The Future Movement poured cold water Sunday on MP Michel Aoun’s invitation to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to engage in a live televised debate aimed at breaking the 14-month-old presidential deadlock.
Hezbollah pushes on in Zabadani, loses 4 fighters
Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured a new position in east Zabadani Sunday, in a push that left scores of militants either dead or wounded, a security source said.
PKK suicide attack kills two Turkish soldiers
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens wounded Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels’...
Iraqi comedian fights militants with laughs
Defying death threats, an Iraqi television comedian is fighting ISIS with biting satire aimed at lifting the aura of fear that is one of the militants’ strongest weapons.
Taliban leadership challenged after Mullah Omar
The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader, even as it offered a...
Ras Baalbek asks Army to free land
Ras Baalbek residents Sunday called on the state to liberate the town’s outskirts from the “occupation” of extremist groups entrenched along the border with Syria.
Useful contacts for recycling
A number of companies told The Daily Star that they either collect or receive recyclable waste.
Army arrests 59 Syrians in north Lebanon
The Lebanese Army arrested 59 Syrians in north Lebanon Sunday, the state-run National News Agency reports
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens wounded Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels’ bases in northern Iraq.
Jordan refugee camp for Syrians now a city
Only empty desert three years ago, the Middle East’s largest camp for Syrian civil war refugees has grown from a town of tents into a bustling city.
UAE prosecutor refers 41 to trial for terrorism
The UAE’s top prosecutor referred 41 people to trial on charges of planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing the government and establishing an...
Israel faces calls to curb Jewish terror
A teenager stabbed at a Gay Pride march died of her injuries Sunday as the attack and a firebombing that killed a Palestinian child put pressure on Israel to crack down...
The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting him.
Malaysia seeks help to find MH370 debris
Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered...
Biden said to be mulling presidential run
Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a possible 2016 presidential run after largely putting aside such deliberations during his son’s...
Britain and France urge EU-wide action on Calais
Britain and France Sunday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make...
Czech president to migrants: No one invited you
Czech President Milos Zeman lashed out at illegal immigrants Sunday after dozens tried to flee a detention center, prompting police to use tear gas against the...
Bank of Beirut, one of the leading banks in Lebanon, recorded a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 13.84 percent compared to the same period of 2014.
Tourism in Lebanon unhurt by trash crisis
Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, denied claims that the trash crisis in Lebanon has discouraged tourists from coming to the...
Greeces stock market to reopen
Greece’s government announced that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen Monday, a big step toward normalcy as talks with international creditors shifted into high gear.
Capital outflows reignite debate in China
China’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped for four straight quarters, leading to a fresh round of warnings about capital outflows.
Iran wants to buy 90 planes a year
Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its ageing fleet, media reported Sunday, quoting a civil...
Turning social media into a tool for profit
Social media leaders Thursday provided insight on how investment, engagement and influence in the sector can transform and create great returns for businesses.
Banks show interest in Jammal Trust
Several Lebanese banks have approached Jammal Trust Bank to explore the prospects of acquisition or consolidation, the chairman of the bank said Wednesday.
Some restaurants buckle beneath garbage crisis
As the seemingly unending garbage crisis continues to frustrate residents of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, the repulsive heaps of trash, intolerable stench and frequent...
London real estates
Property sales in London are generating nearly half of all stamp duty revenue raised in England and Wales, according to data that show the impact of last year’s hike in...
Uber faces the last 1bn person market left
Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick often describes India as a “global priority market”.
IMF approves $1.7B loan installment to Ukraine
The International Monetary Fund announced Friday the approval of a $1.7 billion loan installment to Ukraine despite uncertainty about the country’s debt sustainability...
Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its ageing fleet, media reported Sunday, quoting a civil aviation official.
Egypt: Over half of summit pledges done deals
Egypt has turned more than half of initial agreements signed at a March investor conference into investment projects, the planning minister said, as Cairo tries to...
Libya turmoil disrupts food imports
Imports of food, including wheat, are dropping sharply to Libya, which has the highest per capita bread consumption in the world, as foreign shippers run scared of...
China state firms to start pumping new Iran oil
China’s state oil giants are set to start pumping a combined 160,000 barrels a day at two projects in southwestern Iran from around October, company sources said,...
UAE bonds gain as fuel-subsidy halt spurs coffers
The United Arab Emirates just ended fuel subsidies, and investors in OPEC’s third-biggest oil producer are rewarding the move.
State-sponsored terrorism has long been the norm in Israel and the occupied territories, but we are now seeing an increase in individual terror networks, emboldened by government officials’ racist and inflammatory words against Palestinians.
Lion’s share of attention
Outrage has erupted recently over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.
Trump’s win would mean a Republican downfall
At this point in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the noble, elusive stag of political rhetoric is pretty much road kill.
Do economics trump politics in the new Europe?
The negotiations leading up to the recent tentative deal on Greece’s debt brought into relief two competing visions of the European Union: the flexible, humane and...
Discovering myself through novel reading
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating...
All talk, no action
When the Lebanese Cabinet convenes, average people – who feel like they’re sinking – might pay attention hoping they will be thrown some sort of lifeline, no matter how...
Stuck in a vicious cycle
The violence that has flared up in Ain al-Hilweh recently is a sad reminder of the total disconnect with Palestine that afflicts the refugee population there.
End the trash talk
Anyone who has followed the saga of Lebanon’s trash crisis should be aware of the dysfunction, bankruptcy and level of harm that threatens the country – thanks to the...
Iraqi Shiite militias are gaining power
The fall of Ramadi on May 17 has had two key repercussions, neither of which will be reversed by simply retaking lost ground.
Lax gun control laws mean carnage in America
Since 9/11, America has responded aggressively to the danger of terrorism, taking extraordinary measures, invading two countries, launching military operations in many...
Prioritize goals to fight poverty
In 1950, people in South Korea and Pakistan earned roughly the same amount of money annually.
Every few years I take a few months’ break from reading books on the contemporary political and social issues of our days, and instead plunge into the exhilarating world of fiction.
‘Syria is history,’ Bashar tells us
President Bashar Assad’s address last weekend, in which he admitted that the Syrian armed forces were losing territory because they were suffering from “manpower”...
Will the U.S. and Turkey help Syria?
The historic developments this week along the western portion of the Turkish-Syrian border pack more drama than a hundred Turkish television soap operas.
The lone-wolf era will put America to the test
“He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in ... The target is given, the...
EU moves may raise the heat on Israel
Events related to the Iran nuclear agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against ISIS tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days.
Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield Sunday, securing the first trophy of the new English season and setting the stage for the start of the Premier League next weekend.
Wolfsburg stun Bayern to win German Super Cup
German Cup winners Wolfsburg upset Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first domestic Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena Saturday.
Ledecky, Sun power to 400 freestyle gold
Katie Ledecky of the U.S. opened an ambitious program at the world swimming championships with an easy victory in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday night.
Rousey crushes Correia to defend her title
It’s not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey some extra motivation.
Mercedes need to sort out their starts
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world...
Di Maria on verge of PSG medical, reports British media
Manchester United's Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is set to have a medical ahead of a proposed transfer to French champions Paris St-Germain a year after arriving at...
PSG beats Lyon 2-0 in French league curtain raiser
Paris Saint-Germain won the Trophee des Champions for the second straight year 2-0 over Lyon
Iraq's new football coach leaves country after a day
The contract and press conference were ready but Bosnian coach Dzemal Hadziabdic left Iraq a day after flying in to take over the national football squad, the...
IOC to test Rio’s water venues for viruses
The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will begin testing for disease causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next...
Myanmar youngster swims alone in personal best
A 12-year-old swimmer from Myanmar was forced to swim alone in the heats of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the world championships, before being roared home by an...
South Sudan joins Olympics family
South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family Sunday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the...
For the second race in a row it all went wrong at the start for Mercedes in Hungary and a rule change coming in after the August break will give the Formula One world champions even more to think about.
Revenge comes hot, spicy for Ferrari’s Arrivabene
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but hot and spicy is tastier for Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari
German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic...
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian...
Hamilton on top again as Kvyat surprises
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian...
Spaniard Rafa Nadal turned the tables on Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open Sunday and claim his 67th career title – winning 7-5, 7-5 on the red clay.
Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni.
Nadal sets up Seppi semifinal clash in Hamburg
Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday to set up a Hamburg semifinal clash against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.
Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open Tuesday.
Karlovic beats Stepanek, reaches semis in Colombia
Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia overcame a slow start to defeat veteran wild card Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the Claro...
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Wenger beats Mourinho at last
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0...
Cedars get serious as Asia Championship looms
The Lebanese national basketball team is set to start serious preparations for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship which is due to take place from Sept. 23 until Oct. 3...
Cedars look to naturalize American Holman
Lebanon have set their sights on naturalizing Riyadi’s former American center Elijah Holman to boost the national squad, which will take part in the Asian Championship...
LeBron James agrees two-year deal with Cavs
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports...
There aren’t many great performers with lifelong musical careers.
Baalbeck returns with a vengeance
In recent years, performances at the Baalbeck International Festival have been canceled at the last minute or relocated to venues closer to Beirut, due to security...
Downton producer open to big-screen film
With “Downton Abbey” coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility.
Maisie Williams has 'significant role' on 'Doctor Who'
When viewers see Maisie Williams on the new season of "Doctor Who," she'll be a brand-new character, not someone from the Doctor's past.
Lynn Anderson, singer of “Rose Garden,” dies
Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” has died. She was 67.
Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State building
A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling...
Detroit, Bethlehem Banksys to sell in California
A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to $400,000...
Syrian Kurdish forces claim to be targeted by Turkey
A Kurdish militia fighting ISIS in Syria accused Turkey Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week and called on U.S-led forces to "clarify" their...
Hollywood’s female superhero problem
Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
Three more 'Game of Thrones' seasons likely, HBO says
HBO's most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he...
Mission accomplished for Cruise in new MI
There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” about the element of luck.
Family, friends expected for private Bobbi Kristina funeral
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, was born and raised in the shadow of her famous parents' hugely public life.
Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian customs carrying $422,000
Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.
Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'
Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his...
Actor Depardieu banned from Ukraine for stance on Russia
Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service says, apparently for making comments that...
Rap mogul Dr. Dre will release his first album in nearly 16 years to accompany a film on his former band N.W.A. and hinted the record would be his last.
'Rose Garden' country singer Lynn Anderson dead at 67
Grammy-winning country legend Lynn Anderson, who sprang to international stardom with her 1970s hit "Rose Garden," has died at the age of 67, news reports said Saturday.
U2 welcomes the Clintons, Springsteen at New York show
For its last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden and the finale to its North American tour, U2 welcomed some very famous guests.
Mariah Carey to receive star on Walk of Fame
Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.
Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.
The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets.
No new contact with comet lander, scientists say
European scientists says that had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain reliable communication link since...
Jon Stewart quits fake newscast for real
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung...
Child expert urges intuitive parenting
Parents should lose the flash cards, learning apps and other educational gadgets and strategies de jour, advises Stephen Camarata, a child development researcher and...
Introducing Marquis de Bey White 2013
The sun was setting over the crowd at the Blu Port restaurant at the end of Zaitunay Bay Thursday, while men and women, some of whom hadn’t taken the casual dress code...
Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'
A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issue a stern warning against the development of...
YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon
Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
NASA says new earth-like planet discovered
Scientists using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope find a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth
After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.
Clarkson, Top Gear team sign with Amazon
Sacked BBC “Top Gear,” host Jeremy Clarkson has signed a deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show alongside his former co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.
Pygmies’ stunted growth explains human success
The pygmies of West Africa evolved their short stature independently, and very differently, from their cousins in east Africa, French researchers said Tuesday.
Hermes to probe cruelty to crocs used for bags
Hermes said Wednesday it was probing claims of cruelty at crocodile and alligator farms that supply the fashion house with skins for its luxury handbags and accessories.
The sun was setting over the crowd at the Blu Port restaurant at the end of Zaitunay Bay Thursday, while men and women, some of whom hadn’t taken the casual dress code to heart, supped on the latest offering of Lebanese wine, the Marquis de Bey White 2013.
Thousands enjoy NRJ Music Tour 2015
Thousands of music lovers gathered at Downtown Beirut’s waterfront Saturday night for the yearly NRJ Music Tour.
So funny it hurts
Here in Lebanon nothing draws a crowd like food, fun and catastrophe.
New concept store caters to the dynamic woman
Lebanon’s fashion-loving women will be able to shop for American apparel and accessories at One Melrose, a modern concept store that just opened its doors at Beirut...
Haifa Wehbe in women who shatter stereotypes list
Lebanese pop sensation and style icon Haifa Wehbe figured among Marie Claire magazine’s list of 10 Muslim women that shatter stereotypes.
In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday.
Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction
Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.
SUVs: They’re big and bad so handle with care
Besides a perpetual political crisis that seems to characterize Lebanon, one thing you can always count on in this country is the sight of swarms of sports utility...
Germany’s Nuerburg links cars racing with nature
Race drivers call it “The Green Hell” and it has taken dozens of drivers’ lives, but Germany’s Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car...
Ask pretty much anyone today what they think of the Dodge Charger and “cop car” will probably be the first words they utter.
Old muscle cars ruled then, and they still rule now
If there’s one thing that’s hard to argue with it’s that American muscle cars of today are vastly more powerful than those produced in the latter half of the 20th...
Mercedes-Benz slam dunks a winner with A-Class
Some facts are simply too well-established to be challenged.
Why a hatchback has your back
When it comes to buying cars, convenience usually tops people’s list of criteria so it’s no wonder that hatchbacks have grown increasingly popular over the decades.
Tahoe affords effortless, luxurious experience
I’ve never been particularly fond of big SUVs, a fact that I suppose is peculiar considering most everyone in Lebanon seems to think they’re the best thing since sliced...
Defective or “leaky” vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans.
Lilly says drug slows Alzheimer’s
Patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease who took Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive...
American gymnast shares secret: mate herbal tea
American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday, and he’s almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now...
Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie upset Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight...