Since Sept. 2019, 785 food and beverage businesses have closed in Lebanon, amid an increasingly deteriorating economic crisis, the worst the country has seen since the Civil War.
Aid will be provided to Lebanon: Aoun
The International Monetary Fund is willing to aid in the financial and economic problems in Lebanon, President Aoun stated after a meeting Tuesday with U.K.’s senior...
Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre
Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled...
Russia bans Chinese citizens from entering territory over virus concerns
Russia said Tuesday it would ban all Chinese citizens from entering its territory from February 20, in a drastic measure against the spread of the new coronavirus,...
Saudi jet 'downing' in Yemen stirs alarm over Huthi weaponry
Claims that Yemeni rebels shot down a Saudi warplane have spotlighted the increasingly potent Huthi arsenal - cause for alarm in Riyadh as fighting escalates amid...
Social justice in times of transition
The economic crisis which has been looming in the horizon for years has become inevitable. All scenarios include some kind of systemic failure for the economy while all...
Diab meets U.S. ambassador
Prime Minister Hassan Diab met with the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon Tuesday at the Grand Serail, one day after meeting Iran’s Shura Council speaker.
Decline in airport traffic: report
The year 2019 recorded a decrease in overall airport traffic, according to a report by Rafik Hariri International airport's Civil Aviation research department.
Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people.
Aide of Russia's Putin leaves post: Kremlin
Vladislav Surkov, an aide to Russian President Vladimir, has left his post, the Kremlin said in a statement Tuesday.
Spain searches for migrants on boats near Canary Islands
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Spain was searching for possibly dozens of migrants missing on three boats en route to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Spain's...
At least 14 dead in apparent toxic gas leak in Pakistan
An apparent gas leak killed at least 14 people near the Pakistani port city of Karachi, officials said Tuesday, as investigators worked to determine the source of the...
Claims that Yemeni rebels shot down a Saudi warplane have spotlighted the increasingly potent Huthi arsenal - cause for alarm in Riyadh as fighting escalates amid faltering efforts to end the five-year conflict.
Israel plans new occupied Jerusalem settlement
Israel has developed plans to build 9,000 settler homes in annexed occupied east Jerusalem, the first such project in the city in more than 20 years, watchdog Peace Now...
UN appeals for humanitarian corridors in northwestern Syria
The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a...
Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison
Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10...
Iran oil production has been reduced because of lack of funds: minister
Iran has had to reduce oil production projects because of a lack of funds and income from oil exports has decreased, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Tuesday,...
State Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim charged 18 currency exchange shop owners with violating the exchange laws Tuesday.
Lebanese pound exchange rate falls slightly
The exchange rate of the Lebanese pound came down Monday after surging throughout last week.
Saudi Aramco shares shed post-IPO gains as oil dives
Saudi Aramco shares have lost most of the gains they made since listing in December in a landmark first offering, as oil prices drop amid alarm over the new coronavirus.
World’s best carry trade thrives with Egypt’s rate cuts on pause
The world’s best carry trade is proving resilient, especially now that a pause in Egypt’s easing cycle keeps its interest rates elevated.
Euro struggles near three-year low as traders fret about economic slowdown
The euro struggled near 3-year lows on Monday as investors worried about weakening growth in the region,
Lebanon warned of implosion as IMF, World Bank plead for reforms
Lebanon is at risk of “implosion” unless it develops a new governance model that’s less corrupt and more transparent than today’s system, according to the World Bank.
BDL says its foreign reserves stand at $30.5 billion
The Central Bank’s total gross foreign currency reserves till February 15 of 2020 stood at $30.485 billion, excluding the $5.7 billion Eurobonds, according to latest...
Banking association lowers benchmark interest rates
The Association of Banks in Lebanon said Friday that the Beirut Reference Rate (BRR) for U.S. dollar loans had been reduced to 6.75 percent from 8.5 percent and on...
UAE wealth fund urges Israelis to invest in Gulf as ties warm
A top executive at Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Co. called on Israeli start-up investors to operate in the Gulf Arab region, in a new sign of...
Turkish lira tests key level despite efforts to stem slide
The Turkish lira slipped to an eight-month low against the dollar
Egypt's power subsidy falls to zero in second half of 2019
Egypt spent nothing on electricity subsidies in the second half of 2019
Investors bet EM will weather coronavirus impact
Investors are edging back into emerging markets, even though worries about the coronavirus' impact on global economic growth have clouded prospects for the...
Europe’s slow recovery from factory slump hit by coronavirus
European weak economic growth is set to continue this year,
Samsung unveils compact foldable phone, 5G Galaxy S20 to fend off Apple, Huawei
Samsung Electronics unveiled a foldable smartphone
Powell says risks to outlook remain as Fed monitors coronavirus
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. central bank is keeping a close eye on fallout from the deadly coronavirus
Let’s be very clear: Although Lebanon’s new government will undoubtedly secure a rubber stamp vote of confidence in Parliament in the next couple of days, it has already failed to achieve it in every way that actually matters.
On verge of extreme poverty
In the past few months, Lebanese people have watched with alarm as their already-poor purchasing power saw a massive decline, and many have tried to shrug off this...
Who can beat Trump?
The U.S. presidential election in November is the most consequential in modern history. Whether the increasingly authoritarian, vindictive and dangerous Donald Trump...
Social Democracy beats Democratic Socialism
It used to be an unwritten rule of U.S. politics that a socialist could never qualify for high national office. But now a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” U.S....
Fantasy fiscal policy
Will the next recession be worse than you think? With the major central banks having little space for further interest-rate cuts, might the next cyclical downturn...
Time for action, not words
More than a week after the announcement of the disastrous Trump-Netanyahu “peace plan of the century” the media has been brimming with condemnations from the...
Palestine is not for sale
The Middle East peace plan unveiled Tuesday by U.S. President Donald Trump made one thing abundantly clear: People already on trial for crimes against their own...
Trainwreck of a deal
Fifty years ago, the respected British philosopher Bertrand Russell, who devoted his life to the search for peace with justice
The U.S. presidential election in November is the most consequential in modern history. Whether the increasingly authoritarian, vindictive and dangerous Donald Trump wins another four years in power could define the U.S. for a long time to come.
Trump’s travel ban benefits only China
Overwhelmed by the coronavirus panic, U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment folderol, and the chaotic Iowa Democratic caucuses, few took notice of the Trump...
Case for global health diplomacy
BOSTON: One of the hallmarks of an effective foreign policy is that it runs in the background, neither loud nor especially visible. Governments must urgently adopt such...
Toward a new Iran nuclear deal
BERLIN: When Iran announced in January that it would further “reduce” its commitments under the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear activities, it was not responding to the...
Will the next recession be worse than you think? With the major central banks having little space for further interest-rate cuts, might the next cyclical downturn become a crash? In theory, fiscal policy can go far in filling the void.
The normalization of Trumpism
Donald Trump’s speech here at the World Economic Forum went over relatively well.
FBI abused its powers with spying on Page
As America weighs abuses of power in this season of impeachment and trial, it’s worth taking a careful second look at the FBI’s behavior in its “Crossfire Hurricane”...
Impeachment brings clarity in rough days
Since Watergate, presidents and their aides have warned that impeachment is destabilizing to foreign policy.
Champions League holders Liverpool will need to summon another famous European comeback at Anfield next month after they were beaten 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid in their last-16 first leg Tuesday.
Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 with sensational Haaland double
Borussia Dortmund teenager Erling Haaland scored twice in eight minutes to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Paris St Germain in their Champions League Round of 16...
Emotional Osaka endures surprise Fed Cup loss to Sorribes
A tearful Naomi Osaka followed up her Australian Open disappointment with another surprise defeat Friday when she was beaten 6-0, 6-3 by world number 78 Sara Sorribes...
Serena needs fresh approach to surpass Court, says coach
Former world number one Serena Williams must rethink her approach to Grand Slams after her latest bid to win a record-equalling 24th major prize came unstuck at...
Red-hot Lakers beat Nuggets in overtime, Pacers snap losing streak
Anthony Davis scored a team-high 33 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Denver 120-116 in overtime in the final game before the all-star break for two of the top...
Liverpool the team to beat as Champions League returns
Liverpool return to the scene of their Champions League triumph when they visit Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Tuesday very much the team to beat for those...
Mourinho doesn't expect Son to return this season
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho does not expect forward Son Heung-min to play again this season after the South Korean fractured his right arm at the weekend,...
Barcelona denies role in social media attacks on players
Barcelona denied accusations Monday that it hired a company to make negative comments about its own players and opponents on social media in order to boost the image of...
A tearful Naomi Osaka followed up her Australian Open disappointment with another surprise defeat Friday when she was beaten 6-0, 6-3 by world number 78 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the Fed Cup.
Thiem edges closer to slam breakthrough
Dominic Thiem finished second-best for the third time in a Grand Slam final Sunday, but the 26-year-old Austrian will leave Melbourne Park confident that he is not too...
Djokovic wins eighth Australian crown
Novak Djokovic endured a fierce challenge to his Melbourne Park reign before overhauling Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in a thriller Sunday to clinch an eighth...
Thiem storms into final with Djokovic
Tireless Dominic Thiem came from a set down to outlast German Alexander Zverev and make his first Australian Open final Friday, booking a showdown with seven-time...
Anthony Davis scored a team-high 33 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Denver 120-116 in overtime in the final game before the all-star break for two of the top teams in the West.
Williamson firing on all cylinders puts away Trail Blazers
Rookie Zion Williamson, who missed the last game with a sore ankle, scored a career-high 31 points as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers...
Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kings
Pascal Siakam scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors shrugged off their injury problems to extend their winning streak to 15 games Monday with a 137-126 defeat of the...
Bogdanovic hits winner for Jazz, Celtics win seventh straight
Bojan Bogdanovic shook off a frustrating shooting night by nailing a clutch three pointer at the buzzer to lift the Utah Jazz to a 114-113 win over the Houston Rockets...
Raptors beat Brooklyn to extend club-best winning streak
Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 119-118 victory...
Jon Jones retained his title at UFC 247, beating Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision.
Tokyo Olympic boss 'extremely worried' about deadly virus
The chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympics admitted Wednesday that organizers are "extremely worried" about the possible effect of the deadly new coronavirus on...
After leading Chiefs to Super Bowl win, the future belongs to Mahomes
The Kansas City Chiefs ended a 50-year Super Bowl drought with a dramatic 31-20 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in a breathtaking finish to the...
Shakira, Trump and Kobe: five moments from the Super Bowl halftime show
Despite standing only five-seven, Shakira occupied the Hard Rock Stadium like the NFL giants during the half-time spectacle on Sunday.
Mahomes, Chiefs aim for end to Super Bowl drought
It has been 50 years since the Kansas City Chiefs last appeared in the Super Bowl - and Patrick Mahomes is determined to make sure it has been worth the wait.
The Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for April 19 has been postponed because of the "continued spread" of the coronavirus, motorsport's governing body FIA announced Wednesday.
Mercedes F1 team signal future intent with Ineos deal
Formula One champions Mercedes sent a statement of intent about their future Monday with the announcement of a five-year principal sponsorship deal with British...
For the first time in centuries, all 12 of Raphael's tapestries have been hung on the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel as part of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death
'Fake' Rembrandt turns out to be authentic
A nearly 400-year-old painting, long attributed to Rembrandt’s workshop, has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself
Egypt pulls plug on popular street music
The ban targets mahraganat music, rooted in impoverished Cairo suburbs, that went mainstream after Egypt's 2011 uprising
Elton John intends to finish Down Under tour
Videos of Sunday night's performance showed John breaking down in tears as he told the cheering crowd he couldn't go on any longer
Coronavirus dampens China’s cinema ambitions
Normally, blockbuster films are released and consumers pack cinemas -- but this year, all was quiet
‘Colorize Lebanon’ brings hue to old photos
Youssef Berjaoui's Instagram page takes black-and-white snaps of Lebanon and posts them in complete color, as though they were taken yesterday
Anti-white supremacist mute disco hits Frieze LA
"So much of the last four years under this administration there has been a lot of anger, fear, helplessness, and whenever I feel that way in my personal life, I usually...
After Brexit, Cold War Steve fights on
Artist targets the populist “lies” of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative regime
Polar Music Prizes fete songwriter, soprano
American songwriter Diane Warren and Russian soprano Anna Netrebko are the winners of this year's Polar Music Prizes, the Swedish award often described as the Nobel...
Rolling Stones returning to North America
Formed in 1962, the band announced a 15-city tour Thursday
‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is worth seeing
Respectful of the video game brand, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is a feel-good buddy movie for both adults and their own little aliens.
'Racist' human-hunting film now set for release
Scheduled for release last September, the film attracted the attention of Trump, who appeared to slam it as "racist."
'Star Wars,' 'Knives Out' director plots whodunit franchise
"It's always been in my head that if this one does alright," said Johnson, “then it'd be really fun to do more of these.”
French celebs demand change at Cesars
More than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities called the Cesar Academy out of touch
Portis was among the most admired authors to nearly vanish from public consciousness in his own lifetime. His fans included Tom Wolfe, Roy Blount Jr. and Larry McMurtry, and he was often compared to Mark Twain for his plainspoken humor and wry perspective
AE Hotchner, friend to the famous, dead at 102
His street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era...
Hollywood mourns Kirk Douglas
As news of the 103-year-old actor's death broke, celebrities took to social media to honor his legacy.
Kirk Douglas' rags to riches story
'You know, I never wanted to be a movie actor. My goal in life was to be a star on the stage. Now I know how to do it. Build your own theater."
French fashion house Chanel said Monday it was postponing a show set for May in Beijing following an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected some 70,000 people across China.
U.K. TV star Flack under pressure from 'show trial', management says after suicide
The management team of British TV presenter Caroline Flack, who committed suicide Saturday, has accused prosecutors of pursuing a "show trial" over domestic abuse...
Morocco fortress village hopes to draw 'Game of Thrones' fans
Millions worldwide may have seen the desert fortress in the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones", but fewer know they can visit the Moroccan village of Ait-Ben-Haddou.
Turkish author fears for her life if she returns home
Exiled Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan expected to be a convicted woman by now with a life sentence hanging over her head.
Victoria Beckham's black dresses, chunky platform boots stage 'gentle rebellion'
Victoria Beckham chose black dresses paired with distinctive belts and chunky thigh-high platform boots for a collection she characterized as a "gentle rebellion" at...
Russian artist, partner held over sex tape that sank Macron ally
French police held a Russian activist and his girlfriend for questioning Sunday over a sex tape released online that brought down President Emmanuel Macron's favoured...