“I come from an ideology that believes war to be a crime against humanity,” Tushar Gandhi – the great-grandson of Indian independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi – said, raising his voice above a howling wind.
Hezbollah member, wife gunned down in Baalbeck
The whereabouts of a shooter suspected of killing a Hezbollah member in Baalbeck Friday night remain unknown, a security source told The Daily Star.
Kushner Cos. routinely filed false documents
When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent...
Ethnic violence in Congo displaces 60,000
Congo: The assailants attacked under cover of darkness, killing Nguli Nzafi’s wife and three children with machetes and arrows. The 71-year-old, who also lost all 40 of...
Nauert’s star rising at State Department
When the ax fell on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his spokeswoman was half a world away, a distance he and his inner circle preferred and enforced.
Tripoli gunfire leaves woman injured
Gunfire from an unidentified assailant hit a woman in the head Sunday in north Lebanon, the state-run National News Agency reported.
ISF arrests man after wife found ‘slaughtered’
The Internal Security Forces arrested a man Sunday after his wife was found “slaughtered” beside her infant son, who was critically injured, at their home in Nabatieh,...
ISF arrests smugglers, 28 people entering Lebanon
The Internal Security Forces arrested 28 people Saturday, including six children under the age of 10, for entering Lebanon irregularly from Syria.
When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.
U.K. lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament
The head of the British Parliament’s media committee Sunday accused Facebook of misleading lawmakers by downplaying the risk of users’ data being shared without their...
U.K. accuses Russia of stockpiling nerve agent
Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday that he has evidence Russia has been stockpiling a nerve agent in violation of international law “for the purposes of...
Suu Kyi spoke at length about Myanmar troubles
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at length about her country's troubled western state of Rakhine at a Sydney conference on Sunday and appealed to Southeast Asian...
Canal revival plan for Dead Sea edges closer
Israel and Jordan have long pursued a common goal to stop the Dead Sea from shrinking while slaking their shared thirst for drinking water with a pipeline from the Red...
Israel bombs underground Gaza complex
Israel’s military carried out an air raid overnight against an underground Hamas facility in the Gaza Strip and destroyed a separate tunnel under construction that...
Yemeni govt puts Saleh’s brother in top army post
Yemen’s beleaguered government named a brother of slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, for years an enemy of the state, to a top army post.
Palestinian shot dead after stabbing guard
A Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli security guard in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City Sunday before being shot dead by a police officer, Israeli authorities said.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah will announce his party’s electoral program Wednesday, in a televised address at 8:30 p.m., a Hezbollah statement reported.
Citizens Within a State announces 11 candidates
Citizens Within a State, an independent political movement, announced Wednesday 11 candidates for upcoming parliamentary elections to a large crowd gathered inside...
Independence Movement allies with FPM in North III
Zgharta heavyweight Michel Moawad, son of assassinated President Rene Moawad, announced Saturday that he will run on the Free Patriotic Movement list in the northern...
Aoun-Hezbollah alliance fraying says Ahmad Hariri
President Michel Aoun is starting to distance himself from Hezbollah despite the political alliance between the two sides, Future Movement Secretary-General Ahmad...
Taymour Jumblatt announces electoral alliances
Taymour Jumblatt, who this year is heading the Progressive Socialist Party’s electoral bid for the first time, Thursday night announced the electoral alliances he has...
The international ratings agency Moody’s has described Lebanon’s implementation of the Basel liquidity coverage ratio as credit positive.
Salameh: IMF criticism valid, but budget a good start
IMF criticism of Lebanon’s public finances is valid, but the country’s draft 2018 budget sends a good signal as it seeks to cut one of the world’s highest debt-to-GDP...
Qatar asks U.S. to investigate UAE bank
Qatar has asked U.S. regulators to investigate the U.S. subsidiary of the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of “bogus” foreign exchange deals...
Abu Dhabi awards Total stakes in oil concessions
Abu Dhabi state energy company ADNOC said Sunday it had awarded French oil giant Total stakes in two offshore oil concessions, as it looks to boost production by year’s...
In antitrust trial, Big Tech looms in corner
In the biggest antitrust court battle in decades, the U.S. government will seek to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner to prevent the creation of a powerful new...
EBRD grants Fransabank $50 million loan
Fransabank, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, received a $50 million credit line from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance trade...
Parliament seeks to approve budget by April
The 2018 draft budget is expected to a get the nod of approval from Parliament before the CEDRE conference in April.
EBRD acquires 2.5 pct stake in Bank Audi
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development acquired a 2.5 percent stake in Bank Audi for nearly $65 million, the bank said Thursday.
Qatar has asked U.S. regulators to investigate the U.S. subsidiary of the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of “bogus” foreign exchange deals designed to harm its economy as part of a blockade by Gulf neighbors.
Saudi crown prince plans to meet Apple executives
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman plans to meet top global executives, including the heads of Apple Inc. and Google, during his first trip to the U.S....
Emirates airline set to raise $600M in sukuk sale
Emirates is set to raise $600 million from the sale of Islamic bonds as the world’s biggest airline by international passengers joins a rush of borrowers from the Gulf...
Egypt set to float stakes in 23 state companies
Egypt announced Sunday the names of 23 state companies it will offer stakes in beginning this year, part of a plan to raise about 80 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.6...
In the biggest antitrust court battle in decades, the U.S. government will seek to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner to prevent the creation of a powerful new television behemoth.
Zara, H&M up defenses against online threats
Faced with fierce online competition from the likes of Amazon, affordable fashion giants Zara and H&M are shoring up their defenses, trying to use their stores to boost...
Germany warns U.S. against dividing EU on trade
Top German government officials Sunday issued strong warnings to the United States about the dangers of pursuing protectionist policies but said they would continue...
IMF chief warns 'no winners' in trade wars
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde cautioned the United States against putting up barriers to trade in an interview published Sunday.
Argentina, Germany want to keep pledge for free trade at G20 summit
Germany and Argentina want to uphold a pledge to keep international trade free at a summit of the world's 20 largest economies in Buenos Aires this week, the countries'...
It’s election season in Lebanon and politicians are loading their propaganda weapons and going into battle. Most maintain a level of ethical and moral restraint.
Don’t just vote, elect
Lebanon is truly blessed.
The double helix of Chinese history
Now that China’s National People’s Congress has voted – 2,958 to two – to abolish presidential term limits, Xi Jinping could rule China indefinitely, rather than...
Trump fueled crisis over Iran nuclear deal
If confirmed as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will arrive at a department that has been battered by proposed budget cuts, hollowed-out by resignations and vacancies,...
Putin can’t talk his way out of this mess
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC’s Megyn Kelly this month that in using power, you “must be ready to go all the way to achieve the goals.”
Deserving of support
The Rome II donor conference Thursday, to be held in support of Lebanon’s Army and the Internal Security Forces, heralds a new era of challenges and expectations.
Slicing up the cake
If the war in Syria is this century’s Spanish civil war, then, according to respected British newspaper The Independent, the carnage now occurring in Eastern Ghouta is...
Equality all year round
It’s a fact. The gender gap is real, it needs to be closed all over the world, and Lebanon is no exception.
Now that China’s National People’s Congress has voted – 2,958 to two – to abolish presidential term limits, Xi Jinping could rule China indefinitely, rather than completing a tenure of two five-year terms in 2023. To what degree is Xi set to become the all-powerful ruler many observers predict?
The nation of kangaroos
The red kangaroo, the largest of all kangaroo species, is Australia’s national animal. Kangaroos appear on the country’s coat of arms, on its coins, on its sporting...
A story on belonging and identity
Two days ago, I watched “36 Abbas Street, Haifa,” a play written and performed by Raeda Taha and directed by Junaid Sarieddine.
The next phase of finance, a learning path
The decade since the global financial crisis has been tumultuous, to say the least.
Trump will have a kindred spirit in Pompeo
The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners.
Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now – much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.
Pakistan under pressure to rein in blasphemy law
One of the most frightening things about Pakistan's blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty.
Xi and China: Is Washington taking notice?
Amid the flurry of news about Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner and last week’s Trump reality show on guns, it would be easy to miss what’s happening in China.
Manchester United and Tottenham will clash in a potentially thrilling FA Cup semifinal, while troubled Chelsea take on Southampton in the other last four clash at Wembley.
Late Atletico defeat moves Barca closer to title
Barcelona took a giant step toward winning the La Liga title after they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Sunday and nearest challengers Atletico Madrid lost 2-1 at Villarreal,...
Osaka tops Kasatkina to win Indian Wells title
Unseeded Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win the Indian Wells final, routing Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 Sunday for her first WTA Tour title. World...
Federer, Venus Williams in semis at Indian Wells
The seniors are rolling into the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open.
Harden helps Rockets hold off Clippers
The Houston Rockets continued to steam toward the NBA playoffs Thursday with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James and the Cleveland...
Ansar hold off Nejmeh, denting title hopes
Ansar did Ahed the ultimate favor Saturday, holding archrivals Nejmeh to a goalless draw to seriously damage their title ambitions as the business end of the season...
Morocco looking at $16B bill for 2026 World Cup
Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated,...
Werner fires Leipzig to shock win over Bayern
Substitute Timo Werner netted a second-half winner as RB Leipzig came from behind to shock Bayern Munich 2-1 Sunday as the Bundesliga leaders suffered a first defeat...
Unseeded Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win the Indian Wells final, routing Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 Sunday for her first WTA Tour title. World No. 44 Osaka rolled over Kasatkina, breaking her serve four times and winning the battle of the 20-year-old rising stars in 70 minutes.
Haas calls time on over two-decade career
Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than...
Tennis: Federer chases Chung to reach semi-finals
Defending champ Roger Federer equalled his best start to a season with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Chung Hyeon to book his spot in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters...
Federer breezes into quarters at Indian Wells
World No. 1 Roger Federer’s remarkable run continued as he booked his quarterfinal berth in the ATP Indian Wells Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy Wednesday.
The Houston Rockets continued to steam toward the NBA playoffs Thursday with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ run of disappointment in Portland continued.
Durant shines as Warriors halt Lakers
Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors shrugged off their injury crisis to overpower the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday.
Westbrook reaches triple ton, Raptors recover
Russell Westbrook snared the 100th triple-double of his career Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder closed in on a playoff berth with a 119-107 defeat of the Atlanta...
Westbrook one shy of 100 triple-doubles
Paul George and Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points apiece to help the Oklahoma City Thunder register a 106-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday at Chesapeake...
Rockets beat Mavs to clinch playoff berth
The Houston Rockets clinched an NBA playoff berth with a 105-82 rout of the Mavericks in Dallas Sunday as reigning champions Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers...
LeBron James’ 70th career triple-double propelled the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, when the injury plagued Golden State Warriors also pulled off a win.
Klaebo becomes youngest cross-country ski World Cup champ
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, 21, became the youngest man to win the overall cross-country ski World Cup title Sunday, while his fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng retained the...
Wheelchair curling sets Pyeongchang pulses racing
It's probably the slowest sport at the Winter Paralympics, but curling has proved an unlikely hit, with spectators flocking to watch wheelchair-bound athletes...
Ireland bid for Six Nations clean sweep
The eyes of the rugby union world will turn to a wintry Twickenham on Saturday as Ireland try to jump the "final hurdle" that will see them win just their third grand...
Italy lead Scotland 17-12 at half-time in Six Nations
Italy powered to a 17-12 lead at half-time against Scotland in the two team's final Six Nations Test at the Stadio Olympico in Rome Saturday.
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to reign supreme in Formula One for years to come as the world champion prepares for the start of the new season next weekend.
Dovizioso edges out Marquez in Qatar
Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso won a thrilling season-opening Qatar MotoGP Sunday, surviving a last lap challenge from world champion Marc Marquez.
F1 champ Hamilton not close to 'final chapter'
Tight at the top as MotoGP season fires up
Valentino Rossi has been around MotoGP longer than any rider and reckons the fans could be in for a thriller in 2018, the 39-year-old Italian’s 23rd racing season and...
McLaren’s F1 woes persist despite new engine
New engine. Same dismal result. McLaren, a proud Formula One team, hoped to put an end to three years of misery using Honda-made motors by ditching the Japanese engines...
In December 2013, Ukrainian nationalists took to the streets of Kiev in what was the start of the Maidan Revolution. The protesters marched to Bessarabska Square, where they toppled the Lenin monument.
Tales of terror echo around African arts event
Very modern tales of religious intolerance, Islamist terrorism and illegal immigration are being heard as African storytellers tackle the burning issues of today far...
Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric
A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance
Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
Bean on the short life span of his characters
Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies on screen. He’s been stabbed, shot, chased off...
‘The sticks’ to opera top bill, thanks to karaoke
Swinging with the karaoke microphone, Lucas Meachem belted out an “I Believe I Can Fly” that would instantly put to shame any unsuspecting amateur who stumbled into the...
Film tells miss piggy’s backstory, Muppet secrets
Only Miss Piggy’s creator knows the depths of her tragic origin story.
Vikander shines in ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot
In “Tomb Raider,” which has elements of “Indiana Jones,” “Batman” and even “Tron: Legacy,” but with an angsty young woman at the center instead of an angsty young man,...
Shaquille O'Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.
Spotify, controversial king of music streaming
Spotify may incontestably be the king of music streaming, but as the Swedish firm prepares for a stock listing, there is still a divide whether its reign is benign or...
Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies on screen. He’s been stabbed, shot, chased off a cliff, tossed off a satellite dish, beheaded and drawn and quartered in everything from the Bond movie “Goldeneye” to “Game of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
Bartender, bandmate: Tales of Bill Murray
The stories told in a new documentary about Bill Murray are the stuff of an offbeat legend, taking the star to a Scottish house party where he washed the dishes, to...
Danny Boyle ‘working on script’ for new Bond film
Danny Boyle says he’s working on the script for the next James Bond movie.
Queen in ‘The Crown’ paid less than prince
Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.
Claire Foy paid less than co-star on 'The Crown'
A producer of hit royal drama "The Crown" says Claire Foy, who played the central role of Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her on-screen husband.
Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday.
Nun involved in lawsuit with Katy Perry over convent dies
A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance.
Common singles out NRA, Kimmel takes aim at Trump at Oscars
Hollywood seized the microphone at Sunday's Oscars and wasn't shy about its passions, sprinkling political moments throughout a show that included anti-gun and...
Kimmel jokes about Oscars envelope issues
Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as Oscars host with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year’s historic envelope malfunction.
Barbra Streisand clones beloved dog
“If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me would we, could we?” Barbra Streisand had a hit singing this question in “The Way We Were,” but when it comes to...
Battling gusts of sandy wind, riders from across the world struggled to control feisty stallions as they raced in the first Gallops of Morocco, a desert endurance challenge. In a country with an ancient history of horsemanship, the event in the wilderness of Merzouga was the first of its kind – a six-day test of stamina, navigation and teamwork.
Baby Donald Trump causes a stir in Afghanistan
Donald Trump flops over his pink-and-white baby walker and rolls it around his family’s modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware of the turmoil his “infidel” name is...
Mini cars drive away
children’s fears of surgery
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public...
Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes
It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow.
Women discuss juggling families, careers
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a...
Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo
Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long-denied to many women in the conservative kingdom – the right...
Celebrated Portuguese luthiers face end of line
Surrounded by planers and other woodworking tools, Joaquim Capela carefully sculpts a new bridge for a violin at a tiny workshop in northern Portugal as it drizzles...
Director Gilliam hits out at #MeToo ‘mob rule
Hollywood director Terry Gilliam said Friday that the #MeToo movement has morphed into “mob rule,” claiming that while some women suffered, others used Harvey Weinstein...
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes, which has begun using toys rather than drugs to alleviate the children’s fears of surgery.
Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead
On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
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...
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a question remains: Where does this progress leave motherhood?
Italian Design Day joins sustainability, flair
At the colorful Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, a large yellow chair in the corner still somehow manages to stand out in spite of the stunning...
Syrian Farmer With Carriage Garden
With his three-wheeled wooden cart overflowing with plants, Syrian refugee Mohammad Mustafa walks the streets and alleys of Sidon peddling flowers.
A one-page job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflected the Apple founder's technology aspirations sold for $174,000 at a U.S. auction, more than three times its presale estimate.
Rihanna takes aim at Snapchat after beating ad
Rihanna Thursday accused Snapchat of shaming domestic abuse victims after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown.
YouTube tries to crack down on conspiracy videos
YouTube says it's cracking down on conspiracy videos, though it's scant on the details.
Nickname for Pluto-explorer's next target: Ultima Thule
There's a new nickname for the icy world next up for the spacecraft that explored Pluto: Ultima Thule.
Microsoft finds few gender discrimination complaints valid
Only one of 118 gender discrimination complaints made by women at Microsoft was found to have merit, according to unsealed court documents.
Europe’s tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with “overtourism,” where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
During strife at Panama City hotel, Trump Mojitos but no water
If you can overlook the intermittently running water, Friday’s four-hour power outage and occasional police presence in the lobby, the Trump hotel in Panama City...
Spanish climber's winter Everest summit bid in question
A Spanish climber has abandoned an attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mount Everest for 25 years, the expedition organizer said Tuesday, after "lethal weather"...
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney's Paris expansion
The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge
A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa's capital Pretoria, local media reported.
Self-driving cars will hit the roads in China "within three to five years", the founder of Chinese internet giant Baidu, one of the world's leading designers of driverless cars, said Thursday.
Ford recalling 1.38 mln sedans over steering defect
Ford announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the...
German automakers biggest spenders on electric cars
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published Monday found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to...
High-end sports cars gleam in Geneva
When it comes to gawking at high-end sports cars, the Geneva International Motor Show is a pretty good place to be.
Electric sports cars blur need for speed
Sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini are losing the speed crown to lesser-known rivals offering electric supercars boasting record acceleration.
Officials at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park say they have collected 22 tonnes of garbage since January off the coasts of the pristine archipelago, some of it from as far away as Asia.
Snow science: Crystal clues to climate change
Capturing snowflakes isn’t as easy as sticking out your tongue.
First Hawaiian monk seals of 2018 born on Lanai, Big Island
The first two Hawaiian monk seals pups of 2018 have been born.
U.S. government sued after failing to submit climate change report
An environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. government Tuesday for failing to release records that could show why it has not filed a report required under a global...
Major Chinese city orders traffic, factory curbs due to smog
One of China's biggest cities has imposed curbs on traffic and factories due to a spike in air pollution and told elderly people and children to stay indoors.