The European Union launched a health and psychosocial project in the Bekaa town of Al-Marj Wednesday to provide support to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese host communities.
‘Perfect time’ for women to join politics
The time is right to make progress in securing more women’s participation in politics, stakeholders and officials said at a conference in Beirut Wednesday.
Cambridge Analytica London search warrant adjourned until Friday: ICO
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said its application to search Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center of a firestorm over its use of Facebook data,...
Asylum seeker jailed for life in Germany for rape, murder
An asylum seeker claiming to be from Afghanistan was Thursday sentenced to life in jail in Germany for the rape and murder of a student that stoked a public backlash...
Turkey says will drive YPG from border area
Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syria's...
State Security arrests man wanted on 31 warrants
State Security has arrested a man wanted on 31 different warrants, for crimes including theft, fraud, forgery and possession of weapons, the state-run National News...
Hariri, Georgian ambassador talk 'mutual cooperation'
Georgian Ambassador to Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq Gregory Tabatadze Thursday discussed “mutual cooperation” with Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail, according...
Arsal not forgotten, Shorter says on visit
British Ambassador Hugo Shorter Wednesday visited the northeastern border town of Arsal to see how the area is benefiting from the U.K.’s security and development...
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said its application to search Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center of a firestorm over its use of Facebook data, had been adjourned by a British judge until Friday.
Zimbabwe pardons 3,000 prisoners to clear packed jails
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded ousted Robert Mugabe in November, has pardoned at least 3,000 prisoners to clear out overpopulated jails,...
EU leaders set to condemn Turkey over Cyprus gas blockade
European Union leaders are set to condemn Turkey's efforts to stop natural gas exploration off Cyprus ahead of a meeting next week between top EU officials and...
Sarkozy blasts 'lack of evidence' for corruption charges
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy blasted what he said was a lack of evidence for the corruption charges against him over allegations that late Libyan dictator...
Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syria's Manbij region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
Report: Famed Iranian philosopher Shayegan dies at age 83
Iranian state media are reporting that philosopher Dariush Shayegan, known for his book "Cultural Schizophrenia," has died at the age of 83.
Syria rebels begin Ghouta evacuation: state media
Syrian rebels began leaving eastern Ghouta on Thursday, state media said, under the first such evacuation deal from the battered opposition enclave outside Damascus.
Swap of Syrian soldiers, rebels in Harasta deal
Syrian insurgents freed 13 soldiers in return for the release of five rebels on Thursday, the first step of a deal over Harasta town in eastern Ghouta, a Hezbollah War...
Air strikes in Syria's Ghouta kill 19 civilians
Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 19 civilians on Thursday, as the Syrian regime pressed an offensive on the Damascus suburb, a monitor...
Days before the deadline to form electoral lists, political parties and alliances appear to be taking shape and becoming clearer.
917 electoral candidates left after withdrawals
Fifty-eight candidates who initially registered to run for office in Lebanon’s upcoming parliamentary elections have withdrawn their candidacy, the Interior Ministry’s...
Aoun not meddling in vote: Change and Reform
The battle for the upcoming parliamentary elections took another twist Tuesday with reports that President Michel Aoun is interfering in the formation of electoral...
Lebanese electoral law 2017: Full text in English
After years of wrangling, Lebanese lawmakers passed a new vote law in June that will govern the parliamentary elections slated for Spring/Summer 2018. The move marks a...
Elections 2018: Tip of the day
Every day between now and the parliamentary elections on May 6, The Daily Star will print a tip for voters.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has emphasized that one of the top priorities of the Lebanese government at this stage is to buttress the productive sector as a way to achieve growth and create more jobs for the youth.
BDL announces new LL100,000 note
A new LL100,000 banknote with a new design will enter circulation from April 10, Lebanon’s central bank said Wednesday.
Austerity bites for Egypt’s middle class
Teacher Abdel-Rahman Ali wonders if he will be able to afford diapers for the second child his wife is expecting.
Iranian imports in Iraq sign of Tehran influence
It isn’t hard to find signs that Iran is winning a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Iraq.
China raises a key market interest rate, following Fed's move
China gingerly raised a key short-term interest rate on Thursday following the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank's move overnight, in a symbolic reminder that Beijing is...
HORECA puts spotlight on hospitality
Contests, master classes and tastings are all on the menu this week for one of Lebanon’s most important sectors: food and hospitality.
Hariri to seek $6B for infrastructure program
Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday that Lebanon would seek to raise $6 billion worth of funds at the upcoming CEDRE conference to cover its infrastructure program...
Parliamentary committee OKs ministries budgets
Lebanon’s Finance and Budget Parliamentary Committee intensified its meetings to finalize the 2018 draft budget before sending the bill to the House of Representatives...
Eni: East Mediterranean gas could supply Europe
The East Mediterranean could become a hub to export gas to Europe – and the fastest and cheapest way to do that is to utilize idle processing plants in Egypt, a senior...
Kuwait plans $6.6 bln industrial city: official
Kuwait's Public Authority for Industry (PAI) plans to set up a multi-purpose industrial city in the Gulf Arab state with total expected investments of $6.
Kuwait unveils plans for future without oil
The eldest son of Kuwait’s ruler said the OPEC member was revisiting plans to transform itself into a regional business hub, as authorities aim to overcome past...
China gingerly raised a key short-term interest rate on Thursday following the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank's move overnight, in a symbolic reminder that Beijing is keeping an eye on global market trends even as it cracks down on financial risks at home.
Tokyo stocks edge up at close on bargain hunting
Tokyo stocks closed one percent higher on Thursday as bargain-hunting after three straight days of losses offset a stronger yen.
Germany hopes for last-minute US deal to halt trade war
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Thursday Europe could still avoid a trade war with the United States by securing an exemption from metals tariffs announced...
In call to Xi, France's Macron warns of escalation in trade tensions
French President Emmanuel Macron told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a telephone call that it was vital to avoid an escalation in tensions on international trade...
New EU tax plans could hit U.S. tech giants
The European Union Wednesday unveiled new plans to make big tech companies pay more taxes in a move that would, if endorsed, hit online U.S. firms like Google and...
It’s election season in Lebanon and politicians are loading their propaganda weapons and going into battle. Most maintain a level of ethical and moral restraint.
Don’t just vote, elect
Lebanon is truly blessed.
The threat that Brexit is posing to British security
Some moments in history are steeped in irony.
Pollution: 21st century’s neglected menace
Pollution is one of the great existential challenges of the 21st century.
With Turkey in Afrin, let’s not let Manbij fall
The seizure of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Sunday by Turkish forces is a rerun of one of modern history’s saddest recurring themes: The Kurds struggle for...
Deserving of support
The Rome II donor conference Thursday, to be held in support of Lebanon’s Army and the Internal Security Forces, heralds a new era of challenges and expectations.
Slicing up the cake
If the war in Syria is this century’s Spanish civil war, then, according to respected British newspaper The Independent, the carnage now occurring in Eastern Ghouta is...
Equality all year round
It’s a fact. The gender gap is real, it needs to be closed all over the world, and Lebanon is no exception.
Let Assad win? That’s already the U.S. policy
Max Boot in The Washington Post argues that letting Syrian President Bashar Assad “win as quickly as possible” is “the way to save lives.”
Rome II: Lebanon building global trust
In the Italian capital, on March 15, 2018, Prime Minister Saad Hariri in his opening speech of the Rome II conference said: “We are here to build trust because we have...
Trump’s war on maternal health
In December 2014, the cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue featured Salome Karwah, a nursing assistant who not only survived the Ebola epidemic in her...
The seizure of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Sunday by Turkish forces is a rerun of one of modern history’s saddest recurring themes: The Kurds struggle for survival while their friends among the great powers stand aside and watch.
Key figure in Japan land scandal to testify in Parliament March 27
Former Japanese tax agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa, a key figure in a cronyism scandal that has sparked a political crisis for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be summoned...
Putin can’t talk his way out of this mess
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC’s Megyn Kelly this month that in using power, you “must be ready to go all the way to achieve the goals.”
Trump will have a kindred spirit in Pompeo
The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners.
Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now – much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.
Spain enter the final stage of their World Cup preparations with coach Julen Lopetegui experimenting up front.
Ahed destroy Salam Zgharta
Ahed took a significant step toward a sixth Lebanese Premier League title Wednesday after beating Salam Zgharta 5-0 in the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium.
Djokovic says he’s playing pain-free at last
Novak Djokovic insists he is playing pain free for the first time in “years” as he pursues his comeback at the Miami Masters.
Del Potro hopes to make another splash in Miami
The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week.
Rockets shoot down red-hot Blazers
The league-leading Houston Rockets ended the Trail Blazers’ 13-game NBA winning streak Tuesday with a hard-fought 115-111 victory in Portland.
Can ruled out of Spain clash with back injury
Germany's Emre Can has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against Spain after failing to recover from a back injury, coach Joachim Loew said Thursday.
Germany needs big reforms: Bierhoff
German football will need to undertake major steps to remain competitive globally, the world champions’ team manager Oliver Bierhoff said Wednesday ahead of their...
Japan coach to give young players a chance
While established players like Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda should play a big role for Japan at the World Cup, coach Vahid Halilhodzic has indicated that many spots...
Del Potro victory ends Federer’s win streak
Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points in a thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open Sunday before handing world No. 1 Roger Federer his first loss of the year...
Navratilova ‘angry’ at pay gap to McEnroe in BBC
Martina Navratilova is “angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at...
Osaka tops Kasatkina to win Indian Wells title
Unseeded Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win the Indian Wells final, routing Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 Sunday for her first WTA Tour title. World...
Rockets win 115-111 to snap Blazers' 13-game winning streak
James Harden says he's constantly working on his step-back 3-pointer. It paid off against Portland.
Spurs beat injury-riddled Warriors
The San Antonio Spurs boosted their bid for a 21st consecutive NBA post-season appearance with an 89-75 victory over the injury ravaged Golden State Warriors Monday.
Thunder end Raptors run
Russell Westbrook’s fifth straight triple double helped the Oklahoma City Thunder end the Toronto Raptors 11-game NBA winning streak Sunday, as the Portland Trail...
Harden helps Rockets hold off Clippers
The Houston Rockets continued to steam toward the NBA playoffs Thursday with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James and the Cleveland...
The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get - and how much they pay for - streaming TV and movies.
McIlroy ends title drought at Bay Hill in style
Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016...
Injury-riddled Cavs and Warriors win
LeBron James’ 70th career triple-double propelled the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, when the injury plagued...
Klaebo becomes youngest cross-country ski World Cup champ
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, 21, became the youngest man to win the overall cross-country ski World Cup title Sunday, while his fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng retained the...
Wheelchair curling sets Pyeongchang pulses racing
It's probably the slowest sport at the Winter Paralympics, but curling has proved an unlikely hit, with spectators flocking to watch wheelchair-bound athletes...
Sebastian Vettel says he is searching for the "ultimate satisfaction" of winning his fifth Formula One world title driving for Ferrari ahead of this weekend's season opener in Australia.
Opportunity knocks for Ricciardo in new F1 season
Daniel Ricciardo faces a pivotal year in his Formula One career with expectations of a much-improved Red Bull performance and mounting speculation over exactly where he...
Psychology not a main part of Verstappen’s makeup
Max Verstappen says his remarkable success in a short pace of time on the Formula One circuit is not down to being stronger mentally than others, but simply because he...
Psychology not part of F1 Verstappen's make-up
Hamilton says not close to ‘final chapter’
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to reign supreme in Formula One for years to come as the world champion prepares for the start of the new season next weekend.
Tourists to the contemporary art world remark upon its fixation with “space.”
Brazil gallery selling Pollock to stay afloat
Rio de Janeiro’s Modern Art Museum is selling one of its most prized works, a Jackson Pollock painting, to help stay afloat.
Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric
A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance
Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
Ringo Starr knighted by Prince William
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace Tuesday and joked with reporters afterward: “I expect you to use my title.”
Censors clear way for Egypt revolution play
An Egyptian theater group said a play it had canceled after state censors demanded scenes be removed would go ahead after authorities reconsidered their stance.
‘Home Within’ returns to Beirut
When the Syrian uprising began in 2011, Syrian composer and clarinettist Kinan Azmeh found himself unable to compose music that would express his feelings about the...
Kool and the Gang makes world dance 50 years on
The funk classics of Kool and the Gang have found eternal life in everything from stadium pump-up songs and hip-hop samples to wedding parties.
Shaquille O'Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.
Spotify, controversial king of music streaming
Spotify may incontestably be the king of music streaming, but as the Swedish firm prepares for a stock listing, there is still a divide whether its reign is benign or...
Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for new movie
Renee Zellweger has transformed her looks and is working on her singing skills as she starts a new film about Judy Garland.
Comedy Central host tackles gun control
Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper is planning a slumber party for young activists pushing for action on gun control.
Twitter: 'Black Panther' is most tweeted about movie ever
The pop culture sensation "Black Panther" has set another record: most tweeted about movie ever.
Daryl Hannah wants more women in film
Film star Daryl Hannah returned to the red carpet with her debut as a feature film director and said the odds are stacked against women taking prominent roles in the...
Christian Dior has announced that its long-time menswear designer Kris Van Assche is to leave the Parisian fashion house.
French designer Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91
Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his...
Nun involved in lawsuit with Katy Perry over convent dies
A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance.
Common singles out NRA, Kimmel takes aim at Trump at Oscars
Hollywood seized the microphone at Sunday's Oscars and wasn't shy about its passions, sprinkling political moments throughout a show that included anti-gun and...
Kimmel jokes about Oscars envelope issues
Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as Oscars host with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year’s historic envelope malfunction.
France announced a series of measures against sexual violence Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for filing rape complaints.
‘Saudization’ spells scarcity of gold salesmen
A Riyadh gold souk festooned with glittering jewelry has run short of salesmen after a government edict to replace foreign workers with Saudis, part of contentious...
Mini cars drive away
children’s fears of surgery
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public...
Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes
It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow.
Women discuss juggling families, careers
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a...
Ax throwing: the next Olympic sport?
Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects.
Superheroes to the rescue of storm-battered Puerto Rico
Comic book superheroes are coming to the rescue of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Au revoir, baguette! Paris mad for burgers
For the first time in history, hamburger sales in France have soared higher than the classic baguette jambon-beurre sandwich as French diners surrender to the American...
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes, which has begun using toys rather than drugs to alleviate the children’s fears of surgery.
Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead
On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
Cancer therapy works in 75 pct of patients: study
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown...
Dementia linked to chronic boozing says study
Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet...
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a question remains: Where does this progress leave motherhood?
Italian Design Day joins sustainability, flair
At the colorful Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, a large yellow chair in the corner still somehow manages to stand out in spite of the stunning...
Syrian Farmer With Carriage Garden
With his three-wheeled wooden cart overflowing with plants, Syrian refugee Mohammad Mustafa walks the streets and alleys of Sidon peddling flowers.
When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion.
Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet
British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.
Apple grabs two-year lead in 3-D sensing race
Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3-D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters,...
Robots break ground in construction
As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging...
Stem cell eye treatment safe, restores some vision
Two people with severe vision loss due to a degenerative eye disease are able to read after embryonic stem cell treatment, researchers said Monday.
Europe’s tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with “overtourism,” where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
During strife at Panama City hotel, Trump Mojitos but no water
If you can overlook the intermittently running water, Friday’s four-hour power outage and occasional police presence in the lobby, the Trump hotel in Panama City...
Spanish climber's winter Everest summit bid in question
A Spanish climber has abandoned an attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mount Everest for 25 years, the expedition organizer said Tuesday, after "lethal weather"...
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney's Paris expansion
The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge
A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa's capital Pretoria, local media reported.
Shareholders of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. have approved an ambitious pay package for iconic CEO Elon Musk that could net him more than $50 billion if he meets lofty milestones over the next decade, according to a person briefed on the vote.
China to see driverless cars in '3-5 years': Baidu
Self-driving cars will hit the roads in China "within three to five years", the founder of Chinese internet giant Baidu, one of the world's leading designers of...
Ford recalling 1.38 mln sedans over steering defect
Ford announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the...
German automakers biggest spenders on electric cars
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published Monday found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to...
Electric sports cars blur need for speed
Sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini are losing the speed crown to lesser-known rivals offering electric supercars boasting record acceleration.
A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves, Europe's national science academies jointly reported Wednesday.
Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that...
German prosecutors raid BMW in diesel emissions probe
Prosecutors in Germany have raided high-end carmaker BMW in a fraud probe relating to more than 11,000 vehicles they suspect were rigged to appear less polluting in...
Indian wildlife sanctuary sees jump in one-horned rhinos
A tiny wildlife sanctuary in northeastern India has reported a jump in the number of one-horned rhinoceroses.
VW headquarters searched by prosecutors
Volkswagen said on Tuesday that its global headquarters were searched again by German prosecutors in early March as part of an investigation into its diesel emissions...