Three Americans and three Koreans have been arrested for buying illegal drugs from a local resident in the Bekaa Valley in east Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.
Cabinet set to avert clash over security posts
A crucial Cabinet session Thursday is set to avert a major confrontation over the thorny issue of military and security appointments as MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic...
4 south Syria hospitals shut after regime raids: activists
Four hospitals in the southern Syrian province of Deraa have been forced to close in recent days after intensive government air strikes, activists said
Egypt media says sophisticated weapons used in Sinai attack
A newspaper close to the Egyptian government says the ISIS-linked militants who attacked troops in the Sinai Peninsula used sophisticated weaponry, including...
Ukraine says can survive without Russian gas, no threat to EU supplies
Ukraine expects to store enough natural gas for next winter despite cutting off imports from Russia and Russian flows crossing the country destined for Europe will not...
Christians largely uninspired by planned poll
Christians in Beirut and its suburbs expressed little optimism Wednesday that a proposed presidential poll would help elect a new head of state or fix the deep...
WFP cuts food aid to Syrian refugees in half
Desperate for funding, the World Food Program announced that it would halve the value of food assistance for Syrian refuges in Lebanon starting this month.
Hezbollah launches offensive in Zabadani
Hezbollah fighters moved into the outskirts of the Syrian border town of Zabadani Wednesday, engaging in fierce fighting with Syrian rebel factions, according to a...
S. Korea reports new MERS case after four days of hiatus
South Korea Thursday reported a new case of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted.
ISIS stages brazen assaults in Sinai, killing 64
Dozens of ISIS-affiliated militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai...
Russia-U.S. ties alive and well at Iran talks
Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.
Ukraine expects to store enough natural gas for next winter despite cutting off imports from Russia and Russian flows crossing the country destined for Europe will not be disrupted, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said
Italy minister on hunger strike for gay civil unions
A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples.
Russia warns against 'color revolution' in Armenia
In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned against any attempt to spark a new 'color revolution' in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for...
France's Fabius says progress on some points in Iran nuclear talks
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there had been progress on certain issues in nuclear talks between major powers and Iran, but on others there was still work...
Police respond to reported active shooter at Navy Yard: Washington Post
Park Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at Navy Yard in Washington, the Washington Post said
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb unveiled Wednesday a five-year plan to revamp Lebanon’s telecoms infrastructure, assuring that Internet users across the country would enjoy fiber-optic connectivity by the year 2020.
Lebanon tells U.S. it won’t hand waters to Israel
Lebanon told a senior U.S. official that it would not make any concessions on the disputed maritime border zone with Israel believed to contain large quantities of...
Iranians hope deal means money, food, jobs
To Iran’s leaders, solving a nuclear standoff with the West might be a question of maintaining geopolitical influence and prestige.
Egypt handouts will save money and avert unrest
When Suma Badie’s village in southern Egypt was chosen to pilot a program of cash handouts for the poor, no one else in her household – 33 people, sharing three rooms –...
Bullish U.S. jobs, factory data brighten picture
U.S. private employers hired the most workers in six months in June and factory activity accelerated, providing fresh evidence the economy was gathering solid momentum...
Zain appoint Kaliaropoulos as touch CEO
Mobile telecommunications company Zain Group announced Wednesday the appointment of Peter Kaliaropoulos as CEO of touch, one of Lebanon’s two state-owned mobile networks.
Workshop helps SMEs access public contracts
Representatives of the Finance Ministry, Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan, Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA) and World Bank celebrated Tuesday the completion of a...
Central Bank scheme aims to reduce pollution
The Central Bank is working closely with the Environment Ministry and international organizations to promote environmental sustainability in Lebanon, Governor Riad...
Gaza entrepreneurs seek to create a tech hub
When Iliana Montauk moved to the Gaza Strip in 2013, what most struck the former Google staffer and Harvard graduate wasn’t the poverty, the rubble from decades of...
Iran’s economic boost from deal to come slowly
Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new...
Orange reaches a deal for split with Israel's Partner after spat
French mobile company Orange will retake control of its brand in Israel within two years, it said Tuesday, following a major diplomatic spat.
U.S. private employers hired the most workers in six months in June and factory activity accelerated, providing fresh evidence the economy was gathering solid momentum after contracting at the start of the year.
How Greece went bust
It was a small room with a plain wooden table a few feet wide.
Tsipras digs in against Greece bailout
A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU...
Stocks bounce, euro falls on Greek crisis
Stocks on Wall Street rose in choppy trade Tuesday and a global equities gauge ticked up, while the euro remained under pressure as Greece grappled with a looming...
Greece falls into IMF arrears
The International Monetary Fund confirmed early Wednesday Greece had not made its 1.5 billion euro loan repayment to the Fund, making it the first advanced economy to...
Terror has arrived in Egypt, after years of simmering tension and periodic upsurges in violence.
Bashar is already out of power in Syria
While the calls for President Bashar Assad to step down continue, in many respects the Syrian president has already lost power.
Republicans only lose by defying gay marriage
After the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as “massive resistance.”
A trade deal will give Africa an economic boost
A major trade deal signed in June 2015 is about to remake Africa.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said hat Bastian Schweinsteiger holds his future in his own hands amidst reports linking the Germany captain to Manchester United.
Struggling for goals, Messi happy to make assists
As Lionel Messi has developed during his career he has become an ever-more prolific provider of assists as well as a lethal goalscorer and he gave another wonderful...
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Big names in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among...
Djokovic, Sharapova, Serena breeze in Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon Wednesday where temperatures soared to an all-time record high.
Asian teams go on transfer spending spree
Emirati champions Al Ain signed Dutch winger Ryan Babel Wednesday, while Guangzhou Evergrande closed in on Brazil’s Robinho as the money-spinning battle between Chinese...
Carli Lloyd lifts USA into World Cup final
An inspired performance from Carli Lloyd lifted the United States into their second straight Women’s World Cup final with a 2-0 win over top-ranked Germany Tuesday.
Shakhtar confirm Douglas Costa transfer to Bayern
Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa has completed his move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Bayern Munich on a 30 million euro transfer deal, the Ukrainian club said
Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
Former Cedars player Vroman found dead
Former Lebanese basketball national team player Jackson Vroman was found dead in his California home Monday.
US-born Lebanese basketball player found dead
Jackson Vroman, a U.S.-born former NBA player who later joined Lebanon's national basketball team, was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 34.
Federer, Nadal, Murray cruise through
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but women’s third seed Simona Halep and 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard...
Djokovic, Sharapova turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles
With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova were eager to escape the...
Umbrellas up at Wimbledon to keep sun off
As is so often the case, the weather was the No. 1 topic of conversation at Wimbledon Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the...
Djokovic, Serena off to winning starts
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time women’s winner Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round Monday as organizers boosted security and weathermen...
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Rossi tops Marquez to win Dutch MotoGP
Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Rossi takes tight duel with Marquez to win Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi won a tight duel with reigning world champion Marco Marquez to win Saturday's Motul TT Assen and stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings.
Lorenzo, Rossi ready to rock the Cathedral
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s gripping world championship tussle arrives in Assen Saturday for what promises to be a no-holds barred Dutch Grand Prix at the...
Motorcycling: Oliveira storms to Dutch GP Moto3 victory
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal, riding a KTM, stormed to the second Moto3 victory of his career at the Dutch Grand Prix meeting on Saturday.
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah reiterated Wednesday he was “100 percent clean” as doping allegations continued to swirl around coach Alberto Salazar.
Injured Bolt heads to see ‘world’s best doctor’
Sprint star Usain Bolt was in Munich Wednesday, seeking treatment from famous doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt in a bid to cure his problematic pelvis injury...
Injured Bolt pulls out of Paris, Lausanne
Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s troubled season continued Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.
Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France
Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micro managers Team Sky...
Thompson wins 200m at Jamaica nationals
Elaine Thompson celebrated her 23rd birthday by winning the 200-meter at the Jamaican trials Sunday, signaling a possible changing of the guard in Jamaican women’s...
Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help millions of people with vision problems.
Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer
Donna Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer at her namesake company, Donna Karan International, to devote more time to her philanthropic foundation....
Looking for love on an app? You may find music
In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hookup, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.
Crowdfunding project aims to bail out Greece
A British shoe-shop employee has raised over 157,000 euros ($175,500) so far through an online crowdfunding project to help Greece meet its International Monetary Fund...
Ramadan Village: hot meals to families in need
The Ramadan Village, a charity project hosted by the Makhzoumi Foundation, provides hot meals to families in need throughout the holy month.
Adria, Cirque du Soleil fuse art and cuisine
Take top Spanish chefs Ferran and Albert Adria, the founder of circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, and Japan’s foremost pop artist Takashi Murakami and mix...
Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is the current commander of the International Space Station, has set a new record for most time spent in space, with a total of...
Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building
Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the...
Solar Impulse plane en route to Hawaii from Japan
A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without...
Walking the talk
Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say?
Ramadaniyat kick off at Masrah al-Madina
For many people in Lebanon, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, charity, forgiveness and other spiritual activities.
Collective photos document urban life
Since 2013, Beirut’s residents and visitors have gotten the chance to get deeply engaged in the city and its various neighborhoods through the medium of documentary...
Sofil unveils menu of epicurean delights
It’s all too often the case that the worst thing about gala and corporate dinners is, in fact, the dinner.
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The Future” film franchise.
In pursuit of perfection, Mazda CX5 nails it
The first time I came face to face with a Mazda CX5 a few years ago, my initial response was, “Wow!”
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
GM to test Cisco technology for road safety
General Motors Co. plans to begin testing new Cisco Systems Inc. technology that could allow “talking” cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi...
New Chevy Cruze gets bigger and roomier
Five years ago, General Motors revealed an all-new compact car in the U.S. that was designed to enter a market that GM ignored for decades.
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
Low-cost airlines boost green travel to Azores
No longer a pipe dream for nature lovers on a budget, travel to the Azores’ lush forests, lakes, volcanic craters and whale-watching spots has been given a major boost...
Hawaiian town deals with downside of No.1 ranking
Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S....
Essentials: NYC from classics to new attractions
If you haven’t visited New York City recently, you’ve got some catching up to do, from the observatory at One World Trade, to the new Whitney Museum, to happening...
Green-minded Paris Air Show takes off
The world's leading air show opened Monday near the French capital with a special focus on green issues alongside the traditional sales war between Airbus and Boeing.
Virtual reality is making inroads into group-fitness classes and personal-training sessions and promises to get more immersive as the technology advances, according to fitness experts.
Why do more women than men have Alzheimer’s?
Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to...
Fast-food style vanilla-mint shake
I’m ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I’ve always had a soft spot for McDonald’s shakes.
Get it right when trying to get it al dente
What’s the one ingredient you should always have in your cupboard? Dried pasta, of course. It’s the base of a zillion easy-to-make weeknight meals and the friendly...
The thin line between price and taste
Last month a group of Vox.com colleagues undertook a blind tasting involving three different bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon at three different price points: $43, $14 and...
Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.
Prince pulls music from most online streaming services
Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services.
Garner, Affleck say they’re getting divorce
As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family.
Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering
Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as...
Cash crunch looms over Tutankhamun’s new home
Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the “curse of Tutankhamun” as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king’s burial chamber nearly a...
Sam Smith singing again after surgery
Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star...
Joni Mitchell loses speech after aneurysm: Crosby
Folk legend Joni Mitchell lost her ability to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm, fellow artist and former boyfriend David Crosby said.
Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments...
Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV show 'The Avengers', dead at 93
Patrick Macnee, the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at the age of 93 at his home in California, his son said on the...
'Bend It Like Beckham' stage musical scores big in London
"Bend It Like Beckham" has scored with critics in London.
Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the “curse of Tutankhamun” as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king’s burial chamber nearly a century ago.
Aboriginal experience inspires artist decades on
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line – from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometers along China’s Great Wall, to...
Bearing witness to the chaos of Syria
At first glance onlookers may feel overwhelmed by “Untitled,” the solo exhibition of recent acrylics by Syrian painter Asma Fayoumi, now up at Ayyam Gallery.
‘Amy’ biopic gives organic picture of Winehouse
Asif Kapadia’s much-anticipated documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse hits cinemas this week amid a dispute between its makers and her father, who has...
How to make something out of nothing
The Latin term “ex nihilo” (out of nothing) often appears in conjunction with creativity.
Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China - not for him but for an ex-boy band singer who also appears in a Sino-Hollywood fantasy adventure movie
‘Old but not obsolete’ Schwarzenegger back again
“I’m old but I’m not obsolete,” Arnold Schwarzenegger says of his return as the fearsome cyborg from the future in his new movie “Terminator Genisys,” opening worldwide...
‘Magic Mike’ teaches star about marriage
Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about...
Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe
Mexico's national beauty pageant director confirms the country won't send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an...
NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired; Televisa drops pageant
NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants...