The United Nations has not received any requests to investigate the deadly explosion in Beirut's port, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday after French President Emmanuel Macron called for an international inquiry.
Owner of cruise ship sunk by Lebanon blast sues
The Lebanese owner of a cruise ship that was sunk by the huge explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut is filing a lawsuit, the National News Agency said Friday.
US judge denies bail to two men accused of aiding Ghosn escape
A US district judge Friday denied bail to two Massachusetts men accused of helping orchestrate former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan.
US lifts global health coronavirus travel advisory
The US State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all international...
Federal suit filed against Saudi crown prince by ex-official
A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried...
Lebanon registers record increase in coronavirus cases
Lebanon registered Friday a record 279 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, after officials warned the number of new infections was set to rise dramatically as the country...
Hezbollah denies links to explosive substance at port
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah strongly denied Friday that his party was linked to the massive explosion that shattered Lebanon’s capital this week, claiming...
Energy minister denies explosion risk at Zouk power plant
Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar Thursday denied allegations that the Zouk power plant near Jounieh was at risk of a greater explosion than the Beirut blast.
India suffers record jump in COVID-19 cases to pass two million
India, the country hardest hit in Asia by the coronavirus pandemic, reported Friday a record daily jump in infections, taking its total number of cases over two million.
Africa passes one million confirmed virus cases; true number far more
Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed one million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack...
Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos is in Abu Dhabi, says ABC newspaper
Former Spanish king Juan Carlos has been staying at Abu Dhabi's exclusive Emirates Palace Hotel since leaving Spain aboard a private jet Monday under a cloud of...
A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the US and Canada
Children among 20 killed in Yemen strike
Seven children were among 20 people killed in an air strike on northern Yemen, Huthi rebels and an aid organisation said Friday.
Israel strikes Gaza in response to explosive balloons
The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel.
US Iran pointman, architect of hardline policy, resigns: Pompeo
Brian Hook, the US pointman on Iran behind President Donald Trump's hardline push, has resigned, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday.
Iraqi religious bodies house patients instead of pilgrims to help fight COVID-19
The holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala, which used to host pilgrims from all around the world, is now quarantining dozens of COVID-19 patients in apartment buildings owned by...
The Lebanese pound rose against the US dollar Friday, trading at around LL7,250 on the black market, a day after the Central Bank took a series of monetary measures in light of a devastating blast that rocked the capital this week.
Lebanon faces new wheat woes
Precious wheat spilled out of disemboweled silos, mixing with soot, debris and cement: Beirut's port blast has gutted Lebanon's largest grain storage and sparked public...
Turkish lira keeps sliding, hits historic lows amid pandemic
Turkey's currency tumbled further Friday, hitting record lows two days in a row.
Turkish lira hits record low as forex reserves dwindle
Turkey's lira Thursday set a new record low against the US dollar as investors worried about the government's economic policies and dollar reserves appeared to be...
World stocks end four-day winning streak as US-China tensions grow
World stocks ended four days of gains on Friday after US. President Donald Trump cranked up simmering tensions with China by banning US transactions with two popular...
Insurers say no payouts if unsafe matter source of blast
Lebanon’s insurance companies are waiting for the completion of the investigation into the causes of Beirut Port’s explosion before deciding if the shipping companies,...
BDL tells banks to make dollar loans to victims
The Central Bank Thursday asked Lebanese commercial banks to offer zero percent interest loans in US dollars to individuals, SMEs and corporations to repair their...
Wazni asks France to provide urgent aid
Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni called on his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire to help Lebanon to open letters of credit from abroad and to provide urgent assistance to...
Iran's stock market surges to record high as analysts warn of bubble
Iran's main stock index broke through the key 2 million point mark for the first time ever on Sunday, state media reported, amid warnings that the market is overheating.
UAE launches start-up operations at first nuclear power plant
The United Arab Emirates has begun start-up operations in the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said Saturday.
Iran struggles to buy food in a world wary of touching its money
Iran, creaking under the impact of US sanctions, a collapse in oil sales and a severe COVID-19 epidemic, is scrambling to buy food and medicine to avoid a supply...
World stocks ended four days of gains on Friday after US. President Donald Trump cranked up simmering tensions with China by banning US transactions with two popular Chinese apps, Tencent's WeChat and ByteDance's Tiktok.
World shares hit five-month high; European shares, dollar falter
European shares fell after opening higher, following a mixed bag of earnings results, while the dollar's rebound stalled as investors waited for progress in talks on...
Google unveils its first 5G phones, starting at $499
Alphabet Inc's Google said Monday its first 5G-enabled phones, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, will be available this fall at a starting price of $499.
Stock markets climb as data spark bargain-hunting
Stock markets rose on both sides of the Atlantic Monday as hopeful economic data prompted bargain hunting, with some of Asia's equities markets also making solid gains.
HSBC profits hammered by pandemic and soaring US-China tensions
HSBC said Monday profits for the first half of 2020 plunged by 69 percent on year as the banking giant was hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and spiralling China-US...
Tuesday’s explosion made one thing amply clear: Lebanon does not need enemies. Our officials, through their incompetence, are perfectly capable of inflicting in a few seconds more damage to our capital than any enemy could in a sustained assault.
Why a capital control law is crucial
In order to stabilize the situation, what is required is the prompt legislation of a capital control law, which would protect deposits, the foreign assets of the...
‘Great Reset,’ not system restart
The fast-moving pandemic has affected practically everyone in the world and, if left unaddressed, will intensify and leave the planet even less sustainable, less equal,...
COVID-19 and the Arab region
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines, fissures and fragilities in societies and economies around the world – and the Arab region is no exception.
The Lebanese dollar: from paranational to national currency
Until a few months ago, foreigners visiting Lebanon were impressed by the Lebanese use of the dollar for the current transactions, the Lebanese skill to alternate...
The fast-moving pandemic has affected practically everyone in the world and, if left unaddressed, will intensify and leave the planet even less sustainable, less equal, and much more fragile.
UK Minister Cleverly reflects on his virtual visit to Lebanon
Given the renowned status of Lebanese hospitality, I am particularly disappointed that I have been unable to visit the country in person since I was appointed the UK’s...
Divisions over Libya now spreading across Mediterranean
In capital cities across the Middle East and Europe, politicians are taking aim at Turkey’s involvement in Libya – and yet all have so far avoided speaking its name. On...
Turkey has Hagia Sophia, India has Ayodhya. Both face an end to secularism
Secularism is dying in Turkey and India. Despite their geopolitical differences, the two countries now are on very similar paths in terms of domestic politics, thanks...
Until a few months ago, foreigners visiting Lebanon were impressed by the Lebanese use of the dollar for the current transactions, the Lebanese skill to alternate between the Lebanese pound and the dollar.
Manchester City reached the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Real Madrid 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) at the Etihad Stadium Friday, with scorers Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus taking advantage of errors by defender Raphael Varane.
Ronaldo nets twice but Juventus knocked out of CL by Lyon
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but could not prevent Juventus from going out of the Champions League despite a 2-1 victory over Lyon in its rearranged second-leg match...
World No.1 Barty skips U.S. Open citing 'significant' virus risks
World number one Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the U.S. Open Thursday over "significant risks" from the coronavirus pandemic in a major blow for the Grand Slam, which is...
NBA Lakers thumped by Thunder, Raptors and Celtics win
Having clinched a Western Conference top seed in the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers began experimenting for the post-season Wednesday and found they still have...
Davis masterclass as Lakers sink Jazz to clinch top spot
Anthony Davis scored 42 points as the Los Angeles Lakers clinched top seeding in the Western Conference Monday with a 116-108 defeat of the Utah Jazz.
Man United forward Sanchez makes Inter Milan move permanent
Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez Thursday completed a permanent move to Inter Milan on a three-year contract, bringing an end to his unsuccessful time at Old...
Fulham beat Brentford to reach Premier League promised land
Fulham beat Brentford 2-1 in the Championship playoff final Tuesday to return to the Premier League after a single season in the English second tier.
Nadal to skip U.S. Open due to COVID-19 concerns
World number two Rafa Nadal confirmed Tuesday that he will not defend his U.S. Open crown this year at Flushing Meadows as organizers released the singles entry list...
World number one Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the U.S. Open Thursday over "significant risks" from the coronavirus pandemic in a major blow for the Grand Slam, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 31.
Having clinched a Western Conference top seed in the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers began experimenting for the post-season Wednesday and found they still have some work to do.
Westbrook, Harden rally Rockets over NBA-best Bucks
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and James Harden added 24 Sunday to rally the Houston Rockets over NBA overall leader Milwaukee 120-116 despite a big night for...
James has go-ahead basket, Lakers edge Clippers in restart
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers showed some rust.
They knocked it off with time to spare.
Bubble-wrapped NBA readies for relaunch
Four months after COVID-19 sent basketball into an unprecedented shutdown, the NBA takes a leap into the unknown Thursday as the league bids to resurrect its season at...
The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season,
Ex-UFC champ Whittaker back on track with decision over Till
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Darren Till on Fight Island.
Usman outclasses Masvidal as UFC debuts on 'Fight Island' in UAE
Kamaru Usman put on a 'Fight Island' masterclass Sunday to retain his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in...
Valtteri Bottas has signed a new deal with Mercedes, keeping him at the Formula One team until the end of the 2021 season.
Hamilton limps to record British GP win after late puncture
Lewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh home British Grand Prix victory after his Mercedes suffered a dramatic last lap puncture Sunday.
Hamilton claims record win and top spot in title race
Lewis Hamilton equalled one of Michael Schumacher's many records Sunday when he delivered a classic drive to become the first driver to complete a hat-trick of...
Marquez breaks arm in season-opening Spanish Grand Prix
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez of Honda broke his right arm in a crash at the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez Sunday, his team has confirmed.
Dominant Hamilton cruises to 85th win in Mercedes one-two
A dominant Lewis Hamilton secured his first win of the season and the 85th of his career with a perfectly-judged victory from pole position as Mercedes reeled off a...
Popular myth has it that the Renaissance painter, who was said to have had an active sex life, succumbed to syphilis in 1520, though experts widely agree that he died of pneumonia, possibly after visiting lovers late on freezing nights
Hong Kong authors court Taiwan publishers
‘It’s not that [small publishers] don’t have any fear,’ said one Hong Kong journalist, asking to use just a first name, ‘they just don’t know what specifically...
UAE's emerging hip hop scene searches for its identity
Before making its way to the Gulf, rap emerged as an art form in other Arab countries where performers defy censorship and repression to address sensitive political and...
Moroccan women break through in rap scene dominated by men
In a rap scene dominated my men, women's voices are starting to make waves in Morocco.
A low-key ‘Secret Garden’ that still blooms
Mark Mundan’s adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book, released Friday on-demand from STX Films, struggles to burrow into the interiors of its characters but it’s...
Highways imperil Cairo’s historic City of the Dead
In the older Southern Cemetery, several hundred graves have been wiped away and a giant flyover swiftly built. In its shadow sits the mosque-shrine of one of Egypt’s...
Pandemic art: Tokyo show tests if fans will come
Museum director Mami Kataoka said the show features artists who burst onto the global art scene after struggling for years in relative obscurity. Some represent...
Cherry, cream, fly and drone adorn Fourth Plinth
'It kind of speaks to ideas of celebration,' the artist said, 'but also something very uneasy at the same time. You know, that there’s something potentially imploding'
Before making its way to the Gulf, rap emerged as an art form in other Arab countries where performers defy censorship and repression to address sensitive political and social issues.
No dancing, just listening: Berlin club Berghain reopens doors
The coronavirus is keeping Berlin's legendary clubs closed but techno attraction Berghain has found a way to throw its doors back open, luring visitors with an unusual...
New Orleans musician offers kids trumpets for guns
A New Orleans trumpeter, vocalist and bandleader is offering kids trumpets in exchange for guns.
Greek National Opera finds post-lockdown voice
'When the economy goes down because everything stops,' Rachvelishvili said, 'we have to remember... that we have art that gives us food for our soul'
Mark Mundan’s adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book, released Friday on-demand from STX Films, struggles to burrow into the interiors of its characters but it’s sluggish and too withdrawn for such a vibrant tale
Hollywood bows to censorship for China box office
‘Steadily, a new set of mores has taken hold in Hollywood,’ the report said, ‘one in which appeasing Chinese government investors and gatekeepers has simply become a...
Steve McQueen sets 3 premieres at NY Film Festival
‘Steve McQueen is one of the essential artists of our time, and he reaches a new level of mastery with the Small Axe films,’ said Dennis Lim, the festival’s programming...
TIFF sets lineup, including new Muhammad Ali film
Normally, TIFF is the largest film festival in North America. This year, it has drastically scaled down its plans and scraped together 50 films or TV series from around...
Nomination surprises: 'The Mandalorian,' Quibi get Emmy love
The Emmy Award nominations announced Tuesday included some snubs and surprises.
Celebrities, brands, leaders and ordinary people are all falling foul of "cancel culture," a movement that seeks to call out offensive behavior but that critics denounce as excessive and contributing to increased political polarization.
How to Sarah Cooper: The US comedian lip-synching Trump into a punchline
She is quickly becoming the internet's favorite Donald Trump impersonator but Sarah Cooper does it without saying a word -- preferring to let the president she calls...
Jim Carrey gets real with a fictional memoir
For Carrey -- a cartoonishly malleable, head-to-toe comedian of absurdist abandon -- the urge to perform began in his working-class upbringing outside Toronto with a...
Depp under pressure in cross-examination at Sun libel case
Johnny Depp said Thursday that he has lashed out at objects but not at people, on a third day of evidence in his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that called him...
On a summer's evening, the streets of central London echoed to what has become a rare sound during the coronavirus pandemic: the chatter and laughter of diners seated at terrace tables.
Pizza restaurant launches Spain's first virtual waiter app
A restaurant on Spain's northeastern Mediterranean coast is pioneering a dining experience that allows customers to avoid most face-to-face contact with staff and...
Spain to roll out COVID-19 app twice as effective as human tracers in pilot
Spain aims to roll out a COVID-19 contact-tracing app across the country in September after saying on Monday that a pilot showed it could detect almost twice as many...
Debate begins for who's first in line for COVID-19 vaccine
Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but...
SpaceX's Mars test rocket makes 1st flight, landing upright
SpaceX launched a prototype of its Mars rocketship hundreds of feet into the air, then landed it upright in a successful test flight.
'Whitening' creams undergo a makeover but colorism persists
The world's biggest cosmetics companies have been selling a fairy tale that often goes something like this: If your husband's lost interest in you, if your colleagues...
France-born man in Mexico dies in bid to save his dog's life
The devotion of dogs to people has been remarked upon for centuries. In Mexico, one man’s love for his dog cost him his life.
Women reflect on sexist slur that often goes unpunished
Ask a woman if she’s been called the B-word by a man - perhaps modified by the F-adjective - and chances are she’ll say, "You mean ever, or how many times?"
Spain aims to roll out a COVID-19 contact-tracing app across the country in September after saying on Monday that a pilot showed it could detect almost twice as many potential infections as human trackers during a simulated outbreak on a tiny island.
In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response
After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda - far longer than required - Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew.
Young children carry higher levels of coronavirus: study
Children under the age of five have between 10 to 100 times greater levels of genetic material of the coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and adults,...
Doctors try pressurized oxygen chambers in COVID fight
As a New York University medical researcher who works once a week in an emergency room, Dr. David Lee had the luxury of time to think like a scientist while also...
What's behind the Twitter Bitcoin hack?
Hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls Wednesday in one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years,...
Zoom unveils touchscreen for home conferencing
Zoom Wednesday set out to capitalize on its pandemic-powered popularity with a touchscreen display tuned to its video-conferencing platform.
Google ties more work tools into Gmail, aiming to get ahead of Microsoft
Alphabet Inc's Google said Wednesday its corporate Gmail customers would now be able to edit documents and other files without leaving the email service, as it aims to...
Why cleaner air may be bad for your sourdough bread
Less acid rain is good for the environment, but potentially bad for bread, cereals and pasta.
As new coronavirus travel restrictions kick in across Europe, a survey showed at least half of German, British and French travellers would rather cancel a holiday than quarantine afterwards, take a test upon arrival, or wear a mask outdoors.
Ibiza: between economic distress and unprecedented calm
On the largely-empty beach at Figueretas on Ibiza, social distancing isn't hard to do.
Coronavirus cost global tourism $320 billion in Jan-May: UN
The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $320 billion in lost revenue during the first five months of 2020, threatening the livelihoods of millions of...
Jordan says to reopen airport for commercial flights next month
Jordan said Thursday it will partially resume commercial flights from August to a limited number of European and Asian countries on an internationally approved safe list.
French tourism gets boost with reopening of Disneyland Paris
The French tourist industry received a further boost Wednesday with the partial reopening of Disneyland Paris and the opening up of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Tesla Inc's rapid rise to become the world's most valuable carmaker could mark the start of a new era for the global auto industry, defined by a Silicon Valley approach to software that is overtaking old-school manufacturing know-how.
COVID-19, electric vehicles to reshape Thailand’s auto industry
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the remaking of Thailand's automotive industry, the backbone of Southeast Asia's auto sector, as factory shutdowns compound a...
Struggling Nissan launches electric car for 'new era'
Nissan Wednesday unveiled the Ariya, a new 100-percent electric crossover model that the boss of the struggling Japanese car manufacturer said would open a "new era" in...
Tesla 'very close' to level five autonomous driving technology, Musk says
US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is "very close" to achieving level 5 autonomous driving technology, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Thursday, referring to the...
Aston Martin's first SUV rolls off production line
Aston Martin's first sport utility vehicle rolled off the production line on Thursday, key to hopes of a turnaround at the luxury carmaker which has seen changes in...
Last month was the world's third-hottest July on record, new data show -- the latest milestone in a global warming trend that has seen the three hottest Julys within the last five years.
Lockdown emissions fall will have 'no effect' on climate
The unprecedented fall in greenhouse gas emissions from lockdowns during the pandemic will do "nothing" to slow climate change without a lasting switch from fossil...
Leopards, wolves vanishing from panda conservation areas: study
It may be one of the most recognizable symbols of conservation, but efforts to protect the giant panda have failed to safeguard large mammals sharing its habitats,...
Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest surge in July, worst in recent days
The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest jumped 28 percent in July from a year ago, official data showed Saturday, as some environmentalists warned a jump this...
Blue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen
The blue crab may be pretty but it is a menace along Albania's coast.