Russia has deployed its advanced S-400 air defense system in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said Thursday, with the weapons to be used to cover the area around its airbase in coastal Latakia.
Putin tells Hollande 'ready for cooperation' in fight against terrorism
Russian President Vladimir Putin told French counterpart Francois Hollande that Moscow is ready to cooperate in anti-terrorism efforts in Syria, at the start of crunch...
Israel tests new surface-to-air missile
Israel's military says it has successfully tested an advanced surface-to-air missile that analysts believe could play a key role in securing the offshore gas fields it...
Turkey summons Russian ambassador over 'physical attacks' on missions, firms
Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador to protest "physical attacks" on its missions and companies operating in Russia, the foreign ministry said in a statement on...
Frangieh emerges as strong presidential candidate
MP Sleiman Frangieh has emerged as the favorite candidate to fill the vacant presidency seat following his reported meeting with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, amid...
Hollande tells Putin time for grand coalition against ISIS
French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday world powers must build a "grand coalition" to combat ISIS militants who control swathes of...
French President Hollande arrives in Moscow for talks with Putin
French President Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow on Thursday for talks on Syria with Russia's Vladimir Putin, his press office told AFP.
Belgium lowers security alert level in Brussels
Belgium lowered the security threat level in Brussels on Thursday after nearly a week on maximum alert following ISIS attacks in Paris, national news agency Belga said.
Israel's military says it has successfully tested an advanced surface-to-air missile that analysts believe could play a key role in securing the offshore gas fields it controls.
Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clash: medics
Hebron, Palestinian Territories, Nov 26, 2015 (AFP) - Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian Thursday during a clash in the southern West Bank, Palestinian...
German police arrest two in Berlin suspected of planning attack
German police commando units arrested two people in Berlin on Wednesday who are suspected of planning an attack, a police spokesman said.
Tunisia identifies suicide bomber as local street vendor
Tunisian authorities have identified a suicide bomber who targeted presidential guards in a deadly attack, saying he was a 27-year-old local street vendor.
MP Sleiman Frangieh has emerged as the favorite candidate to fill the vacant presidency seat following his reported meeting with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, amid signs of regional and international support for the Marada Movement leader’s presidential bid.
Beirut airport busts drug smuggling attempt
Beirut Airport customs thwarted an attempt by Dutch national to smuggle 25 kilograms of cocaine into Lebanon, a source told The Daily Star Thursday
Man suspected of attempting to join Iraq militants arrested at Beirut airport
A man who was allegedly heading to Iraq to join militant groups was arrested Thursday evening at the Rafiq Hariri International Airport, the state-run National News...
Ex-Irish peacekeeper provides testimony at Lebanon trial over 1980 killings
A key witness in the case of two United Nations peacekeepers murdered in south Lebanon 35 years ago provided testimony Wednesday before Beirut's Military Tribunal...
STL prosecutor concludes 4-day visit to Lebanon
The prosecutor in the international trial of five Hezbollah members accused over the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri concluded a four-day visit...
Lebanese and foreign banks in Cyprus have seen a quick exit of customer deposits after the Cypriot central bank lifted the ceiling of withdrawal of funds two years ago.
Gas deal: Road to growth for Cyprus?
All eyes are zeroing in on Cyprus after a major British oil company announced Monday it had agreed to buy a stake in one of the island’s offshore gas deposit in the aim...
OPEC to stay the course despite fears of $20 oil
OPEC is determined to keep pumping oil vigorously despite the resulting financial strain even on the policy’s chief architect, Saudi Arabia, alarming weaker members who...
Saudi Arabia considering cuts post oil price fall
Saudi Arabia may reduce energy and water subsidies for wealthy citizens among other reforms to diversify its economy away from oil amid a sustained fall in prices, its...
China energy firms up but Shanghai, Hong Kong buck Asia rally
Chinese energy firms advanced Thursday following the latest moves to reform the country's bloated state-owned enterprises, but the gains were unable to help Hong Kong...
Good news for Cyprus is better news for Lebanon
The latest headlines out of Cyprus are a welcome boost for all East Mediterranean countries hoping to become oil and gas producers, but the only thing making the front...
Tax incentive, passports lure investors to Cyprus
Tax incentive, European passports, permanent residence and a good return in profits are among the incentives offered by Cyprus to lure Lebanese and foreign investors, a...
Security, tensions take heavy toll on economy
Lebanese economic sectors have seen a remarkable decline in growth this year attributed to the deterioration of political and security situation in the country.
OPEC is determined to keep pumping oil vigorously despite the resulting financial strain even on the policy’s chief architect, Saudi Arabia, alarming weaker members who fear prices may slump further toward $20.
OPEC firm as $40 crude looms over Vienna
It’ll take more than $40 crude to make OPEC change its mind, analysts said before the group’s Dec. 4 meeting in Vienna.
Turkish banks need more to halt profit squeeze
The return of single-party government to Turkey this month boosted share prices for the nation’s banks, yet the squeeze on profits is set to continue for some time.
Cyprus: Energy deal to export gas to Egypt
A move by British oil and gas company BG International to buy a stake in Cyprus’ offshore mineral deposits is an important step forward for the country’s plans to...
Chinese energy firms advanced Thursday following the latest moves to reform the country's bloated state-owned enterprises, but the gains were unable to help Hong Kong and Shanghai keep up with an Asia-wide market rally
Austerity wave looks to be on way out
There won’t be any press conferences, fireworks or tears to mark its passing, but the latest wave of austerity worldwide may well have had its day.
U.S. consumers slow spending, boost savings
U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to...
Russian tourists run out of sunny options
Tensions following Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search of sunnier climes, and for tour operators.
Economy inequality under microscope
The developed world’s most unequal economies are in struggling southern Europe, closely followed by the U.S.
The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is a clear indication of further escalation of the war in Syria at a time of fraught ties between Russia and Turkey.
The forgotten innocents
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Anti-Muslim populism plays into the hands of ISIS
Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential...
Tunisia’s ruling party crisis
On Nov. 9, a group of 31 Tunisian parliamentarians from the ruling Nidaa Tounes party resigned from their parliamentary bloc and warned that they will resign from the...
How should world respond to ISIS threat?
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right...
Ever since the war in Syria started there have been two mantras: Barack Obama saying any solution requires Bashar Assad’s departure, and Vladimir Putin saying any...
A strange amnesia seems to have enveloped a group of American lawmakers, who are trying to slam the United States’ door shut in the face of Syrian refugees.
President the priority
The good news is that Lebanon’s top leaders have agreed that dialogue is the only way to address the seemingly endless list of problems the country is facing.
Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
What’s wrong with the Egyptian pound?
Recent movements in the exchange rate have generated considerable commentary and speculation in the media and the public about what’s going on with the Egyptian pound...
Syria’s two wars
Syria is being wracked by two wars.
The decline of the West revisited
The terrorist slaughter in Paris has once again brought into sharp relief the storm clouds gathering over the 21st century, dimming the bright promise for Europe and...
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right thing in their current policy to counter ISIS, and whether they should be doing other things besides military attacks.
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
Syria peace process a play without actors
While the world has been preoccupied with the ISIS and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna...
Trump and the Republican crack-up
Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon begin to descend.
Lessons from ISIS attacks in Beirut, Sinai
The devastating terror bombs Thursday in a south Beirut high-density residential and commercial area, following the apparent bomb that brought down a Russian civilian...
Manchester United failed to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League when they were held to a 0-0 draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford Wednesday, leaving Group B wide open before the final round of matches next month.
FIFA ethics committee says Blatter not exempt from its rules
FIFA's ethics watchdog has rejected suspended President Sepp Blatter's claim that he is not subject to its rules and that only Congress can bar him from his role as...
Warriors crush Lakers for best start in history
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night...
Bryant sinks in his likely final season
As the Golden State Warriors steamrolled Los Angeles Lakers to a historic start Tuesday, aging star Kobe Bryant sank to a new low in a trying season expected to be his...
Fury serenades Klitschko in latest stunt
Having previously dressed as Batman for a news conference, Tyson Fury employed more theatrics Wednesday by turning to song in the latest round of mind games with...
City paid price for poor finishing against Juventus: Toure
Manchester City paid the price for their lack of killer instinct in front of goal in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League,...
Pochettino wants Premier League to help clubs with Europa trips
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged the Premier League to help clubs travelling for midweek Europa League matches as his own team face an adverse...
Beaming Messi back playing like he was never away
Barcelona kept winning during Lionel Messi’s injury absence but the fans were still clearly delighted to have him back Tuesday and he rewarded their patience with a...
The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
LeBron joins Robertson on elite list, leads Cavs
LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a...
Warriors on cusp of history
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015.
Rockets pull out OT win after firing McHale
James Harden scored 45 points, including all nine for Houston in overtime, as the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 Wednesday after firing coach Kevin...
Having previously dressed as Batman for a news conference, Tyson Fury employed more theatrics Wednesday by turning to song in the latest round of mind games with Wladimir Klitschko.
Coe denies lobbying claims over 2021 Worlds
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe has denied allegations of a conflict of interest over his ties with Nike and his role in the 2021 championships being awarded to the...
Haye announces comeback fight against De Mori
Britain’s former world heavyweight champion David Haye will make his comeback in a London fight against Australia’s Mark de Mori in January, he said Tuesday.
Spieth: Olympics is fifth major
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth Tuesday said he’s treating the Olympics as a “fifth major” next year as he revealed his excitement at golf’s return to the Games in Rio de...
Athletes storm Kenyan athletics federation office
Dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the athletics federation headquarters in Nairobi Monday, locking out officials and demanding that top Athletics Kenya bosses step down...
If Belgium are to win the Davis Cup final for the first time this week then baby-faced David Goffin will have to come of age.
Murray set for Davis Cup final despite alert
Andy Murray said Tuesday he had no qualms about playing the Davis Cup final in Belgium despite the security alert, but added that he would understand if any British...
Djokovic targets Roland Garros and Rio glory
Novak Djokovic has set his sights on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to have eluded him – the French Open and Olympics.
Davis Cup final will go ahead: local organizers
The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead despite Brussels being placed on maximum alert over the threat of an imminent attack, local organizers and...
Nadal wins Ferrer marathon ahead of Djokovic test
Rafael Nadal battled to his third successive win at the ATP Tour Finals, but his marathon 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over David Ferrer might prove a significant blow...
Talks with Renault for the takeover of the struggling Lotus Formula One team are almost done, according to owner and principal Gerard Lopez
Rosberg on a roll with Brazilian GP win
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late...
Rosberg roars back to top Brazil practice
Nico Rosberg bounced back after being left behind by a dominant Lewis Hamilton in the morning to top the times for Mercedes in Friday’s second free practice session for...
Rossi bitter over wasted last chance
New MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has accused Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi of sour grapes after Sunday’s deciding race in Valencia, saying the Italian knows he...
Rossi blasts ‘stitch-up’ as Lorenzo wins title
Italian great Valentino Rossi blasted a Spanish “stitch-up” Sunday after Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo won the final round of the season in Valencia to take his third...
Rosie O’Donnell was delighted when “Empire” creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star on the Fox drama, then got a case of nerves.
'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York
A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
With lessons for today, movies bring back the ’50
Fear of unexpected strikes from overseas, battles over First Amendment rights, tensions of inequality – it’s no wonder the 1950s are all over movie screens.
Emmys honor Downton creator
The timing couldn’t be better for the International Emmys to honor “Downton Abbey” writer and creator Julian Fellowes as the acclaimed British period drama wraps up its...
Kidman best actress at Evening Standard awards
Nicole Kidman says her award-winning London stage performance as a scientist was a tribute to her late father.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Debuts to Franchise-Low $101 Million
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
John Lennon's guitar sells for $2.4 million at auction
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction
Gritty, soulful Creed goes the distance
Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out – a seventh – you thought, ‘How many “Rocky” movies do we need?’
Exhibition of Pollock’s black paintings in Dallas
The largest exhibition ever assembled of Jackson Pollock’s lesser-known “black paintings” has gone on display in Dallas.
Gritty reality of Molenbeek lands on big screen
In a city locked down on high alert, one cinema dared to open its doors to show “Black” – a tense, violent, thriller version of Romeo and Juliet set among the gangs of...
Warhol, Pollock, Rothko on rare display in Tehran
Some of the world’s most expensive and rarely seen modern art, including works by the Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, went on display Saturday in a major...
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
US creator of the iconic 1960s Batmobile dies
George Barris, the man who designed and built the black, fire-spitting vehicle made famous in the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died in Los Angeles, his son...
"E.T." Hollywood screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies
Melissa Mathison, best known for her screenplay for the 1982 movie "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" and the former wife of actor Harrison Ford, died Wednesday, U.S. media...
Video-game players aren’t that difficult to shop for. Let’s face it: It’s an expensive hobby, and most gamers have something on their list that they’ve set aside in the hopes that Santa might deliver.
Box sets from Bruce, Aretha, Bob … for holidays
Selected box set reviews from The Associated Press:Bruce Springsteen, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” (Columbia) $119.98 No one does deluxe album reissues...
Give the gift of tech charging in bags, wallets
There are so many ways to charge a cellphone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition
They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.
UAE channels money into alternative energy
Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the UAE’s oil wells run dry.
Ecologist dreams of miracle on foul Rio island
Striding through garbage and abandoned fuel installations on an island in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, Brazilian ecologist Sergio Ricardo comes to an...
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
'Breakthrough' winners earn over $21 million in prizes
Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists.
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a first-of-its-kind startup competition that would spur a wave of brain gain.
Revisiting an old marriage tradition
Upholstering bed mattresses was once a prominent profession in south Lebanon which over time has faded away.
Winter is coming ... Bring out your furs
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...
Headwear for everyone and every occasion
NGO and snack shop, symbol of solidarity
One afternoon in Burj Hammoud, a crowd of men and women were huddled around a white plastic table outside Bonheur du Ciel (Heaven’s Joy), a small snack shop in the...
A statue dedicated to South Korean singer Psy's global music video hit "Gangnam Style" is to be erected in the eponymous, upscale Seoul district made famous by the song
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
King for a day, courtesy of Rolls Royce
One of the first cars I ever owned was a silver Rolls Royce Corniche coupe, a truly spectacular automobile that I fell in love with at first sight.
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....
For a happier life, give up Facebook: study
Always envious? Got a nonexistent social life and struggle to concentrate?
Brazilians have a beef with U.N. beef warning
At Rio de Janeiro’s famed Churrascaria Palace restaurant, the sizzling of steaks, the swish of carving knives and sighs of satisfied diners drowned out a United Nations...