Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Paris Thursday for crucial talks with French President Emmanuel Macron likely to focus on the implementation of investment projects, worth billions of dollars pledged by international donors at last year’s CEDRE conference, Future officials said.
Hezbollah-linked minister denied visa to U.S.
Lebanon’s health minister has been refused a travel visa by the United States ahead of what was a scheduled visit to the United Nations General Assembly as part of the...
Trudeau’s brownface scandal deepens
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brownface picture scandal deepened Thursday as new damaging images emerged, and the Liberal leader reached out to his...
U.S. strike kills 30 farm workers in Afghanistan
A U.S. drone strike intended to hit a Daesh (ISIS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labor in the fields, officials said Thursday.
In post-uprising Sudan, women want more freedom
On her daily walks from home to her job at a primary school in the city of Port Sudan, Khalda Saber would urge people to join the protests against the three-decade rule...
Cousin of Assad’s wife released after ‘kidnapping’
The cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s wife who was reported missing was released by his kidnappers overnight Wednesday, the state-run National News Agency...
Exchange dealer detained in Bekaa Valley
An exchange dealer in the Bekaa Valley selling foreign currency at a rate different from the official one was detained by order of Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim, a...
Alfa, touch employees protest in salary dispute
Hundreds of mobile phone industry workers gathered outside the Telecommunications Ministry Thursday, calling upon the government to ensure previously agreed salary...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brownface picture scandal deepened Thursday as new damaging images emerged, and the Liberal leader reached out to his candidates in next month’s federal election to apologize.
Trump unhappy over cost of keeping Gitmo open
President Donald Trump expressed unhappiness Wednesday with the cost of keeping open a controversial prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said...
U.S. to withdraw and withhold funds from Afghanistan, blames corruption
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the United States would return about $100 million to the treasury for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan...
France and Germany united on strategy to fight global slowdown: French minister
France and Germany are agreed on a joint strategy to respond to a global economic slowdown at a time of international trade tensions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le...
On her daily walks from home to her job at a primary school in the city of Port Sudan, Khalda Saber would urge people to join the protests against the three-decade rule of Sudan’s autocratic President Omar al-Bashir.
Third Algerian protest figure detained in a week
An Algerian court Thursday ordered the pretrial detention of a leading figure in protests that have gripped Algeria for nearly seven months, one of his lawyers said.
Egyptian officials: Sinai blast kills 1, injures 2 forces
Egyptian officials say a roadside bomb targeting an armored vehicle has killed one member of the security forces in the restive northern Sinai province and wounded two...
Libya's National Oil condems attempt to divide its Brega unit
Libya's state-owned National Oil Corp. (NOC) condemned Thursday what it said was an attempt to divide its Brega Petroleum Marketing unit.
Migrant workers still exploited in World Cup host Qatar
Qatar is not fulfilling all its promises to improve the conditions of migrant workers in the country in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International said...
A rally in Lebanon’s Eurobonds will prove short-lived if the country’s government can’t get serious about reforms that are needed to claim Saudi Arabian aid.
Sanctions-hit Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: BDL
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh agreed to sanctions-hit Jammal Trust Bank’s request for self-liquidation, in a statement released Thursday.
Saudi Arabia importing diesel, jet fuel
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter and a powerhouse of the oil refining industry, is scouring global fuel markets for cargoes in the wake of unprecedented...
Fed cut comes just in time for Gulf economies
Not everyone agrees that interest-rate cuts are warranted in the U.S., but monetary easing by the Federal Reserve is making looser policy possible where it’s long...
OECD cuts growth outlook to postcrisis low
The trade war between the United States and China has plunged global growth to its lowest levels in a decade, the OECD said Thursday as it slashed its forecasts.
Khalil: Lebanon to raise $2B in Eurobonds
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Wednesday that Lebanon intended to issue $2 billion in Eurobonds, but with interest rates lower than the market.
Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: Salameh
Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: Salameh
Queues at gas stations as suppliers set to strike
Cars lined up for fuel across Lebanon Tuesday evening, as drivers rushed to fill their tanks ahead of a strike by gas station owners set for Wednesday. Proprietors of...
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter and a powerhouse of the oil refining industry, is scouring global fuel markets for cargoes in the wake of unprecedented attacks on its energy industry.
Saudi Arabia sees weaker 2019 GDP growth
Saudi Arabia’s economic growth in 2019 will be significantly less than the kingdom had expected because of OPEC-led oil output cuts, but the attack on Aramco had “zero”...
Saudi Arabia draws down stocks to maintain supply
Saudi Arabia will try to maintain oil supplies to its major customers by drawing down crude stored at tank farms in the kingdom and in its global network while...
Attack in Saudi Arabia shows oil vulnerabilities
The attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that knocked out half of the kingdom’s crude production, fueling a record surge in prices, highlights the vulnerabilities...
Trump not thrilled with Fed, says Powell job safe
The U.S. president said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s job was safe even though he was “not thrilled” with the central bank after it moved to lower interest...
Rental apparel brings new wrinkles for retail
Lisa Batitto, 54, said she had virtually stopped buying clothes ever since she started renting them.
Fed cuts rates, gives mixed signals on next move
The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point for the second time this year Wednesday in a widely expected move meant to sustain a...
Three things to watch for from the Federal Reserve
When it previously met in late July, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time since America’s financial system stood on the edge of...
The two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has suffered blow after blow over the years.
Set aside politics
As Lebanese political leaders kick off their mission to rescue the economy with a conference called for by President Michel Aoun, the one indisputable fact is that we...
Economic consequences of automation
While Brexit captures the headlines in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, the silent march of automation continues.
Can direct democracy defeat populism?
Ever since the double disasters of 2016 - the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and U.S. President Donald Trump’s election - there has been widespread anxiety about a...
What will come of Hong Kong’s protests?
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags,...
Running out of time
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence has been locked in high gear for the past few months.
There’s no need to reiterate that Lebanon faces numerous challenges, not least the dire economy and Israeli violations.
Focus on recovery
All of Lebanon has been waiting with bated breath for Standard & Poor’s report, due later today, on the country’s credit rating.
The return of fiscal policy as feasible option
As we enter the last quarter of 2019 (and of the decade), cyclical indicators point to a slowing world economy amid wide-ranging structural challenges.
Commission for disappeared needs clarity
Nine months after the passage of Law 105 on Missing and Forcibly Disappeared Persons in Lebanon, the Lebanese Justice Ministry nominated 10 individuals, including four...
Brexit ‘House of Cards’
Britain’s long-running Brexit saga has thrown up a new argument.
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory’s yearning for freedom.
Score one for American diplomacy
Six weeks ago, Turkey was threatening to invade the Kurdish region of northeast Syria.
Chance to reset the table in Afghanistan
Every president since Jimmy Carter has dreamed of signing a peace agreement at Camp David.
Trump’s diplomacy in China has no clear policy
As we move into the fall, there’s one overriding foreign-policy priority for America: Find a strategy to deal with a rising China that protects U.S. interests but...
Why U.S. is losing information war
Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information “idealist.”
Ahed’s sway on the Lebanese Premier League appears to be under serious threat as resurgent Ansar kick off the new season with an incendiary clash against Nejmeh Friday.
Migrant workers still exploited in Qatar: Amnesty
Qatar is not fulfilling all its promises to improve the conditions of migrant workers in the country in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, a rights group said Thursday.
Nadal motivated by love of game, not Grand Slams
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard...
Nadal finds unlikely second home at U.S. Open
Unlike at his beloved Roland Garros, success did not arrive overnight for Rafael Nadal on the unforgiving hard courts of the U.S. Open, where he surged to within a...
U.S. clinches worst big-tournament finish
The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It’ll go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.
Barca income to break the billion euro barrier
La Liga champions Barcelona said they would become the first sports club to generate revenue exceeding 1 billion euros ($1.10 billion) this season.
Zidane found wanting as Madrid outclassed by PSG
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could only hold his hands up after his side were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League game of the...
Tottenham blow two-goal lead, draw to Olympiakos
Tottenham failed to get off to a winning start in the Champions League as last season’s finalists let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in Greece.
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard said it was his love of the game, not records, that motivates him.
Nadal takes five-set U.S. Open thriller for 19th Slam title
Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7,...
Canada toasts ‘Queen B’ Andreescu after triumph
Most Canadians had never heard of Bianca Andreescu a year ago but Sunday they woke up to realize her U.S. Open triumph was not a dream and she had in fact claimed the...
Nadal beats Berrettini to reach U.S. Open final; Medvedev next
Rafael Nadal has moved closer to his fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over...
Shocker: France beat U.S. in WC quarters
The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006...
Greece fury after NBA MVP Antetokounmpo exits WC
Greece are calling for the officials who oversaw their final game at the basketball World Cup to be banned after NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team exited the...
Jokic ejected as Spain stun Serbia at World Cup
All-Star Nikola Jokic was ejected for “a stupid reaction” in the third quarter as strongly fancied Serbia were stunned 81-69 by Spain to blow the basketball World Cup...
Spain squeeze into World Cup quarters
Title-contenders Spain produced a devastating late burst to seal a 67-60 victory over Italy and squeeze into the basketball World Cup quarterfinals Friday - and take...
Another officiating insult was nothing compared to the hand injury to quarterback Drew Brees Sunday as the New Orleans Saints fell 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL playoff rematch. Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another TD.
Fury overcomes bloody cut over eye to beat Wallin
Blood was flowing down Tyson Fury’s right cheek, and Otto Wallin was in his face. His scheduled rematch with Deontay Wilder suddenly in jeopardy, Fury needed to dig...
Fury faces great unknown against Wallin
Tyson Fury shouldn’t have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he’s arguably the best heavyweight fighter...
Brady’s Patriots stomp Steelers; Chiefs beat Jags
Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 341 yards (311 meters) as the New England Patriots began the defense of their Super Bowl title with a 33-3 rout of Pittsburgh...
Australia overcome stubborn England to keep Ashes
Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs at Old Trafford Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the series with just one test remaining.
Charles Leclerc triggered a frenzy of Ferrari celebration Sunday after holding off a racelong Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team’s first home grand prix victory since 2010.
Leclerc fastest in practice for Monza
Charles Leclerc set the pace in practice for his Ferrari team’s home Italian Grand Prix Friday with Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels for...
Leclerc empowered for Ferrari home race
Charles Leclerc will be propelled by an upgraded Ferrari power unit and his own raw emotions this weekend when he bids to claim a second career victory at the Italian...
Leclerc leads Vettel in Belgium
Charles Leclerc knocked teammate Sebastian Vettel off the top of the timesheets to go fastest on a dominant opening day of practice for Ferrari ahead of the Formula One...
The 10th edition of Beirut Art Fair is focused on the future, while centering itself on the past.
Boghossian Foundation announces prize winners
The Boghossian Foundation held its annual Young Lebanese Artists Awards Wednesday, conferring prizes for painting, photography and illustration to five Lebanese artists...
Lebanese star named best Arab actress 2019
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five...
A space odyssey with Brad Pitt in ‘Ad Astra’
Having stayed close to his native New York for much of his career, writer-director James Gray has lately been making up for lost time.
Praise, pause for new photo festival
First editions usually have teething problems.
‘Downton Abbey’ film is stately but too safe
The “Downton Abbey” movie isn’t exactly a movie. It’s more like another season of the popular “Masterpiece Classic” show that’s been condensed to 90 minutes instead of...
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five Thirty).
Eleven more women have accused Spanish opera star Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct, allegations that the leading tenor described Thursday as “riddled with inconsistencies.”
Fashion influencer Ferragni steals show at Venice festival
The longest queues at the Venice Film Festival have not been to see Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson.
Red, red wine ... could be good for digestive system
Time to raise a glass to better gut health?
Aquafina drives recycling platform
With a commitment to public responsibility and in line with the company’s long-established values of caring for the environment by reducing waste and acting for the...
Casino du Liban celebrates Greek culture
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner...
Germany celebrates 70 years of currywurst sausage
Germans Wednesday celebrated 70 years of the currywurst, a Berlin specialty of sliced sausage smothered in curry powder and ketchup, as they celebrated its national day.
Five ways the right lighting can elevate your home
When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room.
Chess offers Nigerian slum kids new move
Crowds of children bustle around chessboards in Nigeria’s Lagos, figuring out their next moves as part of a project that aims to bring hope in one of the city’s...
In Ethiopia, a rehabilitation center takes on qat addiction
Yonas Getu Molla started chewing qat as an architecture student, when he and his friends would munch on the leafy stimulant late into the night to help them study.
Heart attacks halved by daily polypill: study
A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third, and heart attacks by...
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner was still being served in Lebanon.
Phoenicia creates gastronomic experience
Grape harvesting tour, wine tasting and a lunch of local ingredients, prepared by international chefs.
Scientists reported Thursday they had picked up human-like electrical activity in lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether the pea-sized brains are conscious: the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not because the activity resembles that of preterm babies, but they cannot say for certain, opening up a new ethical dimension to this area of research.
Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before
When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her...
Rolling Stones get name on Mars rock that rolled
There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.
The idea of starting a Russian choir in rural Australia began as a vodka-fueled lark, but five years on a rag-tag bunch of farmers, lawyers and laborers have become unlikely international folk heroes.
Star Wars hotel like a cruise into space
It’s going to be a cruise to nowhere, but that will be just fine with die-hard “Star Wars” fans.
Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at sea to break the tide.
Australia lowers reef outlook to ‘very poor’
The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans.
Wake up and smell the coffee from Ukrainian sunglasses
Ukraine’s innovative OCHIS eyewear brand is getting customers to literally smell the coffee - by making sunglasses out of coffee waste.
NASA looks into melting ocean ice above Greenland
Skimming low over the gleaming white glaciers on Greenland’s coast in a modified 1940s plane, three NASA scientists, led by an Elvis-impersonating oceanographer, waited...
Banana industry on alert as disease arrives in Colombia
It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus.