Syrian opposition figures will return to Geneva Thursday for new U.N.-sponsored talks with President Bashar Assad’s regime on their country’s six-year conflict.
SDF enter Deir al-Zor province for first time
The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Daesh (ISIS), a Kurdish...
New NSC chief McMaster a soldier-scholar
President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S....
White House delivered EU-skeptic message
In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief...
Refugee crisis strains electricity supplies
The ongoing Syrian refugee crisis is straining Lebanon’s already inadequate electricity infrastructure, a recent report published by the Energy Ministry and UNDP...
Iraqi forces fighting Daesh to storm airport
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Daesh-held (ISIS) western half of Mosul prepared Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern...
Kiir promises safe access to starving civilians
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Tuesday promised aid agencies safe access to hunger-stricken civilians, a day after his government declared a famine in parts of the...
Egypt builds closer ties with Hamas
After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border...
President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S. government for “lies” that led to the Vietnam War.
In Trump’s future, a familiar shutdown threat
Add a potential government shutdown to U.S. President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches.
Swede detained after heist of gas-laden truck
Spanish police opened fire Tuesday on a truck loaded with gas cylinders that was speeding the wrong way down a Barcelona road, managing to halt it and detain the...
Russia to rely on non-nuclear deterrent
Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any...
The ongoing Syrian refugee crisis is straining Lebanon’s already inadequate electricity infrastructure, a recent report published by the Energy Ministry and UNDP Tuesday has found.
Aoun to senator: Army needs ongoing U.S. support
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, kicked off a series of meetings with senior officials during a visit to Lebanon Tuesday.
Hamas reiterates commitment to stability in camps
The following security-related developments took place across the country Tuesday.
Zakka’s family hope Berri will secure his release
Nizar Zakka’s family told The Daily Star Tuesday that it was optimistic that Speaker Nabih Berri will succeed in securing his release from an Iranian prison.
What would a ‘Day Without a Woman’ look like?
On Jan. 21, 2017, around 1 million women from cities across the United States, in addition to more than 5 million from 81 countries, joined a rally to support laws and...
Banks in Lebanon are falling behind their European counterparts when it comes to providing technological financial services, better known as fintech services, a senior banker said.
4G for most of Lebanon by end of March: minister
Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah announced Tuesday that 85 percent of Lebanon will hopefully enjoy the 4G services by the end of March.
Egyptian pound’s rise may be at an end
The honeymoon period for Egypt’s pound may be nearing an end.
Saudi Arabia sees first deflation in over decade
Consumer price deflation hit Saudi Arabia in January for the first time in over a decade, official data showed Tuesday, but plans for increased state revenues mean...
Deutsche Boerse unit’s Iran ties to face probe
U.S. prosecutors are pushing forward on an Iran sanctions investigation that had languished during the multiyear period when Washington and Tehran were negotiating...
Banks association warns against big profits taxes
Lebanese bankers warned Tuesday that raising taxes on corporate profits would deal a blow to the country’s financial sector and hurt its position as a financial hub.
Property demand witnesses 12 pct growth
Demand for housing loans from low- and middle-income families has witnessed a significant increase following the election of Michel Aoun as president and the rapid...
Economic associations urge govt to drop tax hike
Representatives of economic associations in Lebanon issued a statement Sunday urging the government to drop the idea of raising taxes in the 2017 draft budget.
Rosneft, NOC sign oil offtake deal
Libya’s National Oil Corporation has signed a crude oil offtake agreement with Russia’s Rosneft as it looks to encourage foreign investment and bolster Libyan output,...
Russian and Libyan state oil giants sign deal
Russia's Rosneft oil giant has paved the way for investment in Libya's oil sector by signing a Cooperation Framework Agreement with the National Oil Corporation of...
Middle East helps double weapons-maker Kalashnikov's sales: CEO
Russian weapons maker Kalashnikov Group's sales doubled last year, helped by demand in the Middle East for its drones, missiles, rifles and military vehicles, making up...
U.S. prosecutors are pushing forward on an Iran sanctions investigation that had languished during the multiyear period when Washington and Tehran were negotiating their nuclear pact, according to people briefed on the matter.
EU agrees new rules on multinationals tax-dodging
European Union finance ministers agreed Tuesday to close loopholes multinational corporations use to skip taxation on dividends, part of a drive to stop them from...
Oil trades near $54 as OPEC targets 100-pct deal
Oil traded near $54 a barrel after earlier rising to the highest level in seven weeks as OPEC’s top official said that the group intends to achieve full compliance with...
Peugeot to respect job pledges if Opel deal goes ahead
French car maker PSA has promised to uphold job guarantees at Opel if its plan to take over the German arm of U.S. giant General Motors goes ahead, the firm and worker...
Rising protectionism, Brexit fears spark HSBC profit fall
Protectionist fears under Donald Trump and uncertainties caused by Brexit sparked a huge plunge in 2016 profits, global banking giant HSBC said Tuesday
It’s an undeniable fact that the French culture, language, fashion, etc. have played a prominent role in Lebanon, prompting education and the country’s development in numerous other fields, and it is likely that it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Just days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th president, he took on as his first task the abolishment of Barack Obama’s legacy and the dismantlement of...
Tunisian security forces rocking the vote
On Jan. 31, the Tunisian Parliament lifted an independence-era suffrage ban on the armed and security forces, a contentious decision that had held up the municipal...
Syria’s balance of terror
As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track.
The art of the North Korean deal
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will...
The majority of Lebanese are citizens whose chief concerns are their family, livelihood and security.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought to a halt Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon, has regulated life in the south for 11 years and provided stability...
Trampling on hope
In an exceptionally cordial atmosphere that’s not unusual with the new occupiers of the White House, President Donald Trump in four lines poured cold water on decades...
On Jan. 31, the Tunisian Parliament lifted an independence-era suffrage ban on the armed and security forces, a contentious decision that had held up the municipal elections law for nearly a year.
The European Union first
The world needs the European Union now more than ever.
Global citizens, national shirkers
Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship.
China needs a new grand strategy
The Cold War ended in December 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will be.
Forget the jobs, enjoy the Trump circus
Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about – an honest, hardworking American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a...
Flynn may be gone, but questions remain
President Trump confronts complicated problems as the investigation widens into Russia’s attack on our political system.
Michael Flynn’s star burns out
A strange and circuitous path led Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn toward his fateful telephone contact in late December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and the flameout...
Bannon’s ideas – and his very different actions
Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy.
Sergio Aguero starred as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in a breathless and dizzyingly end-to-end Champions League last 16 first-leg encounter at a rocking Etihad Stadium Tuesday.
Griezmann among goals as Atletico gain upper hand
Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen Tuesday to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of...
Kerber survives as leading seeds stumble in Dubai
Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships Tuesday.
Federer to keep playing in Basel until 2019
Roger Federer may be 35 but he showed retirement is far from his mind by committing to play at the Swiss Indoors for another three years.
Lakers promote Magic in major shake-up
The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling...
Pressure on Ranieri inevitable: Sampaoli
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli believes Claudio Ranieri’s position as Leicester City boss will undoubtedly come under pressure unless results drastically improve, despite...
Potent new Juve face Porto acid test
A potent new attacking formation that has sent Gonzalo Higuain toward another top scorer’s award faces the acid test Wednesday when Juventus take on Porto away in the...
Gameiro starts for Atletico in Leverkusen
Kevin Gameiro comes into the Atletico Madrid starting line-up for Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first leg against Bayer Leverkusen after coming off the bench to...
Former world number one Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
No coach, no problem for Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off the absence of his coach to defeat David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday and earn a first career title at the Rotterdam World Tennis...
Kerber keen for revival, not top spot
Angelique Kerber insisted Sunday that reviving her flagging fortunes on tour is her main priority rather than reclaiming the world No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams at...
The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise’s front office.
Lots of points, not a lot of All-Star defense
It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference...
Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy...
Magic Johnson takes charge in major Lakers shakeup
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s, was Tuesday named president of basketball operations for the struggling NBA...
Green clarifies 'slave master mentality' remark
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green backed off his comment Friday that New York Knicks owner James Dolan used "slave master mentality" toward former Knicks...
Dustin Johnson secured the world No. 1 ranking in style when he smoked the field for a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in southern California Sunday.
Emelianenko debut at Bellator 172 canceled
Matt Mitrione was hospitalized with a kidney stone Saturday, forcing the cancellation of his fight against heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Bellator...
Rumford wins first World Super 6 title
Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6...
Trump's sons Eric and Donald Jr. open golf club in Dubai
Two of U.S. President Donald Trump's sons arrived in the United Arab Emirates for an invitation-only ceremony Saturday to formally open the Trump International Golf...
French language groups protest English-only Olympic slogan
Groups defending the French language are lodging legal protests over the English-only slogan used for Paris' 2024 Olympic bid.
The Renault Formula One team unveiled their new-look 2017 car Tuesday with a target of the top five in the championship, and possible podium finishes, after struggling among the back-markers last season.
Renault confident of moving up a gear with new car
Renault chiefs believe the new car they unveiled on Tuesday will see drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer propel them into the top five this forthcoming Formula...
Exquisite Q30S embodies future of car industry
I’ve been an avid follower of the car world my whole life and, like most other people interested in developments in the automotive industry, I’ve probably read more...
Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry
Retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has warned his replacement Valtteri Bottas not to expect an “easy ride” from teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Ecclestone dismisses rival series rumors
Former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed speculation that he might set up a rival series and said he would never want to undermine the...
The Guggenheim Museum is highlighting the work of some of the visionaries who shaped its collection, using the occasion to note immigrants’ contributions to American art weeks after the U.S. president signed a travel ban.
Drabble confronts old age in The Dark Flood Rises
A car races along a British motorway.
A look at America’s civil rights struggle
As author, poet and essayist James Baldwin started writing a book in the late 1960s exploring the lives of three black civil rights activists, little did he realize his...
Jolie in Cambodia for premiere of new film
Angelina Jolie says she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on...
Jazz-rock fusion pioneer Larry Coryell dead at 73
Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell, one of the first guitarists to win an audience bringing a rock edge to the jazz guitar, has died. He was 73.
Berlinale juries, audiences award prizes
A Hungarian love story about two slaughterhouse workers who connect in shared dreams won the top award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Fist Fight: Made for the teenage male
If you like Ice Cube surly and sneering, find penis drawings hilarious and believe real men solve problems by throwing punches, “Fist Fight” is the movie for you.
Rocker Khatib frees style and explores identity
Craving a new outlet despite his growing success, the indie rocker Hanni El Khatib took his cues from a perhaps unexpected source – the rap world.
As author, poet and essayist James Baldwin started writing a book in the late 1960s exploring the lives of three black civil rights activists, little did he realize his examination of race relations would resonate so deeply in present day America.
Jackman sheds a tear for end of ‘Wolverine’
Hugh Jackman’s rip-roaring final turn in the “Wolverine” franchise premiered at the Berlin Film Festival Friday, as he admitted he shed a few tears saying goodbye to...
Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia
Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a...
Filmmaker Rosi brings Med migrant crisis to Oscars
A female voice crackles over the radio, begging for rescue from a crowded migrant boat sinking into the Mediterranean as the coastguard barks over and over: "What is...
Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards
Adele Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce,...
Vera Lynn to release new album at 100
Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn will celebrate her next birthday by becoming the first singer in history to release a new album at age 100, her record label said...
Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into Hall of Fame
Neil Young, nicknamed the Godfather of Grunge for his influence on the Seattle sound, will induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it announced Friday
Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport.
Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz
Actress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to musician Lenny Kravitz.
Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69
Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line...
Rosie O'Donnell mirrors Steve Bannon in new Twitter pic
After saying she'd like to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has apparently changed...
Scarlett Johansson, post breakup, resurfaces for a gala
Scarlett Johansson made a rare public appearance since news broke that she split with husband, Romain Dauriac.
All eyes were on Burberry and creative director Christopher Bailey Monday night as London Fashion Week reached its starry climax.
Kellogg's unveils Pop-Tarts pizza, tacos at NYC cafe
Pop-Tarts might not just be for breakfast anymore.
Biologists find life that may be 60,000 years old
In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 60,000 years...
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's...
Airbnb imposes limits on rentals in Barcelona
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads...
Brazil’s economy puts damper on Rio Carnival
The Rio Carnival is a celebration of joyful excess but deep recession in Brazil means that samba schools are thinking about their budgets as much as their dance moves.
Artisans break the mold in U.K. pottery capital
At the 18th-century Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, startup artisans like 22-year-old Emma Price are moving into abandoned buildings and breathing new life into...
London Fashion Week: Versus rocks on
London Fashion Week kicked it up a notch Saturday with the latest womenswear previews for fall and winter – just as the weather in the British capital took a decidedly...
In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 60,000 years old.
French army grooms eagles to down drones
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.
60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist
NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico.
Fifty-five years after first orbit, Glenn still inspires
John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.
Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced Tuesday by the home rentals website, at loggerheads with local authorities.
Bathers revel at alternative to Rio beach scene
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite – the no-fuss atmosphere of a...
In the wake of Vikings, a North Atlantic cruise
Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance.
Chinese Lunar New Year feast begins with drums
Four men in traditional yellow costumes bang large drums to announce the start of the New Year’s Eve banquet in Liuminying village.
Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.
Looks, pep count for everything and CX-3 delivers
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d grown increasingly convinced that the auto industry simply wasn’t interested in pampering customers with modest budgets.
Hyundai’s delightful Veloster bucks convention
One of the ironies of the auto industry is that every gain in any aspect of a car comes at the expense of something else.
A New Jersey father mourning the suicide of his son figured a few dozen family friends might join the page he launched on Facebook, his attempt to share stories of kindness and to urge people to do good deeds without expecting anything in return
Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes
Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odor.
‘Thirdhand’ smoke may harm infants: study
The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health.
‘Lock-in’ paralysis patients report being happy
International scientists for the first time have found a way to communicate with people who are completely paralyzed from degenerative motor neuron disease – and found...
Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs
Scientists say they've grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs inside animals to transplant...