UN to convene as Gaza death toll hits 81
Egypt steps back as Israel pounds Gaza militants
LU professors' status held up by dean appointments
Cabinet fails to resolve budget dispute
Inmates taken to hospital amid Tripoli protest
A diplomatic source told The Daily Star that Tehran would not allow the formation of a Sunni ministate in Iraq’s Anbar province backed by Turkey or one of the Gulf states, and has issued an ultimatum to the U.S. that the extremist group ISIS must be eradicated by the end of the year or Iran will take charge of the phenomenon.
STL contempt prosecutor seeks arrest for Amin
The contempt prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon asked the U.N.-backed court to summon the editor of a pro-Hezbollah newspaper to its headquarters in The...
Hamas: Striking Dimona shows Israel's 'weakness'
A defiant Hamas claims rockets fired at the southern city of Dimona was a message to Israel and criticizes Israeli targeting of woman and children in Gaza.
Baghdad halts Kurdish cargo flights after boycott
Kurdish ministers are boycotting meetings of Iraq's cabinet and authorities in Baghdad halts cargo flights to two Kurdish cities, in an escalating row between the...
Texas gunman kills at least six, including children
A gunman killed at least four children and two adults during a domestic dispute in Texas on Wednesday that triggered a tense standoff with police.
3 dead, 3 injured in Beirut airport road accident
Two Palestinian men and an Egyptian woman dead and three other Palestinians injured in a road accident on Beirut airport road.
Syrian rockets land in east Lebanon
Two rockets fired from Syrian territory crashed on the outskirts of the Bekaa Valley border town and Hezbollah bastion of Nabi Sheet.
Aoun sends letter to Saudi king
The head of the Free Patriotic Movement sends letters to the Saudi and the Moroccan kings.
UN: Seized nuclear material in Iraq 'low grade'
The U.N. atomic agency believes nuclear material which Iraq said had fallen into the hands of insurgents was "low grade" and did not pose a significant security risk.
Hague: Iran nuclear talks sides far apart
British Foreign Minister William Hague says that significant differences remain between the six world powers and Iran in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.
US court OKs $1.75B award in Iran terror cases
A U.S. federal appeals court rules that $1.75 billion for terrorism-related judgments against Iran can be distributed to victims of attacks, including a 1983 bombing...
US drone kills six in Pakistan
Pakistan's military says its anti-militant offensive in a northwestern area has now taken control of 80 percent of a strategic town, as a U.S. drone strike kills six...
Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party
The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final.
SKorea: Missile test a 'serious provocation'
South Korea condemns a series of missile launches by nuclear-armed North Korea as a "serious provocation" that threatened stability on the peninsula.
U.S. snooped on Muslim-American leaders: report
The FBI and National Security Agency monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-American activists, academics and a political candidate, according to a report co-authored...
Implementing badly needed reforms in government departments has been the goal of almost all successive governments.
Insurance firms defying economic odds
Lebanese insurance is among the very few sectors that are still recording a fair growth in an economy dragged down by years of political and security complications,...
UAE’s Gulf Navigation cuts capital
United Arab emirates shipper Gulf Navigation said Wednesday it had cut its capital by two-thirds and written off accumulated losses worth 1.1 billion dirhams ($300...
Libya’s $66 billion wealth fund replaces chairman
The Libyan Investment Authority said it replaced its chairman, Abdulmagid Breish, amid an investigation into his role in the government of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Carlos Slim to dismantle Mexican empire
Billionaire Carlos Slim is bowing to imminent antitrust legislation by planning a breakup of America Movil SAB’s phone operations in Mexico rather than risk...
Minister proposes a regulation of Syrian labor
Economy and Trade Minister Alain Hakim has proposed procedures for regulating the work of Syrians in Lebanon aimed at curbing competition caused by the massive influx...
Minister proposes regulating Syrian labor
Economy minister proposes procedures for regulating the work of Syrians in Lebanon to curb competition caused by the massive influx of refugees.
No breakthrough yet on civil servants’ salaries
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the budget and finance parliamentary committee have failed Tuesday to find an acceptable formula to pay the salaries of civil...
United Arab emirates shipper Gulf Navigation said Wednesday it had cut its capital by two-thirds and written off accumulated losses worth 1.1 billion dirhams ($300 million), key parts of a turnaround plan designed to solve its debt problems.
Dubai real estate Nakheel posts surge in profits
Dubai’s Nakheel real estate giant, hit badly during the global debt crisis, said Wednesday its profits surged 54 percent in the first half of 2014 to reach $502.7...
Production in Libya's Sharara oilfield resumes
Production at one of Libya's largest oilfield restarted, pumping at more than 90 percent of its capacity in a boost to the troubled North African nation, a Libyan...
Ambition, investor greed fuel Arabtec saga
From a 59-storey tower in Abu Dhabi, the offices of Arabtec look out over the Gulf toward Middle Eastern and Asian nations where the construction firm hopes to expand.
Billionaire Carlos Slim is bowing to imminent antitrust legislation by planning a breakup of America Movil SAB’s phone operations in Mexico rather than risk profit-crushing restrictions if his company does nothing to curb its dominance.
Why Brazil’s trouncing is bearish for stocks: UBS
Conventional wisdom has been that a Brazil loss at home in the World Cup would be a positive for the country’s financial markets.
Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales
Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in...
Silicon Valley goes back to school
Facebook Inc. rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a new job that started last month, including flying him out to meet...
Britons embrace digital banking
Britons are using Internet and mobile banking for transactions worth nearly 1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) a day and branch use is falling sharply, according to the...
As Israel was busy firing hundreds of rockets at Gaza Tuesday evening, much of the Arab world was wrapped up in the admittedly enthralling Germany – Brazil World Cup semifinal.
As Israel appears wont to do every couple of years, it is bombarding the Gaza Strip, sentencing a population already under siege to brutal collective punishment.
How our region is preparing for suicide
It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas...
Wilsonianism still applies in the Middle East
As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Mideast, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the...
Clinton must be sensitive about wealth, poverty
Hillary Clinton is annoying people again. Recently, she said in an interview that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
Maliki exit path to hope
Despite growing unease over his tenure by allies in the West and the region, including internal partners in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears as determined...
MPs must be candid
Earlier this year, Lebanon experienced a wave of speculation about how its presidential election would play out.
Dereliction of power
With Electricite du Liban’s announcement Friday that it will only be providing power for 11 hours a day during summer, outside the capital, it is time, once again, that...
It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas and Yemen, that this endeavor would provoke a backlash from the Sunni Arab states.
Palestinians won’t launch a new intifada
The last two weeks of attacks by Israelis and Palestinians and street clashes in Jerusalem have raised questions about whether Palestinians will launch a new intifada...
Qassem Suleimani has brought Iran much grief
With the sudden rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a little-noted aspect is that Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius...
Why Kuwait’s protests are important
The thousands of Arab demonstrators marching in the streets of an Arab capital city this week demanding political reform and the release of their jailed leaders were...
Rapprochement with Iran may help stabilize region
Rapprochement between Iran and the West has long been a “white whale” of global politics.
Malaysia will suffer if Islam is used as a weapon
Recently, the highest court in Malaysia ruled that the Catholic Church could not use the word “Allah” in its publication, The Herald.
The U.S.-Saudi ‘reset’ isn’t happening
Those who expected the summit last March between U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah to produce a “reset” button after unusually strained relations between the...
The Iraqi situation threatens India
Iraq seems to be falling apart, with the rapid advance of the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) threatening to lead to the country’s division into...
Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final.
Robben, Van Persie empty-handed again at World Cup
Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again.
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Home win for Hamilton after Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix Sunday and slashed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the...
Romero tells Argentines to savour the moment
Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero told his compatriots to "enjoy the moment" after saving two penalties in the semi-final shootout win over the Netherlands Wednesday...
Holland, van Gaal impress in semi-final run
Despite their World Cup semi-final elimination on penalties by Argentina, the Netherlands and their coach Louis van Gaal will move on from the tournament with their...
Van Gaal: Two players refused first Dutch penalty
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has revealed two of his players refused to step up to take the first penalty in Wednesday's 4-2 World Cup semi-final shoot-out loss to...
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Bouchard to face Kvitova for title
Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach a grand slam singles final at Wimbledon Thursday and will tackle 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in a title matchup few...
Young guns meet seasoned players in men’s semis
Youth squares up against experience in this year’s Wimbledon semifinals lineup.
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix Sunday and slashed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the first time this season.
Hamilton hopes to ‘home’ in on Rosberg lead
Silverstone celebrates its 50th grand prix this weekend with all eyes on Lewis Hamilton as the home favorite with a real chance of winning a race he cannot afford to...
Marquez aims for magic eight
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez is targeting a record eighth consecutive win at this weekend’s Dutch motorcycle Grand Prix, with Italian veteran Valentino Rossi...
Rosberg wins in Austria to stretch F1 lead
Nico Rosberg has won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two finish, stretching his championship lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton to 29 points after...
Schumacher out of coma, moved to Swiss hospital
Seven-time Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident last year, has come out of a coma and was transferred to...
Before LeBron James makes his next decision, Pat Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami.
Riyadi comeback secures 24th title
Riyadi battled to a 57-50 win over Sagesse to secure their 24th Lebanese Basketball League title in Game 6 of the 2014 finals Tuesday.
Abdelnour gives Riyadi 3-2 finals lead
Jean Abdelnour scored a sensational 25 points and powered Riyadi past archrivals Sagesse 88-82 in Game 5 to lead the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese...
Big Three’s legacy defined by championships
Ever since they joined forces 12 years ago, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have been able to put personal goals aside and focus on winning championship rings.
Security fears prompt Game 5 to be postponed
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk postponed Game 5 of the Lebanese Basketball League’s final series, citing “security reasons” as the driving force behind the decision.
Chris Weidman unanimously outpointed Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 Saturday night to retain his middleweight title.
Machida looks to make history at UFC 175
In 21 years, only two Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors have held titles in separate weight classes: Randy Couture, a five-time champ at heavyweight and light...
Lebanese youths make a splash in Cyprus
Lebanon showed off its aquatic bona fides over the weekend, with two young Lebanese skiers placing first and second in their categories at an international waterskiing...
Dutch World Cup chances not RIP without RVP
Missing talismanic striker Robin van Persie, the Netherlands looked a pale imitation of the side that stuck five goals past Spain in their Group B opener, but Monday's...
Marquez looking to extend winning run
World champion Marc Marquez is expecting a fierce challenge from Valentino Rossi as he tries to extend his record-breaking win-streak at the Italian Grand Prix Sunday.
Lebanese designer Tony Ward Tuesday took aim at his ever-diversifying clientele with an equally varied line of haute couture based on the contrasts between lightness and darkness.
Kid couture hits the catwalk in Paris
The industry’s most ostentatious and expensive womenswear hits Paris runways this week, when major fashion houses unveil their fall-winter couture collections.
Chanel spiky and modern at Paris fashion
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday delighted haute couture's new breed of deep-pocketed customer with a collection just like them -- young, modern and in many...
Theron, Penn dazzle Dior as fashion gets political
Day two of Paris haute couture adds some politics into the mix.
Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running...
Massaya carves theater from history, rock
Ancient rock, wine, organic grains, culture, mountain air with tinges of nostalgia – these are the elements that Sami and Ramzi Ghosn, the sibling duo behind Massaya...
Designing Arab nostalgia in the modern age
Increasingly a stroll down one of Beirut’s busy roads – Hamra or Gemmayzeh, for instance – is like taking a step back in time.
Lebanese fashion designer wins Woolmark prize
The funky, conceptual women’s wear by Lebanese designer Rayya Morcos will compete this year among finalists in the prestigious International Woolmark Prize.
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday delighted haute couture's new breed of deep-pocketed customer with a collection just like them -- young, modern and in many cases Asian.
Paris' haute couture revival
Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of astronomically-priced handmade gowns - is back.
Can living like a star produce a happy ending?
Author and celebrity-watcher Rachel Bertsche spent nearly a year emulating the lifestyles of several famous female stars, seeking contentment, productivity and better...
Anti-poaching experts gather amid warnings super-rich drive illegal trade
Hundreds of experts will gather in Geneva next week to discuss a "disturbing upswing" in the illegal wildlife trade, driven increasingly by ostentatious displays of...
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.
Copacabana transformed into football carnival
Almost immediately upon touching down in Rio de Janeiro, visitors are met with a general jubilance characteristic of mass gatherings.
Exploring Australia’s flagship red
Every wine-growing nation aspires to have a flagship wine. Australia’s most iconic wine comes from Penfolds.
Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.
Etiquette gets reboot for digital age
What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend's wedding? When should you take off Google...
Fraud, sex, post-it art: Google cuts search links
Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin...
Evolutionary advances in new smartwatches
New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either.
Google still blocked, despite company officials' visit: Cuba
Much of Google remains off limits to Internet users in Cuba, despite a recent visit here by top executives from the popular site, state-run media complained on Wednesday.
British scientists identify a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, an important step towards developing a test for the incurable disease.
Britain's 'Mamils' switch Ferraris for expensive bikes
Once a niche sport, cycling has become so popular in Britain that it has spawned a new breed of fans who would rather buy a bike than a Ferrari and who confront their...
Headbanging caused brain bleed in Motorhead fan
It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain.
Studies question UN strategies to save mothers
Billions of dollars have been spent trying to save mothers in developing countries, but in two large analyses of maternal health programs the efforts appeared almost...
Three hours a day of TV doubles early death risk
People who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study.
Since the publication of Edward Said’s critique of Western cultural representations of the Middle East, “Orientalism” in 1978, Westerners seeking to depict “the Orient” in words or imagery may approach the task with a hint of trepidation.
Harry Potter returns with grey hairs in new J.K. Rowling story
Fictional boy wizard Harry Potter made his first appearance in seven years on Tuesday, featuring as a nearly 34-year-old with grey hairs in a new short story by author...
Trey Songz's 'Trigga' debuts at No. 1 on U.S. Billboard chart
R&B singer Trey Songz on Wednesday scored his second No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with "Trigga" selling 105,000 copies in its debut week,...
Country newcomer duets with legends on new album
What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah.
Sigourney Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in new game
Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Alien" are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo.
Movement pro transforms actors into apes on film
Terry Notary is Hollywood’s human shape-shifter. In a blink, he can become an elf, an ape or almost any other moving creature.
A new approach to printmaking
“I am a sort of misanthrope,” claims a smiling Mazen Kerbaj, “who does his own work alone.”
Gehry redesign of art museum yields more space
Traditionalists can rest easy knowing architect Frank Gehry’s vision for the Philadelphia Museum of Art does not include wrapping the neoclassical building in his...
R&B singer Trey Songz on Wednesday scored his second No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with "Trigga" selling 105,000 copies in its debut week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Get them back: Where are Robin Thicke's fans?
Robin Thicke may be pleading to get his wife back, but he needs to work on getting his fans back, too.
Jay Z to headline Global Citizen Festival in Sept.
Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept.
Review: Sia, writer for Rihanna, Beyonce, shines
Sia, "1000 Forms of Fear" (RCA)
Since Sia's last album, 2010's top-notch "We Are Born," the performer has written songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and Katy Perry, co-starred...
Bieber gets two years' probation over LA egg-throwing
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who has been in trouble with the law in recent months, got two years of probation in Los Angeles Wednesday over an egg-throwing attack.
John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke
John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.
Justin Bieber to be charged with vandalism
Justin Bieber will be charged in Los Angeles in an egg-throwing incident in January that damaged a neighbor's home, prosecutors said.
Madonna reports for New York jury duty, gets sent home
Jury service can be an arduous, nerve-wracking duty for many US citizens, but when you're Madonna it's a two-hour wait before being sent home as a "distraction.
Digital characters have by now long populated our movies like unwanted house guests.
'Land Ho' a gently amusing oldster odyssey
The road movie is refitted for a charming spin around scenic Iceland in "Land Ho!," a serio-comedy of very modest ambition but a distinct character of its own.
Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is the time of your life
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” shot over 12 years, has already been hailed as a landmark without parallel in movie history.
Terry Notary is Hollywood's human shape-shifter.
Lloyd Webber to revive "Cats" in London, hints at movie
Andrew Lloyd Webber is about to find out if felines have more than one life - and possibly a cinematic one as well - as he prepares to bring his 1980s hit musical...