Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Tuesday that stability in Lebanon, which has been rocked by more than a month of protests that forced the prime minister to resign, was "very, very important" to the kingdom.
ISF arrests group providing illegal Metn internet
A group of men illegally providing internet were arrested by the Internal Security Forces, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.
U.S. blacklists head of Myanmar military for Rohingya abuses
The United States blacklisted four Myanmar military leaders Tuesday, including the commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington for alleged human...
Bosnia starts to close controversial migrant camp
Bosnian authorities began Tuesday to move several hundred migrants out of a ramshackle camp near the Croatian border following international condemnation of the site's...
U.S. bars former Saudi diplomat from entering U.S. over Khashoggi murder
The United States Tuesday barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, who served as the Saudi consul general in Istanbul when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi...
Finance and Budget Committee endorses 3 more ministerial budgets
Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee endorsed the 2020 budgets of the Agriculture, Economy and Trade, and Education ministries Tuesday.
Prosecute those responsible for flooding: MP Najem
The chair of Parliament’s Public Works and Transport Committee, MP Nazih Najem, said Tuesday that those responsible for Monday’s flooding should be prosecuted.
Day 55: Roadblocks return amid Cabinet deadlock
Protesters returned to roadblocks Tuesday in north and east Lebanon as the monthlong Cabinet deadlock dragged on with no solution in sight and the popular uprising hit...
The United States blacklisted four Myanmar military leaders Tuesday, including the commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
U.S. Democrats announce impeachment charges against Trump
Democrats announced formal charges against President Donald Trump Tuesday that accuse him of abusing power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third U.
US, Saudi rank bottom of climate class: report
The United States and Saudi Arabia are among major polluters showing "hardly any signs" of reducing their greenhouse gas production, a global assessment of countries'...
Turkey says ready to send troops to back Libya unity govt
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he was ready to send troops to Libya if requested by the internationally recognized government in Tripoli.
The United States Tuesday barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, who served as the Saudi consul general in Istanbul when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in his consulate in 2018, the U.S. State Department said.
Egypt court hands exiled dissident jail term for tax evasion
A self-exiled Egyptian businessman and dissident who has accused President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of corruption has been sentenced in absentia to five years in jail for...
Sudan's Bashir questioned over 1989 coup that brought him to power
Sudan's ousted long-time leader Omar al-Bashir was summoned for questioning Tuesday over his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power.
Saudi king calls for Gulf Arab unity to confront Iran
Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened a Gulf Arab summit Tuesday by calling for regional unity to confront Iran and secure energy supplies and maritime channels.
Iran President Rouhani may visit Japan on Dec. 19: Jiji
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may visit Japan Dec. 19 for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Jiji News reported Tuesday.
As expected, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh Wednesday told all Lebanese commercial banks to lower their interest rates on foreign currency deposits to a maximum of 5 percent, and to 8.5 percent for Lebanese pound deposits.
BDL lowers interest rate on dollar deposits to 5 pct, Lebanese lira to 8.5 pct
BDL lowers interest rate on dollar deposits to 5 pct, Lebanese lira to 8.5 pct
Saudi central bank ready for any Aramco-related liquidity squeeze
Saudi Arabia's central bank is ready for any liquidity squeeze from Saudi Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) and is closely monitoring local banks, its governor...
Abu Dhabi’s go-to man builds $229 billion fund
For an Emirati who’s not a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling royal family, Khaldoon Al Mubarak is remarkably influential.
Swiss central bank's $800 billion could be enlisted in climate push
The Swiss central bank could be required to pull its $800 billion balance sheet out of investments in fossil fuel companies in a move by one of the world's biggest...
Banks to slash rates on deposits in 2020
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh is expected to introduce a new mechanism to slash the interest rates on dollar and Lebanese pound deposits and loans in 2020, in...
Lebanon’s crisis wreaks havoc next door
A financial crisis in Lebanon has hit the economy of neighboring Syria hard, choking off a vital source of dollars and dragging the Syrian pound to record lows.
Entrepreneurs look to buoy local products
Lebanese residents are taking matters into their own hands to encourage investment in local products as the country plunges deeper into a financial crisis and the...
Saudi Arabia's central bank is ready for any liquidity squeeze from Saudi Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) and is closely monitoring local banks, its governor said, after heavy demand for loans to buy the stock.
Aramco stock will have much support when traded
When shares of Saudi Arabia’s national oil company begin trading Wednesday after the world’s largest initial public offering, the stars will be aligned to ensure that...
Saudi Arabia projects higher 2020 budget deficit
Saudi Arabia Monday said its budget deficit for next year would widen as the world’s top oil exporter faces tumbling oil prices and production cuts.
Iran’s budget is mostly bluff
There’s a sprinkling of wishful thinking in all budget announcements.
The Swiss central bank could be required to pull its $800 billion balance sheet out of investments in fossil fuel companies in a move by one of the world's biggest reserve banks to tackle climate change.
U.S. trade offensive takes out WTO as global arbiter
U.S. disruption of the global economic order reaches a major milestone Tuesday as the World Trade Organization (WTO) loses its ability to intervene in trade wars,...
Transport chaos as French strike bites
Public transport in France was crippled for a fourth day Sunday as the government prepared to respond to anger over pension reforms that brought hundreds of thousands...
Paris ready to take Trump tariff threat to WTO
France is ready to go to the World Trade Organization to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to put tariffs on Champagne and other French goods in a row over...
Five things to watch out for this week
Five things to look out for this week.
Four days into the Lebanese uprising, I woke up after a few hours of sleep, feeling sore and weary from days of demonstrating on the streets of Beirut against a corrupt political class which refuses to heed the cries of the millions of Lebanese across Lebanon and in the diaspora, demanding an end to the corrupt clientelist system which has been in place since 1943.
Economic woes of Lebanon: The root causes
We all heard it and it is true.
Why African cultural restitution matters
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe recently presented an antique saber to Senegalese President Macky Sall at the presidential palace in Dakar.
Heading toward a U.S.-China tech war?
President Donald Trump last week seemed to be nearing a preliminary truce in his trade war with China.
The limits of Lagarde at the ECB
Shortly after the Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers on June 27, 2015, I bumped into a worried-looking Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank.
Government debt is not a free lunch
With interest rates on government debt at multidecade lows, a number of leading economists have argued that almost every advanced economy can allow debt to drift up...
Holders Liverpool are approaching their last Champions League group game at Salzburg as if they are playing a final as they bid to reach the last 16, manager Juergen Klopp said Monday.
Messi out but Conte expects Inter to suffer
Barcelona star Lionel Messi will not make the trip to the San Siro for Tuesday’s final Champions League group game, but Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte still expects a...
Former world No. 1 Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open
Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced Friday that she will retire from tennis after next month’s Australian Open.
Tsitsipas win invites caution
Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was ready for a breakthrough Grand Slam victory after winning the ATP Finals in London - but a glance at recent history invites caution.
Rockets look for NBA to flip double overtime loss
The Houston Rockets lost a double-overtime thriller to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night, but the team is reportedly hoping the league will change it to a victory...
Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup
Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 football World Cup, for...
Chiefs jolt Patriots; 49ers down Saints
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots slid to a second straight defeat Sunday, falling 23-16 to the Kansas City Chiefs in a game marred by a series of officiating...
Beaten Ruiz Jr. wants Joshua rematch
A beaten Andy Ruiz Jr. called for a rematch after Anthony Joshua won back an array of world heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia Sunday, but the Mexican-American cannot...
Nadal ends year as number one for fifth time
Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the year-end world number one for the fifth time after the ATP released its season-closing rankings Monday.
Davis Cup organizers hope for magic start
Eighteen nations will gather in Madrid’s La Caja Magica Monday as the men’s tennis season culminates with a revamped Davis Cup format dreamed up by a man who earns his...
Tsitsipas beats Thiem to win ATP Finals
Stefanos Tsitsipas battled back from a set down to beat Dominic Thiem and win the ATP Finals on Sunday, emphatically staking his claim as the leader of the next...
The Houston Rockets lost a double-overtime thriller to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night, but the team is reportedly hoping the league will change it to a victory after the referees admitted blowing a call.
World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has said he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he triumphed over Britain’s Anthony Joshua in June and he would “die trying” to defend his belts in the title rematch in Saudi Arabia Saturday.
Texans topple Patriots; Ravens edge 49ers
Deshaun Watson passed for three touchdowns and caught another as the Houston Texans beat the New England Patriots for the first time in a decade with a 28-22 win Sunday.
Olympic chief says will "do everything" to ensure Russia at 2020 Games
Russia's Olympic Committee will do all it can to ensure Russian athletes take part in the 2020 Games, its chief said Thursday, as the country faces a four-year doping...
Call for four-year ban over doping shocks Russia
Russia’s anti-doping chief said Tuesday he expected the country to be barred from all sporting competition for four years, after a bombshell recommendation from the...
Russians shocked over call for four-year sports ban over doping
Russia's anti-doping chief said Tuesday he expected the country to be barred from all sporting competition for four years, after a bombshell recommendation from the...
Lewis Hamilton left no room for doubt that he deserved his sixth drivers’ world championship title with a dominant victory in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his fifth at Yas Marina, his 11th in 21 races this year and the 84th of his career.
Hamilton ends F1 season in style in Abu Dhabi
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the Formula One season in style Sunday by cruising unchallenged to a dominant victory in Abu Dhabi in his 250th grand...
Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Six times world champion Lewis Hamilton ended a triumphant Formula One season in style Sunday with a dominant victory from pole position for Mercedes in the Abu Dhabi...
Drawing similarities between the ongoing protests in Lebanon and Iraq, Iraqi sculptor Muatasim Al Kubaisy has brought his peculiar bronze pieces to Agial Art Gallery.
Man eats $120,000 banana, uh, art work
The move was bananas ... or it could be that the work was just too appealing.
Graft trial for Rifaat Assad opens in Paris
Syrian President Bashar Assad’s uncle went on trial in Paris Monday on charges of pilfering Syrian state coffers and using the spoils to build a property empire in...
‘Godfather’ to ‘Irishman,’ Mafia theme thrives
Stories about the mob have become offers that Hollywood cannot seem to refuse.
French chef who 'invented' magret de canard dies aged 84
French chef Andre Daguin, credited with inventing the magret de canard dish emblematic of southwestern France and making the rich duck delicacy famous worldwide, has...
Louvre fetes art’s man in black 100th birthday
They call him art’s man in black.
Lebanon cartoonists stir debate
On the edges of a protest in Lebanon’s capital, 24-year-old cartoonist Mohamad Nohad Alameddine bites through sticky tape and plasters one of his political sketches to...
French chef Andre Daguin, credited with inventing the magret de canard dish emblematic of southwestern France and making the rich duck delicacy famous worldwide, has died aged 84, his family told AFP.
“I’m a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men.”
Tough times for Yemen honey trade as war drags on
Mohammed Manea has tended honey bees northeast of Sanaa for years, but despairs that the production of "Yemen's gold" is under threat as the war engulfing the country...
Turkey moves to plain packaging for tobacco products
Turkey will switch to plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products from Dec. 5, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said Tuesday, in a move aimed at curbing...
Prague locals tire of tourists, 30 years after end of Communism
The view from Pavel Kacirek's apartment overlooking Prague's majestic Old Town Square should make it the dream home, but the hordes of tourists and clogged streets mean...
Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg pulled in on the overnight train to Madrid Friday, heading to a gathering of world leaders she says are failing to combat climate change.
Turkey will switch to plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products from Dec. 5, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said Tuesday, in a move aimed at curbing tobacco sales and discouraging smokers.
The view from Pavel Kacirek's apartment overlooking Prague's majestic Old Town Square should make it the dream home, but the hordes of tourists and clogged streets mean it no longer is.
Parents' plea to climate negotiators: Be 'real heroes' for world's children
Parents from nearly 30 countries Thursday urged negotiators at a U.N. summit in Madrid to act swiftly to curb climate change for their sake of their children, who they...
In nations rich and poor, climate disasters increasing
Japan, the Philippines and Germany top a list of countries worst hit by climate-enhanced extreme weather last year, with Madagascar and India close behind, researchers...
Slash emissions now or face climate disaster, UN warns
The world will miss its chance to avert climate disaster without an immediate and all-but-impossible fall in fossil fuel emissions, the UN said Tuesday in its annual...
What's at stake at this year's U.N. climate talks?
Representatives from nearly 200 countries meet in Madrid from Dec. 2-13 to flesh out rules for implementing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.