Lebanon's coronavirus death toll passed 1,000 Sunday, the day before the country is set to ease out of its second attempt at lockdown.
Hasan: Caution required until vaccine
Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan said Sunday that Lebanon was aiming to acquire coronavirus vaccines by February
Rockets hit Eritrea after Ethiopia declares victory
Rockets launched from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have again targeted the capital of Eritrea, diplomats told AFP Sunday, while the US embassy in Asmara reported...
Northeast Nigeria massacre claimed at least 110 lives
A weekend attack on farm workers in northeast Nigeria blamed on the Boko Haram jihadist group left at least 110 dead, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country...
UN envoy urges progress in Syrian political process
A UN envoy Sunday pushed for progress on the eve of the latest round of talks in Geneva towards revising Syria's constitution and winding down the country's...
Lebanon streets flooded after downpour
Floods in areas across Lebanon engulfed roads after a heavy rainfall hit the country late Saturday morning.
Lebanon reports 11 new virus deaths as cases rise
Lebanon registered 11 new deaths and 1,696 more cases Saturday, as a two-week full lockdown neared its end
France, UN to host new Lebanon aid conference
France and the UN will host a new conference next week about aid to Beirut after its devastating port explosion in August, amid political deadlock and a worsening...
Rockets launched from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have again targeted the capital of Eritrea, diplomats told AFP Sunday, while the US embassy in Asmara reported there were "six explosions" in the city.
Armenians at a crossroads on last route out of Karabakh
Dressed in impeccable camouflage fatigues with Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders, Russian peacekeepers stand guard along the last road linking Armenia with the...
Trump says he'll leave if Electoral College seats Biden
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden's victory - even as he insisted...
Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign
On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions...
A UN envoy Sunday pushed for progress on the eve of the latest round of talks in Geneva towards revising Syria's constitution and winding down the country's nine-year-old civil war.
Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist: Iran paper
An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper on Sunday suggested Iran should attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a...
Iran nuclear scientist's body taken to shrine
The body of Iran's assassinated top nuclear scientist has been taken to the first of several revered Shiite Muslim shrines ahead of his burial set for Monday, state...
Rocket hits small oil refinery in Iraq's north, no casualties
A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq on Sunday, causing fire and minor damage, two refinery officials said.
Tens of thousands of Sadr supporters pack Baghdad
Tens of thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr packed the streets of the Iraqi capital Friday in a show of force as preparations ramp up for June...
The Lebanese pound remained stable against the dollar Friday, trading at around LL8,300 on the black market as efforts to form a new Cabinet remain stalled.
Pound weakens further as govt crisis lingers
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar once again Thursday, trading at around LL8,350 on the black market as the political crisis in Lebanon deepened.
Aramco says supplies unaffected by Jeddah attack
An official from the Saudi Aramco oil company on Tuesday said customers were unaffected by an attack that came from Yemen's Houthi group at a petroleum products...
UAE eases limits on foreign ownership to attract investors
The United Arab Emirates has relaxed and removed a range of limits on foreign ownership of companies, state-run media reported Monday, in the country’s latest bid to...
Bitcoin climbs to three-year peak, all-time high in focus
Bitcoin rose to a nearly three-year high on Friday, as investors continued to scoop the virtual currency on expectations it could well exceed its all-time peak of just...
Barakat: overspending responsible for financial gap
Lebanon’s Central Bank net foreign currency reserves has recorded a deficit of $58 billion up to this date and this was mainly due to the financial system heavy...
Pound marginally rises, trading at LL8,225
The Lebanese pound marginally rose against the dollar Wednesday, trading at around LL 8,225 on the black market
Lebanese pound stable, trading at LL8,300
The Lebanese pound remained stable against the dollar Tuesday, trading at around LL8,300 on the black market, as the Cabinet formation process continued to stall.
An official from the Saudi Aramco oil company on Tuesday said customers were unaffected by an attack that came from Yemen's Houthi group at a petroleum products distribution plant in the north of Jeddah city.
Saudi Arabia could review VAT increase after pandemic ends
DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's acting information minister on Thursday said the kingdom could review its VAT increase after the novel...
Emirates airline posts first loss in more than 30 years
Dubai-based Emirates airline on Thursday posted its first loss in more than three decades, saying it had been badly hit by the coronavirus lockdown that brought air...
Dubai's Emaar reports nine-month profit almost cut in half
Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties reported on Wednesday a near halving in profit for the first nine months of the year, while its chairman said he was...
Bitcoin rose to a nearly three-year high on Friday, as investors continued to scoop the virtual currency on expectations it could well exceed its all-time peak of just under $20,000.
APEC leaders call for free trade to boost economic recovery
Asia Pacific leaders on Friday put aside differences over trade to endorse their first joint communique in three years, calling for free and predictable trade to help...
Bitcoin breaks $18,000 as rally powers on, all-time high in sight
Bitcoin on Wednesday broke through $18,000 to hit a new year-to-date peak as its blistering 2020 rally, driven by demand for its perceived quality as an inflation hedge...
US ends Boeing 737 MAX flight ban after crash probes
After nearly two years of scrutiny, corporate upheaval and a standoff with global regulators, Boeing Co won approval on Wednesday from the U.S. Federal Aviation...
Dollar holds steady amid questions about vaccine, US political risk
The dollar steadied against most currencies on Tuesday as a return of coronavirus restrictions in some US states and worries about a smooth transition for...
In an overpopulated world, many have asked, “What is the value of human life?”
America’s fifth column
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the 1970s was a product of the Cold War standoff between the liberal democratic West and the communist Soviet...
Democracy in the digital era
Digital technology has made our life much easier, more open and just. But at the same time, it has affected our privacy, choices and liberty.
Biden may not have a choice on Iran
In the absence of any major surprising event, Iran is expected to be the first major crisis to face the upcoming Biden administration early next year.
Time to get your act together
Over a year ago brave young Lebanese took to the streets in protest against the government’s corruption and incompetence, but a wily and entrenched political clique has...
Europe's Faustian bargain
Europe finds itself forced into a tradeoff between two objectives, both of which are critical to its long-term viability as a supranational political and economic bloc.
Time for public participation in Lebanon’s democracy
Many are the ways in which Lebanon’s democracy is flawed — both systemically, and in practice.
Biden and US foreign policy
From now until Jan. 20, 2021,when President-elect Joe Biden takes over, a lot of things could still happen.
The world is fed up with us
For how long will the world continue to pay attention to Lebanon’s self-inflicted problems and tolerate its leaders?
Lionel Messi paid a personal tribute to the late Diego Maradona after scoring Sunday as Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga with a resounding 4-0 home win over Osasuna.
Super-sub Cavani inspires Man Utd fightback
Edinson Cavani inspired Manchester United's thrilling fightback from two goals down to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win against Southampton Sunday.
Medvedev beats Nadal to set up Thiem title match at ATP Finals
Daniil Medvedev sent Rafael Nadal packing after a gruelling slugfest at the ATP Finals in London Saturday to set up a title match against Novak Djokovic's conqueror...
Medvedev beats Thiem to win ATP Finals title
Daniil Medvedev came from a set down to beat Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 and win the ATP Finals title in London Sunday for the biggest tournament victory of his...
Lebanon down Iraq to seal place in Asia Cup
Lebanon overcame a resilient Iraqi side 78-69 in an Asia Cup 2021 qualifier in Manama, Bahrain Sunday to book their place in next year’s continental showpiece event.
Maradona's doctor investigated for involuntary manslaughter
Diego Maradona's personal doctor was Sunday being investigated for involuntary manslaughter four days after the Argentina legend suffered a fatal heart attack,...
Spurs return to top of table with 0-0 draw at Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur went back to the top of the Premier League Sunday after a 0-0 draw at Chelsea left honors even between visiting manager Jose Mourinho and his one-time...
Wolves shake off Jimenez loss to beat Arsenal
Wolves recovered from losing top scorer Raul Jimenez to a sickening head injury to inflict Arsenal's third consecutive home league defeat with a 2-1 win at the Emirates...
Daniil Medvedev sent Rafael Nadal packing after a gruelling slugfest at the ATP Finals in London Saturday to set up a title match against Novak Djokovic's conqueror Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic beats Zverev to reach semis at ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic out-battled Alexander Zverev to qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals Friday, staying on track to match Roger Federer's record of six titles at the...
Nadal beats Tsitsipas to reach last four at ATP Finals
Rafael Nadal kept alive his hopes of a first ATP Finals title Thursday, beating defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in London to qualify for the last...
Medvedev destroys Djokovic at ATP Finals as Zverev bounces back
Daniil Medvedev shocked Novak Djokovic in straight sets to book a place in the last four at the ATP Finals Wednesday as former champion Alexander Zverev got his...
Thompson out for season after torn Achilles
Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson was ruled out of the entire 2020-2021 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon, the team said Thursday, in a shattering...
Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft
Anthony Edwards paid tribute to his mother and grandmother. Onyeka Okongwu recalled his brother. Obi Toppin thought about coming home.
Tears flowed freely for those...
NBA, union agree upon 2020-21 season start, virus tweaks
The NBA and its players union said they have agreed upon terms for a 2020-21 season that will start December 22 as well as Covid-19-related contract changes.
Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon's return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr.
McGregor agrees to UFC return vs Poirier on Jan. 23
Conor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 at UFC 257.
UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press...
Johnson finally wins Masters with record low score
Dustin Johnson finally clinched an elusive second major title with a five-stroke victory at the Masters on Sunday, staving off self-doubt as he overcame a shaky start...
Johnson in share of Masters lead, DeChambeau flirts with cut
Dustin Johnson grabbed a share of the Masters clubhouse lead Friday before second-round play was suspended due to darkness with defending champion Tiger Woods still on...
Woods makes hot start to Masters title defense, Casey leads
Defending champion Tiger Woods tied his best-ever opening round at the Masters and was three shots behind early clubhouse leader Paul Casey while tournament favorite...
Romain Grosjean escaped from a horrific first-lap crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday when his car split in two and burst into flames.
Hamilton wins record-equalling seventh F1 world title
Lewis Hamilton secured a record-equalling seventh Formula One world title Sunday after winning the Turkish Grand Prix and then warned pretenders to his crown "I'm only...
Hamilton v Schumacher: Who is the greatest?
Lewis Hamilton Sunday won his seventh Formula One world title to equal the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher.
But who is the greatest driver? The British star...
Formula One unveils biggest-ever 23-race calendar for 2021
Formula One unveiled a 23-race calendar for 2021 Tuesday, its biggest ever, but the Vietnamese Grand Prix has been dropped.
Hamilton wins at Imola as Mercedes clinch constructors' title
Mercedes became the first team to win seven successive Formula One constructors' titles Sunday as Lewis Hamilton celebrated a record-extending 93rd career win at Imola...
A regular pay cheque is a rarity for Greece’s performers, who have been underpaid and often without insurance for decades because of the country’s grinding financial crisis. Without a regulated labour framework since the country’s series of EU bailouts, many artists were left in limbo when the coronavirus pandemic broke out, invisible to the state and ineligible for financial aid
Penguin, Simon & Schuster to make publishing giant
Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House CEO, declined to say whether there would be any layoffs, saying it was too soon to speculate
Activist anthems to serenade UN anniversary
Angelique Kidjo headlines all-star lineup of Dec. 1 online fundraising concert, ‘Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice,’ to celebrate the UN's 75th...
Theater reopens in COVID-devastated Italian town
‘The pandemic has taught those who hadn’t understood before, the importance of culture, arts and beauty in the world’
The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and ‘Soul’ are essentially very expensive ads for the streaming services
Mysterious desert obelisk provokes amused theories
‘It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands,’ warned the Utah Department of Public Safety in a press release,...
Bruce, the ‘Jaws’ shark, hanged at museum
Once 'Jaws' proved a box office phenomenon, a fourth shark was made from the original mold. For 15 years he hung at Universal Studios Hollywood as a photo opportunity...
Two ‘statues’ unearthed from ashes at Pompeii
Archaeologists poured liquid chalk poured into the void left by the decaying bodies in the ash and pumice that rained down from the volcano. The technique gives the...
Angelique Kidjo headlines all-star lineup of Dec. 1 online fundraising concert, ‘Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice,’ to celebrate the UN's 75th anniversary
Swift wins top prize at AMAs
Music manager Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings company acquired Big Machine Label Group, the home to Swift’s first six albums, then sold the master rights to an...
Melissa McCarthy versus ‘Superintelligence’
For much of ‘Superintelligence’ McCarthy is walking around on her own. That’s not as good as McCarthy with either of her best recent on-screen partners – Sandra Bullock...
‘Ma Rainey’ is Boseman’s final, finest gift
Boseman isn’t the only volcanic force in ‘Ma Rainey,’ a meditation on power, race, sex and commerce in early 20th-century America treated with sensitivity and grace by...
In ‘Collective,’ the rot of government corruption
A piercing documentary about corruption in Romania, ‘Collective’ may not directly concern current events but it feels urgent and vital just the same
In McQueen’s ‘Small Axe,’ a migrants’ epic
McQueen began working on his five-film anthology 11 years ago, before the best picture-winning '12 Years a Slave,' initially imagining it as a TV series
Partovi co-wrote Jafar Panahi’s 2000 feature ‘The Circle,’ which tackles difficulties facing Iranian women. It went on to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
Trebek’s grace elevated him above TV host
‘I try not to take myself too seriously … I don’t want to come off as a pompous ass and indicate that I know everything when I don’t’
Kanye West nabbed some 60,000 votes in election bid
'It’s like everybody’s being distracted by who is going to win ... It doesn’t really matter who’s going to win if we have a plan in place to present to that president...
Former James Bond actor Sean Connery dies aged 90: British media
Scottish movie legend Sean Connery, who shot to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent James Bond and went on to dominate the silver...
On a darkened residential street in Paris, a gate left partly open signals the entrance to an abandoned train tunnel -- and an illegal rave party for 300 people looking for an escape from France's Covid-19 lockdown.
Meet Gaza's first woman taxi driver
Palestinian mother-of-five Nayla Abu Jubbah launched a small revolution this week by becoming the first female taxi driver in the deeply conservative Gaza Strip.
CEO says AstraZeneca likely to run new global trial of COVID-19 vaccine
AstraZeneca is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, its chief executive Pascal Soriot was quoted as saying on...
EU reaches deal for supply of 160 mln doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
The European Union has reached a deal with U.S. biotech firm Moderna for the supply of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the head of the European Commission said on...
China launches moon probe to bring back rocks
A rocket heading for the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades blasted off from China on Tuesday in the latest milestone for Beijing's spacefaring...
Here comes Santa Claus, with face masks and plexiglass
Santa Claus is coming to the mall - just don’t try to sit on his lap.
Pink diamond fetches $26.6 mln at Sotheby's Geneva sale
An extremely rare, purple-pink diamond mined in Russia, which Sotheby's described as "a true wonder of nature", sold for 24.4 million Swiss francs ($26.6 million) on...
US forecaster sees 95% chance of La Ni?a through March in Northern Hemisphere
There is a 95% chance of La Ni?a conditions continuing through the Northern Hemisphere winter from January to March, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on...
AstraZeneca is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, its chief executive Pascal Soriot was quoted as saying on Thursday after questions over the results from its late-stage study.
Where are we in the COVID-19 vaccine race?
Drugmakers and research centres around the world are working on COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates involving tens of thousands of...
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in elderly, trial results by Christmas
AstraZeneca and Oxford University's potential COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response in older adults, data published on Thursday showed, with researchers...
Moderna vaccine results 'stunningly impressive': Fauci
The United States' top infectious disease scientist on Monday hailed early trial results from Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine as "stunningly impressive," and said the...
A rocket heading for the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades blasted off from China on Tuesday in the latest milestone for Beijing's spacefaring ambitions.
Twitter, Facebook to hand over @POTUS account to Biden on Jan. 20
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the social media companies said on Saturday.
Tunisian startup 3D prints solar-powered bionic hands
A Tunisian startup is developing a 3D-printed bionic hand, hoping the affordable and solar-powered prosthetic will help amputees and other disabled people across Africa.
Glitches allow banned Facebook election ads to recirculate
Facebook Monday acknowledged glitches in enforcing its policy on removing misleading political advertising for the US election after a report revealed banned messages...
Mazda beat traditional winners Lexus and Toyota to win top honors as the most dependable auto brand in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey.
Honda wins world-first approval for Level 3 autonomous car
Honda on Wednesday won approval to sell Level 3 autonomous cars in Japan, in what the automaker and Japanese authorities said was a world-first.
The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in Kenya.
Food emissions could push Earth past global warming limits
Even if all fossil fuel emissions ended immediately, greenhouse gasses from the food we eat could drive global temperatures above internationally agreed warming limits,...
Gangs in Latin America use bribery, secret routes to smuggle jaguar parts to China: report
Criminal organizations in Bolivia and other Latin American countries are bribing police and circumventing customs restrictions to smuggle parts of jaguars to mainland...
US vote to shape how world warms as climate pact exit looms
What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world’s climate will likely get, experts say.