The majority of protesters arrested over the weekend who attempted to break through security barriers near the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut were from north Lebanon and Beirut, a security source told The Daily Star
Machnouk withdraws from committee dealing with garbage crisis
Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk Monday suspended his participation in a ministerial committee tasked with following up the trash crisis in Lebanon.
US allies conduct 12 airstrikes against ISIS: US military
The United States and its allies conducted 12 airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force says
Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of opponents in capital
Yemeni security officials say Shiite rebels in the capital have raided the homes of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with ISIS...
About 150 Clinton emails were subsequently classified: U.S. State Dept
About 150 previously unclassified emails from the private server of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State have subsequently been classified,...
Bkirki interfaith summit postponed
A Christian-Muslim spiritual summit was delayed Monday and replaced by an inter-Christian meeting after Muslim spiritual leaders declined to attend, a source told The...
Iran official postpones Beirut visit
Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian rescheduled his visit to Lebanon Monday to next week, the Iranian Embassy in Beirut told The Daily Star.
Bus crash in e.Lebanon leaves 2 dead, 11 injured
Two people were killed and 11 wounded when a passenger bus carrying Syrian nationals crashed into a concrete wall on the Masnaa border crossing in east Lebanon.
Jordan PM presents draft election law as 'good step forward'
Jordan's prime minister has presented a draft election law he says marks a 'good step forward' for the country
Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture in Libyan capital
A car bomb went off in Libya's capital Tripoli in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas joint venture between Italy's ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC,...
British reporters detained in Turkey questioned by prosecutors
Two British reporters working for Vice News who were detained last week covering unrest in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey were being questioned by prosecutors
About 150 previously unclassified emails from the private server of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State have subsequently been classified, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Monday.
Obama offended by attacks on Jews who back Iran deal
President Barack Obama says people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he's...
Obama considering array of options for closing Guantanamo prison: White House
The White House is considering a 'wide array' of options for closing the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spokesman Josh Earnest says
EU says deadly Kiev clashes 'very worrying'
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed concern over 'very worrying' deadly clashes in Kiev as Ukrainian lawmakers backed an autonomy plan for rebel regions
Firebrand Greek leftist backs new anti-bailout party
Greece's firebrand former parliament speaker throws her weight behind an anti-bailout party recently founded by rebels from the leftist Syriza to contest a snap...
The cumulative value of outward greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) from Lebanon totaled $7.2 billion between January 2003 and May 2015, according to figures released by fDi Markets.
Compliance costs crimp region’s economies
The high cost of compliance is straining the ability of Lebanese and Arab banks to finance the economies in the region in a proper way, the secretary-general of the...
Middle Eastern stocks rally
Omani stocks led a rally in most equity markets across the Middle East after oil prices had the biggest-weekly jump in more than six years.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad to seek $500M for expansion
Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi state-owned carrier, is seeking to raise as much as $500 million for fleet expansion, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
A correction lacking the element of fear
August’s stock market turmoil may be the most widely anticipated and predicted correction in history.
Cabinet authorizes $1.3B eurobond swap
The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Finance Ministry to swap $1.3 billion eurobonds that mature in January 2016 and agreed to transfer cash from the reserves to pay the...
Tobacco farmers seek government support
Tobacco farmers in Akkar called upon the government to support the sector by allowing them to expand their harvested areas while increasing the number of kgs per permit...
Import bill down on euro, yuan decline
Lebanon could see its import bill decline if the euro and yuan currencies continue to depreciate due to the volatile markets, economists said Wednesday.
Iraqi Kurds vow steady payments to oil companies
Iraq’s northern Kurdish region chose the first half of September to start making regular payments to oil companies including DNO ASA and Genel Energy Plc for crude...
UAE cuts September gasoline prices
The United Arab Emirates cut gasoline and diesel prices by between 8 and 9 percent for September, the second month during which the Middle Eastern country, OPEC’s...
Saudi spending cuts could help hold credit rating
If investors were looking for a sign that Saudi Arabia is doing more than just pumping oil at a record pace to shore up its finances, they may have just got it.
Eni discovers ‘supergiant’ gasfield near Egypt
Italian energy group Eni has discovered what it says is a “supergiant” gasfield off the coast of Egypt, the largest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea and which could...
German giants suspected in Greek corruption cases
Siemens, Daimler, Rheinmetall – the cream of German industry – have been mired in cases of alleged corruption in Greece, the country that Berlin has repeatedly...
Suzuki to buy back shares as VW row settled
Japan’s Suzuki Motor said Sunday it plans to buy back its shares sold to Volkswagen after an international arbitration court settled a dispute between the two automakers.
Luxury groups wait on Chinese stock take
For western producers of expensive drinks, clothes and handbags, doing business in China is no longer a life of luxury.
Saturday’s You Stink demonstration, whose aims are now much wider than merely the garbage crisis, drew crowds of tens of thousands, many of whom had last protested 10 years ago, in a powerful display of people power.
Diatribe on the rocks
In his speech Friday, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun managed to be at once arrogant, patronizing and hypocritical, telling protesters it was about time they...
Intellectual leadership of the U.N. has declined
This year the United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Use financial sticks to control Iran
As Congress considers the Iranian nuclear deal, it should also prepare a strategy to use U.S. financial and economic power aggressively against a broad array of Iranian...
Why the Lebanese are in the streets
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues...
The street protests, initially focusing on the trash crisis, have exposed just how corrupt the entire system is, and how shocking it is that politicians got away with...
There is no doubt the trash problem has sparked one of the worst political crises to rock Lebanon in the past seven years.
A voice for the nation
That Sunday’s You Stink protest descended into violence and vandalism is a sad if not inevitable consequence of having thousands of protesters, including many young,...
China clearly losing control over economy
There is no better metaphor for the economic challenge facing China than the futuristic architectural masterpiece designed to house the country’s state television...
Time to establish a no-fly zone over Syria is now
A recent front-page photo in the New York Times of a boatload of Syrian refugees drifting on the Mediterranean Sea beneath an enormous setting sun could not have been...
In toxicology, the dose makes the poison
Since the development of the science of toxicology in the 16th century, its guiding principle has been that “the dose makes the poison.”
Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues that have merged into one.
Clinton erred, but she won’t be taken to court
Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server?
Is Hezbollah planning a new coup?
The political crisis in Lebanon has raised many questions about the intentions of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement with regard to the government. While...
A weakened Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington
When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving,...
Saudi Arabia and Iran can agree on much
My affection and respect for my good friend and colleague from the United Arab Emirates with whom I discussed current events in the Middle East over a leisurely...
Bayer Leverkusen signed Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Manchester United for a reported fee of £7.3 million
United loan Januzaj to Dortmund
Manchester United's Belgium forward Adnan Januzaj has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for a season, the German club confirms
US judge to decide Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension within days
The National Football League and Tom Brady have failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game 'Deflategate'...
Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in Beijing
Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500-meter gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships...
‘Il Dottore’ looks to fix Silverstone win jinx
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with...
Draxler leaves Schalke for Wolfsburg in record deal
Germany international Julian Draxler has left his home club Schalke 04 after 14 years to join VfL Wolfsburg on a five-year contract in a record transfer for the Ruhr...
Monaco striker Martial set to join Manchester United
Monaco forward Anthony Martial is poised to join Manchester United after being allowed to leave the France training camp to sign his contract on deadline day, the...
Borini seals Sunderland switch
Sunderland have completed the signing of Italian striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool, the Premier League club announces
The National Football League and Tom Brady have failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game 'Deflategate' suspension, leaving a federal judge to decide as soon as Tuesday
Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game
A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.
Sailor’s infection puts heat on Rio organizers
German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic test last week, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted...
Schippers shifts up a gear to take 200-meter gold
Dutch flier Dafne Schippers completed her transformation from heptathlete to world champion sprinter when she ran the fourth fastest 200-meter of all time to win by a...
Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with the legendary Italian hoping to record his first victory on the track.
Wilson’s death triggers calls for IndyCar review
The death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has once again raised questions about the safety of motor racing and prompted calls for the introduction of closed...
Recent deaths at North American open wheel races
Factbox on driver fatalities in open wheel races on North American circuits since 1996 in the wake of Briton Justin Wilson’s death Monday after being hit by debris from...
Formula One counts its lucky stars
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
IndyCar driver Wilson critical, in coma
Justin Wilson sustained severe head injuries and is in a coma in critical condition after the Briton was struck by debris from another car during the closing laps of...
World No. 1 Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the U.S. Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women’s tennis.
Federer, Nadal at U.S. Open crossroads
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 31 major titles between them, head for the U.S. Open with their Grand Slam careers at crossroads.
Djokovic confident despite run-up losses to foes
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost to rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the finals of U.S. Open warmup events but the Serb insists those defeats have aided his...
Record-setting Serena already best ever: analysts
Serena Williams is on the brink of a crowning achievement in tennis, but as far as several top analysts are concerned, the 33-year-old American has already established...
Nadal says his struggles are on him, not team
Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle.
Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.
Title hopefuls Byblos add Bawji and Vogel
Byblos made a bold statement about their title aspirations for the upcoming season of the Lebanese Basketball League after adding significant pieces to their already...
Woods naturalized for Asian Championship
Giant American center Loren Woods is set to make a return to the court after the Lebanese basketball federation officially naturalized the former Riyadi player so he...
Cedars’ youngsters look to make mark
Eight of the 15 players who have been drafted by Lebanon national team head coach Veselin Matic for the first training camp, which will take place in Serbia, have never...
NBA’s current, former stars put on show in Africa
The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tipoff by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Amanda Abi Khalil is in Warsaw at the moment preparing to mount “Dust.”
Migrant drama hits European movie screens
As migrant tragedies overflow in the news cycle, especially in Europe, a new movie opening in France projects a human – and artistic – face on the phenomenon up on the...
Narcos blurs line between cartels, agents
Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix’s dark drug drama “Narcos,” a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine...
‘We Are Your Friends’ an entertaining musical rom
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a...
Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby
Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
A million revellers expected at London's Notting Hill Carnival
Around a million people are expected to attend the Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of Caribbean culture which sees colourful floats and sound systems filling west...
Milan show depicts drama of motherhood
A 1896 film of a woman plucking babies from a cabbage patch marks a whimsical start to a Milan exhibition that examines artistic representations of motherhood.
German support for concert in Iran angers Israel
Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is holding talks to take one of Germany’s main orchestras to Iran, his employer Berlin State Opera said Thursday, in the face of angry...
Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix’s dark drug drama “Narcos,” a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine smuggling in America and its most menacing supplier.
Redford takes a walk through his buddy roles
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson’s memoir “A Walk in the Woods,” he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking...
Time for black or gay 007, Brosnan says
The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.
Patrick Stewart flexes his comedy muscles
Patrick Stewart never thought of himself as a funny guy.
Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered...
KISS star's home searched in child porn probe: report
Rock star Gene Simmons' home in California was searched by police in a child porn investigation, but the KISS frontman and his family are not suspects in the case,...
Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash
Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that...
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found
Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home Tuesday.
Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.
One Direction ‘to take indefinite break’
British pop phenomenon One Direction are to take an indefinite break from next year, according to a media report Monday that has left fans devastated.
Book calls Kanye West music, pop culture changer
Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Egyptian heir takes on Jay Z in Big Pimpin’ trial
The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic “Big Pimpin.’”
Seiji Ozawa cancels Japan concerts after fracturing hip
Former Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa has canceled three performances in Japan after fracturing his hip.
An author and neurologist who explored the wonders of the human brain in books like "Awakenings" has died. Dr. Oliver Sacks was 82.
Ten carmakers sued over keyless ignition deaths
Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued Wednesday by U.S. consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million...
Smart solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai.
Japanese toilets flipping open lid on new museum
Japan’s leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water flushing model to the most cutting edge version...
One Lebanon gives Army $10,000
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said...
Facebook adds assistant to Messenger app
Facebook Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the...
Want a diamond in just 10 weeks? Use a microwave
The 2.62-carat diamond Calvin Mills bought his fiancee in November is a stunner. Pear-shaped and canary-yellow, the gem cost $22,000. A bargain.
'Smart' solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai
A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun's energy to allow people to...
Tanorexia: When getting a tan is an addiction
On a warm August evening in Madrid tanned customers stream out of a tanning salon – even in sunny Spain, the need to catch some rays can become an addiction.
Smartphones creating etiquette challenges
It’s OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation.
Deafblind Poles get behind the wheel
Motor-racing is not for the faint-hearted. But when you are deaf and blind, it takes on a different dimension.
Board members of One Lebanon handed Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi a $10,000 check to benefit the families of martyred soldiers, a statement by the NGO said Monday.
High-tech trailers link customers, companies
Already a popular concept in the U.S. and Europe, mobile venues have finally arrived in Lebanon.
L’Atelier du Miel’s sweet and sticky surprises
Nestled within the splendor of the Chouf mountains, there lies a sweet and sticky surprise. Marc Bou Nassif, along with his brother Ralph and their partner Rabih...
How do you fix a broken country like Lebanon?
Twenty years of the Old Souk at Zouk Mikael
Celebrating tradition and the old way of doing things has become something of a tradition in itself, as the Nights of the Old Souk return for its 20th outing at the...
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Warsaw essentials from the newest to classics
Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw.
A room with a view: Hotel Versailles plan
Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.
Airbnb gives Paris luxury hoteliers a fright
Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris.
Conducting test-drives is kind of like sampling several types of cakes.
Elantra delivers a lesson in value to car market
My friends, co-workers and family members keep telling me that in my selection of cars for these weekly reviews I may be going a bit overboard with the number of models...
State can do more to reduce road fatalities
Road fatalities and the traffic law have played prominently in the news in recent months.
Cadillac ATS Coupe a threat to Euro rivals
Many moons ago when I was still a teenager, whenever the subject of Cadillac came up the only model that sprung to mind was the Fleetwood.
Captur dazzles with looks, impresses with gear
Compact SUVs, or crossovers, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for a good reason: They make sense, especially when people’s lifestyles demand...
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.
U.S. scientists grow nearly complete human brain
An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a U.S. lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a...
Music eases pain after surgery, new study says
Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.
The pitfalls of exercise extremes
With challenging workouts from ultramarathons to endurance events on obstacle courses all the rage, fitness experts say more and more weekend warriors are leaping into...
Special veg-rich diet may slow cognitive decline
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, whole grains and wine can help slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline, researchers said Tuesday.