A reported clash Tuesday night near a Palestinian base in the mountains above the Bekaa Valley village of Qousaya appears to have been the latest probe by Syrian militants to look for weak points along Lebanon’s eastern border with Syria.
Lebanon’s Arabic Press Digest - Oct. 23, 2014
A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest for Daily Star readers.
Airstrikes target oil field in Deir al-Zor
Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour that borders Iraq.
Malaysia charges three with supporting ISIS
A Malaysian court Thursday charged three men with supporting ISIS after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the militants fighting in Iraq...
Cyprus president hospitalized in Brussels
The president of Cyprus is admitted to a hospital in Brussels after a prolonged nosebleed that doctors said was caused by hypertension, an official said Thursday.
Parliament extension expected next month
Parliament is expected to meet early next month to extend its mandate, parliamentary sources Wednesday, as Speaker Nabih Berri vowed not to hold general elections in...
Nasrallah offers support to Kahwagi: report
Hezbollah is ready to coordinate with the Army to protect Lebanon's borders, party chief Hasan Nasrallah tells Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, according to a report...
Taif largely seen as failure on Lebanese street
In a corner shop in Al-Tariq al-Jadideh whose walls were lined with precariously balanced towers of pomegranates and oranges, Khaled Lababidi was talking history and...
Police expand presence in Jerusalem after car attack
Jerusalem police vowed a "zero tolerance" policy towards violence Thursday after a Palestinian rammed his car into a crowd, killing a baby and triggering clashes across...
Palestinian rams car into Jerusalem crowd
A Palestinian rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people in what Israeli police said was a “hit-and-run terror...
Israeli navy arrests seven Palestinian fishermen
Israel’s navy arrested seven Palestinian fishermen off northern Gaza Wednesday, officials on both sides said, with the army claiming their boats had strayed beyond the...
Rwanda seeks BBC ban over 'genocide denial'
Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the...
Bomb blast kills 5 at bus station in north Nigeria
A bomb explodes at a bus station in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state late on Wedneday, killing at least five people and wounding 12, police said.
China says wants closer military ties with Iran
China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media report, reaffirming...
Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church
After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis.
Lebanon’s government plans to issue a $450 million Eurobond by the end of this year in order to meet the country’s funding needs, the country’s finance minister told Reuters.
Microfinance association to streamline sector
The launch Wednesday of a new microfinance association that gathers non-governmental organizations and financial institutions under one umbrella will minimize...
Egypt tourism minister confident of recovery
Egypt’s tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country’s most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient...
Oil reliance hindering Iran: Khamenei
Iran’s dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic’s economy at the mercy of major powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
Flat Coke, IBM struggle to please investors
Coca-Cola Co. and International Business Machines Corp. got a stark message from investors this week: If they can’t keep their businesses in growth mode, they’d better...
Khalil targets real estate department graft
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil referred a number of officials and staff in the Real Estate Department to the prosecution office on suspicion of corruption and abuse...
Onshore oil bill making the rounds
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration will be reviewing a draft bill on onshore petroleum resources before returning it to the government for further assessment, a...
Period up to June sees spike in factory licenses
The number of industrial licenses approved in the first six months of 2014 rose to 258 permits compared to 211 in the same period last year, with much of the rise...
Egypt’s tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country’s most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient pyramids or Red Sea resorts after three years of upheaval is a daunting task.
Iran shuns image as OPEC hawk
Iran, eager for an end to sanctions that have restricted its oil exports, is shunning its image as OPEC’s price hawk by avoiding calls for an emergency session of the...
Egypt eyes illegal buildings as housing solution
Egypt plans to offer cheap loans for completing apartments in unfinished buildings thrown up illegally across its cities, hoping to tackle a housing crisis that has...
Syria plans to import 1M tons of wheat
Syria plans to import 1 million tons of wheat as loss of government control over large swaths of farmland and a poor harvest has cut domestic purchases by half, a...
Coca-Cola Co. and International Business Machines Corp. got a stark message from investors this week: If they can’t keep their businesses in growth mode, they’d better do something about it – and fast.
Total names refining boss to replace de Margerie
French oil company Total has appointed refining boss Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to succeed Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow...
European stocks advance for a second day
European stocks advanced, posting their biggest two-day rally in almost 16 months, as speculation the European Central Bank would boost stimulus outweighed some...
Total names new head, and chairman
Total names Patrick Pouyanne, currently head of refining and chemicals, as its new chief executive while former CEO Thierry Desmarest was appointed chairman, a union...
Total CEO killed in Moscow jet crash
Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total, was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking...
While the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition conducts under a dozen air raids around Ain al-Arab a day, Syria’s regime seems to be intensifying its bombardments across the country, with over 200 airstrikes over a 36-hour period in recent days.
Lebanese politicians are certainly adept at two things – using technology and predicting the future.
An ounce of prevention on terrorism in Abu Dhabi
“Hedayah” certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here in Abu Dhabi.
ISIS is the latest of many Islamisms
The frightening rise and expansion of ISIS, which has now triggered yet another round of American-led foreign military attacks in the Levant, continues to confound many...
ISIS is a game changer for Algeria
The emergence of ISIS as a military force and existential threat to Iraq has once more turned the region into a global strategic playground for extremists.
With a fatality rate of 70 percent and no certified cure, people around the world are understandably concerned about Ebola.
Practice what you preach
Lebanon’s interior minister engaged in a good deal of candor when he spoke over the weekend about responsibility for the security situation in the country.
There was something familiar in the ebb and flow of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the summer, when a steady rise in optimism about the future was...
Obama should contain, not escalate against ISIS
From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.
There’s nothing to fear but panic itself
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had...
New hair-brained ideas in the Middle East
Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the...
Unleashing Africa’s girl power
Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies have boomed in recent years.
New battlegrounds in development finance
The popularity of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to support infrastructure development in emerging countries is growing worldwide.
Letter to the editor
The following is the full text of a letter to the editor from the ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in response to two recent editorials published by...
Democracy should be given a chance
Throughout this year we have witnessed key events in emerging democracies that have resulted in counter-democratic moves.
Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.
Nadal beats Herbert for Basel last-eight place
Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday to reach the Swiss Indoors...
Fittipaldi in top panel for Bianchi crash probe
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules...
Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory...
Williams suffers heaviest loss in 16 years
Simona Halep handed an out-of-sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world No. 1 6-0, 6-2 at the...
Ferguson: United was too big for Moyes
Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on David Moyes’ short, traumatic reign at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job...
Roma debacle against Bayern seen as one-off
AS Roma’s 7-1 home defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League is being seen in Italy as an unfortunate one-off, rather than another sad reflection on the dismal...
Origi and Lukaku clash in Europa League
A battle of Belgian strikers will enliven Everton’s Europa League clash at Lille Thursday, while Tottenham Hotspur need a boost against high-flying Greeks Asteras...
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.
Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia
Valentino Rossi of Italy wins his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP - and first since 2005 - when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.
Montezemolo: Alonso leaving to win again
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team’s ex-chairman Luca...
Marussia hits out at false Bianchi reports
Formula One team Marussia has hit back at claims it contributed to Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by urging him to ignore yellow...
Simona Halep handed an out-of-sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world No. 1 6-0, 6-2 at the WTA Finals Wednesday.
Federer flirts with perfection
Life couldn’t be better – or more surprising – for Roger Federer as the 33-year-old takes aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss...
Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova
Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world No. 1 by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6(4)...
Williams, Halep enjoy opening wins
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to open the defense of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in the opening...
Serena slams Russian chief for sexist bullying
World No. 1 Serena Williams slammed Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev for making an “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comment, after he...
Riyadi wrapped up their record 14th Houssam Din al-Hariri tournament title and fourth in a row after defeating Moroccan champions AS Sale 87-66 in the finals Friday.
Riyadi face AS Sale in quest for 14th title
Lebanon’s Riyadi edged closer to title number 14 in the Houssam al-Din Hariri basketball tournament by defeating Sporting Egypt 75-61 in the semifinals Thursday to set...
Riyadi stretch unbeaten run to four
Reigning champions Riyadi finished on top of the standings of the preliminary round of the Houssam al-Hariri tournament after beating direct rivals AS Sale from Morocco...
Riyadi keep perfect record in Hariri tournament
Lebanese champions Riyadi Beirut remained unbeaten in the Houssam El-Din Hariri tournament, after registering their third victory against Sporting of Egypt 86-76 Monday.
Riyadi notch second win of Hariri tournament
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut claimed their second victory in the 24th Houssam Din Al-Hariri basketball tournament after edging Tunisia’s ESS 68-63 Sunday.
Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of grueling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial – Tour de France organizers have designed one of the most exciting courses for the 2015 race, which will heavily favor the climbers.
Croatian boxer gets life ban for hitting referee
Croatian amateur boxer Vido Loncar and his coaches have been given provisional life bans by world body AIBA after he hit a Polish referee and continued punching him on...
McIlroy taking time off for legal dispute
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is taking time away from golf early next year to better deal with the multimillion dollar legal dispute he has with his former management...
Golovkin stops Rubio in 2nd, defends WBA title
Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday night, defending his WBA middleweight title with his 18th consecutive stoppage victory.
Golovkin tries to keep KO streak alive
Gennady Golovkin puts his unbeaten record and World Boxing Association middleweight world title on the line Saturday against resilient Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio –...
Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said Monday.
HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own
Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.
Debate over ethics of deleting negative reviews
Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy.
Moscow hotel goes halal to woo Muslim visitors
No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors...
Paralyzed man walks again after novel procedure
A paralyzed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment which one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough “more impressive than a...
Motor Kombat: Porsche 991 Carrera vs. BMW M4
Some cars are not meant to be compared. Seriously, just the idea of putting a BMW M4 and a 911 on the same page is ludicrous, let alone pitting them against each other.
Twitter tweets start to sing
Twitter on Thursday began letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular messaging service.
‘World of Tanks’ game finds ally in ‘Fury’ film
“Fury” is rolling into “World of Tanks.” Before the World War II tank drama reaches U.S. theaters Oct. 17, video gamers can make like Brad Pitt’s character, Sgt. Don...
Five free things in Berlin: Cold War legacy
In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century.
Chablis: the world’s purest chardonnay
The Chablis region of France produces the world’s purest expression of chardonnay.
Relics stir Queen of Sheba mythos at Smithsonian
Growing up in California in the 1950s, Merilyn Phillips Hodgson lived in awe of her big brother, a strapping young American adventurer on the trail of the biblical...
A paralyzed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment which one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough “more impressive than a man walking on the moon” – although others urged caution.
Ebola: Five questions about the killer virus
The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever...
Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex
Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about...
Under new world vines, glimpse of old world wine
With its acclaimed shiraz and other experimental varietals, the Casale del Giglio estate near Rome is at the cutting edge of Italian winemaking.
'Hidden hunger,' often overshadowed but devastating
A major international research group rings alarm bells over the scourge of hidden hunger, also known as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affects over two billion...
Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger Champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages.
Oscar de la Renta dies at age 82
At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model...
On the road to find the world’s funniest person
It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns...
Thin is in for grilled zucchini
Summer may be done, but the proliferation of zucchini continues. And we might as well make the most of it. Because even though zucchini is available all year, the...
Tory Burch book gives look at what inspires her
Tory Burch’s new book is all about color, a compilation of the influences that inspire her, from people to music to art to culture to travel to home design.
It seems plenty of people were willing to brave traveling off the beaten track to reach the Potter’s Festival held at Bkerzay in the Chouf at the weekend.
Affection not affected: Hala Ajam's makeup
Makeup is an art mastered by few. Contrary to what many believe, it’s not the quantity or intensity of the product that enhances a woman’s beauty.
France in the heart of Mar Mikhael
The Beirut district of Mar Mikhael’s historical train station will be transformed into a platform of cultural exchange between France and Lebanon during a...
Sidon’s Nijmeh Square gets a facelift
The municipality of Sidon is now in the last stages of reconstructing its main square, as part of a bigger project of rehabilitation in the city.
Single, but not simple: Single malt Scotch
For Lebanese drinkers, Scotch is a familiar taste: warm, soothing and a bit smoky.
Renee Zellweger hit back Wednesday at the online furore triggered by her new-look face, saying she was simply older and happier.
Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza
Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing...
Filming in fear: Edward Snowden as 'Citizenfour'
U.S. documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen.
Animated robots and trolls dig up new film fans
An oversized personal health-care robot assistant might seem out of place next to the princesses and furry animals that have won over legions of fans, young and old, in...
Paris's Picasso museum finally reopens
A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Paris's Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a...
'Goodfellas' actor sues 'The Simpsons' for $250 mn
"Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero is suing Fox Television for $250 million for allegedly ripping off his wise-guy cinematic character and using it on "The Simpsons.
Argentina complains to BBC over Top Gear
Argentina’s ambassador in London has made a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing Jeremy Clarkson, the host of globally popular TV motoring show “Top Gear,” of...
Sax and the City: Kenny G hits sour note in China
Best-selling U.S. jazz musician Kenny G struck a bum note in China on Wednesday when he appeared among Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, prompting the country's...
"Annabelle" beats "The Judge" for Lebanon top spot
Drawing in the same faith-based crowds that popularized "The Conjuring," "Annabelle" edge out "The Judge" to hold top spot at Lebanon's box office.
'Fury' wins war at N. American box office
Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" slayed its way straight to the top of North America's box office, knocking "Gone Girl" out of first place, industry data showed Monday.
'New Girl,' 'Cosmos' win Environmental Media Award
TV's "New Girl," ''Parenthood" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" have been recognized for supporting green initiatives by the Environmental Media Association.
A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Paris's Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a fraught $71-million renovation.
David Cronenberg joins filmmaker-novelists ranks
To finish his first novel, David Cronenberg had to work around a few other projects, like the four movies he completed over the past eight years.
How Cooper will stay limber for 'Elephant Man'
Bradley Cooper will contort his body into uncomfortable positions for eight shows a week when he begins his run in the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man.
Madonna memorabilia takes center stage in celebrity auction
Costumes, gowns and jewelry worn by Madonna in films such as "Evita" and "A League of Their Own" and in the "Material Girl" music video will be the highlights of a...
Art or pornography? Marquis de Sade explored
An unreconstructed libertine who made debauchery into high art or a vile pornographer who tried to justify rape, murder and pedophilia?
U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera
Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural...
Lorde's 'Royals' banned by baseball rivals
Lorde's smash hit "Royals" is suddenly taking on a renewed significance -- and, to one set of sports fans, unwelcome -- as the Kansas City Royals head to baseball's...
Pitbull to host American Music Awards
Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards.
1948 Palestinians risk arrest for Arab Idol
Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition.