Arsal residents expressed fears Tuesday that a pledge made by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah over the weekend to oust Islamist militants from the town outskirts could ignite sectarian strife.
Security appointments on front burner
As the government scrambles to avoid a vacuum in the top military and security posts, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk is determined to bring up the issue of security...
Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges
An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the...
Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war
A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last...
Dutch police detain motorcycle gang members in raids
Dutch police say they have detained 19 people, most of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, in coordinated raids that spread into neighboring Belgium and...
Notorious Salafist cleared in Nahr al-Bared case
The Judicial Council ruled Tuesday that Hussam al-Sabbagh, a notorious Salafist preacher and militant accused of terror links.
Machnouk issues orders to boost airport security
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk gave strict directives to security officials Tuesday to step up measures ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ten Hezbollah fighters die in Syria
Six Hezbollah fighters and around 30 jihadis were killed in clashes in Syria’s Qalamoun border region before party militants managed to seize control of a new hilltop.
An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn Wednesday that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.
Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy
An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the...
Litany of problems keeps Iraqi army weak
Iraq’s leadership has been indignant after U.S. accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army’s ability suggest the rank-and-file have...
A Sicilian and her phone saving Syrians at sea
Nawal Soufi is never without her mobile phone and thousands of Syrian refugees have reason to be grateful for that.
Dutch police say they have detained 19 people, most of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, in coordinated raids that spread into neighboring Belgium and Germany.
20,000 residents evacuated in Cologne due to WWII bomb
Some 20,000 residents in the western German city of Cologne are being forced to evacuate their homes after authorities discovered a 200-kilogram (440-pound) bomb from...
No special treatment for Australian ISIS fighter's family: PM
The wife and five children of an Australian believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers will face the "full severity of Australian...
Wild weather kills at least 28 in US, Mexico
Torrential rain left much of Texas swamped Wednesday after wild weather killed at least 28 people in the United States and Mexico, and Houston's mayor warned more...
4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital
An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban...
The net profits from real estate giant Solidere’s operations in Lebanon swelled by 144 percent to $96.9 million in 2014 compared to $39.7 million a year earlier.
Lebanon keen to boost China trade ties
Lebanon is keen on enhancing trade relations with China, Prime Minister Tammam Salam told the Arab-Chinese Businessmen Conference Tuesday, vowing that Beirut would be a...
IMF says Egypt tax delay means rich pay less
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances...
Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.
Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable for $56B
John Malone’s Charter Communications Inc. struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., seeking to combine the third and second largest U.S. cable operators...
$480M of new Beirut flats languish on market
A total of 271 new apartments in Beirut valued at $480 million remained unsold in 2014, a recent study showed, in a sign of stagnation in the real estate sector.
Third of Lebanese above age 15 borrowed money
Figures issued by the World Bank show 34.8 percent of Lebanese who are 15 years or older borrowed money, individually or jointly, from available sources in 2014.
Touch general manager resigns in surprise move
In a surprise move, the general manager of cellular operator touch Wassim Mansour submitted his resignation Friday, sources told The Daily Star.
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances will be borne by “people who are less able to afford it.”
War pushes South Sudan’s economy to the brink
Soaring inflation and a likely currency collapse are adding to South Sudan’s woes after 17 months of civil war characterized by brutal attacks on civilians.
Dubai stocks decline as real estate shares drop
Real estate and construction companies dragged Dubai’s stocks to the lowest in five weeks as gauges across the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council retreated.
Iran's Rouhani wants to 'free' economy from sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Sunday for national unity to liberate the economy from international sanctions, which he compared to a form of occupation.
John Malone’s Charter Communications Inc. struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., seeking to combine the third and second largest U.S. cable operators to better compete against market leader Comcast Corp.
Fears grow eurozone economy will never recover
An unlikely buzzword is back in fashion in the top tiers of global financial officialdom: hysteresis.
EM ready themselves for Fed’s acid test
Just like footballers before the World Cup final, central bankers in emerging markets are readying themselves for the biggest test of their careers: the first rate...
I would rather shine shoes than be a banker
Last Thursday, for the first time in my life, I had my shoes shined. I sat on a stool outside St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside and a man crouched at my feet and got busy...
Greece to keep repaying creditors as long as it can: official
Struggling Greece will keep on repaying for as long as it can its EU-IMF creditors, who have demanded reforms and withheld release of the country's remaining bailout...
Among the important anniversaries marked in Lebanon Monday were the passing of one year since President Michel Sleiman left office, in addition to 365 days of nonstop talk – and no action – on electing a successor.
It’s time to mend fences
The liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation in May 2000 was a milestone in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
As airlines cuts costs, might pilots soon go?
The Germanwings crash earlier this year once again reminded us that human pilots are not always failsafe.
The contentious Sino-Indian relationship
China and India have a fraught relationship, characterized by festering disputes, deep mistrust and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation.
If Joe Biden calls, head for the hills
If I were Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, I’d be slightly worried that I received a telephone call from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday assuring continued...
Arc of interference
Iranian officials have recently made several high-profile visits to Syria, where they offered huge levels of financial and other support for the embattled regime of...
Future rests in a bunker
The leaders of dictatorial regimes are always in danger of falling deep into the “bunker mentality,” where their isolation is a prelude to a dramatic demise.
Geneva is undoubtedly a lovely city to visit, but the United Nations appears to be obsessed with hosting “peace talks” on Middle East crises as a default approach,...
The inward turn of the United Kingdom is tragic
On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office – once held by...
An opening for Iraq’s Shiite militias?
The fall of Ramadi on May 17 was a major setback in the fight against ISIS.
Western polarization has led to policy paralysis
Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated by the permutations and machinations of national politics. Today, I find myself focusing on broader political trends that...
If I were Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, I’d be slightly worried that I received a telephone call from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday assuring continued American military support and coordination to combat ISIS.
Why a joint Arab force raises doubts
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military...
Most Americans live in the vanishing center
Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics – and a...
Internecine quarrels are helping ISIS in Iraq
President Barack Obama is right in pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi, the capital of the province of Anbar, last weekend.
Why Hezbollah may seek to change Taif
Tammam Salam made it clear earlier this week that the prospect of a resolution to the presidential crisis was slim. One doesn’t need the prime minister to reach a...
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein’s FIFA election team says that it has rejected a potentially illegal offer to help him oust President Sepp Blatter in Friday’s election and informed law enforcement agencies about the approach.
Benitez well-placed in Real Madrid
Upon sacking Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid coach, club president Florentino Perez offered the solace that the 10th boss of his reign in charge will be named next week.
Harden helps Rockets beat Warriors 128-115
Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points while Golden State’s Stephen Curry suffered a scary fall as the Rockets led from start to finish and beat...
Curry, Golden State rout Houston to take 3-0 lead
Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the...
Nadal pursues No. 10, all seems normal
The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique – and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland...
Now the hard work begins for promoted Norwich
Norwich City may be celebrating promotion back to the Premier League via the playoffs but their ambitious young manager Alex Neil is already thinking about...
Record in sight for Europa League masters Sevilla
The road to Europa League success is renowned for being one of football’s greatest slogs, making it all the more impressive that holders Sevilla stand on the brink of...
Dnipro chasing a dream in Europa League final
Against the backdrop of a conflict tearing its country apart, Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is aiming for success in the Europa League final.
Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points while Golden State’s Stephen Curry suffered a scary fall as the Rockets led from start to finish and beat the Warriors 128-115 Monday to stave off elimination from the NBA playoffs.
Inspired Khatib leads Riyadi to 25th league title
Riyadi retained the Lebanese Basketball League title Friday after defeating UBA 93-71 to wrap up their finals series 4-1 and claim a 25th successive domestic crown and...
Warriors hold off Rockets to take 2-0 lead
Houston’s James Harden lost control of the ball as time expired, allowing Golden State to hang on for a 99-98 win against the Rockets Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in an...
Riyadi look to close out finals at home
Riyadi Beirut will hope to be celebrating their 25th title after they host UBA in Game 5 of the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese Basketball League at Manara...
The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique – and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland Garros Tuesday.
Bouchard loses in Slam’s first round
The losses keep mounting for Eugenie Bouchard, who was so good last year and is having so much trouble nowadays.
Isner enjoying getting down and dirty in Paris
John Isner is a rare breed, a male American tennis player who enjoys getting his socks dirty on European clay courts.
Colorful Federer’s mood darkened despite win
Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood...
All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, Courier says
Favorite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinal of the French Open, according to twice...
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton’s chances with a needless pit stop.
Hamilton aims to deny Rosberg Monaco milestone
Lewis Hamilton hopes to be third time lucky in Monaco this weekend and take revenge on Nico Rosberg by denying his Mercedes teammate a hat-trick of wins in Formula...
Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will...
Hamilton staying at Mercedes until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
Alonso gets his points prediction in early
Undeterred by his last points prediction coming back to bite him, Fernando Alonso has said he expects his misfiring McLaren F1 team to open their account for the season...
Daniel Cormier wore the conflict on his beaming face when he got the UFC’s light heavyweight title belt strapped around his waist in the same Vegas cage where he failed to win it a few months ago.
Oliver flies past to set alight Bird’s Nest
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest...
McIlroy not satisfied without more major titles
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
Patriots owner will not appeal NFL penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will “reluctantly” accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL...
Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup.
British designer growing trees into furniture
Deep in the English countryside, there’s a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing.
Women prisoners create stylish handbags
It all started with a bag. What if every woman in prison could stitch, bead or sequin her way to a more empowered life of purpose and financial independence?
Lebanon’s Mexican wave
Hola! Am I imagining things or are the Lebanese enjoying a Mexican moment?
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
Working to death in Japan
Japan’s push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country’s notoriously long working hours –...
Creator of The Honest Toddler turns on the sass
What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a sociopath, a rabid...
Got a baby? Need some gear? Tips from Baby Sho
How new or expectant parents navigate the megaworld of baby gear and its precursor, the megaworld of pregnancy gear, is an individual quest.
This is a man’s world
While it would do well to be wary of anyone proclaiming to know a universal truth, the organizers of the MEN’S WORLD exhibition, launched Thursday in La Marina Joseph...
Summer Fashion Week kicks off at St. Georges
High-heeled women strutted their way down the red carpet in perfect makeup and fashionable outfits past waiting cameramen.
Shy Lebanese can learn from Paula Yacoubian
Public speaking in any form can be intimidating for the best of us, especially in staged and unfamiliar environments.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Mazda 6 proves excellence is affordable
As much as I have a passion for cars, I can’t claim to follow every model of every marque ever produced, and in the case of Mazda, except for the 3, I really haven’t...
Common sense is as important as traffic laws
I don’t think anyone doubts that human error is the culprit behind the majority of car crashes.
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound riches that shine even brighter.
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
Italy’s Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time
Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you are on a movie set – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi coast near Naples and Venice’s lagoons come to mind.
For Dubai biz travelers, soak up the sun and souq
If you’re visiting Dubai for a long stopover or business trip, make sure to leave a little space in your bag for a bathing suit, flip-flops and souvenirs.
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
Mastering vinaigrette to deliver maximum flavor
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
The rebirth of Greece’s majestic wine industry
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
Frittatas: the ultimate weeknight dinner
Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner.
A grill-friendly take on stuffed sweet potatoes
To be honest, it’s hard not to get inspired by potatoes, those deliciously crisp and creamy potatoes that are thinly sliced so they fan out accordion-style during...
Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music extravaganza.
Cannes films divide critics ahead of awards
As the Cannes festival bears down on its weekend awards ceremony, a look at the movies seen so far and their reviews reveal deep divisions among the critics.
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He...
Caine, Keitel, Fonda drama sharply divides Cannes
Hollywood legends Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda premiered one of the most divisive contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, the ensemble...
Riviera gets raunchy as ‘Love’ comes to Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival got its first taste of full-blown controversy Thursday after a late-night session with director Gaspar Noe’s hyper-sexual 3-D tale, “Love.”
Are pop songs dumb? Study offers evidence
Parents who say their children’s music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader’s reading level.
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, which shut Sunday, can be a blip back home.
Fete de La Musique returns with medley of talent
Amid the barrage of summer music festivals, at least one doesn’t require you to dig deep into your pockets – “Fete de la Musique.”
Hamdan on despair, creativity and language
Whoops issued from the audience gathered at O1NE House of Entertainment Sunday as Yasmine Hamdan broke into the opening lines of “Beirut,” her interpretation of a...
A tribute to Lebanon’s bomb shelters
We shuffled down a flight of shallow stairs, squeezed past the sandbags piled to either side of the heavy metal doors, and filed into the darkness of the basement bomb...
Icelandic film wins Cannes ‘Regard’ prize
An Icelandic movie about two sheepfarming brothers who have not spoken in 40 years but are brought together by an outbreak of a disease that threatens their flocks won...