At Friday’s opening session of the newly elected Higher Islamic Council, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian told members they must work together to unite Muslims, rebuild Dar al-Fatwa and reform religious teaching amid rising inter-Muslim divisions in the region.
Doctors perform music to save kids’ hearts
As the cavernous exhibition hall at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center was fitted out for a concert, a dozen singers held a cappella rehearsal on...
Turkey detains, deports French national heading for Syria
An official says Turkish authorities have deported a French national who was detained at an Istanbul airport on suspicion that he planned to join ISIS fighting in Syria.
Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead
An Egyptian court has acquitted 17 people over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year that saw a young mother shot to death in downtown Cairo.
Greek PM says on final stretch towards deal with lenders
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday his leftist-led government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a...
Sidon students sail toward cleaner shores
Students from a local school in Sidon have built an environmentally friendly boat made of recycled materials, as part of a city-wide initiative to promote a cleaner...
Nusra, ISIS use hostages to serve different ends
The gains of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime have overshadowed another battle at play in Syria’s Qalamoun between the Nusra Front and what remains of ISIS in the...
Testimony of Abu Adass’ dad read at STL
The father of Ahmad Abu Adass, the Palestinian who disappeared from his house in Sabra and was filmed on video taking responsibility for the Rafik Hariri assassination...
UN 'gravely' concerned for civilians in Palmyra
The U.N. Security Council on Friday expressed deep concern for thousands of civilians trapped in the Syrian city of Palmyra after it was captured by ISIS fighters.
National Hospital standoff in Idlib ends
A highly watched siege in Syria’s Idlib province ended Friday when dozens of regime troops escaped the National Hospital complex in the town of Jisr al-Shughur, while...
ISIS terror strikes Saudi Arabia
A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers Friday in a packed Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first major attack in the...
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday his leftist-led government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity.
Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck
At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said.
Counting starts in Ireland gay marriage vote
Counting got under way Saturday in Ireland's historic referendum on same-sex marriage, with thousands of people, some of whom rushed home from living abroad to vote,...
B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas
B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the...
Saving migrant lives at sea 'top priority'
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with...
In a surprise move, the general manager of cellular operator touch Wassim Mansour submitted his resignation Friday, sources told The Daily Star.
BoB CEO urges diaspora to invest in Lebanon
A leading Lebanese banker Friday called on Lebanese businesses abroad to invest 5 percent of their profits in Lebanon’s private sector to stimulate the economy.
Sunbeds, souks empty after Bardo attack
It’s another sun-drenched day but the deckchairs of a four-star hotel on the island of Djerba stand empty, in a sign of the “catastrophic” summer on the horizon for...
$100 billion Saudi city to be ready by 2035
A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the...
Germany, France usher Greece back to negotiations
European leaders told Greece Friday to return to the negotiating table for “intensive work” to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens’...
Salameh to launch bourse for startups
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh revealed plans to establish an electronic stock market dedicated to startups to allow them to sell their shares to the public.
April consumer prices down from March
Consumer prices fell by 0.49 percent for the month of April 2015 compared to March 2015, according to figures released by the Central Administration of Statistics (CAS).
Retail reels under political impasse, tensions
The presidential vacuum and the ongoing regional conflicts weighed heavily on Lebanon’s retail sectors, which have experienced renewed pressures undermining the level...
It’s another sun-drenched day but the deckchairs of a four-star hotel on the island of Djerba stand empty, in a sign of the “catastrophic” summer on the horizon for Tunisian tourism.
Gaza economy on verge of collapse: World Bank
Gaza’s economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the...
Stuck in Gaza, hackers open lines to world
With jobs scarce and time on their hands, some tech-savvy Gazans have found a new way to make money – hacking Internet-based phone lines and routing international calls...
Mideast youth unemployment rises
Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky – even...
European leaders told Greece Friday to return to the negotiating table for “intensive work” to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens’ demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles.
Record gap between rich and poor: OECD
The gap between the rich and poor in most of the world’s advanced economies is at record levels, according to an OECD study that also found glaring differences between...
Six reasons to pay more attention to Canada
North of the world’s largest economy sits Canada, a wealthy, peaceful nation that is often overlooked in discussions of the global economy and financial markets.
Euro area recovery stutters
The euro area’s economic recovery stuttered in May as Germany lost momentum, while weakness in China’s manufacturing industry persisted.
Russia: Ukraine repayment law amounts to default
Russia demanded Wednesday the timely repayment of all debts owed to it by Ukraine and accused Kiev of effectively preparing the way for default with a new law.
Iranian officials have recently made several high-profile visits to Syria, where they offered huge levels of financial and other support for the embattled regime of Bashar Assad.
Future rests in a bunker
The leaders of dictatorial regimes are always in danger of falling deep into the “bunker mentality,” where their isolation is a prelude to a dramatic demise.
The puzzle in liberal democracy is how it emerged
Nearly two decades ago, the political commentator Fareed Zakaria wrote a prophetic article called “The Rise of the Illiberal Democracy,” in which he worried about the...
Don’t let rich corporations dictate how we live
The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements.
Why a joint Arab force raises doubts
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military...
Geneva is undoubtedly a lovely city to visit, but the United Nations appears to be obsessed with hosting “peace talks” on Middle East crises as a default approach,...
Don’t rock the boat
While Lebanon remains in a precarious situation, any “initiatives” which seek to bide time and score political points are not just a waste of time but are potentially...
The militia nation
Late last year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised a fuss about the discovery of 50,000 “ghost soldiers” in his country’s army – he vowed to stamp out...
Nearly two decades ago, the political commentator Fareed Zakaria wrote a prophetic article called “The Rise of the Illiberal Democracy,” in which he worried about the rise of popular autocrats with little regard for the rule of law and civil liberties.
Abadi struggles to assert his control
On April 8, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to the Habbaniya military base in east Anbar for a follow-up to the liberation of Tikrit.
A Syriza default would inflict greater austerity
Once again, Greece seems to have slipped the financial noose. By drawing on its holdings in an International Monetary Fund reserve account, it was able to $851 million...
High military spending hurts Russia
On May 9, Russia held its largest military parade since the Soviet era. In the tradition of that era, Red Square was filled with the army’s latest equipment, including...
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military force” to respond to security threats in the region, the idea was greeted with skepticism across much of the Arab world.
Most Americans live in the vanishing center
Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics – and a...
Internecine quarrels are helping ISIS in Iraq
President Barack Obama is right in pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi, the capital of the province of Anbar, last weekend.
Why Hezbollah may seek to change Taif
Tammam Salam made it clear earlier this week that the prospect of a resolution to the presidential crisis was slim. One doesn’t need the prime minister to reach a...
Baghdad must empower Sunnis or lose Iraq
The capture of Ramadi last weekend by ISIS fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul,...
Monaco can clinch an immediate return to the Champions League with a win at Lorient Saturday, but Marseille and Saint-Etienne can pip them to the post on the final day of the season.
Napoli face Champions League acid test at Juve
Napoli face a crucial weekend in their fight for a Champions League place with Rafael Benitez’s men away to treble-chasing Juventus and rivals Lazio hosting Roma in the...
Inspired Khatib leads Riyadi to 25th league title
Riyadi retained the Lebanese Basketball League title Friday after defeating UBA 93-71 to wrap up their finals series 4-1 and claim a 25th successive domestic crown and...
Warriors hold off Rockets to take 2-0 lead
Houston’s James Harden lost control of the ball as time expired, allowing Golden State to hang on for a 99-98 win against the Rockets Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in an...
Wary Djokovic on brink of history
Novak Djokovic can become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam with a maiden French Open victory, but the world No. 1 steps into Roland Garros badly...
Bundesliga battle goes down to the wire
A third of the Bundesliga’s 18 clubs will be sweating it out until the last final whistle of the season Saturday, hoping they will be one of the lucky sides to survive...
I want to continue at Real Madrid: Ancelotti
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will discuss his future with the club after Saturday’s final La Liga game of the campaign at home to Getafe and said he wants to stay...
Sterling will see out Liverpool contract: Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract despite claims made by the winger’s agent that the England...
Riyadi retained the Lebanese Basketball League title Friday after defeating UBA 93-71 to wrap up their finals series 4-1 and claim a 25th successive domestic crown and ninth in 11 years.
Riyadi look to close out finals at home
Riyadi Beirut will hope to be celebrating their 25th title after they host UBA in Game 5 of the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese Basketball League at Manara...
Curry sparks Warriors to Game 1 victory
Stephen Curry won his personal duel with James Harden as the Golden State Warriors overcame an early deficit and survived a late scare to edge the Houston Rockets...
Minnesota Timberwolves win top draft pick
The Minnesota Timberwolves won the National Basketball Association’s draft lottery Tuesday, giving them the opportunity to make the first selection in June’s draft.
Novak Djokovic can become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam with a maiden French Open victory, but the world No. 1 steps into Roland Garros badly bruised by his Paris history.
Sharapova ready to go distance again in Paris
Maria Sharapova has hit form at the perfect moment as she eyes a defense of her French Open crown, although old nemesis Serena Williams is lurking in the Parisian...
McEnroe: Expect Nadal to step it up in Paris
Seven-time Grand Slam John McEnroe knows how it feels when a tennis career starts going in the wrong direction.
Rivals face French Open last-eight duel
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic were placed on a mouth-watering French Open quarterfinal collision course in Friday’s draw.
Nadal no longer immovable in Paris: Courier
Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to twice former winner Jim Courier.
Lewis Hamilton hopes to be third time lucky in Monaco this weekend and take revenge on Nico Rosberg by denying his Mercedes teammate a hat-trick of wins in Formula One’s most glamorous race.
Hamilton staying at Mercedes until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
Alonso gets his points prediction in early
Undeterred by his last points prediction coming back to bite him, Fernando Alonso has said he expects his misfiring McLaren F1 team to open their account for the season...
Lorenzo closes in on Rossi in title race
Spain’s two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo won his second successive MotoGP Sunday when he took the French race for the fifth time in his career at the Bugatti...
F1 revamp on agenda at crucial strategy meeting
Formula One bosses and top teams will meet Thursday to discuss a revamp of the sport as well as technical concerns, but with considerable doubt over how much they can...
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest 110-meter hurdles this year at Beijing’s World Challenge meeting Wednesday.
McIlroy not satisfied without more major titles
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
Patriots owner will not appeal NFL penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will “reluctantly” accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL...
McIlroy allays burnout fears
Rory McIlroy may be battling fatigue when he continues his five-week trans-Atlantic playing schedule in Europe over the next fortnight but the world No. 1 has shrugged...
What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a sociopath, a rabid animal, a cocker spaniel, a demon and an angel.”
Got a baby? Need some gear? Tips from Baby Sho
How new or expectant parents navigate the megaworld of baby gear and its precursor, the megaworld of pregnancy gear, is an individual quest.
Summer Fashion Week kicks off at St. Georges
High-heeled women strutted their way down the red carpet in perfect makeup and fashionable outfits past waiting cameramen.
Byblos launches new summer wine festival
Jbeil is an ancient city, often considered one of the oldest inhabited in the world.
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
New law offers hope for U.K. pubs
Britain’s traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanize the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of...
White House gets busy to save the bees
The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the...
From Brando to Waco, bikers a slice of Americana
Marlon Brando played one in a movie.
Giant sand sculptures adorn Tyre’s beach
Tyre’s shoreline was adorned with beautiful and creative sculptures over the weekend, created for the southern city’s second annual sand-sculpting competition.
Drawing in the crowds at the Saifi Market
A young boy chased the mime down the street, thwacking her periodically with his balloon on a stick.
Brand Lebanon ready for export
If the rumors are to be believed, Lebanon’s up for grabs.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Mazda 6 proves excellence is affordable
As much as I have a passion for cars, I can’t claim to follow every model of every marque ever produced, and in the case of Mazda, except for the 3, I really haven’t...
Common sense is as important as traffic laws
I don’t think anyone doubts that human error is the culprit behind the majority of car crashes.
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound riches that shine even brighter.
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
Italy’s Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time
Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you are on a movie set – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi coast near Naples and Venice’s lagoons come to mind.
For Dubai biz travelers, soak up the sun and souq
If you’re visiting Dubai for a long stopover or business trip, make sure to leave a little space in your bag for a bathing suit, flip-flops and souvenirs.
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
The rebirth of Greece’s majestic wine industry
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
Mastering vinaigrette to deliver maximum flavor
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
Frittatas: the ultimate weeknight dinner
Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner.
A grill-friendly take on stuffed sweet potatoes
To be honest, it’s hard not to get inspired by potatoes, those deliciously crisp and creamy potatoes that are thinly sliced so they fan out accordion-style during...
As the Cannes festival bears down on its weekend awards ceremony, a look at the movies seen so far and their reviews reveal deep divisions among the critics.
Are pop songs dumb? Study offers evidence
Parents who say their children’s music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader’s reading level.
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Caine, Keitel, Fonda drama sharply divides Cannes
Hollywood legends Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda premiered one of the most divisive contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, the ensemble...
Riviera gets raunchy as ‘Love’ comes to Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival got its first taste of full-blown controversy Thursday after a late-night session with director Gaspar Noe’s hyper-sexual 3-D tale, “Love.”
‘Tomorrowland’ is fun, but tries too hard
There’s a lot to like about Disney’s “Tomorrowland.” It’s got George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, robots and explosions, a positive message, and it puts the fate of the...
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a judge Monday.
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
Gerhaher and Harteros top singers at International Opera Awards
German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera...
A burly man straddles a motorbike, glowering at the camera. This is not your typical macho biker dude. Instead of leather boots, he’s wearing a pair of plastic flip-flops. Instead of a helmet, his head is wrapped in a white cloth.
Baalbeck announces a varied lineup
Aside from providing an excuse to turn on air conditioning, the present bout of blistering weather serves to remind Lebanese with disposable income of one thing – it’s...
Pianist looks to Syria’s musical past for peace
Malek Jandali may only have been alive for four decades but the award-winning composer insists he feels ancient, having revived some of the oldest melodies from his...
Shirin Neshat, self-appointed narrator of history
Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat is immediately recognizable.
Lesbian love tale, Holocaust shocker lead Cannes
A powerful lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and a Holocaust drama emerged as favorites as the Cannes Film Festival hit the halfway mark Monday.