Gaza offensive enters week 4 with no sign of cease-fire
Gaza's newly displaced cram into packed UN schools
Paris asks to run DNA on Lebanese plane victims
Jumblatt presents Nasrallah with Sykes-Picot book
Tripoli fire still rages as jet crashes in Benghazi
Four rockets from Syria land on the outskirts of two Lebanese border villages, causing material damage only, a security source tells The Daily Star Tuesday.
Beirut security plan begins next month: minister
Authorities will begin implementing the security plan for Beirut and the Bekaa next month, the Interior Minister announces.
Syria rebels advance towards key airport in Hama
Syrian rebels press on with a fresh advance in the central province of Hama, as they bid to take out its military airport.
Egypt military kills 7 militants in volatile Sinai
An Egyptian military spokesman says troops have killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.
Ukraine claims more territory in fight with rebels
Ukraine troops take more territory from rebels near the site where MH17 was brought down, as investigators said fighting is preventing them reaching the site.
Geagea: Nasrallah-Jumblatt meeting weightless
LF leader Samir Geagea denies that progress was made toward electing a new president, while downplaying the recent Nasrallah-Jumblatt meeting.
Jumblatt, Nasrallah agree Israel logic is ‘killing’
PSP leader Walid Jumblatt said he and Hezbollah's Nasrallah agree that Israel’s fundamental principle was the logic of power and killing.
N. Lebanon rallies in support of Sunni prisoners
Huge crowds marched across the northern city of Tripoli to voice support for Sunni militants held in prison over alleged involvement in gunbattles linked to the Syria...
U.S. officials defend Kerry from Israeli criticism
Obama administration officials rally to the defense of Secretary of State John Kerry after withering criticism in Israel of Kerry's failed attempt to secure a ceasefire...
Karzai cousin killed in Afghan 'turban bomb' attack
A suicide attacker kills an influential cousin of President Karzai, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country's new leader...
With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support
Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
Ukraine: "Explosive decompression" brought down MH17
Analysis of the black box flight recorders from a downed Malaysian airliner show it was destroyed by shrapnel coming from a rocket blast and went down because of...
NKorea threatens nuclear strike on White House
A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on...
Downing of MH17 'may amount to a war crime': UN
The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime," the UN said Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives.
Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart
Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year.
Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics blockbuster - the PlayStation.
Qatar state spending slowest in 11 years
Qatar’s state spending increased 12.7 percent last fiscal year, the lowest rate in 11 years, as slow growth in current expenditure offset a sharp rise in funds spent on...
The Lebanese who are making it big in Brazil
Jamil Fadlallah left Lebanon in 1979 without any money or legal papers, seeking an escape from the Lebanese Civil War, then in its fourth year.
Lebanon’s Bank Audi says H1 profit up to $190M
Lebanese Bank Audi said Sunday its first half net profit of the year was $190 million, slightly up from $188 million in the same period last year.
US judge signs order to seize Kurdish oil off Texas
Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge signs an order to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker off Texas.
UAE markets rise on Q2 earnings
Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates rose Sunday on the back of some strong second-quarter earnings reports and expectations for more of them, while Qatar and...
Riyadh hastens reform push with open bourse
Saudi Arabia’s decision to open its bourse to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change...
Turkish business backs boycott of Israeli goods
Turkish entrepreneurs are backing a boycott of Israeli goods in response to Israel’s recent military attack on Gaza which killed 815 Palestinians by Friday’s count.
Lebanon taps roots for tourism growth
Better known for the capital’s glittering nightlife and exclusive beach clubs, Lebanon is launching a new, ambitious strategy to promote something entirely different:...
Solid hotel room booking in Eid
Arab and foreign tourists are booking rooms in five star hotels over Eid al-Fitr as Arab Airline companies increase the number of their flights to Lebanon by 25 percent...
New Hezbollah sanctions don’t target Lebanon
A proposed U.S. legislation that broadens financial sanctions on organizations that help channel money to Hezbollah will have no impact on Lebanon’s banking sector,...
Russia ordered to pay $51B over Yukos
An arbitration panel in the Netherlands orders Moscow to pay $51.57 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct oil giant Yukos.
Prospects for world growth hinge on U.S and China
With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors are looking to the U.S. and China to underpin the global economy.
Asset bubbles could deflate global recovery
In a world still struggling to shake off the worst financial crisis for a generation, many economists are worrying that new asset bubbles are already threatening to...
EU reaches initial deal on Russia sanctions
European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details...
Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip has generated around-the-clock media coverage of the death and destruction being meted out to Palestinians, as well as attempts to broker a cease-fire.
Nothing left to lose
Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip has dominated the headlines for much of the month, focusing attention on the appalling conditions in the densely populated,...
Kerry makes worthy gains in a chaotic world
The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided...
Go to the roots when addressing Gaza
Those watching the terrible situation in Gaza today are focusing on whether or not the parties can agree to a humanitarian cease-fire that would also trigger...
Nigeria is becoming a major global economy
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a...
Russia blind to Gaza
In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.
Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.
Arab world ostriches
The Palestinian issue has long been called the central issue in the Arab world, but the relative lack of popular anger amid the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the...
The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.
Germany and the NSA are closer than they let on
Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated...
Until now, Israel is flailing in Gaza
The war in Gaza continues while the outcome remains uncertain.
Why the U.S. merits an absurdity prize
The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd...
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings and murder.
Gaza shows the pitfalls of objectivity
I am not a Muslim. I am not a Palestinian nor do I have Palestinian relatives.
Europe is the big no-show on the global stage
The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world right now – the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and...
In Hong Kong, freedom will win in the end
On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain’s Royal Yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an...
Recognize Hamas as a valid interlocutor
Another war in the Middle East, another Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, this time with the implicit support of Egypt’s new authoritarian regime.
There is a very good reason why Manchester United are in the United States this weekend.
Drogba has returned to transform Costa
Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea on a mission to turn Diego Costa into a world-beater.
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Australian Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by...
FIFA plans for official player transfer prices
Every player will have an official transfer price on his head – in a new plan being hatched by the game’s rulers.
Rested Wawrinka ready for Toronto return
Stan Wawrinka confirmed Friday that he is fit and ready for the final leg of the ATP season, starting with the Masters 1000 in Canada.
Van Gaal’s recruitment must be spot-on
He wasn’t the Special One. Or the Chosen One. Or even the Specially Chosen one.
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.
Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions
Lewis Hamilton said he was “very, very shocked” to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during...
Australian Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix
Australian Daniel Ricciardo wins the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull.
Perez confident 2015 Mexican GP will happen
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India...
Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend, but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s...
The Riyadi Beirut ladies team is loaded with basketball stars, but 21-year-old point guard Rebecca Akl in particular stands out with her incredible abilities and leadership.
‘Linsanity’ not on Lin’s agenda in Lakers life
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate “Linsanity” in his...
Premier clubs demand addition of third foreigner
The premier basketball clubs have demanded the introduction of one more foreigner on court for the upcoming season of the Lebanese league, claiming the financial...
James dethrones Jordan as most popular US athlete
LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States’ most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.
Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.
A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport.
Nibali emulates Pantani as Tour de France winner
Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani Sunday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main opponents...
Golovkin crushes Geale to retain WBA title
Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title.
Silver cup in tow, McIlroy wants green jacket
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now...
A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
Monks tap brewing to support aging members
Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can...
Mobile tech reshaping the health sector
Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it’s also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.
New York Times calls for marijuana legalization
The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana Saturday, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by ‘two moms’
Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors.
Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain: study
Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute lower back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to...
Big increase in U.S. teen use of human growth hormone
Experimentation with human growth hormone by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic...
Teen’s death puts focus on dangers of caffeine powder
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and...
Couple lock son in car trunk to cure fear of dark
A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their 5-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this...
U.S. man claims penis was amputated by mistake
An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said last week.
Sniffing out a partner at a pheromone party
In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags.
Pay what you want, Paris hotel guests told
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
Chardonnay is one of the great international grape varieties. Winemakers love it because it is so malleable, in the sense that chardonnay displays its origins – usually referred to as terroir – yet can also be molded to produce profound wines.
Lebanon to launch third water festival
The Tourism Ministry has announced a third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth...
Summertime activities can ward off teen boredom
Summertime demands very little from 15-year-old Amir Maktabi: He says his routine consists largely of “sleeping a lot, late nights, waking up late and going out.”
Exchange program tackles perception of Lebanon
Students from a variety of continents experience life in Lebanon for six weeks and reflect on the gulf between depictions of the country and the reality.
Activist Saint Hoax talks political art
At first fleeting glance, the works of local artist Saint Hoax recall the halcyon days of childhood. Incorporating Disney characters in a slew of recent works, however,...
Airbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.
US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor
The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to...
U.S. cave offers treasure trove of fossilized secrets
For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of...
Earth survived near-miss from solar storm
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA...
Getting paid for your posts? Social networking’s new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared – except the money those posts produce.
Amid a public mood of nostalgia for a vanished Soviet empire, Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov with exhibitions and documentaries that gloss over his harsh treatment of dissidents.
First footage from ‘Batman v Superman’
Batman and Superman engaged in an epic staring contest at Comic-Con, the international pop-culture convention in San Diego.
Australia police rapped over Lily Allen handcuff image
A prank image of British singer Lily Allen kneeling on the ground, head bowed and handcuffed, on Monday landed an Australian police officer in hot water.
Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90
Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.
Review: 'Guardians' is irreverent but not enough
At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor.
‘Shakespeare in Love’ bows on London stage
The 1998 hit movie “Shakespeare in Love” wove the Bard’s famous words into a Hollywood romantic comedy.
Caged birds: Songs of freedom, dirges of abuse
Lebanon has witnessed a surge of women’s rights activism on the streets recently, as women rally for greater equality and for protection for victims of gender violence.
A psychedelic romp through realm of food security
Humorous science fantasy is not easy to pull off, but when done well it can be excellent.
Linda Ronstadt awarded White House arts honor
Linda Ronstadt, who was the most successful female rocker of the 1970s and pioneered the role of women in that genre, was honored Monday with the highest US arts prize.
Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop
Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.
Spider-Man finally unmasked as ... Harry Potter?
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spider-Man suit to covertly mingle with fans at pop-culture convention Comic-Con, in San Diego.
A double-header of biopics for Chadwick Boseman
A year after playing Jackie Robinson in "42," Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training.
Review: 'Hercules' is schlocky but entertaining
You'll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner's production of "Hercules": This movie has a sense of proportion.
'The Book of Life,' 'Kingsman' lead Fox's eclectic Comic Con peeks
Action, comedy, animation and dystopia made up an eclectic slate of upcoming films that 20th Century Fox presented at Comic Con on Friday, hoping to engage the...
Woody Allen back in spotlight promoting ’Magic’
Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen Wilson on...
In their native Iran, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are best known for their soaring voices, flawless harmonies and dedication to the art of singing in the face of tough restrictions on public performances by women.
Technical glitch, boos mar opening of famed Wagner fest
The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly...
Clapton says thank you to Cale with ‘The Breeze’
For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music.
Kiss, Usher, J.Lo to perform at Fashion Rocks
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall.
Ricky Martin to be judge on 'The Voice ... Mexico'
And the fourth and final judge for "The Voice .