• Sea lion pup waddles into California hotel

    LOS ANGELES — A sea lion pup startled guests after waddling from a California beach into a nearby luxury hotel, where it pitched up at the patio bar.

    Shane Pappas, manager of the Pantai Inn in La Jolla, …

  • Abu Dhabi Festival makes musical history


    • World Premiere of Lebanese Composer Bechara El-Khoury’s ‘Poème Orientale’
    • Renowned Welsh Bass-Baritone Bryn Terfel’s First Performance in the Arab World


    ABU DHABI — The Emirates Palace Auditorium was the scene of a number of musical ‘firsts’ …

  • Thoraya Obaid chosen as Saudi person of the year

    RIYADH — Shoura Council member Thoraya Obaid was picked on Wednesday as Saudi Arabia’s person of the year.

    The Saudi MP will be granted the King Abdul Aziz medal as part of the country’s national heritage and culture …

  • Is global warming causing longer, harsher winters?

    PARIS — Millions of people in northern Europe are still battling snow and ice, wondering why they are being punished with bitter cold when – officially – spring has arrived and Earth is in the grip of global …

  • World’s biggest creature tracked by its song

    SYDNEY — An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow their songs, the government said Wednesday.

    The blue whale, the largest animal on …

  • The Rahbani Legacy: A musical odyssey

    ABU DHABI — A passionate Abu Dhabi Festival audience were taken on a nostalgic trip through “The Rahbani Legacy,” the world premiere of a specially-commissioned production that encapsulates the extensive musical contribution of the legendary poets, musicians and …