More than 220 people were injured in a third night of clashes Wednesday between security forces and demonstrators protesting against coronavirus lockdown measures in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, state-run National News Agency said.
Macron's envoy to revive French initiative
Apparently encouraged by potential US support, French President Emmanuel Macron plans to send a special envoy to Lebanon in a bid to revive the stalled French...
Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helm
The Biden administration on Wednesday paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat took the helm of the State...
Yemen's war being fueled by economic profiteering: UN panel
Economic profiteering is fueling the catastrophe in Yemen, where a six-year war has involved attacks on civilians, forced disappearances and other violations of human...
Biden freezes giant UAE jet package, Saudi arms for review
US President Joe Biden's administration has temporarily frozen for review a massive package of F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates and arms to Saudi Arabia, officials...
Protester dies of wounds suffered during Tripoli clashes: NNA
Protester dies of wounds suffered during Tripoli clashes: NNA
Lebanon hits new record deaths, unveils jabs plan
Lebanon registered Wednesday registered record 76 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours in addition to 3,906 cases, as the national vaccination plan was launched.
Lebanese lawyers seek to halt liquidation of firm possibly linked to Beirut blast
A Lebanese lawyers' association has asked British authorities to halt the voluntary liquidation of a UK-registered company over possible links to last year's explosion...
The Biden administration on Wednesday paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department.
First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and...
GOP signals unwillingness to part with Trump after riot
Donald Trump has lost his social media megaphone, the power of government and the unequivocal support of his party's elected leaders. But...
'The world is watching us,' US's Blinken says
Secretary of State Antony Blinken got to work Wednesday with a warning that the world's eyes were on the United States to see if it can heal deep divisions.
US President Joe Biden's administration has temporarily frozen for review a massive package of F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates and arms to Saudi Arabia, officials said Wednesday.
Russia suggests Mideast peace conference, US pledges to renew Palestinian ties
Russia backed a Palestinian proposal for a Middle East peace conference, suggesting Tuesday it could be held at ministerial level in spring or summer, as the US said it...
Israel-Sudan signing ceremony within months, minister says
Israel and Sudan will finalise a diplomatic deal to normalise relations at a signing ceremony in Washington in the next three months, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli...
Cyprus to ease lockdown measures gradually after fall in COVID cases
Cyprus announced on Wednesday a staggered easing of lockdown measures following a fall in the number of COVID-19 infections, including the reopening of primary schools...
Injured Tunisian protester dies, fuelling new clashes
A Tunisian protester injured during clashes with police has died in hospital, state media reported on Monday, leading to more violent confrontations between...
Rating agency Moody’s maintained its C rating of Lebanon to reflect the county’s failure to find a solution to for the mounting losses for the bondholders and implement needed reforms.
Wazni’s 2021 draft budget forecast deficit at $3.2B
The 2021 draft budget presented to the Cabinet projected the deficit this year at LL4.687 trillion ($3.3 billion).
Saudi Arabia's futuristic city project in talks over cloud computing deal
Saudi Arabia's futuristic city project NEOM is in talks with companies to pick a lead partner for its first cloud computing deal that will lay the foundation for...
Saudi Aramco may sell more shares if market conditions are right
Saudi Aramco's shareholders may consider selling more shares of the company if market conditions are right, the head of the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund (PIF), Yasir...
Debenhams shuts all stores, around 12,000 jobs lost
UK department store chain Debenhams is to shut all its outlets, administrators for the collapsed group said Monday, with the loss of around 12,000 jobs.
Pound exchange rate unchanged for third day
The Lebanese pound remain unchanged against the dollar for a third consecutive day Wednesday, trading at around LL8,850 on the black market
Wazni submits 2021 draft budget to Cabinet
Caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni submitted the 2021 draft budget to the Lebanese Cabinet for approval, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.
Lebanese pound unchanged against dollar
The Lebanese pound was unchanged against the dollar Tuesday, trading at LL8,850 on the black market, with no movement in the political crisis that has left the country...
Saudi Arabia's futuristic city project NEOM is in talks with companies to pick a lead partner for its first cloud computing deal that will lay the foundation for hi-tech services in its flagship $500 billion business zone, a senior executive said.
Saudi sovereign fund to double assets in next five years
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund plans to double its assets to 4 trillion riyals ($1.07 trillion) by 2025, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday, a move that...
IMF says Iraq has requested emergency assistance, talks ongoing
Iraq has requested emergency assistance from the International Monetary Fund and talks are ongoing between the parties, the IMF said late on Sunday.
Syria floats new bank note amid soaring inflation
A new, 5,000 Syrian Lira bank note goes into circulation Sunday, the largest denomination in the country reeling from a decade of conflict and a crippling economic...
Biden plans to sign order for govt to buy more US goods
President Joe Biden plans to sign on Monday an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers, according to administration officials.
Job losses from virus 4 times as bad as '09 financial crisis
Four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in 2009, a U.N. report said Monday.
Bitcoin slumps 10% as pullback from record high gathers pace
Bitcoin slumped 10% on Thursday to a 10-day low, retreating further from record highs, with traders citing fears of tighter U.S. regulation.
European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic
European car sales plunged by nearly a quarter last year as the pandemic provoked the worst crisis ever to hit the capital-intensive industry.
Realizing the potentially huge benefits of breakthroughs in biological science and advanced data analytics will require us to think carefully about how to mitigate the potentially severe risks.
COVID-19 cases are soaring, and the new variants are spreading and pushing many governments to take the toughest restrictions.
The difference between COVID vaccines’ ‘efficacy’ and ‘effectiveness’ explained
The development of anti-COVID vaccines has forced countries to make swift decisions about which ones to go for – choices that are based more on availability than...
Lebanon needs foreign policy or sink into irrelevance
Lebanon is in desperate need to formulate a foreign policy to advance its national interests, or risks being sidelined
For Biden, Lebanon may have to wait
The foreign policy and the national security team designated by President-elect Biden is complete and is ready to hit the ground running in dealing with the Iranian...
The reality of our new reality
Peculiar as it may be, our very lives have been pushed into the virtual reality we once saw as wistful.
Palestine’s overdue elections are the last gasp of a passing generation
To some surprise – given that just weeks ago it seemed as if a rapprochement between Palestine’s rival factions was off the table – the Palestinian president, Mahmoud...
Democracy: Washington vs. Beirut
Watching news of the insurrection in Washington and the events that followed, one cannot but draw comparisons and lessons as it applies to the Lebanese quagmire.
Reality check: It is a ruse
We learn at an early age that there are no “stupid questions,” but there is one exception which is widely asked in Lebanon: Where is the evidence of corruption?
Jordan Pickford was punished for the latest in a long list of embarrassing errors as the blundering Everton goalkeeper allowed Youri Tielemans to rescue a 1-1 draw for Leicester Wednesday.
Barca come from behind to beat Rayo
Lionel Messi marked his return from suspension with a goal in the Copa del Rey Wednesday as Barcelona survived a scare against Rayo Vallecano to reach the quarterfinals.
Players warm up to strict quarantine at Australian Open
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine with the local government reporting three new cases of COVID-19 linked...
No delay to Australian Open despite Covid-19 quarantines
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted Sunday the Grand Slam tournament would still begin next month, but problems mounted for organizers as another 25 players were...
Harden leads Nets over Heat, LeBron sparks Lakers
James Harden believes the best is yet to come after producing a late burst of scoring to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat Monday.
Man Utd title hopes hit by Sheffield United defeat
Sheffield United put a huge dent in Manchester United's Premier League title ambitions Wednesday, beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's off-key side 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Liverpool must be a team nobody wants to play: Klopp
Liverpool may have their backs against the wall in the Premier League but the negative coverage of the team will only spur them on to bounce back in the title race,...
Tuchel's Chelsea reign starts with Wolves stalemate
Thomas Tuchel was unable to spark an immediate improvement at troubled Chelsea as Wolves held on for a 0-0 draw in the German's first match in charge of the Blues...
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine with the local government reporting three new cases of COVID-19 linked to participants of the Grand Slam Tuesday.
Murray's Australian Open participation in doubt after positive virus test
Andy Murray's participation in the Australian Open has been thrown into doubt after it was revealed Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Leonard scores 34 as Clippers stretch NBA win streak to seven games
Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 34 points as the Los Angeles Clippers extended their season-high NBA win streak to seven games with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma...
Nets hold on to beat shorthanded Heat, Curry passes Miller on 3pt list
Kevin Durant scored a team-high 31 points as the new-look Brooklyn Nets solved some of their defensive woes Saturday to hold on and beat the shorthanded Miami Heat...
James scores 34 as Lakers improve to 8-0 on the road
LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points as the Los Angeles Lakers won their eighth straight road game with a 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday.
Sexton's Cavaliers spoil debut of Brooklyn's Big Three
Collin Sexton scored a game-high 42 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a James Harden triple double and spoiled the debut of the Brooklyn Nets' Big Three with a...
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to reach a home-turf Super Bowl Sunday with a 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Mahomes-led Chiefs defeat Bills, return to Super Bowl
Since the beginning of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs have had one goal they turned into a catchphrase after winning last year's Super Bowl: Run it back.
Poirier knocks out McGregor at UFC 257
Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor with a flurry of punches midway through the second round Sunday, avenging his loss to the Irish superstar with a knockout victory...
Brady vs Rodgers, possibly Mahomes vs. Allen in title games
Tom Brady will take on Aaron Rodgers in a matchup of quarterback legends in the NFC title game.
The AFC championship could feature two of the top young QBs if Patrick...
Rodgers-led Packers, gritty Bills advance in NFL playoffs
Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Green Bay Packers moved to within one win of the Super Bowl Saturday with a 32-18 victory over the...
Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig Tuesday.
In December, 2020, archaeologists announced the unique discovery of a thermopolium, a fast-food bar. It had surviving polychrome decorations and traces of food and wine that offered an unprecedented glimpse of the snacking habits of the ancient Romans
Paris’ Centre Pompidou to shut for four-year refit
The building’s radical design pushes almost all its structural and mechanical elements to the exterior – the building appears to have been turned inside out – freeing...
Prototype performance fest pushed mostly online
One of the leading international festivals of contemporary opera and theater has shifted format for its ninth edition because of the coronavirus pandemic
Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic
Since COVID-19 descended, several awards show were postponed and later revamped due to COVID-19 restrictions. The BET Awards was the first major awards show during the...
‘Never Rarely’ tops Independent Spirit Awards
Eliza Hittman’s ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always,’ a Pennsylvania’s teen’s odyssey in getting an abortion, racked up nominations for best feature film, best director and...
Switzerland’s art mechanics embraces the future
The Jura mountains’ historical pre-eminence in a field combining science, art and technology has also been given a boost by the United Nations. In December, the...
Italy’s Uffizi reopens its doors after closure
The museum is still far from back to normal, opening only from Tuesdays to Fridays and with significantly reduced numbers of visitors, who are urged to pre-book. For...
Art Basel June fair postponed until September
Last year the pandemic forced Art Basel to cancel its Hong Kong fair, its founding event in Basel and the one in Miami
Eliza Hittman’s ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always,’ a Pennsylvania’s teen’s odyssey in getting an abortion, racked up nominations for best feature film, best director and best female lead for Sidney Flanigan. The National Board of Review give a boost to Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ naming it best film along with awards for directing and best ensemble
With content in demand, Sundance market heats up
There’s also opportunity in the fact that there could be a bigger and more diverse audience seeing the films who may never have had the opportunity to attend the...
Sudan cinema takes inspiration from revolution
As Sudan undergoes a precarious political transition, the country’s filmmakers have found more space to operate. Young filmmakers act ‘without the complexes,’ said...
Sundance enters uncharted waters in 2021
With the Oscars delayed to their latest-ever date – April 25 – several top contenders have not been released or even screened for critics yet, meaning Sundance could...
Netflix's 'Lupin' marks rise of international TV content
The success of the French crime series "Lupin" on Netflix, riding on the heels of hit Spanish show "Money Heist," may hint at a waning of US dominance on the small...
Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday.
Sceptics respond to Phil Spector’s death
While Spector made his mark as a revolutionary music producer, the stories of him waving guns at recording artists, and his murder conviction, overshadowed his artistry
Using crutches, Palestinian Mohamed Aliwa leaps from one concrete slab to another, determined that his missing leg won't stop him doing parkour, a sport that brings respite from grim reality in Gaza.
Dubai restaurants offer discounts for vaccinated diners
Dubai restaurants have begun offering discounts to customers who have been inoculated against coronavirus, amid a vaccination drive as the emirate seeks to fight the...
WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study
A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the...
COVAX to supply 355 mln vaccine doses for Eastern Med this year
The COVAX vaccine sharing platform expects to have 25 million coronavirus vaccine doses for the Eastern Mediterranean region in March, rising to 355 million doses by...
Biden urged to protect consumers from tech giants
As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. president, digital rights groups are calling on him and legislators to curb the power of tech firms and guard consumers'...
Dog spends days outside Turkish hospital waiting for owner
A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her sick owner was receiving treatment.
Powerball jackpot winner worth $731.1M sold in Maryland
A single Powerball ticket sold in Maryland is the winner of an estimated $731.1 million jackpot, the first to get the top prize in months.
Foreigners without face masks punished with push-ups in Bali
Foreigners caught not wearing face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali are being subject to an unusual punishment: push-ups.
A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK COVID variant sufferers cough more, but smell less affected
People testing positive for the new British variant of the coronavirus are more likely to report coughing, sore throat or fatigue as symptoms of COVID-19, but are less...
Dismay in France, land of Pasteur, over vaccine flops
News that France had fallen further behind in the race to develop Covid-19 vaccines caused dismay on Tuesday, reigniting a debate about the country's standing in the...
Saudi Arabia to get 3 mln AstraZeneca shots in about a week from India
The Serum Institute of India (SII) will supply Saudi Arabia with 3 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses priced at $5.25 each in about a week on behalf of the...
As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. president, digital rights groups are calling on him and legislators to curb the power of tech firms and guard consumers' online privacy.
Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants
E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one...
Norway became the first country in the world where electric cars accounted for more than 50 percent of new registrations in 2020, according to figures published Tuesday by an industry group.
Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a UN survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken.
US "proud to be back" in climate fight, Kerry tells leaders
The United States is "proud to be back" in international efforts to slow climate change, Washington's new special climate envoy John Kerry told a summit of leaders on...
U.S. envoy Kerry calls for climate change measures to be speeded up
U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry said on Thursday measures to tackle climate change needed to be ramped up significantly, and achieving net zero global carbon...