“Cool down with cold juice!” Issam Moussa shouted as he pushed a cart of colorful, fresh juices through the southern city of Sidon.
Hamad hits back at Jumblatt after accusations
Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad hit back at MP Walid Jumblatt Monday after the latter accused the Beirut Municipality of wasting the capital’s money and failing to protect its...
Syria army jet crashes in town, 31 dead
A Syrian army aircraft crashed during a bombing run over rebel-held Ariha on Monday, killing at least 31 people and destroying a vegetable market, a monitoring group...
Turkey vows whatever necessary to fight militants
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday vowed to do “whatever necessary” in Turkey’s controversial fight against Kurdish militants, with no end in sight to a two-week...
Obama says climate ‘key challenge’
President Barack Obama framed climate change as the toughest and most pressing challenge of our time Monday, as he unveiled the first ever limits on U.S. power plant...
Beirut stabbing a ‘moment’ for judicial reform
It began with a traffic dispute and ended with a gruesome murder in broad daylight, but legal experts agree: The death of George Reef in the hands of Tarek Yateem is an...
Lebanese man shot dead in Ivory Coast
A Lebanese man was shot dead in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday, Lebanon’s state news agency reported.
Man finds 12-year-old son hanged in school
A father Monday found his 12-year-old son hanged inside a room at a north Lebanon school where he teaches, a security source told The Daily Star.
A Syrian army aircraft crashed during a bombing run over rebel-held Ariha on Monday, killing at least 31 people and destroying a vegetable market, a monitoring group and residents said.
U.S.-led strikes killed 459 civilians: report
U.S.-led airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria likely have killed hundreds of civilians, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.
Police: Second top oil official shot dead
Gunmen shot dead a senior official working for Iraq’s North Oil Company Monday, police and company officials said, just over a month after his predecessor at the...
Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis
The president of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, promised Monday to avenge the Yazidi minority brutally attacked by ISIS a year ago.
President Barack Obama framed climate change as the toughest and most pressing challenge of our time Monday, as he unveiled the first ever limits on U.S. power plant emissions.
Italy cracks Mafia sheep code to arrest henchmen
Italian police Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster...
Soldiers in Hungary start work on border fence
Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union.
UK govt. plans new anti-illegal immigrant steps
Britain’s government promised new measures Monday to crack down on illegal immigrants by making landlords evict them, as the Calais migrants crisis continued to...
Former British PM caught in child sex abuse claim
A former prime minister was drawn into the complex web of historic child sex abuse allegations in Britain Monday, when the police watchdog announced an investigation...
The Central Bank is willing to facilitate mergers or acquisitions among banks if they desire to do so in a bid to contain the mounting financial cost of compliance, Governor Riad Salameh said, reiterating, however, his rejection of any mergers between the country’s top leading banks.
Bank of Beirut profits rise by 13.84 percent
Bank of Beirut, one of the leading banks in Lebanon, recorded a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 13.84 percent compared to the...
Win or lose, U.S. stocks get earnings bang
Investors in U.S. stocks are rediscovering the power of earnings.
China’s slowdown threatens eurozone core
Few parts of the world will remain unscathed by the plunging stock markets and economic slowdown rocking China, but the companies of Europe’s soft underbelly may...
Saudi Arabia’s mobily slumps to six-year low
Etihad Etisalat Co. shares fell to the lowest level in more than six years as the Saudi phone operator resumed trading following a two-month suspension.
Tourism in Lebanon unhurt by trash crisis
Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, denied claims that the trash crisis in Lebanon has discouraged tourists from coming to the...
Turning social media into a tool for profit
Social media leaders Thursday provided insight on how investment, engagement and influence in the sector can transform and create great returns for businesses.
Banks show interest in Jammal Trust
Several Lebanese banks have approached Jammal Trust Bank to explore the prospects of acquisition or consolidation, the chairman of the bank said Wednesday.
German carmakers buy Nokia mapping
German carmakers BMW, Audi and Daimler have teamed up to buy digital mapping service HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) from Nokia, the Finnish telecoms group...
Greek stocks plunge, banks hammered, after crisis
Greece’s stock market closed with heavy losses Monday after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears the country was about to be dumped from the eurozone.
Ex-trader jailed 14 years for LIBOR rigging
Ex-trader Tom Hayes was sentenced to 14 years in jail by a London court Monday after being found guilty of conspiring to rig LIBOR benchmark interest rates following a...
Iran oil output to rise a week after sanctions
Iran can boost oil production in one week after international sanctions are lifted, and OPEC’s refusal to accommodate Iran in export markets would result in lower crude...
Oil price slump slows UAE recruitment market
Lower oil prices have hit the job market in the United Arab Emirates, as expatriates look beyond the Gulf finance hub for employment, a survey showed.
Iran wants to buy 90 planes a year
Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its ageing fleet, media reported Sunday, quoting a civil...
Egypt: Over half of summit pledges done deals
Egypt has turned more than half of initial agreements signed at a March investor conference into investment projects, the planning minister said, as Cairo tries to...
It seems that more than four years down the line, the international community appears finally to be working on a political solution to the war in Syria.
How to fight Israeli terror
State-sponsored terrorism has long been the norm in Israel and the occupied territories, but we are now seeing an increase in individual terror networks, emboldened by...
Iran, North Korea and nuclear deals
It didn’t take long, but according to the Korea Central News Agency, the North Koreans are underwhelmed by the Iran nuclear deal – and thus unlikely to follow suit.
The paths toward a defeat of ISIS
We know where ISIS comes from, but we don’t know what it is, other than resembling as close as possible a political monster.
Discovering myself through novel reading
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating...
Lion’s share of attention
Outrage has erupted recently over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.
All talk, no action
When the Lebanese Cabinet convenes, average people – who feel like they’re sinking – might pay attention hoping they will be thrown some sort of lifeline, no matter how...
Stuck in a vicious cycle
The violence that has flared up in Ain al-Hilweh recently is a sad reminder of the total disconnect with Palestine that afflicts the refugee population there.
Security reform is a way out of Yemen’s crises
Yemen’s security sector, much like the country’s political system, has historically reflected the niche interests of its ruling elite, thriving on a system of patronage...
Trump’s win would mean a Republican downfall
At this point in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the noble, elusive stag of political rhetoric is pretty much road kill.
Do economics trump politics in the new Europe?
The negotiations leading up to the recent tentative deal on Greece’s debt brought into relief two competing visions of the European Union: the flexible, humane and...
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating world of fiction.
‘Syria is history,’ Bashar tells us
President Bashar Assad’s address last weekend, in which he admitted that the Syrian armed forces were losing territory because they were suffering from “manpower”...
Will the U.S. and Turkey help Syria?
The historic developments this week along the western portion of the Turkish-Syrian border pack more drama than a hundred Turkish television soap operas.
The lone-wolf era will put America to the test
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the...
EU moves may raise the heat on Israel
Events related to the Iran nuclear agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against ISIS tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days.
Chelsea captain John Terry has warned Arsenal that their Community Shield victory over the champions will count for nothing once the real action starts in the Premier League this weekend.
Rodgers delights at new strikeforce
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino after the forwards made their first-team debuts in the club’s...
Sjostrom, Hosszu set records at swim championship
The women are getting it done at the world swimming championships.
Water quality on agenda as IOC leaves for Brazil
The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this...
Mercedes need to sort out their starts
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world...
Mourinho sees Europe stars speeding MLS evolution
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sees this year’s influx of older European club stars into Major League Soccer as a key step in the North American league’s global evolution.
Blatter gives up IOC membership
FIFA President Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership Monday, seven months before he will be replaced as the head of...
AP source: Angel Di Maria accepts 4-year deal with PSG
A person familiar with the situation says Angel Di Maria has accepted a four-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain
Indigenous AFL star to play on after racism row
One of Australia’s most high-profile indigenous sportsmen is set to play on, his coach said Monday, with Adam Goodes humbled by the support received after persistent...
Some doping test results ‘dangerous’
Some of the readings from athletes’ blood tests leaked by a whistleblower for a report exposing suspected doping were so extreme they were “downright dangerous,” one of...
Russia says examining new doping claims
Russian athletics authorities are looking into new doping allegations after leaked blood test data apparently indicated widespread cheating by the country’s athletes, a...
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world champions even more to think about.
Revenge comes hot, spicy for Ferrari’s Arrivabene
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but hot and spicy is tastier for Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari
German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic...
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian...
Hamilton on top again as Kvyat surprises
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian...
Spaniard Rafa Nadal turned the tables on Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open Sunday and claim his 67th career title – winning 7-5, 7-5 on the red clay.
Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni.
Nadal sets up Seppi semifinal clash in Hamburg
Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday to set up a Hamburg semifinal clash against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.
Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open Tuesday.
Karlovic beats Stepanek, reaches semis in Colombia
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro...
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Wenger beats Mourinho at last
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0...
Cedars get serious as Asia Championship looms
The Lebanese national basketball team is set to start serious preparations for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship which is due to take place from Sept. 23 until Oct. 3...
Cedars look to naturalize American Holman
Lebanon have set their sights on naturalizing Riyadi’s former American center Elijah Holman to boost the national squad, which will take part in the Asian Championship...
LeBron James agrees two-year deal with Cavs
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports...
Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move?
An eclectic lineup at Artspace Hamra
A forlorn-looking woman in black chador cradles the lifeless body of a nude young man, recalling Michelangelo’s depiction of the Virgin Mary draping her son’s lifeless...
How long can Sherlock go on?
“Sherlock” fans have grown familiar with the waiting game between TV seasons, but they may be encouraged that show-runner Steven Moffat says he could see it “going on...
Downton producer open to big-screen film
With “Downton Abbey” coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility.
Lynn Anderson, singer of “Rose Garden,” dies
Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” has died. She was 67.
Batroun opens to songs of immortal Aznavour
There aren’t many great performers with lifelong musical careers.
Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State building
A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling...
Detroit, Bethlehem Banksys to sell in California
A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to $400,000...
“Sherlock” fans have grown familiar with the waiting game between TV seasons, but they may be encouraged that show-runner Steven Moffat says he could see it “going on for a long while.”
Maisie Williams has 'significant role' on 'Doctor Who'
When viewers see Maisie Williams on the new season of "Doctor Who," she'll be a brand-new character, not someone from the Doctor's past.
Hollywood’s female superhero problem
Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
Three more 'Game of Thrones' seasons likely, HBO says
HBO's most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he...
Family, friends expected for private Bobbi Kristina funeral
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, was born and raised in the shadow of her famous parents' hugely public life.
Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian customs carrying $422,000
Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.
Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'
Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his...
Actor Depardieu banned from Ukraine for stance on Russia
Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service says, apparently for making comments that...
Rap mogul Dr. Dre will release his first album in nearly 16 years to accompany a film on his former band N.W.A. and hinted the record would be his last.
'Rose Garden' country singer Lynn Anderson dead at 67
Grammy-winning country legend Lynn Anderson, who sprang to international stardom with her 1970s hit "Rose Garden," has died at the age of 67, news reports said Saturday.
U2 welcomes the Clintons, Springsteen at New York show
For its last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden and the finale to its North American tour, U2 welcomed some very famous guests.
Mariah Carey to receive star on Walk of Fame
Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.
Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
Vatican skeptical about close encounters of the third kind
The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets.
Reinventing Spain’s ageless art of flamenco
Stamping her heels to the strumming of a guitar, Merche Esmeralda, 68, twirls her black shawl in the sunshine as the Madrid traffic streams by a roundabout behind her.
Exhibition traces changing face of Russias dolls
From cheery peasant girls in Tsarist times to Soviet-era cosmonauts to today’s Pussy Riots, the changing face of Russia’s matryoshka nesting dolls reflects the...
Souk El Akel: a market with a soul
A food revolution has been taking place over the last three months.
No new contact with comet lander, scientists say
European scientists says that had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain reliable communication link since...
Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'
A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issue a stern warning against the development of...
YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
Hitchhiking robot’s trip across U.S. ends abruptly
A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.
Jon Stewart quits fake newscast for real
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung...
Child expert urges intuitive parenting
Parents should lose the flash cards, learning apps and other educational gadgets and strategies de jour, advises Stephen Camarata, a child development researcher and...
So funny it hurts
Here in Lebanon nothing draws a crowd like food, fun and catastrophe.
‘Beit’ project creates home away from home
In 2004, Kamal Mouzawak founded Souk El Tayeb, the first market in Lebanon to promote local organic produce and support small-scale farmers, working to endorse a sense...
Turning phobia into art: Rami Kadi’s Lucioles
At Paris Fashion Week Lebanese designer Rami Kadi faced his fears head on, transforming his phobia for insects into glamorous pieces of clothing.
New concept store caters to the dynamic woman
Lebanon’s fashion-loving women will be able to shop for American apparel and accessories at One Melrose, a modern concept store that just opened its doors at Beirut...
In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday.
Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction
Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.
SUVs: They’re big and bad so handle with care
Besides a perpetual political crisis that seems to characterize Lebanon, one thing you can always count on in this country is the sight of swarms of sports utility...
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Ask pretty much anyone today what they think of the Dodge Charger and “cop car” will probably be the first words they utter.
Old muscle cars ruled then, and they still rule now
If there’s one thing that’s hard to argue with it’s that American muscle cars of today are vastly more powerful than those produced in the latter half of the 20th...
Mercedes-Benz slam dunks a winner with A-Class
Some facts are simply too well-established to be challenged.
Why a hatchback has your back
When it comes to buying cars, convenience usually tops people’s list of criteria so it’s no wonder that hatchbacks have grown increasingly popular over the decades.
Tahoe affords effortless, luxurious experience
I’ve never been particularly fond of big SUVs, a fact that I suppose is peculiar considering most everyone in Lebanon seems to think they’re the best thing since sliced...
Defective or “leaky” vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans.
Lilly says drug slows Alzheimer’s
Patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease who took Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive...
American gymnast shares secret: mate herbal tea
American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday, and he’s almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now...