Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party pushed Monday to make the massive influx of migrants into the country an election issue as it battles with flagging support, despite waning concern among Germans over the matter
Nigeria's President Buhari notifies parliament of his return
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a letter officially notifying parliament of his return, the presidency's official Twitter account said on Monday.
Emirates approves 'sin tax' to boost government revenue
The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower...
Iraqi forces close in on Daesh-held Tal Afar
Iraqi forces closed in Monday on Tal Afar on the second day of an offensive against the last major bastion of Daesh (ISIS) in the country's north, after seizing several...
Berri praises Army operation
Speaker Nabih Berri praised Sunday the Lebanese Army operation on the northeastern border to eliminate Daesh (ISIS) militants from the area
Abu Sayyaf militants kill 9, wound 16 in Philippine village
Abu Sayyaf militants killed nine people and wounded 16 others in an early morning attack Monday on a southern Philippine village which may have been in retaliation for...
Danish sub inventor dumped Swedish journalist's body in sea: police
The Danish inventor of a do-it-yourself submarine has said that a Swedish journalist missing since August 11 died in an accident onboard the vessel, and that he dumped...
French presidency gives official role to Brigitte Macron
The French presidency said Monday that Brigitte Macron, the wife of President Emmanuel Macron, would have a official role representing France but would not be paid or...
The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices.
Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants
Turkey and Iran have discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups, after talks in Ankara last week between the chief of staff of Iran's...
Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city
Russia has boosted its air campaign in Syria to help President Bashar Assad's forces drive Daesh (ISIS) militants from Deir al-Zor, the largest city in which they still...
Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights
Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh
Aoun, Berri and Bassil meet with Iranian official
President Michel Aoun met Monday with Assistant to the Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Jabri Ansari, the presidency announced in a statement
Lebanon’s Central Bank Saturday categorically denied alleged Financial Engineering plan for local bank, a statement from Banque Du Liban said
Salameh repeats BDL commitment to monetary policy
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh seized the opportunity of the book launch of “Payment Systems in Lebanon” Friday to reiterate that Banque du Liban was fully committed to...
Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in 5 years
Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two...
Firms flock to Syria fair, eyes on reconstruction
Lured by potentially enormous contracts for reconstruction work in war-torn Syria, international companies have laid out their wares at the Damascus International Fair...
Shell to mull buying Israeli gas for Egypt
Royal Dutch Shell PLC is seeking creative solutions to bring gas from Israel and Cyprus to market, a step that could help turn the Mediterranean region into a major...
Hariri: We want 24 hours of electricity
Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday he would endeavor to provide 24 hours electricity to Lebanon through the construction of more power plants that run on gas.
Dialogue with U.S. banks key to solution: Torbey
Some Arab banks are facing difficulties in their relations with American correspondent banks due to the high risks in some countries and growing compliance demands,...
Lebanon eyes Syria’s post-war reconstruction
The port of Tripoli in Lebanon wants the world to know it’s ready for business.
Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters on Saturday.
Firms flock to Syria fair with eye on reconstruction
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange to begin trading
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of bitcoin Egypt said, linking the Middle East’s most populous country with a cryptocurrency...
Iraq Parliament backs trade minister
Iraq’s Parliament Thursday voted to end its grilling of acting Trade Minister Salman al-Jumaili over corruption allegations that mostly stemmed from a ministry deal to...
Royal Dutch Shell PLC is seeking creative solutions to bring gas from Israel and Cyprus to market, a step that could help turn the Mediterranean region into a major gas-producing hub.
Defense firms eye chance for ‘made in India
India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armored vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the...
U.K. pressuring EU to turn Brexit talk to trade
The U.K. is piling pressure on the European Union to shift the focus of Brexit negotiations away from the terms of divorce and onto their future relationship.
Pound vulnerable as U.K. prepares Brexit plan
Brexit may dominate factors influencing the pound’s fortunes again this week, with the U.K. set to lay out its position in at least three areas of talks with the...
Business can fill Trump leadership vacuum
Are we entering a new era of the statesman chief executive? It’s a question worth asking after the disbanding of President Donald Trump’s two major business councils...
Spain’s maritime rescue services saved over 600 migrants Thursday who were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Morocco.
A graceful gesture
Saudi Arabia, in its tradition of magnanimity, has refuted all the venom that has been aimed at its policies, traditions and values.
Ikigai: destressing, the Japanese way
With so many uncertainties, instabilities and surprising changes that have been happening in this world, accumulating with our personal and professional volatility,...
A long-overdue change to Lebanese law
This week, Lebanon’s Parliament repealed the law allowing rapists to escape punishment by marrying the women they abused.
Russia reaps blowback from covert campaign
Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them.
The fight continues
Parliament’s abolishment of the heinous penal code Article 522 – better known as the “rape law” – is a milestone for women’s rights in Lebanon.
Address the menace
Here’s a wake-up call for the Arab world, Africa and Europe: Libya is still a member of the Arab League, African Union and United Nations.
Keeping the storms at bay
At a time when multiple challenges threaten Lebanon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been relentless in his efforts to ward off any damage to the country and spare its...
With so many uncertainties, instabilities and surprising changes that have been happening in this world, accumulating with our personal and professional volatility, stress has been surrounding our lives from different corners.
Weathering the violence of climate change
With India experiencing its worst drought in 140 years, Indian farmers have taken to the streets.
Britain’s road to perdition
Full English Brexit is off the menu.
Are Nazis as American as apple pie?
Is the United States threatened by Nazism?
U.S. wonders if treaty with NKorea makes sense
After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday.
The art of the bluff, not the art of the deal
How did we get here?
North Korea, on the brink of Trump’s sanity
The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for the U.S. and China, and for the new international order both nations say they want.
For once, on Russia, Trump may be actually right
When all right-thinking people in the nation’s capital seem to agree on something – as has been the case recently with legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia –...
Barcelona got their La Liga season off to a winning start Sunday, beating Real Betis 2-0 at a emotional Camp Nou following a pair of terrorist attacks in Catalonia.
Qatar rules out World Cup delays despite crisis
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup preparations have been inconvenienced but not delayed by the political and economic boycott by its neighbors, the country’s most senior...
Muguruza takes WTA Cincinnati title
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza humbled second-ranked Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s final of the WTA Cincinnati Open, denying the Romanian the world No. 1 spot...
Nishikori to miss rest of season with injury
Japan’s Kei Nishikori will miss the rest of the 2017 season after tearing a tendon in his right wrist, his manager said Wednesday.
Iran dash Lebanon’s Asia Cup dreams
Iran bated the hosts, they dared them to commit from deep.
Alonso brace boosts Chelsea
Premier League champions Chelsea got the boost they badly needed Sunday as a double from Marcos Alonso gave them a 2-1 victory over last season’s runners-up Tottenham...
Mourinho steels Utd for ‘roadworks’ ahead
Manager Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have found their missing confidence after making a dream start to the Premier League season with back-to-back 4-0 wins.
Hamburg’s Mueller tears knee ligament celebrating
Germany international Nicolai Mueller faces half a year on the sidelines after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament as he celebrated scoring in Hamburg’s opening game...
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza humbled second-ranked Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s final of the WTA Cincinnati Open, denying the Romanian the world No. 1 spot in the process.
Injuries, upsets for men in Cincinnati
Injuries and upsets are wrecking the men’s side of the Western & Southern Open.
Serena aims for outrageous’ comeback
Serena Williams, feeling “new power” from her pregnancy, is already readying for an Australian Open title defense in January.
Federer withdraws from Cincinnati, Nadal to No. 1
Rafael Nadal was assured a return to world No. 1 for the first time since July of 2014 Monday when 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer withdrew from this week’s...
Khatib leads Lebanon to win over Chinese Taipei
Fadi el-Khatib scored at will and Amir Saoud played a starring role off the bench as Lebanon strolled to a 90-77 win over minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second...
Lebanon leap into second round at Asia Cup
Lebanon will aim to make quick work of minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second round Monday, as a daunting task against the mighty Iran team awaits the hosts in...
Lukaku makes dream debut
Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian’s brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal was the...
New Zealand prevail despite Khatib heroics
A vintage display from talisman Fadi al-Khatib was not enough Thursday as Lebanon fell to New Zealand 86-82 in an enthralling encounter in Zouk.
Mo Farah brought down the curtain on his peerless track career in Britain by winning his farewell race on home soil on an emotional afternoon at the Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League meeting Sunday.
Mayweather and McGregor bout a farce: Lewis
The bout between American boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Irish Mixed Martial Arts star Conor McGregor is not so much a superfight as a farce, said Britain’s former...
Unbeaten Crawford KOs Indongo to unify titles
Terence Crawford became the first undisputed boxing champion in over a decade by knocking out previously unbeaten Julius Indongo in the third round of their super...
USA beat EU for second straight Solheim Cup
The United States won the Solheim Cup Sunday, thwarting Europe’s longshot bid for a comeback triumph in the women’s match play golf showdown.
Mayweather and McGregor to fight in small gloves
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to...
British athletics legend Mo Farah was hailed by the British media Sunday despite his glorious track career ending with defeat in the 5,000-meter world championships final.
Cool-headed Marquez at the double at Czech GP
Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win Sunday.
Vettel in fine fettle for F1’s August break
Sebastian Vettel will enjoy Formula One’s August break as championship leader but the Ferrari driver knows the job is only half done and it will not get any easier in...
Vettel wins while Hamilton keeps his word
Sebastian Vettel won a tense Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton...
Ricciardo fastest in Hungary practice round
Australian Daniel Ricciardo reminded Formula One’s title contenders that Red Bull remain a force to reckon with after lapping fastest in crash-interrupted practice at...
Things may look bleak for Democrats these days, but Michael Moore thinks he knows how they can get back on top.
Book gives voice to Vietnam’s strangled war anger
When Americans debate the Vietnam War, what the Vietnamese thought rarely gets a mention. Not anymore.
Taylor Swift left 'a blank space, baby' on social media
Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday - and Swifties went wild.
How does Luis Fonsi savor his 'Despacito' success? Slowly
The global phenomenon "Despacito" may be overwhelming to many, but not to Luis Fonsi - even when it has transformed him into a 24/7 globe-trotter. The Puerto Rican...
Charlie Cox, Finn Jones on two Marvel-ous roles
Maybe you know them as Iron Fist and Daredevil. But now Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, who star as these Marvel superheroes on the Netflix series “Iron Fist” and...
‘Polka dot queen’ Kusama to open museum in Tokyo
World famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known as “the queen of polka dots,” will open a museum exhibiting her works in Tokyo in October, an official said.
Destroy it, then run for your life
Sursock Museum’s Twin Galleries is nowadays staging a two-piece exhibition of recent work by Damascus-born Hrair Sarkissian.
Hitman’s Bodyguard a fun, action-packed escape
There’s not a whole lot that’s new about “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”
Taylor Swift testifies at groping trial
Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language...
Jury arrives for Taylor Swift groping case
A jury is expected to be seated soon in Taylor Swift's civil trial involving a groping allegation against a former DJ.
Stones planning new album: Richards
Keith Richards has disclosed that The Rolling Stones are working on a new album after a picture showed leading British rapper Skepta in the studio with the rock legends.
Maybe you know them as Iron Fist and Daredevil. But now Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, who star as these Marvel superheroes on the Netflix series “Iron Fist” and “Daredevil,” have joined forces with Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”) for a much-awaited miniseries hybrid.
Star Wars Obi Wan spinoff in the works
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a “Star Wars” spinoff about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, U.S. media reported Thursday.
'Star Wars' Obi Wan spin-off in the works: US media
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a "Star Wars" spin-off about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, US media reported on Thursday
Cruise breaks his ankle in failed jump
“Mission: Impossible 6” has halted filming after Tom Cruise broke his ankle in a stunt, the director confirmed this week.
Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond
British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation
Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died
Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died.
British actor John Cleese receives career award at Sarajevo Film Festival
British actor and comedian John Cleese received the honorary lifetime achievement award at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday in the capital of Bosnia and...
Elvis fans upset over $28.75 charge
Time was when fans of the late Elvis Presley, aka the king of rock’n’roll, made their solemn procession past his Graceland mansion grave during the annual candlelight...
Pratt drops in at Teen Choice Awards but Cyrus a no-show
The Teen Choice Awards, always a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out during Sunday night's ceremony to consider the world its young audience will inherent
The brightly colored minivan that pulls into Athens’ food market, drawing a group of refugees around it, is not carrying something edible.
Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than leaks
Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it’s street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing...
U.S. study revives argument over mammogram screening
Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative...
Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough
Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope...
Dogs find a safe haven with benevolent volunteer
Over 100 dogs have found a safe haven under the Zahrani Bridge in south Lebanon.
Corpses in the New York subway’s closets
It’s a largely overlooked but gory reality of the New York City subway system that when someone takes their own life by jumping in front of a train, police need to find...
Demons and dragons: The history of solar eclipses
A dragon eating the sun. Make that a giant toad.
Chasing eclipses across the globe a way of life
While Monday’s total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be a once-in-a-lifetime sky show for millions, there’s a small group of people who have experienced it all before...
Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening
Spas emphasize wellness over beauty
Unplug. Breathe. Relax. Wellness rather than beauty was the message this week at the annual International Spa Association event in New York.
Australian teen's feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures
A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.
Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study
Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at...
Tourism rebounds for the summer
A recent uptick in visitor numbers to Lebanon has left officials and business executives in the tourism sector feeling buoyed.
Art therapy rising, practitioners need regulation
An increasing number of Lebanese are interested in art therapy, practitioners say, which has raised some concerns that without proper training and regulation of...
Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new "weapons of terror" that target innocent people
Chronic overcrowding in some of Europe’s beloved tourism hotspots is fueling an angry backlash, from polite protest to “Go Home” graffiti and even physical intimidation.
Wrecks, treasures under Albania’s coastal waters
Descending beneath the waves, the cloudy first few meters quickly give way to clear waters and an astonishing sight – dozens, perhaps hundreds, of tightly packed...
Spain hosts annual exodus to North Africa
It’s the largest annual human migration in Europe: Millions of people from France, Belgium and Italy cross Spain every summer to spend their holidays with family in...
Tourists seeking ‘Despacito’ find La Perla
Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit “Despacito” was...
Taste of the Tour: Food and drink gems
For three weeks, as the Tour de France riders did their thing, a team of Associated Press journalists who followed them valiantly ate and drank their way through the...
I had a business meeting a few days ago, and at it didn’t go well.
Top eight loveliest cars for $60,000 or les
The MX-5 is undeniably one of the prettiest cars on the road today. Its contemporary yet fluid lines are a delight to look at and the sensation of connection you feel...
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder: Alternative to sex
If you were stuck in horrible traffic Monday morning heading from Beirut toward Jounieh, I must confess you have me to blame.
The truth behind electric cars’ ‘green’ fiction
A couple of weeks ago The Daily Star ran an article lamenting the fact that Lebanon is woefully unprepared for the advent of the electric car era.
The Future is Back: Hide your flux capacitors!
With so much going on recently pertaining to the future of the automotive industry, this seemed like an excellent time to talk about the DeLorean DMC-12