Buses to the Syrian city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the ISIS caliphate, depart about once per evening from the Charles Helou station.
Education union to vote on strike action
The head of the Association of Private Schools Teachers called on educators to vote later this month on whether to hold protests demanding higher wages.
U.S. to supply arms, gear to vetted rebel chiefs
The U.S. will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and...
Senior IRCG general killed in Syria
An Iranian Revolutionary Guard general has been killed near Aleppo while advising the Syrian army on their battle against ISIS fighters, the guards said in a statement...
Boko Haram’s child victims learn to smile again
In a shed at the heart of the Assaga refugee camp in southeast Niger, around 50 children sing and dance, masking the deep emotional trauma inflicted on them by Boko...
Trash crisis threatens to engulf Tyre
Currently restricted to Beirut and Mount Lebanon, the trash crisis is now threatening the southern district of Tyre, with a recently opened dump scheduled to shut down...
Red Cross: 39 wounded at Beirut protest
Thirty-nine people were hospitalized and 65 others treated on site during Thursday night’s anti-government protest in Downtown Beirut, medics said Friday.
Pandemonium reigns in Beirut over trash
Riot police dispersed protesters in Downtown Beirut late Thursday evening, arresting some of their leaders hours after demonstrators took to the streets demanding an...
The U.S. will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said Friday.
U.N. Security Council OKs migrant resolution
The U.N. Security Council Friday adopted a resolution to authorize the EU and individual countries to seize migrant-smuggling vessels on the high seas off Libya.
Bavaria threatens to sue govt over migrants
The state of Bavaria Friday threatened to take the German government to court if it fails to take immediate steps to limit the flow of asylum-seekers to Germany.
Russia turns to backwater navy for strikes
The sailors of Russia’s Caspian fleet have seen little action over the last 300 years but now the war raging in Syria has thrust them into the forefront of Russia’s...
In a shed at the heart of the Assaga refugee camp in southeast Niger, around 50 children sing and dance, masking the deep emotional trauma inflicted on them by Boko Haram.
Republicans in tumult as McCarthy quits race
House Republicans scrambled Friday to find a leader and restore order to their divided ranks, shaken by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s astonishing decision to abandon...
Charleston to pay family of man shot by officer
A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer.
Ousted Rome mayor warns of mafia return
Rome’s mayor cried foul Friday after being forced to resign over an expenses row and warned the Italian capital could succumb once more to organized crime.
Cameron and Merkel meet with EU on the menu
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to his country residence to discuss Britain's future in the European Union,...
Lebanon needs investment to contribute to the development of its infrastructure as well as its information technology and waste management sectors, said Economy and Trade Minister Alain Hakim.
Gross public debt at $68.88B in August 2015
Lebanon’s gross public debt fell by $309.78 million during the month of August 2015 to $68.88 billion, down from $69.19 billion in July.
Wealth funds raid coffers to offset oil
From Oslo to Doha, Riyadh to Moscow, governments that rode crude’s historic rise to unprecedented wealth are now being forced to start repatriating their rainy-day...
Israel claims oil discovery in Golan Heights
An Israeli newspaper claimed Thursday that a U.S. firm has discovered major oil reserves in the occupied Golan Heights.
StanChart CEO plans to cut about 1,000 top staff
Standard Chartered’s new Chief Executive Bill Winters plans to cut up to a quarter of the bank’s most senior staff to reduce costs, according to a memo sent to staff,...
Telecom tender postponed after Orascom verdict
The Prime Minister’s Tender Office declined to disclose Thursday the names of the telecommunications firms that were supposed to operate Lebanon’s cellular networks,...
Tech hub sends 15 companies to London
Fifteen companies in the U.K. Lebanon Tech Hub’s flagship International Accelerator have been selected to proceed onto a six-month program in London to prepare their...
Lebanon appoints lawyers for Imperial Jet case
Lebanon has appointed a team of lawyers to follow the arbitration case with the Imperial Jet company, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and Public Works and Transport...
From Oslo to Doha, Riyadh to Moscow, governments that rode crude’s historic rise to unprecedented wealth are now being forced to start repatriating their rainy-day funds just to make ends meet.
Egypt’s $35B housing scheme: Dreams to reality
When Abu Dhabi-run contractor Arabtec signed a deal with the Egyptian government for a high-profile housing project it was seen as a sign of the Gulf Arab state’s...
Saudi Arabia said to order spending curbs
Saudi Arabia is ordering a series of cost-cutting measures as the slide in oil prices weighs on the kingdom’s budget, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Abu Dhabi exploring asset sales over oil slump
Abu Dhabi is reviewing its largest state-owned companies as the slump in crude oil pressures the emirate’s finances, four people with knowledge of the matter said.
Standard Chartered’s new Chief Executive Bill Winters plans to cut up to a quarter of the bank’s most senior staff to reduce costs, according to a memo sent to staff, which is likely to see about 1,000 top jobs go.
Europe, Asia stocks build on $2.5 trillion rally
Asian and European stocks rose, extending a global equity rally, while Indonesia’s rupiah was headed for its best week since 2001 as investors piled back into riskier...
U.S. chases Swiss secrets to Singapore, Israel
At a rate of one or two a week, Swiss banks are doing what was once unthinkable: revealing to the world how they helped wealthy Americans cheat on their taxes.
Up to 430,000 VWs in U.S. need work
Volkswagen AG’s top U.S. executive told a congressional committee the automaker may have to retrofit about 430,000 diesel vehicles with costly add-on tanks or other...
Lagarde: China’s economic shift will be bumpy
China is undergoing an “enormous” economic and financial transformation that, while anticipated by Chinese policymakers, will still create some turbulence for the...
The right to protest is a prerogative enshrined in the constitution of any true democracy, and Lebanon is blessed to count itself among states whose citizens enjoy such liberties.
Delusions of victory
History has shown that armies that involve themselves in the internal conflicts of other countries more often than not end up caught in a quagmire from which they can’t...
Putin has deepened the Arabs’ sectarian wars
A favorite Arab proverb goes something like this: A shepherd asks the Prophet: Should I let my camels loose and trust in God?
Prosperous international order needs US guidance
The recent downgrade of Brazil’s credit rating to junk status was followed by a raft of articles heralding the crumbling of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and...
The age of the young warriors is upon us
Well, well, so it has now come to this in the Arab-Asian-Islamic realm: Americans bomb hospitals in northern Afghanistan by mistake.
Drums of sectarianism
Someone had better remind Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that the people of Lebanon and the Middle East do not suffer from amnesia.
Burying the peace process
Nothing is more illustrative of ill intent than when someone waits until attention has shifted elsewhere so he can carry out a calculated act of lawlessness.
A militia is born
One might think the stately halls of the Lebanese Parliament would inspire statesmen to pursue fine democratic principles in service of Lebanon’s people.
Only Gul can denounce Erdogan’s authoritarianism
Many historians and economists insist that we live in an age shaped by vast and impersonal forces.
Time for Libya to implement Plan A
Libya’s U.N. special envoy Bernardino Leon announced on Sept. 21 that the text of the U.N. agreement for a unity government based on Libya’s political dialogue is final...
Germany must separate refugees from migrants
Migrants seeking to escape poverty and war are flowing into Europe by the hundreds of thousands.
Arabs see Putin’s version of soft power
Last week, President Barack Obama cast doubt on the Russian intervention in Syria.
Quietly, diplomacy is moving forward in AfPak
Last weekend’s deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the...
Why Arab violence spiked this week
Nobody should be surprised that the two oldest and most virulent sources of political tension and nationalist resistance across the Arab world have both spiked in the...
The world of Qatari women can define our future
The Arab states of the Gulf remain some of the most novel and fascinating developmental experiences anywhere in the world.
Spain will bid for an unprecedented third straight continental title after securing a place at Euro 2016 with a game to spare thanks to a 4-0 qualifying victory at home to Group C minnows Luxembourg Friday.
Challenges Klopp faces on Merseyside
Juergen Klopp takes over a Liverpool team in transition, in 10th place in the Premier League, and – unfortunately in the eyes of many fans – lumbered with the Europa...
Sagesse win case against former star Khazzouh
Sagesse Wednesday won their case against former star center Julian Khazzouh at the BAT, after the Lebanese-Australian player abruptly left the club last season just two...
China win Asia title, qualify for Olympics
China’s men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late Saturday to secure a...
Internationals storm back into Presidents Cup
The Internationals produced a stirring fightback on day two of the Presidents Cup, cutting the United States’ lead to a single point, with South Korean Bae Sang-moon...
German has Reds dreaming again
German football was left almost in a state of mourning when Juergen Klopp announced his departure from Borussia Dortmund after seven seasons in charge last April.
Klopp vows ‘full throttle’ football at Anfield
Liverpool’s new manager Juergen Klopp promised to bring “full throttle” football with a “big heart” to Anfield in his first comments since the German was unveiled as...
Dunga vows no radical changes after Chile defeat
Brazil must secure three points against Venezuela next week to kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaign but will not radically change their team despite a 2-0...
Sagesse Wednesday won their case against former star center Julian Khazzouh at the BAT, after the Lebanese-Australian player abruptly left the club last season just two days before the start of the league playoffs.
Valiant Cedars bow out after Philippines loss
Lebanon bowed out of the Asian Championship Thursday after losing at the hands of the Philippines 82-70 in the quarterfinals. The Cedars.
Philippines knock Lebanon out of Asian Championship
Lebanon bowed out from the Asian Championship after losing at the hands of the Philippines 70-82 Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Lebanon bullish ahead of Philippines faceoff
Hoping for a return to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, Lebanon Thursday face 2013 runners-up Philippines in the quarterfinal stage of the FIBA ASIA...
The Internationals produced a stirring fightback on day two of the Presidents Cup, cutting the United States’ lead to a single point, with South Korean Bae Sang-moon grabbing a crucial win for his team by holing a pressure-packed putt on the last.
Holmes and Watson open Presidents Cup US defense
Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes will lead the U.S. defense of the Presidents Cup against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when the 11th edition begins Thursday for the...
Mickelso intangibles too tough to overlook: Haas
It has been a sub-par year by Phil Mickelson’s own lofty standards, and some eyebrows were raised when he was selected for the Presidents Cup, but for U.S. skipper Jay...
Day wants Presidents showdown with Spieth
Jason Day would relish the chance to go head-to-head with world No. 1 Jordan Spieth in the Presidents Cup but the Australian hotshot knows the showdown may not...
Rio 2016 to cut costs to avoid overspending
The organizing committee for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is pressing for savings to avoid going over its 7.4 billion real budget ($1.9 billion) by about 10...
Novak Djokovic’s China Open charge showed no sign of slowing as he destroyed towering American No. 1 John Isner 6-2, 6-2 to reach the semifinals in a lightning 52 minutes Friday.
Fog lifts as Nadal fires into Beijing quarters
Rafael Nadal sparked his China Open campaign into life Wednesday as he stormed into the quarterfinals with a much-improved 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Canada’s Vasek...
Nadal thrown by ex-ball boy, Djokovic on fire
Rafael Nadal stuttered to victory against one of his former ball boys at the China Open Tuesday as top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept imperiously to his 25th straight win...
Uncle Toni opens door to ‘supercoach’ for Nadal
Rafael Nadal’s lifelong mentor, his uncle Toni, has opened the door to hiring a “supercoach” if the 14-time Grand Slam-winner fails to recapture his spark next season.
Bouchard’s concussion comeback ends in tears
Eugenie Bouchard’s comeback match from concussion ended in tears Monday when dizzy spells forced her to retire from her China Open first-round match against Andrea...
Formula One fans endured more spills than thrills at the Russian Grand Prix Friday after a cleaning truck leaked diesel across the circuit before first practice and rain washed out the afternoon session.
Lorenzo tops MotoGP practice in Japan
Jorge Lorenzo marked the fastest time in Friday’s MotoGP free practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday.
Ecclestone says F1 could be sold in 2015, 3 potential buyers
Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone says the motorsport series could be sold this year and there are three interested buyers.
Mick Jr. keeps Schumacher flag flying
The Schumacher name looks set to continue in motorsport after Mick Jr., son of Germany’s seven-time Formula One world champion, finished his debut Formula Four season...
McLaren confirm Button to race on in 2016
Jenson Button will race for McLaren again next season, the Formula One team confirmed Thursday with a statement that ended speculation the 2009 world champion was...
These days, anybody with a smartphone can snap a selfie in a split second. Back in the Dutch Golden Age, they were called self-portraits and were the preserve of highly trained artists who thought long and hard about every aspect of the painting.
Steve Jobs plays man versus machine
When is someone going to open a window in Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs?”
Selena Gomez reveals secret lupus chemotherapy
Teen television star turned singer Selena Gomez has revealed that she has lupus and secretly underwent chemotherapy to treat the disease.
Penelope Cruz to direct documentary on leukaemi
Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, who plays a woman fighting breast cancer in her latest film “Ma Ma,” said Thursday that she would direct a documentary on childhood...
Bill Cosby deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit expected Friday
Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but...
Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel literature prize
Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for works that the judges called “a monument to suffering and courage.”
Drama ‘Suffragette’ opens London Film Festival
The London Film Festival opened Wednesday with “Suffragette,” the story of Britain’s feminist movement that fought for women’s voting rights in the early 20th century.
Alexievich loves Russia but not one of Putin
Nobel Prize-winning Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich said at a Minsk press conference Thursday that she loved the Russia of “ballet, literature and ballet” but not...
Americans destroy others: Depardieu
Gerard Depardieu played a Frenchman desperate to do anything to live in America in the 1990 movie “Green Card,” but in a new interview, he shows little love for the U.S.
Craig: Rather slit wrists than play Bond again
Daniel Craig, the British actor who later this month will be appearing as James Bond for the fourth time in “Spectre,” has told an interviewer he would rather slit his...
‘X-Files’ makes its TV comeback, after 13 years
The truth is out there. Fans of “The X-Files” always knew, and now agents Mulder and Scully are back to digging it out after a 13-year hiatus from the small screen.
Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but little was known about when or where the deposition would take place.
Model sues Bill Cosby over alleged 2008 sexual assault
A model who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 sued the comedian Tuesday for sexual assault
Cosby seeking defense lawyer for Pennsylvania criminal probe
Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.
Putin gives Roy Jones Jr. Russian citizenship
Vladimir Putin has given Russian citizenship to former world heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.
It can’t be easy to be the kid sister of the King of Pop, but Janet Jackson pulled it off in the 1980s as she became a music legend in her own right.
Grateful Dead, John Mayer giving away 10K tickets to NY show
Members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer are giving away 10,000 free tickets to their concert next month
Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein turns 90
Newport Jazz Festival Founder George Wein was singing the blues just hours before turning 90 on Saturday.
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again
Pope Francis to release pop-rock album on Nov. 27
Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.
Rapper Kanye West, whose growing presence in the fashion world has drawn mixed reaction, says he faces discrimination for being straight.
Louis Vuitton goes ‘Mad Max’ chic in Paris
If Mad Max’s female companions ever go shopping in their dystopian desert future-world, Louis Vuitton just might have an outfit to suit.
Google to get news to smartphones faster
Google laid out a plan Wednesday to make tapping into news on mobile devices faster, keeping eyeballs on stories and people visiting websites.
Austria launches language app for migrant children
Austria's government, under pressure from the far-right over the migrant crisis, announced Thursday a new app for smartphones and tablets to help foreign children learn...
Vintners upbeat on sector’s prospects
Though the crowds were noticeably thinned by the rain, wine producers and industry representatives at Vinifest, Lebanon’s foremost wine event which kicked off...
Tax hike on Greek drink threatens town’s future
At Statiris Tavern, the patrons’ faces are hardened from a life of hard work – truck drivers, builders and farmers who’ve just ended their grueling grape harvest.
AB InBev makes $104 billion bid for rival brewer SABMiller
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, launched an improved offer for SABMiller Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its...
Lagerfeld’s perfect trip on Chanel Airlines
Crowded airports, long security lines and flight delays.
'Harry Potter' e-books come to life in new Apple edition
You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life
Twitter simplifies grabbing onto hot ‘Moments’
Twitter made it easier Tuesday to seize hot tweets and high-profile posts from the flood of real-time commentary at the one-to-many messaging service.
DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize
Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new...
Though the crowds were noticeably thinned by the rain, wine producers and industry representatives at Vinifest, Lebanon’s foremost wine event which kicked off Wednesday, were uniformly optimistic about the prospects of the sector, both at home and abroad.
Time to start thinking about a coat
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Curli-Q cakes make customers swoon
Upbeat rock music and colorful light beams animated Sourati Street in Hamra for the official opening of Curli-Q, a specialty cake shop and café.
A gourmet experience to tickle your senses
The aroma of the spices was enough to arouse an appetite in nearly everyone at the dinner table.
Zaitunay Bay hosts eid fashion and art fair
The Zaitunay Bay boardwalk was lined with more than 50 kiosks featuring handmade jewelry, clothes and home accessories, as part of Afkart’s annual Fall for Art event...
The road winds across the spine of the mountains, past a seemingly endless wilderness of heather-covered bogs, lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and trails.
Japanese climber with no fingers abandons bid to scale Everest
A Japanese climber who lost all his fingertips to frostbite and was trying to become the first person to conquer Mount Everest since its worst disaster has abandoned...
Japanese climber with one finger nears Everest summit again
A Japanese climber with only one finger due to frostbite, who last month failed to reach the top of Mount Everest, will make his final push for the summit late...
Versace glams up camouflage with animal prints
From military jackets worn as mini dresses to brightly-colored animal prints, Italian luxury goods maker Versace showcased a women's wear collection at Milan Fashion...
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from trying out and reviewing all these cars over the past year it’s that even the most unassuming vehicle can surprise you, and GMC’s Terrain is no exception.
Tokyo auto show to highlight 'smart' green cars
The Tokyo Motor Show, opening to the public Oct. 30 at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall, will be packed with futuristic eye-catching vehicles that drive themselves,...
Jeep Wrangler modernized but a warrior at heart
It’s quite the compliment when people genericize your name to refer to the competition.
Ferrari California T: Legend for a new generation
Most cars are just that, cars. They get you from A to B, usually with little drama and less flair.
A journey born of the heart
Hassan Haidar, owner of Scuderia Lebanon s.a.l., the official Ferrari importer in Lebanon, takes The Daily Star on a tour into the exclusive world of Ferrari ownership...
A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.
Genzyme reports positive data for multiple sclerosis treatment
Genzyme, the rare disease unit of French drug company Sanofi, said Thursday five-year investigatory data from the extension study of its medication Lemtrada, sold in...
Cell Therapy Catapult launches cell history
The Cell Therapy Catapult, the organisation dedicated to the growth of the U.K. cell and gene therapy industry by bridging the gap between scientific research and...
Britain tops world Quality of Death index
Britain topped an 80-country “quality of death” study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide...
Scientists use stem cells to cure blindness
The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for...