Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Friday announced the unprecedented closure of a hospital in the north, while another medical facility in the south came under scrutiny by the Labor Ministry.
Lebanon inks visa waiver deal with Columbia
Lebanon and Colombia signed an agreement on visa exemptions for diplomatic, service and special passports, the state-run National News Agency said Friday.
Iraq statue smashing sparks outrage
A video of jihadis in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world’s oldest...
Cultural heritage a victim of conflict
Jihadis in Iraq have smashed ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers in the second city Mosul, sparking global outrage, in the latest loss of world cultural...
Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead
Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said.
US sanctions alleged Africa-based Hezbollah members
The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on an alleged Africa-based Hezbollah support network, a statement released Thursday said.
Army to remain on the offensive: Kahwagi
The Lebanese Army’s posture will not remain defensive in its war against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi pledged Friday.
Army ousts militants from strategic positions
The Lebanese Army drove jihadi militants out of two strategic hilltop positions along the northeastern frontier with Syria Thursday, in a preemptive operation aimed at...
A video of jihadis in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world’s oldest heritage will be destroyed.
ISIS must keep expanding to survive: report
International investigators said Friday that in order for ISIS to remain financially viable it would have to expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take...
ISIS threat boosts business for Kurdish gunsmith
In gunsmith Bahktiyar Sadr-Aldeen’s workshop in this Kurdish city in northern Iraq, every weapon has a story. These days, there are lots of stories to tell.
Campaign urges U.S. to share data on barrel bombs
A new campaign is urging the U.S. government to share radar information with Syrian aid workers on incoming barrel bomb attacks, in an attempt to save the lives of...
Parents find child 17 years after kidnap
A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.
U.S. wants to hack phones because it lacks spies
As Google’s Android smartphone operating system was coming under attack in fall 2012 from malware with the colorful names of “Loozfon” and “FinFisher,” the FBI’s...
8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage
A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth in an overnight house-to-house rampage in a small Missouri town before apparently committing suicide, authorities...
Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5: EU
Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear programme will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5, the European...
Lebanon’s Central Bank is contemplating new lending regulations in a bid to crack down on shadow banking, according to senior bankers who participated in a seminar held in Beirut Friday.
Campaign to lure expats back on holiday launched
Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon unveiled Friday a new campaign to encourage Lebanese expatriates to visit their country, as Lebanon became the 63rd member of a program...
Abu Dhabi’s Eagle Hills said building Egypt city
Eagle Hills, an Abu Dhabi-based developer of international projects, plans to build a new city near Cairo with a large number of homes for low- and middle-income...
Saudi satisfaction signals $60 oil anchor
OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is feeling vindicated after a strategy of allowing oil to flood the market has begun to achieve what it was aiming for.
FTSE at record high, Standard Chartered rises
Britain’s top equity index touched a record high Friday, helped by gains in Asian-focused bank Standard Chartered and International Consolidated Airlines Group.
Airport security will be EU standard: Zeaiter
Lebanon vowed to improve security measures at Beirut’s airport to meet the standards imposed by the EU, Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said...
Switzerland to invest in Tripoli: ambassador
Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon Francois Barras said Friday that his country is planning to invest in a number of development projects in Tripoli.
Arab forum: Too few female entrepreneurs
The percentage of women in startup companies in Lebanon is very low despite several initiatives to encourage females launch their own businesses, experts said Thursday.
Eagle Hills, an Abu Dhabi-based developer of international projects, plans to build a new city near Cairo with a large number of homes for low- and middle-income buyers, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Saudi startups get cold shoulder from banks
Hasan al-Hazmi knew he couldn’t depend on Saudi Arabian lenders when opening his business last year even with the kingdom’s drive to boost credit to small- and...
Bahrain infrastructure helps offset cheap oil
Bahrain’s economy is holding up in the face of low oil prices as policymakers bank on infrastructure spending and the private sector to offset shrinking energy sector...
UAE spends record amount on defense at IDEX expo
The Middle East’s largest arms expo ended Thursday with the United Arab Emirates announcing that it had spent a record amount at the event, signaling continued spending...
Germany backs Greek extension
Germany’s parliament approved an extension of Greece’s bailout Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel’s conservatives underscored growing...
US economy slows in 4Q, growth outlook favorable
U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a slow pace of stock accumulation by businesses and a wider trade deficit,...
Buffett takes his checkbook abroad
Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders last year, called the U.S. “the mother lode of opportunity.”
Qatar takes control of Milan development
Qatar’s sovereign fund has assumed control of one of Italy’s prime business areas after buying out other shareholders in a move hailed as heralding a new era of inward...
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 widespread backing from all sectors of Lebanon’s political establishment.
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...
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.
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...
Domestic divisions threaten the U.S. war on ISIS
While the fight between ISIS and the forces arrayed against it rages on in the Middle East, another brutal battle is brewing in the United States over who is winning...
Two dozen presidents
The Cabinet is the only one of Lebanon’s top political institutions – the others being the presidency and Parliament – that has been able to function in recent months,...
A state in distress
It’s relatively easy to highlight the appalling situation in Syria, where violence, displacement, fragmentation and corruption prevail.
Heads in the sand
The presidential vacuum is having dangerous knock-on effects in other areas of government, and until the Christian leaders stop their procrastinating and decide on a...
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.”
Arab armies can only make matters worse
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s suggestion that our region needs a joint Arab military force to deal with escalating threats from armed factions in lands such...
While the fight between ISIS and the forces arrayed against it rages on in the Middle East, another brutal battle is brewing in the United States over who is winning the war.
Jordan’s bet on nuclear power is risky
Nuclear power is a risky option for Jordan.
The region must move to a Green economy
Four years ago, I addressed the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development in Montenegro, to present an Arab perspective on regional priorities.
Economically, Africa may go the way of China
All low-income countries have the potential for dynamic economic growth.
Global disorder is rising
Ukraine’s crisis should not blind us to the main conundrum of global affairs today: While the world is more peaceful than it has been for 300 years, when measured by...
Ahed opened a six-point gap at the top of the table Friday after coming from behind to defeat Tadamon Sour 2-1 in matchday 16 of the Lebanese Premier League.
Real Madrid host high-flying Villarreal
EUROPEAN champions Real Madrid will be aiming to maintain their recent winning form when they host high-flying Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu Sunday.
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.
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.
2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18: FIFA
The World Cup final in Qatar in 2022 should be played no later than Dec. 18, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday.
Sevilla draw Villarreal in Europa League
Last season’s Europa League winners Sevilla were handed an all-Spanish tie against in-form Villarreal Friday, after Unai Emery’s men comfortably saw off Salzburg 3-1...
Luis Enrique backs Alves to stay at Barca
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has given strong public backing to full-back Dani Alves, suggesting he wants the Brazil international to remain at the club beyond the end...
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 nights in hospital following a crash in testing last week.
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.
F1 drivers told to keep a lid on helmet changes
Formula One drivers are to be barred from changing helmet designs during the course of a season in a ruling aimed at helping fans identify their heroes and also...
Qatar set to host Formula One race
Qatar is close to signing a contract to host a Formula One Grand Prix within the next two years, the president of the country’s motor sport federation has told AFP.
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...
Federer blitz earns Davis Cup rematch
Roger Federer escaped from trouble with a remarkable 20-point winning sequence which helped him into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open in search of his seventh title...
Murray celebrates climb with a win
Andy Murray followed his climb above Rafael Nadal to world No. 3 with a checkered but foundation-laying straight-sets win over Gilles Muller to begin his bid to win the...
Federer crushes his old pal for the 16th time
Roger Federer crushed an old pal for the 16th successive time as he made an encouraging high-speed restart to the ATP World Tour after his Australian Open debacle.
All eyes will be on Manara Stadium Sunday as Riyadi host arch-rivals Sagesse, looking to gain derby bragging rights in the regular season’s final round of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Mouttahed deal Champville a crushing loss
Mouttahed dealt Champville a humiliating 92-69 loss in the final round of the regular season at Safadi stadium, as the Tripoli side snatched fifth place from...
Warriors’ Curry returns to win at Washington
Golden State’s Stephen Curry returned from an injury absence to top score with 32 points and lead the Warriors to a 114-107 win at Washington Tuesday, extending their...
Bulls’ Rose to undergo another knee surgery
Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who has already undergone two knee operations, will go under the knife to repair a torn meniscus on his right knee, the Chicago Bulls...
Harden’s triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves
James Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota...
AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record 257-run victory over West Indies in the World Cup Friday.
Dancing, gunfire as Afghans enjoy cricket win
Hundreds of jubilant Afghan cricket fans flooded onto the streets of major cities Thursday, dancing, waving flags and firing AK-47s in celebration at their team’s...
UAE rue mistakes, luck as they run Ireland close
United Arab Emirates were left to rue bad luck and crucial errors as they threw away a chance to secure their first World Cup win in nearly 19 years in a thrilling...
Love’s return restores team unity
The appointment of Davis Love III as United States Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 match against Europe at Hazeltine will be viewed by many as a chance for American...
Gayle forces his way into record books with 215
Chris Gayle could barely believe it when the first ball he faced crashed into his pad, because he knew he needed a lucky break to reverse a run of bad form.
Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi, Max Mara, Just Cavalli and Prada.
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.
Nimble 2-Series injects fun back in BMW
If I’ve learned anything since we first introduced The Daily Star’s automotive fixtures several months ago, it’s that test-driving new cars would be impossible without...
Taxes price Lebanese out of life’s pleasures
Whenever I plan on test-driving a car, I always prepare ahead of time in order to know what to look for. Usually this involves reading up on the car online, checking...
Reopened Zaarour resort aims to lure families
A short drive from Beirut, perched more than 1,500 meters above sea level, the Zaarour ski resort is nestled in the Metn mountain range.
Madeira: a wine that deserves more attention
The island of Madeira off Africa’s northwest coast only has 450 hectares of vines used to make the wine officially designated as Madeira.
Brand new Gucci gets Milan off to a flier
Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele unveiled a veritable feast of beanies and flouncy, nipple-flashing outfits as Milan Fashion Week started with a...
Today's dialectic: Is that dress white or is it blue?
Cyberspace was being consumed by an acute philosophical debate on Friday over a picture of a dress many claim is obviously white and gold but others argue just as...
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.
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...
Stars go Lebanese at L.A. parties
Looks signed by Lebanese designers at the 2015 Oscars after parties turned heads in Hollywood this week. Dozens of celebrities opted for evening gowns from the rich...
Lent ushers in vegetarian creativity
With Lent underway, many Christians are abstaining from certain foods, especially meat.
Oscars’ best-dressed draped in Lebanon’s finest
Hollywood stars who chose to wear the creations of Lebanese designers on the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards topped the lists of the best dressed of various U.S....
How to stay warm, the Lebanese way
This winter has been unbearably harsh. Admittedly it’s not quite a Boston whiteout scenario, but dramatic enough by poorly infrastructured, underresourced Lebanon...
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.
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...
Samsung reveals potential for TVs to eavesdrop
Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing.
Parenting tech keeps tabs on children
American parents may not have the resources of the National Security Agency, but it’s not that hard for them to snoop on their smartphone-addicted kids.
Children visit virtual hospital before surgery
Felicia Zander had a brain hemorrhage when she was six and spent more than a year in and out of hospital for X-rays, MRIs and about a dozen operations under general...
“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 reassuring.
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.
An abseil a day keeps this doctor away
When he arrived in the Sultanate of Oman almost 20 years ago to set up shop as a surgeon, Dr. Khaled Abdul Malak had not yet discovered his dormant passion for...
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.
Scientists find eating peanuts prevents allergy
In research that contradicts years of health advice, scientists have said that babies at risk of developing a childhood peanut allergy can avoid it if they are given...
Eating placentas? US moms swear by health benefits
Health trends come and go, but one post-birth fad is gaining a foothold in the United States among some new mothers who extol the benefits of eating their own placentas.
A middle-aged hotelier puts on a jovial face for his young guest, who’s arrived at this Central Anatolian village on a motocross bike. Aydin, the hotelier, asks the younger man what he does for a living.
Deceptive smiles and dangerous masks
A florid man with a wide, red smile bristling with teeth and a beard unaccompanied by a moustache proudly clutches the phallic gold silhouette of the World Cup trophy...
Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel
The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on...
Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince
Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito.
Ed Sheeran wins best British record at top UK music awards
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran took home the coveted best album prize at Britain's top music honours on Wednesday for "X" at a star-studded Brit Awards show in London.
Experts seek way home for Timbuktu manuscripts
A cultural treasure of sub-Saharan Islam, hundreds of thousands of priceless parchments sit on metal shelves in Mali’s capital as archivists painstakingly classify and...
O’Connell leads gripping Belfast thriller ’71
The grimly gripping thriller “’71” plunges a young, inexperienced British soldier into the mayhem of 1970s Belfast.
Al Bustan’s night at the Museum
Museums are more often lauded for effective climate control systems than superb acoustics.
The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on Thursday.
Glam rock star Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for child abuse
Glam rock star Gary Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of abusing three young girls in the latest child sex scandal to bring...
Madonna reveals whiplash injuries after stage fall
Pop icon Madonna claimed she was left with whiplash following her on-stage tumble at the Brit Awards and said that she will not be wearing the offending Armani cape at...
'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,...
Imagine Dragons oust Drake from Billboard 200 throne
Alt-rockers Imagine Dragons knocked rapper Drake from the top spot of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, after a strategically placed commercial...
Sam Smith aims for victory at British music's Brit Awards
Sam Smith could follow victory at the Grammys with triumph on home soil at Britain's most prestigious music awards.
Bastille play intimate London gig for war charity
Just over a hundred lucky fans gathered in a London flat on Monday night to sing along with British electro-pop quintet Bastille at a special gig for the War Child...
Despite free album furor, U2 tops iTunes listening
U2 faced such a backlash over its free album that the band apologized, but the Irish superstars claimed vindication Tuesday as research showed its music dominated...
For this week’s “Modern Family,” producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices.
Madonna’s tumble overshadows Brit Awards
Madonna’s on-stage fall at the Brit Awards unleashed a wave of Internet jokes about the star’s cape malfunction Thursday, overshadowing wins for British singers Sam...
Pussy Riot take on Putin in new House of Cards
Two members of the Pussy Riot punk rock band, who served jail time for a stunt slamming President Vladimir Putin, have once again struck out at the Russian leader.
Oscars TV ratings slump, critics slam Harris
TV ratings for the Oscars’ U.S. broadcast fell 16 percent from last year, according to figures published Monday, amid lukewarm reviews and criticism for its first-time...
Inarritu: Penn’s remark a joke among friends
Sean Penn’s remark about Mexican-born Oscar-winner Alejandro Inarritu’s immigration status at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast struck many as an insult, but...