Parliament decided to delay yet again a controversial wage hike for public sector workers that has prompted numerous strikes and protests in recent months.
Islamists vow not to harm kidnapped servicemen
Islamist militants promised not to harm the nearly two dozen Lebanese servicemen they captured in August in the border town of Arsal, the mufti of Baalbek-Hermel said...
Turkey vows to back its soldiers in Syria exclave
Turkey's top general on Thursday issued an unusual message of support for Turkish troops stationed at an exclave inside Syria at a "critical" period, saying the army...
16 confirmed dead in Bulgaria explosives blast: official
80 people may have been exposed to Ebola patient
Texas health officials on Thursday said as many as 80 people were in contact with the Dallas Ebola patient at some point, NBC News reported, marking a significant jump...
Jumblatt: Relations with Hezbollah excellent
The Progressive Socialist Party has “excellent” relations with Hezbollah, PSP leader Walid Jumblatt said Wednesday after meeting with a delegation from the party.
Old colleagues reunion at Parliament
The scene is familiar at Nijmeh Square Wednesday morning. Roads leading to the area are blocked by the Army and convoys of MPs are heading to Parliament.
Bassil says controversial N.Y. video manipulated
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Wednesday brushed off criticisms over a controversial video in which he appears showing admiration of a female Lebanese diplomat’s body.
Turkey's top general on Thursday issued an unusual message of support for Turkish troops stationed at an exclave inside Syria at a "critical" period, saying the army would act if ever they needed help.
7 Libyan soldiers killed in suicide bombings, clashes in Benghazi
Seven Libyan soldiers killed, 50 wounded in double suicide bombing, clashes in Benghazi: army commander
Kobani massacre would end PKK's peace talks
Ocalan warns that peace talks between his group and the Turkish state will come to an end if ISIS militants are allowed to carry out a massacre in a predominantly...
Turkey, France to step up fight against ISIS
Turkey and France are expected to step up their roles in the international campaign against ISIS militants, as coalition jets launched airstrikes Wednesday on...
Texas health officials on Thursday said as many as 80 people were in contact with the Dallas Ebola patient at some point, NBC News reported, marking a significant jump from 18 people authorities had said may have been exposed to the deadly virus.
Britain calls for international help on Ebola
Britain made a plea for international help to deal with the world's worst Ebola outbreak at the start of a conference in on Thursday, with one charity warning that five...
Hong Kong protest could harm financial image, says envoy
A top Chinese envoy warned that drawn-out pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could tarnish the city's reputation as one of the world's leading financial hubs, as...
Australian parliament restricts veiled visitors
Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's parliament are restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new...
Mexico catches drug lord in tourist haunt
Soldiers captured one of Mexico's most-wanted drug barons in a restaurant in a colonial town popular with American tourists and retirees.
The World Bank has approved its largest-ever financing of a project in Lebanon, a $474 million water supply development scheme aimed at addressing severe shortages faced by over half of the country’s population.
Rent law to trigger tenant-landlord legal feuds
A new rental law that enacted gradual increases in the value of residential lease contracts signed before 1992 would open the door for hundreds of legal battles between...
Turmoil keeps gasoline at 45 cents in oil states
Subsidies in Arab Gulf states that keep gasoline prices as low as 45 cents a gallon are proving difficult to dismantle amid growing regional turmoil.
Gulf Arab economies to grow faster in 2015
Gulf Arab economies are likely to grow slightly faster in 2015, propped up by strong private business activity despite further falls in oil prices, a Reuters poll of...
France defies EU with ‘no austerity’ budget
France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than...
Al Rifai expands in Lebanon
The deteriorating security situation in Lebanon may have prompted some local and foreign businesses to freeze investments in the country, but the latest $25 million new...
Over $45M of Audi shares traded on BSE
Bank Audi’s shares took the center stage again Tuesday in the usually dormant Beirut Stock Exchange as investors grabbed more than $45 million worth of the bank’s stocks.
Ogero launches One-Stop Shop
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb announced Tuesday the launching of the One-Stop Shop in all of Ogero’s offices in order to serve all clients with land lines as...
France’s Total wins Egypt gas exploration license
French oil company Total has been awarded a license to explore for natural gas in the Nile Delta, a source in the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company said...
Gaza war deals blow to Israel’s tourism
It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel.
Egypt to invest $14.5B in petchems, refining
Egypt plans to invest $14.5 billion in developing its refining and petrochemicals sectors over the next five years, its oil minister said, as part of efforts to...
France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.
British automakers overtake France
When Britain lost its last native car company 20 years ago, it was lamented across the political spectrum as a national catastrophe.
Merkel: Europe credibility at stake on budget policy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that it was up to each European country to deliver on its promise of sound budget policies, warning that the credibility...
EU buyers cross Atlantic in $87B U.S. deal spree
European companies are snapping up U.S. targets at the fastest pace since 2008 as they use cheap financing and record cash levels to seek growth outside of the continent.
Kabul Bank inquiry reopened
Afghanistan's new president re-opens an inquiry into a 2010 bank scandal involving a Ponzi scheme that collapsed triggering a financial crisis.
Lebanese politicians Wednesday failed to pass long-awaited wage hike law for teachers and public servants, picking up where they left off a few short months ago.
Deluded and deplorable
Not unexpectedly, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s address to the U.N. General Assembly Monday smacked of delusion and detachment from reality.
An embarrassment with a portfolio
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has been ridiculed in recent days for his embarrassing performance at a meeting he held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly...
Syrian rebels will reject a plan that helps Assad
As Syrian rebel commander Hamza al-Shamali describes the battle inside Syria, a few miles across the border, the immediate problem isn’t defeating ISIS.
Amid transformations, welcome to grave new world
Global transformations are nothing new. But, with globalization and technological advancements, the pace and scale of such transformations have accelerated considerably.
Since the creation of the U.N. in the 1940s, Lebanese foreign ministers have always done an admirable job of representing their country, from Charles Malik, who in 1948...
With tension and violence in the Lebanese town of Arsal leading the headlines for weeks, a debate has been raging recently over the country’s treatment of Syrian...
Palestinians need support
The announcement of a partial agreement reached between Fatah and Hamas over governing Gaza Thursday must be welcomed, but with some natural caution.
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has been ridiculed in recent days for his embarrassing performance at a meeting he held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Netanyahu’s lies are wearing thin
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly Monday may go down as a sign of how badly out of touch he is with the rest of the...
Young entrepreneurs seek change in the Middle East
Talking to young tech entrepreneurs gathered at a conference in Istanbul, you hear the hunger for change that is pervasive in the Middle East.
An old text outlines the strategy of savagery
It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.”
Still reading the tea leaves in Sino-Indian ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India followed quickly on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s successful four-day visit to Japan from Aug. 30.
Rouhani skillfully navigates Iran’s political sea
In his first year as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani has proved himself a capable operator, carrying forward an agenda of renewed diplomacy and tighter economic...
Anti-terrorism curbs Tunisian liberties
Fifteen Tunisian soldiers were killed on July 16 on Mount Chaambi near the Algerian border, the deadliest assault on army personnel in nearly a year.
Against barbarism, Lebanon deploys pluralism
Gobal debate in recent weeks has centered on President Barack Obama’s initiative to prevent the advance of ISIS.
Arsenal ignited Wednesday their Champions League campaign with a 4-1 thrashing of a feeble Galatasaray side with Danny Welbeck grabbing a hat-trick in a largely one-sided Group D clash in north London.
PSG bask in glory of season-defining win
Paris St. Germain may have been unbeaten in nine games and were fully expected to advance, but their Champions League clash against Barcelona Tuesday was already billed...
Djokovic, Sharapova win in China, Wozniacki falls
Novak Djokovic continued his 100 percent record at the China Open Wednesday as he overcame late resistance from Vasek Pospisil, while Maria Sharapova also won but...
McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the Year
Northern Irish world number one Rory McIlroy is named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a second time after a stellar 2014 campaign highlighted by two major...
Verstappen to set F1 record in Japan GP practice
Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix only...
City remain unable to solve European puzzle
Manchester City are no longer Champions League novices but at the start of their fourth consecutive campaign they still give the appearance of being uncomfortable,...
McGeady: Everton have nothing to fear in Russia
Everton winger Aiden McGeady’s experience of Russian football gives him reason to be confident as the Toffees travel to face FC Krasnodar in the Europa League Thursday...
PSG shock Barca in Champions League
Paris St. Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona Tuesday.
Novak Djokovic continued his 100 percent record at the China Open Wednesday as he overcame late resistance from Vasek Pospisil, while Maria Sharapova also won but Caroline Wozniacki crashed out.
Nadal returns in style, Djokovic wins in China
Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million...
Williams fights back in China, Cilic also through
U.S. Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their openers at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women’s No. 1 crushing her opponent...
Murray wins first title since Wimbledon
An emotional Andy Murray thanked his lucky stars after saving five match points before beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 5-, 7-6(9), 6-1 to win the Shenzhen Open in China...
Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix only three days after his 17th birthday.
‘Three Rs’ spell out lead for Hamilton
For a Grand Prix that began with confusion over self-censorship and concluded with Lewis Hamilton leading the standings, the race weekend can be summed up by using the...
Hamilton wins in Singapore as Rosberg limps out
Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One drivers’ world championship lead Sunday when he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix after his Mercedes teammate Nico...
Mercedes duo set for Singapore street fight
Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes...
Title rivals relish ‘challenge’ of radio silence
Title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were in rare harmony Thursday when asked to voice their opinions on Formula One’s controversial decision to ban radio...
The Lebanese Basketball Federation announced Tuesday that the 2014-2015 domestic league season would start Nov. 14.
Qatar withdraws from Asian Games basketball
Qatar's delegation chief says the women's basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games after organizers refused to let players wear hijabs in competition.
Fattouh hired as assistant for Serbian club
Jad Fattouh achieved a historic step for Lebanese coaches Tuesday when he was hired as an assistant coach for Serbian basketball club Mega Vizura.
Lyon hold stuttering PSG in Paris
A below par Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to improve Paris St Germain’s limp start to the season Sunday as the French champions stuttered to a 1-1 home draw in Ligue 1...
Sarkis in advanced talks for Homenetmen job
Veteran head coach Ghassan Sarkis told The Daily Star that he is in advanced talks with Homenetmen to take over their side.
Cries of foul play took over the Asian Games Wednesday when an Indian female boxer refused to accept her medal and Malaysia lodged a formal complaint after one of its competitors failed a drugs test.
Koreas to clash in Asian Games football final
Few football fixtures are painted with as much political intrigue as a clash between North and South Korea, and Thursday’s Asian Games final promises to stoke passions...
Olympic gold medalist Phelps arrested for DUI
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry...
NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized
Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception, the...
Doping takes spotlight at Asian Games
The ugly specter of drugs in sport took center stage at the Asian Games Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region’s...
The Paris fashion shows wrapped up Wednesday with yellow, wide-legged trousers, transparency and 1970s-inspired looks among the catwalk trends likely to be winging their way toward the high street for spring/summer 2015.
Tower block tours give Brutalism a closer look
The National Trust is the keeper of Britain’s stately homes and coastal walks, its army of elderly volunteers sustaining visitors with tea and cakes.
Hobbit fans step into "Shadow of Mordor" video game
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday released a "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game that plays out between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the...
Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape: study
High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists said Tuesday.
Tasmania’s sparkling with Champagne potential
In recent years Tasmania has developed a global reputation for sparkling wine along with its name for great still wines that made the island state famous a decade...
Chanel creates Paris boulevard in show
They were styles literally made to be worn on the street. But not just any street: This was Chanel’s boulevard.
African Catholics say ‘Amen’ – with rhythm
“Is anybody here baptized?” cries the preacher.
Man who raised $55K for potato salad throws party
An Ohio man who raised $55,000 after a joke appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party Saturday that promised “peace, love and...
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday released a "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game that plays out between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings.
Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China from October 17
Apple said Tuesday it will begin selling its latest iPhones in China from October 17 after the Chinese regulator pressed the US giant to improve personal data security...
Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's...
The more you drive, the more you’re driven crazy
Sometimes you discover the most ironic things about yourself. I’ve always been passionate about cars, as demonstrated by the fact that I regularly write articles on the...
In recent years Tasmania has developed a global reputation for sparkling wine along with its name for great still wines that made the island state famous a decade earlier.
Is Switzerland the Lebanon of Europe?
As the plane crosses over the snow-topped Alps and Switzerland’s verdant scenery begins to emerge, a cluster of old houses nestled in the slopes of a rugged mountain...
Keg is tapped: Oktoberfest opens to toast millions
Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicks off with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revelers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere...
Festivals, leaf peeping top free W.Va. events
Autumn’s arrival in West Virginia means the leaves and the weather will be changing – and the fun is just getting started.
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...
What Cameron Silver, fashion historian and philanthropist, does not know about fashion is not worth knowing.
Mrs. Clooney shows fashion force in Valli creation
The designer of the thigh-flashing dress with which the new Mrs. Clooney wowed the crowds in Venice at the weekend was revealed Monday as Italian haute couture star...
Clooney father-in-law hails wedding as good news for Mideast
George Clooney’s Lebanese father-in-law said Sunday that his daughter Amal Alamuddin’s wedding to the Hollywood heartthrob was “very good news” for the turmoil-ridden...
Alamuddin-Clooney marriage captivates the world
The world’s paparazzi, bloggers and most prestigious newspapers all appear to be overwhelmed with the big news of this year: George Clooney is getting married.
Italian Embassy celebrates its designers
Italy and Lebanon have longed enjoyed not only rich economical and political ties, but also a love for fashion through their mutual appreciation for exceptional...
There is one thing that the people at Willamette Valley Vineyards want you to know about their annual grape stomp.
Regular physical activity essential to health
Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races, but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts...
Sweeteners boost diabetes risk: study
Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement.
Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood
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...
Venezuela shortages pinch breast implants
Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
Denzel Washington's “The Equalizer” took out the box office competition in its debut weekend, picking up an impressive $129 041 according to Box Office Mojo.
Amazon, Disney appear close to settling dispute over movies
Amazon.com Inc appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall...
Boyz II Men, Jeff Dunham win casino awards
Boyz II Men has been named the musical artist of the year at the Casino Entertainment Awards.
Musical of 'Doctor Zhivago' coming to Broadway
The latest version of "Cinderella" will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready to take its place - "Doctor Zhivago.
Ai Weiwei meditates on freedom in Alcatraz show
Alcatraz is perhaps the world’s most famous prison.
'Sleepy Hollow' hopes to engage fans in season 2
"Sleepy Hollow" was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season "the tricky second album.
US to allow TV, movie companies to use drones
U.S. aviation regulators loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the...
Denzel Washington sharpens tools to exact justice in 'Equalizer'
After watching the "The Equalizer," moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in the same way.
Bennett breaks own record as Billboard oldest artist
At 88, veteran crooner Tony Bennett broke his own record as the oldest living artist to land a No. 1 record on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday...
In age of instant music, fans rewind to cassettes
Hitting the road with his band in a beat-up van, Sean Bohrman looked at the cassette deck and, instead of seeing an ancient relic, became inspired.
Ozzy says Black Sabbath to record new album
Some 45 years after pioneering heavy metal, Black Sabbath will return to the studio for a new album that could be the band's last, frontman Ozzy Osbourne says.
Film costumes find a home
Dorothy’s famous ruby-red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” have found their way home again as one of the highlights in a new Hollywood exhibition that showcases iconic...
Writers, readers go mobile and social at Wattpad
Allen Lau considers himself living proof that love of good writing is alive and well in the age of streaming video and terse text messages.
The sound and movement of CO2
Carbon dioxide used to be an unassailably good thing. Plants absorb it and light to make oxygen
Gone Girl ensures NY Film Festival dazzles
David’s Fincher’s “Gone Girl” kicked off the New York Film Festival Friday adding a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour to one of the most anticipated openings of the...
Max Irons may come from an illustrious acting family and has already had a taste of Hollywood, but he is very conscious of the empty and fleeting nature of fame and fortune.
It's a girl, for Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis
Actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are the parents of a baby girl born Tuesday in Los Angeles, US media report.
Amal Alamuddin enters fashion pantheon as Clooney's bride
With the help of Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Dolce & Gabbana, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin vaulted into the top echelons of...
No street secrets for fashion photographer Bill Cunningham
In a past life, he dressed Jackie Kennedy and designed fashionable hats.
Tracy Morgan incredulous Wal-Mart blames him for accident injuries
Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was injured in a road accident that caused the death of his friend, was incredulous on Tuesday that retailer Wal-Mart blamed him and others...