U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag is preparing to call on the U.N. Security Council for additional aid for the Lebanese Army, she said Wednesday.
Lavrov assures Bassil of Russia's support for Lebanon
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has assured Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil of Moscow’s support for Lebanon’s stability, unity and territorial integrity amid...
U.S. Vice President Biden to call Iraqi prime minister: White House
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Egypt warns women against marrying IS fighters online
Egypt's state-sponsored Islamic authority warned women Wednesday against marrying fighters from the Islamic State group online, saying such unions would push them into...
U.S. says it helps recover $28.7 mln tied to former S. Korean president
The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it had worked with South Korean authorities to recover more than $28.7 million in corruption proceeds linked to former...
Jewelry thief caught after chase by Tripoli locals
Locals managed to capture a lone jewelry thief after a chase in the northern city of Tripoli Wednesday morning.
Hospital workers protest over detained staff
A brief sit-in was held Wednesday in support of a detained nurse from al-Youssef Hospital and a receptionist from Rahhal Hospital in the northern Akkar district.
No solution to presidential crisis: Geagea
The presidential election crisis continues with no solution in sight, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said in remarks published Wednesday.
'Thousands' of Russian troops in east Ukraine: US envoy
The United States' senior envoy to Europe alleged Wednesday that Russia had deployed "thousands and thousands" of troops to neighboring Ukraine.
Libya appeals to UN to lift weapons embargo
Libya is making an urgent appeal to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat...
Dozens killed in Aleppo attack on government security building
Insurgents set off an explosion that damaged an important Syrian government security building in the city of Aleppo, rebel sources and a combatant fighting with...
The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it had worked with South Korean authorities to recover more than $28.7 million in corruption proceeds linked to former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan.
Chadian president vows to 'wipe out' Boko Haram
Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to "wipe out" Boko Haram and called on the group's chief Abubakar Shekau to give himself up, warning that he knew where...
Snowden says U.S. not offering fair trial if he returns
Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being...
At least 10 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Sicily
A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.
U.S. clears police officer of civil rights violations in Missouri
The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the August shooting of unarmed black teenager...
Fuel prices continued to increase across Lebanon, a statement released Wednesday by the Water and Energy Ministry showed.
Masnaa Customs offices go on strike
Customs clearance offices at the Masnaa Lebanese-Syrian border crossing went on strike Monday to demand better equipment and less bureaucracy.
Oil plunge slows Gulf deposit growth
Low oil prices are slowing or reversing deposit growth at Gulf Arab banks, but not enough to cause the liquidity squeeze that bankers fear.
Iraq battles to rebuild despite war and oil slump
On a main highway south of Baghdad, dozens of buildings rise up from the Iraqi plains, the first blocks of a multibillion-dollar city emerging from a landscape more...
Saudi king keeps tight grip on oil
Saudi Arabia’s subtle change in the lineup of energy policymaker since the accession of King Salman to the throne in late January appears to give the monarch’s inner...
Economy Ministry fines 11 gas stations over fraud
Lebanon’s Economy Ministry has fined 11 gas stations over price manipulation and withholding fuel, amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption in the sector.
Cost of living to rise, 57 pct of Lebanese say
Almost one-third of Lebanese believe that their financial position will improve in the next six months, while 57 percent are expecting the cost of living to rise within...
Lebanon, Belgium to work on bridging trade imbalance
Total Lebanese exports to Belgium reached $30 million in 2014, said Fouad Zmokhol, president of the Lebanese Businessmen Association.
Gulf markets mixed, property stocks boost Egypt
Gulf stock markets were mixed Tuesday, guided by economic data and dividends, while Egypt edged up on the back of property stocks after reports about plans to build a...
Mobily a warning as Saudi market opens
Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest phone operator is bearing the brunt of a cleanup by the market regulator before the bourse is opened to foreigners for the first time.
Oil price volatility to curb M&As
The oil market volatility will likely curb merger and acquisition activity across several sectors in in the first half of 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s subtle change in the lineup of energy policymaker since the accession of King Salman to the throne in late January appears to give the monarch’s inner circle a tighter grip on the kingdom’s oil strategy than previous rulers have enjoyed.
Greece taps public sector cash to cover needs
Greece is tapping into the cash reserves of pension funds and public sector entities through repo transactions as it scrambles to cover its funding needs this month,...
U.S. banks batten down as regulations tighten
Faced with increased regulation beginning in 2017, the major U.S. banks are taking a number of restructuring steps, shedding staff and some speculative businesses, and...
Ukraine security weighs down economic reforms: IMF
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says that an infusion of financial support for Ukraine and its impact largely hinges on how the security crisis over...
Nasdaq hits 15-year high at 5,000 points
U.S. stock prices rose Monday, with the Nasdaq composite touching the 5,000-point mark for the first time in 15 years, while the dollar hit an 11-year high on...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial and long-anticipated speech to Congress Tuesday contained all of the predictable generalizations and sweeping statements that could have been expected, but whether or not it will have the intended outcome is more difficult to predict.
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.
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.
Is electrically boosting mental functions safe?
Transcranial electrical stimulation, or “brain zapping” as it is often (erroneously) described, is garnering a fair amount of attention, both from academics and media.
Repercussions of a nuke deal
Until further notice the end of the month looks likely to see an agreement between Western powers and Iran on its nuclear program, judging by the most recent comments...
Support for a vital force
Logistical and financial support to the Army is obviously vital right now, as it battles militants on the border with Syria, but it also crucial that it receives...
Hate is hate, not politics
An arson attack on a Christian seminary in Jerusalem Thursday, and a similar attack on a mosque the day before are hate crimes, committed by extremist individuals, and...
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 incomplete.
An obnoxious Netanyahu divides America
The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. Congress next week has generated intense reactions from Israelis and Americans...
Don’t blame Snowden for the ISIS fiasco
It was only a matter of time before an American official would use the ISIS stick against the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
With Netanyahu the perfect is enemy of the good
Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: “If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing.”
The Ukraine war is very different from Bosnia
The ongoing turmoil in Ukraine has frequently been compared to the Yugoslav crisis of the early 1990s – and, indeed, there are many similarities.
Nothing guarantees liberty like the rule of law
In one of his last essays, the late, great historian Tony Judt asked what we should have learned from the last century, a period in which so many soldiers and civilians...
Turkey’s Kurds weigh an election choice
When the Kurdish-dominated Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) decided to contest Turkey’s upcoming June 2015 general election as a party rather than as independent...
Russia’s ‘conscience’ battles the state
Any battle between the Russian state and its political opponents has always been an unequal contest, since the state brings an overwhelming superiority to such...
Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter says.
Van Gaal urges patience over misfiring Di Maria
Manchester United must be patient with record signing Angel di Maria who has struggled to make an impact in his first season at the club, manager Louis van Gaal said...
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.
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.
A trophy bagged, Chelsea keep up title chase
Suggestions that Chelsea effectively bagged two trophies Sunday were presumptuous but they make the trip across town to West Ham United Wednesday with a vice-like grip...
Barca out to sink Villareal Cup final dreams
Barcelona have one eye on a potential treble when they take a 3-1 lead into the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal against Villarreal Wednesday.
Pellegrini not feeling pressure despite City woes
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is under no pressure from the club’s owners despite a recent slump that threatens to leave them without a trophy this...
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 said Tuesday.
McLaren sure Alonso will be fit for first race
McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis has insisted that Fernando Alonso should be ready to race at the opening Grand Prix of the season in Australia despite spending three...
Alonso leaves hospital, to miss final test
McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will miss this week’s final preseason test in Barcelona after leaving hospital Wednesday following a big crash three days ago.
Alonso ‘ok and conscious’ after crash in testing
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was taken to hospital after being involved in a heavy crash on the final day of preseason testing in Barcelona Sunday.
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...
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 games and Riyadi’s Ali Mahmoud for five for their part in Sunday’s skirmish that blighted the Beirut derby.
Heat beat Suns 115-98 as tensions soar
Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team as the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 Monday in a game that...
Rockets trump Cavs 105-103 in OT
James Harden scored 33 points and LeBron James missed a pair of free-throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Houston Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win...
Derby awarded to Riyadi after mass brawl
The Beirut derby between Riyadi and Sagesse was abandoned with 40 seconds to go after a mass brawl interrupted the match with Riyadi leading 109-98 at Manara Sunday in...
Hawks rest four players, still top Heat 93-91
Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Atlanta Hawks still had enough to beat the Miami Heat 93-91...
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 with five overs to spare at Manuka Oval Tuesday.
Pacquiao down to work for ‘fight of my life’
Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather “the fight of my life” as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in LA.
Watson critics crank up heat after false start
Australians might have been stunned by the collapse of their much-vaunted batting lineup in the face of brilliant New Zealand bowling at the weekend but the fall of one...
Sri Lanka hammer England in third loss
England’s hopes of reaching the quarterfinals were left hanging by a thread as Sri Lanka inflicted their third crushing defeat of the World Cup Sunday, while Pakistan...
Rousey stops Zingano in record 14 seconds
Ronda Rousey has stopped every opponent she has faced in her meteoric mixed martial arts career, so a first-round victory is no shock for the UFC’s bantamweight champion.
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.
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...
Ten themes from Milan Fashion Week
As Milan Fashion Week hands over the baton to Paris, winding up a whirlwind show which saw historic brands revitalized and young designers triumph, here are 10 themes...
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...
Nora Aytch style: ‘Shut the Front Dior’
While many fashion lovers hope to one day transform their love of clothes into a full-time profession, the industry is highly competitive and notoriously difficult to...
Madonna rocked Nicolas Jebran blazer at the Brits
Madonna performed at the Brit Awards in London last week wearing a blazer signed by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.
Reviving the golden era of Panache
Omar Sharif, Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs – these are just some of the stars who frequented the famed Panache restaurant on the Phoenicia Hotel’s rooftop back in...
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 teeth and flabby pink body.
Dolce&Gabbana pay tribute to mothers
Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy.
Fashionable or geeky -- the modern watch dilemma
It's Milan fashion week, you've got tickets to the catwalk shows and an outfit to die for, but which watch to wear? A chunky smartwatch or chic ticker that can't tell...
Faberge unveils first Imperial egg in 99 years
Once the jewel-encrusted playthings of the Russian royal family, the first Faberge Imperial egg produced in almost a century was unveiled in Qatar this week.
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 the support of many people.
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...
Hyundai Sonata: from dreaded date to true love
The intended subject of the review for this week had been Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV, and that was the car on which I had done my research. But as the proverb goes, the...
Why gasoline-powered cars are here to stay
At one time or another, we’ve all contemplated the idea of a utopian world free of conflict, where poverty and pollution have been eliminated and where everyone drives...
Escalade: Good things come in big packages
In case you thought the jury was still out on whether size matters, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is definitive proof that while bigger may not necessarily be better, it...
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.
Nickelodeon unveils paid streaming service for kids
Viacom Inc's Nickelodeon unveiled on Wednesday a paid streaming service for children called Noggin that will launch on March 5 for $5.99 a month.
Samsung reveals potential for TVs to eavesdrop
Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing.
Softbank to add learning technology to robot
Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to...
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 outnumbering humans six to one
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.
A tourist braves zip lining in Costa Rica
“I’m not sure I can do this,” I said to myself while climbing a few steps to take a practice ride for a zip line.
Living the good life way, way Down Under
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the remote island of Tasmania off Australia’s southern coast was the most feared destination in the British Empire.
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.
Three Austrian men get world’s first bionic hands
Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.
Frequent saunas may boost survival: Finnish study
Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests.
A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch some $7.7 million when it goes under the hammer next month, Sotheby’s said.
Griffith Criterion explores women's repression
Burned at the stake, banned from voting, forbidden from conferring citizenship to their children – women have been put in their place summarily, in a variety of...
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...
Brother of socialite Paris Hilton to plead guilty to assault
The brother of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton will plead guilty to an assault charge for threatening flight attendants on a Los Angeles-bound flight out of London...
Tribeca Film Festival showcases movies about 'everyday life'
Feature films from 31 countries, many of them about the struggles of everyday life and featuring stars such as Richard Gere, James Franco and Dakota Fanning will be...
Miro at play with women, birds and stars on show
It’s not every artist who could see a woman’s hat in a red farmyard faucet, but works on view in Istanbul show the 20th-century Catalan painter and sculptor Joan Miro...
Love songs to cheap transit
Public transit has proven a fertile source of storytelling inspiration.
David Bailey: photographer to the stars
He may be a swinging ’60s icon but British photographer David Bailey up close is a wisecracking crank who shrugs off his immense success as one of the world’s most...
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 last year, an official notice on Tuesday revealed.
Country star Carrie Underwood announces first child
Country superstar Carrie Underwood on Tuesday announced the birth of her first child with her husband, the hockey player Mike Fisher.
William Shatner cannot attend friend Leonard Nimoy's funeral
William Shatner cannot attend the funeral of his friend and "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy because of a prior commitment for a charity ball, the actor said on...
'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy dead at 83
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who won a worldwide fan base as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the blockbuster "Star Trek" television and film franchise,...
Feature films from 31 countries, many of them about the struggles of everyday life and featuring stars such as Richard Gere, James Franco and Dakota Fanning will be screened at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival.
Jennifer Lawrence to play war photographer
Jennifer Lawrence will star in Steven Spielberg's "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," US media said Monday.
Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp Focus
If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on – when of course you haven’t a clue – that’s also the mark of a good...
Will Smith's 'Focus' opens with $19.1 million to win U.S. box office
Will Smith's new action drama "Focus" booted the kinky sex tale "Fifty Shades of Grey" for its perch atop U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, racking up $19.1...
Modern Family producer talks shooting with iPhone
For this week’s “Modern Family,” producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices.
The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday.
Madonna wants a drink with Le Pen
Madonna wants to “sit down and have a drink” with France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen to hear out the woman she once demonized on stage by showing a picture of her...
Pop icon Madonna announces dates for 'Rebel Heart' tour
Madonna will begin an international tour to promote her new album "Rebel Heart" with a concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in August, her promoters, Live...
Brit awards shake up British album chart, boost Sam Smith
Fallout from the Brit awards shook up the music charts on Sunday, knocking U.S. rock band Imagine Dragons off the top spot in favour of English singer/songwriter Sam...
Noel Gallagher looks ahead with Chasing Yesterday
Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is putting his past behind him, releasing a new solo album, ruling out a reunion with his brother Liam and even being nice about...