Militants in the outskirts of Arsal have released a Lebanese citizen who was kidnapped Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star Tuesday.
Dozens of Nusra fighters killed along border
The Lebanese Army clashed with fighters from Nusra Front overnight, as the militants sought to cross into Lebanon after suffering heavy casualties in clashes with the...
Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists
Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said.
Gazans feared among shipwreck dead, missing
Dozens of Gazans are suspected to be among 500 migrants feared dead in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean last week, a Palestinian official says.
French government wins crunch confidence vote
Saudi grant spurred Russian aid to Lebanese Army
Saudi Arabia’s decision to grant an additional $1 billion boost to the Lebanese Army has motivated Moscow to revive military aid, the Russian ambassador says.
Security chiefs to prepare poll feasibility report
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk heads an exceptional Central Security Council meeting to examine the security conditions in Lebanon and whether they allow the next...
Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Sept. 16, 2014
A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.
West Bank Jewish settler population soars
Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382,031 at the end of June, up from 374,469 six months earlier, the leading settler organization says.
Coptic Christians clash with police in Egypt
A couple hundred Christian protesters clash with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an...
Mideast Christians urge Arabs lead ISIS fight
Middle East Christian leaders call on Muslim governments and religious authorities to take the lead in efforts to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Nigeria urges to declare 'total war' on Boko Haram
ABUJA, Sept 16, 2014 (AFP) - Nigerian senators said Tuesday they will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan to press him to declare "total war" on Boko Haram, in a sign...
UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the WHO warns.
Russia says increase in troops to Crimea a priority
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia needs to increase its military presence on the Crimea peninsula due to the crisis in Ukraine, news agencies report.
Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama...
Lebanon is in need of close to $1 billion to finance urgent projects aimed at supporting host communities that are reeling under the increasing burden of around 1.6 million Syrian refugees, a senior Lebanese government representative told The Daily Star.
Achkar: Hotel revenues down 60 percent
Most hotels in Lebanon this summer season experienced a drop in their occupancy rates by 40 percent and a steep fall in their revenues by around 60 percent compared to...
Egypt tourism could fully recover in 2015
Egypt’s tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil...
Pressure on Leviathan to finalize gas deals
The group developing Israel’s giant Leviathan gas field is running out of time to clinch binding major supply deals with Egypt and Jordan to ensure government support...
Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), maker of the Xbox video game console, agreed to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion, in...
Businesses sound alarm on presidential vacuum
Lebanon’s leading businesses and bankers warned Friday that the country could further face further economic deterioration if the president of the republic is not...
Lebanon’s interest rates to rise in 2015
Interest rates on Lebanese-currency denominated debt could increase between 25 and 50 basis points next year, a senior economist told The Daily Star.
Expansion abroad drives banking sector growth
A new study by Bank Audi showed that growth in foreign currency deposits in 2013 represented the bulk of the total deposit growth in Lebanese banks.
Egypt’s tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil does not spread to the Arab world’s biggest country, the tourism minister said.
Egypt raises $8.5B for Suez Canal expansion
The head of Egypt's Central Bank said on Monday that it has raised $8.5 billion for the construction of an expansion of the Suez Canal by selling investment certificates.
Conventional banks set up sukuk programs
Islamic bond programs from a trio of big conventional banks are set to expand the boundaries of Islamic finance, helping open the market to first-time issuers while...
Blockaded Gaza faces huge challenges to rebuild
Fifty days of war in one of the most densely populated parts of the world have left swaths of Gaza in ruins.
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), maker of the Xbox video game console, agreed to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion, in a bid to boost its Xbox and mobile businesses.
Germany’s ZF to buy TRW of U.S. in $11.7B deal
ZF Friedrichshafen AG agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for $11.7 billion, creating a company big enough to push back against pricing pressure from the...
OECD slashes growth forecasts
The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued...
Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5BN
Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5BN as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform.
World waits for sign from U.S. Fed
The U.S. Federal Reserve may give clearer hints on when it will hike the cost of borrowing in the United States in the coming week, as struggling Europe braces for a...
Hostage-taking, blackmail and extremism dominated Lebanon’s headlines Monday, but it was unrelated to the takfiri group ISIS – instead, it was the same old sad saga of the country’s power network.
Propping up Assad
Moscow and Tehran are voicing indignation over a U.S.-led coalition’s plans to intervene militarily in Syria to battle ISIS extremists.
Obama has a chance to reset American leadership
President Barack Obama certainly didn’t go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one.
The U.S. plan leaves lingering doubts
I dearly wish that ISIS will be contained and then defeated by the many countries and armed groups who say they are committed to achieving that goal.
A new Asian pipeline brings hope
Amid the avalanche of bad news in recent weeks, one positive development got little attention – a development that could help advance peace between India and Pakistan,...
A disaster is looming
Representatives of Lebanon’s business community sounded a warning Friday about the danger posed by the country’s political paralysis and its failure to elect a...
Better late than never
U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night was long overdue for many in Syria and across the region, but it is better late than never and this new strategy to...
As the hostage crisis continues in Lebanon with seemingly no end in sight, it has become apparent that some in government are less supportive of the negotiation process...
Might ISIS bring a resolution in Syria?
At the time this was written, it was expected that President Barack Obama, in explaining to Americans his military strategy against ISIS, would announce that he...
Obama takes America back to a pitiless battlefiel
For President Barack Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq.
Why aren’t Arab states more like individuals?
Never in the modern history of the Middle East have so many countries experienced such intense, often violent, domestic conflict or political paralysis.
Amid the avalanche of bad news in recent weeks, one positive development got little attention – a development that could help advance peace between India and Pakistan, improve chances for reconciliation in Afghanistan, undermine energy blackmail by Russia, and keep economic pressure on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue.
Islamist extremists show they can cut both ways
In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial.
Inequality fosters sectarianism
It is hardly news that the rich have more political power than the poor, even in democratic countries where everyone gets a single vote in elections.
India must respond to Chinese border bullying
In recent years, the People’s Liberation Army has been taking advantage of its rising political clout to provoke localized skirmishes and standoffs with India by...
Politics must play a role in the anti-ISIS war
Here we go again. The United States has declared war on another terrorist group.
It was Alex Ferguson who once noted famously that watching the World Cup was as excruciating as visiting the dentist while offering the counterpoint that the Champions League was much more fun, quite the best competition in football.
Shinji-mania grips Dortmund ahead of Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund are hoping attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who returned after two years at Manchester United, can help lift the German team past Arsenal in the...
Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final
Roger Federer secured Switzerland’s place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Geneva Sunday.
Federer seeks Davis Cup glory
Roger Federer will spearhead Switzerland’s bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time against Italy in Geneva this weekend and in so doing put himself within...
Formula E begins: not with a whimper but a crash
The crowd surged to its feet with a gasp as Nicolas Prost’s car struck Nick Heidfeld’s as they battled for first place, sending Heidfeld into a barrier and corkscrewing...
Reds primed for Champions League return
Champions League football will return to Anfield for the first time in five years Tuesday when Liverpool host Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad in their opening...
Nejmeh beat Safa to clinch Elite Cup
Defending Lebanese Premier League champions Nejmeh added another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet Saturday after defeating arch-rivals Safa 3-1 to claim the...
Lost son Kagawa scores on Dortmund return
Japan international Shinji Kagawa sparkled on his return to Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal for the Ruhr Valley club and helping set up another in a 3-1 win over...
Nishikori loses U.S. Open final, wins $940,000
Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the U.S. Open final, but he has won a $940,000 special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand...
Fans fear end of golden era, but show goes on
A less informed holder of an expensive U.S. Open men’s singles final ticket walks into Louis Armstrong Arena, settles down into a courtside seat and then rubs his eyes...
Tennis-Fans fear end of golden era, but show goes on
.Imagine the scenario?
A less informed holder of an expensive U.S. Open men's singles final ticket walks into Louis Armstrong Arena, settles down into a court-side...
The crowd surged to its feet with a gasp as Nicolas Prost’s car struck Nick Heidfeld’s as they battled for first place, sending Heidfeld into a barrier and corkscrewing into the air at the inaugural Formula E electric race in Beijing.
Rossi relaunches title bid with win at San Marino
Italian great Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha one-two to claim his maiden win of the season at the San Marino Moto GP and launch his bid for a 10th world title Sunday.
Marquez seeks 12th win in San Marino
Spain’s MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez heads to this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix intent on making it 12 out of 13 wins in a remarkable season.
Ferrari starts new era without Montezemolo
Luca di Montezemolo’s resignation as Ferrari chairman Wednesday severs a historic link with the team’s late founder Enzo and marks the end of an era for Formula One’s...
Schumacher leaves hospital for home
Michael Schumacher has left hospital to continue his recovery at home but the former Formula One champion faces “a long and difficult road ahead” after his skiing...
A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup and for future international competition.
League turmoil drove Khatib to China
There is always vested interest wherever Fadi El-Khatib goes, as the 35-year-old talisman is undoubtedly the most successful player in the history of Lebanese...
Gasol’s Spain future in doubt after shock loss
Spain center Pau Gasol has doubts about his future with the national team following the hosts’ shock quarterfinal defeat by France at the basketball World Cup Wednesday.
Lithuania, USA win to set up repeat of 2010 semi
Lithuania will face holders the United States in a repeat of their World Cup semifinal four years ago after both came safely through their quarterfinals Tuesday.
Neto top scores as Brazil seal quarterfinal
Raulzinho Neto had a game-high 21 points as Brazil avenged their defeat four years ago by Argentina and progressed to the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with...
Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he needs to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship Sunday.
Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain perfect
Undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed a unanimous decision in a feisty encounter against Marcos Maidana to successfully defend three world...
Mayweather prepares for ‘dirty’ Maidana rematch
Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he expects Argentina’s Marcos Maidana to be “once again extremely dirty and wild” in their heavily anticipated...
FedExCup title the lure for McIlroy, not $10M
While the prospect of earning a $10 million bonus after this week’s Tour Championship finale is tantalizing, Rory McIlroy says he is much more motivated by the chance...
Lofty playoff ranking gives Bubba East Lake boost
Bubba Watson has never been a great fan of East Lake Golf Club but he is excited to be at the iconic venue for this week’s Tour Championship where he carries his...
It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.
Swiss watchmakers not watching out for Apple Watch
Apple may be known for revolutionizing the world of music and mobile phones, but Switzerland's centuries-old luxury watchmakers are unimpressed with the US tech giant's...
Fashionistas spoiled for choice in London
So far, London Fashion Week has been packed each day from morning to night with next season’s womenswear offerings from dozens of designers.
Berlin passion for 1940s fashion untempered by WWII hue
With her blotted red lipstick, perky coiffed curls and fitted 1940s skirt suit, Constanze Pelzer looks like she's stepped off a World War II film set.
Venezuela shortages pinch breast implants
Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
Alien-like giant water-living dinosaur unveiled
Picture the fearsome movie creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws.
Tech giants bet on ‘smart home’ revolution
It’s long been the stuff of science fiction, but tech giants hope the “smart home,” where gadgets talk to each other and the fridge orders the milk, will soon become...
Top trends at Europe's biggest gadget fair
From smartwatches to “phablets” to precision robot vacuum cleaners, Europe’s IFA consumer electronics show showcases the latest in gadget wizardry.
Take the time out of homemade beef ragu and pasta
A true ragu takes time, and time is something in short supply at the start of the new school year.
Honey applesauce snack cake with orange glaze
With school back in session, I’m back in the business of baking up one of my kids’ favorites – a simple snack cake inspired by the apple-honey torte my mom used to make.
From rave to ballroom, NY Fashion Week delivers
From Marc Jacobs' raveware to a retro "I Love Lucy" look from Michael Kors, New York plays host to the Spring 2015 collections.
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...
Why your favorite song takes you down memory lane
Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into...
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to...
Love thy neighbor, it’s good for the heart: study
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Those who associate Jet Skiing with the adrenaline junkies who zip perilously along the country’s crowded beaches got a more sophisticated view of the sport over the weekend, during the Lebanon Water Festival’s Jet Ski race.
Rocking the music and fashion worlds
The lead singer of local rock band Mother Mantra paused between songs with an unusual request Saturday night at the group’s debut concert at the Garten nightclub in...
Growing red grapes in the red earth of Coonawarra
People who drink wine sometimes forget that it’s an agricultural product, and as such heavily influenced by climate. When we talk of good vintages, we really mean years...
Oldest known site of salt mining faces extinction
From a distance, squares of salt pools stretch calm and flat across Enfeh’s coast in a patchwork of a blue and white. Yet a closer view reveals signs of neglect and...
Virtual souk is marketplace for, well, anything
Frustrated freelancers and service seekers in Lebanon have been united digitally through Feedeed, a new online marketplace.
With its fluorescent bulbs and cafeteria-style tables, the Bangkok restaurant Raan Jay Fai wouldn’t win any awards for interior decorating.
Autumn in NY's Hudson Valley: History and scenery
Exploring the region north of New York City isn't just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it.
Mount Everest on speed
Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world’s highest peak in 42 days: That’s British guide Adrian Ballinger’s ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit...
Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa
Myanmar launches an online visa application promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a...
Pretzel shortage threatened for Oktoberfest
Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty...
“The Imitation Game,” a biopic about British mathematician and World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival Sunday, confirming its status as an early Oscars contender.
Statue of Britain's Amy Winehouse unveiled in London
A life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse, complete with a red rose in her trademark beehive hairdo, was unveiled in London on Sunday to mark what would have been the...
'Queen Latifah' promises a 'juicy' second season
Queen Latifah is making changes in her daytime talk show for its second season.
Revamped 'View' begins its daytime run
Daytime's "The View" revealed its latest makeover Monday, opening the post-Barbara Walters era with a new set, new boss, mostly new team and a promise to be provocative...
Clooney to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers...
Film festivals fire starting gun on Oscars race
Hollywood’s annual awards season may be months away yet, but for many the race for Oscars gold has already started, with strong contenders emerging from key film...
Inquiry into Filipino militants in Syria
The Philippines is investigating the involvement of Filipino Islamists in the three-year civil war in Syria after two locals were reported killed fighting for ISIS.
A literary feast of disparate flavors
When Youssef and his wife Bahia receive a letter to say that their only son, Yacine, is dead, their reactions are strikingly different. Bahia loses her balance, “like...
'The Simpsons' toast 25 years with songs and stars
Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggam and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart celebrated 25 years of "The Simpsons" in Hollywood on Friday.
'No Good Deed' upstages 'Dolphin Tale 2' at box office
Thriller "No Good Deed," the story of an escaped convict who terrorizes a woman and her children inside their home, seized the top spot on U.S. and Canadian box office...
'The Imitation Game' takes top prize at Toronto film fest
"The Imitation Game," a biopic about British mathematician and World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on...
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers of the event said on Monday.
Cumberbatch co-stars get challenged
Benedict Cumberbatch is “challenging,” says the director of his new film, and “a handful,” according to his co-star.
Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA
An actress who appeared in "Django Unchained" said she was misidentified as a prostitute by police when she was only showing affection to her white companion.
Katie Holmes to make directorial debut with 'All We Had'
Actress Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut and star in the film adaptation of artist and writer Annie Weatherwax's book "All We Had," its producers said on...
Mike Tyson directs vulgarities at Canadian TV host
Mike Tyson directed an expletive-filled rant at a Canadian television anchor in a live interview Wednesday after the host brought up the former heavyweight champion's...
R&B singer Robin Thicke said he was high on painkillers and alcohol in 2013 when "Blurred Lines" became a hit, and he exaggerated his contribution to writing the song, according to court papers filed on Monday.
Eminem hit lands New Zealand ruling party in court
New Zealand's ruling National Party is being sued for alleged unauthorised use of rapper Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" in campaign ads ahead of next Saturday's general...
Forward-thinking U2 innovating while entertaining
Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've...
Stevie Wonder to perform classic album on rare tour
Stevie Wonder will perform his classic album "Songs in the Key of Life" in full as he embarks on a rare tour across North America starting in November.
Cat Stevens back with album, rare North America tour
The former Cat Stevens is back with an R&B-influenced album and will tour North America for the first time in more than 35 years, his label said Monday.