Whether inside the country or as refugees, Syrian women have borne the brunt of the conflict over the last four years, forced to become the breadwinners of families which have been torn apart, while often facing untold abuses and exploitations.
Jihadi John link deepens Kuwait security unease
Reports that ISIS’ most notorious executioner was born on their soil have stirred deep unease among Kuwaitis about the vulnerability of their country to wars in Iraq...
Veteran journalist tackles media bias, lies
“It’s great to be back here,” said veteran U.S. journalist Jim Clancy as he sipped a fresh carrot juice at a cafe in Downtown Beirut.
Bassil inks 12 deals on Latin America tour
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil concluded his tour of Latin American countries after having signed 12 agreements, he announced in a news conference in Beirut Friday.
Can Clinton learn from 2008 mistakes?
Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around.
Widespread outrage after ISIS bulldozes Nimrud
Condemnation poured in Friday of the ISIS’ bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadis’ latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures that the U.N. termed a “war...
Study: 46,000 Twitter accounts linked to ISIS
At least 46,000 Twitter accounts have been linked to supporters of ISIS in late 2014, a research report released in Washington showed.
Five hurt as car rams into Jerusalem pedestrians
A driver plowed into pedestrians in occupied Jerusalem Friday, injuring five people in an attack that further inflamed tensions a day after the Palestinians vowed to...
Saudi-Lebanese operation foils drug-smuggling bid
An attempt to smuggle $3 million worth of drugs into Saudi Arabia from Lebanon has been foiled, the Lebanese police announced Friday.
Al-Akhbar blames cost as it closes English site
The English-language website of one of Lebanon’s most outspoken newspapers abruptly ended operations Friday, after a three-and-a-half-year stint, while plans to launch...
Hermel-Baalbek launches anti-smoking initiative
Hermel-Baalbek Governor Bashir Khodr announced Friday the launch of an anti-smoking initiative, which will designate public institutions in the region as smoke-free...
Obama says police racism not isolated
U.S. President Barack Obama said he believes deep racism unearthed in Ferguson, Missouri’s police department is not common but could exist elsewhere in the country.
Sweet cravings will make sugar curbs hard
U.N. recommendations to curb sugar intake may face an uphill battle for acceptance confronted by an ingrained human yearning for sweetness, experts say.
Two men lynched over sex assaults in India
Indian police were Friday investigating two separate lynchings in which men were beaten to death by frenzied crowds in anger over alleged assaults on young women.
Attempted murder charge for U.S. envoy attacker
South Korean police Friday charged the man behind a shocking knife attack on the U.S. ambassador with attempted murder, while investigating his possible links with...
Bank loans are the primary reason for the economic growth in Lebanon amid a sharp drop in foreign direct investments and unchanged capital inflow, the president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon said Thursday.
Private sector activity at a five-month low
Private sector activity contracted to its lowest level in five months during February, according to the BLOM Lebanon Purchasing Managers’ Index which was released...
Erdogan blames speculators, dollar for lira fall
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed an “interest rate lobby” of speculators for the Turkish lira’s slide and said he would discuss its decline with the country’s...
BP signs $12B deal to develop Egypt gas field
U.K.-based energy company BP Friday announced agreements worth $12 billion to develop a major gas field in Egypt, which has been trying to attract foreign investment...
Ruble rallies to 2015 high
The ruble climbed to the strongest level this year as stabilizing oil prices and a cease-fire in Ukraine propelled the currency of the world’s biggest energy exporter...
Developers shift from offices to housing
An overall economic slowdown has prompted real estate developers to shy away from retail and commercial projects, industry experts said, noting that the residential...
Gasoline prices in Lebanon on the rise
Fuel prices continued to increase across Lebanon, a statement released Wednesday by the Water and Energy Ministry showed.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed an “interest rate lobby” of speculators for the Turkish lira’s slide and said he would discuss its decline with the country’s embattled central bank and the government’s economy czar.
Gulf arms race fuels UAE defense industry
Soaring Middle Eastern arms budgets are spurring the United Arab Emirates to build a home-grown defense industry capable of meeting more of its own military needs while...
Emirates chief to battle subsidy charges in D.C.
Emirates President Tim Clark said he’d travel to Washington this month to defend his airline against allegations from U.S. carriers that Gulf operators receive...
Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal
Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt’s Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project...
The ruble climbed to the strongest level this year as stabilizing oil prices and a cease-fire in Ukraine propelled the currency of the world’s biggest energy exporter to the best performance in emerging markets.
Draghi declares win for bond-buying
Mario Draghi is claiming victory for his quantitative-easing program before it even starts.
Apple to replace AT&T in Dow industrials
Apple Inc., the largest U.S. company by market value, will join the storied Dow Jones industrial average, replacing AT&T Inc., in a change that reflects the dominant...
Euro drops toward parity with dollar
The euro could soon be doing something it has only done a couple of times in its 16-year existence – trading 1-to-1 with the dollar.
ECB raises growth forecasts
The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next.
Lebanon’s Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi took to the airwaves Friday to declare that all has been forgiven on the Casino du Liban front. Nearly 200 Casino workers had protested against being fired – for failing to report to work over many years.
Parody of peacemaking
Vapid U.N. “peacemaking” efforts in Syria have ground to a virtual halt, despite the periodic talks, statements and visits by those involved.
A Palestinian warning shot at Israel
The recommendation by the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council (PLO-CC) this week to suspend the two-decades-old security coordination with Israel...
Netanyahu created a zero-sum game with the U.S.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday.
Bibi has his Peter Pan moment in Washington
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United States Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential...
Cabinet back on course
Lebanon’s Cabinet appears poised to turn the corner after months of internal bickering produced a state of paralysis.
Netanyahu’s empty words
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial and long-anticipated speech to Congress Tuesday contained all of the predictable generalizations and sweeping...
Denying Israel atrocities
John Kerry offered the usual type of spirited defense of Israeli behavior Monday, when he addressed the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.
The recommendation by the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council (PLO-CC) this week to suspend the two-decades-old security coordination with Israel illustrates the depths of meanness, desperation and irrationality that have come to define the broken relationship between the Palestinians and Israelis.
On Iran, Arabs deeply mistrust Obama
What was striking in Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday was how the Israeli prime minister exploited the Obama...
Much more is needed to overwhelm ISIS
The intense debate taking place across the world in recent months about the precise nature of and motivating forces behind ISIS is impressive and useful, but still...
With Egypt, realpolitik over idealism is right
The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United States Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran.
Germany is playing a new role
In the last few weeks, the two crises confronting Europe – in Ukraine and Greece – both escalated.
Look for fingerprints of life on other planets
The recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist – something we did not know only five years...
Has the Coptic pope groveled too much?
On Christmas Eve on Jan. 6, 2015, when Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president to attend a church on the Coptic holy day, the congregation erupted in...
What Netanyahu’s betrayal revealed
Why did he do it? What possessed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to accept an invitation from the Republicans in the U.S. Congress to come and attack...
Nejmeh’s hopes of retaining their league crown were dealt a hammer blow Friday after Theo Bucker’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Tadamon Sour in matchday 17 of the Lebanese Premier League.
No drums, beer, banners: a dull Copa America?
In a bid to keep South America’s notorious “barra brava” hooligans away from football stadiums, Chile is implementing strict rules that fans complain will take the fizz...
What’s new in the Formula One paddock for 2015
Formula One starts a new season in Australia on March 15 with a number of changes to the rules and regulations, as well as new faces in the paddock.
Wozniacki survives first round in Malaysia
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki atoned for a first-round exit last year by cruising past China’s Wang Yafan Tuesday at the WTA Malaysian Open.
Bayern face Hanover test ahead of Shakhtar
Bayern Munich, fresh from reaching the German Cup quarterfinals, are tuning up for next week’s finely balanced Champions League tie with a trip to Hanover Saturday.
Pressure on Inzaghi as Juve look to tighten lead
The coaching future of former AC Milan star Filippo Inzaghi could hinge on the ailing Italian giants’ home fixture with Verona Saturday, as Juventus look to tighten...
PSG firing on four fronts as Chelsea loom
Paris Saint-Germain have the perfect opportunity to go top of Ligue 1 Saturday, when they host lowly Lens ahead of their Champions League showdown against Chelsea in...
F1 Champion Hamilton seeks greater dominance
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping his Mercedes team will be even more dominant this season even if he also wants rivals to give him more of a challenge.
Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team...
Michael Schumacher’s son to drive in Formula 4
Michael Schumacher’s 15-year-old son Mick has outgrown kart racing and is moving up to Formula 4, a series for young talents.
Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win
Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months Sunday, beating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 to win the Argentina Open.
Japan’s Nishikori soars to world No. 4
Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday’s new world rankings, equaling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country’s highest-ranked tennis player.
Federer, Djokovic to meet in Dubai final
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-0 5-7 6-4 at the Dubai Championships Friday to set up a dream final with Roger Federer.
Murray suffers shock defeat to lucky loser
Andy Murray, the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has this week risen to world No. 3, suffered one of the most remarkable defeats of his career when he was...
Seasoned veteran and point guard Corey Williams almost pulled off a triple-double, as he helped Tadamon scrape past Champville 107-99 after overtime Friday in round one of the group stage of the Lebanese Basketball League at Dik al-Mehdi.
Sagesse easily crush Hoops 82-54
Sagesse cruised to a comfortable 82-54 victory against Hoops at Ghazir Thursday in round one of the group stage of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Arakji buzzer-beater rescues Riyadi
Wael Arakji scored a controversial buzzer-beating layup Wednesday night to lead league-leaders Riyadi over Homenetmen 100-99 at Manara in round one of the group stage.
Rampant Hawks steamroll over Harden-less Rockets
Atlanta showed why they are top of the NBA standings by coming from 18 points down to beat Houston 104-96 Tuesday, with Jeff Teague’s 25 points leading the Hawks to a...
Sagesse, Riyadi file appeals against league bans
Sagesse and Riyadi filed respective appeals Tuesday to protest the decision of Lebanese basketball’s governing body to ban American scorer Terrell Stoglin for three...
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a calm, unbeaten 45 to guide India to a four-wicket victory over West Indies Friday, sending the holders into the World Cup quarterfinals.
50 Cent to bet $1.6M on Mayweather
Curtis Jackson, the rap music star better known as 50 Cent, says he will bet $1.6 million on pal Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao in their May boxing showdown.
Phelps could be reinstated for worlds
Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swim champion who agreed not to compete at this year’s World Championships, could be reinstated for the meet by USA Swimming, ESPN...
Australia crush Afghanistan with record score
Australia flexed their batting muscles to rack up the highest ever World Cup total as they crushed Afghanistan by a tournament record margin to revive their stuttering...
High-scoring South Africa thump Ireland
South Africa put one foot in the World Cup quarterfinals by batting past the 400-run mark for the second successive match to hand Ireland a thumping defeat by 201 runs...
Tucked away in a Gemmayzeh side street, an old building played host to a silent wedding last week. Potted plants dotted the ground as lifeless brides and grooms dangled from the ceiling, but love filled the room.
Caritas Ashrafieh opens arts & crafts fair
The Ashrafieh Branch of Caritas Lebanon launched its three-day annual arts and crafts fair Wednesday at the Beirut district’s landmark Hotel Alexandre.
When in Paris: Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week
Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain's show Thursday, showing off newly platinum locks.
Snoop drips it like it’s hot at Etam Paris show
Snoop Dogg raised the pulse at Paris Fashion Week with a surprise concert and DJ set at Etam’s bikini-themed lingerie pool collection that went on into the early hours...
3 reasons Apple's watch will or won't change the game
No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives.
Exode: Not your average art gallery
Exode, located just up the road from Gemmayzeh, is not your typical art gallery.
Start living right, with the help of an app
We all have that little voice in the back of our heads that tries to make us do the right thing – eat more fruit and veg, take the stairs and not the lift.
Mini Studio children’s theater opens in Beirut
Famous kids TV show “Mini Studio Club” and the Monroe Hotel have joined forces to set up the first theater in Beirut dedicated to children.
Afghans ‘war rugs’ reflect bloody decades
More than three decades of war have damaged Afghanistan’s once-thriving carpet industry, but weavers are tapping into the bloody past to boost their fortunes with “war...
Ciao Milan, bonjour Paris Fashion Week
Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris!
Rare ‘alien of the deep’ goblin shark found
A rare sea creature described as an “alien of the deep” has been found off Australia and delivered to a museum which Tuesday showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like...
NASA craft in visit to dwarf planet Ceres
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration.
Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year.
Small SUVs, sports cars rule at Geneva
Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things this year at the Geneva International Motor Show this year.
Apple car rumors fuel Geneva debate
The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car.
One thing you can always count on in the automobile industry is that car models will keep getting bigger and more upscale with every subsequent generation.
Super lightweight supercars dominate at Geneva
Koenigsegg is Swedish for “crazy.” OK, really it’s the maker of an especially exotic line of hyperfast track cars. But it feels like there should be a blanket...
The new Ferrari 488 GTB is the most beautiful car
In Geneva Tuesday, Ferrari launched the first turbocharged car it has made in decades: the 488 GTB.
Nimble 2-Series injects fun back in BMW
If I’ve learned anything since we first introduced The Daily Star’s automotive fixtures several months ago, it’s that test-driving new cars would be impossible without...
Taxes price Lebanese out of life’s pleasures
Whenever I plan on test-driving a car, I always prepare ahead of time in order to know what to look for. Usually this involves reading up on the car online, checking...
The perception of Maui as a destination for the rich is only partially true. Flights and hotels can be pricy. The only down season is for about two weeks at the start of December.
Taj Mahal’s secret legend
It is no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved queen who died giving birth to their 14th...
It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines...
Dominica adventure, Barbados relaxation
“Are you sure this is the right way?” I asked, my leg flailing to find another crevice in the tree knots below me. Luca, my husband, responded with a grunt – not very...
Take a trek up St. Patrick’s mountain
Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the lush countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding.
Germany is experiencing a red explosion, possibly attributable to climate change, with the result that riesling is no longer the only grape.
Pressure cooking is safe and easy
It’s one of the most pervasive of culinary cliches – the exploding pressure cooker. And thanks to it, all manner of otherwise adept home cooks fearfully retreat from...
UN: World eating too much sugar
Put down the donut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup. New guidelines from the WHO says the world is eating too much sugar.
Penis size: Research provides the long and short of it
What is an 'average' size for a penis?
Winter begs for a hearty stew
A brimming pot of hearty stew is a gift in so many ways during the gray, bone-chilling days of winter.
Thick metal disks fly through the air, landing with a plunk in a pool of wet clay. Splatters of liquid radiate out from the point of impact like shrapnel from an incoming shell.
Pioneering Syrian actor Omar Hajjo passes away
Renowned Syrian actor Omar Hajjo died in Damascus Wednesday morning of a heart attack, according to a report from SANA.
Harrison Ford survives crash landing
When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun?
Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles
Actor Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday in the crash of a small airplane on a Los Angeles golf course, celebrity website TMZ reported.
Tribeca Festival blends films, live performances in varied slate
From a crime drama starring actress Glenn Close to an Arnold Schwarzenegger film about a deadly zombie epidemic to an expose of the financial crisis, the Tribeca Film...
Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went wrong
With Syria’s civil war spilling across its borders and ISIS militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it’s little wonder Syrian films have had...
Dubai launches first 3-D pavement art festival
The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, featuring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in...
Swedish museum uses Romanian beggars as props
By putting two Romanian beggars on display in their latest show, Swedish artists meant to raise questions about global inequality. Instead they find themselves accused...
Oprah Winfrey prevails in 'Own Your Power' lawsuit
Oprah Winfrey has prevailed in a trademark lawsuit challenging her use of the phrase "Own Your Power" in her namesake magazine, on TV, on websites and in social media...
Madonna: Working out saved me from injuries after fall
Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna: The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn't suffer much after falling during her performance...
Queen Elizabeth strips entertainer Rolf Harris of honor
Britain's Queen Elizabeth has stripped veteran entertainer Rolf Harris of an honor she bestowed on him in 2006, basing the move on his conviction for child sex crimes...
From a crime drama starring actress Glenn Close to an Arnold Schwarzenegger film about a deadly zombie epidemic to an expose of the financial crisis, the Tribeca Film Festival unveiled a varied slate of movies on Thursday.
Cate Blanchett on evil and kindness in Cinderella
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character – Cinderella’s evil...
With Syria's civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies...
Cate Blanchett on being evil in 'Cinderella'
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character - Cinderella's evil...
Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentary projects
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high-profile name to partner with Netflix Inc, as he and his production company Appian Way will produce a documentary and a series...
Paul McCartney is extending a world tour with nine dates in Europe, including an emotional return to the Beatles' native Liverpool and a headline appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival.
Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita to release debut album
Austria's bearded drag queen sensation Conchita Wurst, winner of last year's Eurovision Song Contest, said Thursday that her debut album would be released on May 13.
'Australian Idol' winner to compete in Eurovision
Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian was Thursday unveiled as the nation's wildcard entry into the Eurovision song contest, prompting both excitement and...
Rapper Big Sean beats Kid Rock to top of Billboard 200 chart
Rapper Big Sean topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, beating out rocker Kid Rock.
Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Gaye music for hit song
Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit...