Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said Sunday following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment.
Gabon students angry at sex-for-grades pressure
In Gabon, they’re called “sexually transmitted grades” – when university teachers use the threat of giving low marks in order to coerce female students into providing...
Raqqa gives clues to Daesh’s bygone media empire
“Special operations by the Caliphate’s soldiers!” boasts a torn, blood-stained pamphlet at a bombed-out media kiosk in Syria’s Raqqa, a symbol of Daesh’s (ISIS) once...
Daesh foreign fighters ‘better off dead’ in Raqqa
The forces fighting the remnants of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the militant group by the thousands: Kill...
LF awaits investigation after Akkar office arson
The Kataeb Party and the Lebanese Forces Sunday said they were still waiting on the results of investigations into an arson attack on their offices in north Lebanon’s...
No pomp as Russia revolution centenary nears
A century after its revolution shook the world, Russia strives to strike an odd balance between remembering the uprising that brought about the Soviet Union, while...
Abe to push Japan constitution reform
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday’s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation’s longest serving premier...
Petrobras applies to swap environmental fines for services
Brazil's Petr?leo Brasileiro SA has applied to federal environmental agency Ibama to provide environmental protection services in exchange for wiping out all its fines...
“Special operations by the Caliphate’s soldiers!” boasts a torn, blood-stained pamphlet at a bombed-out media kiosk in Syria’s Raqqa, a symbol of Daesh’s (ISIS) once fearsome propaganda machine.
Raqqa’s residents glimpse city in ruins
Tears streaming down her freckled face, 35-year-old Asya took in the shattered glass, gutted storefronts and crumbling cafes – all that remain of her favorite shopping...
Morocco protesters’ families face long road
A 1,200-kilometer round bus trip taking about 22 hours: that is the weekly grind faced by families of activists arrested over a protest movement in northern Morocco if...
Kurdish opposition party urges Barzani to quit
Gorran, a main opposition party to Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, Sunday called for his resignation, and for a “national salvation government” to be formed to...
The Kataeb Party and the Lebanese Forces Sunday said they were still waiting on the results of investigations into an arson attack on their offices in north Lebanon’s Akkar before they make accusations.
Governor-general of Australia begins visit
Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Lynn Cosgrove arrived in Lebanon Sunday on a three-day visit, an airport source told The Daily Star.
Police investigate church bell theft near Anfeh
A church bell was stolen Sunday near the northern town of Anfeh, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Army detonates explosive device near Arsal
The Lebanese Army announced Saturday the discovery and detonation of an explosive device near the northeastern town of Arsal.
Army detonates explosive near Arsal
Economists cautiously welcomed the ratification of the 2017 budget by the Parliament, the first bill to be approved by the House since 2005.
TSC staff protest near Kuwait Embassy over wages
Dozens of TSC supermarket chains in Lebanon and representatives of labor unions staged a sit-in in front of the Kuwaiti Embassy in Beirut Thursday to demand the prompt...
Doubt returns to the oilfields of Kurdistan
International oil companies operating in the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq are no strangers to political instability or difficult operating environments.
Make money via Tehran, Trump tells Paris, Berlin
U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday he does not object to France and Germany continuing trade with Iran, despite his refusal to certify the...
Trump eyes Powell, Taylor, Yellen for Fed chair
U.S. President Donald Trump said he’s considering Stanford University economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell for the top job at the central...
Oil wealth fund a top priority: ministers, MPs
Lebanese ministers and lawmakers pledged Thursday to speed up the creation of a sovereign wealth fund for future proceeds from oil and gas exploration.
Salameh reinstates subsidized housing loans
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh Thursday reinstated subsidized housing and productive loans worth $1.25 billion in order to maintain BDL’s policy of reactivating the...
Financially hit TSC closes supermarkets
The Kuwait-based company TSC seems to be closing the curtain on its investments in Lebanon as employees of the supermarket chain plan a demonstration Thursday to demand...
Saudi fund flexes muscles with projects worth bil
Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund is on a roll. In the past month alone, the Public Investment Fund announced projects valued at more than $10 billion – in industries ranging...
Dubai property jewel set to end UAE IPO drought
The company that helped build entire neighborhoods in Dubai plans to sell part of its business in the United Arab Emirates in an initial public offering.
Iraqi Kurdistan oil exports still reduced: source
Oil exports from Iraq’s Kurdistan via the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan were still flowing at sharply reduced rates Saturday and Sunday, two shipping sources...
U.S. President Donald Trump said he’s considering Stanford University economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell for the top job at the central bank, and indicated Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen remains in the running for renomination to a second four-year term.
Laureates lead group to tackle economic woes
Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence are leading an initiative to find solutions to what they see as a dysfunctioning market economy.
U.S. business goes into battle for tax breaks
Business support for Donald Trump’s broad tax reform goals has given way to fierce behind-the-scenes lobbying as industry groups from oil to private equity to real...
Financial world’s promises impossible to meet
The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of dusk.Hegel on how we only understand or appreciate historical events after they pass.
China economy on track to hit 2017 growth target
China's economy is on track to meet the official growth target for 2017, the head of the state planning agency said Saturday.
Details emerging of the massacre of more than 50 Egyptian police in an apparent ambush southwest of Cairo over the weekend raise more questions than provide answers.
MPs only in name
In principle, members of Parliament in a democracy are elected to represent the aspirations and welfare of their constituents.
Rubble in Raqqa is a reminder of American might
Looking at photographs of the ruined, desolate streets of what was once Daesh’s (ISIS) capital of Raqqa is a reminder of the overwhelming, pitilessly effective military...
Future of work not looking so dire
The future of work is a hot topic nowadays. It has inspired a seemingly endless train of analyses, commentaries and conferences, and it featured prominently in last...
Will Trump back down or double down?
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict.
Spare the economy
The Lebanese economy is a shambles and has been in intensive care for some time, though all hope is not lost.
Lessons in history
A bit of history to refresh the minds of those apparently still living with the dinosaurs:
Disturbing the peace
Since the creation of Lebanon, and later its independence, Christians have constituted a key component of the country’s fabric in all areas.
Looking at photographs of the ruined, desolate streets of what was once Daesh’s (ISIS) capital of Raqqa is a reminder of the overwhelming, pitilessly effective military power of the United States.
Is Vladimir Putin losing his grip?
In 1984, just before Mikhail Gorbachev’s ascent to power, there was a sense in Moscow that the Soviet Union was petrified, and nothing could change.
Toward a living U.N. charter
The entire world will be celebrating United Nations Day on Oct. 24, the day when the Charter of the United Nations came into force in 1945.
Intellectual property in the 21st century
When the South African government attempted to amend its laws in 1997 to avail itself of affordable generic medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, the full legal...
How might Trump’s Asian hosts sketch his profile?
As President Trump prepares to head to Asia next month for his most important overseas trip yet, foreign intelligence services are undoubtedly trying to assemble...
Unfortunate consequences for Kurdistan in Kirkuk
In this week’s crisis over Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing a painful version of Newton’s Third Law: In Middle East politics, as in physics, every action creates an...
Trump applies his business style to Iran dealings
Donald Trump is notorious in the business world for stiffing other companies when it’s time to pay the bill – offering partial settlement of what he owes and proposing...
Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh
Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing hunger...
Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle-free 3-0 victory over Eibar Sunday. Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home games.
Safa shock Nejmeh to go to top
Safa added their names to the growing list of title challengers Sunday after a surprise 2-0 win over Nejmeh to go top of the Lebanese Premier League after five rounds.
Pliskova, Muguruza ease to Singapore wins
Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favorite Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 as the WTA Finals opened with a pair of power-packed...
Ruthless Pliskova eases past Williams in Singapore opener
Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favourite Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore...
Grizzlies maul Warriors, Cavs lose to Magic
The defending champions Golden State Warriors and finals runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers are still shaking off the cobwebs, with both NBA powerhouses suffering...
Depay hits hat-trick in Lyon romp
Lyon climbed to fourth in Ligue 1 Sunday with a 5-0 away win at promoted Troyes as Dutch striker Memphis Depay scored a second-half hat-trick.
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Bayern Munich drew level on points with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund after laboring to a 1-0 win at 10-man Hamburg, but have injury concerns about Thomas Mueller.
Khedira scores hat-trick as 10-man Juve hit six
Sami Khedira grabbed a hat-trick as Serie A champions Juventus came from behind to thump Udinese 6-2 away Sunday despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men.
Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favorite Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 as the WTA Finals opened with a pair of power-packed slugfests at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Sunday.
Hopeful eight seek starring role in Singapore
All eight women competing at the WTA Finals will go into the tournament believing they have a genuine chance of finishing the season on a high note when round-robin...
Sharapova crashes out of Kremlin Cup in 1st round
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Tuesday, losing in straight sets to Slovakia’s Magdalena...
Federer ‘saves best for last’ to beat Nadal
Roger Federer said he “saved the best for last” after he beat great rival Rafael Nadal for the fifth time in succession to win the Shanghai Masters Sunday.
The defending champions Golden State Warriors and finals runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers are still shaking off the cobwebs, with both NBA powerhouses suffering double-digit defeats Saturday.
Clippers rout Lakers in Ball’s NBA debut
The Los Angeles Clippers continued their domination of the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday by routing their cross-town rivals 108-92 and spoiling the NBA debut of...
Aussie Simmons beaten in debut, Lin’s season ends
Australian Ben Simmons was beaten in his debut while Asian-American standout Jeremy Lin suffered a severe right knee injury as the new NBA season tipped off Wednesday...
Celtics’ Hayward hurt as season opens
The new NBA season was less than six minutes old when disaster struck for the Boston Celtics Tuesday in the form of a gruesome ankle injury to forward Gordon Hayward.
James back, Cavs debut new starting lineup
The King has returned. LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday after missing Cleveland’s first three games with a sprained left ankle.
Century-maker Tom Latham and Ross Taylor inspired New Zealand to a thrilling six-wicket win over India in the first one-day international at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium Sunday.
Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests
U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition...
Russia accuses US govt of pushing for its Olympic exclusion
The Kremlin accused the U.S. government Friday of pushing for Russia's exclusion from the Olympics.
Rio Olympic head Nuzman charged with corruption
Carlos Nuzman, the head of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion as well...
Mariota returns to help Titans beat Colts
The Tennessee Titans ended an 11-game losing streak to the Indianapolis Colts Monday night with a big pass and a big defensive play.
Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to his fourth world championship Sunday when he won the United States Grand Prix, coming home ahead of his nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel.
Marquez wins in Australia, extending lead
Marc Marquez extended his world championship lead to 33 points with a victory in a feisty Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island Sunday.
Astros down Yankees, set up World Series clash
The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday to book a Major League Baseball World Series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Vettel hopes to keep fat lady quiet
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship and found support from title favorite Lewis Hamilton.
Dovizioso has Marquez in sights at Phillip Island
Andrea Dovizioso is looking to make further gains on Marc Marquez’s world championship lead in Sunday’s Australian MotoGP at the demanding Phillip Island circuit where...
The 17-year wait for a return to the mystical world of British author Philip Pullman’s “Dark Materials” series ended Thursday with the release of “La Belle Sauvage,” the first volume of a new trilogy.
Play on Syria war gets as close to home as it can
A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut Friday – the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian...
Mashrou’ Leila responds to Egypt concert arrests
Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila denounced Egypt’s “anti-gay witch-hunt” and urged the international community to stand up for LGBTQI+ rights, in a statement...
Martin puts love in bluegrass form
There’s a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin’s new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good since five of the collection’s 14 tracks are...
Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies
The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades – a trip to...
Writing’s on the wall for Trump, Zuckerberg
Recently daubed graffiti on the Israeli wall cutting off the occupied West Bank lambastes United States President Donald Trump and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Two more Weinstein accusers go public
A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein of unzipping his pants and forcing himself on her as a separate alleged victim publicly repeated rape allegations against the...
Connecting identities at Art Dubai
Art Dubai, the Emirati art fair, recently announced that Lebanese artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the 2018 edition Abraaj Group Art Prize.
Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila denounced Egypt’s “anti-gay witch-hunt” and urged the international community to stand up for LGBTQI+ rights, in a statement posted to their official Facebook page Tuesday.
Musical legend Fairouz releases new album
The legendary Lebanese musician Fairouz released a new album Sunday entitled “Bebalee.”
The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades – a trip to the cinema.
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board
Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women...
Mr. Magoo is stumbling back onto screens
He’s back and this time he’s even older, blinder and more dangerous.
City more than backdrop for ‘Berlin Station’ cast
Actors Leland Orser and Keke Palmer crouch next to a fence at a dusty former East Berlin concrete plant as cranes whir behind them, moving pallets of goods in an...
In a cinema near you: Dubai destroyed, again
As a mammoth wave from the Gulf rises up to drown fleeing beachgoers and wash over the world’s tallest building, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve seen this before.
Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53
Rock poet and Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, whose evocative lyrics helped define Canada, has died at age 53
Thousands respond 'me too' to actress's Twitter prompt on sexual abuse
Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a massive outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond "me too" if they've been sexually assaulted or harassed.
UK police receive 3 new assault claims against Weinstein
British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
NY, London police investigating Weinstein amid 4th rape claim
The case against Harvey Weinstein took on an international dimension Thursday, with police in New York and Britain launching investigations -- while a fourth woman...
After prayers at the Saint-Vincent Abbey in Chantelle, central France, the abbey’s nuns and their employees attend a marketing meeting to discuss the latest orders for the soap and cosmetics products produced on-site.
Letted penned aboard Titanic sold at auction
A letter written by one of the Titanic’s passengers a day before the ocean liner sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($166,000) at an auction in England.
Japan's 'Blade Library' offers joy of blade running to amputees
Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.
Tourniquets, once out of favor, helped save lives in Vegas shootings
When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on...
Rapid development threatens public land
Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small...
As politicians bicker, Gaelic blossoms in Belfast
In the heart of a Protestant area of east Belfast, a group of students belt out a traditional Irish song as part of their weekly Gaelic language practice.
Unique amber wine creating a buzz
The sloping vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine.
America’s granny beauty queens age elegantly
Beauty pageants may conjure up images of young women in bikinis, but in Atlantic City a roomful of sequined grandmothers and great-grandmothers are putting their best...
CLES third Specific Learning Disabilities Day
Specific learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysphasia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia, memory deficit and attention deficit disorder affect around 10 percent...
South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter
War-torn South Sudan "should serve as an example" for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy...
Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small village into a lush and open mountainside.
Sursock Museum guests talk trash
The Sursock Museum courtyard was lit up with lights dangling from steel poles over haphazardly placed tables set for dinner as guests drifted in, looking for the seat...
Innovation a success for Beirut artisans
In a dark factory tucked beneath the highway in Burj Hammoud, a handful of craftsmen work with ancient tools in a cloud of sawdust.
Debut L.I.P.S. fashion closes triumphantly
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor started to play while Freya, the Norse goddess of love, made her dramatic appearance on the runway, crying tears of gold.
Stock imaging challenges view of country
For decades, Lebanon has had an image problem.
Two American astronauts floated outside the International Space Station Friday for the third spacewalk this month aimed at repairing the orbiting outpost's robotic arm and replacing old video cameras.
Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi
Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3 ½-hour speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral...
In first, scientists detect gravitational waves and light from star collision
Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same...
The US solar industry's new growth region: Trump country
President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent...
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live...
Being price-conscious and practical may have its merits, but sometimes you need something that’s more than just a way to get from point A to point B – sometimes you just want an SUV with personality, that special touch that says you’re not driving just another car that gets lost in the crowd.
Our favorite three-row SUVs under $60,000
It may be the age of the compact crossover, but sometimes you want an SUV that’s not too big and not to small, but just right.
Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars by 2030
In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory.
Our picks for compact crossovers under $40,000
Every year it becomes more obvious that compact crossovers have conquered the market. It’s nothing less than a generational change, with buyers opting for vehicles from...
New cars rammed with distracting technology
The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for...