Insurance companies have agreed to cover the cost of clients who are infected by coronavirus
MP Bahia Hariri tables amended amnesty law
The Future Movement’s parliamentary block Friday tabled an amended draft amnesty law that it hopes Parliament will pass quickly to free low-risk prisoners.
Xi tells Trump China and US must 'unite to fight virus'
China and the United States should "unite to fight" the deadly coronavirus pandemic, President Xi Jinping said in a call with Donald Trump on Friday, as he called for...
India's coronavirus heroes come under attack
They have been hailed as India's coronavirus "heroes", but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted...
Fighting escalates in Libya despite coronavirus threat
Battles raged on several fronts in Libya Friday after a night of heavy bombardment in Tripoli, combatants and residents said, despite the threat continued fighting...
Beirut airport extends closure to April 12
Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut announced Friday it would extend a suspension of all commercial and private flights until April 12.
All nonemergency staff left Lebanon: U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon announced Friday that its entire non-emergency staff has departed Lebanon as the country combats the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus cases rise to 391, one more death
Lebanon’s total number of coronavirus infections rose to 391, as one new death and 23 cases were registered Friday, the Health Ministry reported.
China and the United States should "unite to fight" the deadly coronavirus pandemic, President Xi Jinping said in a call with Donald Trump on Friday, as he called for the US to improve relations.
Support for Hong Kong protesters' demands rises even as virus halts rallies
Support for the demands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong has grown even as rallies have paused due to the coronavirus outbreak.
UK to use firefighters to deliver food, collect bodies in coronavirus crisis
The United Kingdom will use firefighters to help deliver food, retrieve dead bodies and drive ambulances as it braces for the looming peak of the coronavirus outbreak...
Germany looks at tracking patients to rein in coronavirus
Germany has proposed using big data and location tracking to isolate people with coronavirus once social distancing measures now in force have slowed its spread, media...
Battles raged on several fronts in Libya Friday after a night of heavy bombardment in Tripoli, combatants and residents said, despite the threat continued fighting poses to efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
Dubai braces for financial hit as coronavirus batters vital tourism
The sundecks on Dubai's beaches lie empty, and red flags warn visitors away from the waterfront to protect the Middle East's tourism hub against coronavirus.
Iran says coronavirus death toll rises to 2,378
Iran Friday announced 144 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the official number of fatalities to 2,378 in one of the world's worst-hit countries.
Damascus dreads new silent foe
On a deserted street in the old city of Damascus, the new coronavirus has forced salesmen like Ahmad to close up shop indefinitely for the first time in Syria's war.
Israel to use military to enforce virus lockdown
Israel will deploy its army to assist police on street patrols to enforce a lockdown against the coronavirus epidemic, the military said Friday.
Lebanon’s Ministry of Finance said Thursday that it will hold investor presentation on 27 March 2020 to update the country’s Eurobonds holders on the government’s economic plans and principles for the debt restructuring
Hout: MEA loses $1M a day due to flights suspension
Middle East Airlines is losing $1 million every day since the suspension of flights in March 18 after the government decided to lockdown the country to contain spread...
Gulf sovereign funds seen shedding $300B in market mayhem
The Gulf region’s rainy day funds are bracing for the deluge.
Kuwait's Kufpec keeping oil production at 108,000 barrels per day: KUNA
The Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co (KUFPEC) is maintaining its oil output despite the drop in crude prices and global energy demand, the state-run KUNA news...
U.S. weekly jobless claims surge to a record 3.28m
The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits shot to record of more than 3 million last week as strict measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic...
Hoballah: state seeks helping industrial sector
The Lebanese government is examining several plans to stimulate the industrial sector to cope with the severe economic conditions
Solidere sales in first two months 2020 hit $112M
Real estate giant Solidere said in a report released Tuesday that it has sold over $112 million worth of properties in the first two months of 2020 which could explain...
Gemayel: Industrialists need state support
Lebanon’s industrial sector needs financial assistance and other facilities to cope with the aftermath of the coronavirus
U.A.E. eases work visa rules, halts public transport for 2 days
The United Arab Emirates, where expatriates make up about 85 percent of the population, eased rules for renewing worker visas and will shut public transportation for...
Abu Dhabi's Etihad will survive coronavirus crisis, says CEO
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways will survive the coronavirus epidemic, it's chief executive said in a video released Friday, a day after the industry's largest body warned...
Qatar eases exit restrictions on migrant employees
Qatar has removed exit visa requirements for an additional segment of its foreign labour force, including some of those working in the oil and gas industry, according...
The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits shot to record of more than 3 million last week as strict measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic ground the country to a sudden halt, unleashing a wave of layoffs that likely brought an end to the longest employment boom in U.
US coronavirus stimulus bill set for Senate vote
U.S. senators will vote on Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hoping...
Surveys show coronavirus pandemic savaging global economy
Business activity collapsed from Australia and Japan to Western Europe at a record pace in March, as measures to contain the coronavirus hammer the world economy, with...
Coronavirus savaging global economy
Evidence that the coronavirus pandemic is hammering the global economy mounted Tuesday as business activity surveys from Australia and Japan to Western Europe showed...
U.S. Fed aims 'bazooka' at coronavirus to backstop economy
The U.S. Federal Reserve on Monday mounted an extraordinary new array of programs to offset the "severe disruptions" to the economy caused by the coronarvirus outbreak,...
There’s no denying the fact that precautions have come at the expense of economies, and global recession this year is unavoidable.
Don't jump the gun
Before euphoria grips the Lebanese, they are advised to hold their horses. Some facts are in order: Oil or gas, if found, will usually take an average of three to seven...
Africa’s race against COVID-19
There are now worrying signs that the COVID-19 virus has taken root in Sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region. The window of opportunity to prevent a...
Will China’s wildlife-consumption ban work?
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, which is widely suspected to have emerged from Wuhan’s Huanan Market in December 2019, public-health and animal-rights advocates have...
Are we going back to normality soon?
In the new global health emergency, “social distancing” is the new trending phrase in our vocabulary. It means distancing ourselves from each other to stop the spread...
Before euphoria grips the Lebanese, they are advised to hold their horses.
There are now worrying signs that the COVID-19 virus has taken root in Sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region. The window of opportunity to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe is still ajar, but keeping it open will take decisive national action and international cooperation.
The race between economics and COVID-19
With the coronavirus devastating one economy after another, the economics profession – and thus the analytical underpinnings for sound policymaking and crisis...
Can Africa withstand COVID-19?
Less than five months after the first documented case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, infections exceed 340,000 globally, with nearly 15,000 deaths. This pandemic is...
Toward a 2021 Tokyo Olympics
With the global COVID-19 crisis quickly escalating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to accept a hard truth, rightly taking the initiative in telling the Diet...
In the new global health emergency, “social distancing” is the new trending phrase in our vocabulary. It means distancing ourselves from each other to stop the spread of the disease, leaving our society less socially engaged than how it used to be.
Jurgen Klopp says the mood at Liverpool is upbeat despite the coronavirus lockdown, even admitting he has tried to copy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's dance moves to keep himself occupied.
English football chiefs set for 'difficult' coronavirus decisions
England's Premier League, Professional Footballers' Association and Football League are steadying themselves for some "difficult decisions" amid the coronavirus...
Djokovic pledges $1.10 million euros to help fight coronavirus in Serbia
Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic pledged $1.10 million to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment in his native Serbia Friday, joining a list of other...
Olympic postponement may be blessing for busy calendar
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has disappointed athletes around the world but, if the coronavirus pandemic eases over the next few months, it could turn out to...
Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has tested positive for coronavirus, the Athletic reported Tuesday, less than a week after the global outbreak prompted the...
Man Utd to refund tickets if season abandoned or finished without fans
Manchester United will offer fans either a pro-rata cash refund or a rebate on next season's tickets if this season's remaining Premier League games are cancelled or...
Barcelona to reduce payroll during coronavirus stoppage
Barcelona will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Four Bundesliga teams create 20m euros fund for clubs in crisis
Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have come together to create a ($21.92 million) solidarity fund to help German clubs in the top two...
Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic pledged $1.10 million to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment in his native Serbia Friday, joining a list of other athletes in the fight against coronavirus.
French Open date change over virus rocks tennis
The global tennis calendar has been thrown into further chaos after a decision by French Open organizers to postpone the Grand Slam, with players and rival tournaments...
ATP, WTA seasons suspended until June 7
The ATP and WTA tennis competitions have extended the suspension of their seasons until June 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two tour organisers announced...
French Open delayed amid coronavirus outbreak - organizers
The French Open tennis tournament has been postponed until Sept 20-Oct 4 amid the coronavirus outbreak, organizers of the season's second Grand Slam said Tuesday.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has tested positive for coronavirus, the Athletic reported Tuesday, less than a week after the global outbreak prompted the suspension of the NBA season.
Patient Zero: Gobert's health scare shuts down NBA for now
It started as a joke: Before leaving a post-practice interview session Rudy Gobert touched all the tape recorders that were placed before him on a table, devices that...
Jazz guard Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus
A second Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team confirmed Thursday morning.
Third straight for loss Bucks as Nuggets win
Jamal Murray scored 21 points as the Denver Nuggets sent the Milwaukee Bucks tumbling to a third straight defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday.
LeBron & Co. snap Clippers' streak with 112-103 victory
Anthony Davis scored 30 points, LeBron James added 28 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 112-103 Sunday, snapping their Staples Center co-tenant's six-game...
All athletes who had qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will keep their spots for the Games next year following their postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee said Friday.
Tour de France may go ahead without roadside spectators
It is too soon to decide whether the Tour de France can go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic, but if it does it may be without roadside spectators in order to...
Rescheduled Tokyo Games may come before summer 2021: Bach
The head of the global Olympic movement said Wednesday the rescheduled Tokyo Games faced "thousands" of logistical and financial problems but could go ahead before...
To athletes' relief, Tokyo 2020 postponement decision due any day
A decision on whether to postpone this year's Tokyo Olympics for the first time in the Games' modern history will come in days, sources said Tuesday, as global clamor...
Postponing the Olympic Games: it's complicated
The unprecedented decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic sets off an complicated and costly exercise that involves ripping up years of...
McLaren pulled out of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix Thursday after a team member tested positive for coronavirus, throwing the race into chaos.
Swift sent $3,000 and wrote, “Holly, you’ve always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor.”
Artists answer lockdown creatively
Residents of a Berlin artists’ colony record albums, audiobooks and readings to share online, turning a living room into a recording studio
Elton John to host COVID-19 benefit special
Musicians will film themselves from home, paying tribute to health workers and those on the front lines of efforts to cope with the pandemic
Musicians' COVID-19 dilemma: Release or not?
To release or not to release? That is the question haunting the music industry as the coronavirus casts doubt over a slew of forthcoming albums
TV viewership climbing with housebound
In a world turned upside down by disease, TV viewership is growing. It’s a rare bit of good news for an industry that has steadily shrunk, and its executives hope to...
Laughter soothes during COVID-19 trauma
Each time Jimmy Fallon landed punchline, he rewarded himself with canned laughter and applause -- pulled up out of his laptop
Rosie O’Donnell raises $60K streaming
Rita Wilson, the performer in self-isolation in Australia with Tom Hanks, posted a video on Instagram in which she is seen reading the sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game”
Plague as art: Over the centuries, many kinds of stories
Plagues have been with us for at least as long as people have been able to record them, but among those who create art, their meaning has changed profoundly according...
Pop music megastars riff on the virus
Big stars are emerging from the hermetically sealed safety of their mansions to get in on the COVID-19 act
Musicians trade the road for the web
As governments worldwide ban mass gatherings and urge people to hunker down, artists from Neil Young to Christine and the Queens have performed online
Met Opera tenor, mezzo sing opera from flat
Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala performed 90 minutes of excerpts Massenet’s “Werther” Sunday, streamed live on DiDonato’s Facebook and Instagram pages
In a world turned upside down by disease, TV viewership is growing. It’s a rare bit of good news for an industry that has steadily shrunk, and its executives hope to seize an opportunity by anticipating what a stressed audience wants to see.
‘Uncorked’: A full-bodied coming-of-age tale
Mamoudou Athie stars as Elijah, a young man in Memphis who doesn’t want to take over his father’s barbecue restaurant. He wants to be a sommelier
Doc recalls disability rights movement
This documentary focuses on an idyllic summer camp for American kids and teens with disabilities in the early ’70s, which turned out to be a breeding ground for the...
Scuttled SXSW hands out film awards
Tuesday's announcement made for a strange anomaly: prizes handed out, virtually, for a film festival that never happened
Australian sleuth Miss Fisher returns in TV movie
Debuting Monday on Acorn TV streaming service, Essie Davis’ amateur sleuth plunges into a case that encompasses ancient curses and Middle East turmoil
The film follows an elephant family on a 1,600-kilometer journey across the Kalahari Desert
Greta Thunberg urges #StayAtHome
The Swedish climate activist said on Instagram she'd recovered from mild symptoms and may not have suspected COVID-19, but her father, who'd travelled with her,...
‘Asterix’ co-creator Albert Uderzo dies
He met Goscinny in 1951, beginning a friendship that -- fuelled by cigarettes and pastis -- would lead to their dreaming up their wing-helmeted Gaul
New publisher releases Allen memoir
With little advance notice, the 84-year-old filmmaker’s book arrives at a time when much of the world is otherwise preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic
Tom Hanks ‘better’ after Ozzie quarantine
As both the United States and Australia struggled to curb infections and keep people from social gathering places, Hanks on Monday urged supporters to listen to advice...
Steve LaTart in Minnesota is thinking of installing a space heater in his basement to recreate the atmosphere of his hot yoga classes now that his gym has closed due to coronavirus fears.
Virus rebels flout lockdown practices
Young German adults hold "corona parties" and cough toward older people.
Happy hours go virtual amid virus crisis
As communities have closed bars and restaurants to slow the spread of COVID-19, video chat happy hours have popped up all over social media
Cherry blossoms test isolation’s limits
As the pink-and-white flowers burst from nimble branches on the trees that encircle the large pond-like waterway, the city announced its 98th confirmed case of...
Instagram touts new shared-video feature
The new feature that allows users to connect more easily over video and shared content as part of a move to ease isolation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic
Virus spells ruin for sex workers
Amid concerns over the new coronavirus, the world’s supposedly oldest profession is suffering a sudden slump
At 80, Russian great grandmother fired up by passion for ice hockey
When 80-year-old Valentina Fyodorova spotted a group of children skating across a fresh sheet of ice, she was determined to give it a try herself.
Nighat Dad, Pakistan's digital warrior battling the patriarchy
With her flashing rings, green-streaked hair and "Hack the patriarchy" laptop stickers, Nighat Dad is a digital warrior.
Youth warned against 'fever dream' of coronavirus invincibility
Before shutdowns swept the globe and many were urged -- or mandated -- to stay indoors to stymie coronavirus's spread, Divya Sonti sensed the worst was yet to come.
Distilleries retool to make hand sanitizer
Stories of price gougers selling sanitizer online for more than $300 an ounce so disgusted Butters he decided to shift his distillery’s focus
Brazil orders Rio beach-goers home
Anyone hoping to escape wall-to-wall coronavirus coverage with a day at the beach can forget about it in Rio de Janeiro, where authorities armed with megaphones blared...
Spotify launches artist relief project
The music streaming platform said it will donate to non-profit organizations such as MusiCares and Help Musicians and would match donations made through the music...
Netflix, YouTube reduce resolution as virus hits web
Netflix and YouTube will reduce the default image quality of streaming video in Europe to ease pressure on the internet, the firms said Friday, as demand soars with...
Facebook gives WHO free ads in battle with coronavirus misinformation
Facebook Inc will provide free advertisements to the World Health Organization (WHO) as it seeks to ensure users are not misinformed about the virus, its risks and how...
Tindering for votes: political activists turn to dating apps
Days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses vote, Rhiannon Payne was on the Bumble dating app -- not to find a partner but to press her case for her candidate, Elizabeth Warren.
Hyundai's hydrogen-powered 18-tonne trucks are set to hit the roads in Switzerland next month as the South Korean automaker looks to establish a case for its zero-emissions technology in a low carbon world.
At first glance, it looks like any other shantytown in Brazil: a precarious jumble of tin-roof shacks and shoddy streets.
Driving lorries, blasting rocks - Women break the mould at Burkina Faso gold mines
Tene Konate takes pride in telling incredulous relatives about her job driving a 72-tonne dump truck around the vast open pit at the Hounde gold mine in western Burkina...