U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly has denied reports that the international community was seeking to naturalize Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Oct. 30, 2014
A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.
Bodies of 150 members of Iraqi Sunni tribe opposed to ISIS found in mass grave
Syria slams 'blatant violation' of its sovereignty
Syria condemned Turkey for allowing foreign fighters to enter Syria in what it said was a "blatant violation" of its sovereignty.
Ban launches campaign to end female genital mutilation
Ban Ki-moon launchs a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors say it "shattered" their lives.
Hostage negotiations going in positive direction
Negotiations between the Lebanese government and militants holding 27 Lebanese servicemen hostage will likely take a positive turn this round, former mediator Sheikh...
PFLP-GC steps up Lebanese border presence
A security source told The Daily Star that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command has recently fortified its military posts over a...
Lebanon water resources in great danger: minister
The future of Lebanon’s water sources is bleak with the drought season expected to increase and rainfall to decrease due to climate change, Environment Minister...
Reporter's family urges Iran to release him
The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post jailed in Iran since July say that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce.
Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school
UNRWA says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war.
Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks
Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper...
Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament: witness
Thousands of protesters storm Burkina Faso's parliament building, forcing police to withdraw, ahead of a vote on a motion to allow the president to stand for...
Seven soldiers, 1 civilian killed in Ukraine
Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the past day of fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, the military says.
HK protests a 'national security issue' for China
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament says.
Burkina Faso scraps bill amid protests
Burkina Faso's government has abandoned plans for legislation to extend President Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule amid protests by thousands of people who stormed the...
EDL’s full-time workers have called for a three-day strike starting Thursday to protest the government’s procrastination in giving promotions and higher ranks to the employees.
Lebanon slips in Doing Business ranking
Lebanon’s ranking in the World Bank’s annual report Doing Business, which measures ease of doing business in 189 economies, slipped from 102 in 2014 to 104 in 2015, a...
Saudi metro in race against time
The sprawling and congested Saudi capital is in a race against time to complete its $22.5 billion metro system within four years, a senior official said Wednesday.
Algeria plans new oil and gas auction
Algeria is preparing a new auction for foreign energy firms, an official said Wednesday, after the North African country awarded four out of 31 oil and gas field blocks...
Fed ends bond-buying, exhibits confidence
The Federal Reserve ended its monthly bond-purchase program Wednesday and dropped its previous characterization of U.S. labor market slack as “significant,” in a show...
No recovery until Syria crisis ends: Hajj Hasan
The economic situation in Lebanon will improve only if the crisis in Syria comes to an end and refugees return to their homeland, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan...
Why Arab banks must comply with U.S. regulations
Complying with evolving U.S. economic sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations is an existential issue for Lebanese and Arab banks, bankers and legal...
Harb fines Alfa over connection failure in north
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb levied a $150,000 fine against Lebanese mobile operator Alfa Tuesday, over a service outage in north Lebanon earlier this month.
Kuwait emir calls for diversifying economy
Kuwait’s emir said Tuesday a fall in oil prices cast a shadow over the OPEC member state’s economy, showing the need to diversify sources of income that rely heavily on...
IMF sees risk of plunge in GCC surplus
Gulf Cooperation Council countries may see their current-account surplus decline by $175 billion next year if oil prices stay about $80 a barrel, according to the...
Gulf oil producers seen riding out price plunge
Energy kingpin Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Gulf states are set to resist pressure to tighten the taps significantly to shore up oil prices as the global economy...
The Federal Reserve ended its monthly bond-purchase program Wednesday and dropped its previous characterization of U.S. labor market slack as “significant,” in a show of confidence about the economy’s prospects.
EU doesn’t reject any budgets
The European Union said no nation had broken EU budget rules by a big enough margin to warrant immediate action, a move that gives France and Italy more time to win...
Britain’s fraud office launches probe into Tesco
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office has launched a formal criminal investigation into accounting errors at Tesco, adding to the intense scrutiny of the United Kingdom’s...
80 countries join fight to end banking secrecy
More than 80 countries signed up to a deal that could help end banking secrecy Wednesday in what the sponsors hope will be a major step in the global battle against tax...
Alibaba’s Jack Ma tops China rich list: Forbes
Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is China’s richest person with a fortune of nearly $20 billion, as billionaires increase despite a slowdown in the...
Lebanese have made several bids in recent years to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, with the planet’s largest bowl of hummus or tabbouleh, plate of kibbeh, or longest dabkeh dance line.
Ray of light from Tunisia
From the birthplace of the Arab Spring, the region finally has some positive news in these seemingly darkest of times.
Wishful thinking in the U.S. plans to fight ISIS
A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle...
Lessons from the Tunisian elections
I suspect that the Tunisian parliamentary elections Sunday were the most significant domestic and national political development in the modern history of the Arab world.
An antidote to poverty, disease and terrorism
Despite enormous technological advances, humanity continues to grapple with three enormous burdens: poverty, disease and terrorism (both individual and state-sponsored.)
Now that the latest round of fighting seems to be under control in Tripoli, more needs to be done to eliminate other threats across the country, and to ensure that such...
Time to end Tripoli wound
As the tragedy of Tripoli flares up again, the Lebanese Army must take advantage of the enormous support it is being given to end this extremist plot against Lebanon...
What Putin forgets
Russia’s president spent time on Friday taking a clear, unambiguous stance on what he sees going wrong with the global order, due to the behavior of the U.S., but only...
A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East.
Why Iraq’s Sunnis are surrendering to ISIS
Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province...
The rule of law triumphs, sort of, in the U.S.
The conviction in a Washington court Wednesday of four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for their roles in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi...
An ounce of prevention on terrorism in Abu Dhabi
“Hedayah” certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here in Abu Dhabi.
Russia only changes when it faces defeat
The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir...
Are services the new manufacturers?
The global discussion about growth in the developing world has taken a sharp turn recently.
Libya’s youths pay the ultimate price for peace
Three weeks ago, we sadly received the news about the death of our colleagues, 18-year-old Tawfiq Bin Saud and 17-year-old Sami al-Kawafi.
The challenges of rebuilding Gaza
At a donor conference on the reconstruction of Gaza held in Cairo on Oct. 12, in the aftermath of a devastating 51-day war this summer between Israel and Hamas, the...
Newcastle United visited fresh misery upon faltering Manchester City with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium Wednesday that dumped the holders out of the League Cup.
Rummenigge calls for April World Cup
Leading European clubs want FIFA to hold the Qatar World Cup in April 2022, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a British newspaper interview...
F1’s chickens come home to roost
Talk of financial crisis in Formula One is nothing new, but the absence of back-markers Caterham and Marussia from this week’s U.S. Grand Prix after they went into...
Marquez roars to hisrecord-equaling 12th win
Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez won a season record-equaling 12th MotoGP race with victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday.
Murray on brink of World Finals after win
Andy Murray turned in a clinical performance Wednesday as he joined Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic in the next round of the Paris Masters.
EPL referee faces music over concert
A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert.
Roma level top as Juve handed first defeat
An injury-time goal from Genoa midfielder Luca Antonini handed Juventus their first defeat of the season Wednesday when a 2-0 win for Roma allowed the title challengers...
Hopes Balotelli goal will open floodgates
After going six weeks without a goal Mario Balotelli was mightily relieved to “finally” regain his scoring touch against Swansea City and save Liverpool from a League...
Talk of financial crisis in Formula One is nothing new, but the absence of back-markers Caterham and Marussia from this week’s U.S. Grand Prix after they went into administration has concentrated minds.
Fittipaldi in top panel for Bianchi crash probe
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules...
Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory...
Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia
Valentino Rossi of Italy wins his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP - and first since 2005 - when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.
Federer has sights set on world No. 1 spot
Roger Federer is taking his battle with Novak Djokovic for the world No. 1 spot down to the wire as he arrives at the Paris Masters as the hottest player on tour.
Federer crushes Goffin for sixth Basel title
Top-seeded Roger Federer won a sixth Swiss Indoors title Sunday, comfortably defeating David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to end a run of two successive final...
Williams avenges loss to Halep in WTA Finals
Serena Williams destroyed Romania’s Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 Sunday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable...
Serena reaches WTA semifinals, cements top ranking
Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis and was crowned year-end world No. 1 without picking up a racket Friday when results went her way at the season finale in...
Riyadi suffered a surprising loss in their opening game in Morocco at the Arab Club Basketball Championship after going down to Ahly of Egypt 70-66 in Group A Wednesday.
Spurs edge Mavs in San Antonio
The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered, to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win Tuesday.
Riyadi look to extend their Arab Club record
Riyadi will open their bid to win a sixth Arab Club Basketball Championship, which is taking place in Morocco, when they take on Ahly from Egypt Wednesday in Group A.
Spurs seek repeat while LeBron revives Cavs
As the San Antonio Spurs face the possible end of an era, they attempt to repeat as NBA champions after a turbulent offseason topped by LeBron James returning to...
Five NBA storylines to watch this season
Five storylines to follow during the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season.
Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world No. 2 over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters starting from Thursday.
Kinshasa still rumbles with Ali-Foreman bout
The Tata Raphael stadium looks as though it has lost a few rounds against Muhammad Ali in the 40 years since it staged the greatest boxing fight in history.
Fate twists the legacies of Ali and Foreman
In a reversal of roles, the outspoken Muhammad Ali won the “Rumble in the Jungle” 40 years ago but has become a stricken, silent icon, while brooding slugger George...
Five other memorable boxing bouts
The epic heavyweight world championship bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle' celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Ali, Foreman quotes
Five quotes by Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on their epic "Rumble In The Jungle" fight in Kinshasa on October 30, 1974.
Four of Lebanon’s top bartenders made it to the country final of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, beating eight other opponents with their own specialty cocktails.
Dedicated veterinarians juggle life and work
Dr. Wissam Qobeissi rushes into the emergency room of the Veterinary Hospital of South Lebanon to treat a stray dog that was run over by a car.
Five-year-olds learn coding in Britain
“Miss! We made it breathe out fire!” 10-year-old Joe exclaimed, pointing at the laptop on his desk, where he has programmed his animated dragon to belch flames into the...
Google’s streaming music service adds mood to mix
Google’s music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners’ mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services...
Blind sailors set sights on the Mediterranean
Standing at the helm of a three-masted schooner, Alina Koralewska is having no trouble at all staying the course to Barcelona despite being able to see neither compass...
Iron Heyoka tribe hopes to reshape Lebanese TV
“We call our self a tribe,” said DC Habib, a co-founder, content creator and partner at the Iron Heyoka production house.
Molding a brighter future for Lebanon’s artisans
It seems plenty of people were willing to brave traveling off the beaten track to reach the Potter’s Festival held at Bkerzay in the Chouf at the weekend.
Affection not affected: Hala Ajam's makeup
Makeup is an art mastered by few. Contrary to what many believe, it’s not the quantity or intensity of the product that enhances a woman’s beauty.
“Miss! We made it breathe out fire!” 10-year-old Joe exclaimed, pointing at the laptop on his desk, where he has programmed his animated dragon to belch flames into the face of the Greek hero Heracles.
'Dead' hearts transplant a surgical breakthrough
Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way...
Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2
If I’ve seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I’ve probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are).
Upgrade your driving experience
New car technologies are like a massage, you never know how badly you need it until you get one.
Standing at the helm of a three-masted schooner, Alina Koralewska is having no trouble at all staying the course to Barcelona despite being able to see neither compass nor stars.
A healthy soak in Saharan sands
As the morning sun rises over the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara, men and women dig holes for tourists who want to bury themselves in the sand.
Debate over ethics of deleting negative reviews
Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy.
Moscow hotel goes halal to woo Muslim visitors
No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors...
Five free things in Berlin: Cold War legacy
In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century.
A Finnish brewery has recreated a Belgian beer from bottles that sank 170 years ago on a ship in the Baltic Sea, giving connoisseurs a chance to taste the tipple of their great-great-great-grandfathers.
Museum tells Helena Rubinstein’s story in art
Judgmental, autocratic and wholly self-made after fleeing prewar Poland and the prospect of arranged marriage as a teen, Helena Rubinstein built a cosmetics empire on...
Online dating service admits to fake profiles
A British-based online dating service admitted to US regulators Wednesday that it created fake, computer-generated profiles to lure users into upgraded memberships.
In France, hostility toward kebabs grows
In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural...
New York’s hottest new trend: clubbing for kids
The music’s thumping, the dance floor’s packed and the bar’s bustling. Welcome to one of New York’s hottest nightclubs with a new generation of clubbers: 6-year-olds.
Cases of tuberculosis are set accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday.
Paddleboard yoga: a total body workout
Move over hot, flying and spinning yoga. Paddleboard yoga is the latest trend to stand the ancient practice of breath control, body postures and movement on its head –...
Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss
Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reverse age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists report.
Paralyzed man walks again after novel procedure
A paralyzed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment which one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough “more impressive than a...
Ebola: Five questions about the killer virus
The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever...
Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood's studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.
Outsider Binoche explores risks, passion of war
Actor Juliette Binoche has long been fascinated by war photography, she says, and often wonders about the people who risk their lives to capture such photos.
Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids
Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift.
Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested in robbery case
Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of stealing a camera from a celebrity photographer in Beverly...
Slipknot tops Billboard album chart
Heavy metal rockers Slipknot took the lead on the weekly U.S. Billboard chart on Wednesday, a week ahead of Taylor Swift's projected year's biggest album opening.
'Sleep' a decidedly average psych thriller
Again teamed with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesia victim whose brain resets back to 13 years ago after each night's slumber in the decidedly average...
War triumphs over love at Lebanon's Box Office
War-hardened veteran Brad Pitt and his tank crew held off the rom-com "Love, Rosie," as "Fury" topped Lebanon's box office chart this week.
Jake Gyllenhaal prowls wild side in 'Nightcrawler'
He's a coyote, a starving coyote. Actually, he's a television reporter hankering for more blood and guts than anyone else. He's another deeply disturbing character for...
'Big Bang Theory' actress Cuoco gets Hollywood star
"The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco was joined by fellow cast members from the hit TV sitcom as she received a star on Hollywood's storied Walk of Fame.
Alan Cumming believes in putting everything out there
Scottish actor Alan Cumming has won accolades for his performances, including current stints as a manipulative Chicago political operative on TV's "The Good Wife" and a...
Rivers' daughter hires lawyers to probe death
Melissa Rivers, the daughter of comedian Joan Rivers, has hired a New York law firm to investigate the circumstances behind her mother's death from a complication...
Country music fest coming to NY's Randall's Island
A new three-day country music festival starring Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley will debut in New York City next summer.
Lil Wayne career-closing album delayed again
The fifth installment of Lil Wayne's "Carter" series -- which the hip-hop giant has said would be the album that caps his career -- has been delayed again.
Study shows rock stars do die younger
It has long been said that rock stars live fast and die young, but a new Australian study has added scholarly credibility to the adage, finding that U.S. musicians die...
Bruno Mars joins Rock in Rio; Vegas venue revealed
MGM Resorts International and the organizers of Rock in Rio USA announced additions to the music festival's lineup Monday and offered a glimpse of what to expect when...
Among the mountains of rubble littering Gaza after a deadly summer war, clay outlines emerge of men, women and children with a story to tell about fear, flight and destruction.
Coco Rocha showcases the art of posing in new book
Supermodel Coco Rocha is known for her ability to strike a pose, but she says it wasn't always appreciated.
Exhibition shows Kama Sutra not a dirty book
In the West, India’s Kama Sutra most often evokes an exotic bible of sexual positions regularly consulted for blush-inducing tips in glossy magazines.
Paris’ Picasso Museum finally reopens
After a five-year closure for what was supposed to be only a two-year refurbishment, Paris’ Picasso Museum reopened Saturday – the artist’s birthday – with arguments...
Driving stakes into a film landscape
The curtain rose on the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Thursday evening with the movie “From A to B.” The sophomore feature of Ali Mostafa, ADFF’s opening film tells the story...