Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti, who pioneered the marketing of cashmere products in places such as China and the former Soviet Union, has died aged 73, her company said Friday
South Africa's Zuma appoints first woman to head court of appeal
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Mandisa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the president's office said Friday, making her...
US military acknowledges over 100 civilians died in Mosul strike in March
A U.S. military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March...
Turkey says no record of Manchester bomber travelling to Syria
The suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester passed through Istanbul on his way to Europe but there were no records of him entering Syria during his travels,...
Riyadh summit an attempt to convince US to confront Iran, resistance: Nasrallah
Riyadh summit an attempt to convince US to confront Iran, resistance: Nasrallah
UK parties not giving full picture on likely tax rises: IFS
Britain's two main political parties are not giving the public the full picture about how much taxes will need to rise in order to support public services after next...
Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, Friday inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the...
UK police arrest 9th man in concert bombing investigation
British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 people
A U.S. military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against ISIS militants
Four members of Egypt's security forces killed in Sinai attacks
Three soldiers were killed in a bombing of an armored vehicle by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources said Thursday
Qatar says it is victim of hostile US media campaign
Qatar said Thursday it is the target of a hostile media campaign, particularly in the US, a day after accusing hackers of attributing false remarks to its emir on state...
Sisi's Egypt cracks down on news websites
Egypt's government, already accused of muzzling freedom of expression and opposition to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has blocked access to a host of news websites...
Riyadh summit will not impact Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah
Riyadh summit will not impact Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah
South Lebanon mayor, son acquitted of terror charges
A south Lebanon mayor, who had been detained since December 2016 on the suspicion of providing detonators to a militant, was released Thursday, the National News Agency...
Riyadh declaration will not impact Lebanon: Nasrallah
The recent Riyadh summit will not have an impact on Lebanon, said Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Thursday, calling on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with...
May 27 first day of Ramadan: Grand Mufti Derian
Lebanon's Grand Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian Thursday confirmed that Saturday, May 27 is the first day of Ramadan, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Most bankers and economists hailed the renewal of Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh’s term but stressed the step is not enough if not matched by serious government efforts to reduce the deficit and shore up the economy.
Bifani projects precrisis capital inflows
Capital inflows to Lebanon are expected to reach pre-Syrian crisis levels while GDP is expected to grow 2.5 percent in 2017, Finance Ministry Director-General Alain...
OPEC nearing deal to extend output cut to March
OPEC and nonmember oil producers moved closer Wednesday to clinching a deal on extending output cuts by nine months to clear a global stocks overhang and prop up the...
Tunisia raises interest rate to highest in years
Tunisia raised its benchmark interest rate for the second consecutive month, pushing it to its highest level in more than five years in a bid to combat inflation and...
Asian energy firms sink as OPEC output deal disappoints
Energy firms took a hit Friday after crude prices plunged almost five percent the previous day as traders were left disappointed by OPEC's latest output cuts
Industrial exports fall in February
Industrial exports dropped by 11.7 percent in February 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, a statement issued by the Industry minister said Monday.
Parliament committee working on budget
Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee Monday completed the first of two sessions to finalize Lebanon’s 2017 state budget.
Demand for properties falls in first quarter 2017
Demand for properties in Lebanon dropped in the first quarter of 2017 despite the election of a president and formation of a Cabinet, according to the Byblos Bank Real...
OPEC and nonmember oil producers moved closer Wednesday to clinching a deal on extending output cuts by nine months to clear a global stocks overhang and prop up the price of crude.
Kuwait says OPEC, non-OPEC could deepen oil cuts
OPEC and non-member oil producers could deepen output cuts or extend them for a year at a meeting in Vienna this week, Kuwait said on Wednesday, as they seek to clear a...
Made in Syria: Spurring sales for Russian chain
In a Russian twist to the kind of consumer nationalism that Donald Trump is championing, a hard-charging retailer in Moscow has figured out how to turn Vladimir Putin’s...
OPEC set to prolong oil cuts
OPEC will likely agree to extend production cuts for another nine months, delegates said Tuesday as the oil producer group meets this week to debate how to tackle a...
OPEC's oil squeeze to remain, but market wants more
Saudi Arabia's energy minister appeared bullish Thursday that an expected deal among oil producers in Vienna to extend cuts in output would ease a global crude glut
Moody’s downgrades China
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded China’s credit ratings Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy...
Women CEOs earned more last year
Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there’s still very few of them running the world’s largest companies.
Megabrands turn to startups for big ideas
Food and drink megabrands are seeing their sales chewed away by smaller, nimbler, cooler rivals.
Now that the fanfare of Donald Trump’s trip to the Holy Land is over, and all they have to show for it are moments of entertainment, including Melania’s slap of her husband’s hand, the protocol blunders and a rookie lawmaker taking a selfie with the U.S. president, we are anything but amused.
Fight terror unfettered
As a people whose own region has long been the victim of terrorism, we can’t but condemn in the strongest manner the bombing attack that struck Manchester and express...
Changing the narrative about Haiti
Prioritizing spending alternatives is difficult in every country.
The Iranian opportunity
Last week, the people of Iran decided to continue along the path toward openness.
Midterms might become the ‘impeachment election’
President Richard Nixon was heading for a big re-election victory in November that would confound his critics.
In using terms such as historic, milestone and message of peace to describe his visit to the Holy Land, Donald Trump is hardly inventing the wheel.
Writing on the wall
The message emanating from the summits held in Riyadh over the past two days – echoed by U.S. President Donald Trump in his speech Sunday – was that Iran, Hezbollah and...
Legacy of negativity
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is welcome indeed to study the careers of some of the world’s most famous politicians and diplomats. Unfortunately, however, he seems to...
The deadly sins of U.S. imperialism
No one would have imagined that one of the greatest truths about American foreign policy would come from President Donald Trump during an interview with Fox News...
The Rouhani factor
Iran’s presidential election on May 19 was paradoxical and potentially pivotal.
How Macron can unite Europe
Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election sent a wave of relief and euphoria across Europe.
Trump vs. Comey is he said, he said scenario
For most of his life, Donald Trump has found words to be his friends. He has used them to build his business, dramatize his achievements and embellish his...
Scandals cast cloud over Trump overseas trip
As President Donald Trump embarks on his first overseas trip, he’s embracing the same defiant strategy adopted over a generation ago by an embattled predecessor,...
The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger
I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump’s presidency fairly.
A survival guide to abuse of power
On Tuesday night, a few hours after President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement that he was firing FBI Director James Comey, a prominent Republican politician gave me...
West Ham United have set their sights on strengthening their squad with players that can make an impact on games rather than signing replacements for those who leave, manager Slaven Bilic has said
Chelsea players wary of 'fantastic' Arsenal in final
Chelsea have to put on a "high level" performance to beat a strong Arsenal side in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, the Premier League champions' defender David Luiz...
Nadal back in power and closing in on La Decima
The video of Dominic Thiem’s surprise win over Rafael Nadal last week in Rome will be in high demand for those harboring hopes of stopping the Spaniard’s march toward a...
Injured Halep 50/50 for French Open
Romanian Simona Halep said Wednesday she was only “50/50” for Roland Garros having sustained a torn ankle ligament in last week’s Italian Open final.
'King' James reigns as Cavs book rubber match with Warriors
The Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by another milestone night for LeBron James, powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors with a...
Rooney 'more or less' decided on Man United future
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is close to making a decision about extending his 13-year stay at the Premier League club but will take a few weeks to...
Luiz happy the risk of coming 'home' paid off
Chelsea defender David Luiz admits he took a risk leaving Paris St Germain to come 'home' but as he prepares for the FA Cup final, having already won the Premier...
FA Cup win can't mask Arsenal hurt: Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said winning Saturday's FA Cup final would not banish the hurt of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League
The video of Dominic Thiem’s surprise win over Rafael Nadal last week in Rome will be in high demand for those harboring hopes of stopping the Spaniard’s march toward a tenth French Open crown.
Djokovic can tap into Agassi's brilliant mind, says McEnroe
Novak Djokovic's decision to work with American great Andre Agassi at the French Open could be an inspired move as he seeks to recover his lost spark, according to John...
Muddled Murray searching for form ahead of Paris
When the ATP Race standings were updated this week Andy Murray, the world No. 1, languished down at 13th.
Kvitova ‘on track for Wimbledon’ after stabbing
Twice champion Petra Kvitova is set to play at Wimbledon this summer, less than seven months after she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, a member of her support...
The Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by another milestone night for LeBron James, powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors with a dominant 135-102 win over the Celtics in Boston Thursday
Irving, James lead the way as Cavs down Celtics
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers battled to a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics Tuesday to move within one game of a...
Warriors ready for third NBA Finals appearance
Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals.
LeBron exchanges words with fan after loss
LeBron James’ frustrating night kept going after one of the worst playoff games of his splendid career.
Kevin Durant, Warriors beat Spurs, take 3-0 lead
The Spurs were injured but Golden State was expecting a fevered fight on the home floor of the five-time NBA champions.
A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”
If I fight, it’ll likely be McGregor: Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Saturday a fight against UFC champion Conor McGregor is “90 percent” likely – if he boxes again.
Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix in Japan
Justin Gatlin of the United States clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday.
Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia
Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his fourth stage victory at the Giro d'Italia on Friday in his Grand Tour debut.
McGregor agrees to Mayweather bout with UFC
Conor McGregor has come to an agreement with UFC moving a proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. closer to reality.
The chummy rivalry between Formula One champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel could be tested at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, an unforgiving circuit where drivers are often pushed to the limit.
Ex-champion Hayden dies after cycling accident
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died five days after the American was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy, his Honda World Superbike team said in a...
Dixon wins Indy pole, Alonso starts fifth
New Zealand’s Scott Dixon won the pole for next week’s Indy 500 when he posted the fastest average speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.
Ex-MotoGP champion Hayden dies after bicycle crash
American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden died, the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital announced on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle....
Button says Monaco return poses no pressure
Jenson Button says he feels no pressure ahead of his one-off Formula One comeback with McLaren in Monaco this weekend because he has nothing riding on it.
A sumptuous Stockholm museum filled with grotesquely pretentious conceptual art is at the center of “The Square,” a Palme d’Or nominee at Cannes that switches between surrealism, comedy of manners, thriller and social commentary.
Met works to rebound from money woes
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a behemoth of culture and wealth, is rebounding from more than a year of internal turmoil and financial problems.
Hayek: Hollywood treats actresses like monkeys
Salma Hayek has laid into Hollywood sexism, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and gets rid of them once they realize they are smart.
Bronzed beachguards of ‘Baywatch’ are back
For a generation of fans, “Baywatch” was an escapist fantasy that invoked sun, surf and some famously silicone-enhanced stars jogging slo-mo in form-fitting red lycra...
Some musicians cancel concerts after Manchester blast
The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go...
Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, dies
LONDON: Roger Moore, the suave, insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89.According to a family statement posted on Moore’s official...
Hidden sex lives of Iranians in Cannes film
Ali Soozandeh knows his film about the secret sex lives of Iranians will never be shown there.
Venice Biennale taps artistic angst
With nationalism on the rise, political engagement is central to the artistic dialogue at the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest contemporary art fair, opening Saturday.
Cannes festival holds moment of silence for Manchester
The Cannes Film Festival paused Tuesday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Cult series Twin Peaks makes long-awaited return
Nearly three decades after its debut, “Twin Peaks,” the cult TV series that paved the way for a new age of television, returned Sunday with cable network Showtime...
Former James Bond actor Roger Moore dies aged 89
British actor Roger Moore, who won international fame playing secret agent James Bond, died on Tuesday aged 89, his family said on the actor's official Twitter account
The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52
Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52.
Janet Jackson separates from husband, plans to resume tour
Janet Jackson has confirmed a rumored split with her husband and says plans to resume the world tour she called off more than a year ago during her pregnancy with her...
'Baghdaddy': New York turns Iraq war into musical
The Iraq war may not sound like musical comedy, but an Off-Broadway revival is spinning intelligence failures and tragedy into a farce that offers potent messages for...
Fyre Fest fiasco: Bahamas party becomes huge disappointment
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism expressed its deep disappointment in how a music, art and culture festival imploded, leaving hundreds stranded and angry.
Chris Cornell's widow has penned a letter addressed to the late Soundgarden frontman days after he took his own life.
Beyonce, Jay Z celebrate twins at star-studded baby shower
Beyonce and Jay Z have celebrated the impending birth of their twins with a star-studded baby shower.
Jet owned by Elvis to be auctioned after sitting 30 years
A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley and featured on the National Geographic Channel is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.
Pippa Middleton marries as royals look on
Two likely future British kings were there, along with one of the world's most photographed women, the often-adorable Prince Harry, a multilingual tennis legend and a...
Judge rules that Prince's six siblings are his heirs
A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that Prince's six siblings are the heirs to his estate, a key step in the long battle over the pop legend's fortune.
Without the shocking video, it’s unlikely that the world would have learned or cared about the violent manhandling of a 69-year-old man on a plane last month.
Costume jewelry found to be real diamond
Some people have all the luck.Consider the person who dropped about 10 pounds ($15) around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry for it to...
New Zealand space launch reaching for stars
New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States.
Dubai firm dreams of taking icebergs for water
A Dubai firm’s dream of towing icebergs from the Antarctic to the Arabian Peninsula could face some titanic obstacles.
Lebanese photographer visits U.S. Lebanons
The Lebanese are not the only people who live in Lebanon.
Nepali trafficking survivor conquers Everest
A Nepali woman who was trafficked, exploited and abused as a maid in Egypt has conquered Mount Everest in a bid to highlight the dangers of trafficking in her...
Too much of a good thing: Bikes in China
A booming rental bike business has flooded China’s streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing...
Good-looking scientists perceived as ‘less able’
People are more interested in learning about the work of attractive scientists, but they see these good-looking researchers as less able than their average-appearing...
Robotic exoskeleton prevents falls by elderly
Scientists unveiled a lightweight, robotic, outer “skeleton” Thursday that can detect when someone loses their balance, correct their gait, and prevent their fall.
What’s holding back self-driving cars?
In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the...
Facebook to play down links to websites with deceptive ads
Facebook is planning to intensify its crackdown on so-called clickbait websites, saying it will begin giving lower prominence to links that lead to pages full of...
Sidon opens second park in as many years
Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon witnessed another major step forward for the environment Friday after it opened its second public park in as many years.
Ladies of Harley: Passion for motorcycles
When on the road with the Ladies of Harley, Talar Partiyan and Loulwa Khater – both keen riders – say they transcend reality and feel totally at ease.
Gothic meets couture in new Demirdjian collection
Soft lines met rough edges at the launch of Lebanese fashion designer Garen Demirdjian’s 2017 spring/summer couture collection and new eponymous brand at his fashion...
Festival harks back to Beirut’s ‘glory days’
Rows of green tents lined the northeast corner of Beirut’s hippodrome this week for the five-day street festival “Beirut’s Glory Days Are Back,” an event that...
A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world’s first research center devoted to ninja – the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.
Nepal wants to limit age for Everest
Family and supporters Sunday honored an 85-year-old Nepali man who died trying to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, while officials stressed...
First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run
Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the U.K. arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a...
In an exclusive interview with the The Daily Star, Negib Debs, general manager of Gargour Automotive Co., sheds light on the strategies and initiatives that led to the resurgence of Alfa Romeo and the cars’ singular traits.
Classic Z: Datsun’s charming, cheap ’70s racer
Continuing with our look back at cars that were quite popular in the 1970s, including in Lebanon, we bring you the Z-cars, classics from the Land of the Rising Sun.
The genie in a bottle: A not so Mini legacy
There are far too many things we take for granted today.
Land Rover Series: The darling of municipalities
Whenever the topic of SUVs is brought up, someone invariably mentions how they would love to own a “Range Rover” Defender.
Pope Francis on Thursday threw his weight behind a global push for a cure for deadly Huntington's disease but said scientists should not use human embryos in stem cell research regarded as the best hope of finding one.
400 contacts being traced in Congo's Ebola outbreak: WHO
Health workers are monitoring more than 400 people amid an Ebola outbreak in a remote corner of Congo where already three deaths have been blamed on the virus, the...
Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity: study
Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled...
Congo announces 9 suspected Ebola cases, including 2 deaths
Health authorities are investigating nine suspected cases of Ebola in a remote corner of northern Congo, including two deaths, the country's health minister said Friday.
Side effects emerge after approval for many drugs
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or...