Air Algerie disaster wipes out Lebanese families
Israeli fire kills 15 in U.N. school in Gaza
Lebanese University bill finally put to bed
Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
Solid hotel room booking in Eid
The last time Amina Daher spoke to her brother Fayez was just after the plane carrying his wife and three kids took off from Burkina Faso heading toward Algeria, where they were to continue on to Lebanon to spend the Eid al-Fitr holiday with his family.
Bassil asks ICC to investigate Israel, ISIS
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will send two letters to the International Criminal Court requesting Israel and extremist groups in Iraq to be investigated for their...
Boeing reaches plane parts deal with Iran
U.S. planemaker Boeing has disclosed an agreement with Iran to provide airplane parts, relaxing a three-decade freeze in ties as part of a broader package of sanctions...
Clashes in Benghazi kill at least nine, wound 19
At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in heavy clashes overnight in Benghazi as government forces tried to oust Islamist militants holed up...
EU court: CIA ran secret jail in Polish forest
The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its...
Karami praises Siniora’s resistance stance
Former Minister Faisal Karami Thursday described MP Fouad Siniora’s recent stance in support of the resistance as a “historic moment” that should be used for maximum...
Hezbollah MP: Ties with Future ‘almost severed’
Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad said Thursday that ties with rivals in the Future Movement were close to being cut off, adding separately that his party supported holding...
Iranian official in Beirut to discuss Gaza
Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs is due to discuss the situation in Gaza and the region with Lebanese officials.
U.S. planemaker Boeing has disclosed an agreement with Iran to provide airplane parts, relaxing a three-decade freeze in ties as part of a broader package of sanctions relief.
Sudan’s Christians face growing harassment
Church properties have been bulldozed and seized in a climate of growing harassment of minority Christians in Islamist-run Sudan since the South’s 2011 independence,...
Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he...
Israel still a long way from achieving its goals
As diplomatic efforts to end the Gaza bloodshed gain pace, Israel may have managed to weaken Hamas’ firepower, but it is far from achieving a full demilitarization of...
The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining Al-Qaeda suspects.
Two-hour U.S. execution sparks rethink calls
Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the “horrifically botched execution” and...
Sanctions against Russia risk 'impact' on region: IMF
The International Monetary Fund warns that recent economic sanctions imposed against Russia could have a severe impact that would ripple through the region.
France to use 'all military means' in Mali to find missing jet
President Francois Hollande vowed Thursday to deploy all of France's military means in Mali, where it has hundreds of troops, to track down a missing Algerian plane.
EU rejects Swiss request for freedom of movement talks: source
The EU on Thursday formally rejected Switzerland's request to renegotiate their freedom of movement accord so as to take into account a Swiss vote earlier this year to...
A proposed U.S. legislation that broadens financial sanctions on organizations that help channel money to Hezbollah will have no impact on Lebanon’s banking sector, which is already in full compliance with U.S. and international laws.
Byblos defies tourism downturn and draws crowds
A stroll through the millennia-old port city of Byblos on a weekend night delivers a stark contrast to the scene of empty restaurants and thinly populated tourist sites...
Saudi opening to FDI to profit Western banks
HSBC Holdings PLC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the banks set to profit after the Riyadh-based Capital Market Authority announced plans this week to open Saudi...
Iran to crack down on illegal foreign workers
Iran urged companies to favor Iranian nationals when hiring and said it would take stricter action against foreigners working illegally as it seeks to lower...
In China, Apple’s focus pays off
The mobile industry has long held that Samsung’s broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its...
Lebanon sees 90 percent rise in Arab tourism
The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.
Cyprus seeking buyers for FBME
Cyprus was looking for buyers to take over branches of Tanzania-based bank FBME – which faces a U.S. money-laundering probe – after placing the operation under...
CPI declines after phone rate cut
Lebanon’s consumer price index fell drastically in June, with some analysts attributing the drop to telecoms price cuts instituted over the past two month.
HSBC Holdings PLC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the banks set to profit after the Riyadh-based Capital Market Authority announced plans this week to open Saudi Arabia’s bourse to foreign investors.
Dubai telcom du expects network sharing deal
Du, the United Arab Emirates’ second biggest telecoms operator, expects to offer Internet-based phone calls and broadband services across the country before the...
Saudi Arabia to be selective on foreign investors
Saudi Arabia is keeping as much as $40 billion of foreign investor capital waiting as it decides which institutions can participate in the Arab world’s biggest stock...
Sisi makes bold start on economic reforms
Egypt’s new President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has gotten a head start on tackling the country’s economic problems, managing to introduce long-awaited subsidy reform...
The mobile industry has long held that Samsung’s broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets.
Facebook shares hit record high
Shares in Facebook Inc. hit a record high Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world’s No. 1 social network trounce analysts’ expectations...
Holy Land deserted by tourists as fighting rages
Omer Benjoya took a job this summer selling drinks, snacks and postcards on a hill that offers one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Jerusalem.
Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts
Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers...
Don’t discount the future of the dollar
After the recent BRICS countries summit in Brazil, some economic experts forecast a bleak future for the United States’ dollar as the standard global currency for...
In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.
Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.
Germany and the NSA are closer than they let on
Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated...
Until now, Israel is flailing in Gaza
The war in Gaza continues while the outcome remains uncertain.
Recognize Hamas as a valid interlocutor
Another war in the Middle East, another Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, this time with the implicit support of Egypt’s new authoritarian regime.
Arab world ostriches
The Palestinian issue has long been called the central issue in the Arab world, but the relative lack of popular anger amid the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the...
Eradicating a civilization
The Iraqi city of Mosul has been emptied of its Christian community in only a matter of days, in one of the most alarming developments in recent memory in this region.
Threshhold for murder
The Shejaiya massacre in Gaza Sunday coincided with a striking level of popular anger at Israel around the world, as efforts to broker a cease-fire pick up pace.
Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities.
Why the U.S. merits an absurdity prize
The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd...
The U.S. tightens the screws on Russian energy
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this...
Israel’s chronic use of force is failing
What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following 10 days of attacking the territory from the air and suffering Palestinian...
Brace for Mideast’s own Thirty Years’ War
It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith.
China’s foreign policy faces acute challenges
The 18th Party Congress in November 2012 produced new leadership for China, but it did not produce much optimism for the future of China’s relationship with its East...
A century after WWI, let cooperation triumph
Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
China’s Uyghur policy may well lead to wider war
China’s ethnic policies are largely to blame for the state of Uyghur-Chinese relations. In the 1930s and 1940s, Communist China developed its own minzu (ethnicity)...
Chelsea’s all-time top scorer Frank Lampard announced Thursday he has signed with Major League Soccer 2015 expansion side New York City FC, but his England international future remains uncertain.
La Liga, Ligue 1 approve vanishing spray
The real winner of the World Cup has been signed to play in Spain and France next season.
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Perez confident 2015 Mexican GP will happen
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India...
Suarez could make Barcelona debut in El Clasico
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is currently serving a four-month suspension for biting, is poised to potentially make his club debut against bitter rivals Real...
Match-fixer jailed for bribing Lebanese referees
A Singaporean businessman was jailed for three years Thursday for providing prostitutes to three Lebanese football referees in a match-fixing attempt that has put the...
Mourinho’s will to win shone through in preseason
The truth about the new Chelsea will start to emerge over the next few weeks.
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India driver Sergio Perez said Thursday.
F1 asks: Where did all the German fans go?
Where have all the German Formula One fans gone?
Rosberg wins in Germany for Mercedes
Germany’s Nico Rosberg capped a memorable eight days for himself and his country by winning his home grand prix for Mercedes Sunday and stretching his overall lead in...
Rosberg coasts to first German GP win
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg coasts to his first home German Grand Prix win at Hockenheim to extend his lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship.
Rosberg all set to keep Germany celebrating
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his...
LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States’ most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.
Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.
Celtic legend Russell collapses during speech
NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing during a corporate speaking event at a resort town on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Khatib nears deal to rejoin Sagesse
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, sources have told The Daily Star.
Khatib closes in on Sagesse return
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, according to sources close to The Daily Star. Khatib, who turns 35 this year, achieved most of his success...
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now...
Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win
Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer Sunday, following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
McIlroy crowned the prince of the links
They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician’s touch with a golf...
British Open glory for mighty McIlroy
Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake Sunday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and...
At first fleeting glance, the works of local artist Saint Hoax recall the halcyon days of childhood. Incorporating Disney characters in a slew of recent works, however, the pseudonymous artist has called attention to darker realities facing young people today.
Forever 21 to open mid-January
Forever 21, a U.S. women’s clothing retailer, will open its first store in Lebanon at City Centre in mid-January, according to the mall’s press agency.
Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain: study
Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute lower back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to...
Big increase in U.S. teen use of human growth hormone
Experimentation with human growth hormone by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic...
Getting paid for your posts? Social networking’s new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared – except the money those posts produce.
Living like princes at Deir al-Oumara
“The view isn’t so great now, but in the morning ...” The hotel manager, Nadim Zoghbi, trailed off as he showed us to a duplex suite at Deir al-Oumara, a recently...
Halawet al-jibn: A sweet holiday tradition
Different variations of pastry dough, dairy filling and scented sugar syrup together comprise one of the sweetest traditions during the holy month of Ramadan: dessert.
American football team tackles conflicts
When the American University of Beirut created the country’s first collegiate-level American football team in 2012, they anticipated having a coach, team members and...
Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute lower back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published Thursday.
Teen’s death puts focus on dangers of caffeine powder
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and...
Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and...
Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hep C
WASHINGTON: A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat,...
Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones, with some hiccups
What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.
Beauty apps show ‘before and after,’ glamorize selfies
Women looking to enhance their image but wary of spending money on expensive cosmetics can take the guesswork out of finding a new look, or improving selfies, with the...
Facebook lets users squirrel items away
Facebook on Monday began letting people squirrel away online tidbits such as links to chew on more thoroughly later.
U.S. mulls detour on the long road to Mars
Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States is divided about the moon’s role in future space exploration.
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
From France’s champagne region, a Rare label
Le Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, is probably the most important and influential French regional wine board.
In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags.
Paris fashion exhibition celebrates 1950s elegance
Cinched at the waist, with soft rounded shoulders and a swirling skirt, Christian Dior’s famous “Bonbon” dress today appears the epitome of modesty and restraint.
Teen swimwear designer makes debut in Florida fashion show
It was nearly showtime as designer Francesca Aiello, of the line Frankie’s Bikinis, snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs.
Black and white are the new orange at a county jail in Michigan
Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates after a TV series brought new popularity to the...
Fledgling wine industry brewing in Ethiopia
Beyond the donkeys on a potholed road in southern Ethiopia is an unexpected sight – vineyards bursting with merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes ripening in the African...
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
‘Medea’ in London stars Potter film’s McCrory
Helen McCrory, of Harry Potter fame, is a chain-smoking Medea, while pop duo Goldfrapp provides a riveting score for London’s latest staging of Euripides’...
British singer Adele wins damages over photos of son
British singer Adele has accepted a five-figure sum in damages on behalf of her two-year-old son from a paparazzi agency that took photos of his "milestone moments",...
Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent
The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the center of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has...
‘Lucy’ doesnt require much thought
So let’s start with the premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity.
From London’s streets to LA show, thanks to a dog
A former homeless man’s sketches of his dog George, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier he credits with changing his life, are commanding rising prices in a London gallery and...
Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con
LOS ANGELES: When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the...
A battle of museums in Downtown Beirut
Archaeological museums are a bit like buses, it seems. You wait ages and then two come along at once.
British singer Adele has accepted a five-figure sum in damages on behalf of her two-year-old son from a paparazzi agency that took photos of his "milestone moments", her lawyers said on Wednesday.
British singer jailed for child sex crimes loses appeal bid
British rocker Ian Watkins of the band Lostprophets on Wednesday failed in his bid to reduce his 35-year jail sentence for a string of child sex crimes including the...
Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce is finalized
Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage.
Robert Downey Jr highest-earning actor: Forbes
Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive...
Woody Allen conjures up illusion for 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Woody Allen explores the mysteries of illusion and love in "Magic in the Moonlight," a period romantic comedy inspired by 1920s clairvoyants who were debunked by...
CBS keeps Colbert's 'Late Show' in NY in tax-for-jobs deal
CBS' "Late Show" will stay in New York when comedian Stephen Colbert takes over from the late-night talk show's host David Letterman in a deal that will award the...
‘Fargo’ gets second season with new cast
“Fargo,” the Emmy-nominated television miniseries inspired by the Coen brothers’ cult film, has been renewed for a second season that will feature a new storyline and...
Spike Lee helps film student face his past
When a film student decided to revisit his criminal teenage past, he found a powerful ally in filmmaker Spike Lee.
"Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online.
La Roux returns with sexy, sassy second LP
La Roux, "Trouble in Paradise" (Interscope/Cherrytree)
Coming off an artistic hiatus after a widely acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning debut, La Roux returns in force...
Billy Joel to be honored with U.S. Gershwin Prize
Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who penned hit tunes such as "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin...
Sam Smith says chart-topping debut inspired by unrequited love
British singer Sam Smith, who is riding a tidal wave of chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut album "In the Lonely Hour", said it was all inspired...
Ed Sheeran tops British album chart, sets 2014 record
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the...