Salam: Politicians, media risking safety of captives
Berri puts faith in Saudi-Iran talks
Gazans return to destroyed homes as truce holds
ISIS: Lebanese man behind Baghdad suicide blast
Rebels take Golan Heights crossing
French authorities have arrested a suspect involved in the bomb plot that Lebanese security forces foiled via a series of raids in June, al-Hayat reports.
Derbas: More than 8,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon
The number of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon exceeds 8,000, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says.
Syria's Assad appoints a new cabinet
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been fighting rebels for the last three years and been isolated by much of the world, issued a decree to form a new government...
American released by Syrian militants thanks Qatar, U.S. officials
A U.S. writer freed this week after being held captive for two years by Syrian insurgents on Wednesday thanked those who had worked for his release and said he was...
Cameroon says kills 27 Boko Haram militants in border clashes
Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of the growing cross-border...
Lebanon to tackle quarries' impact on environment
Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk Wednesday said the Cabinet formed a ministerial committee to draft a plan to regulate the work of quarries.
UN extends UNIFIL mandate
The U.N. Security Council extended the mandate of the Interim Force in Lebanon for an additional year in a decision issued Tuesday evening.
Syria warplanes bomb outskirts of Arsal
Syrian warplanes launch airstrikes on a remote border Lebanese area, targeting militant hideouts, a Lebanese security source tells The Daily Star.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been fighting rebels for the last three years and been isolated by much of the world, issued a decree to form a new government on Wednesday, keeping most key ministers in place.
US considering new relief mission in Iraq
U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under...
Libya ministers resign over militia fighting
The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.
Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor
Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects claims that Ahmet Davutoglu, who is set to replace him as prime minister, would do his bidding as he continues to rule from behind the...
Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of the growing cross-border threat the militants pose.
Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with Uzi
A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities say.
Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO
Finland and Sweden say they will work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency...
Group of Russian soldiers cross into Ukraine town
The Ukrainian military says that more Russian soldiers had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, entering the small town of Amvrosiyivka in five armored infantry...
UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment
A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone arrives in Germany for treatment, officials say.
Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index improved marginally in January and February, picked up pace in March and April, and regressed in May and June 2014.
Europe may bring in its own version of FATCA
Some bankers have said that European states are expected to follow the example of the United States and ask their citizens abroad to disclose their bank accounts to...
Kurds get seizure order axed for Texas tanker
The Kurdistan Regional Government can bring $100 million of crude ashore in Texas after a U.S. judge threw out a court order that would have required federal agents to...
Bond issues to draw big demand despite geopolitics
A revival of international bond issues from the Gulf is set to draw heavy demand from local and foreign investors, despite the latest geopolitical upheavals in the...
Stocks gain on ECB stimulus hopes, U.S. data
World stock indexes rose Tuesday and European bond yields fell on expectations of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and on strong U.S. data.
Harb, mobile firms tackle quality
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb discussed Tuesday with the management of touch and Alfa, Lebanon’s two mobile operators, the recent deterioration in the...
Mobile firms to pitch solutions
Mobile phone operators Tuesday will present to Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb proposals to reduce call interruptions after he urged the firms to find...
Demand for Bank Audi shares continues
Over $19 million worth of Bank Audi shares has changed hands over the past three days in the usually dormant Beirut Stock Exchange.
The Kurdistan Regional Government can bring $100 million of crude ashore in Texas after a U.S. judge threw out a court order that would have required federal agents to seize and hold the cargo for the Iraqi Oil Ministry until a court there decided which government owns it.
Gaza war risks contracting Israeli economy
At the Ashkelon factory of Israeli mattress manufacturer Polyron, the sirens set off by militant rocket fire from the Gaza Strip just 8 kilometers to the south are...
Saudi stocks jump to six-year high
Stocks in Saudi Arabia advanced to the highest since January 2008 after the world’s top oil producer proposed shareholding caps as it prepares to grant foreign...
Erdogan risks bumpier economic ride as president
President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has based his political success on a strong Turkish economy, but a tricky external environment and concerns about the wisdom of...
IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case
IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announces she is charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her...
Europe Bank cleanup driving $1.72T of asset sales
Europe’s largest banks are finally putting hundreds of billions of dollars of unwanted assets up for sale amid mounting competition among buyers and regulatory pressure.
Surging U.S. stocks echo dot-com rally
Every day, the American bull market looks more and more like the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s.
Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11B
Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that creates the world’s third-largest fast-food company and could accelerate...
To avid Middle East watchers, Libya has appeared to be going the way of a failed state for some time now. Unfortunately, the U.S. and much of the West appears to have been a bit slow to catch on.
Height of audacity
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem used a news conference Monday to relay his regime’s latest thoughts on the topic of fighting terror, while contributing nothing...
Which antidote to the Islamic State?
So the United States is bombing targets in Iraq from the air, is active on the ground with hundreds of its special forces, and is exploring targets to bomb in Syria.
Foley’s murder only made the world angrier
The propagandists of the Islamic State must have imagined that their brutal video of the beheading of journalist James Foley would intimidate and terrorize the world.
How the U.S. deals with immigrant children
I’ve lived in the United States for six decades. I’ve worked with presidents and Cabinet secretaries, and with the most desperate refugees from around the world.
Last August, Washington put the Middle East on a war footing in the wake of a chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus which killed hundreds of people.
Game of thrones
Michel Aoun’s proposal on reforming the method by which the president is elected is indicative of his absolute disregard for the stability of the country and his...
Time to wake up
The one-year anniversary of a chemical weapons strike near Damascus, which killed hundreds of civilians and is widely blamed on the Syrian regime, is a good time to...
A way around military futility in Gaza
There is neither symmetry nor equivalence in the capabilities or the suffering of Palestinians and Israelis who have battled each other nonstop since 1947-48.
In Aspen, a near consensus on Russia emerges
At the public kickoff of a discussion in Aspen, Colorado, about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite...
Iraq requires a long U.S. attention span
The reversal suffered by the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, at Mosul dam has raised exaggerated expectations about the ability to...
Iran has great potential, which it squanders
During Iran’s 2013 presidential campaign, Hassan Rouhani marketed himself to a wary Iranian public and hard-line political establishment as the man who could reconcile...
Restarting Japan’s nuclear reactors is risky
Only luck and real courage at 14 nuclear reactors on Japan’s Pacific coast overcame the technical failures of nuclear power and prevented the nation from being...
Asia is poised to enter a sweet spot of reform
Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries – China, India and Indonesia – led by strong, dynamic and reform-minded...
A Kurdish state provokes heated debate
As the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) consolidates its presence in Iraq, the question of an independent Kurdish state has again become the subject of...
Manchester United sank to new depths Tuesday when they crashed out of the League Cup in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons.
Di Maria joins Man United in robes of savior
On top of a British-record transfer fee, Manchester United’s new signing Angel di Maria must also contend with expectations that he will revitalize one of the world’s...
Murray and Williams victorious in U.S. Open
Some busy bees made life difficult for two grizzly veterans, and a pair of favorites were forced to work extra hard on the steamy opening day at the U.S. Open tennis...
US Open 2014: What to watch at year’s last major
Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005...
Rosberg: My version of events is different
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand...
Everton bolster attack with experienced Eto’o
Everton have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Cameroon’s seasoned striker Samuel Eto’o, who was a free agent after leaving Chelsea at the end of...
Lampard retirement adds to England’s problems
Although it was far from unexpected, Frank Lampard’s international retirement increased the challenge facing England manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to move the team...
Reds showed signs of hope despite defeat at City
The party’s over for Liverpool. It is time for them to fight for the right to enjoy another one.
Some busy bees made life difficult for two grizzly veterans, and a pair of favorites were forced to work extra hard on the steamy opening day at the U.S. Open tennis championships Monday.
McEnroe: Djokovic still favorite for U.S. Open
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week’s U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favorite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John...
Williams looking to fly American flag
Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the Stars and Stripes at the U.S. Open as she takes center stage at New York’s Flushing Meadows, with the next...
Prepare for another Federer, Djokovic clash
Top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer are favored to wage another title showdown in the last grand slam of 2014, although some emerging young guns have other...
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday.
Hamilton wonders whether he can trust Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the track, after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, but has ruled...
Ricciardo wins at Spa after title rivals collide
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton provided the drama of the day by...
Five things to know before the Belgian Grand Prix
The intense title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continues at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, as the Formula One championship resumes following a...
Hamilton hopes to play his cards right
Lewis Hamilton says his Formula One title duel with Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg is like a game of poker but the dominant duo may not hold all...
Head coach Ghassan Sarkis has confirmed to The Daily Star that negotiations are under way for him to take over his former club Champville in the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Decision on foreign players expected Tuesday
The Lebanese basketball federation is expected to decide Tuesday on the number of foreign players on each team of the domestic league for the upcoming season.
Khatib edges closer to China move
Lebanon star Fadi El-Khatib is on the brink of making a move to China CBA, according to well-informed sources close to the Daily Star.
Boisterous Ballmer rallies Clipper fans
A fist-pumping, high-fiving Steve Ballmer enthusiastically vowed to run a “hard core” NBA franchise that will win championships during a rally to introduce the new...
U.S. vulnerable without big names: Prigioni
Hosts Spain and several other teams are capable of defeating a United States side missing their biggest names at the Aug. 30-Sept. 14 basketball World Cup, New York...
World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100-meter in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich, organizers said Sunday.
Phelps back a winner in international comeback
It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world’s most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting...
Phelps confident of getting back to his best
Michael Phelps’ comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing.
Mickelson and Kuchar set their sights on Barclays
Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week’s Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical...
Syrian fencer likes cut and thrust of Youth Games
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games.
For a country as small as Lebanon, keeping an eye on its multitude of young fashion designers, with workshops from Dubai to London, can leave one spinning in circles
Cheesy zucchini fries with smoked paprika sauce
Those darn zucchinis! There’s an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big as a blimp.
Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact
At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality...
LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs
LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED...
Tour the streets of Paris with those who know them best - the homeless
What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally.
Fresh ingredients make three summer delights
Let’s get one thing clear – I am not proud of this recipe. And if it weren’t so ridiculously good, I’d be too humiliated to share it.
Gourmet food in a scrap yard setting
Inside a large blue shipping container in Mar Mikhael lies a secret world, where everything has a function but nothing does what it’s supposed to.
Healthy skepticism: Dispelling the diet myths
Lebanese have become more aware of eating well, but in an information-rich world, the line is easily blurred between sound diet advice and unfounded myths.
At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.
Botox may slow tumor growth in stomach cancer
Botox has frozen the faces of countless Hollywood stars, and international researchers said Wednesday the toxic injections might also be able to stop cancer in its...
Our life with Neanderthals was no brief affair
Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two...
Octopus inspires new camouflage material
The octopus’ ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, U.S. researchers have said.
Go For the Food: Yes, do brunch in Rome
Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.
China fishes for growth with largest aquarium
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at...
Thailand ranks No. 1 in beachfront hotels
Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than...
Hungary's truffles add a mystery touch
Fallen branches crack under Istvan Bagi's muddy boots as he paces through a damp forest in the morning mist, tracking his trusty black Labrador on another outing for...
Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?”
Vegas’ storied Sahara casino transformed
That’s no mirage. The Las Vegas Strip has a new casino on the foundations of the old Sahara.
Super price of $3.2M for 1st Superman comic book
A near-flawless edition of the first book featuring cartoon hero Superman from June 1938 has fetched $3.2 million at auction, according to eBay, surging past the...
Reggae makes revival in Jamaica
The main event at fight night in Kingston, a popular boxing showcase, was hours away, but the crowd at the National Stadium’s indoor arena, from the young and hip to...
Australia’s 101-year-old hospital … for dolls
Making customers cry may not be most shopkeepers’ goal, but at Sydney’s 101-year-old Doll Hospital workers take tears as a sign of a job well done.
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to give regular cigarettes a try, U.S researchers said.
Love thy neighbor, it’s good for the heart: study
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
Heart failure patient launches new gene therapy
A 37-year-old British man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid...
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo presented Tuesday the latest edition of Operalia, a competition he described as the "Olympics of the opera".
Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years
Ecstatic fans welcomed British pop singer Kate Bush back to the stage for her first show for 35 years on Tuesday, in the same venue as her only previous tour.
What to watch out for at the Venice Film Festival
It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
Disney seeks drone-related air show patents
Walt Disney Co has filed for three drone-related patents that it says could lead to an era of aerial movie screens and larger-than-life puppets flying through the sky.
Ex-007 Brosnan back as spy in new action thriller
Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in "The November Man," an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses,...
Prince to release new albums after record label bust-up
US pop star Prince will release two new albums at the end of September, his record label said on Tuesday, marking the end of one of the longest-running employment...
Ty Segall at height of his powers
Ty Segall, "Manipulator" (Drag City)
In another time and collective mental headspace Ty Segall might have been a pop star.
Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards
Beyonce closed the MTV Video Music Awards with an epic nearly 20-minute performance, and tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband...
Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets
Europe's biggest street party the Notting Hill Carnival in London drew vast crowds on Sunday as revellers gathered for reggae, steel bands and dancing.
Aging superheroes at Venice Film Festival
Hollywood greats Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Jennifer Aniston are set to dazzle this year’s Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday with tales of war and the...
Iraq museum inaugurates two halls of statues
The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered...
Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in "The November Man," an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses, with explosive effect.
'As Above' so-so
"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below.
'Breaking Bad' and Bryan Cranston win Emmy Awards
"Modern Family" won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in...
'Life of Crime' misses Leonard's rhythm
Some may pine for George Clooney's chin or Scarlett Johansson's lips, but no body part should be more envied than Elmore Leonard's ear.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' rockets to top of box office
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," the critically acclaimed science-fiction superhero romp, skyrocketed to the top spot at the North American box office over the...
The Emmy awards saw a sea of red and white gowns with sleek silhouettes on Monday, as television's top talent channeled golden age glamour for Hollywood's first red carpet of the major awards season.
Stars flock to Venice as world's oldest film fest begins
The Venice film festival kicks off Wednesday with the arrival of stars by water taxi for an art house dominated line-up rich with tales of war, poetry and the mafia.
Miley Cyrus' date wanted by US police
The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.
Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe
Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy was arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon...
In cosmic tribute, Emmys bid adieu to Robin Williams
With a lump in his throat and a somber tremble in his voice, actor Billy Crystal paid a cosmic tribute to Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, two...