In a camp for Syrian refugees in east Lebanon, Mohammad and his three sisters fear they will be out of school for a third consecutive year because remote learning is out of reach.
Lebanon records 201 virus cases, 11 new deaths
A further 201 coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths were detected over the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Monday, contributing to a continued decline in the...
China urges US to play constructive role in Gaza diplomacy
China renewed calls for the U.S. to play a constructive role in ending the conflict in Gaza and stop blocking efforts at the United Nations
Erdogan calls on Pope to keep denouncing Gaza violence
Turkish President tells Pope Francis that the international community should impose sanctions on Israel for its actions against the Palestinians.
US tiptoes through sanctions minefield toward Iran nuclear deal
As the United States searches for a path back to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it is tiptoeing through a minefield laid by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Lebanon reports 11 coronavirus deaths, 201 cases in 24 hours
Lebanon reports 11 coronavirus deaths, 201 cases in 24 hours
Lebanon records 18 virus deaths, 307 new cases
Lebanon recorded 18 new coronavirus cases and 307 cases over the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday.
Lebanese protester killed by Israeli fire mourned
Hundreds of people brandishing Palestinian flags and the yellow colours of Hezbollah gathered in south Lebanon on Saturday for the funeral of a Lebanese protester...
U.S. working "intensively" to bring Israeli-Palestinian violence to an end - Blinken
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged all parties in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians to protect civilians
US pulls out of major Kandahar base in southern Afghanistan
The United States has completed its withdrawal from Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan, once the second largest military base in the country for US forces,...
Twelve killed in explosion at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers
An explosion inside a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 12 people during Friday prayers as worshippers gathered for the Eid al-Fitr...
Blinken hasn't seen any evidence on AP Gaza building strike
Antony Blinken said Monday he hasn't yet seen any evidence supporting Israel's claim that Hamas operated in a Gaza building housing AP and other media outlets
Dubai eases COVID-19 restrictions, allows full hotel capacity
Dubai on Monday eased COVID-19 restrictions, allowing hotels in the regional tourism hub to operate at full capacity and permitting concerts and sports events where all...
Pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal
Canadian police used tear gas Sunday following clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in Montreal, as the worst violence in years raged between the...
Blinken discusses Gaza in calls with Qatari, Egyptian, Saudi FMs
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the violence in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza in phone calls with the Qatari, Egyptian and Saudi foreign ministers,...
The Lebanese pound was stable against the dollar Monday, trading at LL12,650 on the black market.
Pound down again as political impasse drags
The Lebanese pound fell against the dollar for the second day in a row Wednesday, trading at LL12,750 on the black market, with no end in sight to the country's...
Saudi releases Bin Laden patriarch held in 'Ritz crackdown': sources
Saudi Arabia has released construction magnate Bakr bin Laden, more than three years after his detention in a purge of the kingdom's elite that upended his vast...
Saudi oil firm Aramco's first-quarter profits up by 30%
Saudi Aramco said Tuesday its profits soared by 30% in the first-quarter of the year, compared to last year, riding on the back of higher crude oil prices.
Bitcoin still struggling after Musk's Tesla U-turn
Bitcoin recovered about half of its losses on Thursday, a day after plunging 17% when Tesla boss Elon Musk said his company would stop accepting the digital tokens as...
Lebanese pound falls on black market
Exchange dealers were selling the dollar for LL12,600 and buying it for LL12,500, down from Monday's average of LL12,350.
Pound up after Central Bank announcement
The Lebanese pound rose against the dollar Monday, trading at LL12,350 on the black market, after BDL said it was looking into a way through which depositors could have...
BDL: Dollars can be withdrawn in stages as of June
The Central Bank said Sunday that deposits in all currencies dating back before Oct. 17, 2019, and as they became on March 31, 2021, can be withdrawn in all currencies...
Saudi Arabia has released construction magnate Bakr bin Laden, more than three years after his detention in a purge of the kingdom's elite that upended his vast business empire, sources told AFP.
Saudi Arabia could ease fiscal adjustment to help recovery, IMF says
Saudi Arabia's plans to balance its finances are making good progress but a slower pace of adjustment could be considered this year to support the recovery from the...
Saudi king names new economy minister, eldest son as advisor
Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new economy minister and named his eldest living son as a special advisor in a series of royal decrees issued early Monday.
Saudi Arabia in talks to sell 1% of Aramco to foreign investor: Crown prince
Saudi Arabia's crown prince said in televised remarks on Tuesday that the kingdom was in discussions to sell 1% of state oil firm Saudi Aramco to a leading global...
Bitcoin recovered about half of its losses on Thursday, a day after plunging 17% when Tesla boss Elon Musk said his company would stop accepting the digital tokens as payment for its cars.
Bankers quit London as Brexit relocations to EU step up
Investment banks are shifting more rainmakers out of London to financial centres across the European Union, accelerating the pace of moves after the pandemic and...
Oil climbs on cyber attack; metals shine on demand hopes
Oil prices climbed Monday after a vital US pipeline was put out of action by a cyber attack.
Bank of England expects best year for UK economy since 1941
The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold as it forecast the fastest annual pace of growth for the British economy since early on in World War II, largely as...
US trade deficit hits record $74.4 billion in March
The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record $74.4 billion in March as an improving U.S. economy drove purchases of imported foreign goods.
If the tinderbox situation in Jerusalem over the weekend proves one thing, it’s that Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” was nothing more than a sham that is now dead and buried.
Taking a ruinous route with collective censure
With everything that is going on in Lebanon today it has become even more imperative that each party and each leader be afforded consideration according to their...
The unintended consequences of the Gaza war
Gaza will be destroyed and Israel will learn once more that there is no military solution to the conflict.
The ‘reskilling’ revolution
The future is difficult to foresee, which makes creating ideas like "future ready" and "skills for the future" difficult to apply.
The French initiative is not enough
Visits by foreign dignitaries, special envoys, ambassadors visits, have so far failed to score a breakthrough in the political impasse that gripped the country in the...
COVID-19 and the dilemma of the informal economy
With every crisis come various challenges but also new opportunities.
Did Hezbollah start 'enriching Bassil' for president?
The upcoming presidential election due in 18 months is looming with fear that it is the main reason behind the current political stalemate.
Harry Kane scored his 22nd Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur beat Wolves 2-0 Sunday to maintain their hopes of a top-four finish.
Liverpool keeper Alisson scores winner at West Brom
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a 95th minute winner as the Reds beat West Brom 2-1 Sunday to keep a place in next season's Champions League in their own...
Nadal overcomes blip to scythe down Djokovic in Rome final
Rafa Nadal warmed up for the French Open with a battling 7-5 1-6 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic as the Spaniard claimed a record-extending 10th Italian...
Nadal brushes past Opelka into 12th Rome final
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the Italian Open final for the 12th time Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over American Reilly Opelka.
Russell Westbrook passes Oscar Robertson for triple-double record
Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's NBA record for career triple-doubles with his 182nd Monday.
Dortmund secure Champions League spot
Borussia Dortmund secured their place in the Champions League for next season as Raphael Guerreiro, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt scored in a 3-1 win at Mainz Sunday.
Late Suarez strike sends Atletico to brink of title
Atletico Madrid took a giant step towards the La Liga title in dramatic circumstances by fighting their way back to beat Osasuna 2-1 at home Sunday thanks to a late...
Tielemans stunner wins FA Cup for Leicester
A magnificent long-range strike from Youri Tielemans gave Leicester City their first FA Cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley Saturday, in front of the...
Rafa Nadal warmed up for the French Open with a battling 7-5 1-6 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic as the Spaniard claimed a record-extending 10th Italian Open title in Rome Sunday in the latest chapter of their rivalry.
Nadal stunned by Zverev in Madrid
Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany's Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarterfinals Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard's form ahead of this month's French...
Nadal beats Tsitsipas for 12th Barcelona title
Rafael Nadal saved a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5 Sunday and claim a 12th Barcelona Open title in the ATP's longest match of 2021.
Federer says he will play at Roland Garros
Roger Federer confirmed Sunday he will play the French Open at Roland Garros this year having skipped the 2020 edition to recover from knee surgery.
Charles Oliveira claimed the UFC lightweight title Saturday night, stopping Michael Chandler with a barrage of punches early in the second round at UFC 262.
'Canelo' Alvarez stops Saunders to unify super middleweight titles
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds Saturday to unify three super middleweight titles in front of the largest U.S. crowd in history to...
Usman tops Masvidal, UFC 261 returns sports world to normal
A packed house. A raucous crowd. Celebrity sightings. Stunning upsets. Spectacular finishes. Broken bones. Blood, sweat and tears.
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix Sunday ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen after a Mercedes pit-stop masterstroke.
Hamilton stretches F1 lead with victory in Portugal
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Red Bull's Max Verstappen to eight...
Verstappen wins chaotic Imola classic
Max Verstappen kept his cool to claim a chaotic rain-hit Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Sunday as seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton recovered from a rare...
The mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become so popular in Iraq, where 60 percent of the 40-million-strong population is under 25, that the country’s youth have been dubbed the ‘PUBG generation.’
Restored Richard Wright novel a bestseller
One writer said he was inspired by Wright’s use of a ‘psychological crime thriller’ to serve ‘as a profound critique of racism/white supremacy and capitalism,’ and also...
Eurovision returns despite coronavirus pandemic
Cypriot entry Elena Tsagrinou has been in the spotlight after Orthodox Christian faithful on the Mediterranean island protested that the song made an ‘international...
Dua Lipa wins British Album of the Year
Lipa dedicated one of her awards to British nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, noting that she had said ‘there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for...
Epic film restoration for 7-hour Napoleon classic
Despite initial excitement upon its release in 1927, the epic tale of Napoleon’s early years struggled to find an audience, in part due to its gargantuan length, but...
Picasso painting sells for $103 mn in New York
A depiction of Picasso’s young mistress and muse, Marie-Therese Walter, the painting was acquired only eight years ago at a London sale for 28.6 million pounds (about...
Marina Abramovic wins Asturias Award for arts
The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards said that the work of the 74-year-old Abramovic revealed ‘a sensorial and spiritual component hitherto unknown’
Basquiat painting sells for $93.1 million
In a sign of Basquiat’s growing status in the art world, the same canvas was sold in November 2002 for $999,500, barely more than a hundredth of the price paid on Tuesday
Cypriot entry Elena Tsagrinou has been in the spotlight after Orthodox Christian faithful on the Mediterranean island protested that the song made an ‘international mockery’ of the country's morals by advocating ‘surrender to the devil.’ The island first contested Eurovision in 1981 and holds the unenviable record of the most participations without a win.
Coldplay beam new song into space
‘It’s amazing how small and finite and fragile the Earth is,’ said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ‘It’s a ball. It’s self-contained. Everything we have is here....
Glenn Close and Ted Nash on their new jazz duet
‘I learned about Go-go [music] and certainly about the Washington [D.C.] music scene from those years. I was able to do that little piece of “Da Butt”...
For Dave Grohl, it’s not the van driving musicians
‘You’ve got to get in a van if you want to make it in this business,’ said Ringo Starr, who recounted how the Beatles had to stack themselves like firewood to keep warm...
Despite initial excitement upon its release in 1927, the epic tale of Napoleon’s early years struggled to find an audience, in part due to its gargantuan length, but also because it came just as the advent of sound killed off interest in silent movies
Review: A glimpse of Saudi women’s indoor lives
Most of the value in this film comes from the peek it gives us into life as a Saudi woman – a life that is changing, Mansour points out, albeit too slowly for some
Review: ‘Woman in the Window’ is a muddled mess
All the ingredients are there, yet ‘Woman in the Window,’ which had a labored path to release, comes off as a pastiche of better films, with all the requisite shadows...
Zombies hit Las Vegas in Zack Snyder heist movie
‘There’s been a lot of crazy things that have elevated the movie in some way or other,’ Snyder said. ‘We wanted to focus on how a zombie plague would affect the...
Berlinale says its June outdoor screenings are on
The programme will be made up primarily of movies shown online at the March edition, including the winners of its Golden and Silver Bears, which will be awarded at a...
His rich anthems of peace and struggle, hope and discontent, still reverberate globally and especially in his native Jamaica, a small nation whose rich culture its most famous son popularized on an international stage
Kardashian entangled in antiquities smuggling row
Court documents said the consignee and importer name was listed as ‘“Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust” in Woodland Hills, California,’ the Noel Roberts Trust being...
Napoleon’s Mideast campaign still contentious
Egyptians and Palestinians betray little nostalgia for Bonaparte’s early conquests of their lands
UAE voices ‘regret’ after Habermas rejects prize
‘That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby,’ read a statement from the 91-year-old Habermas, who is considered Germany’s most eminent contemporary philosopher....
Florian Zeller’s conquest of stage and screen
The French playwright’s works have now been performed in more than 40 countries, and won awards from Tokyo to New York, but it is with the film version of ‘The Father,’...
Ibrahim al-Dika had raised his Belgian shepherd Lexi since she was a tiny pup, but then Lebanon's economic crisis made him jobless and he had to sell her to repay a bank loan.
Syrian family reunited, against the odds, in Greece
Torn apart in the deadly chaos of an air raid, a Syrian family of seven has been reunited, against the odds, three years later at a refugee shelter in Greece's second...
Pfizer jab can be stored in fridge for a month: EMA
The EU's drug agency on Monday approved the storage of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in fridges for up to a month, in a move that should boost its rollout...
UNICEF says rich countries can afford to donate Covax jabs
Countries belonging to the G7 and the European Union can afford to donate more than 150 million vaccines to countries in need without compromising their own goals,...
Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following...
Youngest Dubai DJ scratches her way to fame in world contest
Michelle Rasul had just learned to read and write and was already spinning turntables, scratching hip-hop records and making the beats drop.
Street parties celebrate end of Spain's state of emergency
Impromptu street celebrations erupted across Spain as the clock struck midnight on Saturday, when a six-month-long national state of emergency to contain the spread of...
Dubai luxury home market soars as world's rich flee pandemic
After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city's pandemic lockdowns.
The EU's drug agency on Monday approved the storage of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in fridges for up to a month, in a move that should boost its rollout across the bloc.
How can we stop the next pandemic? Here's what a WHO panel recommends
A new transparent global system should be set up for probing disease outbreaks, empowering the World Health Organization to deploy investigators at short-notice and...
Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12
COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle...
BioNTech says 'no evidence' its jabs need adapting for variants
German firm BioNTech said Monday that the Covid-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer does not require any modifications to work against variants of the virus, as it...
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry
A large segment of a Chinese rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the weekend, but Beijing has downplayed fears of...
SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown
SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.
The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved
A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal chunk of the internet
Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet
NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
As violence flares within Israel and on a day in which Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City killed at least 42 people Sunday, it was business as usual for a senior Israeli tourism official in Dubai as she promoted the country as a must-see destination for Muslim visitors.
Dubai optimistic visitors will return but numbers unclear
Dubai's tourism chief on Tuesday said he was very optimistic business and leisure travellers would return this year, though the pandemic made it difficult to predict...
Cafes, restaurants reopen in Greece for outdoor service
Cafes and restaurants reopened in Greece on Monday for sit-down service for the first time in nearly six months, as the country began easing coronavirus-related...
Volkswagen, Ford and Chinese brands unveiled new SUVs for China on Monday at the Shanghai auto show, the industry’s biggest marketing event in a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahmad Daoud surveyed his shrivelled tomato plants near the Dead Sea in Jordan, where severe drought in what is already one of the world's most water-deficient countries is hitting hard.
Biden's climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming
U.S. President Joe Biden's climate summit will turn to the issue of technology on Friday, featuring remarks from entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, after...
US pledges to halve its emissions by 2030 in renewed climate fight
The Biden administration on Thursday pledged to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% from 2005 levels by 2030, a new target it hopes will spur other big...
Race to save Cyprus corals from climate change, mass tourism
Many people think Cyprus has no corals, says marine ecologist Louis Hadjiannou.
From lizards to water, eco-bumps snag Tesla Berlin plant
In the green forest outside Berlin, a David and Goliath-style battle is playing out between electric carmaker Tesla and environmental campaigners who want to stop its...