Parliament warns of airstrikes by Haftar's allies
Libya's parliament based in the west says it has gathered intelligence warning of the use of possible airstrikes on Tripoli by allies of Commander Khalifa Hifter, who...
Banque du Liban has no intention of subscribing to Treasury bills at 1 percent interest, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh said Wednesday, but added that BDL would seek new alternatives to help the Finance Ministry cut the deficit.
Fitch: Lebanon banks have low vulnerability
International ratings agency Fitch said Lebanese banks had low-level potential vulnerability, similar to their peers in the United States and Germany.
Iranians seek day jobs in Kurdish Iraq
When the car pulled up to the curb in Iraq’s Irbil, a half-dozen Iranian laborers swarmed around it. Squeezed by U.S. sanctions on Tehran, they were hunting for work...
Sudan turmoil drives fears of economic collapse
Sales have tumbled at Hashem Abul Fadel’s shopping centers in Sudan, where he and fellow business owners fear that months of political turmoil could bring on a...
More bad news when major banks report next week
Earnings of major European banks kick off next week with UBS Group AG, Banco Santander SA and Deutsche Bank AG among those reporting.
Beirut fourth most expensive city in region
The mid-2019 Cost of Living Index produced by crowdsourced global database Numbeo ranked Beirut fourth-highest among 21 Arab cities and 157th among 377 cities around...
Lebanese Eurobonds up over reports of Saudi buy
Prices of Lebanon’s Eurobonds increased slightly Tuesday following reports that Saudi Arabia is preparing to provide some kind of assistance to help the government...
Sfeir urges govt: Implement reforms, cut deficit
The president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, Salim Sfeir, said Tuesday that lenders are willing to support the economy provided that the authorities start...
When the car pulled up to the curb in Iraq’s Irbil, a half-dozen Iranian laborers swarmed around it. Squeezed by U.S. sanctions on Tehran, they were hunting for work across the border.
Bitcoin craze hits Iran as sanctions bite
Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make...
War risk costs drag on UAE marine fuel sales
Shippers trying to minimize time in the Middle East after oil tanker attacks pushed up insurance costs are scaling back purchases of marine fuels from the United Arab...
Star of Mideast stock markets seen losing sparkle
Kuwait has delivered more gains for stock investors than any other major market in the Middle East and Africa this year.
Fed’s balance sheet unlikely to shrink more
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to reduce interest rates this month.
France to search for candidate to head IMF
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier Thursday he will lead talks on finding a single European candidate to succeed Christine Lagarde as head of the...
Netflix stock plunges as U.S. customers fall
Netflix Inc. shocked investors by reporting a drop in U.S. customers and much slower growth overseas, raising fears that the streaming giant is losing momentum just as...
Negotiators agree on core of budget deal: Mnuchin
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that budget and debt negotiators had reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government’s...
The recent crackdowns on undocumented foreign labor in Lebanon which appear to target Syrian and Palestinian refugees are quite worrisome, as they raise questions about the motives behind the moves.
Criminal land theft
Israel’s recent moves in the West Bank, which all aim at annexation, expropriation and evictions, have made the purpose of the Bahrain conference very clear.
From moon walk to space wars
Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat.
Tackling inequality is a political choice
The world has made impressive strides in reducing extreme poverty, but that progress has slowed considerably in recent years.
U.S.’ immediate Gulf challenge: Maritime security
Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure Saturday of a small oil tanker about 380 kilometers northwest of Muscat: Thus far, it has brought only a...
Back to earth
In 2016, the Lebanese celebrated the election of a new president with Reform and Change as the promise the country was waiting for.
The blight of anarchy
There are many absurdities that plague Lebanon, but perhaps one of the more outrageous practices is the blocking of key conduits by burning tires whenever anyone,...
Students come first
Somewhere along the way people appear to have completely forgotten the true purpose of the Lebanese University.
The nutrition challenge
It’s easy to think of starvation as a challenge that entered the rich world’s consciousness in the 1980s and was largely solved through charity rock concerts.
The fork is mightier than the wall
The word “migration” conjures images of war, natural disaster and severe economic distress.
We live in the age of cynical voters
We all know that politicians are cunning and cynical, but could the same now be said for the electorate?
Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure Saturday of a small oil tanker about 380 kilometers northwest of Muscat: Thus far, it has brought only a muted response from the United Arab Emirates, in whose waters the vessel had been operating, and from the United States, which is quietly organizing a multinational effort to protect shipping in the Gulf.
Democratic surprise: Why not get tough on Iran?
Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also...
Trump played a hunch with Kim. Now what?
In dealing with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump should remember that he is a snake handler, not a snake charmer. (The same advice applies to Kim,...
Trump cannot rewrite the American story
President Donald Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail.
Trump’s weakness in showdown with Iran
Sometimes in foreign policy, the best course of action for a powerful country is the most limited, at least visibly.
A collection of passionate female futsal players ran across the Saint Joseph University indoor stadium at a steady pace.
Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations with fortuitous early goal
Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time Friday when a fortuitous second-minute goal gave them a 1-0 win over Senegal in the final.
Serbia press crowns Djokovic ‘King of Tennis’
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion...
Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic
Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss threw at him to claim a fifth Wimbledon title in the...
It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcome change
There is no favorite.
J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale stun Chelsea
J-League Champions Kawasaki Frontale pulled off a stunning 1-0 victory against Chelsea in friendly at Yokohama Friday.
Eriksen trains alone in Singapore
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen trained on his own Friday ahead of a preseason match against Juventus in Singapore, adding to speculation the Real Madrid...
City’s China visit mere survival: Guardiola
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola failed to hide his frustration Friday about the demands of their preseason visit to China, saying bleakly: “It’s survival.”
The Serbian press Monday proclaimed Novak Djokovic “king of tennis” with the “heart of a hero” after he claimed his fifth Wimbledon title beating eight-time champion Roger Federer.
Novak: King of court but not of people’s hearts
From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place among the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both divide and...
Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic
Here’s a fact box on Novak Djokovic, who beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to win his 16th Grand Slam title Sunday.
Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy
Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set...
Clippers make their move, land Leonard, George
The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off two major acquisitions late Friday night, as ESPN and The Athletic reported that free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the...
Durant, Irving make Nets talk of the town
Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. But Sunday, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin...
Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant says he will signing with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
Tearful Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season Monday.
As the cream of world swimming limbers up for the world championships, explosive doping allegations against Chinese giant Sun Yang that refuse to go away could overshadow pool events.
Alaphilippe stuns Thomas in Tour time-trial
Julian Alapahilippe extended his overall lead at the Tour de France Friday winning the 27.2-kilometer individual time-trial at Pau on stage 13 to keep the yellow jersey...
Tiger to take a break after British Open flop
Tiger Woods will take time off to rest and recuperate after a difficult two days at the British Open left him with little chance of making the cut at Royal Portrush.
Simon Yates wins prestige Pyrenees Tour stage
Britain’s Simon Yates won stage 12 of the Tour de France Thursday, beating two other survivors of a mass breakaway in the Pyrenees.
Aussie rookie Ewan wins bunch sprint in Toulouse
Australian Caleb Ewan picked up his first Tour de France stage win in a mass sprint at Toulouse Wednesday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the overall lead.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points. Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favor by handing the home favorite a free pit stop in a thrilling race.
Bottas leads Hamilton in U.K. practice
Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in practice for the Formula One leader’s home British Grand Prix Friday, with...
Decade of dominance for King of the Ring Marquez
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez kept his crown as “King of the Ring” with a 10th successive German Grand Prix victory, across all classes, Sunday to stretch his overall...
Verstappen wins in wheel-banging Austrian duel
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix and ended Formula One champions Mercedes’ streak of success, after beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in a...
Vinales wins at Assen, Marquez stretches lead
Spaniard Maverick Vinales won the Dutch TT at Assen Sunday for Yamaha’s first win of the year while Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez settled for second to extend his...
As coming-of-age tales go, Jeremy Clapin’s 2019 animated feature “J’ai perdu mon corps” (“I Lost My Body”) is a fragmented thing.
Big boots to fill at Beiteddine opener
The 35th edition of Beiteddine Art Festival opened Thursday with “A Meeting on the New East,” which left the audience with a medley of mixed feelings.
Social media reacts to Marcel Khalife’s refusal to play national anthem at Baalbeck performance
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the...
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be performing there in the latest eye-popping announcement as the kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.
Stevie Wonder getting kidney transplant this fall
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this...
‘This Side of Night’ intriguing, suspenseful
In Texas’ Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott’s previous two novels, may have run into more than he and his small-town coppers can...
‘Lion King’ back but it’s hard to feel the love
Life moves in a circle, “The Lion King” tells us, and, so does studio moviemaking.
Beyonce and doc on R. Kelly get Emmy nods
Beyonce’s “Homecoming” film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations.
Social media users flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to voice their anger and admiration after Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife refused to play the national anthem while opening the Baalbeck International Festival.
Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he would take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.
Brazilians mourn death of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto
Brazilians – most of them at least – are mourning the loss of Jo?o Gilberto, one of the inventors of bossa nova music, which gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s.
When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn’t the first thing that pops into your head.
Forget ‘man-made’: Berkeley bans gender-specific words
There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into “maintenance holes” instead.
Different approaches to saving old buildings
“You can tell from the stuff you find here that people used to study science,”
VR gears up to go back in time at Sidon castle
Sidon’s Sea Castle is said to have stood for almost 800 years. Built by crusaders, destroyed by the Mamluks and restored by Fakhreddine
Russia launches major new telescope into space
MOSCOW: Russia's space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.
Machine-meshed superhumans still fantasy
A bold vision by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to mesh human brains with artificial intelligence remains more science fiction than reality.
Switzerland: Chocolate, cheese and … wine?
When foreigners think of Swiss specialities that might excite their taste buds, world-renowned chocolate and cheese likely come to mind.
Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self
Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present?
Blazing the trail for Ultra running in Lebanon
“Why would you run on tarmac when you can run on beautiful trails, and why would you run on roads when you can run through Cedar reserves?”
Heavenly day at ‘Neighborhood of the Sky’
On a rugged mountain peak nearly 1,000 meters above the red-tiled roofs of Bsharri in north Lebanon, a blissful summer getaway awaits those ready to make an effort to...
Summer festivals dealing with funding challenges
Lebanon’s famous summer festivals, a staple of many communities across the country, face hardships this year with the absence of public funding.
U.K. spy agency decrypts secrets in exhibition
Historic gadgets used by British spies will be revealed for the first time later this week, as one of the country’s intelligence agencies steps out the shadows to mark...
Scientists uncover how some fish can change sex as adults
New Zealand researchers are offering the first detailed view of the molecular machinery that allows some fish to change their sex.
Armstrong hometown set to mark moon landing
An Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son’s history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
Cosmic waves finding could unlock mysteries
Scientists were celebrating a groundbreaking astronomical discovery that they say could pave the way for mapping the outer reaches of the universe. An Australian-led...
The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said Monday.
Rebuilding China’s Great Wall
Nature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking - and...
Pearls of Aegean this summer’s top destination
A one-hour drive from Izmir’s airport will take you through marvelous green mountains before arriving at the small coastal town of Ozdere, which appears to be dipping...
The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch’s sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.
Antarctic ice cover in dizzying decline since 2014: study
After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record...
Everest campsite buried under tons of garbage
After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different.
Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash - mostly bags - in the...