Mosque massacre dents Iraq Cabinet bid
Muslim scholars suspend mediation over captives
Hamas executes 18 alleged spies for Israel
FPM proposal for popular vote draws scorn
Levels of FDI expected to remain constant
When Ahmad al-Breidy, an Arsali fruit farmer, went last week to check on the state of his orchards in the town’s embattled outskirts, a Syrian rocket fell a narrow 30 meters away from where he was huddled, patiently trimming roots.
Jumblatt to Davutoglu: I’m proud to be your friend
Jumblatt Friday congratulated Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu on his recent election, saying he is proud to be his friend.
Baghdad kept waiting on promised planes
President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq’s air force.
Iraq militia wants help from U.S. foe
The Mahdi Army fought U.S. troops in Iraq to the death in past years, but now some members of the rebranded Shiite militia say they could do with a little help from...
German cop in dock over cannibalism killing
A German police officer went on trial Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists so he could make a grisly pornographic...
Lebanese kidnapped in Nigeria: report
A Lebanese man was abducted in Nigeria and his kidnappers are demanding a $500,000 ransom, according to media reports.
Cabinet waives fines to encourage refugees to leave
A decision by the Cabinet to exempt Syrian refugees from the penalty for violating Lebanon's residency laws is aimed at encouraging their return to Syria, Social...
Ministry rejects criticism of Harb's performance
Telecoms dismiss “a campaign to undermine” minister's achievements, says it doubled income.
Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights curbs
Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical...
700,000 Iraqis displaced in Kurdish north: U.N.
About 700,000 Iraqis have gathered in the Kurdish north after being driven from their homes by jihadist fighters, the United Nations said Friday as it stepped up a...
Iran nuclear talks making slow progress
The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic...
A German police officer went on trial Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists so he could make a grisly pornographic home video.
WHO warns of hidden cases of Ebola
The scale of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of “shadow zones” that medics...
Ukraine: Russia convoy a direct invasion
Russia sent over 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine Friday without Kiev’s approval, saying it had lost patience with the Ukrainian government’s...
Fears and rumors of Ebola stalk W. Africa flights
Chinese people fleeing Ebola, angry Africans, understaffed flight crew, rumors and fears: the Air France flight from Freetown to Paris seemed to encapsulate the global...
U.S. ready to take further action against Islamic State: White House
The White House on Friday said the United States stands ready to take additional action against Islamic State fighters who beheaded an American journalist and will not...
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb denied Friday allegations that Lebanon’s Internet speed had deteriorated significantly since he assumed office and promised that the service would improve in the coming few weeks.
Lebanon's consumer prices edge back up
Lebanon’s Consumer Price Index edges back up in July, after dropping the previous three months.
Kurdish official says oil exports may quadruple
Iraqi Kurdish oil exports via Turkey may quadruple to half a million barrels a day in months, said an official with knowledge of the situation, citing improvements in...
Brent weakens below $103 on rising supply
Brent crude oil futures drifted further below $103 a barrel Friday as a strong dollar and plentiful supplies continued to pressure the prices.
Yellen: U.S. job market still hampered
U.S. labor markets remain hampered by the effects of the Great Recession and the Federal Reserve should move cautiously in determining when interest rates should rise,...
Nasnas urges government to fill vacancies in ESC
President of the Lebanese Economic and Social Council Roger Nasnas called upon the government Thursday to break years of stalemate and appoint a new assembly for the ESC.
SMEs in MENA have limited access to funds
Limited access to financing and an underdeveloped regulatory, institutional and policy framework are the main challenges facing small to medium enterprises in the Arab...
$13M of Audi shares traded
Over $13 million of Bank Audi shares changed hands Thursday in another unexplained transaction at the Beirut bourse.
Iraqi Kurdish oil exports via Turkey may quadruple to half a million barrels a day in months, said an official with knowledge of the situation, citing improvements in pumping capacity.
UAE: Standard Chartered liable to legal action
Banking group Standard Chartered is liable to legal action in the United Arab Emirates after it agreed to close some customers’ UAE accounts in an anti-money laundering...
Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months
Top officials in Egypt promised Wednesday to end the rolling blackouts hitting the country in four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor...
Arab Bank in the dock
Arab bank, on trial in New York for allegedly supporting terrorism, is one of the biggest and most prestigious Arab banking giants in the world.
U.S. labor markets remain hampered by the effects of the Great Recession and the Federal Reserve should move cautiously in determining when interest rates should rise, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Friday in a defense of her policy approach.
Women in great jobs, still in wrong career tracks
Mary Barra made corporate history seven months ago when she became the first female chief executive officer of a major global carmaker.
Russian food tycoons benefit from sanctions
In the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries of the...
Russia farm sector needs $17.6B due to sanctions
Russia’s farm sector needs an additional 636 billion rubles ($17.6 billion) of investment to replace the products it banned in response to Western sanctions,...
Bank of America settles mortgage probes
Bank of America Corp. has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed...
Michel Aoun’s proposal on reforming the method by which the president is elected is indicative of his absolute disregard for the stability of the country and his preoccupation with his own power.
Time to wake up
The one-year anniversary of a chemical weapons strike near Damascus, which killed hundreds of civilians and is widely blamed on the Syrian regime, is a good time to...
A way around military futility in Gaza
There is neither symmetry nor equivalence in the capabilities or the suffering of Palestinians and Israelis who have battled each other nonstop since 1947-48.
In Aspen, a near consensus on Russia emerges
At the public kickoff of a discussion in Aspen, Colorado, about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite...
Rethink Western sanctions against Russia
With the crisis in Ukraine intensifying, the United States and the European Union are locked in a battle of wills – and sanctions – with Russia.
What does Israel want?
Palestinian officials and negotiators who have been shuttling around in Cairo recently have for the most part focused on a demand championed by people in Gaza, namely...
In what is probably a dream come true for many teenagers across the world, the Lebanese Education Ministry has finally decided to grant certificates to tens of...
Sham U.S. ‘concern’
American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional and...
Iraq requires a long U.S. attention span
The reversal suffered by the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, at Mosul dam has raised exaggerated expectations about the ability to...
Arabs face a deep crisis of statehood
The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated a historic moment of reckoning in...
Fighting the Islamic State will require patience
The Obama administration’s Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is so toxic that it will be self-limiting...
Indian army immunity a recipe for disaster
On July 11, 2004, in the northeast Indian state of Manipur, Assam Rifles soldiers handed over a memo to arrest 32-year-old Thangjam Manorama Devi, “a suspected...
A ratings revolution has helped improve services
“Bonjour Monsieur, comment pourrais-je vous aider?” asks the obsequious concierge at my Paris hotel.
Cameron channels Western incoherence
Is British Prime Minister David Cameron really making the case for the return of British armed forces to Iraq?
Ebola epidemic forces a review of public health
The horrific Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for rethinking basic...
They play for high stakes in the casinos of Monte Carlo, but in the latest round of football politics UEFA president Michel Platini looks increasingly likely to stay away from the tables, preferring instead to bide his time before showing his hand.
Top 10 signings for the 2014-15 La Liga campaign
Barcelona and Real Madrid have again been the biggest spenders this offseason in the Spanish league, while defending champions Atletico Madrid have also had to rebuild.
McEnroe: Djokovic still favorite for U.S. Open
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week’s U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favorite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John...
Williams looking to fly American flag
Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the Stars and Stripes at the U.S. Open as she takes center stage at New York’s Flushing Meadows, with the next...
Five things to know before the Belgian Grand Prix
The intense title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continues at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, as the Formula One championship resumes following a...
Lim takeover could revive Valencia glory days
Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes an expected takeover by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim can bring the glory days back to the club after years of financial...
Atletico aim to upstage big spenders again
While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico...
Real Madrid eye record trophy haul
Real Madrid’s lavishly assembled squad, including World Cup sensation James Rodriguez in attack, aim to be the first team to win all six trophies available this season...
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week’s U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favorite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe.
Prepare for another Federer, Djokovic clash
Top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer are favored to wage another title showdown in the last grand slam of 2014, although some emerging young guns have other...
Nadal’s absence paves the way for Federer in NY
As the final grand slam of the year looms large, the big guns head to New York armed with the knowledge that they won’t have to face the defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Running out of time in Grand Slam fame game
When Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open, his agony was sweet music to Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, tennis’ widely hyped but underperforming...
The intense title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continues at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, as the Formula One championship resumes following a summer break with Rosberg leading his Mercedes teammate by just 11 points.Rosberg is looking to win his maiden Formula One title but Hamilton, the 2008 F1 champion, has increased the pressure with some excellent driving in recent races and shown that he is a threat from anywhere on the grid after some mishaps in qualifying.
Hamilton hopes to play his cards right
Lewis Hamilton says his Formula One title duel with Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg is like a game of poker but the dominant duo may not hold all...
Le Mans winner Lotterer replaces Kobayashi
Three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer will make his Formula One debut in Belgium this weekend after Caterham announced Wednesday the German driver would be replacing...
Verstappen, 16, to become youngest F1 driver
Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in Formula One history next season after being unveiled as Toro Rosso’s new signing.
Marquez run ends as Pedrosa wins Czech MotoGP
Marc Marquez’s hopes of setting a record 11 straight MotoGP wins ended Sunday as Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain won the Czech Republic Moto GP in Brno.
Lebanon star Fadi El-Khatib is on the brink of making a move to China CBA, according to well-informed sources close to the Daily Star.
Boisterous Ballmer rallies Clipper fans
A fist-pumping, high-fiving Steve Ballmer enthusiastically vowed to run a “hard core” NBA franchise that will win championships during a rally to introduce the new...
U.S. vulnerable without big names: Prigioni
Hosts Spain and several other teams are capable of defeating a United States side missing their biggest names at the Aug. 30-Sept. 14 basketball World Cup, New York...
Riyadi’s Ahmad renews contract for three years
Riyadi star Ismael Ahmad has renewed his contract with the club for three years, and the Egyptian star will feature as local player in the upcoming season of the...
Ballmer turns focus to Clippers fans
Steve Ballmer, the former head of Microsoft, completed a $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team Tuesday, ending an ugly saga involving former...
It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world’s most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting another gold medal after a thrilling race win.
Phelps confident of getting back to his best
Michael Phelps’ comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing.
Mickelson and Kuchar set their sights on Barclays
Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week’s Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical...
Syrian fencer likes cut and thrust of Youth Games
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games.
England’s Brook wins IBF welterweight title
England’s Kell Brook stretched his perfect record to 33 straight wins by beating Shawn Porter by a majority decision Saturday to capture the International Boxing...
Botox has frozen the faces of countless Hollywood stars, and international researchers said Wednesday the toxic injections might also be able to stop cancer in its tracks, at least temporarily.
Our life with Neanderthals was no brief affair
Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two...
Fresh ingredients make three summer delights
Let’s get one thing clear – I am not proud of this recipe. And if it weren’t so ridiculously good, I’d be too humiliated to share it.
Cheesy zucchini fries with smoked paprika sauce
Those darn zucchinis! There’s an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big as a blimp.
Go For the Food: Yes, do brunch in Rome
Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.
Octopus inspires new camouflage material
The octopus’ ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, U.S. researchers have said.
Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow.
50 Cent, Intel team up on heart-monitor headphones
Rap star 50 Cent and US computing giant Intel are teaming up on a new line of headphones that double as heart rate monitors.
Healthy skepticism: Dispelling the diet myths
Lebanese have become more aware of eating well, but in an information-rich world, the line is easily blurred between sound diet advice and unfounded myths.
Yogis to join forces in the Beirut Yoga Festival
Ten of the city’s yoga studios will join forces Sept. 20 for the first ever Beirut Yoga Festival.
Fashion at your fingertips: Five new trends for nails
Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails.
China fishes for growth with largest aquarium
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at...
Thailand ranks No. 1 in beachfront hotels
Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than...
Hungary's truffles add a mystery touch
Fallen branches crack under Istvan Bagi's muddy boots as he paces through a damp forest in the morning mist, tracking his trusty black Labrador on another outing for...
Whiling away the hours in ‘Le Midi’
From the crystal blue Atlantic waters in the west stretching to the French Riviera in the east, the south of France has been mythologized by travelers as the ideal...
The sun umbrella are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of day trippers splashing about.
Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches
On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.
Disney brings the Force with 'Star Wars' game, TV show push
Walt Disney Co is ramping up its first major push to promote the "Star Wars" franchise it purchased from George Lucas in 2012, blitzing consumers this year with a...
Young Indian shakes up fashion with prints, pret
She’s already a leading name in Indian fashion, with customers ranging from Bollywood stars to teenage girls on pocket money.
Surf’s up in South Africa’s shacklands
Not many teenagers would feel safer in a shark-infested sea than in their own neighborhood, but Luxolo Ponco does.
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
Heart failure patient launches new gene therapy
A 37-year-old British man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid...
Regardless of location, concussions serious
Concussions in American high school football players are equally serious no matter where on the head the hit occurred, according to a new study.
As American TV viewers await the Emmy Awards honoring last year's programs, the new season opened this summer and it is rich in stars, horror and mystery.
A sweet Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’
’Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.
Iraq museum inaugurates two halls of statues
The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered...
Dutch museum keeps disputed Crimea treasure
A Dutch museum said Wednesday it would delay the return of Crimean archaeological treasures it is exhibiting, fearing a legal tussle with either Russia or Ukraine.
US diplomats banned from Ice Bucket Challenge
It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former US presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water.
Julianne Hough dances back to 'Dancing' as judge
"Dancing With the Stars" says two-time champion Julianne Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season.
Murder, revenge, lust and rampage take over 'Sin City' sequel
Femme fatales and brutish men form a complex web in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," as old and new faces from Frank Miller's noir graphic novels are brought to life in...
Calls to ban new Indira Gandhi assassination film
A controversial film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was scheduled for release on Friday amid calls for it to be banned for...
The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.
Berlin blocks unearthing of Lenin statue head
German authorities have blocked plans to excavate a 3.5 ton granite head of Vladimir Lenin for display in a new Berlin museum due to logistical and cost concerns, the...
The day Hemingway liberated the Ritz bar
The liberation of the bar of the Ritz Hotel in Paris by the writer Ernest Hemingway 70 years ago, as the French capital was freed from its Nazi occupiers, is the stuff...
Berlin Film Festival to honor Wim Wenders
The 65th Berlin Film Festival in February will award German film director Wim Wenders an honorary Golden Bear prize for lifetime achievement and showcase a...
Robin Williams's ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay
The cremated remains of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, found dead on August 1 after an apparent suicide, were spread in San Francisco Bay, US news media reported...
Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal
A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit - not because it lacks merit but because he...
Amy Winehouse to be honoured with hometown statue
The late singer Amy Winehouse will be honoured with a lifesize statue in her old London neighbourhood on what would have been her 31st birthday, her family said Thursday.
'Jackass' star could face charges for SeaWorld sign prank
Steve-O, one of the stars of the TV show "Jackass," could face criminal charges after he defaced a San Diego highway sign with a green banner that left it reading:...
SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.
'Motown the Musical' to take a break from Broadway
"Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway.
MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'
The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang.
'Awesome Mix' of 1970s hits holds top spot on Billboard chart
The "Awesome Mix" of retro 1970s songs featured in hit superhero film "Guardians of the Galaxy" topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for a second...
Gilberto spreads her 'Bebel Sound' in new album
Bebel Gilberto isn't just about bossa nova.