Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani said that the rate of rabies exposure in Lebanon has risen dramatically since 2010, attributing the spike to an increase in people living in poor conditions due to the refugee crisis.
Akkar residents raise wind farm concerns
Residents of the northern Akkar region held a symposium Friday to discuss the potential impacts of a wind farm project in their area.
Australian deputy PM to resign
Australia’s deputy prime minister said Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open...
France clamps down on extremism
France’s prime minister Friday announced steps including prison isolation zones and more stringent licensing rules for faith-based schools to combat what he called a...
Russia rejects U.N. accusation over Iran missiles
Russia rejected a draft resolution Friday that would condemn Iran for failing to block supplies of missiles to Yemen’s Houthi rebels and call for measures against...
Ministry lowers price of some drugs by 70 pct
The prices of some medicines in Lebanon have been reduced by up to 70 percent after a review by the Health Ministry, a ministry source told The Daily Star Friday.
Hezbollah names Zahle, Baalbeck-Hermel candidates
Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem announced the party’s electoral list for the Baalbeck-Hermel and Zahle districts Friday, Hezbollah-affiliated TV station...
‘No special role’ for Russia in Lebanese-Israeli maritime dispute
Russia has no special role in the maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Friday.
Australia’s deputy prime minister said Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open conflict with his premier, and as a new allegation of sexual harassment emerged.
French group wants kids’ ban for ‘Fifty Shades’
A Catholic group that succeeded in having Lars von Trier’s ultraviolent film “Antichrist” banned from French cinemas is now taking a case against the erotic romance...
‘Good for Britain’ if I was PM: Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a dig at London over Brexit talks Friday, saying it would be “good for Britain” if he was prime minister.
European art scene began with Neanderthals
From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art.
Russia rejected a draft resolution Friday that would condemn Iran for failing to block supplies of missiles to Yemen’s Houthi rebels and call for measures against Tehran, diplomats said.
Iran headscarf protester video sparks criticism
A video showing an Iranian policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on...
African leaders: Sahel force funds must come soon
European leaders Friday doubled their funding for a force tackling Islamist militants in the Sahel, but African leaders warned the money must come quickly if it is to...
Mogadishu twin car bombs kill 18
Twin car bombs exploded in Somalia’s capital Friday, killing 18 people and wounding 20 others, the city’s ambulance service said, and Islamist militant group Al-Shabab...
Tensions flare in east Mediterranean gas scramble
Warships, threats and multibillion-dollar deals: The scramble for gas in the eastern Mediterranean is fueling hope and tensions across a volatile region.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday called on state institutions to cooperate with McKinsey & Co. in order to help the company formulate a new economic vision for Lebanon.
Lebanon reserves recovered after crisis
Lebanon’s foreign-currency reserves have recovered from the shock of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s surprise resignation, proving the resiliency of the country’s...
NKorean hackers target Sawiris’ Orascom network
North Korea’s increasingly aggressive hackers are now going after one of the few foreign companies that has been willing to work with the intransigent regime.
Probe puts Israeli billionaire’s future on hold
A 20-year friendship that helped turn Dan Gertler into a billionaire has left the Israeli businessman with a lot fewer places to go.
Companies surfing the e-commerce wave
Amazon’s assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence.
Hariri seeks 2018 budget before Paris IV meet
Prime Minister Saad Hariri plans to travel to Paris in April armed with the 2018 budget and a government pledge to carry out urgent reforms in order to secure...
Hariri wagers IT will develop economy
Prime Minister Saad Hariri opened the 9th ArabNet conference Wednesday with an upbeat speech about the promising future of technology and IT in Lebanon, two days after...
Salameh: BDL striving to support middle class
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh Tuesday said BDL would seek to revive the middle class through the support of consumer and housing loans.
Egypt: Dispute resolved on Israel gas deal
Egypt said it was settling financial disputes with an Israeli electricity company and a key pipeline operator to turn a $15 billion deal to import gas from the Jewish...
Iran warns on nuke deal if banks cannot do business
Iran's top nuclear negotiator for its 2015 deal with international powers warned Thursday that the agreement was under threat unless foreign businesses and banks were...
Turkey says won't allow 'one-sided' gas search off Cyprus
Turkey's energy minister says his country won't allow Cyprus' government to carry out a "unilateral" gas search off the east Mediterranean island.
U.S. shale investors still waiting on payoff
U.S. oil production has topped 10 million barrels per day, approaching a record set in 1970, but many investors in the companies driving the shale oil revolution are...
Kylie Jenner helps erase $1.3B in one tweet
Snap Inc.’s flagship platform has lost some luster, at least according to one social-media influencer in the Kardashian-Jenner clan.
Will Wall Street ever let go of firearms?
Will Wall Street ever let go of guns?
Fed expects gains to prompt gradual rate hikes
The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same...
The deadly Syrian quagmire remains mired in hypocrisy, disinformation, political duplicity and blood, with the unfolding massacre in Ghouta in recent days claiming around 100 lives, half of them children.
Tribute to Rafik Hariri
His roots were modest, but he came full with zeal, resolve, ambition, vision, a distinctive generosity and that particular feel for the underprivileged – a mix of...
The sexual harassment reckoning
“Deeds, not words!” Britain’s suffragettes shouted, as they fought for – and won – the right to vote 100 years ago.
How IT threatens democracy
The internet and social media were once hailed for creating new opportunities to spread democracy and freedom.
Syria desperately needs a pathway to stability
The abiding image from last weekend’s security conference in Munich was of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu theatrically brandishing a piece of an Iranian drone shot...
Chance for change
In 1917 the U.K.’s then-Foreign Secretary Sir Arthur Balfour made a promise that still reverberates today: He offered the Jews the creation of a homeland in Palestine...
Heed the warning
Gaza is on the brink of a human tragedy, the reverberations of which could be felt across the region and beyond.
Time for healthy polls
After nine years of delays and extensions, Lebanon has embarked on a democratic milestone for the country and its citizens with the start of registrations for May’s...
Lebanon’s unofficial month of innovation
Lebanon has been well-known by its leadership and innovation in both the tourism and banking industries among other services sectors.
The return of a forgotten killer
Once, tuberculosis was one of the world’s greatest preoccupations.
The future of Putin’s illusion
The outcome of Russia’s presidential election on March 18 is a foregone conclusion: The incumbent, Vladimir Putin, will win after garnering five to six times more votes...
The abiding image from last weekend’s security conference in Munich was of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu theatrically brandishing a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over Israel a week before – and starkly warning Tehran: “Do not test Israel’s resolve.”
Prigozhin: The Zelig of Russian covert action
Every good spy story needs a shadowy operative who does the dirty work for the boss, and thanks to the indictment issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, we...
America withdraws as the Middle East burns
There’s a lot to be optimistic about today.
How the U.S. can ‘get to yes’ with Turkey
How bizarre that the biggest obstacle to finishing the war against Daesh (ISIS) and beginning the stabilization of Syria is America’s supposed friend and NATO ally,...
It’s time for diplomacy in Syria
Last Wednesday was a strange and scary day in Syria, even by Middle East standards.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger vowed Friday to take the attack to Premier League leaders Manchester City as he bids to lift the League Cup for the first time.
Serwa leads Canadian one-two in ski cross
Kelsey Serwa pulled away from compatriot Brittany Phelan to claim ski cross gold Friday as Canada secured a one-two finish ahead of Switzerland’s Fanny Smith, who edged...
Williams says terrifying health scare almost killed her
Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to...
Stosur's struggles continue as she subsides in Dubai
Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur crashed out Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Championship 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
Curry scores 44, Warriors hold off late rally by Clippers
Stephen Curry swished a beautiful buzzer-beater from way back early and hit another timely 3-pointer late on the way to scoring 44, and the Golden State Warriors...
Who will blink first, Napoli or Juventus?
The Serie A title race appears to have become a simple matter of who will blink first: Napoli or Juventus.
No problem with Chelsea: Mourinho
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he still has a good relationship with former club Chelsea despite a recent war of words with his Stamford Bridge successor...
FIFA ends involvement in Neymar bonus dispute with Barca
FIFA has ended its involvement in Brazil forward Neymar's dispute with his former club Barcelona over an outstanding bonus payment of 43 million euros ($53.5 million),...
Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to her first child.
Federer takes 97th career title in Rotterdam
Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings.
Nastase’s ITF ban reduced after appeal
Ilie Nastase, the 71-year-old former world No. 1 and ex-Romania Fed Cup captain, has had his ban from International Tennis Federation team competitions reduced on appeal.
Evergreen Federer planning 2019 Melbourne return
Australian Open champion Roger Federer is set to continue defying Father Time after announcing he will return to defend his title next year, the Swiss said Monday.
Stephen Curry swished a beautiful buzzer-beater from way back early and hit another timely 3-pointer late on the way to scoring 44, and the Golden State Warriors returned from the All-Star break and had to hold off the Los Angeles Clippers 134-127 on Thursday night.
MVP James backs new All-Star format
The NBA All-Star Game format was all new Sunday, but the end result of LeBron James holding a Most Valuable Player trophy was a familiar sight.
Kerr seals 250th win as Warriors beat Spurs
Klay Thompson scored 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 Saturday night.
James buzzer-beater lifts Cavs
LeBron James drained a buzzer-beating game-winner Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers set aside their troubles with a 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota...
LeBron James hits jumper at OT buzzer, Cavs top Timberwolves
LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday...
A second Russian athlete has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a major blow for the nation’s hopes of regaining its Olympic status and drawing a line under years of doping scandals.
Dutchman Nuis secures golden double
Dutch speedskater Kjeld Nuis held his nerve to claim gold in the men’s Olympic 1,000-meters by the slimmest of margins ahead of Norwegian Havard Lorentzen at the...
Lindstroem leads Sweden to top of podium in relay
Fredrik Lindstroem emerged victorious from a frenetic battle on the final leg with Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen to take the gold medal for Sweden in the men’s Olympic 4...
Zagitova wins first gold for Russian athletes
Russian teenager Alina Zagitova edged compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva with a stunning free skate Friday that earned the Olympic Athletes from Russia a first gold at the...
FA charges Guardiola over political symbol
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was Friday charged by the Football Association over his wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalan independence...
She’s practiced the “Oops, I did it again” thousands of times in training, and Thursday her signature trick was worth its weight in Olympic gold as American Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s shootout winner broke a 16-year Canadian stranglehold on the women’s ice hockey title.
Race in racing: Bubba Wallace set to make Daytona history
Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason.
Formula One to stop using female models
Formula One is ending the use of female models who parade and stand with the drivers’ name boards before every Grand Prix, with immediate effect.
Alonso gets green light to race at Le Mans
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will further widen his repertoire by competing in this year’s 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race.
Alonso turns eye to Le Mans after Daytona
Fernando Alonso believes he has gained vital experience for a future crack at the Le Mans 24 Hours after finishing 38th in the Daytona endurance race Sunday.
“Haneen,” Beit Beirut’s latest exhibition, unites the poetry of Syrian refugee children and the work they have inspired artists to make.
Experts to examine ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’
One of the world’s most famous paintings “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is to undergo a two-week scientific examination in front of curious visitors to the Dutch museum...
With the flu, Pink powers through pre-Super Bowl concert
Battling the flu, pop star Pink powered through a pre-Super Bowl concert, still hitting high notes, flying in the air and dancing onstage days before she will sing the...
Bruno Mars crashes rap's big party at the Grammys
The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music's showcase event - until Bruno Mars crashed the party.
Plans for third ‘Jurassic World’ film announced
Four months before “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced plans Wednesday for a third installment in the rebooted dinosaur...
‘Game Night’: Fun spin on a classic formula
On the page, “Game Night” seems destined to be like all the other disappointing action comedies of late.
Kyrie, with harpsichord and Kindle
It took some time to notice it.
‘Khook’ challenges images of Iran at Berlinale
A comedy depicting a movie director being protected by his family from a serial killer challenges stereotypes about Iran and Iranian women at the Berlin Film Festival,...
Battling the flu, pop star Pink powered through a pre-Super Bowl concert, still hitting high notes, flying in the air and dancing onstage days before she will sing the national anthem at the big game.
Fleetwood Mac helps raise $7 million for charity
Rock 'n' roll's dysfunctional family, Fleetwood Mac, joined with artists paying tribute to their work to raise $7 million for down-on-their luck musicians at a benefit...
Four months before “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced plans Wednesday for a third installment in the rebooted dinosaur franchise.
Makeup artist pushes boundaries for ‘Wonder’
Adhering to child labor laws and building an authentic-looking facial structure were key concerns for makeup artist Arjen Tuiten in his work on the movie “Wonder,”...
‘Shape of Water’ accused of 1969 play rip-off
“The Shape of Water,” a leading contender for this year’s best picture Oscar, was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that its fantastical plot about a...
Yance Ford on race, justice, making history
In the Oscar-nominated documentary “Strong Island,” Yance Ford investigates the killing of his brother, William Ford, in 1992 in Central Islip, New York.
Young Oscar veteran laughs off her chances
Looking like a vamp from “The Great Gatsby,” spread out on a sofa in a luxury Paris hotel in a “Mary Magdalene, sorry Maggie Marilyn” pajama suit, Saoirse Ronan is...
Actress and activist Emma Watson has donated £1 million to kickstart a new British fund to help women facing harassment and abuse at work, launched ahead of Sunday's Baftas and backed by hundreds of female entertainment stars.
Kim Cattrall to Sarah Jessica Parker: You're not my friend
Kim Cattrall has a message for Sarah Jessica Parker: Spare me your sympathy.
Lady Gaga cancels European tour dates due to 'severe pain'
Lady Gaga has canceled 10 tour dates in Europe and South America because of severe pain.
Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan held in Paris over rape claims
Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan remained in custody in Paris on Thursday after spending a night behind bars over rape allegations that emerged in the wake of...
Former 'Glee' actor Mark Salling dead at 35
Mark Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy "Glee," has died at age 35.
A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder’s aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month.
Gigi Hadid, next-gen supermodels fill Milan
The next generation of supermodels was out in force on the second day of the Milan Fashion Week Thursday.
Cancer therapy works in 75 pct of patients: study
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown...
Dementia linked to chronic boozing says study
Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet...
Lebanese designer juggles chaos, order in Paris
Showcasing at Paris Fashion Week for the fourth time, Lebanese-Italian designer Tony Ward is well accustomed to what he described as the “buzz and excitement” of the...
'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm
Gus Kenworthy stood stone-faced, a shivering black puppy curled in his arms and more scurrying around him on the dirty, uneven cement floor.
Milan Fashion Week opens with #MeToo moment
Milan Fashion Week got underway Wednesday with a moment’s pause to put focus on women who have come forward as victims of sexual misconduct.
Lab in Jordan prints limbs
for kids, war wounded
Iraqi soldier Abdullah lost his left hand fighting Daesh (ISIS) but now he has a prosthetic one – thanks to a 3-D printing lab in Jordan.
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown success in three-quarters of patients, researchers said Wednesday.
First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK
The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval.
Blood test for Alzheimer’s shows early promise
Researchers in Japan and Australia say they have made important progress in developing a blood test that could in future help doctors detect who might go on to get...
Pocket-sized device decodes human genome
Scientists used a portable device no bigger than a cellphone to sequence the most complete human genome ever assembled with a single technology, according to a study...
Showcasing at Paris Fashion Week for the fourth time, Lebanese-Italian designer Tony Ward is well accustomed to what he described as the “buzz and excitement” of the bi-annual fashion fest.
Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly that rides waves of ultrasound and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.
Google Assistant adds more languages in global push
Google said Friday its digital assistant software would be available in more than 30 languages by the end of the years as it steps up its artificial intelligence...
Spacewalking astronauts finishing months of robot arm repair
Spacewalking astronauts are finally wrapping up months of repair work on the International Space Station's big robot arm.
Bid to find a Valentine for Romeo, world's 'loneliest frog'
With Valentine's Day approaching, please spare a thought for Romeo the lonesome Bolivian frog.
Porsche to double investment in electric cars
German high-end sports car maker Porsche said Monday it would double investments in electrifying its entire range by 2022, as parent company Volkswagen reacts to...
Former champions McLaren showed their true colors Friday with a new papaya orange and blue Formula One car they hope will take them back up the starting grid after three nightmare years with Honda.
BMW recalls 12,000 diesel cars over emissions
German high-end carmaker BMW on Friday recalled thousands of diesel cars for a software update, after reports it had admitted to authorities they released more harmful...
Ferrari highlights aerodynamics development on new F1 car
Ferrari has paid special attention to aerodynamics for its new Formula One car in an attempt to keep up with rival Mercedes on high-speed circuits.
Would-be German government agrees on policy for cars with excess emissions
Germany's would-be coalition partners agreed on Friday on an environmental policy in which cars with excess emissions would be refitted rather than taken off the road.
Indonesian authorities run 'two-faced' car off the road
A double-ended car owned by a septuagenarian mechanic from Indonesia has been ordered off the road, but he has not given up on the quirky creation just yet.
Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago.
What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds
A study of bears and berries has determined that the big animals are the main dispersers of fruit seeds in southeast Alaska.
Scientists fear resurgence of devastating wheat disease in Britain & Europe
A devastating disease that attacks barley and wheat - the world's most widely grown crop - could re-emerge in Britain, scientists said Thursday.
Dunkin' Donuts to stop using foam cups by 2020
Foam cups at Dunkin' Donuts will soon be history, removing what the company estimates will be a billion of them each year from the waste stream.
'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand
New Zealand wildlife lovers are mourning the death of a gannet named Nigel, dubbed "the loneliest bird in the world" due to the absence of any feathered friends on his...