President of the Lebanese Center for Human Rights Wadih al-Asmar has been called in for questioning by the Internal Security Forces’ Anti-Cybercrimes Bureau, Asmar wrote in a tweet Thursday.
Lebanon’s ties with Syria the latest govt hurdle
The question of normalizing ties with Syria is the latest obstacle facing premier-designate Saad Hariri’s efforts to form a new Cabinet, political sources said Thursday.
Large pieces of rubble removed 3 days after bridge collapse
Excavators have begun clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa in the search for people still missing three days after the...
India's Kerala flood death toll jumps to 164: state head
The death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 164, State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday, issuing a fresh heavy rainfall...
U.S. newspapers to Trump: We’re not the enemy
Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” Thursday.
Alleged Instagram sextortionist arrested for blackmailing women
An Instagram user who blackmailed women for money and sex using private messages and photos he received from them on the social media platform was arrested in Tripoli,...
Incinerator talk heats up, details scant
The location of a waste incinerator set to be built in Beirut has not been determined, nor has the cost the city will bear to operate it for 25 years, Beirut Mayor...
UNRWA: Schools across region to open on time
In spite of funding cuts for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, schools for Palestinian children run by UNRWA will open on time throughout the region,...
Excavators have begun clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa in the search for people still missing three days after the deadly accident.
Afghan president visits key city, week after Taliban raid
The Afghan president visited the embattled southeastern city of Ghazni Friday, a week after the Taliban in a surprise attack managed to infiltrate deep into the key...
Trump team predicts an economic boom, defying most analysts
Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say?
#UnfairCommercialPractice? U.K. probes star posts
Celebrities and influencers who endorse products without labeling their social media posts as paid for by brands were warned Thursday that they were breaking the rules...
African migrants reel as Israel cuts salaries
African migrants in Israel have been detained, threatened with deportation and faced hostility from lawmakers and residents.
Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village
A set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official...
Bahrain rejects criticism over detention of Rajab
Bahrain’s detention of activist Nabeel Rajab is unlawful and violates his right to freedom of expression, U.N. human rights experts have found, calling on the kingdom...
Libya key to ending Europe migration: Niger
If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals on its shores from Africa, then it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters...
The Central Bank set a ceiling of 25 percent of a customer’s total Lebanese pounds deposits for borrowing in the local currency, according to a circular by Banque Du Liban dated Aug. 10 and received by banks in recent days.
Lebanese banks suck in dollars to keep peg
Lebanese banks are pulling out the stops to bring in dollars as the country strives to preserve a 2-decade-old currency peg, offering high returns to customers willing...
Turkish lira firms despite US warning of more sanctions
he Turkish lira strengthened against the dollar Friday as investors weighed up a U.S warning that Turkey should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over...
Deutsche, Barclays fortunes differ in Turkey bets
Deutsche Bank AG traders generated a $35 million profit in two weeks sparked by economic turmoil in Turkey.
Lira crisis piles pain on Turkish shoppers
“Look at this, I have sold nothing!” said Cemile Baykal, sitting by the piles of vegetables untouched on her Ankara market stall.
Bank Audi Turkey subsidiary weathers crisis: Baz
The fall of the Turkish lira against the dollar and its economic ramifications on emerging markets have become one of the main news headlines around the world, as...
Forbes Middle East honors Lebanese figures
The prestigious Dubai-based Forbes Middle East magazine Monday night honored 29 Lebanese men and women from different professions in recognition for their achievements...
Lebanon flops on competitiveness: report
Lebanon is the lowest-ranking Arab country for economic competitiveness, according to a new report by the International Finance Corporation and the World Economic Forum.
he Turkish lira strengthened against the dollar Friday as investors weighed up a U.S warning that Turkey should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson.
No pastor, more sanctions: Mnuchin
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the United States was ready to put further economic sanctions on Turkey if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson...
Bahrain’s Gulf allies review aid program
Bahrain’s Gulf Arab allies met to review a financial support program designed to help the country repair its finances and stave off a possible currency devaluation that...
Erdogan, Macron vow to boost economic ties
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Thursday and stressed the importance of developing economic and trade ties and...
Benjamin Smith new CEO of Air France-KLM, unions concerned
Unions at Air France-KLM voiced concern after the company appointed Benjamin Smith as the new CEO with the support of the French state.
Asian shares hit one-year low on Turkey, China worries
Asian shares hit fresh one-year lows on Thursday, weighed by worries about China's economic slowdown and Turkey's currency crisis, though news of renewed trade talks...
Tesla forms panel to look at Musk deal
Tesla Inc.’s board named a special committee of three directors Tuesday to negotiate with Elon Musk on taking the electric carmaker private, although it said it was yet...
China revs up spending plan as economy cools
The Chinese government is expediting plans to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects as its economy shows signs of cooling further, with investment...
While the Lebanese wonder what is planned for their country, they are witnessing attempt after attempt to sink the political debate into unprecedented lows.
Far beyond a joke
As Lebanon bakes, we are being bombarded with statements, lectures, sermons and warnings proclaiming the dire need to form a government immediately – since there is a...
The Turkish emerging-market time bomb
Turkey’s falling currency and deteriorating financial conditions lend credence, at least for some people, to the notion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”
Realizing globalization’s innovative potential
Globalization has come under fire in recent years, with people in some countries becoming increasingly frustrated with the uneven distribution of its gains.
The victories of the Lebanese National Pact
The concept of democracy, strength and power of the people (demos – people; kratos – force, power), that was born in the bosom of the city of Athens, and more precisely...
Pay up or else …
A very-well-known mafia, common knowledge to all, has decided to come out of the shadows with a vengeance, crowning several weeks of hard-boiled negotiations with the...
Hold your horses
President Michel Aoun has at last lifted the lid on the not-so-secret secret.
Cooling hot heads
It has become obvious that the Free Patriotic Movement has a well-armed social media militia, always on high alert to attack opponents or anyone who dares to criticize...
How Europe can learn to stop worrying, love power
U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may have averted a trade war last month, but the challenges confronting the European...
Musk face SEC wrist slap at worst, experts say
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company itself may have little to fear from U.S. regulators according to legal analysts, despite Musk's failure so far to back up his early...
Cosmopolitans: The citizens of the world
As Marin Beros has noted, the concept of cosmopolitanism dates from the period of the ancient Greek philosopher Cynic Diogenes of Sinope, who first declared, “I am...
The concept of democracy, strength and power of the people (demos – people; kratos – force, power), that was born in the bosom of the city of Athens, and more precisely in the Agora, where the formula of “Es Messon” (go in the middle) gave free speech to the Athenians to discuss the affairs of the city – this term failed to have a privileged status in the most prestigious philosophical system of Greek antiquity, that of Plato.
Pompeo tries to be the disruptor’s diplomat
When Mike Pompeo became secretary of state on May 1, he advised his new colleagues at Foggy Bottom: “I want the State Department to get its swagger back.”
Why is the U.S. still building aircraft carriers?
Will the Pentagon, with its 30-year planning cycle for building ships, still be launching aircraft carriers in 2048 – even though they’re highly vulnerable to attack...
There is only one way out of Afghanistan
Donald Trump campaigned as someone who wanted to get America out of the Middle East.
The NKorea-U.S. road leads through Seoul
Koreans have a saying that helps explain the recent upbeat exchanges between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang: “Say pretty things to hear pretty things.”
Germany midfielder Toni Kroos says Mesut Ozil was “out of order” to make accusations of racism within the German set up as he retired from international football last month.
France top FIFA rankings, Germany slump to 15th
World champions France predictably shot to the top of the FIFA rankings published Thursday while previous leaders Germany slumped to 15th after their humiliating first...
Djokovic ahead in Cincinnati, Muguruza stunned
Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He’s inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout...
Major Davis Cup shake-up gets go-ahead
World tennis chiefs Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup revamp that will overhaul the 118-year-old competition, condensing the annual worldwide showpiece into an...
Anthony signs one-year deal with Houston Rockets
Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets Monday.
Cup win vindicates decision to stay: Griezmann
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said his side’s 4-2 win over Real Madrid to win the UEFA Super Cup Wednesday vindicates his decision to reject a move to...
Spanish league plans to play match in U.S.
A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the U.S., possibly as early as this year, but a “clasico” between Real Madrid and Barcelona is pretty much out of the...
Soccer teams from Genoa have their matches postponed
The two soccer teams from Genoa had their weekend matches postponed on Thursday following the bridge collapse in the Italian city.
Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He’s inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career.
Williams crushes Gavrilova, Pouille ousts Murray
Serena Williams re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters Monday.
Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati Masters
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal Sunday withdrew from this week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters event as he prepares for this month’s U.S. Open.
Halep dominates Venus to end long day at Rogers Cup
Top seed Simona Halep made quick work of Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 on Thursday to end a long day at the Rogers Cup that saw her advancing to the quarter-finals.
Wade says will only play for Heat if he returns
Dwyane Wade is still deciding whether he will return and play a 16th season this fall. But one thing is certain, if the future Hall of Famer is in the NBA, he will...
NBA star Curry shoots 71 in Web.com event
Stephen Curry trailed the leaders by eight strokes after shooting a one over 71 on Thursday in the opening round of the Web.
Magic to face Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December
The Orlando Magic will face the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in a pair of games in Mexico City this December, the NBA announced Tuesday.
Jordan backs James after Trump mocks player
NBA legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to Lebron James’ defense Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player’s intelligence in a...
The International Olympic Committee says it has provisionally lifted Kuwait's suspension which had been in place for nearly three years.
Tarnished weightlifting fights for Olympic survival at Asian Games
Doping-ravaged weightlifting begins its Asian Games competition on Monday without a banned traditional powerhouse and with the sport's boss warning it would "slowly...
Ryder Cup captain hints at spot for Woods
Tiger Woods has earned a spot on the American Ryder Cup team with his recent hot form, captain Jim Furyk hinted Monday.
Koepka: From injury to two major wins
Sitting on a couch watching the Masters on television with an injured left wrist, Brooks Koepka never dreamed he would win two majors this year, much less battle his...
Ledecky to tackle four distances in Tokyo
They’ve added a new swimming event to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – the 1,500-meter freestyle – and Katie Ledecky plans to be racing it.
Carlos Sainz has signed a multiyear deal in order to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren from the 2019 Formula One season, the team confirmed Thursday.
Schumacher not moving: spokeswoman
Ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is not being moved from his home in Switzerland to the Spanish island of Mallorca, a spokeswoman said Thursday, denying a...
Alonso: F1 master moves on, legacy assured
His two world championships now a distant memory, Fernando Alonso has finally had enough of life in the slow lane with McLaren.
Alonso to retire from F1 at end of season
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One at the end of the season and potentially move to IndyCar in the U.S.
Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with...
People can be obsessive about place.
‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies, aged 76
Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died...
US 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill: report
Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family...
Drake drops 'In My Feelings' video chock full of cameos
Celebrities abound as Drake strolls through the streets of New Orleans in his "In My Feelings" video.
Walker’s brothers open to ‘Fast’ return
Nearly five years after Paul Walker’s death, his brothers say they’re open to playing his character again in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
A wacky, weird, wonderful cabaret
“Discotheque Nana,” Metro al-Madina’s latest offering, premiered at the Hamra cabaret space Monday night, delighting its audience with a whimsical blend of nostalgia,...
Iraq’s top musicians play on despite unpaid wages
In a dusty Baghdad dance studio, conductor Mohammad Amin Ezzat tries to fire up the musicians of Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra, whose enthusiasm has been dampened...
Thai filmmaker waking up his audience to dream
Before the release of his 2010 feature “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” most saw Thai-born Apichatpong Weerasethakul as a contemporary artist who made...
Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family friend wrote on his website Monday.
J. Lo to receive Video Vanguard Award at VMAs
Jennifer Lopez's two-decade music career will be honored at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Glenn: I’ve bloomed late, like ‘The Wife’
Glenn Close may be known for playing strong, often ruthless women, but, like her long-subdued character in “The Wife,” she says she’s only just starting to feel...
‘Asian August’ tests waters but will it last?
“Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, is about to hit theaters along with two other predominantly Asian films.
Critics unimpressed with ‘Insatiable’
Netflix’s new series “Insatiable,” which hit screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills. Instead,...
Netflix Arabic series begins filming with Lebanese director
Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya will begin directing the first Arabic-language Netflix original series from the Middle East Monday, a statement from the company’s...
Thomas Markle has not spoken to his daughter Meghan since her star-studded wedding to Britain's Prince Harry and fears she will not contact him again, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday.
Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna at 60 Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60
Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time,...
Photographer says Bill Murray harassed him at restaurant
A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant.
Spain taxman knocks 2 million euros off Ronaldo tax settlement: report
After ordering football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay 18.8 million euros ($21.6 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, Spanish authorities have reduced the sum by...
PEN America giving artistic expression award to Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will be honored this fall by PEN America.
Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age 4.
Gaza fisherman fighting poverty with plastic boat
With hundreds of empty plastic bottles collected from the shores of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, fisherman Muath Abu Zeid has turned litter into a floating source...
Abed Mahfouz unveils fall/winter collection
Lebanese haute couture designer Abed Mahfouz turned his Downtown atelier into a catwalk Wednesday , unveiling his stunning Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection.
Celebs flock to designs by Lebanon’s Sabaji
Lebanese designer Jean Louis Sabaji is making his mark on the fashion industry.
Tesla forms three-member panel to look at any Musk deal
Tesla Inc's board named a special committee of three directors on Tuesday which will evaluate Elon Musk's proposals to take the company private, although it said it was...
Ex-city dwellers find harmony making cheese in Siberia
When Alexei Dubovets and his wife Natalia Kurochkina yearned for a change from Russian city life, they moved to a village in Siberia and began to dabble in the art of...
Ex-Gitmo detainee sells sweets in Uruguay
A bit of sweetness has entered the life of at least one of the men formerly held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Former WWE star Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the ’80s with the WWE, has died.
Tesla Inc's board named a special committee of three directors on Tuesday which will evaluate Elon Musk's proposals to take the company private, although it said it was yet to see a firm offer from the company's chief executive.
NASA to launch first spacecraft to 'touch Sun'
NASA counted down Friday to the launch of a $1.5 billion spacecraft that aims to plunge into the Sun's sizzling atmosphere and become humanity's first mission to...
New Samsung smartphone expected at NYC event Thursday
Samsung is expected to unveil its next major smartphone at a New York event on Thursday.
UK watchdog fines child care company for selling data
Britain's information watchdog has fined a firm that offers advice on pregnancy and child care 140,000 pounds ($180,000) for illegally collecting and selling personal...
Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets.
Standing outside their yellow hut on a ridge 3,200 meters above sea level, two French gendarmes peer through binoculars at a group of foreign climbers making their way across a scree-littered stretch on what has become one of the deadliest routes to the top of Mont Blanc.
A tiny English village abandoned during WWII
Explore Britain’s southern coast carefully and you can still find relics of the dark years when the country awaited Nazi invasion: abandoned radar stations, tank-traps...
Eiffel Tower shut in dispute over 'monstrous' queues
Staff at the Eiffel Tower shut down the Paris landmark on Wednesday afternoon in protest over a new access policy that they say is generating "monstrous" queues for...
Dead gorgeous: Ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics
Archaeologists say a third-century sarcophagus found in what is now western Germany contained the remains of a young Roman woman who was buried along with perfume...
Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific...
The Ford Mustang – an iconic American brand and a symbol of cool – reached a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant.
One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle.
Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'
Scientists in Florida are on the cusp of developing promising methods to control toxic algae blooms like the "red tide" that has been killing marine life along a...
Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus
For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years.
Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo
American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health...
Tunisian anti-litter activist takes up 30-beach challenge
Bin bags at the ready, “long-distance activist” Mohammad Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia’s Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds...