Two children were wounded by celebratory gunfire during a weekend wedding party in the Aley town of Sharon, Mount Lebanon, a police report said Monday.
Hostage families threaten to expose ‘culpable’ leaders
The families of kidnapped Lebanese servicemen promised further escalatory measures were in store, hours after closing Beirut’s vital airport road Sunday.
ISIS claims rare southern Iraq car bomb
ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb blast Monday near the oil hub of Basra, a southern Shiite region where it was thought to have little or no reach.
Russia says fighter jet entered Turkish airspace 'for a few seconds'
A Russian Su-30 fighter jet briefly entered Turkish air space on Saturday along the border with Syria, Russia's defense ministry said on Monday.
Snowden says waiting for plea-deal to return to US
Edward Snowden says he has offered to return to the United States and go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency programs to intercept electronic...
Hostage families call for Tuesday protest
Families of the servicemen being held hostage on Lebanon's northeastern border have called for a protest at noon Tuesday to demand the government focus on their case.
Abu Faour to probe doctor accused of selling clean medical records
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Monday ordered an investigation into complaints that a retired doctor was selling misleading medical reports to patients who apparently...
No casualties in east Lebanon roadside blast
A roadside bomb went off Monday in east Lebanon as a passenger van drove past without causing casualties, the Lebanese army said.
Morocco bans first ever beer festival
RABAT: The authorities in Casablanca have pulled the plug on Morocco's first ever beer festival, claiming "non-compliance" by the organizers with the law.
NATO denounces Russian air incursion into Turkey
The United States and its NATO allies denounced Russia Monday for violating Turkish air space along the frontier with Syria, and Ankara threatened to respond if...
Erdogan says Kurdish PYD fighting ISIS is terror group
Syrian Kurdish militants backed by the United States in the fight against ISIS belong to a terrorist organization and are collaborating with the outlawed Kurdistan...
Edward Snowden says he has offered to return to the United States and go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency programs to intercept electronic communications data on a vast scale.
Four hurt as train derails in US state of Vermont
A passenger train derailed Monday in the U.S. state of Vermont, injuring four people, authorities told AFP.
White House says 'quite concerned' about Russians in Turkish airspace
The White House said on Monday that the United States and its allies are "quite concerned" about Russia's incursion into Turkish airspace.
Israel arrests alleged militants, accuses Hamas over killings
Israeli security forces said Monday they have captured five alleged Hamas militants suspected of carrying out last week's killing of a Jewish settler couple in front of...
US priest accused of pointing musket at boy over football
A lawyer for a priest accused of pointing a functioning but unloaded musket at an 8-year-old boy inside the church's rectory said his client will plead not guilty.
Turkish power firm “Karpowership” responded to fraud allegations by the Lebanese Labor Ministry, saying it was operating under local laws.
Lebanon banks can still finance govt: Citi
Citi, the global financial services group, indicated that the risks from the recent slowdown in the growth of bank deposits in Lebanon are limited, and that the...
Qatar stocks gain as Fed rate hike bets recede
Qatari equities rose to the highest in almost three weeks on light trading, tracking gains in global markets Friday that were fueled by the fading prospect of an...
BP executives visit Iran seeking return
BP Plc officials met with Iranian oil executives late last month in Tehran as the British company seeks to return to the country once sanctions are lifted.
Looking for a growth strategy? Support refugees
I’m a migrant. I came to the United States in 1964 from an extremely poor developing country, Korea, which most experts at the time, including those at the World Bank,...
Turkish EDL contractor accused of fraud
The Labor Ministry Friday accused an Electricite du Liban contractor of registering more than 50 Turkish professionals as cleaners.
U.S. charges Lebanon tycoon with money laundering
The U.S. has officially accused a prominent Lebanese businessman of money laundering and drug trafficking along with five other individuals and 11 companies.
Khalil warns ministry staff against graft
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil Friday warned the ministry staff that they would be prosecuted if they receive bribes or kickbacks from taxpayers and citizens...
Qatari equities rose to the highest in almost three weeks on light trading, tracking gains in global markets Friday that were fueled by the fading prospect of an increase in U.S. interest rates this year. Dubai’s stocks declined.
Corruption plagues Tunisian economy
Petty graft plagues Tunisia’s economy, nearly five years after state corruption triggered the fall of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, partly due to lack of political...
Gulf banks profits set to slide
Net earnings of Gulf banks are expected to slide as government spending slows due to a decline in oil revenues, the Standard and Poor’s ratings agency said in a...
Israel gas bonanza, antitrust headache
When the Leviathan gas field was discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, it was pitched as a game changer – a vast energy reserve that would transform the economy...
I’m a migrant. I came to the United States in 1964 from an extremely poor developing country, Korea, which most experts at the time, including those at the World Bank, had written off as having little hope for economic growth.
Emerging market turmoil flashes warning lights
Emerging economies risk “leading the world economy into a slump”, with lower growth and a rout in financial markets, according to the latest Brookings...
VW’s governance at fault in emissions scandal
Volkswagen’s decision to nominate a long-serving executive as chairman has once more highlighted the carmaker’s corporate governance and culture, which some experts...
Internet giants race to faster mobile news apps
U.S. tech giants are turning to the news in their competition for mobile users, developing new, faster ways to deliver content, but the benefits for struggling media...
Grexit, China fears drain investor confidence
The threat of a Greek exit from the Eurozone drained investors’ confidence in the second quarter of this year, causing fund sales in Europe and the US to falter.
Beyond catching the world by surprise, it appears that Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict has shattered quite a few myths, chief among them the theory that the bear was hibernating forever.
Outfoxed by Putin
For a minute there, much of the world and especially those in Syria and the Middle East, observers, politicians and citizens, were increasingly concerned with the...
ISIS is being helped by Turkish attacks
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) operating in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq have become indirect partners of the Western anti-ISIS...
Why Putin looks smart amid Syria’s chaos
Vladimir Putin has been able to act forcefully in Syria not because he’s bolder or more decisive than Barack Obama but because he has a clearer strategy.
The world of Qatari women can define our future
The Arab states of the Gulf remain some of the most novel and fascinating developmental experiences anywhere in the world.
Find a clear objective
There is not a single person in Lebanon who is not affected by that which the “You Stink” protesters were originally rallied against, but the disintegration of the...
Don’t play with fire
With clashes at Al-Aqsa for a second day running, the PLO assertion Monday that Israel was playing with fire seems worryingly accurate, and if tensions are not defused...
The birth of public opinion
Like almost all things Lebanese, the nascent popular movement is not even a month old and it has already sparked divisions even within the ranks of its proponents and...
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) operating in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq have become indirect partners of the Western anti-ISIS coalition.
The refugee crisis offers Europe opportunities
There is a simple truth beneath the growing human tragedy of Europe’s refugee crisis, and the European Union cannot address the massive influx of exhausted, desperate...
Christianity means favoring the poor
I am not a Christian. But growing up in India, I was immersed in the religion. I attended Catholic and Anglican schools from ages 5 to 18, at which we would sing hymns,...
Civil society is losing Lebanon’s battle
The popular movement that sprung up in the wake of the government’s disastrous handling of the waster crisis is in serious danger of making itself irrelevant....
Washington is watching Saudi affairs very closely
President Barack Obama’s meeting last Friday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman came as U.S. officials are anxiously watching a potential succession rivalry between the...
Assad’s foes are facing their own wars
Iran and Russia may be dealing with a difficult situation in Syria as they defend the regime of Bashar Assad, but they can take solace in the fact that the Syrian...
The Arabs are watching Lebanon closely
A fascinating political face-off this week will see demonstrations organized by the “You Stink” movement in Downtown Beirut publicly challenging the National Dialogue...
Luciano Vietto’s first goal for Atletico Madrid seven minutes from time earned the hosts a deserved share of the spoils against Real Madrid in a 1-1 draw Sunday.
You’re no longer the ‘Special One,’ Mourinho told
If, as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, a week is a long time in politics, four and a half months in football clearly represents an eternity.
China win Asia title, qualify for Olympics
China’s men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late Saturday to secure a...
Valiant Cedars bow out after Philippines loss
Lebanon bowed out of the Asian Championship Thursday after losing at the hands of the Philippines 82-70 in the quarterfinals. The Cedars.
Broner stops Allakhverdiev, takes title
Adrien Broner stopped former world champion Khabib Allakhverdiev in the 12th round Saturday in front of his home crowd in Cincinnati to capture the WBA Super...
Arsenal bulldoze Man United to give Wenger solace
Arsenal produced a scintillating start to overwhelm in-form Manchester United 3-0 in the Premier League Sunday and give embattled manager Arsene Wenger something to...
Advocaat steps down as Sunderland manager
Dick Advocaat has stepped down as manager of Premier League Sunderland after less than seven months in the job, the club said in a statement Sunday.
Liverpool sack Rodgers after derby draw
Liverpool terminated the contract of manager Brendan Rodgers Sunday, just eight games into the Premier League season with the five-time European champions languishing...
China’s men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late Saturday to secure a place at the 2016 Olympics.
Philippines knock Lebanon out of Asian Championship
Lebanon bowed out from the Asian Championship after losing at the hands of the Philippines 70-82 Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Lebanon bullish ahead of Philippines faceoff
Hoping for a return to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, Lebanon Thursday face 2013 runners-up Philippines in the quarterfinal stage of the FIBA ASIA...
Lebanon down Jordan to reach Asian quarters
Amir Saoud netted 20 points and Ali Haidar added 15 as Lebanon edged past Jordan 80-76 to reach the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Championship where they will face the...
Adrien Broner stopped former world champion Khabib Allakhverdiev in the 12th round Saturday in front of his home crowd in Cincinnati to capture the WBA Super Lightweight title.
Cormier outpoints Gustafsson in split decision
Daniel Cormier outpointed Alexander Gustafsson in a split decision Saturday night at UFC 192 to retain the light heavyweight championship.
London a step closer to getting its own NFL team
London has moved a step closer to getting its own National Football League team, British Chancellor George Osborne said Friday, after meeting with NFL team owners,...
Canadian Olympic chief leaves amid sex harassment inquiry
Marcel Aubut has stepped down as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while he is investigated for possible sexual harassment.
Tokyo recommends five more sports for 2020 Games
Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it...
World No. 2 Simona Halep lasted less than a set before retiring injured at the China Open Sunday, plunging her appearance at the WTA Finals into doubt.
Djokovic and Nadal mix tennis with politics
Two of the world’s top tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, came to Bangkok to earn a few million dollars for an exhibition match.
Serena ends season early to focus on health
World No. 1 Serena Williams has opted against defending the WTA Finals title and decided to end her season early following a roller coaster campaign littered with pains...
Brilliant Konta stuns Halep as shocks roll
Britain’s Johanna Konta pulled off a stunning third-set revival Wednesday as she floored top seed Simona Halep in the biggest upset yet at the shock-prone Wuhan Open.
It’s my way or the highway, France captain warns
Newly appointed France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah has warned his players that they will have to toe the line if they want to be picked in the future.
Jenson Button will race for McLaren again next season, the Formula One team confirmed Thursday with a statement that ended speculation the 2009 world champion was heading for retirement.
Verstappen speeds past another milestone
Formula One’s first 17-year-old racer became the sport’s first 18-year-old driver Wednesday and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen celebrated his birthday by passing his test...
Renault deal saves Lotus from administration
French carmaker Renault Monday announced it would buy a majority stake in the Lotus Formula One motor racing team, allowing the financially stretched outfit to stave...
Lorenzo wins to close gap on Rossi in title race
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo stormed to victory in the Aragon MotoGP after leading from the start to close the gap in the world championship race to 14 points on leader...
Hamilton equals Senna’s tally
Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday to equal the late Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 Formula One victories and move 48 points clear of Mercedes teammate Nico...
Canvases by three Lebanese modernists will be among the works on offer at Christie’s impending Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art sale.
Damon charms as stranded astronaut
Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed.
Clinton raises laughs with primetime TV skit
Hillary Clinton attempted to showcase her softer side -- and boost her flagging poll ratings -- by playing a bartender on primetime U.S. television Saturday in a comedy...
Filming begins for new movie 'Star Trek Beyond'
Shooting has begun in Dubai on "Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the reboot of the science-fiction series
Cosby seeking defense lawyer for Pennsylvania criminal probe
Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.
Scorsese’s The Audition to premiere at Busan
An inconspicuous cinema tucked at the back of a South Korean shopping mall is an unexpected setting for the world premiere of a new film by an Oscar-winning director,...
Owen in a role that takes ‘everything you’ve got’
Clive Owen was looking to do a play after a long time away from the stage. He just wanted the right one. The one he picked would make many other actors run screaming...
Sicario’s Villeneuve, Deakins talk light and dark
“The Prince of Darkness” was the nickname of cinematographer legend Gordon Willis, but Roger Deakins, too, has shown a kingly command of shadows.
Hillary Clinton attempted to showcase her softer side -- and boost her flagging poll ratings -- by playing a bartender on primetime U.S. television Saturday in a comedy skit
Clooney, Coen Brothers at ‘O Brother’ screening
George Clooney joined the Coen brothers and co-stars Tim Blake Nelson and John Turturro at the New York Film Festival Tuesday evening for a special 15th anniversary...
Noah debuts as Stewart heir
With verve and a touch of humility, South African comic Trevor Noah has taken over as host of “The Daily Show,” filling the gigantic shoes of award-winning satirist Jon...
The bearable niceness of The Intern
The world of Nancy Meyers sure is beautiful. Her production design and dreamy interiors have become such a focal point that they’ve almost eclipsed her storytelling.
Putin gives Roy Jones Jr. Russian citizenship
Vladimir Putin has given Russian citizenship to former world heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.
It can’t be easy to be the kid sister of the King of Pop, but Janet Jackson pulled it off in the 1980s as she became a music legend in her own right.
Grateful Dead, John Mayer giving away 10K tickets to NY show
Members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer are giving away 10,000 free tickets to their concert next month
Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein turns 90
Newport Jazz Festival Founder George Wein was singing the blues just hours before turning 90 on Saturday.
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again
Pope Francis to release pop-rock album on Nov. 27
Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.
The great return of iconic couture house Courreges dominated the second day of Paris Fashion Week as fashion editor and celebrity Carine Roitfeld designed a rather foxy collection for Uniqlo.
U.K. trendy cereal cafe targeted by protesters
One of London’s fastest-changing neighborhoods is echoing to the snap, crackle and pop of conflict.
LG unveils smartphone with dual display, improved camera
South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a...
Precise BioMatch Mobile Integrated in Two Smartphones
Precise Biometrics’ (STO:PREC) product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch™ Mobile, has through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards (FPC)...
A gourmet experience to tickle your senses
The aroma of the spices was enough to arouse an appetite in nearly everyone at the dinner table.
Paris Fashion Week and the jet-setting Jenners
Ninety-one fashion shows, talent from 24 different countries and Kris and Kendall Jenner landing in a jet to flashes from paparazzi: It’s time for Paris Fashion Week.
Ralph Lauren hands off CEO role to Old Navy exec
Ralph Lauren is handing off his title as CEO of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago.
Lacoste bites back in crocodile logo battle
Sportswear giant Lacoste won EU court backing Wednesday to block a Polish competitor from snapping up a variant of the crocodile logo it upheld as the French firm’s...
South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share
Stargazers ready for rare event in supermoon eclipse
Stargazers were being treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon.
Japan robot owners warned off droid sex
The company behind a chatty Japanese humanoid named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them.
BlackBerry unveils Android phone in new reboot effort
BlackBerry announced plans Friday to sell an Android-powered smartphone, in the latest reboot effort from the faded star of the sector.
Zaitunay Bay hosts eid fashion and art fair
The Zaitunay Bay boardwalk was lined with more than 50 kiosks featuring handmade jewelry, clothes and home accessories, as part of Afkart’s annual Fall for Art event...
Whose life is it anyway?
This is the headline story that grabbed my attention at the newsstand last week: “Amal’s Very Modern Marriage Pact: How She’s Rewriting The Hollywood Rulebook.” Two...
New hair transplant process ends guesswork
The introduction of new technologies to make us more beautiful means issues relating to aging are becoming less of a preoccupation.
Celebrating Japanese whiskey, food and culture
An eclectic crowd gathered in the subtly lit Shogun Lounge in Verdun, to celebrate Japanese whiskey, food and culture. Women dressed in traditional geisha attire...
From military jackets worn as mini dresses to brightly-colored animal prints, Italian luxury goods maker Versace showcased a women's wear collection at Milan Fashion Week it said was fit for "the urban jungle."
It’s quite the compliment when people genericize your name to refer to the competition.
Ferrari California T: Legend for a new generation
Most cars are just that, cars. They get you from A to B, usually with little drama and less flair.
A journey born of the heart
Hassan Haidar, owner of Scuderia Lebanon s.a.l., the official Ferrari importer in Lebanon, takes The Daily Star on a tour into the exclusive world of Ferrari ownership...
Nissan Pathfinder spacious, quick and agile
Most reviews try to assess cars by comparing them to models offered by a marque’s rivals, and that’s certainly helpful, especially when you’re looking for the best deal...
The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for patients with a condition that can cause blindness.
HIV patients should start treatment immediately
The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately
Gene test finds which breast cancer patients can skip chemo
A new study finds that many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease.
$100B could ensure radiotherapy for all: study
An investment of $97-184 billion (87-165 billion euros) could make life-saving radiotherapy accessible to most people who need it by 2035 and save millions of lives,...
Smoking, drinking, obesity shorten European lives
“Alarming” rates of smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity in Europe could mean the next generation live shorter lives, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.