Maronite bishops expressed solidarity with the families of captive soldiers and policemen held by Islamist militants, urging Muslim authorities to take a bold stance against extremism.
Bassil: Unconditional military donation is welcomed
Gebran Bassil says he welcomes any unconditional donations made to the Lebanese Army as it fights extremist terrorist groups along the border with Syria.
UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September
The U.N. mission in Baghdad says at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher.
ISIS behead captured Kurds in Syria
Activists say ISIS militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border.
Captain told passengers to stay in sinking ferry
The skipper of a South Korean ferry that sank in April with the loss of more than 300 lives had ordered passengers not to leave the sinking vessel, a court heard.
Nusra Front releases Army soldier
Nusra Front militants handed over Tuesday night a Lebanese soldier they abducted last month to an envoy of Qatar negotiating the release of nearly two dozen servicemen...
Protests over wage hike bill
Parliament is slated to meet Wednesday to pass the public sector wage hike bill, against the backdrop of opposition by the private sector and a threat of an open strike...
Future MP Jisr: Security, Army best investment
Future bloc MP Samir Jisr said Tuesday that the security situation in Tripoli was stable, adding that the presence of ISIS flags at a demonstration last week did not...
Holdout Iraq tribe repels ISIS leaving 14 dead
A jihadist attack on an Iraqi tribe that has held out for weeks against militants has left at least seven dead on either side, police and medics say.
Ten dead as Kurds battle ISIS for Syria border town
Fierce fighting between Kurdish militia and ISIS for a strategic Syrian border town killed at least 10 people overnight, activists say.
Israel stages fresh Gaza incursion despite truce
Israeli army vehicles and bulldozers staged a limited incursion into the southern Gaza Strip for the fourth time since a cease-fire between Palestinian resistance...
Grenade attacks kill four, wound 11 in SW Pakistan
Militants lob grenades at two small businesses in a southwest Pakistani city, killing at least four and wounding 11 in what police termed ethnically-motivated attacks.
South Africa's Tutu backs Hong Kong protesters
Desmond Tutu backs pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, criticizing police for trying to suppress them and calling on Bejing not to "fear the will of its people."
Norway the best place to grow old: global index
Norway is the best place to grow old, according to the latest Global Age Watch index of 96 countries, while Afghanistan is the worst.
At least 10 killed in shelling on Ukraine school
At least 10 people were killed when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and Reuters...
A new rental law that enacted gradual increases in the value of residential lease contracts signed before 1992 would open the door for hundreds of legal battles between tenants and landlords if Parliament fails to introduce amendments to the law that goes into effect on Dec. 28.
Al Rifai expands in Lebanon
The deteriorating security situation in Lebanon may have prompted some local and foreign businesses to freeze investments in the country, but the latest $25 million new...
France’s Total wins Egypt gas exploration license
French oil company Total has been awarded a license to explore for natural gas in the Nile Delta, a source in the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company said...
Gulf Arab economies to grow faster in 2015
Gulf Arab economies are likely to grow slightly faster in 2015, propped up by strong private business activity despite further falls in oil prices, a Reuters poll of...
Ukraine fall-out hits Russian economy
Russia’s economy will fail to grow at all in 2014 and inflation will reach a four-year high, a Reuters poll of economists predicted Tuesday, as Western sanctions over...
Over $45M of Audi shares traded on BSE
Bank Audi’s shares took the center stage again Tuesday in the usually dormant Beirut Stock Exchange as investors grabbed more than $45 million worth of the bank’s stocks.
Ogero launches One-Stop Shop
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb announced Tuesday the launching of the One-Stop Shop in all of Ogero’s offices in order to serve all clients with land lines as...
Harb proposes three options for cellular networks
Lebanon extended the contracts of mobile operators touch and Alfa, as Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb prepares to offer three different options to Cabinet...
French oil company Total has been awarded a license to explore for natural gas in the Nile Delta, a source in the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company said Monday.
Gaza war deals blow to Israel’s tourism
It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel.
Egypt to invest $14.5B in petchems, refining
Egypt plans to invest $14.5 billion in developing its refining and petrochemicals sectors over the next five years, its oil minister said, as part of efforts to...
Iran urges OPEC to stop oil slide
Iran Friday urged OPEC members to make joint efforts to keep oil prices from falling further, highlighting a split with other members such as Saudi Arabia who face...
Russia’s economy will fail to grow at all in 2014 and inflation will reach a four-year high, a Reuters poll of economists predicted Tuesday, as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite.
Yellen takes the good Greenspan, leaves the bad
Janet Yellen looks to be taking one page out of Alan Greenspan’s playbook while tearing up another as she plots monetary strategy for 2015 and beyond.
UBS to pay $1.4B bail in France
UBS AG is to pay a record 1.1 billion-euro ($1.4 billion) security deposit in a French tax-evasion case as it challenges the allegations and bond demand, according to a...
Moscow can’t alter EU-Kiev deal: Malmstrom
Russia will not be allowed to amend a free-trade deal between the EU and Ukraine, the woman set to become the bloc’s new trade chief said Monday, rejecting Moscow’s...
How Russia left the road to prosperity
When U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair became the first leader of a major economy to meet Russia’s new president in March 2000, Vladimir Putin couldn’t have been more...
Not unexpectedly, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s address to the U.N. General Assembly Monday smacked of delusion and detachment from reality.
Since the creation of the U.N. in the 1940s, Lebanese foreign ministers have always done an admirable job of representing their country, from Charles Malik, who in 1948...
Netanyahu’s lies are wearing thin
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly Monday may go down as a sign of how badly out of touch he is with the rest of the...
Young entrepreneurs seek change in the Middle East
Talking to young tech entrepreneurs gathered at a conference in Istanbul, you hear the hunger for change that is pervasive in the Middle East.
Still reading the tea leaves in Sino-Indian ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India followed quickly on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s successful four-day visit to Japan from Aug. 30.
With tension and violence in the Lebanese town of Arsal leading the headlines for weeks, a debate has been raging recently over the country’s treatment of Syrian...
Palestinians need support
The announcement of a partial agreement reached between Fatah and Hamas over governing Gaza Thursday must be welcomed, but with some natural caution.
Syria is forsaken
The current aerial campaign against jihadist positions across Syria – apparently the climax of a very confused U.S. foreign policy on the region over the last few years...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly Monday may go down as a sign of how badly out of touch he is with the rest of the world; and of how the traditional Zionist use of scare tactics to maintain virtually absolute American support for any Israeli action is wearing thin.
An old text outlines the strategy of savagery
It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.”
Abbas should resort to international law
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the U.N. General Assembly Friday was expected to launch a process that combines wishes with threats.
America’s anti-ISIS plan is becoming clearer
The symbolism Tuesday was appropriate for a nation at war: A somber president in a plain blue suit describing military strikes in Syria the night before, an American...
Rouhani skillfully navigates Iran’s political sea
In his first year as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani has proved himself a capable operator, carrying forward an agenda of renewed diplomacy and tighter economic...
Anti-terrorism curbs Tunisian liberties
Fifteen Tunisian soldiers were killed on July 16 on Mount Chaambi near the Algerian border, the deadliest assault on army personnel in nearly a year.
Against barbarism, Lebanon deploys pluralism
Gobal debate in recent weeks has centered on President Barack Obama’s initiative to prevent the advance of ISIS.
Obama mustn’t stray from his main Mideast goal
There is a long history of misconceived and over-reaching foreign military intervention in the Middle East, and it is to be hoped that President Barack Obama’s decision...
Paris St. Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona Tuesday.
Ludogorets bid to follow in footsteps of Sofia
Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League home debut against...
Nadal returns in style, Djokovic wins in China
Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million...
Williams fights back in China, Cilic also through
U.S. Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their openers at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women’s No. 1 crushing her opponent...
Verstappen to set F1 record in Japan GP practice
Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix only...
Mueller penalty enough to see off CSKA
A first-half penalty by Thomas Mueller was sufficient for Bayern Munich to beat Russian champions CSKA Moscow Tuesday and make it two wins from two matches in their...
Atletico out to prove they have teeth in attack
Atletico Madrid’s Champions League game at home to Juventus Wednesday will be a chance for the Spanish champions to prove they have the firepower to challenge in Europe...
Blanc puts faith in philosophy for Barca
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says there is no question of his side giving up their footballing philosophy in Tuesday’s Champions League Group F encounter...
Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open.
Murray wins first title since Wimbledon
An emotional Andy Murray thanked his lucky stars after saving five match points before beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 5-, 7-6(9), 6-1 to win the Shenzhen Open in China...
Murray wins 1st title in 15 months at Shenzhen
Second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain rallied from a set down to defeat fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, 5-7, 7-6 (9), 6-1 on Sunday to win the Shenzhen Open.
Sharapova crashes, Kvitova through in Wuhan Open
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova crashed out of the $2.4 million WTA Wuhan Open in straight sets Wednesday, while Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and world No. 7 Caroline...
Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix only three days after his 17th birthday.
‘Three Rs’ spell out lead for Hamilton
For a Grand Prix that began with confusion over self-censorship and concluded with Lewis Hamilton leading the standings, the race weekend can be summed up by using the...
Hamilton wins in Singapore as Rosberg limps out
Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One drivers’ world championship lead Sunday when he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix after his Mercedes teammate Nico...
Mercedes duo set for Singapore street fight
Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes...
Title rivals relish ‘challenge’ of radio silence
Title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were in rare harmony Thursday when asked to voice their opinions on Formula One’s controversial decision to ban radio...
The Lebanese Basketball Federation announced Tuesday that the 2014-2015 domestic league season would start Nov. 14.
Qatar withdraws from Asian Games basketball
Qatar's delegation chief says the women's basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games after organizers refused to let players wear hijabs in competition.
Fattouh hired as assistant for Serbian club
Jad Fattouh achieved a historic step for Lebanese coaches Tuesday when he was hired as an assistant coach for Serbian basketball club Mega Vizura.
Lyon hold stuttering PSG in Paris
A below par Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to improve Paris St Germain’s limp start to the season Sunday as the French champions stuttered to a 1-1 home draw in Ligue 1...
Sarkis in advanced talks for Homenetmen job
Veteran head coach Ghassan Sarkis told The Daily Star that he is in advanced talks with Homenetmen to take over their side.
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.
NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized
Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception, the...
Doping takes spotlight at Asian Games
The ugly specter of drugs in sport took center stage at the Asian Games Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region’s...
Gulf states strike athletics gold at Asiad
Bahrain and Qatar struck more Asian Games athletics gold Monday as their policy of cherry-picking top African talent continued to pay off, while North Korea stunned the...
U.S. needs spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder rot
Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good...
The National Trust is the keeper of Britain’s stately homes and coastal walks, its army of elderly volunteers sustaining visitors with tea and cakes.
Chanel creates Paris boulevard in show
They were styles literally made to be worn on the street. But not just any street: This was Chanel’s boulevard.
Hobbit fans step into "Shadow of Mordor" video game
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday released a "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game that plays out between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the...
Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape: study
High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists said Tuesday.
Tasmania’s sparkling with Champagne potential
In recent years Tasmania has developed a global reputation for sparkling wine along with its name for great still wines that made the island state famous a decade...
African Catholics say ‘Amen’ – with rhythm
“Is anybody here baptized?” cries the preacher.
Man who raised $55K for potato salad throws party
An Ohio man who raised $55,000 after a joke appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party Saturday that promised “peace, love and...
Champagne and tributes flow at Jean Paul Gaultier farewell
The champagne flowed, along with the tributes, on Saturday as irrepressible fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier slathered his last ready-to-wear show in bucketloads of...
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday released a "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game that plays out between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings.
Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's...
Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China from October 17
Apple said Tuesday it will begin selling its latest iPhones in China from October 17 after the Chinese regulator pressed the US giant to improve personal data security...
The more you drive, the more you’re driven crazy
Sometimes you discover the most ironic things about yourself. I’ve always been passionate about cars, as demonstrated by the fact that I regularly write articles on the...
In recent years Tasmania has developed a global reputation for sparkling wine along with its name for great still wines that made the island state famous a decade earlier.
Is Switzerland the Lebanon of Europe?
As the plane crosses over the snow-topped Alps and Switzerland’s verdant scenery begins to emerge, a cluster of old houses nestled in the slopes of a rugged mountain...
Keg is tapped: Oktoberfest opens to toast millions
Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicks off with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revelers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere...
Festivals, leaf peeping top free W.Va. events
Autumn’s arrival in West Virginia means the leaves and the weather will be changing – and the fun is just getting started.
Five free things to see and do in Naples
La dolce vita is all the sweeter when you get it for free. “La dolce vita,” of course, means “the sweet life,” in Italian, something you will find plenty of in Italy’s...
The designer of the thigh-flashing dress with which the new Mrs. Clooney wowed the crowds in Venice at the weekend was revealed Monday as Italian haute couture star Giambattista Valli.
Clooney father-in-law hails wedding as good news for Mideast
George Clooney’s Lebanese father-in-law said Sunday that his daughter Amal Alamuddin’s wedding to the Hollywood heartthrob was “very good news” for the turmoil-ridden...
Alamuddin-Clooney marriage captivates the world
The world’s paparazzi, bloggers and most prestigious newspapers all appear to be overwhelmed with the big news of this year: George Clooney is getting married.
Italian Embassy celebrates its designers
Italy and Lebanon have longed enjoyed not only rich economical and political ties, but also a love for fashion through their mutual appreciation for exceptional...
Thyme to empower Akkar’s women
On a small plot of land in the shadow of the mountains in the tiny Akkar village of Tikrit, Elie Wehbeh, a project coordinator at the Safadi Foundation, kneels down...
Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races, but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a superstar.
Sweeteners boost diabetes risk: study
Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement.
Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood
Scientists said they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis...
Venezuela shortages pinch breast implants
Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
WHO: Use of blood-derived drugs against Ebola
WHO says that experts have agreed that blood-derived drug therapies and convalescent serum may be used for treatment of Ebola virus, and calls for investment in the...
With the help of Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Dolce & Gabbana, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin vaulted into the top echelons of Hollywood fashion with her stylish Italian wedding to actor George Clooney.
No street secrets for fashion photographer Bill Cunningham
In a past life, he dressed Jackie Kennedy and designed fashionable hats.
Writers, readers go mobile and social at Wattpad
Allen Lau considers himself living proof that love of good writing is alive and well in the age of streaming video and terse text messages.
Gone Girl ensures NY Film Festival dazzles
David’s Fincher’s “Gone Girl” kicked off the New York Film Festival Friday adding a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour to one of the most anticipated openings of the...
Amazon, Disney appear close to settling dispute over movies
Amazon.com Inc appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall...
Tracy Morgan incredulous Wal-Mart blames him for accident injuries
Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was injured in a road accident that caused the death of his friend, was incredulous on Tuesday that retailer Wal-Mart blamed him and others...
Tina Turner Museum opens at old Tennessee school
A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday as a museum honoring the singer’s career and recalling her childhood in this small West...
Jane Fonda gets personal at Rape Foundation brunch
Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42.
Magical Girl wins San Sebastian Film Fest prize
Spanish director Carlos Vermut’s film “Magical Girl,” about a father who tries to fulfill the last wish of his ailing daughter, won the prize for best movie at this...
The sound and movement of CO2
Carbon dioxide used to be an unassailably good thing. Plants absorb it and light to make oxygen.
Celebrating multicultural literature in Beirut
Many of our most famous authors wrote their masterpieces in a second language. Vladimir Nabokov penned his first nine novels in Russian, but wrote “Lolita” in English.
Amazon.com Inc appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
'Sleepy Hollow' hopes to engage fans in season 2
"Sleepy Hollow" was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season "the tricky second album.
US to allow TV, movie companies to use drones
U.S. aviation regulators loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the...
Denzel Washington sharpens tools to exact justice in 'Equalizer'
After watching the "The Equalizer," moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in the same way.
Quirky 'Boxtrolls' find home on margins of animation
As the hipsters of animation, Portland, Oregon-based Laika studios is not afraid to play on the fringe with its latest film "The Boxtrolls," and its lead stars are not...
Hitting the road with his band in a beat-up van, Sean Bohrman looked at the cassette deck and, instead of seeing an ancient relic, became inspired.
Ozzy says Black Sabbath to record new album
Some 45 years after pioneering heavy metal, Black Sabbath will return to the studio for a new album that could be the band's last, frontman Ozzy Osbourne says.
R&B star Blige turns soul diva with 'London Sessions'
Award-winning US singer Mary J. Blige told AFP she was hoping to broaden her audience with her soulful new album "London Sessions" and revealed she wants to write an...
Royksopp bids adieu to albums with dark final work
Norwegian electronic artists Royksopp said Monday that they would stop making albums with the release of a final, darker work.
Jay Z, Beyonce take stage at Global Citizen fest
Jay Z is in a global state of mind: The rap star performed Saturday for thousands in New York's Central Park and encouraged the crowd to help end world poverty.