Future MP Ahmad Fatfat accuses Speaker Nabih Berri of using principled satements to hide his support for Parliament extension, making a veiled threat to not support Berri for another term as Speaker.
Prominent Shiite scholar Hani Fahs dies
Sayyed Hani Fahs, a prominent Shiite religious figure known for his open opposition to Hezbollah’s role in the Syrian conflict, has died after a long illness. He was 68.
Israel rights group calls for Gaza probe
An Israeli Arab rights group calls for an international investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes during the latest Gaza conflict, a week after the army dismissed...
Libya MPs reject Cabinet lineup, want crisis team
Libya's parliament rejects Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's proposed 18-member cabinet, calling for a slimline "crisis" team of not more than 10 ministers, a deputy...
Italian army to grow medical marijuana
The Italian army is aiming high with its latest weapon on the medical front: marijuana.
Salam: Hostage negotiations at 'critical stage'
PM tells relatives of captive soldiers negotiations critical, captors conditions could be relatively fulfilled.
Beirut MPs lash out at minister over electricity
Four representatives of Beirut’s district at the Lebanese Parliament meet to discuss the resident’s complaints about the intensive electricity rationing in the capital,...
Bou Saab: US to help fund refugee education
The United States is set to donate to the Lebanese Education Ministry to assist with the funding of public school education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Education...
An Israeli Arab rights group calls for an international investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes during the latest Gaza conflict, a week after the army dismissed several cases.
Israel: Syria kept "significant" chemical munitions
Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign...
France approves bill to crack down on jihadists
France's lower house National Assembly approves an "anti-terrorism" bill which will usher in a travel ban on anyone suspected of planning to wage jihad abroad.
Moroccan city outlaws olive trees
A Moroccan city bans olive trees because of pollen-linked allergies and set an end-of-the-year deadline for residents to remove them, media reports says.
New Ukraine talks to take place in Minsk Friday
A new round of talks aimed at finding a lasting solution to the Ukraine crisis will take place in Belarus Friday, the ex-Soviet country's Foreign Ministry says.
Boko Haram 'in charge of 25 towns' in Nigeria
Boko Haram militants are in charge of at least 25 towns and villages in northeast Nigeria, the region's Roman Catholic bishop claims, warning of a deteriorating...
Putin: sanctions violate principles of WTO
President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions against Russia violate the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the...
Azerbaijani forces kill Karabakh soldier: rebels
Azerbaijani troops kill an ethnic Armenian soldier in fresh clashes with fighters from the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, the rebel Defense Ministry says.
The Energy and Water Ministry will finish constructing a 1 Megawatt solar power plant on Beirut River in early 2015, Energy and Water Minister Arthur Nazarian said Wednesday, though he acknowledged that it would supply only a tiny portion of the country’s power needs.
Experts urge haste in launch of gas licensing
Lebanon should promptly finalize the legal framework for the regulation of its potential oil and gas sector, industry experts said at a conference organized Wednesday...
Libya’s biggest oil field stops pumping
Libya’s biggest producing oil field stopped pumping crude, deepening a reduction in OPEC output amid production cuts from Saudi Arabia and disruptions to Nigeria exports.
Lack of water threatens Iraq oil output revival
A lack of water threatens Iraq’s plan to increase its oil output, become a leading regional producer and boost its faltering economy.
Air France cuts over half of flights amid strike
Air France canceled more than half its flights for a third consecutive day because of a strike by pilots that the airline says will be its most disruptive labor dispute...
Instability decreasing property prices: Audi
Prices of apartments and properties in Lebanon could slightly fall this year if the political and security situation does not improve, a study by Bank Audi said...
Taxi companies hurt by illegal competition
The government should regulate the taxi industry in Lebanon to put an end to all illegal competition from unlicensed taxis, said Raja Kurban, chief operating officer at...
Lebanon falls into darkness amid EDL occupation
A total power blackout covered most Lebanese regions for several hours Tuesday as the state-owned Electricite du Libanwarned that all operations and services could...
Egypt reaches funding goal for Suez Canal
Egypt has raised in just eight days the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal, the central bank governor told Reuters Monday.
Gaza war to reverse years
War in Gaza will contribute to a reversal of seven years of growth in the Palestinian economy, now expected to shrink by nearly 4 percent this year, the World Bank said...
Egypt tourism could fully recover in 2015
Egypt’s tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil...
Air France canceled more than half its flights for a third consecutive day because of a strike by pilots that the airline says will be its most disruptive labor dispute since 1998.
Sony expects $2B loss as smartphone business lags
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its...
France is 'sick,' says economy minister
Crisis-hit France is "sick", the country's new economy minister says, urging immediate reforms to tackle sky-high unemployment and an economy that has failed to grow in...
Banks to overhaul FX trading after scandals
Moves are aimed at preempting regulatory changes prompted by manipulation probes
Plans to crack down on corporate tax avoidance
Plans for a major rewriting of international tax rules unveiled Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies like Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. to...
Our politicians surprised us again this week, as the deadline for candidacy in parliamentary elections came and went.
A disunited kingdom
While it is up to the Scottish people and the Scottish people alone to decide the outcome of the independence referendum Thursday, the ramifications of a Yes vote will...
U.S. boots are already on the ground
Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Barack Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS without...
Obama’s ‘no troops’ vow is unrealistic
There is a proverb that if you sit by the river long enough, you will eventually see the body of your enemy floating by.
Some Asian democracies are losing their way
Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and...
Shameless power play
Hostage-taking, blackmail and extremism dominated Lebanon’s headlines Monday, but it was unrelated to the takfiri group ISIS – instead, it was the same old sad saga of...
Propping up Assad
Moscow and Tehran are voicing indignation over a U.S.-led coalition’s plans to intervene militarily in Syria to battle ISIS extremists.
A disaster is looming
Representatives of Lebanon’s business community sounded a warning Friday about the danger posed by the country’s political paralysis and its failure to elect a...
Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Barack Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops?
It’s posse time in the Middle East
In classic American Western movies, a common theme is that of the brave sheriff of a small town whose task is to maintain law and order.
Obama has a chance to reset American leadership
President Barack Obama certainly didn’t go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one.
The U.S. plan leaves lingering doubts
I dearly wish that ISIS will be contained and then defeated by the many countries and armed groups who say they are committed to achieving that goal.
Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions.
Juncker era will show if EU progresses or not
Before his appointment as European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was pilloried as an old-school federalist who would do little to alter the status quo.
Now is a critical time for Iraqi reconciliation
Now that a new Iraqi government is beginning its work there is a window of opportunity critical for Iraq’s future as a unified state.
A new Asian pipeline brings hope
Amid the avalanche of bad news in recent weeks, one positive development got little attention – a development that could help advance peace between India and Pakistan,...
Islamist extremists show they can cut both ways
In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial.
Veteran head coach Ghassan Sarkis told The Daily Star that he is in advanced talks with Homenetmen to take over their side.
Depth and unselfish nature carry Team USA
A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup...
Last-gasp Boateng goal hands Bayern win
A last-gasp goal from defender Jerome Boateng gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Manchester City in their opening Champions League Group E clash Wednesday.
Yes or No for Celtic in Europa League
Celtic face a tough trip to Salzburg Thursday, the day of Scotland’s independence referendum, while Everton host Wolfsburg and Tottenham go to Partizan Belgrade as the...
Davis Cup to remain annual event: ITF chief
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it overburdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport’s...
League turmoil drove Khatib to China
There is always vested interest wherever Fadi El-Khatib goes, as the 35-year-old talisman is undoubtedly the most successful player in the history of Lebanese...
Gasol’s Spain future in doubt after shock loss
Spain center Pau Gasol has doubts about his future with the national team following the hosts’ shock quarterfinal defeat by France at the basketball World Cup Wednesday.
Lithuania, USA win to set up repeat of 2010 semi
Lithuania will face holders the United States in a repeat of their World Cup semifinal four years ago after both came safely through their quarterfinals Tuesday.
Queiroz ends contract saga by signing Iran deal
The long-running saga over Carlos Queiroz’s future with Iran finally ended Tuesday when the former Real Madrid and Portugal manager agreed a four-year extension, to...
World Cup 2022 the ultimate goal for Afghanistan
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been beset by controversy, but for the visionaries bringing football back to life in Afghanistan it represents a shining, magical light...
Juventus need shake-up to be a formidable force
Juventus are likely to need a shake-up at some point this season if they are to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League.
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it overburdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport’s governing body said Tuesday.
Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final
Roger Federer secured Switzerland’s place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Geneva Sunday.
Federer seeks Davis Cup glory
Roger Federer will spearhead Switzerland’s bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time against Italy in Geneva this weekend and in so doing put himself within...
Nishikori loses U.S. Open final, wins $940,000
Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the U.S. Open final, but he has won a $940,000 special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand...
Fans fear end of golden era, but show goes on
A less informed holder of an expensive U.S. Open men’s singles final ticket walks into Louis Armstrong Arena, settles down into a courtside seat and then rubs his eyes...
Formula One’s governing body has banned teams from sending drivers coded messages under a controversial clampdown on radio communications use from this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Formula E begins: not with a whimper but a crash
The crowd surged to its feet with a gasp as Nicolas Prost’s car struck Nick Heidfeld’s as they battled for first place, sending Heidfeld into a barrier and corkscrewing...
Rossi relaunches title bid with win at San Marino
Italian great Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha one-two to claim his maiden win of the season at the San Marino Moto GP and launch his bid for a 10th world title Sunday.
Marquez seeks 12th win in San Marino
Spain’s MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez heads to this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix intent on making it 12 out of 13 wins in a remarkable season.
Ferrari starts new era without Montezemolo
Luca di Montezemolo’s resignation as Ferrari chairman Wednesday severs a historic link with the team’s late founder Enzo and marks the end of an era for Formula One’s...
Tiger Woods has yet to swing a golf club since missing the cut at last month’s PGA Championship but said Monday his recovery from a back injury was progressing well and that he anticipated a full playing schedule next year.
Best three weeks for $10M winner Horschel
Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he needs to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot...
Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain perfect
Undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed a unanimous decision in a feisty encounter against Marcos Maidana to successfully defend three world...
Mayweather prepares for ‘dirty’ Maidana rematch
Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he expects Argentina’s Marcos Maidana to be “once again extremely dirty and wild” in their heavily anticipated...
FedExCup title the lure for McIlroy, not $10M
While the prospect of earning a $10 million bonus after this week’s Tour Championship finale is tantalizing, Rory McIlroy says he is much more motivated by the chance...
A white-clad bride and her groom walked down the stairs of the American University of Beirut’s Charles Hostler Auditorium.
Prickly pears: Thorny fall-time delights
Around the beginning of the fall season, prickly pears sold on carts or spine-free in delicatessens hit the Lebanese market.
Devices, apps act like one under iOS 8
The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity.
Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with...
Five free things to see and do in Naples
La dolce vita is all the sweeter when you get it for free. “La dolce vita,” of course, means “the sweet life,” in Italian, something you will find plenty of in Italy’s...
Bringing burlesque to Beirut
Although many in the Middle East will likely see Columbine, 31, as little more than sexually provocative eye-candy, she is on a mission to present herself as something...
Quinoa to enter Lebanon’s agriculture calendar
The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization is looking to introduce the nutritious cereal crop quinoa to Lebanon’s agricultural calendar, the organization said in a...
Jet Ski race sorts the men from the buoys
Those who associate Jet Skiing with the adrenaline junkies who zip perilously along the country’s crowded beaches got a more sophisticated view of the sport over the...
Swiss watchmakers not watching out for Apple Watch
Apple may be known for revolutionizing the world of music and mobile phones, but Switzerland's centuries-old luxury watchmakers are unimpressed with the US tech giant's...
Alien-like giant water-living dinosaur unveiled
Picture the fearsome movie creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws.
Tech giants bet on ‘smart home’ revolution
It’s long been the stuff of science fiction, but tech giants hope the “smart home,” where gadgets talk to each other and the fridge orders the milk, will soon become...
La dolce vita is all the sweeter when you get it for free. “La dolce vita,” of course, means “the sweet life,” in Italian, something you will find plenty of in Italy’s third-largest city.
Go For the Food: Famous noodles in Bangkok
With its fluorescent bulbs and cafeteria-style tables, the Bangkok restaurant Raan Jay Fai wouldn’t win any awards for interior decorating.
Autumn in NY's Hudson Valley: History and scenery
Exploring the region north of New York City isn't just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it.
Mount Everest on speed
Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world’s highest peak in 42 days: That’s British guide Adrian Ballinger’s ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit...
Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa
Myanmar launches an online visa application promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a...
Another fashion week has been and gone in London, but as the clothes are squirreled away until spring, there’s time to reflect on the key trends of the season.
Indian summer rescues Bordeaux wines
After a gloomy summer, sunny skies are smiling on Bordeaux, France’s premier wine-growing region, since the start of September, sparking sudden talk of high-end vintages.
Glitzy day at London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week reached its glitziest day Monday, with big names like Burberry and Tom Ford packing in the crowds, the supermodels and the celebrities.
Fashionistas spoiled for choice in London
So far, London Fashion Week has been packed each day from morning to night with next season’s womenswear offerings from dozens of designers.
Berlin passion for 1940s fashion untempered by WWII hue
With her blotted red lipstick, perky coiffed curls and fitted 1940s skirt suit, Constanze Pelzer looks like she's stepped off a World War II film set.
Scientists said they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections.
Venezuela shortages pinch breast implants
Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
WHO: Use of blood-derived drugs against Ebola
WHO says that experts have agreed that blood-derived drug therapies and convalescent serum may be used for treatment of Ebola virus, and calls for investment in the...
Why your favorite song takes you down memory lane
Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into...
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to...
Obsessed "Friends" fans on Wednesday mobbed a pop-up replica of the coffeehouse from the hit comedy series, some even camping out overnight for some free java and a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Saint Phalle shoots to kill at retrospective
Shooting a .22 caliber rifle at a plaster-covered canvas concealing bags of paint launched Niki de Saint Phalle to the height of the avant-garde international art world...
Reese Witherspoon finds lessons in 'The Good Lie'
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon chose a subdued role in her latest film "The Good Lie," a drama about Sudanese refugee children who end up in America, but there...
'Before I go to Sleep' just short in Lebanon debut
"Let's Be Cops" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” easily stay atop the Lebanese box office while the newcomer "Before I go to Sleep" was just edged out in its debut,...
Taylor Swift leads People Magazine's best-dressed list
Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine's best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday.
Masrah al-Madina embraces youth
Masrah al-Madina will once again open its doors to young people Wednesday evening.
Asian Art Week features ceramics, Asian paintings
Sales of classical Chinese paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet and ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare Ming dynasty...
After Toronto, small films prime for peak season
The red carpets have rolled up and the festival awards are adjudicated. Now comes the deluge of small and independent films for fall viewing and Oscar baiting.
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon chose a subdued role in her latest film "The Good Lie," a drama about Sudanese refugee children who end up in America, but there is nothing small in what she hopes to convey.
Ben McKenzie primed to lead Fox's Batman prequel
Ben McKenzie expects viewers to tune into the premiere episode of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," on Monday.
Netflix orders Judd Apatow comedy series 'Love'
Netflix on Tuesday said it has ordered two seasons of a romance comedy by Hollywood hitmaker Judd Apatow as the online streaming service ramps up its original...
Clooney to receive Golden Globes’ DeMille award
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, event...
Ethan Hawke on lessons from Robin Williams
It has been more than 25 years since a young Ethan Hawke stepped on his desk to salute his teacher, portrayed by Robin Williams, in "Dead Poets Society.
Lawmakers seek to fine Miley Cyrus for flag spank
A Mexican state legislature has asked the country's federal government to fine singer Miley Cyrus after one of her dancers spanked Cyrus's backside with a Mexican flag...
Singer Patti LaBelle takes stand in civil trial
Singer Patti LaBelle took the stand on Wednesday in a federal civil trial and denied telling her 400-pound bodyguard to attack a man standing too close to her luggage...
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes welcome baby girl
Hollywood hearthrob Ryan Gosling and his actress girlfriend Eva Mendes are proud parents of a baby daughter, media reports said Tuesday.
Alternative country star Jason Isbell swept the Americana music awards on Wednesday with his deeply personal album "Southeastern.
Lawyer: Thicke exploited in lawsuit
Robin Thicke’s attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer’s “moment of personal vulnerability” in an attempt to prove that the hit “Blurred Lines” was...
Whitney Houston live album due in November
Nearly three years after her death, an album and DVD of live performances by Whitney Houston is to be released in November, her long-time producer announced Tuesday.
Cat Stevens back with album, North America tour
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is back with an R&B-influenced album and will tour North America for the first time in more than 35 years, his label has...
Jewel releases free song to support public housing
Jewel is planning an album for release next fall.