Just as Father Samir Hajjar concluded his Sunday sermon at the Syriac Orthodox Church in Tripoli, he received a call asking him to step outside.
Internet providers to block six porn websites
Internet providers are set to block access to six pornographywebsites based on a decision issued Monday by the Telecommunications Ministry.
Libyan parliament reappoints PM
Libya’s parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani Monday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over...
New Turkish PM promises peace with Kurds
Turkey’s new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to seek a peace deal with Kurdish rebels with a new vigor Monday, and to pursue an assertive foreign policy by which...
California school retires divisive Arab mascot
A California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.
Downtown Beirut roads to be blocked Tuesday
The Internal Security Forces released a statement Monday announcing that major streets in Beirut would be closed during the parliamentary session to elect a new...
Italian senator to begin visit to Lebanon
Nicola Latorre, president of the Defense Commission of the Italian Senate, begins a visit to Lebanon Tuesday, a statement by the Italian Embassy in Beirut said.
Report: Hezbollah holds 3 Nusra commanders captive
Hezbollah allegedly captured three senior commanders from the Nusra Front to exchange for captive soldiers, Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper.
Libya’s parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani Monday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy.
Shiites rally in Sanaa after leader defies U.N.
Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel activists demonstrated in the Yemeni capital Monday heeding a call by their leader to press their campaign to oust the government in...
U.S. urges Israel to reverse land seizure plan
The United States urged Israel Monday to reverse its latest plan to seize Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank.
After deadline, Iran responds to IAEA requests
Iran held talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog Sunday about its investigation into suspicions that Tehran has conducted atomic bomb research, and is still committed to...
Kiev warns of ‘great war’ with Russia
Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents Monday, as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could...
Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany
Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday.
Securing release of 3 U.S. detainees in N.Korea is a top priority: White House
The White House said on Monday it was continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detained in North Korea, after they made a televised...
Pakistani protesters clash with police
Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces enter the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the...
Bank Audi announced over the weekend that it is raising its capital by LL64.95 billion ($43.1 million) to LL525.77 billion ($348.8 million), through the issuance of 50,000,000 common shares at a nominal value of LL1,299 ($0.86) per share.
Inspections slow LibanPost deliveries
Marwan has been waiting more than two months for the delivery of a smartphone that he ordered via online merchant Ali Express.
Dollar/euro rate to affect Turkish economy
As Europe’s economic recovery stutters and the U.S. shows strong signs of progress, experts are estimating that a euro/dollar ratio – how many U.S. dollars are needed...
Saudi stocks richly valued but still attractive
Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the United Arab Emirates has bottomed out...
Europe drafts emergency energy plan
The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters,...
Khalil: municipalities will get telecoms revenues
Lebanon’s Finance Minister pledged Friday to transfer the municipalities’ share of telecom revenues due since 2010, while casting doubt over the fate of millions in...
Lebanon risks further power cuts due to strike
Electricite du Liban warned Thursday that the electricity rationing across the country could get worse if contract workers do not end their occupation of the company’s...
Finance Ministry activates payment site
The Finance Ministry announced Thursday that it had activated its online service for paying the value added tax.
As Europe’s economic recovery stutters and the U.S. shows strong signs of progress, experts are estimating that a euro/dollar ratio – how many U.S. dollars are needed to purchase one euro – could hit Turkey’s economic performance.
UAE to help Egypt with $8.7B petroleum products
The United Arab Emirates will provide Egypt with petroleum products worth $8.7 billion over a year starting in September, an Egyptian official told Reuters on Sunday.
Egypt minister downplays effects of Ethiopia dam
Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazi downplayed Friday the negative effects on Egypt’s water supply of the ongoing construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam,...
Turkish lira eases on Cabinet uncertainty
Turkey’s lira slipped on Friday amid uncertainty over who would have the upper hand on economic policy in a new Cabinet after a deputy prime minister’s job was handed...
The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis.
Ruble falls to record low
The ruble slid to a record against the dollar for a second day and stocks fell as the threat that Russia will face tougher sanctions amid intensified fighting in...
Factory activity in Europe and Asia cools
Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in...
Passive funds a threat for Europe’s fund managers
Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83-year-old dies, the majority of the money he leaves his wife will be...
All eyes on ECB as eurozone stalls
The European Central Bank meeting, which takes place Thursday, is the prime event for markets seeking clarity on the bank’s response to a stalled recovery, disappearing...
The usual bout of Western finger-wagging has begun after Israel’s decision to undertake its “biggest” land grab in 30 years, as some activists and monitors are calling it.
Unify and conquer
A small demonstration in Beirut against Al-Qaeda has triggered a commotion because the flags of ISIS and the Nusra Front, which feature a phrase that is the cornerstone...
The Saudis will be vital in fighting ISIS
With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought.
A political coming of age in the Gulf
The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the...
Egypt’s judiciary toes the Sisi line
When Egyptian courts sentenced over 1,000 defendants to death in the spring of 2014, and when former President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted of human rights violations...
Syria’s hunting season
The U.N. refugee agency Friday updated the world on refugee numbers from war-torn Syria, where half the population has either fled abroad or is internally displaced.
Confront with a coalition
U.S. President Barack Obama will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to discuss the threat posed by ISIS, and the irony will be in high gear.
Time for reflection
The Gaza of today does not resemble the Gaza of before this latest war, and nor should it.
With vacation over, Obama must fix what’s wrong
It’s “back to school” week for President Barack Obama, after what a CNN analyst called “the vacation from Hell.”
What Christians mean to Walid Jumblatt
Walid Jumblatt has faced a wave of criticism in recent days over his comments on the presidential election.
Which antidote to the Islamic State?
So the United States is bombing targets in Iraq from the air, is active on the ground with hundreds of its special forces, and is exploring targets to bomb in Syria.
When Egyptian courts sentenced over 1,000 defendants to death in the spring of 2014, and when former President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted of human rights violations months earlier despite decades of documented torture, serious questions arose about the independence of the judiciary.
Difficult times for Iraq’s minorities
In Nineveh Province, in northern Iraq, an extinction event unfolds.
Iran’s human rights record remains poor
When Hassan Rouhani was campaigning for president in spring 2013, he chose a key as the overarching symbol of his electoral platform and vision for a new Iran.
Much work is needed on climate change
A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable.
Khamenei’s way is to lead from the back
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei became Iran’s supreme leader in 1989, when the country faced recovery from the eight-year war with Iraq without Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Manchester United swooped Monday to make striker Radamel Falcao the biggest signing on the last day of Europe’s record-breaking summer transfer window.
Real take Hernandez on loan from United
Real Madrid have moved to broaden their options in attack by agreeing to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-15 season.
Serena Williams, Djokovic into U.S. Open quarters
Serena Williams gave a premature victory leap in her fourth-round match and later allowed herself a self-deprecating celebration after beating Kaia Kanepi to reach the...
Wozniacki knocks Sharapova out of U.S. Open
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki sends Maria Sharapova packing at the U.S. Open Sunday, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over the five-time Grand Slam...
Marquez’s 11th win of season at Silverstone
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez returned to his winning ways Sunday, with a thrilling 11th victory of the season, in a British Grand Prix battle with fellow Spaniard...
Liverpool prove life after Suarez
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team are back to their sizzling form of last season after a superb victory over Tottenham defied those who predicted a...
‘Horrible’ Madrid have to learn, Casillas fumes
Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas slammed his side’s performance after they let a two-goal lead slip to lose 4-2 at Real Sociedad Sunday.
Suarez pops by for Liverpool farewell
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said goodbye to his former Liverpool teammates during a visit to the club’s Melwood training base Monday, captain Steven Gerrard revealed.
Serena Williams gave a premature victory leap in her fourth-round match and later allowed herself a self-deprecating celebration after beating Kaia Kanepi to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals Monday.
Serena conquers wind and compatriot to progress
World No. 1 Serena Williams conquered the wind and another American challenger to take her place in the third round of the U.S. Open Thursday.
China’s Peng sends Radwanska to early exit
Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai supplied a shocking start to the second round of the U.S. Open by upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 on...
Murray and Williams victorious in U.S. Open
Some busy bees made life difficult for two grizzly veterans, and a pair of favorites were forced to work extra hard on the steamy opening day at the U.S. Open tennis...
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez returned to his winning ways Sunday, with a thrilling 11th victory of the season, in a British Grand Prix battle with fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.
Rosberg apologizes, disciplined for crash
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologized for colliding with teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes...
Rosberg: My version of events is different
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand...
Hamilton wonders whether he can trust Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the track, after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, but has ruled...
Ricciardo wins at Spa after title rivals collide
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton provided the drama of the day by...
A sluggish United States needed a strong final quarter to overpower Turkey 98-77 in the basketball World Cup and European champions France celebrated a dramatic 74-73 win over dark horses Serbia Sunday.
U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown
A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain Saturday.
Latest Riyadi recruit Ghafari targets titles
Reigning champions Riyadi have begun preparations for their title defense in the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League with the addition of U.S. college...
Federer’s slam dunk win earns Jordan approval
Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) victory over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S....
Sarkis in talks to return to Champville
Head coach Ghassan Sarkis has confirmed to The Daily Star that negotiations are under way for him to take over his former club Champville in the upcoming season of the...
World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100-meter in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich, organizers said Sunday.
Phelps back a winner in international comeback
It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world’s most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting...
Phelps confident of getting back to his best
Michael Phelps’ comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing.
Mickelson and Kuchar set their sights on Barclays
Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week’s Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical...
Syrian fencer likes cut and thrust of Youth Games
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games.
The lead singer of local rock band Mother Mantra paused between songs with an unusual request Saturday night at the group’s debut concert at the Garten nightclub in Downtown.
Growing red grapes in the red earth of Coonawarra
People who drink wine sometimes forget that it’s an agricultural product, and as such heavily influenced by climate. When we talk of good vintages, we really mean years...
Kanye enlivens LA’s Made in America fest
A major outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city’s diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music.
Japan porn queens raise thousands from 'Boob Aid'
A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS...
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...
‘The audacity of taupe’: Obama suit creates sartorial stir
The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama’s impromptu news conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something...
DIY helps make cured salmon an everyday pleasure
The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well ... a treat.Cured salmon – with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness – too often is...
Beirut’s largest park to open for three hours
The dozens of joggers and walkers who exercise each day around Beirut’s largest park are easy to spot – mostly because they can’t get inside.
Zara pulls concentration camp uniform T-shirt
Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, pulled from sale Wednesday a striped children’s top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to...
Two new Maya civilization centers found in Mexico
Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire’s early capitals to the south that...
Poor social conditions poze threat to Amazon
The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation has...
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 year by 2015.
Pretzel shortage threatened for Oktoberfest
Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty...
Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
There’s no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana’s newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it’ll come mixed with vodka instead of the...
Tour the streets of Paris with those who know them best - the homeless
What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally.
Go For the Food: Yes, do brunch in Rome
Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.
Ministers in Norway – a major and rich oil-producing country – are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales.
Japanese tech firm showcases touchable 3D
Technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery was unveiled Monday in Japan; its developers say users can pull and push objects that are not really there.
Indian start-up launches shoes that show you the way
"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.
Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with...
Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South...
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 nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday.
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...
Love thy neighbor, it’s good for the heart: study
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported.
Louis Vuitton trailblazer Carcelle dies aged 66
Yves Carcelle, the man credited with turning Louis Vuitton into the world's biggest luxury brand by revenue, died on Sunday, Louis Vuitton parent LVMH said.
Pittsburgh-based reality show 'The Chair' to debut
Viewers of a new TV reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script.
Venice film fest puts hard-hitting global issues on screen
The Venice Film Festival has earned a reputation over the decades for tackling controversial political and social issues head on, and this year has been no exception.
Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles
A group of sexy dancers backed Iggy Azalea as Rita Ora joined her on stage.
Jenny McCarthy marries pop star Donnie Wahlberg
Actress Jenny McCarthy and pop star turned reality television star Donnie Wahlberg have tied the knot in Chicago, family and media said on Sunday.
Al Pacino on performing with cats in Venice
Al Pacino may be one of the greatest actors of all time, but he confessed Saturday that he was helped in his latest films by performing alongside a cat and throwing his...
Family of seriously ill Joan Rivers 'keeping fingers crossed': daughter
The daughter of comedian Joan Rivers, hospitalized in serious condition after suffering cardiac arrest, said on Sunday the comedian's family members are "keeping our...
A punchless summer box office
The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office.
As Above, So Below is so-so horror flick
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.”
Stealing Charlie Chaplin: heist comedy in running for Golden Lion
Charlie Chaplin's son attended the Venice film festival on Thursday for the premier of "The Price of Fame", a movie based on the true story of two immigrants who dug up...
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
Wiz Khalifa knocks 'Guardians' from atop Billboard's album chart
Rapper Wiz Khalifa knocked the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack from the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, scoring his first No. 1...
Placido Domingo seeks new opera stars
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo presented Tuesday the latest edition of Operalia, a competition he described as the "Olympics of the opera".
Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years
Ecstatic fans welcomed British pop singer Kate Bush back to the stage for her first show for 35 years on Tuesday, in the same venue as her only previous tour.
In a town called Cheesebridge live the box trolls, creatures which emerge by night and are said to snatch children.
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' draft released
An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released - 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.
Artists protest Israeli support of Brazil fair
Dozens of artists taking part in Sao Paulo’s 31st Art Biennial have lodged a protest against the event after it received sponsorship from Israel.
‘She’s Funny That Way’ charms Venice
Master of screwball comedy Peter Bogdanovich charmed audiences at the Venice Film Festival Friday with his movie “She’s Funny That Way,” a delicious romantic farce with...
Stealing Chaplin – comedy in running for award
Charlie Chaplin’s son attended the Venice Film festival Thursday for the premiere of “La Rançon de la Gloire” (The Price of Fame), a movie based on the true story of...