Britain will continue to support Turkey's bid to join the European Union even after Britain itself leaves the bloc, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday.
EU to 'suspend' Colombia's FARC from terror list: official
The European Union has decided to "suspend" Colombia's FARC rebel group from its terror group list, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
EU launches debit cards for refugees in Turkey
The European Union Monday launched a scheme worth almost 350 million euros providing mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey with pre-paid debit cards, the biggest project yet...
Egypt's Sisi promises more jobs to deter perilous migration to Europe
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi Monday pledged more jobs for Egyptians to help dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe after more than 160 migrants died...
Public schools open their doors across Lebanon
Tens of thousands of students across Lebanon began their first day of public school Monday morning.
US vote between 'a warmonger and a madman': director Oliver Stone
U.S. voters are being given the unpalatable choice for president between "warmonger" Hillary Clinton and "madman" Donald Trump, anti-establishment director Oliver Stone...
Documents: US mall shooting suspect confesses to slayings
The young man accused of killing five people in a Washington state shopping mall before leading authorities on a nearly 24-hour manhunt has confessed to the slayings,...
U.S. terror attacks’ common denominator
Five years after Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike, he keeps inspiring acts of terror.
The European Union Monday launched a scheme worth almost 350 million euros providing mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey with pre-paid debit cards, the biggest project yet under a landmark deal between the bloc and Ankara.
Unpaid Pakistani workers to fly home from Saudi Arabia
Hundreds of Pakistani construction workers are to fly home from Saudi Arabia this week but without the salaries they have waited months to receive, embassy officials...
Just 30 doctors struggle to treat wounded in eastern Aleppo
Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped...
Yemen deports 220 African migrants: officials
Yemeni authorities Monday deported at least 220 African illegal immigrants, mainly Ethiopians, from the southern port city of Aden, security officials said.
Palestinian security agent targeted in Ain al-Hilweh grenade attack
A grenade exploded overnight Monday on the roof of a home belonging to a member of the Palestinian National Security Forces in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in...
Army, police announce fresh drug arrests
Lebanese security forces announced Monday a number of recent arrests of drug dealers in north Lebanon and Beirut's southern suburbs.
Refusing dialogue with Christians leads to crisis: minister
Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon warned Monday against refusing dialogue with Christian political factions, saying it would eventually lead to a “national...
FPM insistence for Aoun will prolong deadlock: Harb
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb said Monday that he believes Lebanon will continue to face a presidential deadlock as long as there is an insistence to elect...
The slowdown in economic activity and decline in the number of tourists coming to Lebanon in the past few years has weighed heavily on hotels, restaurants and providers of a variety of services in the country.
Hakim: Deadlock damaging the economy
Resigned Economy Minister Alain Hakim called upon officials to speed up the election of a Lebanese president in a bid to save the deteriorating economy.
Iran downplays chances of oil deal but UAE keen on freeze
Iran downplayed Monday the chances of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers clinching an output-restraint deal in Algeria this week even though several other members of the...
Gulf stocks drop after Algiers talks skepticism
Saudi stocks led declines across most Gulf markets following a slump in the price of oil stoked by fading prospects for an output deal between major producers.
How will Twitter’s suitors reap its value?
Twitter may finally be running out of time.
Salameh: Banks must implement anti-terror rules
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh Thursday emphasized the need for banks in the region to implement all international regulations in the fight against money laundering...
Lebanon seeks Scotland’s help to extract oil, gas
A Lebanese parliamentary delegation visiting the U.K. requested assistance Friday from Scotland in extracting oil and gas from Lebanon’s offshore reserves.
RE/MAX enters Lebanon property sector
Despite the deteriorating local economic situation, real estate companies in Lebanon are exerting efforts to revive the sector by introducing new concepts into the...
Iran downplayed Monday the chances of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers clinching an output-restraint deal in Algeria this week even though several other members of the group said they still hoped for steps to tackle a price-eroding glut of crude.
Algeria plans bank privatizations
Algeria plans to allow its dominant state banks to list on the local stock exchange to help develop its financial markets and diversify sources of funding after the oil...
Algeria plans bank privatizations as oil money dries up
Russia said to plan joining oil talks
Russia plans to join discussions on limiting oil production only after OPEC members reach an agreement between themselves, meaning talks aimed at stabilizing the market...
No sign of oil freeze at home as Russia meets OPEC
As Russian energy minister Alexander Novak flies to Algeria this week for talks with OPEC on output cuts, developments at home indicate non-OPEC Russia is not preparing...
Will the yen or dollar swing on US debate?
Here are the key questions for markets and investors this week.
EU firms offer Britain scant support in divorce
More than 20 European business associations and companies interviewed by Reuters say they back their governments’ position that Britain’s banking sector can only enjoy...
Global ‘cheap money’ stirs Russian dissent
Russia’s central bank governor isn’t sure if the unprecedented monetary easing around the world is a killer or a cure for the global economy.
Writers, thinkers and of course journalists remain the helots of our region and the adage that the pen is mightier than the sword has yet to reach our shores, while persecution of journalists in the Arab world can vary from a beating on the street to a jail term or outright execution, and punishment for words that anger the authorities, a sect or tribe is destined to take writers and those behind them into the unknown.
News reports Thursday carried Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s comments at the U.N. defending the brutal bombardment of Syrian rebel areas, urging that any letup...
Morocco’s tensions play out in the media
As Morocco’s parliamentary elections approach on Oct. 7, tensions between the Islamist-led government and its opponents are rising.
Global citizenship: No more hatred
Since 1914, the world has seen two world wars and is still witnessing several territorial and international conflicts.
The center can still hold
It was the annual gathering of world leaders in New York last week, and for most of them, it was time for group therapy.
Theater of the absurd
For some the Syrian war is an unintelligible quagmire. In fact, it is a kaleidoscope of massacres, atrocities and war crimes, divided by rivers of blood.
Quest for corruption
The Lebanese Constitution guarantees the right to protest and does so with clear but fair stipulations on how they are prepared and conducted, asking that licenses be...
Getting away with murder
The Syrian government has the audacity to deny hitting a United Nations aid convoy.
Chaaban responds to Chehayeb on waste crisis
Following is Dr. Jad Chaaban’s reply to Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb’s statement that was published in the Sept. 23 issue of The Daily Star.
Europe’s leadership crisis must be resolved
The European Union’s list of crises keeps growing.
Training Mideast health care workers
The Middle East’s public health challenges are enormous, especially when one accounts for the region’s transient population of refugees and guest workers.
NKorean threat may be next president’s first test
North Korea’s latest nuclear test triggered diplomatic aftershocks in Asia – and a growing concern that the volatile regime in Pyongyang may pose the first big test for...
Why Trump’s dealmaking could be dangerous
Consider two quotations, the first engraved in modern history and the other less than a week old, and ask yourself what they have in common.
Trump’s performance at foreign policy forum
Donald Trump is shifting to “responsible candidate” mode now, so his remarks on foreign policy last week sounded relatively restrained – until you begin parsing the...
Rice follows Kissinger’s playbook in China
Susan Rice is the latest national security adviser to inherit the framework of Sino-American relations that was created in 1972 by Henry Kissinger: The Chinese ever...
human rights group urged soccer's governing body, FIFA, on Monday to move matches being played by Israeli teams in the occupied West Bank to Israel, saying that playing in Jewish settlements meant they were playing on stolen land
Atletico injuries overshadow Griezmann winner
Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid’s hero once more with the winner as last season’s Champions League finalists moved third in La Liga with a 1-0 win over 10-man...
Serena will be back warns new number one Kerber
Newly minted world number one Angelique Kerber warned Sunday that Serena Williams will come back strong after the German stripped her of her long-held position atop the...
Wozniacki ends Radwanska reign to reach Tokyo final
Caroline Wozniacki outlasted Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6 7-5 6-4 in a dog fight of a semi-final at the Pan Pacific Open Saturday to end the Pole's reign at the Ariake...
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Real dealing with poor results, unhappy Ronaldo
Two consecutive draws and a little rant by Cristiano Ronaldo have put Real Madrid on the verge of an early crisis.
No comfort for West Ham as Saints stroll
Southampton condemned West Ham to another miserable experience at their new London Stadium as Charlie Austin and Dusan Tadic inspired the visitors’ 3-0 victory Sunday.
Schalke slump to season’s fifth straight defeat
Bundesliga basement side Schalke 04 slumped to a fifth straight defeat when they lost 2-1 at Hoffenheim Sunday as one of Germany’s biggest clubs made their worst start...
Newly minted world number one Angelique Kerber warned Sunday that Serena Williams will come back strong after the German stripped her of her long-held position atop the rankings.
France's top women cleared, Paire ban extended
A ban on France's top two women tennis players Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia for their behaviour at the Rio Olympics was lifted by the French Tennis...
Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury
Serena Williams announced Friday that she has pulled out of two forthcoming tournaments in China citing an ongoing shoulder injury
Davis Cup, Fed Cup get set for revamp
The Davis Cup and Fed Cup will be revamped with neutral venues planned for the finals and the current best-of-five sets format for men possibly ditched, organizers said...
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans who have backed him since 1995
Kaepernick, 49ers teammate kneel during national anthem
While a naval officer sang the first notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin...
France’s Alexander Levy edged Ross Fisher in a tense playoff to secure the European Open title at Bad Griesbach in Germany Sunday.
British Open organizers pay tribute to Arnold Palmer
Organizers of the British Open paid tribute to Arnold Palmer on Monday for his "immeasurable" contribution to golf's oldest major, a tournament that he won twice in the...
Bekele claims Berlin win in near-record time
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele narrowly missed out on a new world record when he out-sprinted Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang to win the Berlin marathon in the second fastest race...
Wiggins denies seeking unfair advantage from drug
British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has defended his use of banned substances under medical exemption rules, saying he was not looking for “unfair advantage” but merely...
Marlins Fernandez dies in boating accident
Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez died early Sunday in a boating accident in Miami Beach, the Major League Baseball team confirmed.
Marc Marquez extended his lead in the MotoGP world championship as he beat out title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to claim victory at the Aragon Grand Prix Sunday.
Marquez seeks to hold off rivals in Aragon
MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez is hoping home comforts can steer him closer to sealing a third world title when a wide-open season returns to Spain at...
Rosberg a winner among several big champions
Nico Rosberg drew level with Damon Hill in Formula One’s all-time list of race winners Sunday and the odds are narrowing on the German matching the Briton again as the...
F1 can’t be a ‘dictatorship’: new boss
New chairman Chase Carey said Formula One cannot continue as a “dictatorship,” as speculation grows over the role of long-term supremo Bernie Ecclestone under the...
Rosberg back on top after Singapore thriller
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after a pole to flag win in...
Anyone who has stood before Claude Monet’s monumental water lily paintings may recall feeling dissolved into their world of ineffable light and seemingly perfect tranquility.
Fitzgerald’s final stories to be published
The final unpublished short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose book “The Great Gatsby” provided an iconic depiction of the excesses of America’s Jazz Age, will see...
Unfazed Corey Feldman planning return to ‘Today’
After being widely ridiculed for a music performance on the “Today” show, Corey Feldman didn’t seek solace from drugs or alcohol.
FBI says it’s evaluating Pitt abuse allegations
The FBI is gathering information about an incident involving actor Brad Pitt and his family aboard a private flight last week, the agency confirmed Thursday.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Blair Witch sequel gets lost in woods
People will have different reactions to the new “The Blair Witch Project” sequel.
Learning Lebanon’s organized chaos
“What a gorgeous view,” Martjin van der Kooij murmurs to himself.
Beauty and tragedy of The Light Between Ocean
There is no misfortune too shattering for Derek Cianfrance.
Madame Tussauds separates figures of Pitt, Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split is a literal one at several Madame Tussauds wax museums.
Cotillard denies role in Jolie, Pitt split
French actress Marion Cotillard has denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will...
Divorce to unspool the complex Jolie-Pitt life
For more than a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been a glamorous, globe-trotting Hollywood power couple, attracting cameras to their film projects and...
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in the developing world.
Brown released from jail on $250,000 bail
Los Angeles police have released singer Chris Brown from custody after arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.
London police say they have arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and stealing 3,000 photographs.
Buckwheat Zydeco, who took genre mainstream, dead at 68
Buckwheat Zydeco, the accordion player who found an unexpected mainstream audience with the danceable genre of Louisiana's Creole community, died Saturday. He was 68.
UK soap sacks Pakistan-born actor for offensive India tweets
A Pakistan-born actor has been sacked from Britain's most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called Sunday "entirely unacceptable, racially...
Cotillard's partner slams 'stupid' Pitt fling rumours
The partner of French actress Marion Cotillard has hit out at the "stupid and baseless accusations" that she helped cause the split between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
FBI launches probe of Brad Pitt amid child abuse allegations
The FBI has opened an investigation of Brad Pitt, amid news reports that the Hollywood actor's abusive behavior toward his children was what led wife Angelina Jolie to...
Hollywood icon Lauren Hutton joined Gigi Hadid on the catwalk as the world of glamour united across the generations to celebrate 50 years of venerated Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta in Milan Saturday.
African elephants suffer worst drop in 25 years
Africa’s elephant population fell around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said...
China begins operating world's largest radio telescope
China has begun operating the world's largest radio telescope to help search for extraterrestrial life.
Scholars who put pants on rats win Ig Nobel prize
A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal...
MBC to launch Project Runway Middle East
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Gigi Hadid fends off assailant between turns
This was already Gigi Hadid’s season. She drew crowds outside the Max Mara shop on opening day of Milan Fashion Week, and indulged fans with selfies.
Giant Slow Food festival kicks off in Italy
One of the world’s biggest gourmet food and wine fairs opened Thursday in Turin, with this year’s edition taking its tasting sessions, workshops and street food parties...
London commuters put at ease with quotes, humor
The daily grind of London commuting is being brightened by a collection of black marker pens and whiteboards – giving city dwellers a welcome boost as they travel...
Snapchat debuts recording 'Spectacles,' changes company name
Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product
Rosetta to end epic trek with comet crash landing
After 12 years chasing a comet across over 6 billion kilometers of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on...
Google takes aim at rivals with 'smart' messaging app
Google took aim Wednesday at the red-hot mobile messaging market, with a new artificial intelligence-powered Allo app that seeks to compete with popular rivals such as...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Aivazian opens first Middle East exhibition
Third cancer charity fundraising Bazaar
September brings with it the end of summer and that back-to-school feeling. It also brings Beirut back to life with interesting events on the horizon, a highlight being...
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
Japan choosing 88 animation travel spots to boost tourism
Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism – using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly...
Arabs flee Gulf heat for Alps, despite veil ban
While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis,” a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in...
Paris comes to Asia's casino hub Macau with new Sands resort
The southern Chinese casino gambling powerhouse of Macau is getting a French twist.
British tea booming in China
Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter.
As it turns out, being in your 40s means you carry a lot of misconceptions with you that extend to cars.
Toyota Camry 2016, sensible and practical choice
I suppose it was inevitable that at some point I would cover the sort of car that seems to appeal to the vast majority of commuters.
Uber launches groundbreaking driverless car service
Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service Wednesday, jumping ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionize...
Silicon Valley online course to mint self-driving car engineers
Silicon Valley is creating a crash course in self-driving car technology to address a shortage of engineers with help from a startup in a different field: online...
Macan GTS: Sports car masquerading as crossover
Let’s face it, if you’re buying a Porsche the basic practicalities of life are not at the top of your list of priorities.
In Japan, it’s called “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing.
How halal food became a $20B hit in America
Sometimes, culinary trends move in sync with political ones. Sauerkraut was renamed “liberty cabbage” when the U.S. was at war with Germany, and a more recent...
Study details sugar industry attempt to shape science
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease - in part by pointing the finger at fat - as early as the 1960s, according to...
Eczema, hay fever linked to early antibiotic use
Babies given antibiotics in the first two years of life are more likely to develop allergies as adults, according to an extensive analysis of past clinical studies...
Want to detect gluten on the go? There’s a device
A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go.