The Cabinet will meet again Wednesday for a final reading of a draft austerity budget, two ministers said following Tuesday’s marathon session, the 17th in a series of meetings dedicated to examining the country’s 2019 fiscal plan.
Hearings set for those laughing in Asmar vid
Hearings have been set for those who were seen in a leaked video laughing at lewd comments made by former labor union leader Bechara Asmar involving late former...
Christchurch shooter charged with terrorism
New Zealand police Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.
PM May offers vote on new referendum
In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country’s...
Frugal fare for Ramadan in Damascus
Abu Anas al-Hijazi scanned the stalls in the Syrian capital’s Bab Srija market but bought nothing. For the cash-strapped 45-year-old wedding singer, this Ramadan is a...
Lebanon needs health partnership, Jabak tells WHO
Health Minister Jamil Jabak Tuesday called for an “international partnership” with the ministry to provide medical aid to Syrian refugee patients and increase Lebanese...
Freshmen MPs share what they have learned
Of the 128 MPs that entered Parliament last year, half had never been members before.
Roumieh Prison inmates stage hunger strike for general amnesty
Inmates of Block D in Metn’s Roumieh Prison began a hunger strike Tuesday in demand of a general amnesty for some prisoners, according to local media reports.
Treat fleeing Venezuelans as refugees: U.N.
Venezuelans fleeing political and economic crisis at home deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations said Tuesday, urging other states not to deport them.
Suspected slaves rescued in U.K. drug raids
Dozens of suspected slaves have been rescued in a week-long crackdown on illegal drug gangs across Britain that uncovered hundreds of vulnerable children, officials...
US must ensure access to safe abortions: UN rights office
The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky underground...
Abu Anas al-Hijazi scanned the stalls in the Syrian capital’s Bab Srija market but bought nothing. For the cash-strapped 45-year-old wedding singer, this Ramadan is a frugal one.
Damascus harassing ex-foes in former rebel zones
Damascus has carried out a wave of arbitrary arrests against former activists in rebel areas that surrendered under deals brokered by its ally Moscow, Human Rights...
A family runs from Idlib attacks
Ali al-Ahmad and his family fled on foot through the fields when the bombs began raining down on their house in northwestern Syria, escaping a major offensive by the...
Militant counterattack leaves 23 dead in Idlib
Militants launched a counterattack against regime forces Tuesday on the edges of their bastion in northwestern Syria, leaving 23 fighters dead on both sides, an...
Houthis step up drone attacks on Saudi Arabia
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last...
The government has no choice but to implement painful fiscal reforms that involve cutting the salaries and benefits of civil servants and government retirees as well as cracking down on rampant tax evasion, an economist and a leading international institution said.
Perfect storm for sunken Solidere shares
The economic slowdown, a slump in property prices, lucrative interest rates on deposits and a shortage of liquidity in the stock exchange have all contributed to the...
Appetite for Saudi Arabia tested by latest loan
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has attracted only tepid interest in plans for its latest multibillion-dollar debt sale, banking sources say, suggesting the...
Gulf riskiest for oil tankers since 2005
Not since 2005 have the world’s insurers considered shipping in the Gulf so dangerous for oil tankers.
Nike, Adidas call tariffs ‘catastrophic’
Nike Inc., Adidas AG and other footwear companies urged U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his tariffs on shoes made in China, saying the policy would be...
Lebanon may delay issuance of Eurobonds
Lebanon can afford to wait to issue between $2.5 billion to $3 billion in Eurobonds until the market conditions are ripe but the government will definitely not miss the...
Washington lauds Lebanese lenders’ role: bankers
A high-level Lebanese banking delegation said that all the U.S. officials they met in Washington and New York have expressed deep satisfaction for the continued...
Choucair: New steps to cut costs, raise revenue
Telecommunications Minister Mohamed Choucair Tuesday announced a series of measures designed to cut costs and increase revenues at the Telecommunications Ministry by...
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has attracted only tepid interest in plans for its latest multibillion-dollar debt sale, banking sources say, suggesting the kingdom is losing its appeal for some lenders.
Egypt bank mergers in cards if requirements go up
Egypt’s new banking law may raise the minimum capital requirements for lenders tenfold, state media reported Tuesday, in a move that could pave the way for mergers...
UAE unveils ‘Gold Card’ for residency
The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday it will grant 6,800 foreign investors permanent residency under a new “Golden Card” system after they invested a combined 100...
Turkey to reduce U.S. import tariffs this week
Turkey’s Trade Ministry will implement a reciprocal reduction in tariffs on U.S. imports this week, after the United States halved tariffs on Turkish steel imports, two...
Nike Inc., Adidas AG and other footwear companies urged U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his tariffs on shoes made in China, saying the policy would be “catastrophic for our consumers, our companies and the American economy as a whole.”
OECD cuts global growth forecast
The OECD Tuesday cut its forecast for the world economy, urging governments to resolve their trade disputes as the latest flare-up in the U.S.-China trade war threatens...
French minister warns of populist threat to euro
The euro is “under threat as never before” not just because of the risks of a trade war between China and the United States but also the emergence of far-right leaders...
Jamie Oliver shutters most U.K. restaurants
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain went into administration Tuesday, leaving 1,000 people without jobs as the majority of branches ceased trading...
IMF approves $248.2M stand-by arrangement for Armenia
The International Monetary Fund has approved a $248.2 million three-year stand-by precautionary arrangement for Armenia to support structural reforms and improve the...
“I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time.
Callous chess game
The Arab world seems to have been destined to suffer. Going back over seven decades, since the Nakba in 1948, it seems every evil has befallen countries of this region...
Banning abortion will transform U.S.
“It was a horrible time,” recounts one Romanian gynecologist, referring to the period between 1966 and 1990, when abortion and contraception were completely banned...
Are the Americans tired of losing yet?
Not content with its trade war against China, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has also opened bilateral trade negotiations with Japan.
Trump’s disruptive style has diminishing returns
President Donald Trump has styled himself in foreign policy as the Great Disrupter. And for a time, this unpredictable approach served him reasonably well.
With the re-election of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and blanket support from U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that the winds of war and aggression...
There are countless issues that are open to debate in Lebanon, but no one can refute the professionalism of the country’s banking sector or of its security services.
“It was a horrible time,” recounts one Romanian gynecologist, referring to the period between 1966 and 1990, when abortion and contraception were completely banned under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Tusk’s opportunity to return to politics again
Donald Tusk’s term as president of the European Council will end on Nov. 30, which is perfect timing for the Polish opposition.
‘Ramadan in Saida’: Uniqueness of time and place
“Museums as cultural hubs”: This was the 2019 slogan for International Museum Day as initiated by the International Council of Museums.
The rising tide of sustainable seafood
McDonald’s. Costco. IKEA. Each of these corporate titans enjoys an enormous customer base.
Chinese mole saga reads like a thriller
Behind the admission by a former CIA officer that he plotted to spy for China lies an astonishing tale of Beijing’s espionage against America - and the vindication of...
Iran, U.S. impasse could lead to conflict
Behind recent U.S. and Iranian military mobilizations lies a perception by each side that the other may be about to attack.
Too much at stake to leave Pentagon in limbo
At a time when America is facing a potential military confrontation with Iran, an escalating trade war with China and a showdown with North Korea, you’d think President...
Lebanon needs a win at EITI global conference
On June 18, Lebanese Energy and Water Minister Nada Boustany is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the Opening ceremony of the EITI Global Conference happening in...
Manchester United have slapped a 138 million pound ($177 million) price tag on star midfielder Paul Pogba in a bid to ward off interest in the World Cup winner.
Mkhitaryan to miss final over safety fears
Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku was a “personal” one amid...
Nadal beats Djokovic for ninth Italian Open title
Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his...
Federer, Osaka pull out injured, Nadal sweeps in
Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka both pulled out of the Italian Open Friday before their quarterfinal matches due to injuries just a week before the start of the French...
Warriors get hard-earned break before finals
And now, they wait. Again.
Guardiola set for bumper new contract
Manchester City will look to tie Pep Guardiola down for the long haul by offering him a new five-year contract with a substantial pay rise.
Brighton name Potter as coach to replace Hughton
Brighton & Hove Albion have appointed Graham Potter as their new manager on a four-year contract from Championship side Swansea City, the Premier League club said Monday.
Things we learned in European football
Bayern Munich clinched a seventh Bundesliga title, Benfica completed a remarkable run to reclaim the Portuguese crown, while Gareth Bale was denied a farewell...
Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.
Nadal sweeps into Rome semi-finals
Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to book his place in the semi-finals of the Italian Open Friday.
Roland Garros-bound Federer limps out of Italian Open
World number three Roger Federer pulled out of the Italian Open before his quarter-final match Friday with a right leg injury.
Unfiltered Kyrgios rips into Djokovic, Nadal in podcast
Australia's Nick Kyrgios has branded Rafa Nadal a sore loser, the Spaniard's uncle Toni an "idiot" and said world number one Novak Djokovic has a "sick obsession" with...
Leonard stars as Raptors claw back with win over Bucks
Kawhi Leonard scored eight of his 36 points in the second overtime period Sunday to lead the Toronto Raptors to a gritty 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the...
Wire-to-wire win gives Bucks 2-0 edge on Raptors
The Milwaukee Bucks left it until late in Game 1 Wednesday, but in Game 2 Friday night, they left no doubt.
Arakji commits to Riyadi for next three years
Riyadi talisman Wael Arakji committed his future to the defending Lebanese Basketball League champions by signing a new three-year deal at the Manara-based club Friday.
Champville land Haidar in summer rebuild
After a crushing semifinal defeat to Riyadi last month saw their title dream go up in smoke, Champville have wasted little time in launching a fresh assault on the...
Brooks Koepka received lots of plaudits for his PGA Championship victory Sunday and the American will no longer be able to slip into major championships almost unnoticed as he has become the man to beat for the foreseeable future at least.
Marquez takes French MotoGP for Honda’s 300th win
Spain’s defending world champion Marc Marquez won the French MotoGP at Le Mans Sunday, racking up Honda’s 300th victory in the division and completing a memorable...
Wilder retains title with brutal first-round KO
Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight...
Wilder death threats overshadow title defense
Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight crown on the line against Dominic Breazeale Saturday, unfazed by a storm of criticism following his vows to cause a death in the...
Tiger, Koepka hunt more major glory at Bethpage
Masters winner Tiger Woods, chasing a 16th major title, and defending champion Brooks Koepka lead a powerhouse field into Thursday’s opening round of the PGA...
Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said Tuesday, triggering an outpouring of praise for a man whose track victories and comeback from a horrific crash enthralled race fans worldwide.
Dominant Mercedes brush aside invincibility
The dominance of Mercedes has some people asking already, with 16 races to go, whether the Formula One world champions could do the unthinkable and become the...
Hamilton back on top with win in Spain
Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship Sunday with victory in Spain as Mercedes continued their record start to a season with a...
Bottas, Hamilton top Spanish GP practice
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton looked poised to extend their dominance of Formula One after clocking the fastest laps in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix Friday.
Marquez goes top after win in Spain
World champion Marc Marquez swept back to the top of the MotoGP standings by a single point Sunday after running away with his home Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
“Paper Identities,” an exhibition now up at Beit Beirut, is a philosophical exploration of notions of identity.
Moroccan film tackles taboo of unmarried mothers
Maryam Touzani never forgot the day a young woman knocked on her door in Tangier asking for work.
Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
The Wu-Tang Clan, hip hop legends who hustled past the struggle
A quarter century ago, a ragtag group of New York kids that would become the iconic Wu-Tang Clan banded together, betting that mainstream music might just embrace...
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most...
Bristol an urban canvas for elusive artist Banksy
Five years ago, British street artist Banksy adorned the side of a once-uninspiring white brick building in Bristol with the familiar image, reminiscent of something by...
A guided tour of your body in Beirut
Whatever light seeped through the blindfold before your eyes has gone now, devoured by the darkness of a room of unknown size.
Cannes critics warm to Loach’s dig at gig economy
Ken Loach’s latest Cannes entry, the tale of a family unraveling under the pressure of their precarious jobs, takes aim at the gig economy dividing politicians and...
Jimmy Page reflects on Led Zeppelin’s legacy
When Jimmy Page was a young student, he had already developed such an inseparable relationship with his guitar that school officials would often confiscate it.
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.
'Avengers Endgame' nears global record with over $2B
"Avengers: Endgame" has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.
Hugs, tears mark taping of final 'Big Bang Theory' episode
Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of "The Big Bang Theory," a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike.
'Star Wars' Darth Vader costume could go for $2 million at auction
A man who made appearances as Darth Vader at film premieres and fan conventions will sell a costume created in 1979 by the "Star Wars" design team at an auction of...
Oscar winner Rami Malek in new Bond film
Oscar winner Rami Malek Thursday hinted he would appear as a villain in the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, alongside a cast including Ralph Fiennes and...
A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains.
Egyptian women use Indonesian martial arts to fight abuse
In the heart of Egypt’s capital, an ancient Indonesian martial arts sport is helping dozens of women stand up to harassment.
Dementia cases set to triple: WHO issues guide to cut risk
With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular...
Get your children vaccinated or face fine: German health minister
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has drawn up draft legislation to oblige parents to get their children vaccinated against measles or else face fines and their...
Phoenicia’s atmospheric new iftar experiences
The Phoenicia Hotel has always been one of the go-to destinations for Beirutis looking to celebrate a high-end iftar or suhoor during Ramadan.
Scientists adopt new kilogram definition
How we measure the world underwent a quantum leap Monday as scientists adopted new hyperaccurate definitions for units of weight, electricity and temperature derived...
U.S. drones monitor cattle, help predict avalanches
In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow.
With tent and tuxedo, fans camp out to catch Cannes
In a tiny tent on a campsite in the hills outside Cannes, Christopher and Noe are wrestling with their tuxedos before heading off in the hope of hitting the festival’s...
With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular exercise and cutting out tobacco use.
Threats, hope as turtle season begins in Lebanon
As turtles have begun landing on Lebanon’s shores to lay their eggs, the Environment Ministry is working to limit the threats they face by increasing the number of...
We spend a considerable amount of time interacting with our phone screens. And the focal point of all that interaction? The display.
San Francisco may ban face recognition by police
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a...
SpaceX delays launch to freshly repaired space station
SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs.
Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du...
Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'
When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" – and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our...
Following traditional rituals, indigenous chief Olimpio Santos Guajajara paints his face with red dye from urucum seeds as he prepares to go on patrol to protect Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
Three tons of rubbish collected from Everest
A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tons of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the...
Climate activists block entrance to London Stock Exchange
Environmental activists who have brought disruption to the British capital for more than a week blocked the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange Thursday, gluing...
One million species risk extinction due to humans: draft U.N. report
Up to 1 million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft U.N. report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has...