Hezbollah renewed its calls Monday for Shiite-Sunni unity in Lebanon and in the Arab world, as the region continues to fight extremist groups like ISIS and the Nusra Front.
Daher defends Al-Jazeera, slams Army
Akkar's hardline MP Khaled Daher throws his support behind Al-Jazeera TV, which has come under criticism after one of its journalists tweeted comments mocking the...
Iran rejects Israel PM accusations on nuclear threat
Iran on Tuesday rejected as baseless accusations leveled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State...
UN: ISIS forcing thousands to flee Syria
The U.N. humanitarian chief says tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as ISIS expands its grip on large parts of the country.
UN mission for Ebola wants to control disease within 60 days
UN mission for Ebola wants significant progress in controlling the disease within 60 days: mission head
EDL staff salaries endangered by strike: ministry
EDL may not be able to pay its employees' salaries if the strike remains at the company’s headquarters the Energy Ministry says.
Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Sept. 30, 2014
A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.
Siniora: Parliament set to pass wage hike bill
Parliament is set to approve the public sector’s long-awaited salary scale bill during its legislative session Wednesday, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Monday.
Iran on Tuesday rejected as baseless accusations leveled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group.
Iranian man executed for heresy: rights group
A former psychologist has been executed for heresy in Iran after eight years in detention, human rights groups said
Saudi policeman shot in Shiite village: agency
Gunmen have opened fire on a Saudi checkpoint in a Shiite village in the Gulf state's oil-rich Eastern Province, wounding a policeman, police said on Tuesday.
Jewish settlers occupy Palestinian homes in Old City's shadow
Israeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday while stunned and angry...
Sierra Leone crowds mistakenly celebrate 'end of Ebola'
Sierra Leone's government was forced to issue a statement on Tuesday denying that Ebola had been defeated, after hundreds to took to the streets in provinical towns to...
Secret Service chief: White House breach unacceptable
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said on Tuesday the recent White House breach by a man carrying a knife was unacceptable and promised it would not happen...
Britain reports rise in human trafficking victims
Britain's National Crime Agency on Tuesday reported a sharp 22-percent rise in suspected human trafficking cases in 2013 from the previous year, including hundreds of...
Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF
Thousands of children who have lost parents to the west African Ebola epidemic risk are being shunned by frightened and suspicious relatives, the UN children's fund...
The long-awaited salary hike for government employees and public school teachers is expected to be passed by Parliament after the Amal Movement agreed to raise the value added tax from 10 to 11 percent, lawmakers and economists said Monday.
Lebanon to cut industrial export tax by 50 pct
The Finance Ministry will soon implement a law passed by Parliament to slash taxes on industrial exports by 50 percent, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said Monday.
France’s Total wins Egypt gas exploration license
French oil company Total has been awarded a license to explore for natural gas in the Nile Delta, a source in the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company said...
Gulf Arab economies to grow faster in 2015
Gulf Arab economies are likely to grow slightly faster in 2015, propped up by strong private business activity despite further falls in oil prices, a Reuters poll of...
Moscow can’t alter EU-Kiev deal: Malmstrom
Russia will not be allowed to amend a free-trade deal between the EU and Ukraine, the woman set to become the bloc’s new trade chief said Monday, rejecting Moscow’s...
Lebanese CEO high on Forbes freight list
Mona Bawarshi, CEO of Gezairi Transport, a family-owned freight forwarding, shipping and logistics company, was ranked in fifth place on the Forbes list of the 200 most...
Lebanon’s trade deficit widens as imports soar
Lebanon’s trade deficit continued to rise in the first eight months of this year as imports jumped 16 percent in the month of August while exports rose by only 2...
EDL protesters won’t let equipment out
Contract workers will thwart any attempt by the authorities to take computers and equipment from Electricite du Liban’s occupied headquarters to another location, a...
French oil company Total has been awarded a license to explore for natural gas in the Nile Delta, a source in the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company said Monday.
Gaza war deals blow to Israel’s tourism
It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel.
Egypt to invest $14.5B in petchems, refining
Egypt plans to invest $14.5 billion in developing its refining and petrochemicals sectors over the next five years, its oil minister said, as part of efforts to...
Iran urges OPEC to stop oil slide
Iran Friday urged OPEC members to make joint efforts to keep oil prices from falling further, highlighting a split with other members such as Saudi Arabia who face...
Russia will not be allowed to amend a free-trade deal between the EU and Ukraine, the woman set to become the bloc’s new trade chief said Monday, rejecting Moscow’s demands.
How Russia left the road to prosperity
When U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair became the first leader of a major economy to meet Russia’s new president in March 2000, Vladimir Putin couldn’t have been more...
While ECB struggles, Fed sees recovery
On one side of the Atlantic they’re trying to refill the punchbowl. On the other they’re getting ready to take it away. This week, investors may get a clearer idea why.
Yahoo-AOL merger proposal: recipe for revival?
A proposed merger of Internet pioneers AOL Inc and Yahoo Inc could create a nimbler player in Web video, but strong growth, the measure of success in Silicon Valley,...
Air France pilots end strike after 14 days
Despite no deal in sight, Air France' s main pilots union on Sunday unilaterally ended a 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline's flights, stranded...
Since the creation of the U.N. in the 1940s, Lebanese foreign ministers have always done an admirable job of representing their country, from Charles Malik, who in 1948 helped co-write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to Camille Chamoun.
With tension and violence in the Lebanese town of Arsal leading the headlines for weeks, a debate has been raging recently over the country’s treatment of Syrian...
Young entrepreneurs seek change in the Middle East
Talking to young tech entrepreneurs gathered at a conference in Istanbul, you hear the hunger for change that is pervasive in the Middle East.
An old text outlines the strategy of savagery
It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.”
Anti-terrorism curbs Tunisian liberties
Fifteen Tunisian soldiers were killed on July 16 on Mount Chaambi near the Algerian border, the deadliest assault on army personnel in nearly a year.
Palestinians need support
The announcement of a partial agreement reached between Fatah and Hamas over governing Gaza Thursday must be welcomed, but with some natural caution.
Syria is forsaken
The current aerial campaign against jihadist positions across Syria – apparently the climax of a very confused U.S. foreign policy on the region over the last few years...
Chessboards for influence
Conditions in Yemen have long been ripe for seeing dramatic political developments: poverty, a regional secessionist movement, an Al-Qaeda-led insurgency, a struggle to...
Abbas should resort to international law
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the U.N. General Assembly Friday was expected to launch a process that combines wishes with threats.
The Army is being sucked into Syria
The rising number of attacks against the Lebanese Army in Arsal and northern Lebanon is a worrying reminder of what is at stake for the military.
America’s anti-ISIS plan is becoming clearer
The symbolism Tuesday was appropriate for a nation at war: A somber president in a plain blue suit describing military strikes in Syria the night before, an American...
Against barbarism, Lebanon deploys pluralism
Gobal debate in recent weeks has centered on President Barack Obama’s initiative to prevent the advance of ISIS.
Obama mustn’t stray from his main Mideast goal
There is a long history of misconceived and over-reaching foreign military intervention in the Middle East, and it is to be hoped that President Barack Obama’s decision...
Faithfully, new Mideastern wars beckon
Arab-Israeli wars, I used to tell my students, are like Old Faithful – the geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming – that “faithfully” erupts every hour or so.
To destroy ISIS, the U.S. must deal with Iran
If President Barack Obama truly wants to degrade and destroy ISIS, he is going to have to find a way to collaborate with Iran – the one great power in the Middle East...
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says there is no question of his side giving up their footballing philosophy in Tuesday’s Champions League Group F encounter with Barcelona.
Mourinho faces striking choice in Lisbon
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have to decide which back-up marksman he trusts most to shoot down his old employers at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League Tuesday.
Williams fights back in China, Cilic also through
U.S. Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their openers at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women’s No. 1 crushing her opponent...
Murray wins first title since Wimbledon
An emotional Andy Murray thanked his lucky stars after saving five match points before beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 5-, 7-6(9), 6-1 to win the Shenzhen Open in China...
Verstappen to set F1 record in Japan GP practice
Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix only...
City’s Hart itching for return to action
England goalkeeper Joe Hart will return for Manchester City in their Champions League match at home to AS Roma Tuesday, having been replaced by Willy Caballero for the...
Empty stadium awaits as CSKA Moscow face Bayern
Playing five-time winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League should have been one of the highlights of CSKA Moscow’s season but unfortunately for the Russian...
Safa stun Nejmeh with 1-0 win
Nejmeh’s title defense got off to the worst possible start Sunday as the reigning champions were defeated 1-0 by arch-rivals Safa in matchday one of the Lebanese...
U.S. Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their openers at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women’s No. 1 crushing her opponent after being 5-0 down.
Murray wins 1st title in 15 months at Shenzhen
Second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain rallied from a set down to defeat fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, 5-7, 7-6 (9), 6-1 on Sunday to win the Shenzhen Open.
Sharapova crashes, Kvitova through in Wuhan Open
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova crashed out of the $2.4 million WTA Wuhan Open in straight sets Wednesday, while Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and world No. 7 Caroline...
Ill Williams follows seeds out of Wuhan
World No. 1 Serena Williams added her name to the list of slain seeds Tuesday at the Wuhan Open, after the American was forced to retire from her second round match...
Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix only three days after his 17th birthday.
‘Three Rs’ spell out lead for Hamilton
For a Grand Prix that began with confusion over self-censorship and concluded with Lewis Hamilton leading the standings, the race weekend can be summed up by using the...
Hamilton wins in Singapore as Rosberg limps out
Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One drivers’ world championship lead Sunday when he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix after his Mercedes teammate Nico...
Mercedes duo set for Singapore street fight
Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes...
Title rivals relish ‘challenge’ of radio silence
Title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were in rare harmony Thursday when asked to voice their opinions on Formula One’s controversial decision to ban radio...
Qatar's delegation chief says the women's basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games after organizers refused to let players wear hijabs in competition.
Fattouh hired as assistant for Serbian club
Jad Fattouh achieved a historic step for Lebanese coaches Tuesday when he was hired as an assistant coach for Serbian basketball club Mega Vizura.
Lyon hold stuttering PSG in Paris
A below par Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to improve Paris St Germain’s limp start to the season Sunday as the French champions stuttered to a 1-1 home draw in Ligue 1...
Sarkis in advanced talks for Homenetmen job
Veteran head coach Ghassan Sarkis told The Daily Star that he is in advanced talks with Homenetmen to take over their side.
Depth and unselfish nature carry Team USA
A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup...
Bahrain and Qatar struck more Asian Games athletics gold Monday as their policy of cherry-picking top African talent continued to pay off, while North Korea stunned the South with a late winner in their women’s football semifinal.
U.S. needs spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder rot
Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good...
Qatar’s Ogunode sets Asian mark in 100m
Qatar’s Femi Ogunode broke the 10-second mark at the Asian Games for the first time, splashing his way through the rain to 100-meter gold Sunday, while South Korea’s...
Donaldson seals Ryder Cup glory for Europe
Rookie Jamie Donaldson struck the shot of a lifetime to secure a singles win over Keegan Bradley Sunday and take Europe to victory over the United States in the Ryder...
Kenyan Kimetto smashes marathon record in Berlin
Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto smashed the marathon world record in Berlin Sunday, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds after setting a...
“Is anybody here baptized?” cries the preacher.
Man who raised $55K for potato salad throws party
An Ohio man who raised $55,000 after a joke appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party Saturday that promised “peace, love and...
Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape: study
High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists said Tuesday.
Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's...
Tasmania’s sparkling with Champagne potential
In recent years Tasmania has developed a global reputation for sparkling wine along with its name for great still wines that made the island state famous a decade...
Champagne and tributes flow at Jean Paul Gaultier farewell
The champagne flowed, along with the tributes, on Saturday as irrepressible fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier slathered his last ready-to-wear show in bucketloads of...
Lanvin's monochromatic chic trumps Kanye, Kim in front row
Leave it to Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin, to pull off a Paris Fashion Week show on Thursday that retained all its elegance and class even with Kim...
Paris shows evoke Audrey Hepburn, Pre-Raphaelites
What does Audrey Hepburn have in common with the Pre-Raphaelites?
Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China from October 17
Apple said Tuesday it will begin selling its latest iPhones in China from October 17 after the Chinese regulator pressed the US giant to improve personal data security...
The more you drive, the more you’re driven crazy
Sometimes you discover the most ironic things about yourself. I’ve always been passionate about cars, as demonstrated by the fact that I regularly write articles on the...
DHL ‘parcelcopter’ flies to German isle
Logistics firm DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been authorized to deliver...
In recent years Tasmania has developed a global reputation for sparkling wine along with its name for great still wines that made the island state famous a decade earlier.
Is Switzerland the Lebanon of Europe?
As the plane crosses over the snow-topped Alps and Switzerland’s verdant scenery begins to emerge, a cluster of old houses nestled in the slopes of a rugged mountain...
Keg is tapped: Oktoberfest opens to toast millions
Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicks off with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revelers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere...
Festivals, leaf peeping top free W.Va. events
Autumn’s arrival in West Virginia means the leaves and the weather will be changing – and the fun is just getting started.
Five free things to see and do in Naples
La dolce vita is all the sweeter when you get it for free. “La dolce vita,” of course, means “the sweet life,” in Italian, something you will find plenty of in Italy’s...
The designer of the thigh-flashing dress with which the new Mrs. Clooney wowed the crowds in Venice at the weekend was revealed Monday as Italian haute couture star Giambattista Valli.
Clooney father-in-law hails wedding as good news for Mideast
George Clooney’s Lebanese father-in-law said Sunday that his daughter Amal Alamuddin’s wedding to the Hollywood heartthrob was “very good news” for the turmoil-ridden...
Italian Embassy celebrates its designers
Italy and Lebanon have longed enjoyed not only rich economical and political ties, but also a love for fashion through their mutual appreciation for exceptional...
Thyme to empower Akkar’s women
On a small plot of land in the shadow of the mountains in the tiny Akkar village of Tikrit, Elie Wehbeh, a project coordinator at the Safadi Foundation, kneels down...
Anissa Helou: the elegant chef
Never did the Westernized bourgeois girl, who escaped Lebanon’s rigid social conventions at only 21, imagine that cooking would become her full-time profession.
Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races, but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a superstar.
Sweeteners boost diabetes risk: study
Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement.
Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood
Scientists said they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis...
Venezuela shortages pinch breast implants
Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
WHO: Use of blood-derived drugs against Ebola
WHO says that experts have agreed that blood-derived drug therapies and convalescent serum may be used for treatment of Ebola virus, and calls for investment in the...
A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday as a museum honoring the singer’s career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town.
Newlywed Clooneys show off their wedding rings in Venice
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin delighted crowds of onlookers as they took to the waters of Venice Sunday to show off their wedding rings for their first day as a...
Writers, readers go mobile and social at Wattpad
Allen Lau considers himself living proof that love of good writing is alive and well in the age of streaming video and terse text messages.
Gone Girl ensures NY Film Festival dazzles
David’s Fincher’s “Gone Girl” kicked off the New York Film Festival Friday adding a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour to one of the most anticipated openings of the...
'Sleepy Hollow' hopes to engage fans in season 2
"Sleepy Hollow" was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season "the tricky second album.
Jane Fonda gets personal at Rape Foundation brunch
Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42.
Far from paparazzi, Bardot marks 80th birthday in private
French screen siren Brigitte Bardot celebrated her 80th birthday in private on Sunday at her French Riviera home, shunning the spotlight and turning attention back to...
'Downton Abbey' star heads on US tour with band
"Downton Abbey" won't be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter: The show's star is heading on a tour with her folk-rock band in December.
Magical Girl wins San Sebastian Film Fest prize
Spanish director Carlos Vermut’s film “Magical Girl,” about a father who tries to fulfill the last wish of his ailing daughter, won the prize for best movie at this...
Celebrating multicultural literature in Beirut
Many of our most famous authors wrote their masterpieces in a second language. Vladimir Nabokov penned his first nine novels in Russian, but wrote “Lolita” in English.
Artistic symbolism that defies decoding
“Picture yourself in a boat on a river,” sang the Beatles in 1967, “with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.”
US to allow TV, movie companies to use drones
U.S. aviation regulators loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the...
Denzel Washington sharpens tools to exact justice in 'Equalizer'
After watching the "The Equalizer," moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in the same way.
Quirky 'Boxtrolls' find home on margins of animation
As the hipsters of animation, Portland, Oregon-based Laika studios is not afraid to play on the fringe with its latest film "The Boxtrolls," and its lead stars are not...
O'Brien fights through the maze to top box office
Buddy cop flick “Let’s be Cops” fell to third at the Lebanese box office last week, knocked out by newcomers “The Maze Runner” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones.”
Some 45 years after pioneering heavy metal, Black Sabbath will return to the studio for a new album that could be the band's last, frontman Ozzy Osbourne says.
R&B star Blige turns soul diva with 'London Sessions'
Award-winning US singer Mary J. Blige told AFP she was hoping to broaden her audience with her soulful new album "London Sessions" and revealed she wants to write an...
Royksopp bids adieu to albums with dark final work
Norwegian electronic artists Royksopp said Monday that they would stop making albums with the release of a final, darker work.
Jay Z, Beyonce take stage at Global Citizen fest
Jay Z is in a global state of mind: The rap star performed Saturday for thousands in New York's Central Park and encouraged the crowd to help end world poverty.
Prince goes funk, rock, sci-fi with two albums
As the funky bass quiets down near the start of one of Prince’s two new albums, a soothing female voice informs that medication has put him in “suspended animation” for...