Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq
Netanyahu doubles down on Gaza offensive
Gaza toll hits 1,390 on day 24 of conflict
Khalil moves to partially cover housing fund deficit
Lebanon promises full support to plane investigation
Assaad Shaghouri, Lebanon's consul for Benin, is assassinated in neighboring Togo, which he was visiting to inaugurate a private business.
Lebanon's Arabic press digest – July 31, 2014
The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these...
Sudanese Christian woman leaves for the US
A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam then acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum, leaves Italy for the United States...
Yemen repatriates 8 Saudi Al-Qaeda suspects
Yemen repatriates eight Saudis wanted for suspected links to Al-Qaeda, the kingdom's interior ministry announces, in the second handover of its kind since February.
Australia pressed on asylum-seekers' mental health
Australia's human rights commissioner says the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up...
Police arrests during Eid al-Fitr holiday
Lebanese police arrest several suspects over drug possession, stolen vehicles and weapons possession during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Jumblatt reaches out to break deadlock
MP Walid Jumblatt’s recent meetings with Lebanese leaders were aimed at safeguarding civil peace and breaking the political impasse.
Lebanese voice solidarity with Iraq Christians
Lebanese politicians and Christian leaders reiterated their concern Wednesday over the exodus of Christians from Iraq’s city of Mosul.
A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam then acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum, leaves Italy for the United States with her family.
Pillay slams Israel 'defiance' of international law
U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay slams what she says is Israel's "deliberate defiance" of international law during the Gaza conflict.
Syria Kurdish-jihadist battle kills 49
A fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and ISIS kills nearly 50 fighters from both sides as the Kurds seized several jihadist positions, an activist group says.
Netanyahu: No truce until tunnels destroyed
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire.
Australia's human rights commissioner says the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental health problems.
France moves to disband radical Jewish group
The French government seeks to disband a radical Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the Gaza offensive.
Blasts as experts finally reach MH17 crash site
Explosions range out near the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine as international investigators arrive for the first time in nearly a week.
Ebola death toll rises to 729: WHO
The deaths of 57 more people from Ebola in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the epidemic to 729, the World Health Organization says.
Ukraine blocks premier's resignation, backs laws
Ukraine's parliament rejects Yatseniuk's resignation and finally passes legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against the separatist rebellion.
Lebanon’s Blom Bank said Wednesday its net profit for the first half of 2014 rose to $179.2 million from $175.6 million in 2013, a 1.9 percent increase.
Eid fails to give big boost to businesses
Trade activity has dropped by 20 to 25 percent starting mid-June compared to same period of last year, said Nicolas Chammas, president of Beirut Traders Association.
U.S. economy bounces back in Q2
U.S. economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter and the decline in output in the prior period was less steep than previously reported,...
France’s housing market in meltdown
French President Francois Hollande’s government may have made a housing slump worse, pushing the construction market to its lowest in more than 15 years.
Gaza conflict to dent, not break Israel economy
Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip is expected to cost it billions of dollars, temporarily hurt economic growth and put pressure on the government’s finances.
The Lebanese who are making it big in Brazil
Jamil Fadlallah left Lebanon in 1979 without any money or legal papers, seeking an escape from the Lebanese Civil War, then in its fourth year.
Lebanon’s Bank Audi says H1 profit up to $190M
Lebanese Bank Audi said Sunday its first half net profit of the year was $190 million, slightly up from $188 million in the same period last year.
Lebanon taps roots for tourism growth
Better known for the capital’s glittering nightlife and exclusive beach clubs, Lebanon is launching a new, ambitious strategy to promote something entirely different:...
U.S. economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter and the decline in output in the prior period was less steep than previously reported, bolstering views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.
Russia sanctions spread widely-felt pain
U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia’s Vladimir Putin threaten to shut off some of the world’s largest energy companies from one of the biggest untapped...
Russian bank subsidiaries in EU to skip sanctions
Russian bank subsidiaries based in the European Union will be exempt from EU economic sanctions designed to choke off finance for big state-owned Russian lenders,...
Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales
Nintendo Co. sinks to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.
Oil market losing faith in Libya
Escalating conflicts in Libya are thwarting a revival of oil output from Africa’s largest crude reserves after a yearlong blockade of eastern ports, just as Societe...
Iraqi Kurdistan sends letter to US court over oil
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) sends a letter to a U.S. court in Texas over a seized cargo of Kurdish crude oil.
Sony goes back to the future in search of revival
Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics...
Qatar state spending slowest in 11 years
Qatar’s state spending increased 12.7 percent last fiscal year, the lowest rate in 11 years, as slow growth in current expenditure offset a sharp rise in funds spent on...
The U.S. and the EU have taken firm action against Russia over the Malaysia Airlines tragedy in Ukraine, with sanctions that are designed to inflict pain on Moscow’s finance, energy and arms sectors.
Cease-fire is not enough
Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip has generated around-the-clock media coverage of the death and destruction being meted out to Palestinians, as well as...
The limits of Hezbollah’s conciliation
As Iran continues to absorb its recent setbacks in Iraq, one place where both the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia appear to be aiming to contain any Sunni-Shiite...
Kerry erred in failing to undermine Hamas’ role
Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he’s pursuing a Gaza cease-fire – and it’s not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and...
Nigeria is becoming a major global economy
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a...
Nothing left to lose
Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip has dominated the headlines for much of the month, focusing attention on the appalling conditions in the densely populated,...
Russia blind to Gaza
In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.
Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.
As Iran continues to absorb its recent setbacks in Iraq, one place where both the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia appear to be aiming to contain any Sunni-Shiite confrontation is Lebanon
Palestinian tunnels show a determination to fight
A press report earlier this week said that an Israeli military task force that had studied the network of tunnels that Hamas has built in recent years to infiltrate...
Kerry makes worthy gains in a chaotic world
The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided...
Go to the roots when addressing Gaza
Those watching the terrible situation in Gaza today are focusing on whether or not the parties can agree to a humanitarian cease-fire that would also trigger...
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings and murder.
Gaza shows the pitfalls of objectivity
I am not a Muslim. I am not a Palestinian nor do I have Palestinian relatives.
Europe is the big no-show on the global stage
The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world right now – the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and...
In Hong Kong, freedom will win in the end
On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain’s Royal Yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an...
Recognize Hamas as a valid interlocutor
Another war in the Middle East, another Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, this time with the implicit support of Egypt’s new authoritarian regime.
Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after his serious back injury suffered at the World Cup.
Lukaku joins Everton in club-record deal
Everton broke their club transfer record Wednesday when they paid 28 million pounds ($47.4 million) to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from...
Nadal quits Toronto, Cincinnati with injury
Rafa Nadal will miss two U.S. Open tuneup events due to a wrist injury that has put his status in doubt for a title defense at the year’s final grand slam.
Lisicki fires fastest ever serve in defeat
German Sabine Lisicki fired the fastest serve ever recorded at a WTA event Tuesday, unleashing a 210.8 kph bomb in her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Stanford...
Australian Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by...
Zaha, Kagawa make their case in Inter win
Manchester United remained undefeated under new Dutch manager Louis van Gaal after defeating Inter Milan 5-3 on penalty kicks Tuesday following a goalless draw.
Gerrard says last three months ‘worst of my life’
Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool’s title hopes and England being knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages have contributed to what has...
Mido sacked by Zamalek
Former Egypt footballer Mido’s fledgling coaching career hit the buffers Wednesday when local side Zamalek fired him after just seven months in the job and a week on...
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.
Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions
Lewis Hamilton said he was “very, very shocked” to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during...
Australian Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix
Australian Daniel Ricciardo wins the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull.
Perez confident 2015 Mexican GP will happen
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India...
Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend, but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s...
Lebanon will finally appear in an official FIBA competition after a yearlong absence due to an international ban, when the under-15 national team participate in the first round of the West Asian qualifier in Tehran between Aug. 1-5.
Federation compiles elite list for coming season
The Lebanese Basketball Federation announced Wednesday the elite list which will join the top local players in the league and allow each team to sign a maximum of five...
In L.A. Clippers case, court does dirty work for NBA
By Eric Kelsey
LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) - The National Basketball Association was navigating uncharted and possibly treacherous waters, first when it banned Los...
Akl basking in league glory as she mulls future
The Riyadi Beirut ladies team is loaded with basketball stars, but 21-year-old point guard Rebecca Akl in particular stands out with her incredible abilities and...
‘Linsanity’ not on Lin’s agenda in Lakers life
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate “Linsanity” in his...
Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt is causing a stir at the Commonwealth Games.
16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test
A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport.
Golovkin crushes Geale to retain WBA title
Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title.
Nibali emulates Pantani as Tour de France winner
Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani Sunday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main opponents...
Silver cup in tow, McIlroy wants green jacket
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
A faint smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.
Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and...
Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia
Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching in Zambia.
Airbnb woos business travelers
Airbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.
Fruit and veg: Five-a-day is OK, researchers say
British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the...
Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by ‘two moms’
Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors.
Pay what you want, Paris hotel guests told
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor
The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to...
Getting paid for your posts? Social networking’s new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared – except the money those posts produce.
U.S. cave offers treasure trove of fossilized secrets
For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of...
British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.
Pacific islanders battle the bulge
The new chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum says he is determined to change the unhealthy lifestyle choices that have made his region the fattest in the world.
$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice
A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3...
New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare
No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in...
Monks tap brewing to support aging members
Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can...
Chardonnay is one of the great international grape varieties. Winemakers love it because it is so malleable, in the sense that chardonnay displays its origins – usually referred to as terroir – yet can also be molded to produce profound wines.
Lebanon to launch third water festival
The Tourism Ministry has announced a third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth...
Summertime activities can ward off teen boredom
Summertime demands very little from 15-year-old Amir Maktabi: He says his routine consists largely of “sleeping a lot, late nights, waking up late and going out.”
Exchange program tackles perception of Lebanon
Students from a variety of continents experience life in Lebanon for six weeks and reflect on the gulf between depictions of the country and the reality.
Activist Saint Hoax talks political art
At first fleeting glance, the works of local artist Saint Hoax recall the halcyon days of childhood. Incorporating Disney characters in a slew of recent works, however,...
Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.
Mobile tech reshaping the health sector
Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it’s also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.
New York Times calls for marijuana legalization
The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana Saturday, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
Couple lock son in car trunk to cure fear of dark
A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their 5-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this...
U.S. man claims penis was amputated by mistake
An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said last week.
Before she was Princess Anna in "Frozen" or even Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell was a musical theater geek.
Wine cup used by Pericles found in commoner's grave
A cup believed to have been used by Classical Greek statesman Pericles has been found in a pauper's grave in north Athens.
James Brown biopic revels in drama, dance
At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to...
Review: Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown
Brown blows the roof off the place … then he saunters over to the Stones, just four skinny blokes who don't know what hit them. "Welcome to America," he says.
Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob
Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor...
Andropov birth centenary evokes nostalgia for Soviet hardliner
Amid a public mood of nostalgia for a vanished Soviet empire, Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov with exhibitions...
First footage from ‘Batman v Superman’
Batman and Superman engaged in an epic staring contest at Comic-Con, the international pop-culture convention in San Diego.
Caged birds: Songs of freedom, dirges of abuse
Lebanon has witnessed a surge of women’s rights activism on the streets recently, as women rally for greater equality and for protection for victims of gender violence.
At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in the new biopic “Get On Up.”
A double-header of biopics for Chadwick Boseman
A year after playing Jackie Robinson in "42," Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training.
Review: 'Guardians' is irreverent but not enough
At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor.
Review: 'Hercules' is schlocky but entertaining
You'll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner's production of "Hercules": This movie has a sense of proportion.
Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.
Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop
Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.
Linda Ronstadt awarded White House arts honor
Linda Ronstadt, who was the most successful female rocker of the 1970s and pioneered the role of women in that genre, was honored Monday with the highest US arts prize.
Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90
Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.
Australia police rapped over Lily Allen handcuff image
A prank image of British singer Lily Allen kneeling on the ground, head bowed and handcuffed, on Monday landed an Australian police officer in hot water.
Led Zeppelin is to issue an unreleased version of their most famous song, "Stairway to Heaven," the legendary rock band says, after more than four decades hidden in the vaults.
World music fest adds the actual taste of what people hear
In their native Iran, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are best known for their soaring voices, flawless harmonies and dedication to the art of singing in the face of tough...
Technical glitch, boos mar opening of famed Wagner fest
The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly...
Clapton says thank you to Cale with ‘The Breeze’
For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music.
Kiss, Usher, J.Lo to perform at Fashion Rocks
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall.