Two Israeli infantry units crossed into Lebanon's Shebaa Farms in an attempt to kidnap three Lebanese shepherds, a security source told The Daily Star.
3-year-old boy goes missing at Sidon beach
A search and rescue operation continued Saturday to locate three-year old Mahdi Salamah who went missing a day before on Sidon's shores, a source told The Daily Star.
US, allies target ISIS with 30 airstrikes in Iraq, Syria
The United States and its allies launched 19 airstrikes in Iraq and 11 in Syria on Friday in the coalition campaign against ISIS, the U.S. military said on Saturday.
Turkey 'probes claims Iraqi Kurdish civilians killed in airstrike'
Turkey on Saturday said it has opened an investigation into claims that several civilians were killed in an airstrike against militants from the Kurdistan Workers'...
20 people feared dead in remote India landslide: official
Rescuers are searching for some 20 villagers feared killed in a landslide triggered by torrential rain in a remote region of northeastern India, a local official says
Firefighters extinguish blaze at 7-storey building in Beirut
Firefighters doused Saturday a huge fire that erupted at a residential building in Beirut and ten people have been hospitalized for smoke inhalation and sustaining burn...
Ain al-Hilweh official denies evacuation rumors
The head of the Palestinian National Security Forces in Lebanon, Gen. Sobhi Abu Arab, denied Saturday rumors that the residents of a neighborhood in the Palestinian...
Aoun challenges Hariri to live debate
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun Saturday challenged his rival Future Movement chief Saad Hariri to a live, on-air debate.
Syrian Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham mourns Taliban leader
A conservative Islamist rebel group in Syria, which has contested its hardline image in Western newspapers, mourned the death of the leader of the Taliban in a...
Egypt prolongs role in Saudi-led Yemen coalition
Egypt extended Saturday its participation in the Saudi-led Arab coalition carrying out air strikes on Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen for another six months, the...
Kerry lands in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Egypt on Saturday to relaunch a strategic partnership with Washington's longtime ally, at the start of a regional...
Another senior communist rebel held in Philippines
The Philippine military says it had detained a senior communist rebel leader, the latest in a series of arrests or killings which have damaged one of the world's...
Canada PM set to call Oct 19 election, focus on sluggish economy
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly...
Five bodies with hands bound found in Mexico
Mexico City, Aug 1, 2015 (AFP) - Five bodies with their hands bound and some with apparent signs of torture were found in a home in Mexico City, police said Saturday.
After Cecil, second lion poached by foreign tourist in Zimbabwe
After the killing of Zimbabwe's most famous lion by an American tourist, a second lion has been poached by a foreign visitor, a source at the national parks agency told...
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...
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...
Tsipras defends controversial Grexit plan B
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged Friday that his government had made covert contingency plans in case Greece was forced out of the euro, but rejected...
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...
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...
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 and a conflict with separatist forces.
Oil slump pounds ExxonMobil, Chevron earnings
Lower oil prices hammered earnings of U.S. petroleum giants ExxonMobil and Chevron Friday, adding to the industry’s woes amid its worst downturn since the late 1990s.
U.S. labor costs post smallest gain on record
U.S. labor costs in the second quarter recorded their smallest increase in 33 years amid tepid gains in the private sector, but it likely was a temporary setback...
Who needs the Fed? A rate hike cometh on its own
As traders, market pundits and economists jaw over whether the Federal Reserve this year will lift its benchmark lending rate for the first time in almost a decade,...
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 making direct deliveries due to worsening turmoil.
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.
OPEC ‘not ready’ to cut oil output
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said Thursday the oil producers’ cartel was not planning to cut production despite the fall in crude prices over recent months...
Egypt finishes work on New Suez Canal
Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said Wednesday, a project President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major...
Outrage has erupted recently over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.
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...
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.
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...
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...
During Lebanon’s recent and ongoing trash crisis, the dysfunction of the Cabinet has allowed the issue to spin out of control – the national political vacuum has been...
Since 9/11, America has responded aggressively to the danger of terrorism, taking extraordinary measures, invading two countries, launching military operations in many others, and spending over $800 billion on homeland security.
Europe saw was a revival of the ‘ugly German’
During the long night of negotiations over Greece on July 12-13, something fundamental to the European Union cracked.
Greece’s financial woes are making people sick
For the last several years, Greece has been going through a protracted and damaging economic crisis that has had profound consequences on the health of the Greek people.
Politics is behind our waste crisis
In the absence of a clear official policy on dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, municipalities where refugees have settled are being forced to...
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.
Paris Saint-Germain won the Trophee des Champions for the second straight year 2-0 over Lyon
Arsenal out to make statement against Chelsea
Old rivalries will be renewed when Arsenal play Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley Sunday, with the Gunners hoping to prove they are the real deal and finally a...
Rousey crushes Correia to defend her title at UFC 190
Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight title by knocking out Bethe Correia only 34 seconds into the first round at UFC 190
WADA to investigate new doping allegations in athletics
The World Anti-Doping Agency is alarmed by 'wild allegations' made by two European media outlets of widespread suspicious drug tests in track and field, and is asking...
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...
Chelsea’s Costa and Cahill fit for Community Shield
Chelsea striker Diego Costa and defender Gary Cahill will be fit to play against Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho said.
Drogba relishing beautiful challenge of MLS
Didier Drogba said he is looking forward to the “beautiful challenge” of finishing his career in Major League Soccer after being unveiled before hundreds of Montreal...
Guardiola unsure if he is right for Bayern
Shortly before kicking off his third and possibly final season in charge, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is still undecided about his future with the Bundesliga club.
Ruffini wins 25-kilometer open water gold at worlds
Italy's Simone Ruffini won gold in the men's 25-kilometer open water race Saturday, edging out Alex Meyer of the United States at the world swimming championships.
Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Correia
Ronda Rousey is in charge now.
Bell steers England to Ashes third test victory
Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play.
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...
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...
Murray ends Britain’s wait to make Davis semis
Andy Murray clinched Great Britain’s first Davis Cup semifinal berth for 34 years as the world No. 3’s gritty victory against Gilles Simon gave his country an...
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 in Changsha, China.
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...
Jordan backs out of Mavs move, staying in LA
Deandre Jordan has pulled out of a move to join the Dallas Mavericks and has instead agreed a new four-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, US media reports said
Kings, Casspi agree to 2-year, $6 million deal
A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and swingman Omri Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.
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.
Hollywood’s female superhero problem
Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Jackson family patriarch hospitalized
Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson and patriarch of the musical family, suffered a stroke Monday while visiting Brazil and was hospitalized in the...
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 display
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...
A moist evening with Juan and Joyce
The sounds were a little delayed Wednesday evening. Informed that there had been road closures in Beirut – related to the city’s Ayyam al-Zabayleh (Garbage Days), as...
Tour a fine look at artist as reluctant subject
Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment.
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.
'Charged Up' Drake hits back at ghostwriting claim
Hip-hop star Drake has hit back at charges he relies on ghostwriters for his songs, releasing a new track dissing his accuser which quickly went viral online.
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...
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...
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.
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 Souks.
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.
International cuisine à la minute
Sitting and admiring the view at the Phoenicia Hotel’s Eau de Vie rooftop restaurant, two-Michelin-starred chef Onno Kokmeijer jokes that his Lebanese hosts are already...
Promoting motorcycle culture in Lebanon
Professional riders on KTM motorcycles tackled a 200-meter jump as thousands of spectators looked on in excitement at the weekend’s Full Moon Party at Praia Beach...
Women soccer team on verge of titles
The Stars Academy for Sports’ women’s football team is poised to win the league and cup titles this year, and can clinch both with a victory against the Girls Football...
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...