An Ethiopian who has lived in Lebanon for more than two decades, Jamal, aged 70, speaks Arabic with a near-native tongue.
Future avoids supporting Rai’s int’l conference call
The Future Movement Monday renewed its support for the Baabda Declaration, but fell short of backing Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai’s calls for an international...
Head of French church child abuse probe says possibly 10,000 victims
The head of an independent inquiry investigating church child abuse in France said Tuesday that there might have been up to 10,000 victims since 1950.
All abducted Nigerian schoolgirls freed by kidnappers
Gunmen have freed all 279 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria, the governor in Zamfara state said Tuesday.
Iraq launches vaccine program after arrival of China doses
Iraq launched its coronavirus inoculation program Tuesday just hours after the first doses of vaccine arrived from China, a Health Ministry spokesman said.
Lebanon eases restrictions despite rise in cases
Life in Lebanon started to return to a semblance of normalcy Monday as authorities lifted more coronavirus restrictions despite warnings.
China donates 50,000 vaccine doses to Lebanon
The Chinese government has decided to donate 50,000 doses of their homemade Sinopharm vaccine to Lebanon to help with the country’s battle against the COVID-19...
Lebanon registers 51 coronavirus deaths, 1,888 new cases
Lebanon registers 51 coronavirus deaths, 1,888 new cases
UN experts urge global probe of Navalny poisoning
Two UN human rights experts called Monday for an international investigation into the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and demanded his "immediate release"...
Armenian PM says ready to hold snap elections if opposition agrees to conditions
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday that he would be ready to hold snap parliamentary elections if the opposition agrees to certain conditions, the...
UN launches donor conference amid fears of famine in Yemen
The United Nations on Monday launched an appeal for countries to fund its response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where more than six years of war has created the...
UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises 'disappointing' $1.7B
A United Nations appeal for aid to Yemen to alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian disaster raised some $1.7 billion Monday- a result the UN chief called...
Saudi envoy disputes crown prince role in Khashoggi killing
Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador Monday disputed the U.S. intelligence report which concluded that the Saudi crown prince approved an operation to kill or capture dissident...
Iraq receives first Covid vaccines, gift from China
Iraq Tuesday received 50,000 Sinopharm vaccines donated by China, the health ministry announced, launching a long-awaited vaccination campaign.
Covid, unrest: Iraqis tackle obstacles to host pope
Security threats, the Covid pandemic, war-ravaged infrastructure: Iraqis are facing major challenges as they plan to host Pope Francis later this week.
The exchange rate of the Lebanese pound against the dollar remained unchanged on the black market Monday, trading for around LL9,650
Lebanon’s banks are not out of the woods yet
Most Lebanese banks might able to increase their capital by 20 percent on Feb. 28 and may partially be able to repatriate part of the 3 percent liquidity from abroad,...
Dutch postpone Qatar trade mission over World Cup worker concerns
The Dutch government has postponed a trade mission to Qatar this month, citing concern over living conditions of migrant workers helping the tiny Gulf state to prepare...
Egypt to register millions of gig workers for state insurance, aid
Egypt will start registering millions of gig workers in order to offer them health insurance and emergency state aid during the coronavirus pandemic
As oil prices rally, old OPEC tensions set to rise
As members of the oil cartel OPEC and its allies meet this week to discuss adjusting output, analysts expect old tensions between oil producer giants to flare up again.
Pound exchange rate against dollar unchanged
The exchange rate of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar remained unchanged Saturday, trading for around 9,675 after plummeting in value this week.
BDL: Banks must meet capital hike deadline
The Central Bank said Thursday that the February 28 deadline for all banks to increase their capitals and repatriate 3 percent of the liquidity from correspondent banks...
Pound ticks lower as Cabinet crisis marks time
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar on the black market Thursday, as the country still waits for a new Cabinet during ongoing political and economic crises.
The Dutch government has postponed a trade mission to Qatar this month, citing concern over living conditions of migrant workers helping the tiny Gulf state to prepare for next year's soccer World Cup.
Saudia plans to order 70 Airbus, Boeing jets -report
State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) plans to order 70 airliners from Airbus and Boeing, Saudi news outlet Maaal reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources.
Kuwaiti cabinet proposes new amendments to debt law, MP says
The Kuwaiti government has proposed new amendments to the country's public debt law, including capping borrowing to maximum 60% of gross domestic product, the head of a...
How rich is Saudi Arabia?
The kingdom is working on creating a consolidated balance sheet of its assets and liabilities which will include items currently kept off the oil-rich economy's books,...
Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief
Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority - a long-sought...
Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate
The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as...
GameStop rally builds after puzzling ice-cream cone tweet
GameStop Corp shares surged more than 50% in early deals on Thursday as amateur investors jumped back into the stock weeks after an unprecedented short squeeze...
Global military spending hit record levels in 2020 amid pandemic
Global military spending, driven in part by Chinese naval expansion, reached record levels in 2020 despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic...
The crisis of COVID-19 has shocked the globe, putting in action the forces of transformation with a broad variety of potential trajectories.
Biden must reconsider US role as Middle East ‘Sheriff’
It was no surprise that the first Arab nation on Joe Biden’s must-call list was Iraq, a state whose destiny has been entwined with America’s for three decades.
Neutrality vs. Reality
Calls for declaring the neutrality of Lebanon from regional conflicts returned to the forefront of the national debate.
Biden strikes Syrian sites: What impact on Iraq and Iran nuclear deal?
Biden is sending a very different signal, that the US presence in Iraq is for the shared mission of preventing terrorism from Daesh (ISIS) or other extremists, and...
Climate change increases the Middle East’s cycle of hostility
In the Middle East temperatures are rising faster than the global average.
European football's governing body says they are confident they will not need to take up UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's offer of hosting more Euro 2020 matches, insisting the venues in place across the continent will be sufficient for the delayed event.
Former Liverpool forward St John dies aged 82
Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Ian St John, who followed a stellar career on the pitch by becoming a hugely popular and successful TV presenter, has died aged 82...
Djokovic on cloud nine in Australia after Medvedev mauling
A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil...
Osaka shines to claim second Australian Open crown
Naomi Osaka gave Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4 6-3 win to secure her second Australian Open title Saturday and cement her...
Zion dominant as Pelicans upset Jazz, Sixers bounce back
Zion Williamson produced a dominant performance as the New Orleans Pelicans upset the league-leading Utah Jazz with a 129-124 victory Monday.
Former Barca president Bartomeu arrested after club raided
Police raided the offices of FC Barcelona Monday, carrying out several arrests just six days ahead of the club's presidential elections, a Catalan regional police...
Atletico hold La Liga rivals at bay with tight Villarreal win
Atletico Madrid bounced back from recent poor form with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Villarreal Sunday that allowed the La Liga pace-setters to extend their lead to five...
Milan edge Roma to keep Serie A title race alive
AC Milan returned to form with an enthralling 2-1 victory away to AS Roma Sunday that a restored a four-point gap to Serie A leaders Inter Milan.
A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title Sunday.
Medvedev sees off Tsitsipas to march into Australian Open final
Russia's Daniil Medvedev lived up to Novak Djokovic's praise as the "man to beat" at the Australian Open as he booked his first Melbourne Park final with a 6-4 6-2 7-5...
Osaka to meet Brady in final as Williams exits in tears
Naomi Osaka ended Serena Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with an imperious 6-3 6-4 win Thursday, a victory that booked her spot in her second...
Barty pooper: Aussie top seed crashes, just as fans cleared to return
Top seed and home hope Ashleigh Barty's Australian Open came to a juddering halt in the quarterfinals Wednesday, just as fans were cleared to return after an eerie,...
Nets roll over Magic, Embiid outduels Doncic
Kyrie Irving finished with 27 points and nine assists as the Brooklyn Nets stretched their winning streak to a season-high eight games with a 129-92 victory over the...
Jazz thump Lakers, Dort delivers for OKC
The Utah Jazz manhandled the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, improving on their league-leading record with a pitiless 114-89 victory.
Doncic hits last-second winner, Bucks spoil Finch's coaching debut
Luka Doncic nailed two clutch 3-pointers, including the game winner with one second left, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a thrilling 110-107 victory over the Boston...
Jazz down Hornets, Wizards edge Lakers in OT
Donovan Mitchell had 23 points and eight assists as the NBA-leading Utah Jazz rained a franchise-record 28 3-pointers in a 132-110 rout of the Charlotte Hornets.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez demolished Turkey's Avni Yildirim in three rounds to retain his WBC and WBA super middleweight titles by knockout Saturday.
Tiger Woods out of surgery on leg after car crash
Golfer Tiger Woods underwent a "long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle" at a Southern California hospital on Tuesday after suffering multiple leg...
Tiger Woods survives but his career might not
The sheared-off front of the wrecked SUV told part of the story, and the officers on the scene filled in the rest.
Derrick Lewis upsets Curtis Blaydes with second-round KO
Underdog Derrick Lewis delivered a fight-ending uppercut to Curtis Blaydes in the second round Saturday night for a stunning upset in the main event at UFC Fight Night...
Usman stops Burns in 3rd, keeps welterweight belt at UFC 258
Kamaru Usman stopped Gilbert Burns with punches 34 seconds into the third round at UFC 258 Saturday night, retaining his welterweight title with his 13th consecutive...
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will chase a record eighth title with Mercedes this season after signing a new deal, the team said in a statement Monday that ended any uncertainty about his immediate future.
Sophisticated scanning technology is revealing intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the remarkable fossil of an early human forerunner that inhabited South Africa 3.67 million years ago during a critical juncture in our evolutionary history.
UK artist hopes to spark a humanitarian movement
‘I don’t want this to be a one-off thing,’ the artist said. ‘I want to … put the internet in all the poorest communities of the world. Then we can bring education in,...
Warner Music invests in Rotana Music, Middle East's biggest label
Warner Music Group has invested in Rotana Music, the Middle East's largest record label owned by Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Warner said in a...
‘Nomadland,’ ‘Borat’ win at Golden Globes
Fey and Poehler managed their typically well-timed back-and-forth despite being almost 3,000 miles from each other, appearing before masked attendees but no stars....
In ‘The Father,’ the disorientation of dementia
Every time Anthony leaves a room, he re-enters to find the light has shifted, the furniture rearranged. Sometimes even the people are different. In staging and...
Australia’s oldest rock art depicts a kangaroo
Ancient paintings usually employed a pigment that cann't be dated. To get around this. researchers identified a way to work out the age of the painting using ancient...
Negligence drove success of forgers’ network
Since the 1990s, Ruffini sold hundreds of paintings by such luminaries as Parmigianino and El Greco to some of the great museums of Europe, including the Louvre. Now...
In his painting ‘Scream,’ Munch wrote he was ‘mad’
Barely visible to the naked eye, , in the upper left corner of the iconic artwork 'The Scream,' the phrase ‘Can only have been painted by a madman’ is pencilled in...
Warner Music Group has invested in Rotana Music, the Middle East's largest record label owned by Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Warner said in a statement.
Fey and Poehler managed their typically well-timed back-and-forth despite being almost 3,000 miles from each other, appearing before masked attendees but no stars. Instead, the sparse tables – where Hollywood royalty are usually crammed together and plied with booze during the show – were occupied by, as Fey phrased it, ‘smoking-hot first responders and essential workers.’
Rosamund Pike compelling, cruel in ‘I Care a Lot’
The entrance of Peter Dinklage immediately recalibrates the movie, as he often does, as Roman summons his dark forces – minions who cower before him while he snacks on...
A new American odyssey in ‘Nomadland’
Based on Jessica Bruder’s book about the invisible casualties of the modern economy, Chloé Zhao’s extraordinary ‘Nomadland’ follows Frances McDormand’s Fern, a resident...
Rahim’s turn in ‘The Mauritanian’ is star-making
Tahar Rahim’s masterful central performance achieves something his big-name costars – Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch – do not, presenting a multi-layered, subtly...
Few poets of the past 60 years were so well known, or so influential. His books sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, a fantasy for virtually any of his peers, and he ran one of the world’s most famous and distinctive bookstores, City Lights. Although he never considered himself one of the Beats, he was a patron and soul mate and, for many, a lasting symbol – preaching a nobler and more ecstatic American dream
Jazz great Chick Corea dies at 79
‘I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright,’ read Corea’s last message. ‘It is my hope that those who have an...
As Islamic State fighters advanced across northern Iraq in 2014, Mazen Shemes' nine-year-old son was killed by a mortar.
NYC steakhouse stunt: A wax Don Draper hanging at the bar
It’s a promotion that could be straight out of the "Mad Men" Don Draper playbook.
UK rollout data on AstraZeneca shot should guide other countries: vaccine chief
Data from Britain's vaccine rollout on the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 shot in older people should help other countries reassess their...
MS patient sues Austria over health impact of climate change
A man in Austria with a temperature-dependent form of multiple sclerosis is taking his government to court in an effort to force it to do more against climate change,...
Dubai's Emirates seeks key role in global vaccine delivery
The belly of the Emirates plane that touched down in Dubai early Sunday from Brussels was stuffed with precious cargo: tens of thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech...
Dubai cat cafe hopes rescues will find purr-fect new homes
A haven for humans craving furry feline company, a cat cafe in Dubai also doubles as an adoption centre for some of the United Arab Emirates' many strays.
The cash-flush amateurs hunting game cards, handbags and art
Stocks, bonds and commodities? Old hat.
German band turn van into club so fans can rock out one at a time
German two-piece rock band Milliarden have turned a van into a club where they stage gigs for one fan at a time as a way of reaching music-lovers during the pandemic.
Data from Britain's vaccine rollout on the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 shot in older people should help other countries reassess their use of it, the head of the university's vaccine research group said on Tuesday.
UK hunts for carrier of Brazil Covid strain
Britain on Monday appealed for a person infected with a powerful Covid-19 strain from Brazil to come forward as experts fretted about its impact on new vaccines.
US authorizes J&J's COVID-19 vaccine, making it third available
The U.S. government on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, enabling millions more Americans to be vaccinated in the coming weeks and...
Fauci urges Americans to get any of the three vaccines available
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Sunday he would take the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, as he encouraged...
The belly of the Emirates plane that touched down in Dubai early Sunday from Brussels was stuffed with precious cargo: tens of thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Australian media law raises questions about 'pay for clicks'
Timothy Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, says Australian plans to make digital giants pay for journalism could...
UAE publishes first photo from Mars probe
The United Arab Emirates on Sunday published the first image for its Mars probe now circling the red planet.
Apple iPhone 12 mini sales slow as smaller smartphones lose appeal - report
Apple Inc's iPhone 12 mini U.S. sales were just 5% of overall sales of its new phones during the first half of January, industry data provider Counterpoint said on...
Arab spacecraft enters orbit around Mars in historic flight
A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates has swung into orbit around Mars in a triumph for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.
They are the annual journeys of late winter and early spring: Factory workers in China heading home for the Lunar New Year; American college students going on road trips and hitting the beach over spring break; Germans and Britons fleeing drab skies for some Mediterranean sun over Easter.
Unprecedented 66% drop in air passengers in 2020: airlines
Global air passenger traffic plunged by an unprecedented 66 percent in 2020 due to travel restrictions imposed over the Covid-19 pandemic, an industry group said...
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co launched its Ioniq 5 midsize crossover on Tuesday, the first in a planned family of electric vehicles (EV) that it hopes will propel it into the third rank of global EV makers by 2025.
When the River Seine that runs through Paris overflowed this month, officials at the Louvre Museum were relieved some of their most valuable items were safely stored in northern France.
Dogs came to N. America with earliest humans: study
Scientists said Wednesday they had discovered the oldest remains of a domestic dog in the Americas dating back more than 10,000 years, suggesting the animals...
David Attenborough to UN: 'Climate change a threat to global security, I don't envy you'
British naturalist David Attenborough warned Tuesday that climate change is the biggest security threat that modern humans have ever faced, telling the U.N. Security...
Back in Paris accord, US vows no more sidelining of climate
The United States officially returned to the Paris global climate accord Friday, and U.S. leaders declared the nation could not afford to ever sideline the growing...
Himalayan glacier disaster highlights climate change risks
When Ravi Chopra saw the devastating deluge of water and debris crash downstream from a Himalayan glacier on Sunday, his first thought was that this was exactly the...