The bodies of Lebanese nationals who died in a terrorist attack will be a retrieved by a high-ranking official delegation, the state-run National-News Agency reported Wednesday.
Zahrani Municipality workers stage sit-in
Zahrani Municipality workers and employees Thursday staged an early morning sit-in in front of the local municipality building to protest the late payment of their wages
Infamous Australian Daesh fighter of Lebanese descent 'likely' dead
Canberra said Thursday there was a "high probability" a notorious Daesh (ISIS) fighter from Australia and two of his children had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria
U.S.-led strikes kill 17 in Raqqa: activists
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Daesh’s remaining territory in Syria’s Raqqa city killed 17 civilians Wednesday, including children, an activist group said.
ICC orders Mali radical to pay $3.2 million in reparations
The International Criminal court says a Muslim radical found guilty of destroying World Heritage-listed cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu must pay 2.7...
3 arrested in south Lebanon for abduction of minor
The Internal Security Forces arrested three people Thursday in Sidon for the crime of abducting a minor, security sources told The Daily Star
March 14 erred in not dissolving Syrian-Lebanese supreme council: Mahfouz
Elie Mahfouz, a member of the March 14 alliance and head of the Change Movement, said Thursday that the alliance had made a mistake in failing to shut down the...
Fed-up fishermen block road to Burj Hammoud dump
A group of fishermen and environmental activists Thursday blocked the road adjacent to the old Burj Hammoud harbor to stop access to a nearby dump, which they claim is...
Sadr’s Gulf trips show realpolitik
An influential Iraqi Shiite Islamic scholar, notorious for his followers’ deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to...
Turkey orders 70 former ministry personnel detained
Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 70 former finance ministry employees on Thursday over alleged links to last year's failed coup attempt, broadcaster...
Iran reform leader on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalised Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a...
The International Criminal court says a Muslim radical found guilty of destroying World Heritage-listed cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu must pay 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million) in reparations
Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them
Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women,...
S. Korea's Moon: No war on Korean peninsula
There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Thursday, saying Seoul effectively had a veto over US military action in response...
Australian court: Refugee camp in Papua New Guinea is legal
Australia's highest court has ruled that the country's policy of sending asylum seekers to migrant camps in Papua New Guinea is valid
Zimbabwe's Mugabe in S.Africa after wife is accused of assault
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Veteran Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has arrived in South Africa, state media said on Friday, for a regional summit overshadowed by...
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan and Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter held talks with Syrian officials in Damascus Wednesday to boost trade between the two countries amid widening debate over the validity of the visit.
Private sector rails against new taxes
Lebanon’s private sector made a last-ditch effort Monday to repeal the tax measures designed to finance the salary scale for civil servants, public school teachers and...
Qatar economy bruised but still strong: experts
Qatar’s economy has been hit by the sanctions imposed by a Saudi-led Arab bloc but the emirate’s economy is strong enough to survive, analysts say.
Air Berlin files for insolvency
Air Berlin PLC filed for insolvency after leading shareholder Etihad Airways PJSC withdrew its financial support, marking the second failure of a major European airline...
Trump goes after Amazon, again
President Donald Trump is renewing attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and says the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.”
Agriculture sector struggles to reach potential
With plenty of rainfall, several distinct microclimates that allow for year-round farming, and a renowned healthy cuisine, Lebanon’s agriculture sector should be...
Port silo head sacked after study
Economy Minister Raed Khoury announced Friday his decision to end the services of the director general of Port of Beirut’s silo and five other employees for committing...
Saudi tourists return to Lebanon: report
The number of Saudi tourists to Lebanon increased by 86.77 percent in the first 7 months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to statistics from the...
Qatari fund reduces stake in Credit Suisse
The Qatar Investment Authority has reduced its direct shareholding in Credit Suisse Group AG to 4.94 percent in one of the sovereign wealth fund’s rare sales of the...
Egypt weighs $4 billion Eurobond sale
Egypt plans to return to international debt markets in January to raise up to $4 billion to fund the budget deficit, a Finance Ministry official said.
Qatar's economy remains strong: experts
Qatar's economy has been hit by the sanctions imposed by a Saudi-led Arab bloc but the emirate's economy is strong enough to survive, analysts say.
European stocks rise as pound wins brief boost
European stock markets rose solidly Wednesday, while the pound briefly won support from well-received U.K. employment data, as investors looked ahead to the release of...
US talks tough as NAFTA negotiations get underway
The United States Wednesday laid down a tough line for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, demanding major changes to the pact that would reduce U.S....
Eurozone economic growth picks up pace
The euro area economy gathered pace in the second quarter as more nations joined the recovery.
Fed policymakers grow worried about inflation
Federal Reserve policymakers appeared increasingly wary about recent weak inflation and some called for a halt to further interest rate hikes until it was clear the...
Parliament’s abolishment of the heinous penal code Article 522 – better known as the “rape law” – is a milestone for women’s rights in Lebanon.
Address the menace
Here’s a wake-up call for the Arab world, Africa and Europe: Libya is still a member of the Arab League, African Union and United Nations.
Brexit down on the farm
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union no doubt carries many risks.
China’s ‘double-freeze’ con
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un says the United States will pay a “thousandfold for all the heinous crimes” it has committed against his country.
U.S. wonders if treaty with NKorea makes sense
After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday.
Keeping the storms at bay
At a time when multiple challenges threaten Lebanon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been relentless in his efforts to ward off any damage to the country and spare its...
Despair met with apathy
Striving for a better life, hundreds of thousands of migrants have risked everything to climb aboard archaic dinghies in search of a home that offers opportunities,...
Renounce the menace
It is just days since U.N. Syria investigator Carla del Ponte resigned, bemoaning the regime’s accountability vacuum, and her lament that the situation there is worse...
Surviving America’s Political Meltdown
The U.S. is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy.
The Mexican paradox
Few economies pose as big a paradox as Mexico’s.
A greener grid for East Asia
Not long ago, the future of nuclear power was in Asia.
The art of the bluff, not the art of the deal
How did we get here?
North Korea, on the brink of Trump’s sanity
The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for the U.S. and China, and for the new international order both nations say they want.
For once, on Russia, Trump may be actually right
When all right-thinking people in the nation’s capital seem to agree on something – as has been the case recently with legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia –...
Democrats should rethink immigration absolutism
In 1992, the Democratic Party faced a challenge on the issue of abortion.
Everton signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Premier League rivals Swansea for a club record 45 million pounds ($58 million) Wednesday.
Wenger cites impasse in Sanchez talks
Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said Wednesday.
Nishikori to miss rest of season with injury
Japan’s Kei Nishikori will miss the rest of the 2017 season after tearing a tendon in his right wrist, his manager said Wednesday.
Injuries, upsets for men in Cincinnati
Injuries and upsets are wrecking the men’s side of the Western & Southern Open.
Iran dash Lebanon’s Asia Cup dreams
Iran bated the hosts, they dared them to commit from deep.
British media rave about ‘Alexander the Great’
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning free-kick for Liverpool in their 2-1 Champions League win over Hoffenheim had the British media purring “Who needs Coutinho” in...
Mbappe was dropped to ‘protect’ him: Jardim
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has claimed that star striker Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend “to protect him” rather than as a punishment.
Press rave about Liverpool's 'Alexander the Great'
Trent Alexander-Arnold's stunning free-kick for Liverpool in their 2-1 Champions League win over Hoffenheim had the British media purring 'Who needs Coutinho?' in...
Serena aims for outrageous’ comeback
Serena Williams, feeling “new power” from her pregnancy, is already readying for an Australian Open title defense in January.
Federer withdraws from Cincinnati, Nadal to No. 1
Rafael Nadal was assured a return to world No. 1 for the first time since July of 2014 Monday when 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer withdrew from this week’s...
Svitolina clinches Toronto title
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina capped a remarkable week in Toronto by beating Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-0 at the Rogers Cup Sunday to capture her tour-leading fifth...
Khatib leads Lebanon to win over Chinese Taipei
Fadi el-Khatib scored at will and Amir Saoud played a starring role off the bench as Lebanon strolled to a 90-77 win over minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second...
Lebanon leap into second round at Asia Cup
Lebanon will aim to make quick work of minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second round Monday, as a daunting task against the mighty Iran team awaits the hosts in...
Lukaku makes dream debut
Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian’s brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal was the...
New Zealand prevail despite Khatib heroics
A vintage display from talisman Fadi al-Khatib was not enough Thursday as Lebanon fell to New Zealand 86-82 in an enthralling encounter in Zouk.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.
Bolt vows ‘never again’ after emotional farewell
Usain Bolt took an emotional final bow on the track at the end of the World Championships in London Sunday before declaring that, definitely and definitively, there was...
Thomas picks right major at right time to win
The son and grandson of golf professionals, Justin Thomas couldn’t think of a better major to win than the PGA Championship.
Organizers to blame for Bolt’s collapse
Usain Bolt’s dramatic and inglorious end to his top level career was the fault of world championship organizers, his furious teammates claimed.
McGregor slams sparring partner for walking out
Conor McGregor hit back at former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi, saying the retired two-time champion was looking for an excuse to leave training camp.
British athletics legend Mo Farah was hailed by the British media Sunday despite his glorious track career ending with defeat in the 5,000-meter world championships final.
Cool-headed Marquez at the double at Czech GP
Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win Sunday.
Vettel in fine fettle for F1’s August break
Sebastian Vettel will enjoy Formula One’s August break as championship leader but the Ferrari driver knows the job is only half done and it will not get any easier in...
Vettel wins while Hamilton keeps his word
Sebastian Vettel won a tense Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton...
Ricciardo fastest in Hungary practice round
Australian Daniel Ricciardo reminded Formula One’s title contenders that Red Bull remain a force to reckon with after lapping fastest in crash-interrupted practice at...
Tiro Association for Arts recently unveiled the programs for two festivals, the second edition of Lebanon International Theatre Festival and the Lebanon International Short Film Festival, now in its fourth edition.
Love somehow shines through ‘The Glass Castle’
Any parents of young children – or anyone thinking of hearing the pitter-patter of little feet – are urged to go to their local movie theater and see “The Glass Castle.”
Taylor Swift testifies at groping trial
Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language...
Jury arrives for Taylor Swift groping case
A jury is expected to be seated soon in Taylor Swift's civil trial involving a groping allegation against a former DJ.
Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond
British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation
Toto cancels concert at Baalbeck festival
The concert of legendary rockers Toto, scheduled to perform at the Baalbeck International Festival Tuesday, has been canceled, bringing an abrupt end to this year’s...
A focus on local photographic talent
For the Beirut Center of Photography team, photos are a job, a passion and a mission.
Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit
A retelling of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce.
Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language that did not sugarcoat what she called a "despicable and horrifying and shocking" encounter.
Stones planning new album: Richards
Keith Richards has disclosed that The Rolling Stones are working on a new album after a picture showed leading British rapper Skepta in the studio with the rock legends.
Malaysia bans 'Despacito' on state radio, TV due to lyrics
Malaysia has banned "Despacito" on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song's record-breaking popularity
Terminator 2 ‘timely as ever’: Cameron
James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four “Avatar” sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever –...
Samuel L. Jackson on race and loving his job
Does any other actor so fully embody the high-octane thrills, the colorful language, the sheer bigness of American movies as Samuel L. Jackson?
Woody and Brie on The Glass Castle
He’s had a Hollywood career that has spanned decades while she won a Best Actress Oscar before turning 30.
Versace show to highlight ’90s homophobia
A U.S. television miniseries, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” aims to highlight the homophobia of the 1990s and the role it played in the...
British actor and comedian John Cleese received the honorary lifetime achievement award at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Elvis fans upset over $28.75 charge
Time was when fans of the late Elvis Presley, aka the king of rock’n’roll, made their solemn procession past his Graceland mansion grave during the annual candlelight...
Pratt drops in at Teen Choice Awards but Cyrus a no-show
The Teen Choice Awards, always a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out during Sunday night's ceremony to consider the world its young audience will inherent
Austria's Conchita cancels Edinburgh show in visa row
Austria's bearded drag idol Conchita said Friday she had cancelled her headlining act at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival because her Syrian musicians...
Tiger Woods set for arraignment on DUI charge in Florida
Golfer Tiger Woods, arrested in May on a charge of driving under the influence after police found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz stopped on a Florida...
Each staccato rat-a-tat-tat of the laser firing an intense beam at the elaborate red, green and black dragon on Taufiq Hidayat’s arm is, he prays, bringing him closer to God.
Cassini mission to end with plunge toward Saturn
A near 20-year journey is about to come to a crashing conclusion. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has almost depleted its fuel depots and is now entering its final phase,...
Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough
Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope...
Spas emphasize wellness over beauty
Unplug. Breathe. Relax. Wellness rather than beauty was the message this week at the annual International Spa Association event in New York.
Dogs find a safe haven with benevolent volunteer
Over 100 dogs have found a safe haven under the Zahrani Bridge in south Lebanon.
Big Ben to fall silent for four years of repairs
The bongs will soon be gone.Britain’s much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th-century...
English football team’s eco dream as first vegan club
English football club Forest Green Rovers, run by a former nomad turned renewable energy entrepreneur, are proudly boasting their credentials as a pioneer in...
‘Chess god’ Kasparov returns to competition
In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement – if only briefly – to take on a new generation of...
Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible
Australian teen's feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures
A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.
Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study
Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at...
Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women: study
Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus and breasts, a US study found Tuesday
Tourism rebounds for the summer
A recent uptick in visitor numbers to Lebanon has left officials and business executives in the tourism sector feeling buoyed.
Art therapy rising, practitioners need regulation
An increasing number of Lebanese are interested in art therapy, practitioners say, which has raised some concerns that without proper training and regulation of...
A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.
Is fear of robots irrational?
Robots are secretly plotting to kill us.
Facebook anonymously launched an app in China
Facebook anonymously launched a new photo-sharing app in China in a new effort to make inroads in the world's most populous country
Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit: ESA
An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometres in October, inside the Moon's orbit, astronomers said Thursday
Japan gives world-beating fidget spinner a whirl
One company in perfectionism-obsessed Japan is claiming it has developed a fidget spinner that whirls longer than any rival on the market -- 12 minutes and counting.
Chronic overcrowding in some of Europe’s beloved tourism hotspots is fueling an angry backlash, from polite protest to “Go Home” graffiti and even physical intimidation.
Wrecks, treasures under Albania’s coastal waters
Descending beneath the waves, the cloudy first few meters quickly give way to clear waters and an astonishing sight – dozens, perhaps hundreds, of tightly packed...
Spain hosts annual exodus to North Africa
It’s the largest annual human migration in Europe: Millions of people from France, Belgium and Italy cross Spain every summer to spend their holidays with family in...
Tourists seeking ‘Despacito’ find La Perla
Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit “Despacito” was...
Taste of the Tour: Food and drink gems
For three weeks, as the Tour de France riders did their thing, a team of Associated Press journalists who followed them valiantly ate and drank their way through the...
If you were stuck in horrible traffic Monday morning heading from Beirut toward Jounieh, I must confess you have me to blame.
The truth behind electric cars’ ‘green’ fiction
A couple of weeks ago The Daily Star ran an article lamenting the fact that Lebanon is woefully unprepared for the advent of the electric car era.
The Future is Back: Hide your flux capacitors!
With so much going on recently pertaining to the future of the automotive industry, this seemed like an excellent time to talk about the DeLorean DMC-12
Self-driving cars: Already in Lebanon?
Over the past few weeks, developments in the automotive industry have shifted the focus away from the spectacle of hypercars and megacars toward uncertainty about what...
Lasmborghini Countach: The car world’s Lucifer
1983 shouldn’t have been particularly memorable for most people, but for me it was traumatic.