Lebanon registered 45 new coronavirus deaths and 2,008 cases, the Health Ministry said Friday, as a leading physician in the country against the pandemic warned of another hike in cases despite positive developments.
Lebanon registers 45 new coronavirus deaths, 2,008 cases
Lebanon registers 45 new coronavirus deaths, 2,008 cases
Police: 8 killed in shooting at Indianapolis Fedex facility
Eight people were shot and killed in a shooting late Thursday at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis, police said.
US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan
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Iran to purchase 60M Russian vaccines as coronavirus surges
Iran has finalized a deal with Russia to purchase 60 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Thursday.
Lebanon registers 31 virus deaths, 2,501 cases
Lebanon registered 31 new coronavirus deaths and 2,501 cases, the Health Ministry said Thursday.
Hariri calls for Russian investment in Lebanon
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Bitar releases six people held for Beirut blast
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US imposes wide array of sanctions on Russia for 'malign' actions
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French embassy advises citizens to leave Pakistan
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Minnesota police chief, officer who fatally shot Black man, both resign
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Pro-Iran factions up the ante in Iraq with drone strike
Armed pro-Iran Iraqi groups striving to oust all foreign forces from their country Wednesday upped the stakes with a drone attack, a technique favoured elsewhere in the...
At least 21 African migrants die as boat sinks off Tunisia
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Half of Cyprus passports in cash scheme were illegal: inquiry
More than half the passports Cyprus issued to rich foreigners in an investment scheme were illegal, a government-appointed board of inquiry has found.
Iran's supreme leader: Vienna offers 'not worth looking at'
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The Lebanese pound fell on the black market Friday, trading at LL12,450 against the dollar.
Banks transfer $240M for students abroad
The Association of Banks in Lebanon said Thursday that Lebanese lenders have transferred $240 million to Lebanese students studying abroad to cover their tuitions.
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Syria devalues pound after sacking central bank governor
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Crypto flagship Coinbase jumps 11% after stormy Nasdaq debut
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Lebanese pound up against dollar on black market
The Lebanese pound gained on the black market Thursday, trading at LL12,150 against the dollar.
Humble fattoush shows cost of crisis at Ramadan
After a year of economic meltdown in Lebanon, Hala Sheikh is sticking to a modest menu as she prepares the evening meal for her family to break their daily Ramadan fast.
Salameh urges plan to ration subsidies
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The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year and is moving full steam ahead with plans to develop its biggest mall ever.
Syria's Assad dismisses central bank chief Karfoul
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IMF: Lebanon risks economic contraction in 2021
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Saudi $7 trillion investment goal puts spotlight on oil prices
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Coinbase Global Inc shares jumped 11% in early trading on Thursday, a day after the cryptocurrency exchange went public in a high-profile debut on the Nasdaq that briefly valued it at more than $100 billion.
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IMF sees slower recovery for eurozone than US
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OPEC+ agrees oil output rise from May, sources say, after U.S. calls Saudi
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Lebanon: A fragile or failed state?
Next week, the Lebanese people will be commemorating the Civil War that erupted on April 13, 1975, and ended with Taif Agreement in 1990.
Lebanon needs more than a Cabinet: Nation building
It must hurt the national pride of every Lebanese to hear foreign officials asking them to introduce meaningful reforms and form a credible government so countries who...
The recent flurry of diplomatic activities and frequent trips by Lebanese factions to Moscow, left the impression that Russia is poised to assume a mediating role in Lebanon in an attempt to extend its influence from a war shattered Syria to a politically crippled and financially bankrupt Lebanon.
England forward Harry Kane suffered a worrying ankle injury ahead of this year's delayed European Championships after scoring twice in a 2-2 draw away to Everton in the Premier League Friday.
Leipzig hand Bayern title edge after Hoffenheim stalemate
Leipzig had a last-minute goal ruled out and were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Hoffenheim Friday to hand the Bundesliga title initiative back to Bayern Munich.
Nadal's bid for 12th Monte Carlo title ended by Rublev
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'Awful' Djokovic knocked out in Monte Carlo
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Curry scores 53 to pass Chamberlain for Warriors record
Steph Curry erupted with 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain's all-time Golden State scoring record Monday as the Warriors downed the Denver Nuggets 116-107.
Arsenal, Man Utd, Roma, Villarreal into Europa League semis
With their season on the line, Arsenal’s players produced a devastating first-half performance Thursday to beat Slavia Prague and reach the Europa League semifinals.
Madrid stand alone against the new order among CL semifinalists
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Liverpool draw a blank as Real Madrid roll into CL semis
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French Open delayed by a week in hope that more spectators can attend
The French Open was Thursday delayed by a week to May 30-June 13 in the hope that heightened Covid-19 restrictions in France will have eased by then to allow the...
James injury rocks Lakers in loss to Hawks
LeBron James crashed out of the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday with a right ankle injury that will sideline the NBA superstar indefinitely.
Ronnie O'Sullivan insisted Friday he had no interest in equalling Stephen Hendry's modern-day record of seven titles on the eve of defending his world snooker championship crown.
Japan hails 'bright news' of Matsuyama's Masters win
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International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics
International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer's Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, organizers said Saturday, setting the...
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday after an epic, knife-edge battle with Red Bull's Max Verstappen over the final laps.
Red Bull's Verstappen grabs opening pole in Bahrain
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Eight Egyptian architects have won an international competition for the reconstruction of the historic Al-Nouri Mosque complex in Mosul, Iraq, selection organiser UNESCO said Thursday.
French theater group offers medicinal poetry
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Italian piano maker sees craft threatened
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Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenades Saudi ruin
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BAFTAs pushes diversity at film awards
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Libyan capital's neglected Old City gets facelift
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Jumping the gun: Saudis keep 'Taasheer' war dance alive
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World’s priciest painting not really da Vinci
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Reality TV show sparks anger in Algeria
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The curtain falls on Italian film censorship
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Syria reporters start Spain's first refugee-led news site
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J&J asked rival COVID-19 vaccine makers to probe clotting risks
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Cyprus's cabinet all receive AstraZeneca shots to win over public
Cyprus's entire cabinet was inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 on Thursday in an attempt to win over a cautious public on the safety of the shots.
UAE partners with Japan's iSpace to send rover to the moon in 2022
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Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan
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United Arab Emirates names 2 new astronauts, including woman
The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program Saturday, including the country's first female astronaut.
Pandemic lends modern twist to French vintage fashion sales
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US pauses J&J vaccine over rare blood clots
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AstraZeneca shot is good if safety issues can be overcome, Fauci says
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Geneva watch expo goes digital before Shanghai switch
Geneva's international expo of fine watches opened Wednesday with an online 2021 edition before shifting next week to Shanghai, where the coronavirus is under control.
Seats filled for first all-civilian spaceflight crew
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NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years
NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid.
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Major British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty from UK government plans for restarting international travel that were widely condemned by airlines.
Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it will start putting its hands-free highway driving technology in some of its pickup truck and Mustang models later this year.
Nissan-Renault rift at center of Japanese trial of American
The trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly in a Tokyo court is increasingly focusing on a rift between Nissan Motor Co.
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A fossil of a skunk-like mammal that lived during the age of dinosaurs has been discovered in Chilean Patagonia, adding further proof to recent evidence that mammals roamed that part of South America a lot earlier than previously thought.
In Tunis, flamingos wade past waste in key Africa wetlands
Hundreds of flamingos wade past waste in the murky waters of the vast Sijoumi lagoon, a critical wetland in the heart of Tunisia's capital threatened by overexpansion.
Saudi Arabia sees fields of green with major tree-planting drive
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'Alarm bells' as African elephants see sharp decline: conservationists
Decades of poaching and shrinking habitats have devastated elephant populations across Africa, conservationists said Thursday, warning that one sub-species found in...
Brazil’s military fails in key mission: halting Amazon deforestation
Two years ago, the Amazon was aflame, ravaged by arsonists and loggers.