Lebanon to speed up Islamist trials
Salam: Struggle against terrorism just beginning
Iraq presses fight back after breaking ISIS siege
Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: HRW
Turkey detains dozens of Erdogan foes
“It’s a joy we can’t express,” said Ahmad Ghieh’s father, one of five Lebanese men released over the weekend after spending weeks in captivity at the hands of a radical Syrian group, the Nusra Front.
Hezbollah to focus media on takfiri threat
Hezbollah’s media will focus increasingly on the threat posed by ISIS and takfiri terrorism in general, the party’s media adviser, Mohammad Afif, suggested in an...
Iran FM to meet EU's Ashton in Brussels
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to hold talks with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton in Brussels, following fresh U.S. sanctions on entities linked to...
Australian PM defends helping fight ISIS 'death cult'
Prime Minister Tony Abbott defends Australia's military involvement in battling ISIS militants, calling the jihadist group a "death cult" involved in ethnic cleansing.
HK activists vow era of civil disobedience
Hong Kong democracy activists vowed Sunday to embark on an “era of civil disobedience” including mass sit-ins after China announced rules giving it control over...
Uruguay offers fresh start to 120 Syrian refugees
In a show of solidarity and humanitarian concern, Uruguay is coordinating the resettlement of 120 Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon.
Lebanon mulls prisoner exchange deal
Lebanese political and security figures are mulling the possibility of releasing certain Islamist detainees in a bid to secure the release of captured Army troops and...
Berri: National unity a must to fight terrorism
National unity is a must to fight takfiri terrorism threatening Lebanon, said Speaker Nabih Berri, who also called Sunday for bolstering the Lebanese Army’s...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to hold talks with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton in Brussels, following fresh U.S. sanctions on entities linked to Tehran's nuclear program.
UN bids to free peacekeepers amid Golan clashes
Syrian troops battle rebels hard by the armistice line with Israel on the Golan Heights as the United Nations presses efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by the...
Turkish FM summons US envoy over spying report
Turkey's foreign ministry Monday summons the U.S. charge d'affaires over a media report that the United States had spied on Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc...
Militants attack intelligence site in Somalia
Islamist rebels blew up a car bomb and gunmen attacked a national intelligence site in Somalia’s capital where suspected militants are held, in an assault Sunday that...
Hong Kong democracy activists vowed Sunday to embark on an “era of civil disobedience” including mass sit-ins after China announced rules giving it control over candidates in the city’s next leadership election.
Putin warns West not to ‘mess with us’
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Sunday for immediate talks on “statehood” for southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow...
World events endanger Obama’s legacy
Almost six years into a presidency that had inspired hope for a new era of American leadership, Barack Obama has reached a point where it will be difficult to salvage...
Bahrain jails photojournalist, detains activist
Sunni-ruled Bahrain upheld a 10-year jail term for a photojournalist Sunday and detained a human rights activist, as part of an ongoing crackdown over a 2011 uprising.
Ukraine soldiers battling Russian tanks at Lugansk
Ukrainian troops are battling a Russian tank contingent in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev says, accusing Moscow's army units of moving into large cities in the region.
Marwan has been waiting more than two months for the delivery of a smartphone that he ordered via online merchant Ali Express.
Khalil: municipalities will get telecoms revenues
Lebanon’s Finance Minister pledged Friday to transfer the municipalities’ share of telecom revenues due since 2010, while casting doubt over the fate of millions in...
Saudi stocks richly valued but still attractive
Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the United Arab Emirates has bottomed out...
UAE to help Egypt with $8.7B petroleum products
The United Arab Emirates will provide Egypt with petroleum products worth $8.7 billion over a year starting in September, an Egyptian official told Reuters on Sunday.
Passive funds a threat for Europe’s fund managers
Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83-year-old dies, the majority of the money he leaves his wife will be...
Lebanon risks further power cuts due to strike
Electricite du Liban warned Thursday that the electricity rationing across the country could get worse if contract workers do not end their occupation of the company’s...
Finance Ministry activates payment site
The Finance Ministry announced Thursday that it had activated its online service for paying the value added tax.
Hotel owners propose measures to help tourism
The Association of Hotel Owners has called on the government to exempt tourists coming through Rafik Hariri International Airport from taxes and fees.
Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the United Arab Emirates has bottomed out after a volatile few months, a Reuters survey showed.
Egypt minister downplays effects of Ethiopia dam
Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazi downplayed Friday the negative effects on Egypt’s water supply of the ongoing construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam,...
Turkish lira eases on Cabinet uncertainty
Turkey’s lira slipped on Friday amid uncertainty over who would have the upper hand on economic policy in a new Cabinet after a deputy prime minister’s job was handed...
Iraqi Kurdistan oil shipments hit 8M barrels
Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs...
Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83-year-old dies, the majority of the money he leaves his wife will be parked in a fund that simply moves in step with an index.
All eyes on ECB as eurozone stalls
The European Central Bank meeting, which takes place Thursday, is the prime event for markets seeking clarity on the bank’s response to a stalled recovery, disappearing...
box with week ahead
A German news magazine reported Sunday that Chancellor Angela Merkel is unhappy with European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi for apparently proposing a greater...
Malaysia Airlines to lose 6,000 jobs in revamp
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will slash nearly a third of its 20,000 workforce and cut back its global route network as part of a radical 6 billion ringgit ($1.9 billion)...
Looming Scotland vote fails to derail shares
With only weeks to go before Scots vote on independence, Scotland-based stocks are reversing months of underperformance, indicating that investors are taking a sanguine...
A small demonstration in Beirut against Al-Qaeda has triggered a commotion because the flags of ISIS and the Nusra Front, which feature a phrase that is the cornerstone of Islam, were set on fire.
Syria’s hunting season
The U.N. refugee agency Friday updated the world on refugee numbers from war-torn Syria, where half the population has either fled abroad or is internally displaced.
The Saudis will be vital in fighting ISIS
With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought.
A political coming of age in the Gulf
The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the...
Much work is needed on climate change
A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable.
Confront with a coalition
U.S. President Barack Obama will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to discuss the threat posed by ISIS, and the irony will be in high gear.
Time for reflection
The Gaza of today does not resemble the Gaza of before this latest war, and nor should it.
Libya new terror hub
To avid Middle East watchers, Libya has appeared to be going the way of a failed state for some time now. Unfortunately, the U.S. and much of the West appears to have...
With vacation over, Obama must fix what’s wrong
It’s “back to school” week for President Barack Obama, after what a CNN analyst called “the vacation from Hell.”
What Christians mean to Walid Jumblatt
Walid Jumblatt has faced a wave of criticism in recent days over his comments on the presidential election.
Which antidote to the Islamic State?
So the United States is bombing targets in Iraq from the air, is active on the ground with hundreds of its special forces, and is exploring targets to bomb in Syria.
Khamenei’s way is to lead from the back
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei became Iran’s supreme leader in 1989, when the country faced recovery from the eight-year war with Iraq without Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
A new Sunni Awakening is needed to beat ISIS
What are the strengths of ISIS?
Pursue more realistic education aims
With the deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the world is gearing up to establish a new set of goals for the next 15 years.
To isolate ISIS, we need a way forward in Syria
Nouri al-Maliki’s fitful departure from Iraq’s premiership recalled many other cliffhanger exits by unpopular political leaders.
Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Sunday, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City.
Sociedad comeback stuns Madrid
Real Sociedad produced a stunning fightback from 2-0 down to beat European champions Real Madrid 4-2 Sunday.
Wozniacki knocks Sharapova out of U.S. Open
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki sends Maria Sharapova packing at the U.S. Open Sunday, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over the five-time Grand Slam...
Serena conquers wind and compatriot to progress
World No. 1 Serena Williams conquered the wind and another American challenger to take her place in the third round of the U.S. Open Thursday.
Marquez’s 11th win of season at Silverstone
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez returned to his winning ways Sunday, with a thrilling 11th victory of the season, in a British Grand Prix battle with fellow Spaniard...
Inzhagi era at AC Milan opens with 3-1 win
Filippo Inzaghi got his tenure as AC Milan coach off to the best possible start with a scintillating 3-1 victory over Lazio at the San Siro Sunday.
PSG crush St. Etienne as leaders Bordeaux draw
Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended Sunday with a 1-1 draw against...
Van Gaal cannot be allowed off the hook
A stellar reputation takes a long time to build ... and a short time to dismantle. And the moments are fast arriving when Louis van Gaal will not have the shortcomings...
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki sends Maria Sharapova packing at the U.S. Open Sunday, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over the five-time Grand Slam champion.
China’s Peng sends Radwanska to early exit
Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai supplied a shocking start to the second round of the U.S. Open by upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 on...
Murray and Williams victorious in U.S. Open
Some busy bees made life difficult for two grizzly veterans, and a pair of favorites were forced to work extra hard on the steamy opening day at the U.S. Open tennis...
US Open 2014: What to watch at year’s last major
Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005...
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez returned to his winning ways Sunday, with a thrilling 11th victory of the season, in a British Grand Prix battle with fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.
Rosberg apologizes, disciplined for crash
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologized for colliding with teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes...
Rosberg: My version of events is different
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand...
Hamilton wonders whether he can trust Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the track, after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, but has ruled...
Ricciardo wins at Spa after title rivals collide
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton provided the drama of the day by...
A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain Saturday.
Latest Riyadi recruit Ghafari targets titles
Reigning champions Riyadi have begun preparations for their title defense in the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League with the addition of U.S. college...
Federer’s slam dunk win earns Jordan approval
Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) victory over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S....
Sarkis in talks to return to Champville
Head coach Ghassan Sarkis has confirmed to The Daily Star that negotiations are under way for him to take over his former club Champville in the upcoming season of the...
Decision on foreign players expected Tuesday
The Lebanese basketball federation is expected to decide Tuesday on the number of foreign players on each team of the domestic league for the upcoming season.
World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100-meter in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich, organizers said Sunday.
Phelps back a winner in international comeback
It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world’s most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting...
Phelps confident of getting back to his best
Michael Phelps’ comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing.
Mickelson and Kuchar set their sights on Barclays
Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week’s Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical...
Syrian fencer likes cut and thrust of Youth Games
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games.
The lead singer of local rock band Mother Mantra paused between songs with an unusual request Saturday night at the group’s debut concert at the Garten nightclub in Downtown.
Growing red grapes in the red earth of Coonawarra
People who drink wine sometimes forget that it’s an agricultural product, and as such heavily influenced by climate. When we talk of good vintages, we really mean years...
Japan porn queens raise thousands from 'Boob Aid'
A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS...
Zara pulls concentration camp uniform T-shirt
Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, pulled from sale Wednesday a striped children’s top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to...
Indian start-up launches shoes that show you the way
"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.
‘The audacity of taupe’: Obama suit creates sartorial stir
The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama’s impromptu news conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something...
DIY helps make cured salmon an everyday pleasure
The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well ... a treat.Cured salmon – with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness – too often is...
Beirut’s largest park to open for three hours
The dozens of joggers and walkers who exercise each day around Beirut’s largest park are easy to spot – mostly because they can’t get inside.
A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS prevention.
Two new Maya civilization centers found in Mexico
Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire’s early capitals to the south that...
Poor social conditions poze threat to Amazon
The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation has...
Thirteen-year-old fashion designer finds success
At the age of 9, Isabella Rose Taylor – a painter since she was 3 – took a weeklong sewing class with an eye toward incorporating textiles into her artwork.
Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with...
Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South...
Ford planning new hybrid to compete with Prius
Ford Motor Co. has plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of...
Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact
At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality...
Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty pretzel accompaniment, a report said Sunday.
Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
There’s no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana’s newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it’ll come mixed with vodka instead of the...
Tour the streets of Paris with those who know them best - the homeless
What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally.
Go For the Food: Yes, do brunch in Rome
Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.
China fishes for growth with largest aquarium
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at...
Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday.
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to...
Love thy neighbor, it’s good for the heart: study
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported.
Jenny McCarthy marries pop star Donnie Wahlberg
Actress Jenny McCarthy and pop star turned reality television star Donnie Wahlberg have tied the knot in Chicago, family and media said on Sunday.
Pittsburgh-based reality show 'The Chair' to debut
Viewers of a new TV reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script.
Venice film fest puts hard-hitting global issues on screen
The Venice Film Festival has earned a reputation over the decades for tackling controversial political and social issues head on, and this year has been no exception.
Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles
A group of sexy dancers backed Iggy Azalea as Rita Ora joined her on stage.
Al Pacino on performing with cats in Venice
Al Pacino may be one of the greatest actors of all time, but he confessed Saturday that he was helped in his latest films by performing alongside a cat and throwing his...
Family of seriously ill Joan Rivers 'keeping fingers crossed': daughter
The daughter of comedian Joan Rivers, hospitalized in serious condition after suffering cardiac arrest, said on Sunday the comedian's family members are "keeping our...
Googling yourself hurts, says Miley Cyrus
Pop diva Miley Cyrus has opened up to Australian television about her life, saying Googling yourself is bad for your brain and Elvis was a "twerker".
A punchless summer box office
The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office.
As Above, So Below is so-so horror flick
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.”
Top Iran filmmaker says sick children paying price for sanctions
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad on Thursday urged the West to lift sanctions on her country as she presented her latest film at the Venice Film...
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
Wiz Khalifa knocks 'Guardians' from atop Billboard's album chart
Rapper Wiz Khalifa knocked the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack from the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, scoring his first No. 1...
Placido Domingo seeks new opera stars
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo presented Tuesday the latest edition of Operalia, a competition he described as the "Olympics of the opera".
Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years
Ecstatic fans welcomed British pop singer Kate Bush back to the stage for her first show for 35 years on Tuesday, in the same venue as her only previous tour.
Dozens of artists taking part in Sao Paulo’s 31st Art Biennial have lodged a protest against the event after it received sponsorship from Israel.
‘She’s Funny That Way’ charms Venice
Master of screwball comedy Peter Bogdanovich charmed audiences at the Venice Film Festival Friday with his movie “She’s Funny That Way,” a delicious romantic farce with...
Stealing Chaplin – comedy in running for award
Charlie Chaplin’s son attended the Venice Film festival Thursday for the premiere of “La Rançon de la Gloire” (The Price of Fame), a movie based on the true story of...
India to turn Orwell’s birthplace into a museum
India began work Thursday to restore the dilapidated house where “Animal Farm” and “1984” author George Orwell was born and turn it into a museum.
An autumn rich in memoirs, literary offerings
So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even...