Lebanon Sunday criticized a resolution issued by Arab foreign ministers after their emergency meeting regarding Jerusalem, saying it fell short of addressing the gravity of the situation resulting from the U.S. decision to recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital.
U.S. Embassy protest turns violent
Protests at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon took a violent turn Sunday when Internal Security Forces charged demonstrators after firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water...
China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat's invasion threat
A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing...
Duterte seeks martial law extension for south
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend martial law across the southern third of the country until the end of next year to combat...
Iraqi Shiite cleric urges fighters to disarm after Daesh defeat
An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric is urging his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government following the declaration of victory against Daesh (ISIS)
UNHCR begins reconstruction after tragic fire
Reconstruction began over the weekend at an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Western Bekaa after a devastating fire left seven children dead and dozens...
Authorities probe Iraqi militia head’s trip south
Lebanese authorities are investigating a visit to south Lebanon by the head of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia group that prompted a response from Prime Minister Saad...
Personal dispute in Ain al-Hilweh leaves passerby injured
A dispute Sunday between two men in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh led to the injury of a passerby, a security source told The Daily Star.
A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means.
Irish border lives, livelihoods hinge on Brexit
Farmer John Sheridan drives his mud-caked Land Rover up and down country lanes and roads, back and forth across the snaking border separating Northern Ireland and the...
Davis: Without trade deal UK will withhold Brexit
The European Commission and the British government let out an audible sigh of relief on reaching a deal on Brexit divorce terms.
Hospitality staff often subjected to harassment
One woman recalls how a general manager at a Chicago-area restaurant where she worked told her that if security cameras recorded him reaching between her legs and...
EU tells Netanyahu no support for Trump's Jerusalem move
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged the European Union to follow U.S. President Donald Trump's lead and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital,...
Syrian army, Iranian-backed militias push toward Idlib
The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push toward the...
American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq
As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government...
Bahraini civil group under pressure after Israel visit
A Bahraini civil society group has defended sending a delegation to Israel as a gesture of tolerance and coexistence, state news agency BNA has reported, after news of...
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bin Mohammad al-Yaacoub said Friday that Riyadh is willing to facilitate the visas to Lebanese businessmen seeking to work in the kingdom.
Tourists to hit 2M in 2017: hotel owners
The number of tourists coming to Lebanon is expected to reach 1.9 million at the end of 2017, hotel owners said Friday.
Egypt’s new desert capital proves hard sell
In Egypt’s eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project...
Rouhani submits conservative 2018 budget
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed to Parliament Sunday a conservative state budget of about $104 billion for next year, with the outlook for the economy and...
Bitcoin tops $18,000 in debut on major bourse
Bitcoin surged past $18,000 after it began trading on its first major global exchange Sunday, the latest in a series of highs that have excited some investors while...
New taxes impair consumer confidence
The tax hike had a dire impact on the mood of Lebanese consumers in the third quarter of 2017, the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index indicated.
Beirut can handle crisis in short term: report
Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Wednesday Lebanon will be able in the short and medium term to manage its economy after Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s decision to...
Interbank rates fall after Hariri turnaround
Interbank rates fell to an average of 8-10 percent from 40 percent last week after Prime Minister Saad Hariri officially withdrew his resignation, bankers said Wednesday.
In Egypt’s eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past.
Saudis need upbeat economy to snap habit
Saudi authorities are changing market regulations to attract foreign investors to the country’s stock market.
Careem CEO: Ride-hailing spend beats road outlays
Once upon a time, building new roads was the most logical way to improve transportation.
Egypt’s economy rebounds as inflation drops
Egypt’s headline inflation rate rose at its slowest pace in nearly a year in November while the current account deficit fell by more than 65 percent in the first...
Bitcoin surged past $18,000 after it began trading on its first major global exchange Sunday, the latest in a series of highs that have excited some investors while leaving others nervous of a bubble.
Not all U.S. credit investors see 2018 woe-free
In US president Donald Trump’s ideal world, tax cuts will fire up the American economy, an outcome that has big implications for bond markets.
Bitcoin follows classic investment mania pattern
Investment bubbles must be respected.
Foreign-owned banks to be hit by US tax rules
Major international banks operating in the U.S. could be disproportionately hit by new tax rules that will penalise the way they have structured their global...
UK won't pay Brexit bill if no trade deal agreed: Davis
Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday Britain will not honor financial commitments agreed this week with the European Union if they fail to secure a future trade...
It is truly tragic that the Arab and international outrage in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been defused by Arab League resolutions that failed to include any punitive steps against the U.S., such as a call for a boycott of American products, or the suspension or downgrading of ties with Washington.
Fruits of congruence
The International Support Group for Lebanon conference held in Paris has secured guarantees for the country, garnered international political and economic support,...
Africa-Europe relationship demands recalibration
In October, the European Union announced a plan to invest 40 billion euros ($47.6 billion) in Africa, a “Marshall Plan” for the continent that would boost economic...
Challenges ahead for Egypt’s economy
In the year following the implementation of an economic reform package from the International Monetary Fund, Egypt’s economy has witnessed the rapid unwinding of...
World economy surging despite Trump’s rancor
A year ago, with the election of a U.S. president who had fulminated against the international trade and financial systems, some analysts worried that the engine of...
President Donald Trump’s lethal announcement on Jerusalem has left international relations in tatters, crossed every red line and trampled over the integrity and...
Despite repeated warnings from the international community of the lethal consequences of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the U.S. Embassy...
Accord made in Lebanon
It is welcome news that Prime Minister Saad Hariri has withdrawn his resignation, which alone promises good tidings for the Lebanese, especially during the festive...
In October, the European Union announced a plan to invest 40 billion euros ($47.6 billion) in Africa, a “Marshall Plan” for the continent that would boost economic growth, create jobs and, ultimately, slow the migration of young Africans to Europe.
Europe’s chance to lead on robotics and AI
At least since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein and his iconic monster in 1818, humans have had a morbid fascination with man-made beings that could threaten...
Why International Day of Human Rights matters
On Dec. 10, 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a groundbreaking document: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
France’s model of resilience to terror
In a recent tweetstorm, U.S. President Donald Trump shared anti-Muslim smears from the extreme-right hate group Britain First, thus reminding us of the deep divisions...
A year ago, with the election of a U.S. president who had fulminated against the international trade and financial systems, some analysts worried that the engine of global prosperity might soon be sputtering.
China pursues starring role on global stage
The friendly words exchanged between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping this month softened the edge of a Chinese economic and military buildup that a recent study...
Using ‘digital provenance’ to fight fake facts
Amid the slithering mess of problems that emerged in 2017, the one that bothers me most is that people don’t seem to know what’s true anymore.
A beleaguered Tillerson is still at the table
A funny thing happened to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the way to the exit door: He didn’t leave.
Saudi political explosions risk collateral damage
Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help...
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is urgently travelling to Brazil due to "personal matters", the Brazilian company that manages the footballer's career said on Sunday.
Otamendi gives City derby delight
Manchester City took a giant step toward the title as the leaders beat Manchester United 2-1 to clinch a record-equaling 14th successive Premier League victory, while...
Australian Open comeback for Serena ‘very likely’
Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season’s opening Grand Slam “very likely,”...
Serena 'very likely' to make comeback at Australian Open: organizers
Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season's opening Grand Slam "very likely",...
James carries Cavs, Clippers edge Wizards
LeBron James posted his third triple-double of the season and 58th of his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 105-98 Saturday.
Five things we learned from the Premier League
Manchester City took a huge step toward the Premier League title with a vital victory at rivals Manchester United.
Dortmund sacks Bosz, Wolf avoids red
Bayern Munich opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga this weekend with a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund sacked coach Peter Bosz...
Lyon leave it late, Balotelli with Nice winner
Teenage midfielder Houssem Aouar scored with the last kick of the game as Lyon kept their charge toward the top of Ligue 1 going with a 2-1 win at Amiens Sunday.
Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season’s opening Grand Slam “very likely,” tournament organizers said Wednesday.
Serena, Kuznetsova doubts for Australian Open
Former world No. 1 Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for...
Pouille takes France to Davis Cup victory
Lucas Pouille throttled Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s decisive fifth rubber to clinch a 10th Davis Cup title for France in front of a lively Lille...
Goffin downs Tsonga to force Davis Cup decider
Belgium's David Goffin swept aside Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to level the Davis Cup final at two points apiece and force a decisive fifth...
Rockets down Jazz for eighth win in row
The Houston Rockets, fueled by 29 points from James Harden, posted their eighth straight NBA victory Thursday, 112-101 over the Utah Jazz.
National body pays FIBA fraction of owed fees
The Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB) avoided expulsion from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) at the eleventh hour after paying a fraction of the fees...
Westbrook triple-double helps Thunder beat Jazz Westbrook's triple-double helps Thunder rally past Jazz
Russell Westbrook scored 34 points in his seventh triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 17 points down in the second half to defeat...
Curry a concern after Warriors comeback
Stephen Curry sparked a second-half comeback to inspire the Golden State Warriors to victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Monday, but suffered a late ankle injury to...
American Lindsey Vonn pulled out of Sunday’s Super G World Cup race at St Moritz, saying she needed to take care of herself in the run-up to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in two months’ time.
Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux to win
Vasyl Lomachenko doesn’t just beat fighters.
Truax shocks DeGale with majority decision
American Caleb Truax stunned Britain’s former Olympic champion James DeGale on a majority decision to win the IBF world super-middleweight title in London Saturday.
Boxer Lomachenko sets sights higher
Ukrainian champ Vasyl Lomachenko will need to demonstrate plenty of patience when he squares off against Cuban tactician Guillermo Rigondeaux in a world title showdown...
Pacquiao says he is in talks to fight McGregor
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said Friday he has opened talks to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in April when he takes a break from his...
Lewis Hamilton wants to equal Juan Manuel Fangio’s five Formula One world titles but doubts he will have the staying power to try and match Michael Schumacher’s record seven, even if he cannot rule it out entirely.
F1 walking a tightrope in America, says Ferrari boss
Formula One is walking a tightrope as new owners Liberty Media plan to grow the sport in America, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has warned.
Alfa Romeo Sauber unveil slick car
The Swiss Formula One outfit Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for the world title in...
Alfa Romeo to become Sauber title sponsor
Alfa Romeo are returning to Formula One for the first time in 30 years with the century-old Italian marque partnering the Swiss-based Sauber team as title sponsors.
Five things to watch out for in F1 in 2018
Will overtaking get easier?
The title of Beverly Gray’s insightful look back at 1967’s “The Graduate,” one of the most popular comedies of all time, is a bit misleading.
‘I, Tonya’ film sticks the landing
“I, Tonya” is the Tonya Harding film you never knew you wanted.
Hallyday returns to cherished Caribbean island for burial
The body of French rocker Johnny Hallyday was greeted by mournful fans late Sunday on the Caribbean island of St Barts, the paradise bolthole where the millionaire...
Hallyday, France’s troubled Elvis, dies at 74
Johnny Hallyday, France’s king of rock who has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, was a leather-clad would-be Elvis who earned love and scorn over five...
Foy and Smith set to relinquish their Crown
Claire Foy is wistful when asked how she would describe her “The Crown” co-star Matt Smith to other actors who may work with him in the future.
Deep house, tech ... and trout fishing
The first thing Dennis Ferrer planned to do when he got off the plane in Beirut Saturday was sleep, not because he finds the city boring – quite the opposite – but...
Thurman brings Trumpland critique to Broadway
Donald Trump’s name is mud in New York – a city tormented that a man who embodies the antithesis of everything it holds dear is president and that, to cap it all, he’s...
‘Because kids aren’t blind or deaf’
Two figures draped in colorful garments carefully step across the stage, picking up toys lying on the ground. Wearing crescent-moon-shaped masks, the actors move in...
The body of French rocker Johnny Hallyday was greeted by mournful fans late Sunday on the Caribbean island of St Barts, the paradise bolthole where the millionaire singer owned a cherished home and asked to be buried.
New Jimi Hendrix album with unreleased songs coming in March
Unreleased songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix between 1968 and 1970 will be released next year.
Johnny Hallyday, 'French Elvis,' dies at 74 after cancer
Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France and survived drug...
Ed Sheeran tops Spotify's 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams
The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he is the most streamed artist of the year.
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher
The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" where the anticipated first...
‘Twilight Zone’ series gets third reboot
Are you ready to re-enter “The Twilight Zone?”
Comic book heroes flood TV
When “Marvel’s The Punisher” debuted on Netflix last month, it was greeted with interest.
HBO film looks at famed Washington Post editor
A press-hostile White House, misbehaving public figures and The Washington Post at the center of the national conversation – none of those things is new.
France paid an emotional farewell Saturday to Johnny Hallyday -- the singer who taught the country how to rock -- in a highly theatrical "people's tribute" that brought Paris to a standstill
Bono tells paper he takes tax probe 'incredibly seriously'
U2 frontman Bono says he takes the investigation into his business arrangements "incredibly seriously" and wants them to be transparent
Director Bryan Singer accused in lawsuit of assaulting teen
Director Bryan Singer has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy at a party more than a decade ago.
Slovenian magazine apologizes to US first lady Melania Trump
A Slovenian magazine apologized Friday to U.S. first lady Melania Trump for suggesting she had worked as a high-end escort while pursuing her international modeling...
Russian court keeps theater director under house arrest
A Moscow court Monday ruled that a prominent theater and film director who is being investigated for fraud must remain under house arrest.
The humble potato – drought-resistant, able to thrive in diverse soils, and enjoyed fried, steamed or baked – brought centuries of relative calm and prosperity to Europe after its introduction in the 16th century, a new study says.
Tech titans ramp up tools to win over children
From smartphone messaging tailored for tikes to computers for classrooms, technology titans are weaving their way into childhoods to form lifelong bonds, raising...
First baby from uterus transplant in U.S. is born
The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden.
Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care
Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing - a debilitating condition...
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work...
How Russian street style went global
Russian street style might not conjure up images of high glamour, but the look is making its mark on the global fashion industry, from the catwalk to the high street.
U.K. stores to cut pollution via bottle deposits
A return scheme for plastic bottles could soon allow British consumers to enjoy a drink of juice or water without adding to a sea of pollution – as well as getting some...
Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction
Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the...
Abusive avatars help schizophrenics fight 'voices': study
"You're rubbish. You're rubbish. You're a waste of space." The computer avatar pulls no punches as it lays into the young woman, a schizophrenia sufferer, facing the...
Three coffees a day linked more to health than harm
People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than...
British researchers probe dementia risk of football
British researchers are launching a study to determine whether footballers are at an increased risk of dementia as concerns grow over the potential long-term dangers of...
A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours.
China pushed global patent filings to record high in 2016: UN
Global patent filings hit record highs last year, with China leading the charge, receiving more patent applications than the United States, Japan, South Korea and the...
Facebook to launch chat app for kids, with parental controls
Facebook on Monday unveiled a version of its Messenger application for children, aimed at enabling kids under 12 to connect with others under parental supervision.
Doctors: Over a year to see if uterus transplant successful
Doctors in Dallas say it took over a year to determine if a woman who received a womb transplant would become the first in the U.
Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17B from China App Store
Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.
It may not feature in Morocco’s official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country.
Nobody likes to overpay for anything, and if we get half a chance we jump at the opportunity to buy something below cost, especially cars.
Some car options slay resale price, others shine
Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote about depreciation and all the factors that contributed to it.
Big changes under skin of revamped Jeep Wrangler
When Fiat Chrysler engineers and designers set out to revamp the venerable Jeep Wrangler for the first time in a decade, they didn’t want to mess much with its looks.
Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user’s movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster...
SUVs main attraction at LA Auto Show
The floor at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show will look a lot like America’s roads: full of SUVs.