Gaza death toll tops 620, truce efforts underway
'No safe place for civilians' in Gaza: UN
Aoun: Hariri's initiative does not clash with mine
Arab tourists up 90 percent in June
Khalil after Berri-Salam meeting: No wages
The Lebanese Army reportedly captured a commander from the Nusra Front at a hospital in the Bekaa Valley.
Lebanese soldier joins rank of Syria rebels
A Lebanese soldier joined the ranks of militants fighting in Syria, a security source told The Daily Star, the first case since the war in the neighboring country began...
EU countries condemn anti-Semitism in protests
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemn anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas.
UN in Syria vaccination drive against polio
The United Nations call for help to vaccinate 765,000 Syrian toddlers against polio, in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the childhood killer across the restive Middle...
Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul
Afghan officials say a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound in Kabul, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six.
Two women arrested smuggling a child to Syria
General Security officers arrest two Syrian women attempting to sneak a child into Syria with fake documents.
Islamic Council collapses over mass resignation
Several members of the Higher Islamic Council headed by Grand Mufti Qabbani resign, dissolving the top Sunni religious body and jeopardizing the election of a new mufti.
Rocket fired from south Lebanon falls short
A rocket meant for Israel falls short of its target and lands inside Lebanon, security sources tell The Daily Star.
Turkish military, Kurdish rebels clashes kill 8
At least eight people killed in clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels on the country's Syrian border.
Ban: A return to the status quo is not a solution
Ban Ki-moon warns Israeli Defense Minister that a return to the status quo would not solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
Israel to finish tunnels assault before truce: Livni
Israel will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.
Bodies moved as truce called at MH17 crash site
A train carrying the remains of 280 people killed in the Malaysian plane disaster was finally allowed to leave a rebel-held region in eastern Ukraine as the militants...
Malaysia, separatists agree on victims retrieval
Malaysia has reached an agreement with Aleksander Borodai, leader of the separatist group in eastern Ukraine, to retrieve the bodies of the victims of MH17, Malaysian...
Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty
A U.S. jury Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing...
FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks
The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a...
Lebanon’s consumer price index fell drastically in June, with some analysts attributing the drop to telecoms price cuts instituted over the past two month.
Borrowers urged to settle debts with housing fund
The Lebanon Housing Institute called upon borrowers from the housing fund to settle their dues as soon as possible in order to avoid being prosecuted.
Yemen struggles to reform fuel prices
A clampdown on state spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win public support before its biggest economic reform in years: higher fuel prices. But...
Saudi Arabia to open $530B bourse to foreigners
* Regulator authorised to open market when it thinks appropriate
* No timetable or details of regulations specified
* Technical preparations already almost...
EU sanctions on Russia seen limited for now
For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week’s downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed...
Figures show 87.7 pct of population in urban areas
Figures released by the United National Department of Economic and Social Affairs projected Lebanon’s urban population to represent 87.7 percent of the country’s total...
$25 million fund set up to help Tripoli businesses
Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday the establishment of a $25 million investment fund aimed at boosting the economy in Tripoli.
A clampdown on state spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win public support before its biggest economic reform in years: higher fuel prices. But an angry public may not be won over.
Emirates pledges $41 mn aid for Gaza reconstruction
The United Arab Emirates said Monday it will offer nearly $41 million in aid for the reconstruction of Gaza homes hit by Israel's military offensive against...
Mideast TV firm OSN gets buyout offer
Middle Eastern pay-television operator OSN is the subject of a full takeover bid from an unnamed buyer, its parent company said Sunday, a deal that could prove to be...
UAE may issue federal government bonds by 2018
The United Arab Emirates is expected to issue its first ever federal government bonds before 2018 to help the country’s banks meet global liquidity rules, but...
For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week’s downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc’s foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.
U.S. firms chase tax-reducing offshore mergers
U.S. companies are racing to complete tax-reducing offshore mergers before a credible threat to stop them emerges from Congress.
Murdoch looks to tame Chinese dragon
Rupert Murdoch’s plan to buy Time Warner would help the 21st Century Fox chairman make larger inroads in China, a fast-growing market that media moguls are finding hard...
Next two weeks may set the fate of U.S. earnings
A long hoped for improvement in the economy appears to be manifesting itself in second-quarter U.S. earnings, but the next two weeks could be the real test.
U.K. first-time buyers return to pre-crash levels
The number of first-time home buyers in the U.K. rose to a seven-year high in the first half of 2014, according to a Halifax report that showed new homeowners spend...
The Iraqi city of Mosul has been emptied of its Christian community in only a matter of days, in one of the most alarming developments in recent memory in this region.
Threshhold for murder
The Shejaiya massacre in Gaza Sunday coincided with a striking level of popular anger at Israel around the world, as efforts to broker a cease-fire pick up pace.
The U.S. tightens the screws on Russian energy
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this...
Israel’s chronic use of force is failing
What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following 10 days of attacking the territory from the air and suffering Palestinian...
Lebanon struggles with Syrian refugees
A combination of security, economic and above all political considerations has the Lebanese government seeking for the first time to limit, and ultimately reduce, its...
Murder with impunity
Israel has been successful at portraying its actions in the Gaza strip as a war against the Hamas movement; the simple fact is that it is a war against Palestinians.
Siege-fire in Gaza
The diplomatic wrangling over a cease-fire in Gaza looks set to continue, amid a flurry of meetings, telephone contacts and media statements by officials and...
Much pomp, no empathy
Like a modern-day Caesar, Bashar Assad strolled into a huge hall to hear the applause of supporters as he swore himself in for another seven-year term as Syrian...
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter.
American interests need a decisive White House
When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a “deadly” threat, and that he has “extreme, extreme concern”...
See how Palestinians depict themselves
Words matter. They help us better understand our world and ourselves, especially at complex times such as this latest round of military attacks by Israelis and...
Obama’s anti-terror policy looks good, on paper
In President Barack Obama’s sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How...
A combination of security, economic and above all political considerations has the Lebanese government seeking for the first time to limit, and ultimately reduce, its Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugee population.
To revive FIFA, Sepp Blatter must step down
The World Cup has concluded with its usual flourish, and much of the world couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement – which is exactly what Sepp Blatter wanted.
Turkey’s benign neglect spurred ISIS rise
One night in 1995, I switched to CNN International to catch the evening news, and saw a long caravan of Toyotas driving toward a dusty city carrying solemn young men...
Don’t use ‘Islam’ to explain all actions
The world is wrestling with a variety of events, all classified under the name of Islam.
The world may seem messy, but much is better
The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil.
Real Madrid sign Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract, the La Liga club announce.
Gerrard calls time on England
At his best a midfield marauder who inspired teammates and scored goals in equal measure, Steven Gerrard Monday retired from England duty as the country’s...
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.
F1 asks: Where did all the German fans go?
Where have all the German Formula One fans gone?
Neymar: We tried, but we’re slipping
Sifting through the ruins of Brazil’s World Cup campaign, star player Neymar says his team strove hard for glory, but other countries have moved ahead and they must...
Qatar 2022 corruption investigation delayed
An investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, initially scheduled for completion this month, is only likely to be finished in September, FIFA...
Dunga succeeds Scolari as Brazil manager
Brazil name Dunga as their manager for the second time, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semifinals which led to the resignation of...
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...
Rosberg wins in Germany for Mercedes
Germany’s Nico Rosberg capped a memorable eight days for himself and his country by winning his home grand prix for Mercedes Sunday and stretching his overall lead in...
Rosberg coasts to first German GP win
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg coasts to his first home German Grand Prix win at Hockenheim to extend his lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship.
Rosberg all set to keep Germany celebrating
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his...
Mercedes braces for Rosberg, Hamilton dogfight
Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda is preparing for tough times ahead as he seeks to ensure fair play and good behavior from Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in their world...
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.
Celtic legend Russell collapses during speech
NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing during a corporate speaking event at a resort town on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Khatib nears deal to rejoin Sagesse
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, sources have told The Daily Star.
Khatib closes in on Sagesse return
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, according to sources close to The Daily Star. Khatib, who turns 35 this year, achieved most of his success...
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...
Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win
Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer Sunday, following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
McIlroy crowned the prince of the links
They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician’s touch with a golf...
British Open glory for mighty McIlroy
Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake Sunday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and...
Forever 21, a U.S. women’s clothing retailer, will open its first store in Lebanon at City Centre in mid-January, according to the mall’s press agency.
American football team tackles conflicts
When the American University of Beirut created the country’s first collegiate-level American football team in 2012, they anticipated having a coach, team members and...
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...
Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and...
Facebook lets users squirrel items away
Facebook on Monday began letting people squirrel away online tidbits such as links to chew on more thoroughly later.
Artsy, green-friendly apartments with luxury
With the seemingly endless options of luxury apartments popping up all over the city, buyers, particularly a younger, socially conscious set, have become increasingly...
Tyre set for debate to reinvigorate park revamp
In Tyre, a part of Lebanon that is renowned for the quality of its public beaches, progress on the city’s public garden remains stuck in a state of underdevelopment.
Sisterly food guide offers ‘Beirut on a Plate’
The city’s food and beverage offerings are a pesky subject to document as Beirut’s hip – and foreigner-rich – neighborhoods come and go every two years, almost like...
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 prescription painkillers.
Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hep C
WASHINGTON: A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat,...
UN's health agency worried about growing child obesity
The number of obese and overweight children in the world could balloon from 44 million in 2012 to 75 million in 2025, the World Health Organization warned.
Injecting gene into heart muscle may replace pacemaker
Injecting a certain gene into cardiac muscle has been shown in animal studies to help a weakened heart beat more strongly, scientists said Wednesday.
U.S. mulls detour on the long road to Mars
Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States is divided about the moon’s role in future space exploration.
Monkey study dampens hopes for AIDS cure
The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-AIDS drugs within days of entering the body, a study said Sunday, dampening hopes for a human cure.
Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited
Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books.
Medical advances turn science fiction into science fact
Exoskeletons helping the paralyzed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumors, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: In many respects, the...
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.
From France’s champagne region, a Rare label
Le Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, is probably the most important and influential French regional wine board.
Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running...
Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates after a TV series brought new popularity to the vibrant color associated with prisoners.
Fledgling wine industry brewing in Ethiopia
Beyond the donkeys on a potholed road in southern Ethiopia is an unexpected sight – vineyards bursting with merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes ripening in the African...
Special parking spaces for Chinese women drivers
The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 centimeters wider...
U.S. gay marriage cases put kids center stage
With legal battles over gay marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children.
Women go online to protest ‘everyday sexism’
When Laura Bates was followed home one night by a man from her bus, she didn’t think much of it. Incidents like that just seemed to be part of living in London.
LOS ANGELES: When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel.
Gheorghiu asks Baalbeck to relocate concert
The organizing committee of Lebanon’s Baalbeck International Festival announced Friday evening that a performance by Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu scheduled to take...
Robert Downey Jr highest-earning actor: Forbes
Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive...
Shakira most ‘liked’ pop star on Facebook
Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most “liked” celebrity on the social network in the...
'Fargo' TV miniseries gets second season on FX with new cast
"Fargo," the Emmy-nominated television mini-series inspired by the Coen brothers' cult film, has been renewed for a second season that will feature a new storyline and...
Abstract architecture of superstructures
Many people are fascinated by the U.S., whether it is by New York’s skyscrapers, the Bronx and Brooklyn Heights, or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Las Vegas’...
Love, racism and overblown images in Saudi Arabia
The archetypal romantic tragedy, William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” lends itself well to contemporary adaptation.
Israel prevents artist from leaving Palestine
Israeli officials have prevented Palestinian artist and filmmaker Khaled Jarrar from leaving Palestine.“‘Ze zevel.’
Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com.
Ex-'X Factor' judge trial nixed over lying claims
The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake...
Actor Tyler Posey to host Teen Choice Awards
Actor Tyler Posey will host Teen Choice 2014, with musical groups Magic and Rixton performing on the show that awards popular teens in television, music, film, sports...
Judge orders James Brown documents made public
A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the court fight over the estate of soul singer...
"Fargo," the Emmy-nominated television mini-series inspired by the Coen brothers' cult film, has been renewed for a second season that will feature a new storyline and characters, cable network FX said on Monday.
Love and Manson guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson have roles on the upcoming final season of "Sons of Anarchy.
Charlie Hunnam talks about leaving 'Fifty Shades'
The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished...
'Apes' rules North American box office for second straight weekend
Sci-fi sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" beat a new horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the U.S. and Canadian box office...
Movie, TV legend James Garner dies
Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his...
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the Official Charts Company said.
Sam Smith, Maroon 5 on tap for iTunes Festival
Last year Sam Smith says he was a spectator at the iTunes Festival.
Beyonce leads MTV Video music Awards with 8 nods
Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: The singer the leading nominee at the MTV Video music Awards.
Brazilian music invades New York
The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting Thursday, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music have begun to descend upon New York,...
Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones
Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael...